Lufthansa in partnership with TiE on Saturday (23 April) held a first of its kind Startup Expo in Gurgaon, which attracted startups, investors, corporates, professionals, embassies, students, support organisations, service providers, hiring agencies and others across various sectors.
The Startup Expo provided an opportunity to entrepreneurs to showcase their ventures, attend insightful workshops, expert talks, mentoring sessions and interact with investment decision makers in investor zones.
More than 2,500 startups attended the single-day event and engaged with mentors. 100s of startups showcased their products during the event from areas like tech, food, e commerce, social entrepreneurs.
There was an amazing response from the crowd during the event and people were keen to meet startups and learn more about what’s happening in the ecosystem. Niti Aayog’s CEO Amitabh Kant who attended the event said that new age entrepreneurs should think of innovative ideas which are global in nature.
On the role of the government to foster the startup ecosystem in the country, he said, “Government should create a better model for domestic startups to compete with global ones.” Tier-II cities made their presence felt at the Startup Expo on Saturday, where over 20% entrepreneurs came from Dehradun, Jaipur, Ludhiana, Asansol, Yamunanagar and Varanasi. “The smaller towns are warming up to the idea of startups and there is a lot of talent in places like Dehradun,” said Yash Dwivedi form Piezoelectric developer, a Dehradun-based startup.
Startup Expo also saw many social entrepreneurs taking part, Social Entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. These folks are full of enthusiasm to tackle social issues by offering new ideas to bring about a large scale change in the society. Meet Sujata Sahu, Founder of 17000ft ( a social entrepreneur ) sharing Growth Hacks for Social Entrepreneurs.
The new government has incorporated several policies that aim to leverage startup ecosystems in the country. Encouraging entrepreneurship is visibly changing the aspirations of the Indian youth to be employers rather than employees.
“The Startup Expo pays tribute to the entrepreneurial energy in India, which is driving one of the largest startup systems in the world,” Wolfgang Will, Director, South Asia, Lufthansa Passenger Airlines, said during the event.
Top business experts such as Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Vice Chairman, Naukri.com; Deep Kalra, Founder and Group CEO, Make My Trip and Alok Mittal, Founder, Indifi Technologies, among others, were present at the event.
“We are delighted with the overwhelming response to the initiative, an affirmation of the fact that India is very close to our heart and as a brand we are more Indian than you think,” Wolfgang Will, Director, South Asia, Lufthansa Passenger Airlines, said.
We must say that it was a great effort by Lufthansa and TIE to bring innovative Indian Entrepreneurs under one roof and they successfully delivered a great result.