VIJAYAWADA: The third edition of the two-day ‘StartAP Fest’ began at Tummalapalli Kalakshetram here on Saturday.
Organised by Siddharth Marupeddi, CEO of StartAP, and Y V Ratna Kumar from Y Square Business Incubator, in collaboration with Government of Andhra Pradesh, the fest evoked a good response from youth on the first day.
As many as 15 entrepreneurs have opened stalls at the fest, which was inaugurated by Dr Nikhil Agarwal, CEO, Innovation Society-AP.
The stall of a humanoid robot ‘Mitra’ set up by Bangalore-based Invento attracted many. Narrating the features of the humanoid robot, company official Murali Krishnan claimed that the robot can be used as receptionist in offices, malls, hotels and resorts.
“We are targeting specific industries to use the robot on a pilot basis. Mitra can recognise voices and faces of people, speak and convert text to speech. Also, Mitra’s price is affordable,” Murali Krishnan said.
‘Manam App', the first location-based social networking Mobile App for Telugu people, developed by a young entrepreneur also evoked a good response. Manam App provides a platform for Telugu people to express, connect and chat with Telugites around the world. The app is available on Google Play Store and iPhone App Store.
Another startup, Bodha, came up an organic disposable shaving brush. “Our product is environment-friendly and easy to use,” said Ram Prasad, representative of Bodha.