VCCircle Bengaluru Investment Forum

Through the 90s, Bengaluru witnessed the rapidly developing IT outsourcing story spawning several dollar millionaire entrepreneurs and bulge-bracket professionals. This, in turn, expanded the knowledge economy with start-ups trying to occupy niches (the entire KPO bandwagon) where IT is an enabler, as well the software products space.

The current phase of IT entrepreneurship is probably old enough to attract opinions. Unlike the outsourcing story, which brought about structural changes in the global economy, and giant-sized opportunities for the early entrepreneurs aligning with it, the IT entrepreneurial environment today is faced with several limiting factors. The most important being the question of scalability.

The billion dollar start-up dreams in this sector seem to be over. What we would possibly get to see is the emergence of viable niche opportunities where entrepreneurs will take businesses up to a certain level and sell out early and where niche is viable but still has to be part of a large food chain. This will lead us to an ecosystem dominated by tens and hundreds of $100-million plays rather than by a few multi-billion dollar and highly visible transformational stories.

We can safely say that Bengaluru’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is maturing and becoming democratic.

The city’s famed entrepreneurial spirit, closely identified with technology, is getting redefined. This does not mean that the technology story is over but it signals that sectoral leverage is passing by. This also means that early stage capital will move out chasing entrepreneurial ventures outside IT.

Which are these emerging areas? The city's unique lifestyle quotient is throwing up opportunities in F&B, retail and in a myriad consumer services. An educated migrant community sustains new ventures in healthcare, education, leisure and in real estate.

Early IT entrepreneurs are also ploughing back some of the capital into new domains such as social entrepreneurship. Some have broadened the knowledge economy basket to cover lifesciences and even agri-play. So where does this leave the technology purists? Surely, Bangalore's today a cauldron of entrepreneurial debates.


8:30 am to 9:15am
Tea & Registration

9:15 am to 9:20 am
Welcome & Introductory Remarks

9:20 am to 10:20 am
Panel I: Bengaluru Redefined: Size Does Not Matter, Spirit Does
Bengaluru's entrepreneurial ecosystem today is not about few companies sporting a billion-dollar valuation tag. It is about hundreds of smaller and pint-sized companies who are filling viable niches.

Gopal Srinivasan - Chairman, TVS Capital Funds (Chair)
Harish Bijoor - CEO, Harish Bijoor Consults Inc
Sridhar Mitta, MD, NextWealth Entrepreneurs Pvt Ltd
M.V. Rajeev Gowda - Professor, IIM-B
Srini Rajam - Chairman & CEO, Ittiam Systems Pvt Ltd
Ramesh Ramanathan - Founder, Janaagraha
Dr. Sridhar Mitta - MD & Founder,NextWealth Entrepreneurs Pvt Ltd

10:20 am to 11:50 am
Panel II: Bengaluru's Ver 2.0 Technology Story
Is IT services a has-been story? Which are the new flavours in technology investing?

Jessie Paul - CEO, PaulWriter Advisory (Chair)
Manohar Atreya - Head, Technology, o3 Capital Advisors
Pranav Bhasin - Founder, Lifeblob
Sean Blagsvedt - Founder,
Sunil Maheshwari - CEO, Mango Technologies
Yusuf Motiwala - Founder, TringMe
Sanjay Nayak - MD, Tejas Networks

11:50 am to 12:00 pm
Tea & Networking Break

12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
Legal Masterclass: Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co
Reeba Chacko - Partner, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co
Arjun Lall - Partner, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Panel III: Bengaluru's PE Deal Quotient
With $1.3 billion across 153 deals, there is a lot of venture and private equity money that is parked in the city's corporate. Which are the sectors that will be big capital deployers?

Raja Kumar - CEO, Ascent Capital (Chair)
KP Balaraj - MD, Sequoia Capital India
Raj Dugar - Senior MD, Fidelity Growth Partners India
Nainesh Jaisingh - MD, Standard Chartered Private Equity
Suresh Raju - Executive Director, TVS Capital Funds

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Lunch & Networking

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Panel IV: The Other Side Of Bengaluru: Unparalleled opportunities in lifesciences, education, aeronautics and agri business

Reeba Chacko - Partner, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co (Chair)
Meena Ganesh - CEO, Manipal K-12 Education
Dr. BS Ajai Kumar - Chairman & CEO, HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd.
Dr. Villoo Morawala Patell - Founder & Chairman, Avesthagen Ltd.
Srikanth Narasimhan - Director, Veda Corporate Advisors

3:30 pm to 3:45 pm
Banking Workshop: HSBC Securities Services
Jayesh Bhargava - Head, Sales, CTLA, HSBC Securities Services

3:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Tea & Networking break

4:00 pm to 4:20 pm
Times Private Treaties - Value Creation Through Brand Building
Sukanto Aich - Director, Times Private Treaties

4:20 pm to 5:20 pm
Panel V: Bengaluru's Glitzy Lifestyle Index: Myth Or Reality?
From gourmet food to fine-dining to thematic holidays to serviced apartments to shopping malls to Venetian-style apartments, there are enough and more avenues to tap the wallet of upwardly mobile and well-heeled floating professional population of Bengaluru.

Kanwaljit Singh - MD, Helion Venture Partners (Chair)
Keshav Baljee - President & Co Promoter, Royal Orchid Hotels Ltd.
Bijou Kurien - President, Reliance Lifestyle
M. Murali - MD, Shriram Properties
Jose Ramapuram - Director, Orange County Resorts
Shruti Shibulal - Director, Avant Garde Hospitality

5:20 pm to 6:20 pm
VCCircle Runway
VCcircle Runway, is an easy-takeoff platform for mature startups. Runway--akin to an airport runway or a fashion ramp runway--aims to put the spotlight on eligible startups and bring them a few steps closer to the next level, be it funding, new team, clients or simple advice and business tips from the experts.

Subrata Mitra - Partner, Accel Partners (Chair)
Rahul Khanna - Director, Clearstone Venture Advisors
Samir Kumar - Managing Director, Inventus Capital Partners
Alok Mittal - Managing Director, Canaan Partners
Srini Vudayagiri - Founder, Stega Capital

6:20 pm to 6:30 pm
Concluding remarks & vote of thanks

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
VCCircle Unwind
VCCircle also introduces Unwind, which, as the name suggests, is the zone that allows informal networking, a key takeaway for any business conference.

Alok Mittal - MD, Canaan Partners (Moderator)
Umesh Malhotra - Founder, Hippocampus
Kiran Nadkarni - CEO, KaatiZone
Shriram Ramada - Founder, Zela Life

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ITC Royal Gardenia, Bengaluru.

Contact: Business Attire

Distance: No. 1 Residency Road,Bengaluru.

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