VCCircle Ahmedabad Investment Forum 2012

VCCircle is happy to announce the 2nd edition of its Ahmedabad Investment Forum, after our successful 1st edition held in 2009. The forum is aimed at creating an exclusive rendezvous for Gujarat’s large and mid-sized company CEOs and private equity investors scouting for attractive sopportunities in this emerging market.

Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat, also rated as the 3 fastest growing city in the world by Forbes, houses some of the best Indian companies across industries. Some of the sectors prominent in the state are engineering, chemicals, petrochemicals, drugs, pharmaceuticals, dairy, natural resources, cement and ceramics, and gems and jewelery.

On the deals map, the state has witnessed 75 plus private equity transactions valued at more than $650m and has seen more than 60 M&A deals at $3b, across sectors such as construction, engineering, pharmaceuticals, engineering, real estate among others.

With the increase in the number of high growth companies and quality entrepreneurs, this state now renders itself as an attractive investment destination for Private Equity investors, Venture Capitalists and dealmakers. To help funds make further inroads into these opportunities, VCCircle launches Ahmedabad Investment Forum, presented in partnership with the local Industry Associations, which will attract 200+ entrepreneurs, CEOs, private equity heads, policymakers at these states’ largest PE & M&A focused confluence.


8:30am – 9:35am
Tea & Registration

9:35am – 9:45am
Introduction Note

9:45am – 10:15am
Keynote Address: Building Global Companies From India: Insights On Scaling Up & Business Transformation

Piruz Khambatta, CEO, Rasna Pvt. Ltd

10:15am – 11:00am
Fireside Chat: The Gujarati Entrepreneurial DNA & What It Means For Dealmaking Market
Which characteristics define Gujarat entrepreneurs and their businesses? Which sectors would witness a slew of entrepreneurial activities and where is the Gujarat entrepreneur ecosystem headed? What is Gujarat’s potential for more of large marquee private equity and M&A deals? How is Gujarat ecosystem absorbing new age businesses? Will capital flow towards family owned businesses or first generation entrepreneurs?

Vishal Mehta - CEO, Infibeam (Moderator)
Mihir Joshi - MD, Gujarat Venture Finance Ltd
Asit Shah - MD, Metro Wireless Engineering India Pvt. Ltd.
Rajiv Sharma - CEO, Sterling Addlife India Ltd
Prof. B H Jajoo - Former Dean, IIM Ahmedabad

11:00am – 11:15am
Tea & Networking

11:15am – 11:45am
Tax & Regulatory Structuring From The Perspective Of An Entrepreneur & Investor

Vishal Gada - Director, Tax and Regulatory, KPMG
Punit Shah - Partner and Co-Head Tax, KPMG

11:45am – 12:15pm
Entrepreneur Interview
Amit Bakshi, MD, Eris Lifesciences will be interviewed on Eris’ inception, early days & business model, significant milestones, how it raised private equity funding and scaled, growth path and projections

Amit Bakshi - MD, Eris Lifesciences Pvt. Ltd

12:15pm – 1:00pm
Fireside Chat: Raising Private Equity & Syndicating M&A For Your Company
How do you access capital from private equity funds? What do funds look for in a business model? What is preferred – revenue projections or real cash flows? How should companies prepare themselves to attract PE? Apart from money, what other inputs & value additions do private equity managers bring to the table? When is a company ready for a bulge bracket acquisition or to be acquired? How do acquirers and acquisition targets find the right candidate? How to raise finances? How to tackle integration challenges?

Ashwani Khare - Partner, Corporate Finance, KPMG (Moderator)
Abhay Pandey - MD, Sequoia Capital India
Mahesh Chhabria - Partner, Actis
Dhanpal Jhaveri - Partner & CEO, Everstone Capital Advisors Pvt Ltd

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Lunch & networking

1:00pm – 1:45pm
VCCircle Lounge
A special VCCircle initiative, where companies and investors can meet and network in a structured manner in a separate enclosure. Here select companies will make a 5-minute elevator pitch to select venture capital investors.

2:00pm – 2:45pm
Fireside Chat: Raising Venture Capital & Angel Funding For Your Startup
How to get VC and angel funding for your startup? What are the dos & don'ts of before approaching an angel or a seed stage investor? How much of the company should an entrepreneur be ready to dissolve while raising early funding? How does the region fare in terms of successful investments?

Rehan Yar Khan - Founder & CEO, Flora2000
Padmaja Ruparel, President, Indian Angel Network

2:45pm – 3:15pm
Understanding Legal Aspects Involved In Debt & Equity Fund Raising For Companies

Rajendra Barot - Senior Partner, AZB & Partners
Varoon Chandra - Partner, AZB & Partners

3:15pm – 3:30pm
Tea & Networking

3:30pm – 4:15pm
Panel: Emerging Startup Entrepreneurship Themes In Gujarat
The panel will focus on the emerging entrepreneurship themes in the Gujarat startups segment. What are the opportunities to scale in internet sub-sectors, big data, healthcare, education and mobile industries? What will the venture capital investors bet on?

Rajan Vasa - MD, Contech BPO & President TiE Ahmedabad (Moderator)
Sanjay Singh - Founder, Swas healthcare
Leo S. Mavely - CEO, Axio Biosolutions Pvt. Ltd.
Prayaag Kasundra - Founder & CEO,

4:15pm – 4:35pm
Entrepreneur Story
Vishal Mehta - CEO, Infibeam will share on the firm’s inception, early days & business model, significant milestones, how it raised private equity funding and scaled, growth path and projections

Vishal Mehta - CEO, Infibeam

4:35pm – 4:45pm
Concluding Remarks

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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 :

The Pride hotel, Ahmedabad

The Pride hotel, Ahmedabad

Distance: Judges Bungalow Road, Off SG Road, Ahmedabad

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