How many cups of coffee? The SURGE figures you probably haven’t heard

How many cups of coffee? The SURGE figures you probably haven’t heard

February 24, 2016 by Eoghan McNeill

How should you end SURGE? Ask our app.

58,190 conversations were held on the SURGE app.

Over 5,000 people from 72 countries joined us in Bengaluru for SURGE this week. They sat on 2,100 chairs underneath 461 lightbulbs in the Manpho Convention Centre.

157 signs helped attendees get to where they needed to be.


Three miles worth of electrical cable was used to keep everything ticking over, and 115 lights lit the SURGE stages – Centre, Enterprise, Marketing and Startup University.

EoghanBlog1 Dave McClure on SURGE Centre Stage 

72 of our high-level attendees, including Blippar’s Ambarish Mitra, Zoomcar’s Greg Moran and Ather Energy’s Tarun Mehta, took part in Mentor Hours.

288 pre-arranged meetings were held where the SURGE mentors advised our startups on how to run a successful business.

EoghanBlog3 Blippar CEO Ambarish Mitra took part in Mentor Hours

Over 200 investors came.

Sponsored by NEA, our Office Hours scheme saw 480 meetings between SURGE startups and investors.

Funds such as Sequoia, Accel Partners, 500 Startups, NEA, Blume Ventures, Kalaari Capital all participated.

EoghanBlog4 Office Hours introduces SURGE startups to SURGE investors

433 startups exhibited on the SURGE floor – 418 ALPHA and 15 START – across the two days of the conference.

130 speakers gave talks on the SURGE stages, and 290 international media such as Financial Times, CNBC, Wall Street Journal and BBC attended.

EoghanBlog2 Sairee Chabal, Jalak Jobanputra and Richa Kar on stage.

And what kept everyone going?

About 12,000 cups of coffee. What else?

Connect with our attendees. Use the SURGE app.

About the Author

Eoghan McNeill
Eoghan is a former journalist from Donegal on Ireland’s north west coast. In his spare time, he enjoys reading things he hasn’t written.