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Headstart Gears Up for its Annual Premier Startup Summit HSX 2023                  

All set to host the HS Beyond Program to Accelerate International Growth for Indian Startups

  • HSX 2023, the exclusive startup summit is expected to have 1000+ attendees and 30+ startup stalls, featuring 35+ speakers and 5+ workshops.

  • Key speakers include Shraddha Sharma from YourStory, Deena Jacob from OPEN Financial Technologies, Kalpit Jain from Netcore Cloud, Dinesh Pai from Rainmatter, Naiyya Saggi from Good Glamm Group, Arjun Vaidya from Dr.Vaidyas and Sindhu Gangadharan from SAP Labs, alongside other notable industry leaders.

  • The summit will include their exclusive initiative, HS Beyond, that aims to offer mentorship to growth-stage startups, assisting them in establishing their presence on an international scale.

Headstart, a pioneering enabler in the startup ecosystem since 2007, is set to host their annual flagship startup summit, HSX 2023, in Bangalore on 30th September at SAP Labs Whitefield. The summit will gather India’s top startups, VCs, Corporate CXOs, and Government decision-makers from across the nation.

HSX, an exclusive flagship event of Headstart, will bring together luminaries, successful entrepreneurs, and key stakeholders in the startup ecosystem, offering engaging workshops, insightful panel discussions, and extensive networking opportunities. Copresented by SAP,  HSX’23 aims to host 1000+ attendees, 7 pre-events (Health, tech, Web3 meetups, community mixer, women in tech, founders’ events, and a startup bus tour), 30+ startup stalls, and 5+ workshops. The event has established strategic partnerships with government, corporate, and incubator partners, including SAP Startup Studio, Standard Chartered Bank, Heyo Phone, Business Finland, among others to foster a dynamic ecosystem for startups and innovators.

This year, the summit will also include the HS Beyond initiative, dedicated to providing mentorship for growth-stage startups, aiding them in expanding their footprint internationally by establishing trade tie-ups with relevant bodies in the target country. The initiative also includes informative sessions, networking events, and workshops. Headstart is currently seeking applications for an exclusive Bootcamp for startups looking to expand to the Middle East. The edition also introduces the boosters pavilion, which offers startups access to exclusive deals from service providers like Canva, BHive, Grandmark, wowelz interacteka, covering co-working spaces, design software subscriptions, branding services, and more.

Furthermore, distinguished industry leaders like Deena Jacob from OPEN Financial Technologies, Kalpit Jain from Netcore Cloud, Dinesh Pai from Rainmatter, Naiyya Saggi from Good Glamm Group, Arjun Vaidya from Dr. Vaidyas, Sindhu Gangadharan from SAP Labs and Shraddha Sharma from Yourstory, among others will share their insights at the event. Some of the topics that will be covered include the trajectory of the VC market in 2024, and tech that will flourish the next decade for Indian Startups .

In previous HSX iterations, distinguished entrepreneurs including Kunal Shah from Cred, Vidit Aatrey from Meesho, Bipin Preet Singh from Mobikwik, Gaurav Munjal from Unacademy, and Vamsi Krishna from Vedantu have graced the event. Over the past 16 years, Headstart has organized over 3,000 + startup events, facilitating more than 200 meetups annually. These gatherings offer a vital platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration among entrepreneurs and innovators. Headstart’s initiatives have proven beneficial for over 15,000 startups and have impacted over 10,000 entrepreneurs each year.

Commenting on HSX’ 23, Amit Singh – Founder, Headstart said “ HSX 2023 stands as a tribute to Headstart’s 16-year pursuit of nurturing innovation and collaboration. It’s a celebration of the vibrant achievements of our startup family and a testament to collective impact. Over the years, we have been privileged to aid over 15000 startups in their growth journey, providing them platforms to connect, exchange ideas, and seek guidance. This year with the addition of the HS Beyond initiative, the summit signifies a pivotal moment in our mission to empower startups on a global scale. We look forward to another year of driving the entrepreneurial spirit, creating impactful connections, and shaping the future of innovation.”

Headstart Network Foundation was started in 2007 with a community of impactful entrepreneurs and they work closely with all the stakeholders 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.

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Details about HSX 23

Date: September 30th, 2023

Venue: SAP Labs Whitefield, Bengaluru

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 23 cities in India as well as in Finland, Dubai, and Germany.  It has impacted 15,000+ ventures every year by conducting 3,000+ 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 30th of September, 2023.


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