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10 Reasons you cannot miss attending the Lufthansa Startup Expo

Maya Kilpadi
22nd Apr 2016
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This article is sponsored by Lufthansa

India’s status as one of the largest centres of entrepreneurial talent in the world has been well established. But with new startups joining the ranks every day, it has become critical to bring together different elements in the ecosystem as a way to nurture talent, share and grow ideas, and build cross-sectoral alliances.

Startup Expo brings to you something unique in the startup space.

The Startup Expo, a unique initiative organised by Lufthansa in partnership with TiE, seeks to attract startups, investors, corporates, professionals, embassies, students, support organisations, service providers, and others across various sectors. The expo promises to be the destination that provides startups all the support they are looking for.

The one-day event, with a special focus on food entrepreneurs, takes place on April 23, 2016, in Gurgaon (Delhi/NCR). If you’re contemplating going, we have 10 reasons to help you make up your mind to get there faster:

  1. Hear from other trailblazers

The expo boasts panels which include entrepreneurs such as Mandeep Manocha (CEO, Reglobe), Upasana Taku (Co-founder, Mobikwik), Pranay Gupta (Co-founder, 91Springboard), and Shagun Nayyar (Founder, SwagBag) who’ve been there, done that, and come out with lessons to share.

  1. Exhibit your venture at the Startup Showcase

The Startup Expo includes an exhibition of startups and SMEs showcasing their products and services to delegates. The expo’s focus on food entrepreneurs makes it the place to be for all aspiring startups in the sector for an opportunity to meet like-minded folks, connect with industry specific experts, prospective investors, or buyers, exchange industry knowledge, and come away with some great ideas and learning.

Book your stall today to expand your product and reach out to all the right people!

  1. Find the right mentor for your startup

The expo is a congregation of the accomplished – from high ranking executives of global MNCs and technology gurus to capable entrepreneurs – ready to share their time and learning to help mentor and scale fresh businesses. This makes it the ideal platform to discover the right advisors and enablers who will help take your venture to the next level with relevant feedback and guidance.

  1. Leverage networking opportunities

With delegates from the hottest industry segments in attendance, the day-long expo is sure to be an action-packed event. The exclusive networking zones are where you should be to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, pitch to ace investors, meet potential coaches and clients, discover talent, be inspired by the who’s who of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and make valuable partnerships.

  1. TiE Institute sessions

Do you have a groundbreaking product or a fresh idea that’s just not taking off? Are you struggling with the basics of building and running a venture? The TiE Institute sessions might hold the answers you’re looking for. Specially curated to give you learning in a range of hard and soft skills, these sessions can help your business succeed. Topics and trainers are drawn from across the ecosystem to give you insights that are practical and value-driven.

  1. Expert talks

Listen to eminent industry leaders like Kalpana Jain (Partner - Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP), Alexander Schlaubitz (VP Marketing, Lufthansa), Bikram Bedi (Head - India Region, Amazon Internet Services Pvt. Ltd.), and Arian Lewis (Head - Open Innovation, Barclays).

  1. Action-oriented sessions

Speaker sessions at the expo are designed to provide maximum value to entrepreneurs with inputs on how to overcome challenges along the startup journey and garner long-term success and scale. Whether it is from the session on how to build an effective business plan to understanding and developing your business better or from the session addressing the importance of empathy in creating stellar customer experiences and lasting brand success, the learnings are sure to give wings to your business.

An insightful session on growth hacking for startups taps into the hitherto ignored potential of corporates and MNCs to collaborate with entrepreneurs to propel startup growth.

  1. Special panel on women entrepreneurs

Women have not just entered the entrepreneurial stage but are beginning to occupy positions right up front and in the centre of it. The panel, ‘Empowering Women Entrepreneurs’ brings together some prominent names like Amrita Tripathi (SheThePeople.TV), Priyanka Gill (Co-founder and Editor-in-chief, PopXO), and Shireen Mehra (Founder Director, Women on Cloud) to examine their own startup experiences from concept, failure, pivoting, idea realisation, and share the lessons learnt along the way.

  1. Workshop on idea validation

This workshop, led by prominent startup mentors, focuses on an approach to validate an idea before starting on the venture. Using the examples of the journeys of two different startups, the workshop will be as hands-on as possible. It includes tips on validation and solution of the business problem, assessing the ability to pivot and scale, and when and why to develop an MVP.

  1. A chance to meet with the Lufthansa senor leadership team

On offer is the unique opportunity to meet and interact with Alexander Schlaubitz (VP, Marketing at Lufthansa). Schlaubitz heads Global Marketing at Lufthansa but has previously been responsible for its digitalisation and innovation initiative. Be prepared to be inspired by his wealth of multinational experience in key roles at a slew of companies, including Facebook, Intel, and Leo Burnett.

The Startup Expo could be just the boost your startup needs to get on the fast track to success. So, wait no longer!

Signing up to be a part of the Startup Expo just takes a couple of minutes. This one-day event, organised by Lufthansa and TiE, will bring together startups, investors, corporates, professionals, embassies, students, support organisations, service providers and other stakeholders in the ecosystem looking to explore partnerships with a pool of entrepreneurial talent across various sectors.

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