Story of 2016
“Besharam ban jaoge toh entrepreneur ban jaoge”. These words were said at Jalsa 2016 and we just couldn’t agree more. In 2016, being a bootstrapped company, we realized that the way forward for the ecosystem to exist is creating profitable and sustainable ventures. We worked tirelessly on the concept.
We moved to the beautiful Manav Rachna University in Faridabad as our venue to engage more and more people from the ecosystem. Over 1000 founders, and 70+ speakers participated. Sh. Vipul Goel, Minister of Industries and Commerce, Govt of Haryana, was a perfect mix of a businessman and a politician. He inaugurated the conference with a passionate speech and announced the Startup policy of Haryana there at Jalsa 2016.
Khopchas, our unique spaces for one-on-one interaction were super hit among the startups because those 30 minutes of uninterrupted talk with the investor is all a startup needs. In 500 meetings in Khopchas, almost 30 startups were selected for potential investments.
At Jalsa, we focus a lot on helping startups and investors open up to each other. It is when people are exposed to each other in informal settings that they are truly able to give their best. We had been looking for potential people who can help us achieve a transparent, real and random conversation. So we decided on experimenting with content creation with Freishia, a TV presenter, who managed to get talking to people about what one would not hear on stage. It helped us get into the minds of people and understand their perspective.
When talking of entrepreneurship, one is reminded of the lyrics by Coldplay, “Nobody said it was easy, No one ever said it would be this hard.” As a panelist in Jalsa 2016, Annu Grover, Founder of Nurturing Green, talked about his failure for over 6 years with his venture before he tasted success. It became a noteworthy point for startups to ensure that they keep moving towards their idea, no matter what. Nurturing Green today has a turnover of Rs 12 crore.
The beer man of India, Pradeep Gidwani, Founder, The Pint Room and Beercafe, had one importance piece of advice for the entrepreneurs – Do not wait for the money, just get the business going.