Startup Saturday Kochi - Annual Conclave 2016

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This September, Headstart Kochi is completing 4 years in Kochi as an ecosystem facilitator. In lieu of this, we are planning to conduct a special annual event titled Startup Saturday Kochi - Annual Conclave 2016 on 3rd September, 2016. This special event is curated with featured talks, panel discussions, a workshop & Annual startup awards.


Headstart Startup Awards 2016 as part of the Startup Saturday Kochi - Annual Conclave

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The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
- Steve Jobs

Are you an emerging Startup with an amazing idea? Are you an established startup that has been growing year or year? Or maybe you’re a serial entrepreneur creating ventures out of thin air?

If you think your Startup idea is crazy enough to make an impact, then the Headstart Startup Awards 2016 are for you. We’re here to recognize your achievements, provide a platform to showcase your innovation and offer you support from our network.


Click to Apply for Startup Awards 2016

We will be selecting the Top 5 Most Promising Startups from Kerala as the winners.

What are we looking for in the Top 5 Startups:

1. How is your idea influencing the society or making an impact in your target segment.

2. The financial viability of your startup being a success

3. The growth you have achieved within your operational time and space.


Rules, Regulations & More

1. Applying startups/entrepreneurs must have a registered/operational entity based out of Kerala

2. Startups must have been in operation for at least one year and should not have exceeded five years.

3. Nominations start on 17th August and end on 28th August. All nominations are to be submitted within that time frame.

4. The winners will be informed on the 30th of August, 2016 to be present at the event day to collect their awards.

Apply for the Headstart Startup Awards 2016.

Speaker Sessions for Startup Saturday Kochi - Annual Conclave

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The only source of knowledge is experience. 

- Albert Einstein 

The best way to learn is to learn from the experiences of the best. We have amazing speakers from within and outside Kerala who will share their perspective on founding and running a startup, the challenges they have overcomed and the keys to success in an unpredictable envrionment. 

Inaugural Address: K Muhammed Y Safirulla IAS, District Collector, Ernakulam

The new collector of Ernakulam, K. Mohammed Y. Safirulla, a 2010 batch IAS officer from Tamil Nadu, was director of Kerala State IT Mission, Deputy Secretary of IT Department and Project Director of E- Health Kerala. He will set the tone of the Conclave with his inaugural address and his thoughts on establishing Kochi as a more prominent Startup Hub. 


Speaker Session: "From Nearly Closing to a $3 million turnover Company" 

                             Varun Chandran, Founder Corporate 360.

Varun Chandran is a home-brewed success story. Starting from scratch, and without the help of any external funding, he was able to create a business worth millions, In his keynote address, Varun will share secrets on how entrpreneurs need to build teams, the values you need to focus on for business grwoth and the importance of worklife balance.

Fire-side Chat: "When Tinder met" hosted by Sijo Kuruvila George

                         with Able Joseph, CoFounder -

A Kochi-Bred-Entrepreneur, who now runs his startup at Bangalore will share with us his experiences and thoughts of starting up, finding solutions for the Modern India and most importantly about dating. 

Panel Discussions for Startup Saturday Kochi - Annual Conclave

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Small minds discuss people; average minds discuss events; great minds discuss ideas.

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Panel Discussions are like prisms of knowledge; they reflect ideas from differnt points of view. We have a ensemble of entreprenuers, acadmeics, industry veterans, and professionals to provide their valuable inputs on the various aspects of the startup industry.

Panel Discussion 01: Importance of Ecosystem for Startups

The Startups in todays world do not become a successful one just by an idea or product. Its always the ecosystem that helps the startup to become a cash rich business through proper guidance, mentoring, connections and more. This panel we try to explore the importance of the ecosystem player such as media, government agencies, entreprenurship groups and peer support. 

Moderator: TBA
Panelist 1: Rajesh Nair, President - TiE Kerala & Head of E&Y Kochi
Panelist 2: Jofin Joseph, COO - Profoundis
Panelist 3: Robin Alex Panicker, MD - Antzcamp
Panelist 4: TBA

Panel Discussion 02: Starting and Running a Startup

Moderator: Amit Singh, Co-Founder - Headstart Network Foundation
Panelist 1: TBA
Panelist 2: TBA
Panelist 3: Antony Thomas, CIO - GE
Panelist 4: Anoop Thomas Mathew, CTO - Profoundis

Speaker Sessions for Startup Saturday Kochi - Annual Conclave

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Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. 

- Benjamin Franklin

If you're having difficulty in the taking the first steps towards becoming an entrpreneur than, the Lean Startup Machine and their hand-on, intensive workshops might just be the answer.

Workshop: Lean Startup 101
Rohit Veerajappa, Co-Founder - WowLabz; Facilitator - Lean Startup Machine (LSM)

Lean Startup 101 will equip you with the basics of creating prodcuts that customers want in the most cost effective manner. 

Register now for Startup Saturday Kochi -  Annual Conclave 2016


K. Mohammed Y. Safirulla, IAS

Inaugural Address

The new collector of Ernakulam, K. Mohammed Y. Safirulla, a 2010 batch IAS officer from Ammapet Vidya Nagar, Salem, Tamil Nadu, was director of state IT Mission, deputy secretary of IT department and project director of E- Health Kerala.

Varun Chandran


Varun is the Founder and Chief Executive of Corporate360, the leader in B2B sales intelligence. Varun is responsible for advancing C360’s vision to deliver best-in-class marketing data and world class sales & marketing analytics software to global markets.

Sijo Kuruvilla George


Sijo Kuruvilla George is the Founding CEO of Startup Village, India’s first Public-Private-Partnership model Technology Business Incubator, directly promoted by the Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India; Technopark, Trivandrum and MobME Wireless Solutions.

Able Joseph

Fireside Chat

Able Joseph is the founder of Able Joseph is a Google certified advertising & analytics professional, an ex-musician and a lover of aesthetically pleasing hardware and software. He drives the product, it’s design and it's positioning at

Rajesh Nair


Rajesh Nair has done his Production Engg from Regional Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur (now NIT) and joined Tata Motors. Post his stint here, he joined SP Jain Institute of Management & Research for a business management program specializing in Manufacturing Management. After his business program, Rajesh has been in consulting for the last 13 years.

Anthony Thomas


Anthony Thomas (Tony) is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for GE Global Growth Organization. Tony has been a core member of Reserve Bank of India’s Technical Committee on Mobile Banking; core member of CII National Committee on IT, ITeS & eCommerce, ASSOCHAM National Council on IT/ ITeS, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).

Dr. K. C. Chandrasekharan Nair


Dr. K. C. Chandrasekharan Nair is an Associate Principal Consultant at KITCO Ltd. He is currently employed at NRI TBI, Infopark Kochi, Kerala Startups. He served as the Chief Financial Officer at Technopark. He was a Managing Director and Registrar at Technopark Technology Business Incubator. He was also employed at ISBA and Kerala State IT Mission. He serves as a Member of Advisory Council of Startup Village.

Arun Balachandran


The founder director and CEO of FWD Media, Arun Balachandran pursued his post graduation degree from IIM Kozhikode and did his graduation from Model Engineering College, Kochi and later Arun was the founder of Technofirst magazine, Innovation Lab which was India's first private technology Business Incubator and has initiated many successful ventures in the media and business industries.

Robin Alex Panicker


Robin is a Technology enthusiast with his heart on enterprise cloud applications and mobile technologies. He comes with considerable experience in building scalable cloud solutions and mobile applications in various domains.
He currently serves as a Member, Board of Directors at Revu Cloud Services Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, India and Santhwana Hospitals Pvt Ltd, Trivandrum, India.

Jofin Joseph


Jofin Joseph is the co-founder and COO of Profoundis. He is involved in building an app called Vibe.

Anoop Thomas Mathew


Anoop Thomas Mathew is the Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer at Profoundis.

Amit Singh

Moderator, Headstarter

Amit runs a reputed application design and engineering firm called Wow Labz in Bangalore, India. Recipient of Paragon 100 fellow, he has also co-founded Headstart Network - India's largest early stage startup community and Design Day - a pan India design community. He actively mentors young startup founders. He has a keen interest in design, technology and startups.

Arpit Agarwal


Mr. Arpit Agarwal serves as a Principal at Blume Venture Advisors. Mr. Agarwal co-founded Headstart Network Foundation. He is responsible for Blume's marketing efforts. He is the Founder of Academic Ventures. He worked with TLabs startup accelerator (part of Times Group, India) responsible for its business development, marketing and operations.


Event Details

03 Sep, 2016
08:30 AM to 04:00 PM
Athulya Auditorium
Kochi - 683511

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