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DELHI: CREATIVE START-UP CAPITAL?

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DELHI: CREATIVE START-UP CAPITAL?

Anubhav Gupta

The indomitable Suchita from LBBD, with Ashmeet Kapoor, founder of I Say Organic.

The indomitable Suchita from LBBD, with Ashmeet Kapoor, founder of I Say Organic.

On Sunday I was invited to a get-together of young, creative entrepreneurs, organised by Little Black Book DelhiThe Wishing Chair, and Page 99.

We love a bit of entrepreneurship at DOT (wait until you hear about the new programme we’ve co-founded with OML, the big announcement is coming soon) and Sunday’s session was further proof.

The format loosely involved a lucky-dip Q&A session during which we all attempted to provide some insight or advice on each others' business problems – glass of wine in hand, of course.

Dhruv Mathur, founder of getfbpay.in and Shreya Soni of Anamcaara.

Dhruv Mathur, founder of getfbpay.in and Shreya Soni of Anamcaara.

Two thoughts really stuck in my mind from the session…

1. The diversity of the people and businesses in the room was incredible - from organic food delivery, to sustainable architecture, low-cost books, online intern recruitment, graphic design studios, a new Facebook payment system, and of course little old us, amongst others. But despite such diversity the business issues, motivations, problems, and challenges were incredibly similar. And sharing those with each other was brilliantly liberating, inspiring and useful. It’s something every early-stage entrepreneur should have the opportunity to do.

2. Although Bangalore is well-known for being the tech start-up capital of India, Delhi is home to an increasingly vibrant creative start-up culture. Yesterday was a great example but we routinely come across exciting creative entrepreneurs in Delhi who are striving to innovate and change the status quo. Maybe Delhi is ripe to become the new creative business hub for India – is it too much to hope?! Either way it got me wondering: As a Delhi-based start-up, is there more we could be doing to foster that burgeoning culture?

We’re already working on something, as I mentioned above, but I have a feeling this may only the beginning…

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For reference, this is the list of bright young things who were present...

  1. Abhik Prasad, founder of Experia Media
  2. Mayank Batheja founder LetsIntern
  3. Henri Fanthome of Henri Fanthome Office of Architecture
  4. Dev Kabir Malik, graphic designer
  5. Nira Kehar, chef/owner of Chez Nini
  6. Bharat Nagpal, founder of IGyaan.in
  7. Ashmeet Kapoor, founder of I Say Organic
  8. Shreya Soni, VP at Anamcaara
  9. Dhruv Mathur: Co-founder GetFBPay.in 
  10. Suchita Salwan and Upasana Gupta, LBBD
  11. Rupali Lamba, founder of LAWA Designs
  12. Nivida Chandra, founder of Page99.in
  13. Vivita Relan, Founder of Pot Belly restaurant and The Wishing Chair
  14. Avneet Mann, co-founder of The Wishing Chair