Angel Investors & Mentors share their mantra with Startups in Kerala


Trivandrum: Unlike the Young Entrepreneurs Summit held the previous day which was more of a mega-show with little substance; this was a much quiet, smaller but serious event with lot of takeaways as Angel Investors and Serial Entrepreneurs shared their startup mantra with over 150 Entrepreneurs in Thiruvananthapuram, over the weekend.

Organised by the Kerala Startups Society, a not-for-profit organisation providing a platform for startups in Kerala to help each other and grow together, the Startup Mantra 2014 was an all-day entrepreneurial community event. Yogic breathing exercises and mantra chanting came together as the budding entrepreneurs got a chance to hear from and interact with some of the prominent angel investors and serial entrepreneurs.

The event started off with Shanti Mohan, co-founder of angel funding platform, educating everyone on angel investing and giving tips on how to pitch for funds. She asked the audience to ‘think big’ as they set up their start-ups with passion.

Arjun Pillai, co-founder of Profoundis and an alumnus of Microsoft Ventures Accelerator, shared his experience of starting from an Incubator in Kochi and then going through an Accelerator in Bangalore and similar programmes in Chile and the Silicon Valley.

Radhakrishnan Ramachandran, founder of Pepper Media and the erstwhile, shared his personal experiences of founding three start-ups, getting funds and the various challenges faced after funding.

Ravi Narayan, Director of Microsoft Ventures India and a serial entrepreneur led a very unique and highly instructional session by combining yoga and startup philosophy. He drew the similarities of running a start-up with that of running a marathon where timing and determination is the most important factor to success or failure.

Ravi Gururaj, Chairman of NASSCOM Product Council and a prominent Angel Investor gave an inspiration talk while sharing his entrepreneurial journey over these years. He urged the participants to build winning teams and focus on strategy.

The event also gave couple of startups from Kerala an opportunity for to pitch to a wide audience.

According to Robin Panicker, one of the organisers, “Startup Mantra 2014 was a successful event with good participation and informative sessions and the event has created a positive vibe in our ecosystem. Now the challenge is in maintaining the momentum and continuing the process of building a vibrant ecosystem in Kerala.”

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News