Get in the Ring, Impact chapter.

The team of ‘Get in the Ring‘ organised a session at Collab House in order to make our community aware about the global startup competition. It was a simple event with 12 attendees in the hall, and a team of 3 delegates have represented ‘Get in the Ring’ at Collab House. Collab House is one of the most prominent entrepreneur hub in the city and houses 10 active start-ups, and hence the chosen venue for this kind of an event.


About ‘Get in the Ring’

The concept behind Get in the Ring was born in 2012. The first edition was organised in 12 countries. Main partner in setting up the event was the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, who later also became the official host of Get in the Ring The Netherlands. Between 2012 and 2014, the concept of Get in the Ring spread rapidly around the world. After 3 editions Get in the Ring was organised in 64 countries and over 3,000 startups joined the competition.

The rapid growth of Get in the Ring made us even more ambitious. In the upcoming years we want to connect 100K startups from around the world to 100M fans that can support startups with capital, talent and expertise.


About the Speaker:

Bernice Robbertse spearheaded the Get In The Ring Startup Competition in the South Africa to bridge the gap for South African startups and the international market.

Get in the Ring is a global startup competition hosted in 80+ countries, connecting startups to their fans. Bernice helped set up a Dutch – South African soft-landing programme with the North-West University and the Dutch Embassy of South Africa, which enables Dutch startup founders to set up their business in South Africa. She’s currently setting up Tech Hubs in Lesvos, Greece within the refugee communities.


At 24 years old, Bernice has nailed her fair share of successful endeavors. During her studies she sparked an entrepreneurial initiative for students at her university called YEBO! which means yes! in South Africa and stands for the Young Entrepreneur Business Organisation. With YEBO she has successfully set up a student exchange programme with YES! Delft Students and the North-West University’s bhive Enterprise Development Centre where top entrepreneurial students travel to the Netherlands every year to learn more about the global startup ecosystem.



The session had a unique structure. Start-up people present in the hall were chosen in pairs and a pitching battle was set up against each other. It was a ring with 2 boxers(startups) with 4 battling bouts of 30 seconds each. Both the boxers representing their respective startup gets 30 seconds each to answer the questions posed by Bernice Robbertse on his/her start-up. The questions included, Startup Idea, Business model, Team, resources, etc. One among the 2 would be declared as winners in every bout and a final winner after based on their performance in all the bouts. Collab House has hosted a number of Startup pitching events but ‘Get in the Ring’ had an off the mark strategy to make it interesting as well as engaging.


Get in the Ring, Impact chapter.

Collab House ‘SURGE’s in global start-up gathering



Collab House has always been an active participant in events and conferences revolving around Start-ups and Technology. Housing around 11 start-ups and more than 30 communities working from Collab House, we are the most active hub for making, hacking and starting-up. We have made our inevitable presence at SURGE-2016, first conference of Web Summit in India, largest of its kind so far in the country.


Web Summit is called “the best technology conference on the planet” and it has made it’s way to India as SURGE and in Bangalore. Web Summit, was founded by Paddy Cosgrave, an Irish entrepreneur who is listed as one of the most influential people from Europe in the field of technology. Co-founded by Daire Hickey and David Kelly, within a short time span of five years, managed to raise the event to global standards with an influential and rising attendee list.


The two-day has been an energetic, exciting and unique in the sectors of Technology and Entrepreneurship.  SURGE 2016 on 23rd and 24th February has had more than 5,000 attendees including 500 startups, 250 investors, 200 media partners and other influencers from various countries. Hosted a series of discussions, round table sessions, tech and entrepreneurial speeches, startup pitches, product demonstrations, exhibition stalls, product launches, investor office hours, mentor hours and many more. This event has also has a predominant importance to elevate the ratio of women in Technology and entrepreneurship.


Paddy Cosgrave, CEO of Web Summit says, “Web Summit is now the biggest and most influential startup gathering in the world. In recent years, we’ve seen a significant rise in the number of Indian startups attending our global conferences. India is increasingly producing globally competitive startups that have disrupted markets and the way we live. Bangalore is a significant part of the global startup ecosystem and we think it is the ideal venue for SURGE 2016. They have been telling us for some time that Web Summit should come to India and we have been blown away by their creativity and innovation. India has arguably the most important and accessible startup ecosystem in the world right now and we want to support it by giving them a world-class event where they can gather, network and grow.”

The weighted list of speakers and investors attending the conference is pretty amazing.Sachin Bansal, Co-Founder & CEO of Flipkart ,Dave McClure, Founding Partner of 500 startupsNicolas Brusson, Co-Founder & COO of BlaBlaCar, Rohit Bansal, Co Founder & COO of SnapdealSubrata Mitra, Partner at Accel PartnersMada Segheta, Founder of Branchmerics and many more inspirational and influential speakers whose stories would push you more towards your  goal.

Team Collab House with Flipkart at SURGE

Some of the points that are discussed at the summit are how data can give you a business edge over your competitors, how mobile wallets are going to get the edge off transactions, how startups can sustainably scale their businesses, what would be the major trends that could change the facets of enterprises as well as how can businesses better align their strategies across sales, marketing and customer service.


The judgement panel for PITCH event

The PITCH event, has seen many energetic entrepreneurs giving a pitch about their idea, technology or service with judging panel including Flipkart’s Sachin Bansal, 500 Startups’ Dave McClure, FuturePerfect Ventures’ Jalak Jobanputra and Google’s Sunil Rao. Out of the 40 selected submissions, Arcatron Mobility took the Google prize valued at $100,000 as the PITCH winner. Runners up were and SME Corner who both took home SME Corner $20,000 worth of credit for Google Cloud Platform products.

Winners of the pitch event


Our team of 4 includes Harsha Vardhan, Community manager at Collab House; Sai Kiran, CEO and founder of Ride on Cab; Sreerag Nambiar, Community Manager at EngineersHub; Srushtika Neelakantam, Firefox Student ambassador at Mozilla has represented Collab House at SURGE 2016.We as a team have gathered surplus number of stories, hundreds of Business cards, healthy connections with attendees and tremendous energy which eventually gives a laser like focus with rocket boost to our work and productivity.


Collab House has witnessed and congratulated Ather Energy on account of the launch of ‘S340’ a ‘smart’ electric scooter which comes with a touch screen dashboard. It has a top speed of 72kmph and charges up to 80% with in an hour. Ather energy was founded by IIT-Madras alumni Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jaina and is backed by the Founders of Flipkart.


We at Collab House focus on the cutting edge maker technologies which are out to disrupt the main stream functionality of present technologies, making the world simpler and better place to live. SURGE had a dedicated exhibition slot for IoT, hardware, Virtual reality, Big data and End to end solution providing startups and they named it as ‘Builders’, yes we are builders of the coming generation.

Builders segment at SURGE


Some snaps of the products and prototypes of various startups at the ‘builders’ slot of SURGE.



Sai Kiran, meets Sachin Bansal, Co-Founder and CEO of Flipkart; Dave McClure, 500 startups; Samar Singla, Jugnoo auto. Discussing our initiatives with these amazing leaders has been much inspiring. Harsha and Sreerag meets Paddy Cosgrave, Founder of Web Summit / SURGE ; Mada Segheta, Founder of Branchmerics and discussed about the trends in technology and startups making our presence more worthwhile at SURGE.



Harsha and Sreerag with the team of Cheetah Mobiles, developer of CM Security, Clean Master, Battery Doctor etc



What? Team Collab House has attended India’s largest conference for Start-ups and Technology, SURGE

Why? To make connections in global start-up community and also to get updated with current technology trends.

When? 23rd and 24th February 2016

Where? Menpho Convention centre, Bangalore




Collab House ‘SURGE’s in global start-up gathering

The August fest 2015

The August Fest 2105 is India’s Largest Startup Conference: 60 Speakers, 4200+ Awesome People from 40 cities, 10 countries celebrated arts & Entrepreneurship.

In the third edition, on 29th and 30th of August 2015, August Fest hosted 4200 people from across India, Asia, Middle East and Europe ! International Speakers – Remarkable Panel Discussions – Exciting Talks – Meaningful Workshops – Interactive Sessions and loads of fun were the exciting part of August Fest 2015 !


The venue of the festival was close by to Collab House so it was a pleasure to coordinate with volunteers dropping by and simple things like helping with printouts.

It was really like a festival mood at Collab House on days before the event. All the startups, communities were actively preparing for their participation, working on designs, planning activities, printing posters, sorting 100’s of business cards, engaging their personal teams. Imagine a close family wedding and how all the family members get excited and on work on it. The August Fest was one of that kind. The whole event was for the startups, for the city.All startups big and small got to get involve and were provided a platform.

Thanks to The August Fest & Telangana Government for making it happen.

Reading about the stories of Silicon Valley and the likes and how you could bump into amazing people in random ways. At the event, one of the speaker asked to get a printout of his slide deck. We had to come to Collab House and got it printed, just to realise it was Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a project initiated by Elon Musk.

The conference was filled with ultimate set of events and discussions engaging most brilliant minds of India. All the stages including  the Main, Interactive and creative stages had some amazing activities round the clock. They had Inspirational speeches, Startup pitches, Design Ideas, Fun events, etc. The whole convention centre was vibrating with energy and excitement.

Every startup housed in Collab House, viz. EngineersHub, MakerClub, RideOnCab, Memilog, 3Ding had their presence at the fest. Their stalls and demo pods were put up to explain their idea to the innumerable number of attendees.



August Fest 2015 was the most trending topic offline and online among Indian startup community during that weekend.

It was a memorable weekend for Collab House to collaborate with “The August Fest 2015”.


“Any startup or an entrepreneur should realise that you can’t build anything in a day or in a month They need to learn to be patient and should have incredible amount of perseverance to achieve something”, Says Kiran, Founder of ‘The August Fest’

Those who’ve missed, can watch glimpses of the conference here:

What?  India’s largest startup conference, ‘The August fest 2015’

Why?  Connect the startup various startup communities across the Country

When? 29-30 August 2015

Where?  JRC Convention Centre, Hyderabad

The August fest 2015

Crowdfunding deep impact India

Crowdfunding has become a serious source of capital to kick-start new ventures and is by far the most disruptive innovation of the 21st century. As an industry, crowdfunding has developed steadily into a primary tool for entrepreneurs and creative people to assess the potential for their ideas, engage with specific people who would be interested in these ideas, and also attract the funding which is pivotal to the success of any project.


This Crowdfunding Conference will provide the participants with the unique opportunity to discuss current state of the industry in India and worldwide, to learn from experts in venture capital, business angel and crowdfunding fields, to network and find new partnerships.

With the industry that’s growing at a compound annual growth rate of 74% year on year there are already more than 450 Crowdfunding Platforms worldwide, most in the US and Europe. At the moment India has about 12-15 crowdfunding platforms and the list is increasing day by day.

Whether you’re a serial entrepreneur, business-owner or just starting out, the Deep Impact Conference is a precise way to understand the crowdfunding phenomena and how is it opening access to new sources of funding.

The conference will provide a forum for an explosion of awareness for the potential uses of the models, for the growth of entrepreneurship and business.

Crowdfunding is going to play a major role in India. We tried the crowdfunding platform for Collab House early on, got leverage & had learning’s. We are happy to share our experience with the broader community.


Please visit the website for updates:

What?   India’s First Crowdfunding Conference – Crowdfunding Deep Impact!

Why?   To give insights about crowd funding 

When? 21 March 2015

Where?  ISB, Gachibowli, Hyderabad

Crowdfunding deep impact India