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POCC meetup – Footprint Ventures and Google M&A – 3 July

What: Pune OpenCoffee Club get-together. Informal meeting with Footprint Ventures, and Google Corporate Development and M&A.

When: Thursday, 3rd July, 6pm.

Where: Seed Infotech’s office in Erandawana

Registration and Fees: This event is free for everyone. Register at upcoming.


Hemant Joshi, of nFactorial would like to invite POCC members to an informal get-together with special invitees: Footprint Ventures, and Google Corporate Development on 3rd July, 5pm.

Footprint ventures will be there to meet startups and talk about what they look for when considering Series A investments.

Neeraj Arora will be representing Google’s Corporate Development and M&A division and will be there to interact with Startups.

The venue will be Seed Infotech’s office in Erandawana.

The complete address is:
Seed Infotech
Nalanda building, Opposite Gandhi Lawns,
Erandwane, Pune

Many thanks to Naredra Barhate, CEO of Seed Infotech for arranging place for the meeting.

Footprint Ventures are an early stage venture capital fund, based out of India. (http://footprintventures.com/index.htm).

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Footprint Venture entrepreneurs meeting – 3 July

Update: See the updated post on the latest details (including venue, and Google M&A’s participation).

Hemant Joshi, co-founder of nFactorial Software, writes:

Footprint Venture will be visiting Pune in next week, 3rd July. They are an early stage venture capital fund, based out of India. (http://footprintventures.com/index.htm ). I am trying to arrange their meeting with POCC members where they can informally interact with POCC member and talk for a few minutes on their prospective, what they look for, etc. The tentative plan is to have this meeting from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The venue is TBD. I will confirm the venue and meeting in a few days. If anyone can arrange for place, it will be great.

Footprint is an early stage venture capital fund, based out of India. They are targeting entrepreneurs seeking Series A investment.

The fund is the brainchild of Neill Brownstein, a co-founder of Bessemer Venture Partners. It aims to invest in companies with a strong India focus, i.e. companies with offerings that are either exclusively for India or for India & international markets.

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Entrepreneurial Challenge 2008 – TiE and Canaan Partners

This is not exactly a Pune event, but given the number of people with entrepreneurial instincts in Pune, this should have wide appeal here.

TiE and Canaan Partners announced the launch of the TIE-Canaan Entrepreneurial Challenge 2008, a business plan competition open to early stage entrepreneurs from across the country. The idea is to submit a business plan before May 12th (if you can figure out where the template is. (Thanks pluggd.in.)

There are a number of interesting awards, including guidance and market development support from Microsoft (to one finalist), a course at ISB (to one person from each finalist team), and being featured in Business Today.

Open only to those who have already incorporated a company.

Pune OpenCoffee Club Meeting – 4th April (for Startups)

If you are a Pune-based entrepreneur (or think you’d like to be an entrepreneur someday), consider joining the Pune OpenCoffee Club. There is a meeting of the POCC on Friday. Main agenda is for the members to get to know each other. Also a couple of VCs will be attending – they also want to get to know Pune entrepreneurs.

Details from Anjali Gupta (anjali at NOSPAM bookeazy dot com):

Dear Pune OpenCoffee members,

Thank you for your enthusiastic response in bootstrapping the Club. In the last few weeks over 50 members and 20 startups have joined POCC on http://punestartups.ning.com

Who’s here?
Pringoo, Komli, Mithi, Mangospring, Zmanda, 42, ThinkingSpace, TechZemplary, Coriolis, Josh Software, Niyuj, Indyvation, Mobikon, 5 Colors, Business Gateway, Spring Computing, TastyKhana, Lipikaar, and BookEazy.

We’ve planned our first networking meetup on 4th April, 5:30pm – 7.30pm (Friday) at BookEazy.

We’ve also invited a few guests who have expressed interest in meeting POCC entrepreneurs at the meetup.
– Mukul Singhal, Canaan Partners
– Niren Shah, Norwest Venture Partners
– Startup mentors and incubators will also be attending

Do invite entrepreneurs, founders, investors/advisers or those interested in starting up or joining startups.

For event details and directions to the venue, please visit:
look here

Don’t forget to confirm your participation here to help us plan:
RSVP link: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/428897/
RSVP over email: anjali at NOSPAM bookeazy dot com

Feel free to add your feedback and comments on the POCC forums.

Look forward to meeting everyone.

Best regards,

Pune needs more of a tech “community”. So please join.

Tech Community Building: Startup Lunch, OpenCoffee Club and Bloggers Meet

Startup Lunch, Pune

[A StartupLunch] is roughly the same as the SpeedDating concept. The startup founders are seated on one side and the candidates get to say hello and have a quick conversation to talk about what the background of the founder is, why he started the company and what sort of person he is looking for, while asking questions to the candidate about the reason to join a startup and what his/her passions are and ten minutes later the same process continues with the next founder. Within an hour, you would have met/spoken to most of the startups, and by the end of the day would know whom to get in touch with for your first/next job.

Something like this would be really useful, especially in Pune, because most job seekers are not aware of the startups that exist in the area, and where to find them. The Startup Lunch is an attempt at fixing this.

More details

Register here if you are looking for a job. And register here if you are a startup. Jaspreet Singh (jaspreet.singh _at_ druvaa.com) from Druvaa has taken the lead in organizing this in Pune.

VC Circle Growth Capital Forum

VC Circle is holding a day long event targeted towards the venture capital, capital investments and entrepreneural community. Basically, companies seeking funds to grow, and people with money who are willing to give it out.
Snapshot of the Event
Venue: Le Meridien, Pune
Date: April 4, 2008
Time: 10.30 am-5.30 pm
Registration fee per attendant: Rs 3,000 inclusive of all taxes.

The confirmed list of speakers:
George Thomas, Partner, India Value Fund

Nikhil Khattau, MD, Mayfield Fund
Srini Vudayagiri, Managing Director, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Cyrus Driver, MD, Helix Investments
Gaurav Mathur, MD, India Equity Partners
Deep Kalra, CEO, MakeMyTrip
Niren Shah, MD, Norwest Venture Partners

Kartik Parija, MD, Zephyr Peacock
Shantanu Surpure, Managing Advocate, Sandhill India Advisors
Subba Rao, Chairman, Robo Silicon
Abizer Diwanji, Executive Director, KPMG
Shiraz Bhugwadia, Director, o3 Capital Partners
Kuntal Shah, Co-Founder, Axis Holdings

More details

Pune OpenCoffee Club

The Pune OpenCoffee Club is an attempt to establish recognized, open and regular meeting places where entrepreneurs can meet with investors, advisor’s, (and anyone else) in a totally informal setting.nurture the startup eco-system through Community participation

Pune OpenCoffee Club was started by Santosh Dawara, co-founder of Bookeazy.

If you are interested, please sign up

Bloggers Meet

Pune Bloggers Meet organized by Vineet in conjunction with IndiBlogger and Microsoft last weekend was attended by over 50 people.

There was quite a diverse crowd:

There are lots of interesting and enthusiastic people in Pune.

Upcoming Events: Pune Bloggers Meet, VC Forum

Pune Bloggers Meet, March 15, 4pm

Indiblogger is arranging a bloggers meet in Pune (sponsored by Microsoft). To get an idea of what the meet is likely to be like, see reports of their previous blogger meets at Hyderabad and Bangalore.

So far, it appears that about 30 bloggers have confirmed attendance (although I suspect that the final number is likely to be higher). I know that a bunch of bloggers from Mumbai are coming down to Pune specially for this, and it appears that some are coming from Kolkatta and Bangalore too.

VC Circle Growth Capital Forum, Pune, April 4, 10:30 to 6

VC Circle is holding a day long event targeted towards the venture capital, capital investments and entrepreneural community. Basically, companies seeking funds to grow, and people with money who are willing to give it out.

VC Circle is a news website tracking India’s deal economy – venture capital, private equity, investment banking, mergers, acquisitions, corporate law, and entrepreneurship. VC Circle was founded in November 2005 by Sahad P V. a journalist with 10 years of experience in Business Today (Assistant Editor), India Today Group, Business Standard (staff writer).

A similar event in held in Bangalore in November 2007 attracted over 100 attendees. Speakers were mostly from the venture capital and growth capital investments communitiy. To see a list of speakers at that event see here. The speakers and other details for the Pune event haven’t been announced yet.