Seeding Kerala, billed as India’s biggest angel investors’ summit, gears up for 7th edition

A National Startup Challenge for technology startups would also be organised as part of Seeding Kerala

Seeding Kerala, the Kerala Startup Mission’s (KSUM) flagship initiative to attract angel investors, high net worth individuals (HNIs) and leading investors by showcasing investment opportunities in startups, is in the anvil.

Into its seventh edition, Seeding Kerala is being planned as a physical event and will get underway at Kochi, in Kerala, on February 2 and 3. The two-day event, hosted by the state’s nodal agency for startups is billed as India’s biggest Angel Investors’ Summit, is expected to bring in leading investors and thought-leaders from the Indian startup ecosystem. Senior officials from the state and Central governments will also be part of the high-profile event. The event would aim at seeding investment culture among HNIs and attract investors to the state’s startup innovation ecosystem, said a KSUM source.

The invite-only summit would witness interactions between 150 select participants, 100 HNIs, representatives of 10 top funds, 14 angel networks, 30 corporate houses and family offices besides 30 selected startup founders. The fund partners for the event are Unicorn India Ventures, Indian Angel Network, and Speciale Invest. Malabar Angels, Kerala Angel Network and Smart Parks are the angel partners. HNIs, Investors and Startups can visit the website to request invites and refer other investors.

Seeding Kerala to accelerate startup investment ecosystem

The meet would provide HNIs with learning opportunities with regard to investment strategy and risks associated with angel investing. They would also gain opportunities to join national level bodies of high-profile angel investors, mentor startups or join them as co-founders.

The investors would also gain opportunities to network with potential partners, connect with top-rated startups and contribute to startup policy formulations. Startups would be benefit from interactions with HNIs, industry exposure, market access and investor connect. They would also be eligible for one-year branding support.

Seeding Kerala 2022 would witness sessions on accelerating the startup investment ecosystem, cross-border angel investing and leveraging the IPO apart from Master Classes, Fireside chats and Corporate Roundtables. A National Startup Challenge for technology startups would also be organised as part of the meet.

Aims at transforming great ideas into sound businesses

Started in the year 2016 by KSUM, the Seeding Kerala summit has helped entrepreneurs turn great ideas into sound businesses through ample networking and leveraging investment opportunities. The summit is part of the Kerala government’s plan to accelerate a thriving innovation ecosystem and the past editions have witnessed over Rs 70 crore investments flowing in.

The summit is one of the many initiatives undertaken by KSUM in its quest to create a vibrant startup ecosystem in the state to foster the growth of innovation-led technology entrepreneurship.

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