About
The
Event

BIGShift is an Inc42 initiative to enable, engage and empower startups in India’s Tier 2 cities.

The 6-city event is on a mission to celebrate, discover and connect the local startup ecosystem in India’s Tier 2 cities.

6 CITIES

350+ ATTENDEES

300+ STARTUPS

40+ SPEAKERS

30+ PITCHES

20+ COMMUNITIES

What We Have In Store

FOUNDERS CONNECT

Interact with fellow startup founders and the ecosystem enablers

NETWORKING

Get a chance to meet the who’s who of the city’s startup ecosystem

Showcase your startup in front of local startup ecosystem stakeholders

SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS

Keynote sessions & panel discussions engaging eminent investors & entrepreneurs

FREE BENEFITS

Get a chance to win exclusive DigitalOcean credits & more

Unearthing
India’s Emerging Startups
From Tier 2 Cities

BIGShift will serve as a launchpad for FIVE startups in each city. These startups will be offered the enviable opportunity to showcase their business plans as well as products/services in front of stalwarts from the local startup community.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
  • Your startup has been operational for at least 1-year but less than 5 years
  • Your startup has not raised more than $1 Mn in funding
  • Your startup must be registered in India or founded in India and have operations in India
WHAT WOULD YOU GET?
  • The amazing opportunity to exhibit your startup and showcase products/services in front of people who matter
  • Get discovered by the local startup ecosystem
  • Selected startups will get direct entry into DigitalOcean’s global stratup program ‘Hatch’ that provides a host of exclusive benefits including a year’s worth of infrastructure credits, technical mentorship and access to a curated set of networking events
  • Top 6 startups throughout the series will be featured on Inc42
  • 3 startups will get a free access to Inc42’s flagship conference — The Ecosystem Summit in November’19

Schedule

Why You
Should Attend?

Attendees of the BIGShift event will be offered:
  • The opportunity to connect with prominent players in the local startup ecosystem
  • Learn from the experts through sessions and discussions
  • Connect and learn from the fellow hustlers
  • Networking and partnership opportunities
  • Get access to exclusive credits and mentorship from DigitalOcean
  • Connect & engage with the Inc42 team

Past
Edition

Inc42 hosted the first edition of BIGShift in 2017 in 8 cities. The series helped connect over 400 startups and investors with the local startup ecosystem in India’s emerging Tier 2 & 3 startup hubs.

8 CITIES

400+ ATTENDEES

300+ STARTUPS

50+ SPEAKERS

40+ PITCHES

25+ COMMUNITIES

FAQs

Do I need to pay while I apply?

Yes! but in case you are not shortlisted, we will refund the fee.

What is the agenda and duration of BIGShift event?

BIGShift is a 4-hour event with 3-4 interesting sessions followed by startup pitches. The event starts in the afternoon.

How will I know if my application is selected or rejected?

We will inform you as soon as we are done with the selection process. You will be notified about your application status via email.

Once I am shortlisted, can I get a refund in case I am unable to attend?

No, refunds are only initiated in case of rejection of an application.

Who all will I be able to meet while I attend?

BIGShift, as an idea, was conceived to help startups connect, bond and discuss synergies under one roof. So, you will meet your co-hustlers from the Indian startup ecosystem and our imminent speakers.

What all does the application fee/ticket include?

The ticket covers your attendance at the event and snacks. Connecting you with the community is anyway priceless.

I am shortlisted, can I get a plus 1?

The audience for the meetup is handpicked & we are afraid we won’t be entertaining any +1s. However, if you think your +1 can fit the bill and definitely deserves to be a part of the event, hit reply to the email you got from our team & we shall surely look into it.

I am shortlisted but can someone else attend on my behalf?

No, we are handpicking an audience of 50 people from the ecosystem to spend an evening together and you are one of them. In case you think the other person might fit the bill or can replace you – hit us up with their profile.

Will I be able to speak to guest speakers during the meetup?

Definitely! The meetup is an open floor. Everyone – and we mean it – is a few steps away.

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