Andhra Pradesh has forever been a breeding ground for entrepreneurs and successful businessmen, and the state has always been known as a hub of business and education. The next gen young entrepreneurs from Andhra Pradesh have decided that it is time to make the state a launch pad for budding entrepreneurs.

CM Chandrababu Naidu being Pro- IT and Entrepreneurship was the first one in India to launch a start up policy to promote entrepreneurship. Harnessing the pro Start Up policies, young folks have come together to celebrate, exhibit and promote entrepreneurship in the new Andhra Pradesh State.

The first fest is being organized in Vijayawada, the new Capital of Andhra Pradesh on 27th and 28th of December.

Its “The StartAP Fest – Celebrating Andhrapreneurship.”

Vijayawada will play host to The StartAP Fest, the biggest event yet in Andhra Pradesh. An event that will be etched in the history of this new, vibrant state. The StartAP Fest brings together some of India’s most forward thinkers, including eminent industrialists, MNC CEOs, government representatives, venture capitalists, investors, successful young entrepreneurs, and students, in order to provide a platform for entrepreneurs from the region, and to propel AP’s brand as a future hub of IT and innovation.

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Here are a group of eminent speakers who will be at the Start AP fest talking about their stories and best practices. Damodar Mall, CEO of Reliance Retail,

  • Parmesh Shahani, Editor at Verve Magazine,
  • J Satyanarayana, I.A.S – Chief Advisor to the Ministry of ITE & C, Government of Andhra Pradesh.
  • Ram Kinjarapu, MP, Srikakulam, AP.
  • Anil Bakshi, Director of Leadership Development & Strategic Initiatives, Tata Consultancy Services.
  • Upasana Makati, Founder, White Print Co.
  • Phani Eggone, Founder & CEO, FireFly Studios
  • Sijo Kuruvilla, Co-Founder, Startup Village ; Co-Founder, MobME Wireless
  • Jatin Chaudary, Co-founder, eChai
  • Shilpanjani Dantu, Founder and Editor, Yo Vizag!

Supported by the Ministry of IT, Government of Andhra Pradesh, The StartAP Fest will be the largest convention of, by, and for Andhraprenuers, where hundreds of startup founders, students, mentors, investors, and visionaries meet, share, learn, and collaborate. Run in a very unconference format, the StartAP Fest includes 6 tracks, 12 sessions, and 6 power talks, delivered by over 35 of the most experienced personalities from the world of business. Plus, there are workshops by IBM, and Google.

A two day mega startup event, with over 1500 entrepreneurs and 100 investors, speakers, mentors and partners, The StartAP Fest is a launch pad for budding entrepreneurs, and successful startup founders to establish, and run their businesses from within Andhra Pradesh.

With the government’s new startup and IT policy, The StartAP Fest looks to give youngsters the much needed inspiration to start their own ventures.

With a vision to make Andhra Pradesh the startup capital of India, The StartAP Fest pursues a mission which is to establish a robust startup community and culture in Andhra Pradesh by connecting passionate young talent with experienced mentors and resources.

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The StartAP Fest looks to provide a platform for young entrepreneurs to ‘Make in Andhra’ and to celebrate Andhrapreneurship as a way of life, thereby making Andhra Pradesh the future startup capital of India.




When asked why should one attend Start AP fest.? 

1. You will meet awesome people:

With over 1500 delegates and over 100 speakers, mentors, and partner companies from a wide range of backgrounds, you are sure to meet some of the most exciting people in your life.

Who knows? Maybe you will find an amazing mentor, a super cool friend, an awesome co-founder for your startup, or a value investor looking to fund your idea.

Anything can happen at The StartAP Fest.

2. It will be the biggest event yet in AP.

Never before has the state of Andhra Pradesh seen an unstoppable youthful force this huge. With hundreds of thinkers, doers, and change-makers coming together to share, learn, and collaborate, this has got to be the largest convention of leaders yet in the entire state.

3. You will have unlimited fun.

It is not a fest if there’s no fun and entertainment. With awesome icebreakers, networking sessions, and rock band concerts, we sure know how to have fun. Picture great minds, beautiful people, soon-to-be best friends, and a great holiday resort. Makes it all an irresistibly fun experience that you should not miss.

The fest is happening at Haailand Resort, Vijayawada, on 27th and 28th of December, 2014.

Are you an aspiring Andhrapreneur.?!  This is where you should start your journey.