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Headstart to host the India’s largest entrepreneurship conclave, HSX 2022

  • HSX, an invite-only event is powered by DBS bank & is expected to have 1000+ attendees and  10+ Workshops including Community Building, Growth led by Retention
  • Khadim Bhatti (CEO- Whatfix), Prashant Pitti (Founder- Ease My Trip), Divyesh Dalal (India Head, Global Transactions Services-DBS Bank), Mukesh Kalra (Founder- ET Money), Sangeeta Bavi (Executive Director-Microsoft), Shradha Sharma (Founder- YourStory) etc amongst others are speaking at the event

Headstart, one of India’s oldest and largest startup ecosystem enablers today announced HSX 2022, India’s largest entrepreneurship conclave, slated for October 15 in Electronic City, Bangalore. The conclave will also mark Headstart’s 15 years of volunteering services towards facilitating 2,00,000+ connections in the Indian startup ecosystem.

HSX, an invite-only flagship event of Headstart with the who’s who from India’s top startups, VCs, Corporate CXO’s and Government Decision Makers come together to celebrate the start up ecosystem. Sponsored by DBS Bank, HSX’22 is looking to host 1000+ Attendees, 10+ State Pavilions,  30+ startup stalls and 10+ Workshops including Community Building, and Retention led Growth. HSX  expects a footfall of over 5000 including startup enthusiasts, representatives from Atal Innovation centers across the country, incubators, start-up Hubs, etc. Titans of India Inc. like Khadim Bhatti (CEO, Whatfix), Prashant Pitti (Founder, Ease My Trip), Sangeeta Bavi (Executive Director-Microsoft), Divyesh Dalal (India Head, Global Transactions Services-DBS Bank), Shradha Sharma (Founder, YourStory) are amongst the notable few speaking at the event.

Past HSX speakers include well known names like Kunal Shah of Cred, Vidit Aatrey of Meesho, Bipin Preet Singh of Mobikwik, Gaurav Munjal of Unacademy, Vamsi Krishna of Vedantu. The previous editions also saw thousands of participants, dozens of ecosystem partners, one-on-one mentoring sessions & volunteers across the country. HSX started with the vision of creating a common platform for aspiring entrepreneurs and angel investors to come under one roof to explore opportunities for growth, in order to serve its mission of building and promoting a collaborative and innovative entrepreneurial community.

In the last 15 years, Headstart has hosted 2500 startup events with chapters across 26 cities. The organisation has also played a pivotal role in creating over 4 lakh jobs across 15000 ventures supported by them. Headstart’s popular initiatives & programs like Startup Saturday, Kickstart, Takeoff, Startup Coach and roundtables have resulted in 180+ startup incubations and hosted close to 10,000 participants & has built a 4200 strong founders’ network, one of the largest in the country.

Commenting on this 15th anniversary, Amit Singh – Founder, Headstart said “This year marks significant progress for us in the startup ecosystem. Over the years we have enabled 5000+ startups to grow by giving them an opportunity to interact, pitch, and seek advice from the experts in the ecosystem through our varied cohorts, program & HSX events. From the likes of  Flipkart, Ola, Zomato, and Freecharge, some of the leading lights of the Indian startup ecosystem have demoed their products at Headstart in their early stages. Our strength lies in our passionate volunteers and through their relentless support, we have made it to the 15th year. We hope to empower the ever-growing startup ecosystem by continuing to collaborate with corporations, government & the investor community.”

Headstart Network Foundation was started in 2007 with a community of impactful entrepreneurs and they work closely with all the enablers of the startup ecosystem like Startups, Governments, Incubators, Corporates, and Investors. Headstart’s mission is to build a thriving entrepreneurial community in a country by connecting aspiring entrepreneurs with mentors and investors. Headstart drives various initiatives in the form of events, mentorship sessions and close-door investor pitching sessions. It typically starts by conducting networking events for all key stakeholders of the ecosystem followed by mentoring sessions for aspiring and early stage founders and, finally fundraising.

Details about HSX 22

Date: October 15th, 2022

Venue: IIIT, Electronic City, Bangalore

About Headstart

Headstart is a grassroots-level startup community that has been run by volunteers for fifteen years. It is a not-for-profit organization that has been operating successfully in more than 26 cities in India as well as in Finland, Dubai, and Germany.  It has impacted 15,000+ ventures every year by conducting 2,000+ startup events and facilitating over 2,00,000 connections. With the help of over 500 dedicated volunteers, 750+ investors and mentors, 150+ incubator supporters, we are a community of over 50,000 members. One of the flagship events of Headstart, HSX is set to happen on the 15th of October, 2022.

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