Final agenda for News Corp TechCircle Startup 2016 – Delhi edition; register now, only a few seats are left


Event2The Delhi edition of News Corp TechCircle Startup 2016 is all set to bring together investors, serial entrepreneurs and startups for a day of insightful panel discussions and stimulating talks.

Focused on the theme ‘Conserve & Grow or Perish’, the summit will provide inputs on how startups can sustain businesses in the long run and what they need to do to attract investors and raise investment in a constrained funding environment. The summit will also help startups spot alternative sources of funding.

Day 1: 23 August

TC Startup Walkabouts

This will be a guided tour of India’s top venture capital funds, leading startups and corporates in Delhi for an interactive session with the top management. Delegates will get an opportunity to know more about funding options, mentorship approach and startup trends.

· Paytm
· YourNest Angel Fund
· Trifecta Capital
· GSF India
· Truly Madly

Day II: 24 August

8.30AM – 9:45AM

Registration & Refreshments

9.45AM – 10:00AM

Welcome Address by Nita Kapoor, Head, India – New Ventures, News Corp (VCCircle)

10.00AM- 10.20AM

Keynote Address by Vineet Nayar – Former CEO of HCL Technologies and Founder of Sampark Foundation on The evolving landscape of niche opportunities.

10.20AM – 11.05AM

Panel 1: From an Investor’s Lens: Is “Series A” funding no more the focus?

As per the recent half yearly report by VCCedge, the data platform of VCCircle, “Series A” round of investment has barely contributed 38% in the first half of the year, which is lowest if compared to past 5 years. While this is affecting the startups in “High-Growth-High-Burn” mode, is it safe to assume current startup ecosystem lacks enough high quality startups eligible for Series A & beyond round of investments? Is the current play only around Angel Investments & bridge rounds? How can one assess current situation from an Investor’s lens?

Pankaj Jain – Partner, 500 Startups
Manish Kheterpal – Managing Partner, WaterBridge Ventures
Ankit Sood – Chief Financial Officer, Kraftly
Geetansh Bamania – Founder, Rentomojo
Gaurav Sachdeva – Managing Partner, JSW Ventures (Moderator)

11:05AM – 11:15AM

Room-wide Discussion

11.15AM – 11.30AM

Networking Break

11.30AM – 12.00PM

Live conversation on startup ecosystem, investment trends, future forecasts and more

Raju Narisetti – Senior VP Strategy, News Corp, Pankaj Makkar – Managing Director, Bertelsmann Corporate Services India Pvt. Ltd, Subramanya S.V. – Co-founder, fisdom
12.00 PM – 12.15PM

Presentation by

Karan Kripalani – Associate Vice President – Product Management, Netmagic on Empowering Entrepreneurs in their Digital Journey

12.15PM – 01.00PM

Panel 2: Bitter & Better – New rules for startups

Startups need to align with need of the hour – an astute business strategy, plan A & B for revenue, lean and efficient operational structure and a scalable model. Tough it might be, but being sure of all these factors will have a definite buy-in with investors. What are these new rules and how can one emerge stronger from this funding crunch?

Priyanka Gill – Founder, POPxo
Shivjeet Kullar – CEO, NFX Digital
Sid Talwar – Co-founder and Partner, Lightbox
Faisal Farooqui – Founder,
Ruchira Shukla – Regional Lead, South Asia, Venture Capital, IFC (Moderator)

01:00PM – 01:10PM

Room-wide Discussion

01.10PM – 02.00PM

Networking Lunch

02.00PM – 02.30PM

Panel 3: Venture debt coming to rescue of Startups

Venture debt is not new to Indian start-up ecosystem and yet it is now taking off in the real sense. Is this funding crunching opening door for an alternate source of investments? Do startups understand the real value venture debt brings to the table?

Rahul Khanna – Managing Partner, Trifecta Capital
Vinod Murali – Managing Director, InnoVen Capital
Mukul Singhal – Co-founder, Pravega Ventures (Moderator)

02.30PM – 02.40PM
Room-wide Discussion
02.40PM – 03.25PM

Panel 4: Angels in the driving seat: How far will this go?

Angel investors clearly seem to be in the driving seat with clinching 369 deals in the H1 of 2016, 16% more than last year. While the number of deals have grown, deal values have slipped showing a clear trend of “Cautious money” available in the market. Clearly the FoMo (Fear of Missing Out) effect has settled and no one is in a hurry to put in the first cheque, at any cost. With angel investments beefing up and subsequent rounds dropping, how far this can go for startups and angels?

Shaili Chopra – Founder, SheThePeople.TV
Suraj Vazirani – Co-Founder & CEO, DSYH
Kanika Tekriwal – Founder, JetSetGo
Rajesh Sawhney – Founder, GSF India
Naganand Doraswamy – Managing Director & CEO, Ideaspring Capital (Moderator)

03.25PM – 03.35PM

Room-wide Discussion

03.35PM – 03.50PM

Networking Break

03.35PM – 04.05PM

Techcircle Meetup (Parallel Session)

A specially tailored session for startups to meet and greet the leading investors of India. The meetup will happen in a business area allowing adequate time to pitch, learn and form acquaintances. In order to nominate your startup for this session click here.

03.50PM – 04.35PM

Panel 5: Business Valuations – Key to ensure investments & long-term sustainability

Correct valuation to business is as important to startup as to an investor. While skewing away from this might give short term wins, the longer sustainability can be achieved only by having correct idea of what a business has to gain or lose. Views from legal agencies, investors and startups.

Dhruv Suri – ‎Principal Associate, PSA
Atul Hegde – Co-founder, Rainmaker Ventures Pvt. Ltd
Rahul Chaudhary – Co-founder, Treebo
Shweta Singh – Vice President, Lumis Partners
Raghav Himatsingka – Co-founder, Truckola
Sameer Nath – Managing Partner, Iron Pillar Fund (Moderator)

04.35PM – 04.45PM

Room-wide Discussion

04.45PM – 05.00PM

Something different: An amateur’s approach

Child prodigy’s, viral campaigns and out-of-the-box success stories; rookies sometime strike the jackpot. Let us listen to few to understand their point of view and their approach to challenges.
Akshat Mittal – Founder,

05.00PM – 05.15PM

Presentation: Going back to the School: Role of academic networks and mentoring

From mentoring to filling in acquaintances gap, academic alma maters can do a lot for startups. Further, when it comes to a guru imparting knowledge filled with practical solutions, the impact is much forceful. This session will discuss how leading technology and management institutions in India already contributing in a big way to the startup ecosystem through mentorship initiatives. How can these networks help sail through tough times?

Sanjeeva Shivesh – Founder and CEO, The Entrepreneurship School

Close of conference

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