Busy couple of weeks ahead for networking in the start-up space. Apart from the big event of the month, Proto.in—read more in RSVP—there are a smattering of interesting formal and informal meet-ups that will keep start-ups connected.
First up, if you are in Bangalore and can’t make it to Proto, there is Headstart between 18 and 20 January. This is being held at the Indian Institute of Science. It is a bit different from Proto in terms of the kind of people it wants to address—you could be an entrepreneur, research scholar, an executive in a large company or a venture capitalist who has a role to play in the innovation cycle of a product or technology. Check out for details at www.headstart.in.
If a formal forum is not to your liking, there’s an OpenCoffee Club coming up in the city on 20 January. The venue has not been firmed up yet, but it will probably be the usual, Brewhaha (the coffee shop) at Koramangla. For updates, go to http://groups.google.com/group/opencoffeeclubatbangalore.
This is a closed user website and will require a sign-up before you get details on the event. Also, in Bangalore and Mumbai, Mobile Monday meets come up at closer to the end of the month. Mobile Monday Bangalore went large-scale in December when it hosted the day-long MoDeMo, which saw scores of mobile value-added start-up showcase their products.
Finally, there are two BarCamps coming up this month. The first is in Ahmedabad on 19 January and is being held at the Indian Institute of Management.
The second is on 27 January and is in Mumbai, called the BarCampTechfest IIT Bombay. Link up for both at www.barcamp.org.
The line-up of events in January kicks off a promising year for entrepreneurs, who until 12-14 months ago starved for start-up centric networking forums in the country. Much of the activity in evidence now is because of entrepreneurs themselves who took the initiative to set up self-help forums.