Tamil Nadu’s Filter Kaapi Mafia, Other Investor Networks Drive The Budding Startup Ecosystem !!

Tamil Nadu: The Tamil Nadu Startup Policy was launched only in 2019 despite successful startups being around for over a decade. With small-scale networking events and local groups, TN startups are getting the right support system. Organisations such as Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Young Entrepreneur School and others are enabling newer founders. Tamil Nadu was noted as an emerging state in DPIIT’s Startup Ranking 2018. Since then, a lot has changed in the ecosystem — for one the Tamil Nadu government launched its state startup policy last year to back the wave of SaaS startups that have already emerged from the state. With a clutch of networking groups like Filter Kaapi Mafia, CTO Talks, and Open Coffee Club, startups in the state today have more support systems than just a few years ago. The state’s startup policy was a major turning point for the startup ecosystem, according to multiple stakeholders who spoke to Inc42. Lauding the new enabling structures in the state, Hari Ganapathy CEO of Pickyourtrail said, a lot of small group events happen in Chennai. The scale of Chennai events might be 1/20th of metro city events but they have been very clear focus areas, he said.


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