Consumer & E-Commerce Investment Summit 2019

If there is one thing that drives Indian economy irrespective of what happens globally it is domestic consumption. With India slated to surpass China as the most populous nation in five years, the business opportunity around the local consumption story encompassing over 1.3 billion people is only going to grow. But challenges remain due to the fragmented consumption patterns among several other factors.

Multinational companies and few domestic Goliaths have traditionally dominated the big spaces in the consumer sector. But the diversity in consumer behaviour and the geographic spread of the market has allowed entrepreneurs to not just flourish but in many segments break out to emerge with top brands. Deal-making got a leg up last year with retail and consumer healthcare & nutrition spaces seeing big consolidation moves as well as PE interest. There were many more small and mid-sized deals in the sector, be it beverages, food, salon chains, restaurants and even an incense stick maker found a PE backer.

Overall, PE and VC firms bet $3.6 billion across 277 consumer companies in 2018, according to VCCEdge. While dealmaking in consumer discretionary space was largely tilted towards e-commerce and has been gyrating to the tune of few big investments, staples as a category saw money-flow more than double to $1.2 billion last year.

To gauge the emerging opportunities, discuss the challenges and how to overcome them, Mosaic Digital is hosting the next edition of Consumer Investment Summit.


9:30am - 10:30am

10:30am - 10:45am
Opening Address by News Corp VCCircle

10.45am – 11:30am
Panel I: Breaking the Mould
Indian PE investors need to go beyond the obvious to dig into mass-market businesses that remain under the radar but would create the next set of Rs 1,000-crore businesses at a fast clip. Seemingly small categories like innerwear and sanitaryware have generated high returns for PE firms in the past. Where to find the next set of firms which could break the mould of operating in an unorganised space, to create sustainable profit spewing winners?

Imran Jafar, Managing Partner, Gaja Capital    
Ketki Paranjpe, Managing Director, India & West Asia, L Catterton Asia    
Tarun Khanna, Partner, CX Partners
Rochelle D’Souza, Principal, Lighthouse
Ranjani Raghavan, Associate Editor, VCCircle (Mosaic Digital) (Moderator)

11:30am - 11:45am
Networking Tea Break

11:45am - 12:20pm
Panel II: Specialised Etailers Standing Tall Against Goliaths
In a world where Amazon and Walmart-Flipkart occupy maximum memory space, a bunch of vertical etailers have not just survived the battle in their own domains but have, till now, managed to stand against the horizontal e-commerce behemoths. What’s the outlook for these etailers? What has allowed them to develop a niche? What are the challenges in scaling further? Is there a long-term future for these players to continue as they are?

Ayush Agrawal, Co-Founder, Seniority Pvt. Ltd.
Abhijeet Kumar, Co Founder & CEO, RainCan
Gaurav Sachdeva, Managing Partner, JSW Ventures
Beena Parmar, Beena Parmar, Special Correspondent, VCCircle (Mosaic Digital) (Moderator)

12:20pm – 1:00pm
Panel III: Scalability Problem in Restaurants
Several restaurant chains have attracted PE money but there is a clear scalability problem outside of QSR chains. How to break the shell? What lessons can the QSR chains provide to the other formats? What pain points are asset-light cloud kitchen-based restaurant chains facing?

Riyaaz Amlani, MD & CEO, Impresario    
Zorawar Kalra, Promoter & Managing Director, Massive Restaurants Private Limited    
Kabir Jeet Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Burger Singh    
Archana Jahagirdar, CEO, Angelworks (Moderator)

1:00pm - 2:20pm
Networking Lunch

2:20pm – 2:50pm
Showcase session
We bring our Showcase session, a curated platform that brings a set of handpicked innovative startups to make an elevator pitch to select jury of angel investors, houseful of VCs & fellow entrepreneurs. This is also an opportunity to early stage, pre-revenue, startups as well to grab investor attention.

2:50pm – 3:30pm
Panel IV: Rise of New Brands
A clutch of new brands across categories like beverages, fashion and FMCG have created a space for themselves despite facing big MNCs. How are emerging brands creating a bigger bang for their ad-bucks while competing against legacy labels?

Ankur Goyal, Founder & CEO, &Me    
Sahil Dharia, Chief Executive, Soothe Healthcare
Revant Bhate, Partner, Kstart (Moderator)

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Networking Break & Close of Conference



Imran Jafar

Managing Partner, Gaja Capital

Ankur Goyal

Founder & CEO, &Me

Riyaaz Amlani

CEO and Managing Director, , Impresario

Tarun Khanna

Partner, CX Partners

Sahil Dharia

Chief Executive, Soothe Healthcare

Ketki Paranjpe

Managing Director, India & West Asia, L Catterton Asia

Zorawar Kalra

Promoter & Managing Director, Massive Restaurants Private Limited

Rochelle D'Souza

Principal, Lighthouse Funds

Archana Jahagirdar

CEO, Angelworks

Gaurav Sachdeva

Managing Partner, JSW Ventures

Revant Bhate

Partner, Kstart

Kabir Jeet Singh

Chief Executive Officer, Burger Singh

Want to be part of it?

VCC Events opens up the avenues for participation. Join hands to be a part of India’s largest gathering of alternative investments leaders, industry stakeholders and Asia’s influential limited partners, general partners and marquee advisors. Your chance to actively participate and augment yourself as thought leaders.

Venue :

Hotel Four Seasons, Mumbai

Date: April 25, 2019
Venue: Hotel Four Seasons, Mumbai

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