Speakers 2014
Pune Connect
Snapshot 2014

Partners 2014

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) is a trade association of Indian Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. Established in 1988, NASSCOM is a non-profit organisation.
NASSCOM is a global trade body with over 1500 members, of which over 250 are companies from the US, UK, EU, Japan and China. NASSCOM's member companies are in the business of software development, software services, software products, IT-enabled/BPO services and e-commerce.

TIE: The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 11,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 60 chapters across 17 countries. TiE's mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE's focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

PuneTech is a non-commercial forum intended to bring together in one place all information about interesting software technology in Pune – the companies, the tech user groups and organizations, the people, and the technologies, the news and the events. PuneTech has been running since March 2008, and in this short time it has been very successful in filling the information gap that existed in the tech ecosystem in Pune.

Sme Joinup, a premier one stop online destination, has become a marketplace to walk entrepreneurs through starting, running, promoting and growing small businesses. With a goal to fit out start-ups, we bring the newbie entrepreneurs and even the big giants with an exhaustive, clear and first-hand approach to help their businesses thrive.

Pune Open Coffee Club was started to encourage Startup Founders and those connected to Startups from Pune to organize real-world informal meet ups to share, network and grow. The Club has over 10,000 members including investors, lawyers, accountants and freelancers who work with startups. The Club members usually meet on the 1st Saturday of every month.

MCCIA has been playing a significant role in accelerating the industrial and economic development of Pune region for more than seven decades now. It is one of the most active chambers of Commerce in India and has been instrumental in promoting number of institutions in Pune. MCCIA has continuously driven to make Pune a global business destination and has been catalyst for economic development of the region.

India has many reasons to feel proud about the success of its Software Industry. During the post liberalization era, Govt. policies have acted as a catalyst and facilitated the growth of IT exports.
The software Industry has attained global recognition primarily because of the timing of the policies and simplistic procedures laid-down by the Govt. when they were needed. The Industry also has responded very well to the changes in the policy.
The right partnership between the Govt. & Industry has facilitated this success. Establishment of the Software Technology Park Scheme in 1991 has been a step in the right direction, at the right time.

India Product Management Association (IPMA) is a not-for-profit, voluntary, grassroots organization. IPMA Mission is to Foster Product Design and Innovation and Catalyze Product Management/Marketing Talent in India across software, mobile, hardware, telecommunications sectors in the IT industry. IPMA organizes knowledge sharing and networking forums such as Monthly Speaker Series, Workshops, P-Camps etc for professionals interested in product management and marketing. IPMA operates chapters in major product hubs across India

Hinjawadi Industries Association (HIA) was laid out to provide a joint forum to all stakeholders based out of Hinjawadi and nearby places. The basic objective of the HIA is to have a structured growth of infrastructure, security and facilities for its member companies and their employees. HIA, along with addressing common concern of its stakeholders, also represents itself in other organizations and Government Agencies.

Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIM Ahmedabad is India's premier incubator and one of its most active seed investors. It accelerates companies by providing seed capital, mentorship, advisory services, and strategic connections through its network. To date we have investments in 85+ startups across India in specific sectors - Informtion & Communication Technology (ICT), Social Enterprises and Cleantech. For every rupee invested by us, our portfolio ventures have raised on an average Rs 12 from follow-on investors.

iSPIRT Foundation connects and guides software product entrepreneurs and catalyzes business growth. It's an enabler of a stronger ecosystem. We encourage buyers to improve performance by leveraging software products effectively. We advise policy makers on interventions that can set the industry on a higher growth trajectory. We are a not-for-profit industry think-tank founded by key participants and proponents of the Indian software product industry. For more details at

Established in 1968, incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956, the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is a non-government, industry led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process and serves as a much need link between the business communities of India and the United States of America. IACC is the only bilateral Chamber of commerce in India, which is committed to development of Indo-US business and trade relation.

The major objective of IACC is to promote Indo-American business, trade and economic relation. IACC promote bilateral trade, investment and technology transfer, facilitates business collaborations, joint ventures, marketing tie-ups and strategic alliances through a set of proactive business-oriented initiatives. In particular has established the following objective:
-     Facilitate exports of manufactured and agricultural products from India
-     Facilitate US-based SMEs to do business with India
-     Promote Environment-related trade between India and US
-     Facilitate collaboration between Hollywood & Bollywood
-     Facilitate US Investments in India's Real Estate sector
-     Facilitate outsourcing of services from US to India


Who can apply for Pune connect Event?
Any startup from Pune or nearby regions can apply. We have a slight preference for product startups, technology startups (not necessarily just software), and startups that are looking for customers amongst Pune's Software Companies or Manufacturing sector - but none of these is a hard requirement. We love any interested Pune startup. If you're unsure of whether you're eligible, go ahead and apply, and the selection committee will figure it out.

How to apply?
Registrations are closed for 2014. we will be back soon by Oct. 2015

What are fees for applying/showcase?
This event is completely free for startups that are selected in the startup show case. More established companies can get paid stall at very nominal rates.

What are benefits?
Benefits to selected startups includes:
• Exposure to Pune's top companies, potential customers and potential mentors
• Exposure to Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors who are being invited to the    event
• Press and media coverage before and after the event
• Winners of the event get automatic entries to other country-level events (e.g.    those organized by NASSCOM)

Who can attend PuneConnect?
Anyone who's interested in startups and the Pune startup ecosystem can attend this event.

Registration and Fees?
Pune connect 2014 is over, we will be back in 2015.

I have already applied but I have not received any confirmation?
When you applied, you should have received an email with your username and temporary password. If you did receive this email, use this information to go to http://db.puneconnect.com - as soon as you log in, a status message will indicate that your application is complete. If yes, there is nothing else you need to do.

Can I pitch my idea, before forming company?
Yes, you can. But you need to have a working product demo ready.

I am college student can I apply for my Concept?
No. At this time, we are only accepting applications for ready/working demonstratable products, not concepts.

Puneconnect 2014


Director General Software Technology Parks of India

Dr. Omkar Rai is Director General, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) and has got wide experience in the matters of IT/ITES industry. He has worked in various capacities in the Central Government departments before joining STPI. He is also on the Board of Directors of MTNL-STPI IT Services Limited and National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI). Dr. Rai has been educated from BHU, Varanasi, from where he also earned his Ph.D degree in Statistics in 1991.


Sharad’s personal mantra is to lead big and small companies through orbit change. Sharad is one of the active technology angel investors in India with about two dozen investments.Details at https://angel.co/sharad-sharma and http://www.letsventure.in/person/SharadSharma. Sharad is a passionate evangelist of the software product ecosystem in India. He is the co-founder and Governing Council member of iSPIRT. He was the Chair of NASSCOM Product Forum and a member of the Executive Council from 2009-13. He has held a number of senior executive positions with leading technology companies. Most recently he was a SVP at Yahoo! and CEO of India R&D. Previously he turned around VERITAS operations in India. He also brought AT&T/Lucent R&D to India as an intrapreneur. Sharad is also an entrepreneur. He co-founded Teltier, now part of Cisco, and is currently the CEO of BrandSigma Inc.

Vice President Operations, Eaton

Viswanathan K (Vish) is the Vice President of APAC Corporate IT and head of Eaton Information Technology Center in Pune. He was the founder of Biztro Partners, a boutique consulting firm that specialized in Cloud Computing Solutions. Prior to that, he was the vice president of Engineering and CIO at Yahoo! India R&D. He has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry in Internet, Brokerage, Financial Services, Telecom and Manufacturing verticals. About 14 years of his professional career was spent in the US working for large multinationals. Vish has an MBA from Nova Southeastern, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and MS in Computer Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo. He also has an MS in Electronics from University of Bombay.

CEO, Clarion Technologies

In 2002 Ankur co-founded Clarion Technologies. Since being bootstrapped Clarion Technologies has grown to become a global player with 3 state of the art development centers and clients across much of the developed world. The experiences acquired along the way form the basis for many of the unique features of the Clarion approach. Ankur is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and an active member of The India Angels Network (IAN) with angel investments in several companies in this capacity. After securing a Bachelor in Engineering from the Banaras Hindu University he cut his IT teeth with organizations like Infosys and eGain Communications before striking out on his own with Clarion Technologies.

Chief Technology Officer BMC

Suhas A. Kelkar is Chief Technology Officer (APAC) for BMC Software. He is also responsible for driving the Incubator Team globally for BMC Software. Under Suhas' leadership BMC Software established unique and differentiating incubation practices and it has led to accelerating innovation across BMC product portfolio. Suhas and his team have multiple patents pending in the area of Cloud Computing, Social Media and Business Service Management. Suhas joined BMC Software in 2009.Prior to joining BMC Software, Kelkar was Vice P resident of Product Management at Digité. He has also worked for Rational Software/IBM, Serena Software, and Philips Medical Systems. He has diverse experience in architecting, designing, and delivering successful software products. Suhas is also passionate about academia and start up eco- system. He was associated with the University of Washington (Seattle) Extension program, where he designed and delivered various software development courses. He ment ored and delivered a course on Software Product Management at Symbiosis Center for Information Technology (SCIT) and served as a SCIT advisory board member. Suhas is an active member of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) Product Forum, which fosters and promotes software product ecosystem in India. He is also the founder and president of India Product Management Association (IPMA), Pune chapter. Suhas holds a MS in Robotics from "Center of Intelligent Machines and Robotics" (CIMAR) at the University of Florida. He also has an MBA from the School of Business atFlorida Institute of Technology.

Co-Founder Pubmatic

Mukul Kumar co-founded PubMatic and leads the company's engineering team. Before PubMatic, Mukul was the Director of Engineering at PANTA Systems, a high-performance computing startup. Prior to PANTA, he was Senior Manager at Veritas India, joining the company as the 13th employee. He helped Veritas India grow to over 2,000 employees. Mukul has filed for 14 patents in systems software, storage software, and application software. He proudly proclaims his love for π and ability to recite it to 60 digits.
Mukul is a graduate of IIT Kharagpur with a degree in Electrical Engineering and resides in Pune, India.

Independent Consultant

Nandu Kulkarni is an independent consultant in Banking & payments technology & an angel investor,mentor/adviser to software product companies. He was Senior VP with P&L responsibility for the retail Banking Products Division at i-flex solutions ltd.(now Oracle Financial Services Ltd.)Prior to that he has worked for TCS, Citicorp overseas software LTD.,Opus Software Solutions,mostly in the area of banking & payments. He is a student of Indian classical music & has founded shadjamadhyam.com,a web portal dedicated to classical music. Nandu has a B.tech from IIT Bombay & a P.G.D.I.I.M. from IIM Calcutta.
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Press Release Nov. 2014

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Puneconnect 2013
Puneconnect 2013

27 startups were selected to demo at PuneConnect 2013. 5 of them were selected to pitch their product on stage to a panel of judges. These startups have been declared as the winners:

Overall Winner:Instaclique from Nirmantra Technologies: social shopping – get opinions of your friends when you're shopping in a online or offline. For an innovative product with great market potential, and a very well articulated vision. Special Award from the Judges: LooRewards from Samagra: slum dwellers get discount coupons from local stores for using toilets and other sustainable behavior. For a product that judges would really like to see succeed. Audience Choice Award: SaveTime: find the right doctor for you, based on crowd-sourced recommendations (including those of your friends). For the company that got most votes from the audience.

Runners Up:
- CopyNotify! from CygNET Solutions. Data theft protection for SMEs.
- CacheAdvance from Cachebox. SSD based caching for your storage to improve response times.
- DustMotes from ANTFarm Robotics. Home automation using hardware sensors and mobile phones/tablets.
News coverage 2013

Posted on December 4, 2013
PuneConnect 2013 has gotten great coverage in various newspapers. Here are some of them:


Indian IT startups have a huge opportunity to help manufacturing community.


Techie puts country before self – quits US job to help sanitation. Back from US, Techie comes up with one-stop-shop for short-time housing.
Snapshot 2013
Speakers 2013

Puneconnect 2012

Puneconnect 2012

Puneconnect 2012
Out of 51 submissions, 21 companies were chosen (Fennec Robotics Entrib Technologies KnightX+ Wifi Soft Maven AMR Mango Reader Clairvoyant Appacitive SmartCloud Infotech IgniteSol Programmr Cogniyug, ProIntegra, Prejas, Catalog2Go, Client Compass, Mind20 Apps, SalesConnect, SmartOrder, HealthStylus, and Drona Communications). The following "winners" were declared at PuneConnect 2012.

Best of Show Winners:
IgniteSol (overall winner of PuneConnect 2012)
Mango Reader

Audience Choice Awards
Mango Reader
Smart Order
The Best UX Design Award (given by Clarice Technologies) was awarded to Appacitive. In addition, Clarice Technologies picked two promising startups: Mango Reader, IgniteSol for UI/UX mentoring for an year.
Snapshot 2012

Puneconnect 2011 winner
"Sapience raises Rs. 45 crore Series B led by Orios Venture Partners"

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