Global giants to help startups at Huddle Kerala 2019


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala will enter into collaborations with globally reputed technology firms at the two-day ‘Huddle Kerala’ this week, as Kovalam is set to hold one of Asia’s largest congregations on startup ecosystem from Friday.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the second edition of the September 27-28 conclave featuring a range of tech talks by experts from across continents. The Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) will sign memorandums of understanding with Oppo, Future Group, Wadhwani Foundation and Orbit.

The event, which hosts an array of technology experts and marketing leaders, will offer a unique platform for startups to showcase their products before technology and industry leaders from around the world. More than 30 speakers, investors and industry challengers are also part of ‘Huddle Kerala’. The conclave will be the focal point for tech startups and the entire spectrum of stake holders of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including the government, investors, mentors, and industry.

The sessions provide opportunities for showcasing the technology to startups, industry experts, decision-makers and others connected to the ecosystem. Besides, there will be scope for partnering with the Kerala government, one of the most proactive state regimes in embracing emerging technologies and creating a vibrant ecosystem for innovation.

The key speakers, investors and mentors at the event include Ajith Mohan, Vice President and Managing Director, India Facebook; Anil Joshi, Founder and Managing Partner, Unicorn India Ventures; Kumar Vembu, Founder and CEO, GoFrugal; Julia Chappel, MD, International Markets, London and Partners; Jukka Holappa, Commercial Counselor, Country Manager India, Business Finland; Ade Sanda, CEO, SGS Capital Partner; Mr Digvigay Singh, COO, Indian Angel Network; Aprajit Bhandarkar, Partner, Varanium Group; Subramanium Chandramauli, Author and Sales Trainer; and Vijetha Shastry, Executive Director, TIE Bangalore among others.

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Kerala has more than 1,500 registered startups with $38 million-plus funding received in 2017-18. The meet will focus on the emerging and future technology sectors like Blockchain, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, Big Data, Digital Entertainment, AR/VR, Drone Tech, UI/UX, and e-Gov/m-Gov.





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