Tech in Asia 2016 – Top 5 Things to Do in Bengaluru


Bangalore is India’s startup capital. Period. Some of the country’s most prominent startups including Flipkart, Ola Cabs, InMobi and BigBasket are based here.

A true cosmopolitan city, Bangalore (now Bengaluru) is known for its drive for innovation. It works hard during the day and parties hard into the night, thanks to the lively pub scene. The city’s so industrious, even Bangalore Metro is inviting startups to set up offices at its stations.

In case you’re planning to join this year’s Tech in Asia Bangalore 2016 to be held from 6-7 th July, or simply planning to explore the startup scene here, here’s a quick outline for you:

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Planning a launch? - Co-working Spaces!

Planning a launch? - Co-working Spaces!
Bengaluru houses nearly 30% of the country’s technology startups. In case you’re considering a startup, or planning to expand to Bengaluru, catching up with a couple of local entrepreneurs always helps.

Doesn’t matter if you’re actively looking, or just browsing, soaking in a bit of the co-working culture, and a couple of unofficial places to work in the city will help you take a more informed decision. Here are a few options:

BHiVE Workspace

BHiVE Workspace
The biggest co-working spaces in the city, BHiVE has three centres across Bangalore – the hedonistic Indiranagar, upcoming HSR layout and picturesque Koramangala.

While prices vary, the one in Indiranagar costs Rs. 365 ($5.4) a day. If you’re a student you get it at 304 bucks ($4.5). Monthly passes have three forms. In case you travel a lot, flex memberships are better.

Regular membership comes at Rs. 6500 ($96.5) a month and Dedicated desks are Rs. 7000 ($103) a month. Prices include coffee and tea. Both HSR and Indiranagar are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whereas Koramangala is open 8am-10pm on all 7 days of the week.

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Church Street Social

Church Street Social
In line with Bangalore’s spirit, Church Street Social is a co-working space during the day and a pub at night. Located right in the center of town, you can opt to work out of their other two locations in Delhi and Mumbai.

Open between 9am and 6pm on weekdays, this place has high-speed internet, printers, scanners, and an on-demand conference room. Membership fees is Rs.5,000 ($75) a month, and after you exceed your limit, you get a 10% discount on the bill.

Are we good? In case you want to sign up, just fill out this online application form, and you’re good to go!

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Starbucks

Starbucks
Imagine making it big, and telling your story of how you ‘started from Starbucks’ and made it there.

A coffee won’t cost more than 200 bucks, and in locations like Starbucks Indiranagar, a place with good Wi-Fi and nice music is a great place to meet business partners.

Incubators, Accelerators and Launchpads

Incubators, Accelerators and Launchpads
Bangalore has a couple of accelerator and incubator programs that could help you get an edge in today’s competitive market.

Here are a couple of names you can look up and set appointments:

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Tlabs Accelerator

Tlabs Accelerator
Tlabs is a startup accelerator and early stage seed-fund in India for internet and mobile technology startups. Its intensive four-month mentoring program is extremely well-known, and startups can apply to join on a rolling basis.

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Microsoft Accelerator

Microsoft Accelerator
Microsoft Accelerator is an early-to-middle-stage accelerator focused on Cloud, Internet and Mobile using Microsoft technologies.

Microsoft Accelerator runs program of 4 months, starting in January and July every year. Selected startups get strong mentoring, technical guidance and connections to other startups.

The accelerator announced its latest batch of 12 startups in March this year that raised $18 million.

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Kyron

Kyron
Kyron Accelerator is a global accelerator for early-stage startups. Founded in 2012, it deals with Web and App-based startups.

Kyron has introduced a new concept of pre-accelerator, which will admit about 20-25 startups. Such startups will be put through a six-month incubation period after which Kyron handpick the companies for its accelerator batches.

Target Accelerator

Target Accelerator
Target Accelerator funds Marketing, Omnichannel, Mobile, Big Data analytics and Merchandising and Supply Chain Technologies based startups.

A recently launched program, this is a 16 week intensive, high touch, immersive and development-oriented program, specially curated for upto five technology startups focused on transforming the global retail industry through innovative and disruptive technologies.

Drawing Inspiration – Billion Dollar Dreams

Drawing Inspiration – Billion Dollar Dreams
Bengaluru has been home to the Indian offices of many global technology companies for over three decades.

However, as the startup culture has started to pick up, a lot of really big startups now have their headquarters here, thanks to its existing talent pool.

Whether you’re a college dorm startup or a late bloomer, it doesn’t hurt seeking advice and inspiration. Pay a visit, who knows you might catch up with some big shot over lunch or a smoke break. Just saying. Here are a couple of Bangalore’s biggest startups and their offices.

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Flipkart

Flipkart
Pardhnani Wilshire, Cessna Business Park, Embassy Tech Square Main Rd, Kaverappa Layout, Kadubeesanahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560103

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Inmobi

Inmobi
6th, 7th and 8th Floor, Block Delta (Block B), Embassy Tech Square, Kadubeesanahalli Village Outer Ring Road
Varthur Hobli.

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Ola

Ola
Auro Center, 4th Cross Road, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560095

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Networking – The Whales

Networking – The Whales
Events like Tech in Asia Bangalore 2016 are the best opportunity for startups to network.

Walk up, have a chat, and don’t seem desperate. Who knows, somebody might like your idea!

Here are some of the big names:

Vani Kola

Vani Kola
Managing Director, Kalaari Capital

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Shekhar Kirani

Shekhar Kirani
Partner, Accel Partners

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Mohit Bhatnagar

Mohit Bhatnagar
Managing Director, Sequoia Capital India

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Vikram Vaidyanathan

Vikram Vaidyanathan
Managing Director, Matrix India

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Mahesh Murthy

Mahesh Murthy
Founder, Seedfund

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Refueling

Refueling
All work and no play? Nah! When not at work, Bangalore is partying and socializing.

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Hard Rock Cafe Bengaluru

Hard Rock Cafe Bengaluru
Needs no introduction. You know what to expect!

Address: No. 40, St. Marks Road | Near Anil Kumble Circle, Opposite LIC building, Bengaluru (Bangalore) 560001, India

Phone Number: +91 80 41242222

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Sutra

Sutra
This award winning, contemporary lounge has creative cocktails shaken or stirred by master bartenders. Add to that the live music, modern dance floor and chic cocktails, and the lounge is an attractive option.

Address: Kumara Krupa Road, Highgrounds, Seshadripuram | The Lalit Ashok Bangalore, Bengaluru (Bangalore) 560001, India

Phone Number: +91 96 86 948500

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Toit

Toit
This micro-brewery makes awesome beer (obviously!).

Well known among locals, if you’re a beer person, be here.

Address: 298, Namma Metro Pillar 62, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore

Phone Numbers: +91 9019713388, +91 9019813388

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Coming, right?

Coming, right?
Oh, in case you haven’t got your passes to Tech in Asia Bangalore 2016, Get yours today because it starts from 6th July.

Passes for Indian citizens start from US$99.

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