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ICAI Startup Sphere 2024: Here's all you need to know straight from President CA Ranjeet Kumar Agarwal

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) President CA Ranjeet Kumar Agarwal gives us all the details

What are the main themes and objectives of Startup Sphere 2024?


The theme of the Startup Sphere 2024 is Startup Synergy: Collaborate, Create, Conquer along with tech fusion, emerging sectors in start-ups and masterclass on start-ups.

The objective of ICAI Startup Sphere 2024 is to create an inclusive and dynamic platform that unites the vibrant startup community, influential partners, promising unicorns, thought-leading influencers, pioneering founders, astute investors, and ambitious entrepreneurs. 

The event aims to facilitate in-depth discussions on key aspects of the start-up landscape, including governmental support, diverse funding channels, emerging trends, start-up valuation, legal complexities, and best practices in governance. 

Attendees will benefit from panel discussions on investing in people versus ideas, navigating tax and regulatory advantages, and leveraging digital marketing for growth. 

Additionally, various sessions will explore the opportunities in Web 3.0, and feature My Journey dialogues with successful entrepreneurs. The event will also highlight the future of fintech, the global impact of Indian start-ups, data privacy, and maximising India's data economy. 

Complementary activities include a start-up exhibition, dynamic start-up ramp, hackathon, pitch platform, and exclusive investor meet. 

Furthermore, ICAI Startup Sphere 2024 will offer a customised Campus Placement Programme for experienced Chartered Accountants, providing them with career advancement opportunities in leading organisations and enabling companies to recruit top finance and accounts professionals.


How many start-ups are participating this year, and from which sectors?


This year, Startup Sphere 2024 is expected to feature participation from over 100 start-ups across a wide range of sunrise sectors, reflecting the event's broad appeal and diverse focus. 

The sectors represented include technology, healthcare, fintech, EdTech, green energy, and more. 

In addition to the exhibiting start-ups, the event will host over 100 speakers, more than 50 venture capitalists, and at least seven prominent investors. This diverse and extensive participation underscores the event's significance as a premier platform for innovation, networking, and collaboration within the entrepreneurial ecosystem. 


What criteria were used to select the start-ups featured in this event?


The start-ups featured at Startup Sphere 2024 were selected based on a comprehensive set of criteria designed to identify the most promising and innovative ventures. 

Key factors included the originality and scalability of their business ideas, market potential, and the strength of their business models. 

The selection committee also considered the start-ups’ leadership teams, looking for a combination of expertise, vision, and commitment. Additionally, an emphasis was placed on diversity and inclusion, ensuring a wide range of sectors, backgrounds, and perspectives.

This rigorous selection process ensures that the event showcases startups with the highest potential for growth and impact, fostering a dynamic and inspiring entrepreneurial environment.


What kind of support and resources are being provided to the participating start-ups?


Participating start-ups at Startup Sphere 2024 receive extensive support and resources designed to accelerate their growth and development. 

These include access to mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs and industry experts, which provides valuable guidance and insights. The event also offers practical workshops and training sessions focused on essential business skills such as fundraising, marketing, and scaling operations.

Additionally, start-ups can take advantage of networking opportunities with potential investors and partners, increasing their chances of securing funding and forming strategic alliances. Furthermore, the exposure gained through pitching sessions and innovation showcases can help start-ups attract attention and support from the broader business community.

In a significant addition, ICAI is conducting a campus placement during the event specifically for experienced Chartered Accountants, providing start-ups with access to top-tier financial talent to support their growth and operational needs.


How can investors and other stakeholders get involved with the start-ups presented here?


Investors and other stakeholders can get involved with the start-ups presented at Startup Sphere 2024 through various interactive and networking opportunities provided throughout the event. 

They can participate in dedicated matchmaking sessions and pitch events where start-ups present their innovative ideas and business models, facilitating direct engagement and investment discussions. 

Additionally, stakeholders can attend workshops and panel discussions to gain deeper insights into the start-ups’ industries and growth potential. By leveraging these platforms, investors can identify promising ventures, forge strategic partnerships, and contribute to the growth and success of emerging businesses showcased at the event.


What steps are being taken to ensure diversity and inclusion among the participating start-ups?


To ensure diversity and inclusion among the participating start-ups, Startup Sphere 2024 has implemented several strategic initiatives. 

The event actively encourages applications from underrepresented groups by partnering with diverse professional organisations and networks. It also features a selection committee focused on evaluating start-ups based on merit while ensuring a diverse range of sectors, backgrounds, and perspectives. 

Additionally, the event includes panels and workshops dedicated to discussing diversity and inclusion best practices, fostering an environment where all voices are heard and valued. These steps are designed to create a more equitable entrepreneurial landscape and promote innovation through diverse viewpoints and experiences.


What are the long-term goals for Startup Sphere, and how does this year’s event contribute to those goals?


Indian start-ups can help India achieve Atmanirbhar Bharat by promoting innovation and creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurship in the country. 

The long-term goals for Startup Sphere include fostering a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, driving innovation, and promoting sustainable business practices and boosting start-ups that will lead India to become self-reliant. 

The Startup Sphere 2024 contributes to these goals by bringing together a diverse group of entrepreneurs, investors, industry experts, and thought leaders to share insights and collaborate on emerging trends and challenges. 

Through keynote sessions, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities, Startup Sphere 2024 aims to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and connections necessary to drive their ventures forward. 

By facilitating this exchange of ideas and resources, the event helps build a supportive community that can sustain and accelerate entrepreneurial growth and innovation well into the future.