Launching Odisha Chapter

Headstart is happy to announce the launch of its 23rd chapter - Headstart Odisha. 

Date: 13th May
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Theme: All About Fund Raising
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A business without a funding source will flounder under the weight of its own debt. Funding is the fuel on which a business runs. A business can take different avenues to attain funding, and more than one option can be used. The chosen funding will depend on the business' desire to be in debt, how solvent the business owners are at the time the business is founded and the amount of money a business will need to launch and maintain itself through a variety of events.

With 4 editions of Headstart’s "How to Start a Startup" National series behind us, we turn our attention to another vital issue that the team and the founders at multiple stages of their startup journey face - The Art and Science of Fundraising.

To combat this and help our fellow entrepreneurs, the theme for the May edition of the 6-month long series is, All About Fund Raising. This edition will see Venture capitalists and investors come in and talk about how startups can raise funds, what are the basic requisites for startups to pitch for funds and much more.

To get all your Fundraising related queries solved and understand the thought process behind the great investments on startups, book your seats NOW!

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About Headstart Network Foundation:

Headstart is one of India's oldest and biggest startup communities. It is run by passionate volunteers committed to making Indian startups win by making networking, mentoring, hiring and fund raising accessible to every deserving entrepreneur in the country. Headstart has operations in 22 cities across India. Since 2007, Headstart has helped startups showcase their offerings and get feedback on their products. It has facilitated tens of thousands of connections to potential co-founders, customers, vendors, mentors, investors and employees. Companies that have demoed at Headstart have collectively been valued at over 1,36,000 Crore INR and have created over 2 Lakh jobs. Headstart is committed towards building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Odisha as well and is seeking applications from leaders and doers who are passionate about entrepreneurship and have a keen desire to make a difference. 

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Tapendra Senapati

Co-founder & CEO, Tatwa Technologies Ltd

Tapendra is the co-founder and CEO of Tatwa Technologies. Under his visionary leadership, Tatwa has grown from strength to strength becoming a prominent name in the IT and ITeS sectors in India. Born and brought up in Bhubaneswar, Tapendra would share the highs and lows of his journey of starting Tatwa back in 2002 and taking it to its current heights.

LN Gupta

IAS, Principal Secretary, MSME Department, Odisha

Mr. Gupta is a dynamic IAS officer from the 1986 cadre. With deep experience ranging from Petroleum & Natural Gas to Skill Development & Technical Education, Mr. Gupta is now playing an instrumental role in transforming the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Odisha as the Principal Secretary of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. He'll be talking about various initiatives of the state government to support Odisha's entrepreneurs.

Smedha Sarkar

Founder & CEO, EduMaan Training Services

Smedha Sarkar is a woman entrepreneur working on central and state government flagship programmes. Her brainchild, EduMaan Training Services, a Navi Mumbai based startup is an initiative to promote skill development amongst the urban poor community to make them employment ready. She specializes in team building, business development and management. Her current role at Headstart as a Country Lead is developing startup ecosystem for women entrepreneurs and enhancing engagement in tier 2/3 cities.

Event Details

13 May, 2017
10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Campus 11, KIIT University,
Odisha - 751024

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