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The Asia’s Largest Startup Conference, 4th Edition of The August Fest to Kick Off

Some of the all time best speakers include Soundarya Rajinikath, daughter of film star Rajinikanth; Shobu Yarlagadda, Producer of Baahubali; Carman Chan, investor in over 25 companies such as Spotify, Meetup and Charu Sharma, Founder of Pro Kabaddi

The August Fest is back with bang. Now in its fourth year, it is getting bigger and better. Within three years of its launch it has become The Asia’s Largest Startup Conference. The 4th Edition of the Fest will be formally kicked off on 3rd September here in Hyderabad and will conclude on 4th September informed Kiran Maverick and Adi, Founders of Eat Sleep Drink Startup which conceptualised The August Fest.

 Seen Jayesh Ranjan, IT Secretary Govt of AP, Kiran, Founder of August Fest and Few Startups who benefited from the conference
Seen Jayesh Ranjan, IT Secretary Govt of AP, Kiran, Founder of August Fest and Few Startups who benefited from the conference

It is organized in support with Government of Telangana, T-Hub and ISB, it will be held at JRC Convention Center. We are bringing the best of the minds from across India and the world to Hyderabad for August Fest. 107 speakers and 12,000 participants. There will be 125 Startup pitches and 20 workshops this year, informed Kiran Maverick, the founder of Eat, Sleep, Drink (ESD) startup which has conceptualized the August Fest, while addressing a press conference here in city today.

By any standard, this is the massive conference, no startup or aspiring startup can afford to miss.

Celebrate Entrepreneurship and learn from experts at August Fest. The new thing we have introduced this year is Revolution Stage, Startup Stage, Scale-up Stage and Un-Conference this year and over the two days Startups can choose what they want to learn and network with Entrepreneurs, Innovators, Game Changers and Investors coming from across India and other countries, Kiran added.

Unlike other conferences August Fest also is different in a way that we invite knowledge partners from this year we tried our best to invite as many women speakers as possible, Kiran informed.

Some of our speakers include Carman Chan from Hong Kong – Investor in over 25 companies including Spotify, and Palantir Technologies; Ernest Sanchez from Spain – Entrepreneur and Investor who is looking to set up an accelerator in India; Soundarya Rajinikanth – Entrepreneur, Film Maker and daughter of Rajinikanth.; Charu Sharma – Founder of Pro Kabaddi League; Shobu Yarlagadda – Producer of Baahubali. And Neal Cross, Innovation Head at DBS Bank – Singapore.

The other speakers include

  • Rahul Reddy of Octopus;
  • Shruti Royyuru, Marketing and Product Specialist at Wealth objects;
  • Akancha Srivastava, Director of Azure;
  • Chris Chandler, Design Practice Lead at;
  • Vaibhav Agarwal, Co Founder of Inc42;
  • Krishna Gandhi, Founder of Grandhi Law Chambers(GLC);
  • Neal Cross, CIO of Des Bank;
  • L.Hemachandran, Founder & CEO at Celebrity Badminton League;
  • Stephanie Alys, Co-Founder at Mysteryvibe;
  • Nandita Kanwar, Founder of Econcero Consulting Pvt. Ltd;
  • Archana Khosla, Founder Partner of Vertices;
  • Anshul Motwani, Co-Founder of Fadbulletin;
  • Hosamane J Savitha, Founder at Hasovan;
  • Anurag Maloo, Regional Manager  Tech Stars;
  • Manish Harodia, Founder at Dream Wallets;
  • Jairaj Mashru, Founder at Bombay Innovation Group;
  • Satish Kataria, Founder at Catapooolt;
  • Ashish Chadha, Chief Excecutive at Sporty Media;
  • Sajid, Founder at;
  • Yatin K Thakur, Founder at Coworkin;
  • Nirali Shah, Coach at International Meditation;
  • Mike Larosa, Founder at Wayfarer Advisory Group;
  • Vanessa Sans, Founder at Happy Working Lab;
  • Shraddha Patil, Co-Founder & Chief Mentor at Thementorpreneurs;
  • Nikolaj Astrup, Founder at;
  • Ryan Patel, Board Director at American Red cross LA;
  • Ajay Ramasubramaniam, Director at Zone Startups India;
  • Burak Buyukdemir, Founder at Startup Turkey;
  • Lakshmi Rebecca, Founder at Red Bangle;
  • Rajive Dhavan, Founder at What’s in a Name;
  • Aruna Reddy, Entrepreneurship Centre Head at ISB,
  • Lakshmi Manchu, Actor & Producer;
  • Pankti Shah, Founder at Crazy Wanderer and
  • Rishi Chowdhury Founder at Incubus Ventures.

We traveled to 30+ Countries in last 24 Months to bring in best of the minds from across the World to The August Fest, Kiran declared.

Giving highlights, Kiran added that The August Fest is a two day festival with full of Startup Pitches, 100s of Startups interacting at the Expo, TED Style talks, panel discussions, workshops, networking, access to mentors, unit etc.

On the day one, program will begin with Fireside Chat on what it takes to build a successful Startup followed by Panels on opportunities in sports and entertainment for Startups, Inspiring talks and 100+ nonstop pitches will be held, he added.

It is a first of its kind activity that showcases many products in India. We have invited Limca book of records team to evaluate, Kiran shared.

On the Second day it will start with keynote by Ms. Carman Chan who is a popular investor followed by Panel discussions on h Care, Accelerators.
Adi, Co Founder of ESD, adds, “We have multiple Tracks on Main Stage, Startup Stage, Scaleup Stage and an Un-conference to give high quality learning’s for Startups. Each stage will have specific content like. Business Model Canvas, Idea Validation, Choosing right tech team, workshop on financial projections is useful for those who are starting up or people who have already startup and looking to scale.”



Pre-series A Funding for Didi (

Didi has recently raised $550,000 as a pre- series A funding from international VC’s and Angels including Ex Mkinsey Directors and Partners. Didi is the leading home and commercial cleaning services provider in Mumbai.

(Front row)- Meeta Kedare, Rupinder Singh, Rishabh Kesarwani, Mayank Kabra, Jhonny Jha, Akshay Agarwal, Swati Choudhari, Rachna Jain. (Back row) - Riya Gayasen, Mukesh Patel, Sagar Sen, Sachin Saraf, Govinda Pathak, Vinay Kumar, Abhijeet Ranjan, Saajan Rajak
(Front row)- Meeta Kedare, Rupinder Singh, Rishabh Kesarwani, Mayank Kabra, Jhonny Jha, Akshay Agarwal, Swati Choudhari, Rachna Jain. (Back row) – Riya Gayasen, Mukesh Patel, Sagar Sen, Sachin Saraf, Govinda Pathak, Vinay Kumar, Abhijeet Ranjan, Saajan Rajak

Didi recently got selected in AWS Activate (Amazon web services), Microsoft BizSpark Plus, and Google Launchpad Accelerator due to its technological innovations and sustainable business plan.

About Didi: is an on-demand, hyper-local platform for excellence in high-frequency services (for now House cleaning, deep cleaning and commercial cleaning) by trained, apprenticed and tech-enabled women entrepreneurs. They also provide monthly packages at a discounted cost.

About Founders:
Founded by Jhonny Jha, CEO and Ex-McKinsey, M.Tech and B.Tech from IIT Bombay, Sagar Sen, COO, FRM Ex-Credit Suisse banker, B.Tech, IIT Bombay and Akshay Agarwal, CTO, Ex-Wikipedia, 10x management.

Notionpress proudly presents author Mangesh Bharsakle with his intriguing book ‘The Entrepreneur’

For those aspiring businessmen and entrepreneurs out there who are keen on knowing about the organizational functions, struggles, and challenges, here comes a book that will enlighten you. This is a book that will act as your guide and mentor and help you realize what it takes to set up a business and run it successfully as well. Titled The Entrepreneur, the book is published by Notion Press and is now available to readers all over the world.

The Entrepreneur BookThe Entrepreneur is a fiction penned by the author Mangesh Bharsakle and is set around the real life challenges and hurdles an aspiring entrepreneur would face. The story revolves around the life of Lakshya, and his vision of gaining a foothold in the world of business. Lakshya is one of those souls who are born with the spirit and competency of successful businessmen. Since his childhood, he has the habit of looking at things from a different perspective and understanding of the fact of the universe. His excellent skill sets and his acquisition of expertise in writing, reading, and photography make his the perfect example of a promising businessman.

The career of Lakshya begins to take shape when he joins as an intern in an organization. When his reporting manager is on a soup due to the non-delivery of a product to a customer, Lakshya takes charge of the situation to deliver it. His passion, dedication, and zeal to get things done all help him carve his way towards entrepreneurship. The story then unfolds to Lakshya setting up a firm and travels through the lessons he learns and experiences he gains in the business world. Read to know the various aspects of setting up a business and running it successfully through the eyes of Lakshya. Grab your copy today – The Entrepreneur.

Mangesh Bharsakle, Chairman and Co-Founder of Matrix Zero One Systems Pvt Ltd (MZOS), leads the overall direction of the organization. A strong personality with credence in Thinking and Approach is a victorious entrepreneur. His aim is to serve the society and that has made him to turn to the Education field. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pune University. Starting young, he launched MZOS in the year 2003, and today, this successful journey of the organization has encompassed – IT Retail Training, Corporate Training, Staffing and Software Consulting Services.

MangeshHis belief is “ZERO IS ALL”. A person who loves innovation and & a creative approach. Currently with his dedicated efforts and excellence in administration has resulted in strong 600+ multinational IT clients across the globe and functions. Since Inception MZOS has been successful in providing platforms to more than 10000 IT professional to make their dream career in IT. He further sees the prospect of a good and bright future of MZOS as an organization, which will not only serve the needs of society but also preserve the values of being human.

Notion Press has been the backbone of many authors’ growth by providing them with its unique Author Incubation Program, which provides the right platform to get published and sell a number of copies in the market. It has been acknowledged by many as a very helpful tool to showcase their talent in this very challenging field of books and publishing.


Axilor Plans to Increase Investments in Early Stage Startups; Opens Applications for its 4th Accelerator Batch

Axilor, a new generation platform for supporting early stage startups, is planning to invest in 12-15 startups this year. Through its unique venture funding model, Axilor supports entrepreneurs in their first 24 months, helping them move from idea to scale. Started by some of the iconic entrepreneurs and business leaders, Axilor’s founders include Kris Gopalakrishnan, S D Shibulal, Professor Tarun Khanna, Srinath Batni and Ganapathy Venugopal.

In an environment where there is talk of a funding winter, Axilor continues to believe that there are abundant opportunities to invest in early-stage startups. Talking of its investment philosophy, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Chairman of Axilor said, “Globally, some of the most successful companies have been built coming out of downturns and it will be no different here. The market leaders of the next decade have just started out and we want to support them through the first 24 months of their journey. Not every startup has to aim for unicorn status – building and running a sustainable, high-growth venture is a good outcome. Some of these foundations are laid in the early days of the startup journey and Axilor will enable as many startups as possible to have these outcomes. We are excited to work with entrepreneurs passionate about building businesses by solving tough problems using technology. We will continue to invest in technology startups that power e-commerce, enterprise, and healthcare. However, we will also look at investing in capital efficient models in new sectors with exciting possibilities.

Axilor also announced that it has opened applications for its flagship Accelerator program for the Winter 2016 batch, starting in September 2016. It plans to induct up to 15 startups in its upcoming batch, up from 9 in its previous batch. Less than one in twenty-five applications make it to the final list. One of the few structured programs in the country for founders in very early stages of their idea, the program comes with a host of benefits. At the end of 100 days, most startups achieving the program goals get funding of Rs.25 lacs through Axilor’s Scale-up program.

Talking about the program and its benefits, Ganapathy Venugopal, Co-founder and CEO of Axilor, said “We are extremely happy to see the results of the 100-day accelerator program and the difference it has made to startups. The program has allowed them to move with 3-5x speed, gain good traction and get funded faster. The fact that they are part of a community of some of the smartest founders also makes a big difference to how quickly they are able to move.”

Applications for the Accelerator program is currently open. Listen to the founders from our Summer 2016 batch; learn more about the program and apply The applications close on the 19th of August, 2016.