IBM Global Entrepreneur Program hosted the first IBM Startup Cafe in Bangalore. A small gathering of startups, technology enthusiasts, investors, marketing, media and Global Entrepreneur Program mentors had an interesting conversation on how each of us can help build a stronger startup ecosystem. Thanks to Chaipatty.com for the uninterrupted fueling of discussions with tea, coffee and momos.
While startups like itraveller, Jiffstore and Profoundis presented their ideas and business models, a stream of tech leaders from IBM India Software Labs evaluated and contributed their views on how IBM technology can help their technology roadmap. With mobility platform, tools and Softlayer cloud, there is a lot to explore. Each startup present had an inspiring story and opportunity for growth. The spirit of entrepreneurship was clearly the cause of celebration for the Friday evening.
Parag Dhol from Inventus Capital Partners spoke about some of the startups he has invested in and gave tips on what investors intrinsically look out for in a startup. Redbus was a beautiful example Parag spoke of as an “idea” versus “ability to execute”. Though the idea looked simple, the team had to manage the complexities that were faced both online and offline.
EDC Creative Solutions, an IBM ISV Business Partner, spoke about some of the interesting “real innovation” EDC has delivered to it’s clients. Sprin Technosys spoke how they are leveraging the IBM Mobilefirst Platform to develop their solutions, and Kentropy, another IBM Business Partner, was very interested to know more about Watson on cloud.
A lot can happen over tea and we certainly believe we need to engage with more startups in the future. One of the participant has this to say,
“I didn’t know what it was, but I was able to learn lot of new things. Software.. cloud.. many things. It actually changed my mind. I was scared of the first step, but I saw that each person had their ups and downs. It bought me lot of positive hopes, optimistic thoughts as well. Big big thanks for that opportunity!”
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