is a bi-annual event in India that showcases technology start-up companies and innovative products.

Organised by The Knowledge Foundation, a national network of entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts, the second edition will see participation from 23 startup companies carefully chosen from a list of 120 nominations. Each startup will get exactly 6 minutes of stage time to demostrate their product to a select group of venture capitalists, angel investors, technology influencers and media professionals.

The event has attracted 22 venture capitalist firms, including Canaan Partners, Reliance Technology, Greylock Partners, Silicon Valley Bank, Clearstone Ventures and others representing over $1.5 billion in fund size for India investments.

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (), The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), and TeNeT of IIT Madras are supporting the event.

The second edition of the event takes place at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras on July 21 and 22, 2007.

In this episode, Vijay Anand, one of the organizers of the event, talks about Proto’s objectives and its future plans.

Disclosure: I’m one the co-founders of The Knowledge Foundation, the parent group that runs I’m on the core organizing committee of Proto.


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