100th Startup Saturday Event

Startup Saturday is the flagship initiative of the Headstart Network and they are celebrating their 100th event in Mumbai.

The first Startup Saturday Mumbai (#SSMUM) took place on 10th May 2008 and has been organised on the second Saturday of every month since then. The Centennial event will be celebrated on 20th August 2016.

Over the years, Startup Saturday has given early stage entrepreneurs a platform to showcase their ideas, network with fellow entrepreneurs, search for team members/co-founders and learn from entrepreneurs who share their experiences on the #SSMUM platform.

#SSMUM100 will be about celebrating the success of entrepreneurs who have been a part of the initiative since its inception and the commitment of aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs to develop and launch their startups.

More details about the event below. Tickets can be purchased here.

100th Startup Saturday Event in Mumbai
100th Startup Saturday Event in Mumbai

Serene and Raisa from Jamboree Party Planners

Serene and Raisa, Founders of Jamboree Party Planners
Serene and Raisa, Founders of Jamboree Party Planners

Name of your business:

Jamboree Party Planners

Tell us about your business…

We are two young women, one Indian and one foreign, who have come together to give your party the perfect feel and look! We know both what the Indian market wants as well as what is out there abroad. We are able to join these two and make a hip and happening event for you and your guests. We create the perfect ambiance by using a variety of decorations; we keep it simple but elegant. We specialize in the decor for children’s birthday parties and for small events/special occasion e.g. baby showers, bridal showers, naming ceremonies, kitty parties etc. We will also look into the entertainment for your event and make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. At jamboree we don’t give you the everyday party look, we create something beyond. Handmade or specially sourced decorations give the personal touch to your event.

What motivated you to start your own business?

We both have children of our own and when ever it was their birthdays we could never find what we wanted from the “Local” party planners. We always ended up doing everything ourselves. So we thought that this would be a good business, to do parties from a different aspect and point of view and not just the local balloon decorations. It was then that we decided to start our own Party planning company, Jamboree Party Planners.

Which have been the biggest challenges when starting your business?

The biggest challenge is to be different and not the same as there are many party planners in Mumbai. It is also important for us to be able to source the decor we need, we don’t use the “normal” and easily available things.

How did you overcome these challenges?

Many of our decorations are handmade; we personally look into each and every aspect of your event and make sure we give it that personal touch. Our clients are not just another number; we meet them several times before the event to ensure they get exactly what they want.

How did you find your first customers?

That was a long time ago! But from what I recall when we first interacted with her she was a little unsure! However once we showed her what we plan to do and in the budget she had, she was happy to go with us. She loved the event we planned for her and was very happy with the outcome! Since then she has used us for several of her events!

What is the most effective way to sell your products/services?

Word of mouth is the best way for people to hear about us and the work we do.

What is the most exciting part of running your own business?

We love that what we are doing is something that we enjoy and makes us happy!! It is important to be happy with what you do; this will show through the products you produce! We also have the freedom to work freely and create whatever we want.

What is your least favorite part of running your own business?

We love what we do so much that there are not any negatives! The only thing is, we don’t like it when the party we have been planning comes to an end!

How do you stay motivated during difficult times?

We have not yet faced many difficult times and we hope to keep it this way by always being positive and looking at the brighter side. If you focus on the negatives then you are sure to face many all the time. We are happy people and take things as they come.

Who inspires you?

Steve Jobs, he had an idea and pursued it. He started in the garage of his parents’ home and from there he made it so big! We have started Jamboree Party Planners because we have a vision and ideas that we believe in.

What advice would you give to other female entrepreneurs?

There are no limits; if you have an idea then pursue it with all that you have. Never be afraid of starting your own business and follow your heart. There is no greater feeling than working for yourself.

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Serene and Raisa!

You can find more details about Jamboree Party Planners on Facebook and make sure to check out the beautiful pictures on Instagram.

Launch: empoWer – India’s 1st Accelerator Program for Women Entrepreneurs

Zone Startups India launches its women focused accelerator program “empoWer” on Friday, 29 April 2016 at 4.30pm.

Entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, investors and media are invited for the grand launch which includes a plenary session and panel discussion. In addition, a walk through of the program benefits and takeaways is planned.

“empoWer” is India’s 1st accelerator program for women entrepreneurs building technology enabled ventures.

The event is supported by the Department of Science & Technology, Google, GIZ, Vodafone, Nishith Desai Associates and State Bank of India. Speakers and Panelists include:

Deena Mehta (Managing Director, Asit C. Mehta Investment Interrmediates Ltd & Independent Director – NPCI), Anuja Shukla (Google Cloud Platform – Venture Capital, Accelerator and Incubator), Naiyya Saggi (Co-Founder Babychakra), Sarin Thamby (Vice President – Strategy, Technology and Architecture Vodafone), Dr. Anita Gupta (Director, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India) and Amit Kumar (Program Manager, Innovation Promotion in MSME, Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH).

Register for FREE here.

“empoWer” is India’s 1st accelerator program for women entrepreneurs building technology enabled ventures.
“empoWer” is India’s 1st accelerator program for women entrepreneurs building technology enabled ventures.


P.S. Our founder and CEO will be present at the event, too. Do come by and say hi if you see her…

Josh Meets Women Change-makers on 08 March 2016 in Delhi (…and we are giving away 5 tickets for free)

Did you know that my mom never wanted a Mother’s Day gift from me but you be happy if I wish her on International Women’s Day? 08 March should be a special day to all of us. A day to point out the many struggles women all around the world face. A day to remind ourselves of the obstacles we as women overcame. And a day to celebrate our success.

Josh Meets Women Change-Makers on 08 March 2016 in Delhi
Josh Meets Women Change-Makers on 08 March 2016 in Delhi


Josh Meets Women Changer-makers is all set for this year’s International Women’s Day: 6 women will share their stories: the ones of struggle, obstacles and success. And you have not only the chance to listen to their stories but also to ask questions.

For more details of the event, visit their FB event here. I am super excited that we are running a FB contest and we will be giving away 5 free tickets for the event. All you have to do? Tell us WHICH WOMAN IN INDIA INSPIRES YOU THE MOST? WHY? So, head over to our FB page and comment your answer below the FB post. Good luck!

Josh Meets Change-makers on 08 March 2016 in Delhi
Josh Meets Change-makers on 08 March 2016 in Delhi
P.S. If you don’t want to leave it to chance, you can Apply for a ticket here: http://bit.ly/WomenOfTheWorld Once your application is selected, you will have to pay a fee of Rs 250 to guarantee your seat. Applications Close at 11pm on 29th February, 2016.