Top takeaways from YourStory's flagship startup-tech summit TechSparks 2020

By Team YS|9th Nov 2020
YourStory's flagship startup-tech summit TechSparks 2020 brought together entrepreneurs, policymakers, technologists, investors, mentors, and business leaders for conversations and collaborations in and around the Indian startup ecosystem.
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Hello,


YourStory's flagship startup-tech summit TechSparks 2020 brought together entrepreneurs, policymakers, technologists, investors, mentors, and business leaders for conversations and collaborations in and around the Indian startup ecosystem.


This year, India's most influential entrepreneurship conference went all-virtual with speakers from all across the globe. From Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad delivering keynote address where he recognised the role of small towns and cities in India's startup journey, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman laying out the vision to help India become Aatmanirbhar, to Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Trusts, delivering a deeply poignant message — YourStory's TechSparks 2020 saw five days of invigorating keynotes, fireside chats, panels, and masterclasses.

Ratan Tata, TechSparks 2020



At TechSparks 2020, YourStory also unveiled its annual list of Tech30 startups. The handpicked 30 young and promising startups with high potential puts the spotlight on local startups and solutions that can help power India's innovation agenda. YourStory also listed a few special mentions which have taken extraordinary measures and pivoted to create solutions for the new normal.


YourStory is also proud to be a part of The Great Indian Job Fest '20, a 10-day virtual fest being organised by Awign, one of India’s leading work fulfilment platforms, from November 7 to 17. The one-of-a-kind virtual event is aimed at creating 30,000 flexible jobs, which is the need of the hour in the post-coronavirus world. 


Cheers,

Team YourStory



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Quote of the day: 

“It’s much easier to get to the top, much harder to stay there."

- Shailendra Singh, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital

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