Think Next 2015 – a forum that brought thought leaders in technology driving transformation via innovation together under one roof – concluded here on Wednesday.
The forum not only saw the participation of more than 800 delegates from leading corporates, investors, thought leaders and delegates from Microsoft who partnered to push the collaborative innovation agenda for the ecosystem, but also witnessed the graduation of Microsoft Ventures’ winter batch 2015.
Eight certified graduating startups from the batch, namely, Canvasflip, Cloudcherry, Shotang, Flutura, KNOLSKAPE, Vymo, Vakilsearch and Vigyanlabs showcased their innovative solutions.
Meanwhile, two senior leaders – Steven Guggenheimer, corporate vice president and chief evangelist at Microsoft, and Scott Coleman, general manager, Microsoft Ventures shared lessons they learnt while working with entrepreneurs across the globe.
A round table focused on topics such as current valuation levels, potential Initial Public Offerings, Unicorns in the venture market and mergers.
Unicorn is a term in the investment industry, in particular venture capital industry, which denotes a start-up company whose valuation has exceeded $1 billion (roughly Rs. 6,675 crores).
A session ‘Fireside Chat with Author Devdutt Pattanaik’ discussed the lessons budding entrepreneurs could derive from mythology and stories passed down the generations.