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US investments in Indian startups have been steadily increasing over the years. Earlier this year, the Startup India initiative was launched by the Government of India to create an ecosystem that drive the growth of startups, foster entrepreneurship and promote innovation.
The mission of the American Bazaar’s three-city US-India Startup Forums is to contribute to this effort by connecting US investors with Indian startups.
The American investors attending the Forums will get a first-hand experience of India’s startup ecosystem, while Indian startup founders and early-stage entrepreneurs will find a platform to listen to, interact and network with the US investors.
More than a dozen investors from the United States, among them Angels, VCs and funds investing in pre-Series A and Series A, will attend the three events.
The Forums will be held in Delhi and Bangalore, the three cities that are the three epicenters of the startup revolution in India. According to one study, Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai accounted for 249 deals out of the 307 deals announced in the first quarter of this year.
The Startup Forums will kick off in Delhi on September 1, 2016, immediately after the conclusion of the US-India Strategic Dialogue.
We expect the participation of hundreds startup and small-business owners in the two cities. One of the main highlights of the Forums will be a startup competition.
The winners in each city will be chosen by a panel of judges. Most of the judges will be investors from the United States who are attending the Forums. The winners will be invited to the United States to make their pitches before investors in the United States.
For more information about the competition and to find out how to enter it, visit this page.
The Lalit New Delhi
September 1, 2016