StartAP Fest to kickstart from 18th in Amaravati

In an effort to foster a conducive environment for start-ups and boost the start-up ecosystem in the state, StartAP will be organising a two-day start-up festival in Amaravati on January 18th and 19th. “StartAP has give a fillip to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Andhra Pradesh from 2014. I welcome all the startups from across the country to launch their products in Andhra Pradesh. Experience the spirit of Andhrapreneurship at StartAP,” said Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

Start-up pitches, workshops, inspiring speakers, networking with entrepreneurs and mentors will all be part of this fest that is becoming Asia’s latest growing startup fest. StartAP Fest is Andhra Pradesh's flagship startup festival, which has been started by StartAP, an organisation founded by Siddharth Marupeddi in 2014 as a platform that boosts entrepreneurship in Andhra Pradesh and brings together high-impact entrepreneurs, startups, passionate youngsters and investors for building a vibrant entrepreneurial community and accelerating conversations of change.

The initiative has impacted around 15,000 youngsters, over 250 startups during the last 4 editions with the active support of Government of AP. The theme for the 5th edition of StartAP Fest 2019 is “Products of the Future - Powered by Innovation Valley”. It reflects the purpose to create a platform for product innovations and showcase them to newer markets, especially AP where the youth are equally responsive to emerging technologies. This edition of StartAP has curated its speakers with the ever-growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in the capital in consideration. 

There are more than 50 startups expected from across South India along with founders. The following is a list of speakers:

1. Shobhu Yarlagadda, Producer, Baahubali 

2. Sudhakar, Founder and CEO, Abhibus 

3. Srikanth Bolla - Founder, Bollant Industries 

4. Raju Vanapala - Founder, Way2 

5. Prabhu Kishore Vallurupalli, Chairman, Varun Group 

6. Prasad Kompalli, CEO, mFine 

7. Kalyan Akkipeddi, Founder, Proto Village 

8. Vijay Arisetty, CEO, myGate 

“We bring together people with high impact stories who can inspire and generate a thought among the youth here, in Amaravati. The conversations are designed to accelerate growth and understand the trends across various ecosystems in India. As a curator of the event, my responsibility is to facilitate a platform so as to engage the aspiring founders, students and successful ‘startuppers’ to learn, grow and share. We are happy the 5th edition is happening in Amaravati with the support of Innovation Valley, Govt. of AP,” Siddharth Marupeddi, Founder and CEO of StartAP.

StartAP Awards which took place in May, 2018 recognised some of the most performing entrepreneurs from across Asia which included Ritesh Agarwal of OYO, Lakshmi Potluri of Jabong and Sudhakar of AbhiBus, and startups like Swiggy, Payswiff, Xiaomi and 25 more. The jury for the event included Peter Vesterbacka of Angry Birds; Kirthiga Reddy, former Facebook India Head and Divyank Turakhia, Billionaire Entrepreneur.


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