Businesses get ready to mingle at PuneConnect

The second edition of PuneConnect on December 1 at the Westin Hotel at Koregaon Park will feature 19 start-up firms interacting with established companies and industries across the spectrum.

"The first edition last year had a good response and we showcased 12 start-up firms. This year the onus is on inculding start-ups with established IT firms and more importantly the student community. They will interact with investors, advisors, partners, early adopters and customers too. The whole idea is to create an ecosystem where all these parameters can grow and thrive together," SEAP president Gaurav Mehra says.

The event, which will begin at 9 am, is being organised by Software Exporters Association of Pune (SEAP) and supported by TiE Pune, NASSCOM, MCCIA (Maratha Chambers of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture), HIA (Hinjewadi Industries Association), POCC (Pune Open Coffee Club) and PuneTech.

The show is free to be attended by all and will see Allscripts president Lee Shapiro delivering the keynote address. He will shed light on the current global market trends, and make a special emphasis on the impact the IT industry can have on the healthcare business. He will also speak about the impact both Pune and India have made to their business.

Mehra says that in addition to the 19 startups, three firms based in the city selected as part of 'NASSCOM's AppFame start-ups' will showcase their products. People can vote for their favourite startup firm for the Audience Choice Startup Award.

Mehra says, "The 'Pune Advantage' area will showcase 20 leading city firms like SAS, QLogic, Inteliment and mSauda."

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