Introduction

VCCircle Education Investment Summit 2015
Enabling socially inclusive education using scale and technology

When it comes to education, there really are two Indias. There is an India, very urban with a huge concentration of educational institutes across primary, secondary & higher education. Add to that are a clutch of services, such as formal coaching classes, test preparations and distance learning initiatives; the availability of EdTech, be it digital content, online tutors, assessment tools & more. It is mostly private and for-profit.

Then there is Bharat, which struggles with quality, affordable education. Working at this chronic issue are large corporate groups, trusts and multi-lateral agencies, all working hard to track, deliver and improve the quality of education being delivered to the masses. It is a mix of private and public entities, all aiming to provide socially inclusive education.

While technology is starting to play a pivotal role in bridging the two Indias, it is increasingly clear that the private sector will need to step up in both scenarios to help deliver quality education to ever larger number of Indians.

With rise of Internet & the spurt in mobile usage, affordable and accessible quality education now seems ever more within India’s grasp.

It is in this context that VCCircle announces the 6th edition of VCCircle Education Investment Summit, on November 26 at The Westin, Gurgaon.

The Summit features the best and brightest in India’s quest for improving education: sector experts, those working on social agenda for education, Edupreneurs looking to disrupt delivery of education through technology, leading entrepreneurs, marquee investors as well as industry consultants & advisors.


Agenda

8:30 am - 9:45 am
Tea, Networking & Registration

9:45 am - 10:00 am
Introductory Note

10:00 am - 10:50 am
Panel I: Picking the nerve of Elementary Education in India: Have we done enough?
In light of UEE (Universal Elementary Education), Sarva shiksha abhiyaan is being implemented as India’s main programme for universalizing elementary education. Its overall goals include universal access and retention, bridging of gender and social category gaps in education and enhancement of learning levels of children. Some major developments have also been recorded in this aspect however there is a lot left to be accomplished. Key challenges to be addressed include:
   •  What are the road blocks in making education accessible & socially inclusive? What have been the steps taken? Are they enough?
   •  How to track quality of education, keeping the beneficiary, i.e. students, at the centre. How to track learning outcomes?
   •  Is the parental attitude towards education changing? If so, what needs to be done more?
   •  How do we fix accountability of key stakeholders?
   •  Can there be transparency in tracking outcomes, making corrections and delivering the desired results?
   •  Can private players play a part here?

K Vaijayanti - Head - Research & Resource & Evaluation, Akshara Foundation
Sridhar Rajagopalan - MD & Co-founder of Educational Initiatives, Mindspark Centres
Imran Jafar - Partner, Gaja Capital Partners
Garima Batra - Project Leader -Public Sector and Development Practice, The Boston Consulting Group
Harsh Shetty - CEO, Central Square Foundation (Moderator)

10:50 am - 11:20 am
Keynote Address - Investing in education – Our global experience
Roopa Kudva - Partner & Managing Director, Omidyar Network

11:20 am - 11:40 am
Tea & Networking

11:40 am – 12:00 pm
Special Address- Accelerating and scaling successful educational innovation through GET IN, a new global educational platform
Shiv Khemka - Chairman, The Global Education & Leadership Foundation

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm
Panel II: K - 12 Education in India: Taking quality education beyond Tier I schools & cities
K - 12 education in India is the most fragmented segment within education sector. With government schools on side taking on the responsibility of catering to a larger pool of students, struggling to improve quality education, seize dropout rates amongst others and private schools on other side with world class infrastructure available for a select few. Besides, there are other issues plaguing the segment such as quality, affordability, lack of good teachers amongst others.
   •  What can be done to improve quality of education across the K- 12 segment?
   •  Can Private players help the govt. in some way or the other?
   •  What has been the experiences around quota for EWS (Economically Weaker Section)? Is that the solution to bridge the gap?
   •  Can effective partnership models be explored to unlock full potential for this segment?
   •  How can large PE players be brought into the fray?
   •  What role can Edtech play in improving delivery of quality education across?

Sameer Sampat - Executive Director, India School Leadership Institute
Himanshu Gupta - Joint Managing Director, S Chand Group
Raj Yarlagadda - Managing Director, People Combine Educational Initiatives limited
Umesh Malhotra - Co-founder and Chief Executive, Hippocampus Learning Centres
Ajit Mahadevan - Country Head, Acumen India (Moderator)

12:50 pm - 1:40 pm
Lunch & Networking

1:40 pm - 2:25 pm
Panel III: Vocational Education: Skilling India’s human capital
Vocational education has been a major contributor in developed countries, providing good quality of human capital. That somehow does not seem to be the case in India, despite several initiatives.  On one side, lack of opportunities and placements has made vocational education loose its sheen in India, while issues pertaining to certification and quality have long persisted.
Are vocational education programs scalable?
   •  What are the challenges faced while implementing vocational education programs? Is there a way overcome them?
   •  Is recognition of vocational training programs an issue?
   •  How can private players help resolve these issues?
   •  Can we build profitable/scalable businesses with impact creation as the key?
   •  What have we done so far? Is that enough?

Pooja Gianchandani - Head of Global Business - EduTech and Skills, IL&FS Education Technology Services Ltd
Dr Gayathri Vasudevan - CEO, LabourNet Services India Pvt. Ltd
Surga Thilakan - Co Founder & CEO, iStar Skill Development Pvt  Ltd
Vikram Jain - Associate Director , FSG
Dilip Chenoy - Former CEO & MD, National Skill Development Corporation (Moderator)

2:25 pm - 2:35 pm
Investor Talk
Prasad Gadkari, Partner, IDFC Private Equity

2:35 pm - 3:15 pm
Panel IV: EdTech: If you fund it, will it scale?
Indians spend a fortune on education and yet the massively fragmented business of education has left investors scratching their heads. What bets might work? What sectors are avoidable? Who is taking the bets and who might prevail?

Tej Kapoor - Country Head, dmg :: Information India
Vivek Agarwal - Founder & CEO, LIQVID
Ashish Gupta - COO and Global Business Unit Head, Evalueserve Financial Services
Rahul Patwardhan - CEO, NIIT
Nikhil Barshikar - Founder and Managing Director, Imarticus Learning
Prasad Gadkari - Partner, IDFC Private Equity (Moderator)

3:15 pm - 3:35 pm
Tea & Networking

3:35 pm - 4:05 pm
VCCircle Showcase
This is a curated platform where select companies in the education sector will get the opportunity to showcase their innovative products and services to the impressive gathering at the summit.

4:05 pm - 4:45 pm
Panel V: EdTech: Transforming the way India learns
The emergence of technology-based education services and products has gained sizeable traction with a number of VC Investors showing renewed interest. However, policy challenges and lack of conducive environment for operation has prevented edtech firms from coming into the mainstream. Plus is the integration of edtech services into the formal education space being held back by the lack of cohesive policy formulation? What are the larger prospects of edtech and how can the challenges be addressed?
   •  The leading edtech initiatives making an impact
   •  Who are the edtech firms targeting through their services?
   •  What policy changes are required to bring edtech to the mainstream?
   •  How can edtech firms innovate to provide services despite the limited policy space?

Prachi Windlass - Director, India Education, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Karthik KS - Founder & CEO, Avagmah
Avnita Bir - Director - Principal, R N Podar School
Parth J Shah - Founder president, Centre for Civil Society
Gaurav Mehra - Partner, Kaizen Private Equity (Moderator)

4:45 pm - 5:25 pm
Panel VI: Segmentation in Edtech: Online Tutoring and Assesment leads the way
The growing interest of the investor community in edtech has received further boost with the positive segmentation taking place within the edtech ecosystem. Out of the various segments, online tutoring and assessment has received a lot of traction with large chunks of students and teachers taking to these platforms to enhance their preparations. What makes these online Tutoring and Assessment firm stand out, how are they disrupting the traditional teacher student connect? What can other segment players within the edtech space take away from them?

Aditi Avasthi - Founder and CEO, Embibe.com
Harman Singh - Founder and CEO, WizIQ
Piyush Agrawal - CEO & Founder, Superprofs.com
Siddharth Talwar - Partner, Lightbox (Moderator)

5:25 pm onwards
VCCircle Unwind
This session will provide more networking time with entrepreneurs and investors over cocktails.

 


Speakers

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Aditi Avasthi

Founder and CEO, Embibe.com | @embibe
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Ajit Mahadevan

India Director, Acumen | @acumen
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Ashish Gupta

COO and Global Business Unit Head, Evalueserve Financial Services
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Avnita Bir

Director-Principal, R N Podar School
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Dilip Chenoy

Former CEO & MD, National Skill Development Corporation
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Gaurav Mehra

Partner, Kaizen Private Equity
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Dr. Gayathri Vasudevan

CEO, LabourNet Services India Pvt. Ltd | @labournet
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Garima Batra

Project Leader, Public Sector and Development Practice, The Boston Consulting Group
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Harsh Shetty

CEO, Central Square Foundation | @CSF_India
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Harman Singh

Founder and CEO, WizIQ | @WizIQ
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Himanshu Gupta

Joint Managing Director, S Chand Group | @SChandGroup
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Imran Jafar

General Partner, Gaja Capital
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Karthik KS

Founder & CEO, Avagmah | @avagmah
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K Vaijayanti

Head, Research & Resource & Evaluation, Akshara Foundation | @aksharadotorg
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Nikhil Barshikar

Founder and Managing Director, Imarticus Learning profile | @imarticus
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Piyush Agrawal

CEO & Founder, Superprofs.com
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Pooja Gianchandani

Head of Global Business - EduTech and Skills, IL&FS Education Technology Services Ltd | @ILFSEducation
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Prasad Gadkari

Partner, IDFC Private Equity
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Prachi Windlass

Director, India Education, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation | @MSDF_Foundation
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Parth J. Shah

Founder president, Centre for Civil Society | @ccsindia
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Rahul Patwardhan

CEO, NIIT | @NIITLtd
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Raj Yarlagadda

Managing Director, People Combine Educational Initiatives limited
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Roopa Kudva

Partner & Managing Director, Omidyar Network India Advisors | @OmidyarNetwork
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Sameer Sampat

Executive Director, India School Leadership Institute
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Shiv Khemka

Chairman, The Global Education and Leadership Foundation
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Sid Talwar

Co-founder and Partner, Lightbox | @lbvc
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Sridhar Rajagopalan

MD & Co-founder of Educational Initiatives, Mindspark Centres
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Surga Thilakan

Co-founder & CEO, iSTAR Skill Development Pvt Ltd
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Tej Kapoor

Country Head, dmg :: Information India
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Umesh Malhotra

Co-founder and Chief Executive, Hippocampus
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Vikram Jain

Associate Director, FSG | @FSGtweets
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Vivek Agarwal

MD and CEO, LIQVID e-learning services

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Venue :

The Westin, Gurgaon

Date - 26th November
Address - The Westin, Gurgaon
Number 1, MG Road, Sector 29,
New Delhi NCR Gurgaon, Haryana, 122002


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