Ideas and talent, key for start ups – Experts

IN an era where the success rate of start-ups is still low, ideas and talent will play an important role, opined experts. The Indus Entrepreneurs, a not-for-profit organisation, organised the seventh edition of TiECON, a unique two-day initiative for start-ups in Pune. More than 500 start-ups from across India took part in the event.

In a jugalbandi session, between start-ups and grown-ups moderated by TiECON 2019 chairperson Vineet Patni, saw stalwarts and corporate advisor R Gopal Krishnan and angel investor and mentor R Narayanan share some interesting insights on start-ups and grown-ups.

R Narayanan who has been deeply involved in start-ups said that while the success rate in start-ups is still low and the start-up industry has to yet take off, we should not be judgemental. “Just like a baby tries to walk and falls down to get up again and in the process learns to walk, similarly, we should not stress start-ups about what not to do, instead they should be given a free hand,” he said.

R Gopal Krishnan said that start-up is like a new baby born and one has to nurture it. The good thing is that they are young and have no boundaries and fear and then the only thing they see is the success, and there is a learning process in a free-wheeling environment.

Talking about ideas, Satyajit Bhatkal, CEO Paani Foundation said that the water cup revolution started during the Satyameya Jayate series and we came across a startling fact that there is no problem in India which has not been solved, but the solution has been restricted to a specific area or village, and has not converted into a mass movement. So, we have the know-how but not the scale and I think communication is the missing link between these two. We came up with the idea of Water Cup, which is a competition and is fun, modern and participative. It adds to the excitement of the participating and also gives an opportunity of sharing knowledge. We shut down Satyamav Jayate and concentrated on one issue and that is of water and in the state of Maharashtra which already was a laboratory of techniques to fight endemic droughts, but this was confined to only a few talukas. There is a need to convert this into a mass movement to transform the face of the entire landscape.

Kiran Rao said, “I am a city girl and my idea of the village came from paintings, film shoots and didn’t really get a chance to know more about them. Going to villages changed my perspective about my own life. At a deeper level, something had changed and felt more connected with people and in a sense, a bright new world and connected to the vast nature. It was an incredibly transformative and fulfilling for me. It has been incredibly fun to do. It connected me to nature and it made me realise how far we have gone, to destruct nature. This gave me a chance to step up to help conserve nature. It is a joyous celebration. The Jalmitra initiative, which we have started, was to bridge the gap between the village and the city. This is bringing about a transformation where an entire community is working with a common goal.

The electrifying theme of the event is a second wave with many industry experts. TiECon Pune 2019 is redefining the way entrepreneurial conferences are run, promising a unique experience which will be Knowledge Driven and High Energy.  TiECON Pune is spread across two days, with the first day being devoted to ‘eight master classes’ for young entrepreneurs.

Kiran Deshpande, co-founder – Mojo Networks and president of TiE Pune said, “Start-ups bring in focus, speed and innovation in their offering that is often missing in established businesses. India and Pune are emerging as one of the top three start-up hubs globally, prompting a global giant like NTT Data to participate with TiE-Pune for scouting global entrepreneurial talent. TiECON Pune 2019 shall showcase the very best effort in fostering entrepreneurship”.

Vineet Patni – TiECON 2019 Chair said, “TiECon Pune has an entire day devoted to learning master classes and has more than 50 speakers from across the world who will be a treat for all those who currently run their businesses or are aspiring to become an entrepreneur.

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