KSUM to host Seeding Kerala for promising startups
Kochi, January 14, 2020
The Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) will hold a two-day event, Seeding Kerala, here on February 7-8 that aims to reinvigorate Kerala’s HNI network and provide high-net-worth individuals with opportunities to invest in some of the best nascent firms in the state and other parts of the country.
Seeding Kerala will see the participation of 150 select startup ventures from the state and 200 investment experts. Into its fifth edition, Seeding Kerala typically focuses on angel investment that is essential for startups to proceed.
The event envisages funding those upstart businesses that have outstanding ideas and models but are financially struggling to hit the market, a press release from KSUM said.
Seeding Kerala will facilitate meetings between investors and entrepreneurs, presentation of startup ideas and analysis of various business models they propose.
As many as 150 individuals with high investment capacity will participate in Seeding Kerala, along with 10 investment funds, 14 angel investors, 30 startup entrepreneurs and as many corporates, according to organisers. There will be masterclasses on angel investing and lead angel investing, pitch for startups, an IPO roundtable and panel discussions on ‘Unicorn First Checks’ and ‘Remarkable Business Case Studies from Kerala’.
There will be an ‘Investor Café’ providing special interaction facilities between investors and 30 startups elected from a national contest.
The sessions will be addressed, among others, by Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan, 100X.VC founder Sanjay Mehta, Indian Angel Network co-founder Padmaja Ruparela, Aniruddh Malpani of Malpani Ventures and Virginia Tan who is founder partner of Teja Ventures that accords priority to women entrepreneurs.
The event will bring in leading investors and experts from the Indian startup ecosystem besides senior bureaucrats of both the central and Kerala governments, organisers added.
KSUM, the nodal agency of the Kerala Government for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state, undertakes planning, establishment and management of technology business incubators and accelerators so as to promote technology-based ventures by creating the infrastructure and environment.