KSUM set to host India’s biggest beachside startup Conclave on Nov 16

Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) is all set to host the three-day India’s biggest beachside startup conclave on Thursday. The fifth edition of Huddle Global conclave will be inaugurated by State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the panoramic Adimalathura beach near Vizhinjam at 10 am, KSUM CEO Anoop Ambika told a press conference here on Tuesday. Ms Tinku Biswal, Principal Secretary, Department of Revenue and Housing, will preside over the opening ceremony. Dr Shashi Tharoor, MP; Belgium’s Ambassador to India, Mr Didier Vanderhasselt; Minister Commercial and Head of Austrade South Asia, Ms Catherine Gallagher; and Deputy Managing Director (Transaction Banking & New Initiatives) SBI, Mr Rana Ashutosh Kumar Singh, will address the inaugural session. The event, which will see convergence of around 15,000 delegates from within the country and abroad, will showcase cutting-edge products from emerging sectors such as robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality, virtual reality, life sciences, space tech, blockchain, IoT, e-governance, fintech, healthtech, agritech, edutech and SaS from across the country’s ecosystem.

The conclave assumes added significance as it happens at a moment when the state is well on track of a profound transformation into a knowledge economy and the critical role played by the state’s well-established startup ecosystem in that paradigm shift cutting across the entire socio-economic spectrum, Anoop noted. An expo on the sidelines of Huddle Global conclave will give 100-plus nascent companies an opportunity to display their products. They can also interact with experts from technology and industry for advice on investment opportunities, he said. The conclave will also be a window to display a wide range of eco-sustainable and value-added products made out of millets, crops and fruits. Key speakers at the November 16-18 event include Tourism Minister P A Mohamed Riyas; CEO of ONDC Mr T Koshy and Member Secretary K-DISC Dr P V Unnikrishnan. Huddle Global Conclve will feature keynote sessions, leadership talks, tech talks, and panel discussions with international embassies, industry experts, investors, venture capitalists and corporate leaders. It will bring immense opportunities for startups to get mentored by industry leaders with an in-depth understanding of various aspects of products, services, design, marketing strategies, capital structuring, fundraising and business development.

The event, organised in partnership with Startup India, Headstart, TiE Kerala, GTech, Startup Middle East, Habitat for Humanity and Technopark Today, will see the participation of more than 5,000 startups, 400 HNIs, 300 mentors, 200 corporates, 150 investors and speakers. The speakers from abroad to address different sessions of the event include Consulate General of Germany in Bengaluru Mr Achim Burkart; Consul General, Switzerland, Mr Jonas Brunschwig; and Head of Advantage Austria in New Delhi Mr Hans-Joerg Hoertnagl. South African cricketer and motivational speaker Jonty Rhodes, will enliven a session by sharing his action-oriented thoughts with the startup promoters and enthusiasts.

Also, Vice Chancellor of Digital University Kerala Dr Saji Gopinath; Founding Chairman, IBS Software Services Mr V K Mathews; CEO of Technopark Col Sanjeev Nair; CEO, Infopark Kerala Mr Susanth Kurunthil; Managing Partner, Unicorn India Ventures Mr Anil Joshi; Independent Director, Adani Housing Finance and Ex MD-Mahindra Home Finance Mr Anuj Mehra; Head-R&D Centre, Hitachi India, Mr Kingshuk Banerjee and Google Cloud Developer Advocate Ms Abirami Sukumaran among others will engage with the participants. KSUM Business Development Senior Manager Ashok Kurian Panjikaran; Asst. Manager, Public Relations, Ms Ashitha V A and Awake Trivandrum CEO Renjith Ramanujam, were also present at the press conference. KSUM, the nodal agency of the government for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state, has been organising ‘Huddle Kerala’ Conclave since 2018. More than 5,000 startups from across the country had attended the previous editions of the event, including investors, government officials, members of academia and the business community.