Venture Catalysts, an integrated incubation platform, today announced its Kolkata operational launch in association with Ideal Insurance and Kreative Fingers.
The development is in sync with the platform’s long-term vision of fostering entrepreneurship across the country by creating a robust and interconnected Pan-India support network with significant presence in tier-2 geographies, in addition to the top metros.
Speaking on the launch of the Kolkata chapter, Dr. Apoorv Ranjan Sharma, Cofounder & President, Venture Catalysts, said, “Conventionally associated with bureaucracy and the service-sector, the rising entrepreneurial spirit in the City of Joy, punctuated by successful start-up stories such as Wow Momos and Fusion Charts, is great news for the Indian start-up ecosphere. Venture Catalysts wants to play a leading role in supporting such a change by nurturing the culture of socially-driven entrepreneurship which distinguishes the launch of our operations in Kolkata. With an ideal amalgamation of intellect, vision and aesthetic sensibilities, Kolkata has every ingredient in the book required to emerge as an ideal start-up destination. We are looking for disruptive and socially productive business ideas out of this iconic city.”
The launch of the latest VCats chapter was organised on September 2 at Hotel Hindustan International and was attended by over 250 investors as well as several prominent names from the Indian start-up community. This included Dr. Apoorv Ranjan Sharma (Cofounder & President – Venture Catalysts), Raghu Ram (Monozygotics), Dr. A Velumani (Founder & Managing Director – Thyrocare), Digvijay Singh (IAN), Shailesh Vikram Singh (Seedfund), and Naiyya Saggi (Babychakra). VCats also gave 5 handpicked start-ups a chance to secure investments by participating in an elevator pitch format.
Themed ‘Tier-2 Disruption Decoded’, VCats’ Kolkata start-up conclave began with inaugural addresses by Rahul Agarwal and Dr. Apoorv Ranjan Sharma, as well as a keynote speech by Dr. A Velumani. This was followed by two other interesting panel discussions, ‘Angel investment & its opportunities’ and ‘What, how and why: challenges and opportunities’.