The date is moving closer and closer: On Friday, May 19th, the Grand Finale of TechSparks 2011 will take place in India – and I will be a part of it! The event, which is organized by YourStory, is the culmination of the nation-wide hunt to find the best product tech companies of India – which means a lot, since the market is literally booming: Just today, two companies raised 150 Million and 40 million dollars of capital.
In addition to the showcase of the top 20 product tech companies and the top 10 apps, the TechSparks Grand Finale will also feature the unveiling of the “Tech30” report, India’s first benchmarking document bringing to the spotlight the 30 product technology startups that India needs to watch out for, with the stamp of approval from VCs and technology giants – I am looking forward to receiving a copy for my further research on the scene. Also, I am really looking forward to „App4India“ – an initiative undertaken by YourStory.in under the TechSparks umbrella to spot and showcase the best mobile/netbook apps being built out of India. Kickstarted this year in partnership with Intel, the App4India segment during the TechSparks grand finale will see the ten most interesting apps being featured and the winning app will be awarded the App4India prize (Rs.50,000). Since India is a strong mobile market, I expect to see great innovations here.
Sponsored by Sequoia Capital, Google, IBM, Amazon Web Services, and National Instruments, this event will definitely be the place to be in August… hope to see you there!