Techcircle Startup 2016 Bengaluru event almost sold out; last few seats left; register now


Techcircle-Startup-2016The Bengaluru edition of Techcircle Startup 2016, to be held on April 27-28 at Park Plaza Hotel, is all set to enthrall stakeholders of India's thriving startup ecosystem. The event will have an impressive line-up of speakers, special addresses, pitching sessions and plenty of opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs to connect with each other.

Techcircle Startup, which is India's largest startup event, will bring together cutting-edge and disruptive early-stage startups, current and potential investors, angels, seed funds, incubators, accelerators and mentors. Many of India's most active VC/PE funds will also take part in the event.

The conference will be your ultimate guide to the startup ecosystem in and around Bengaluru. It will also address the crucial question of startups surviving in a fund-constrained environment.


If you have not registered yet, this is your last opportunity to do so as seats are almost full. Register now or write to Kanika at register@vccircle.com/ or call 0120-4171111.

Here is the detailed agenda:

Day 1 (April 27) A guided tour of the offices of India's top venture capital funds, leading startups and key companies in Bengaluru for an interactive session with the top management. Participants will get to interact with the team, see how the companies function and learn directly from some of India's best entrepreneurs.

  • Kalaari Capital Advisors P Ltd
  • Microsoft Ventures
  • Axilor Ventures Private Limited
  • Prime Venture Partners
  • InMobi
Day II: 28 April 08.30am - 09.15am Registrations


09.15am - 09.30am Welcome Address by Nita Kapoor, Head, India - New Ventures, Newscorp & CEO, The VCCircle Network

09.30am - 10.15am Panel 1: Growth Models for start-ups: Building scale in the challenging funding environment With easy money phase coming to an end, the scope of building large user base by burning millions of dollars in the hope of future profits becomes increasingly limited. Can startups adopt sustainable business models without compromising on growth? Will existing venture capitalists help them in tough times?

Sudhir Sethi - Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, IDG Ventures


Meena Ganesh - Co-founder, MD & CEO, Portea Medical & Partner - GrowthStory

Byju Raveendran - Founder, Byju's

Sumit Gupta, Group President & Country Head – Retail Banking Assets Group, Yes Bank


Gautam Jaggi, Director of Technology Practice, o3 Capital

Rajesh Raju - Managing Director, Kaalari Capital (Moderator)

10.15am - 10.45am Fireside Chat with Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder & CEO, Paytm Interviewer - Raju Narisetti, Senior Vice President, Strategy, News Corp


10:45am - 11:15am Tea & Networking

11:15am- 12:00pm Panel 2: Getting the most out of investors, beyond their money Investors possess not just capital, but a wealth of experience, expertise and network as well. How well are startups making use of them? Can investors, with their ability to offer strategic and tactical advice, help startups become capital efficient?

Tushar Ahluwalia - Founder, Stalkbuylove


Anuj Srivastava - Founder & CEO, Livspace

Gaurav Singh Kushwaha - Founder & CEO, BlueStone.com

Alok Goel - Managing Director, SAIF Partners

Suresh Shanmugham - Managing Partner, Saama Capital

Ravi Gururaj - Chairman & Co-Founder, Frictionless Ventures (Moderator)

12:00pm - 12:45pm Panel 3: Starting Up For A Cause: Can startups bring about social change? Digital technology and innovation can change lives and bring about great socio-economic transformation. Who knows this better than startups who have disrupted traditional industries and placed people at the core of businesses? This panel brings together entrepreneurs who have built businesses that strike a balance between profits and social good. From promoting sustainable development to bringing accountability in governance processes and pushing for inclusion in a largely fragmented social landscape, these startups have walked the extra mile in making lives better. What drives them to commit to social good?

Roopa Ambekar - Founder, Managing Director, Uber Medspa & Style Lounge

Vandana Suri - Founder, Taxshe

Ramakrishna N K - Co-founder & CEO, Rang De & Habba

Saurabh Adeeb - Head of Operations & Partnerships, The/Nudge Foundation

Srivatsa Krishna - Secretary to Government of Karnataka, Chairman KUIDFC (Moderator)

12:45pm - 01:45pm Lunch & Networking

01:45pm - 02:30pm Panel 4: Women Entrepreneurship and Startups: Will women lead the next set of unicorns? How synonymous have women and startups been? While mature industries in India have seen significant contributions from women, how has the startup ecosystem embraced women entrepreneurs? How open are startups in accepting them? Can we envision an ecosystem where the next set of Indian unicorns arrive under the leadership of women?

Durga Raghunath - Co-founder & CEO, Juggernaut

Anu Sridharan - Co-founder & CEO, NextDrop

Zoya Brar - Founder & Managing Director, CORE Diagnostics

Raju Narisetti - Senior Vice President, Strategy, News Corp (Moderator)

02:30pm - 03:00pm Keynote Address: Perspectives on Growth by Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-founder Infosys, Chairman Axilor Ventures, Chairman CII Council on Start-ups

03:00pm - 03:45pm Panel 5: The art and science of customer acquisition and retention There is a limit to burning cash to earn customers. In any case, that option is almost non-existent now. What are the smart practices to win and retain customers? The larger question is: what level of burn rate can a startup afford?

Amit Kumar Agarwal - Founder & CEO, NoBroker.com

Vishal Anand, Chief Product Officer, Dailyhunt

Amarendra Sahu - Co-founder & CEO, Nestaway

Karthik Sathuragiri Director, Emerging Businesses - APJ, Akamai Technologies

Rahul Zutshi - General Manager & Head of Corporate Strategy, Ameyo Emerge

Karthik Reddy - Co-founder & Managing Director, Blume Ventures (Moderator)

03:00pm - 03:45pm (Parallel Session) Digital Banking: A catalyst for the burgeoning startup ecosystem powered by Yes Bank Speakers: Sumit Gupta - Group President & Country Head Retail Banking Assets Group - Yes Bank

Rinki Dhingra - Sr. President & Country Head Multinational Corporate Banking - Yes Bank

Amit Pansare - Executive Vice President, Transaction Banking Group - Yes Bank

To register for this session, write back at register@vccircle.com

03.45pm - 04.00pm Tea & Networking

03:45pm - 04:15pm Meet Up Session (Parallel Session) If you feel you've captured your business idea well, got the basics right, have the founding team in place and are now ready to bounce off your startup idea with prospective investors, do write to us along with a wish list of investors you would like to pitch to. If selected, you will be invited to showcase your business idea to a clutch of investors in person.

Manishh Anand - Founder & Chairman, Utilis Capital

Srikanth Sundararajan - Venture Partner, Helion Advisors

Keshav Baljee - Member, Mumbai Angels

Hari Krishnan - Fund Manager, Astarc Ventures

P S Sreekanth - Director, Hyderabad Angels

04.00pm - 04.20pm Special Address: Digital India: New opportunities for startups to conserve & grow by Sanjay Swamy, Managing Partner, Prime Venture Partners

04.20pm - 05.00pm Panel 6: Nurturing talent in a constrained environment As startups brace for the challenging future by cutting costs and reducing their footprint, professionals and employees working with these companies are faced with uncertainty. With startups consolidating and rationalizing, do we see these ventures going the extra mile in devising a policy framework to nurture and retain talent in tough times? How can startups hire the best talent in spite of funding constraints and retain it for the longer run?

Vinay Mishra - Co-founder, Homeveda

Ajay Nair - CAO, Housing.com

Amiya Pathak, Director- Product Management, Twitter

Girish Paranjpe - Partner & Chairman, Exfinity Fund (Moderator)

05.00pm - 05.30pm Techcircle Showcase It is a curated platform for innovative startups to make an elevator pitch to a select jury of angel investors, venture capitalists and fellow entrepreneurs. This is also a platform of choice for early stage, pre-revenue startups for attracting investor attention.

Jury Bharati Jacob, Founder- Partner, Seedfund

Suresh Shanmugham, Managing Partner, Saama Capital

Siddhartha Das, General Partner, Ventureast

05.30pm - 05.40pm Closing remarks

05.40pm onwards Techcircle Unwind Stand up act by Angad Singh Ranyal, Comedian/ Writer/ Actor

To take part in the event, register now or write to Kanika at register@vccircle.com / or call 0120-4171111.

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