08:30AM - 09:30AM
Registration & Networking
09:30AM - 09:45AM
Opening Address by VCCircle
Jaideep Mehta, CEO, News Corp VCCircle
09:45AM - 10:00AM
Special Address by Guest speaker
Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Vice – Chancellor, Ashoka University
10:00AM - 10:15AM
Special Address: Masterclass for Edtech entrepreneurs
Nirav Khambhati, Partner, Kaizen Private Equity
10:15AM - 10:55AM
Panel I: Investors’ overview of Education
Investing in education is lucrative as the returns are handsome but it takes patience to reap the rewards. Alongside long-term commitment, what are the other risks and rewards of investing in Education sector? Which segments are more promising as of now and why?
Imran Jafar, General Partner, Gaja Capital
Srikrishna Ramamoorthy, Partner, Unitus Seed Fund
Pranjal Kumar, Principal, Bertelsmann Investments & Corporate center India
Namita Dalmia, Principal, Omidyar Network (Moderator)
Panel II: Gauging the opportunity in professional learning
Given India’s growing population and demand for jobs, professional learning represents that biggest opportunity the nascent ed-tech market. In the past couple of years, significant private investments have been pumped into this segment underlying strong investor interest and the momentum is expected to continue for a few more years. Will India’s next technology unicorns come from the professional learning market? How critical is technology for scaling these businesses and ensuring they find the road to profitability?
Ravijot Chugh, Co founder, UpGrad
Arjun Nair, Co-founder & Director, Great Learning
Amit Mahensaria, Co founder, Impartus Innovations
Jitin Sethi, Partner, L.E.K Consulting (Moderator)
11:35AM - 11:50AM
11:50AM - 12:30PM
Panel III: Disrupting K12
Even as India is celebrated for world-class educational institutions such as IITs and IIMs, its K12 system continues to be in a sorry state. Right from the concept of teaching to lack of enough and good teachers, old and irrelevant curriculum, a poor teacher to students ratio are all factors contributing to the dismal state of affairs. What will it take to fix the K12 system?
V Sivaramakrishnan, Managing Director, Oxford University Press India
Puneet Kothapa, Executive Director, Narayana Group of Educational Institutions
Amit Kapoor, Co founder & Director, Eupheus Learning
Neeraj Sharma, MD & CEO, Indian School of Finance Company
Smita Sircar, Innovations Director - edLABS and Ecosystem, Gray Matters Capital
Panel IV: Blossoming pre-school and day care
The pre-school and day care market has so far had a patchy run in India. Apart from a handful of players, the segment hasn’t seen sustained activity in the past in terms of new ventures being formed, funded and being scaled. That may change now with education as a whole seeing renewed interest from both investors and entrepreneurs. Are pre-school and day care businesses/ startups finally here to stay? What market factors are in play to encourage the growth of such businesses? What kind of business models will stand the test of time?
Sridevi Raghavan, CEO, Amelio
Priya Krishnan, CEO, KLAY
Ashish Aggarwal, Founder & CFO, Footprints India
Sonam Shah, Head, Garodia Academy (Moderator)
01:10PM - 02:00PM
Lunch & Networking
02:00PM - 02:40PM
Panel V: Education, a philanthropic pursuit?
Several not-for-profit enterprises have come forward to plug the gaps in the education ecosystem especially catering to those at the bottom of the pyramid. What inspires such enterprises to take the plunge in a sector that is riddled with problems? What challenges do they face? What are the returns they seek?
Sanjay Dalmia, Founder, OpenLinks Foundation
Sourabh Anand, Associate Partner, Social Finance India
Raj Gilda, Co founder and Director, Lend – A- Hand India (Moderator)
02:40pm - 03:20pm
Panel VI: New frontiers in online tutoring
Online tutoring has in the past few years emerged as one of the most sought after market segments in the overall ed-tech sector. Entrepreneurs are employing varying strategies to address what promises to become a multi-billion dollar opportunity and investors see significant upsides in getting into the game early. What are the factors that define this potentially lucrative opportunity? What could be the future challenges to scaling these businesses? Is the opportunity big enough for multiple large players to emerge in this market unlike segments such as ecommerce or ride-hailing which are winner-takes-all markets?
Rohit Manglik, CEO, EduGorilla
Zishaan Hayath, Founder, Toppr
Bhola Meena, Founder and CEO, Online Tyari
Vamsi Krishna, CEO & Co founder, Vedantu
Prachi Jain Windlass, Director – India Programs, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation India LLP (Moderator)
03:20PM - 03:35PM
03:35PM - 04:00PM
We bring our Showcase session, a curated platform that brings a set of handpicked innovative Education 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.
Prachi Jain Windlass, Director – India Programs, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation India LLP
End of Conference