Introduction

News Corp VCCircle Education Investment Summit 2016
Teach. Invest. Learn. Grow.

Improved financial outlays and a host of reforms seen in the recent years can possibly transform India into a knowledge sanctuary. Worth a staggering US$ 92.98 billion, the education sector is poised for major growth. According to industry estimates, by 2020 India will have the world’s largest tertiary-age population and second largest graduate talent pipeline. Incremental solutions for the sector are met with a tepid response from educators, investors, students and parents which necessitates edupreneurs to develop solutions that show at least a five-fold increase by fitting seamlessly into the existing system.

To achieve this, it is critical to leverage the strength of institutions, schools, entrepreneurs, investors and other key stakeholders to work collaboratively and contribute to building long lasting business models for education, whilst not undermining the potential of skill development that ultimately contributes to the employability of the population at large. Thus, it is important for entrepreneurs, investors and other stakeholders to channelize their investments and look at building sustainable business models.

With this notion, News Corp VCCircle brings to you the 7th edition of the Education Investment Summit. The summit will see a gathering of the brightest and best minds in the field of education in the quest to provide solutions to some of the most imminent and pertinent issues in the sector. It will give the attendees an opportunity to meet potential and budding start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors, angels, venture capitalists, incubators, accelerators, educationalists and academicians.


Agenda

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Registrations

10:00 am - 10:15 am
Welcome Note: Nita Kapoor, Head, India - New Ventures, News Corp (VCCircle)

10:15 am - 10:35 am
Keynote Address: NextGen education: Where do the investment opportunities lie?
Education is a segment that needs disruptive innovation to ensure a better educational future, one that ensures lower costs, more accessibility and better career fulfilment. Additionally, the future comes with a set of challenges that never existed earlier, making it imperative to design our education tools in a way that can prepare the younger generation to tackle them effectively. The scenario presents a lucrative opportunity for entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors alike - to design new products, unique business models and investment areas. This expert talk will help delve into the education investment market and highlight the areas where value creation is happening.

Roopa Kudva - Partner & Managing Director, Omidyar Network India Advisors

10:35 am - 11:30 am
Panel 1: Trends in education investment and optimizing returns
Examining how investment mandates are shifting regionally towards education and why some of the region’s largest investors are moving into this space. Experts will have in depth discussions into the different investment areas for investors; franchising, PPP models etc. How can entrepreneurs and investors successfully measure returns on investment and learning outcomes in education? How can one translate educational quality into business value?

Will Poole - Co-founder and Managing Partner, Unitus Seed Fund
Pankaj Makkar - MD, Bertelsmann India Investments
Steve Hardgrave - Co-founder and CEO, Varthana
Imran Jafar - General Partner, Gaja Capital
Sandeep Sinha - Co-founder and Managing Partner, Lumis Partners
Sandeep Aneja - Managing Partner, Kaizen Private Equity (Moderator)

11:30 am - 11:35 am
Room Wide Discussion

11:35 am - 11:55 am
Special Address: Innovation in education: Visioning the classrooms of the 21st century
Rabindranath started Shantiniketan under a tree, the Gurukul system inspired students with classrooms outdoors: What should the classrooms of the 21st century be like? It's time to delve into and reimagine education and create new age education which meets the challenges of the 21st century by moving beyond academics.

Dr. Indu Shahani - President & Chair, ISDI | ISME | ISDI WPP

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Parallel Session by Omidyar Network (Exclusive session, by invite only)
Investing in better learning outcome solutions: EdTech, new school models and beyond

11:55 am - 12:10 pm
Networking Break

12:10 pm - 12:25 pm
Special Address: Mobile - The new digital classroom

Vijay Krishna Kolli - Head of Mobile Strategy and Market Development, Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ), Akamai Technologies

12:25 pm - 1:20 pm
Panel 2: Edupreneurs: Revolutionizing the effectiveness of education delivery systems
How can edupreneurs work in a dichotomic market like India to merge the chasms between the organized and highly unorganized education sector in the country, mainly higher education? Building sustainable businesses is the key to being a successful entrepreneur. How should entrepreneurs and institutes walk away from working in silos and leverage each other's strength in creating a robust education system?

Gopal Devanahalli - Sr. Vice President, Manipal Global Education Services
Prachi Windlass - Director, India Education, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Prabhat Jain - Director, Pathways Schools
Manjula Pooja Shroff - Chairperson, Kalorex
Dr. Bindu Rana - Founder and CEO, Millenium Education Management
Anand Sudarshan - Founder and Director, Sylvant Advisors Private Limited (Moderator)

1:20 pm - 1:25 pm
Room Wide Discussion

1:25 pm - 2:10 pm
Networking Lunch

2:10 pm - 2:20 pm
Special Address: Building a differentiated education company
How can the blue ocean strategy be applied to build a company that has strong differentiation rooted in culture, hiring, product and sales focus. Whether the company is in the edtech space or the traditional education delivery space, a mix of these elements will help ensure value for all stakeholders. Lessons derived from years of investing in start-ups and seeing what works vs. what does not-the special address will help understand the key ingredients required to build a sustainable and differentiated education company.

Sandeep Aneja - Managing Partner, Kaizen Private Equity

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm
Parallel Session: Deliver e-learning solutions to a Mobile First India, Akamai Exclusive session, by invite only

2:20 pm - 3:15 pm
Panel 3: Education for value: Transforming the skilling landscape in India
Only 2.3% of India's population has undergone formal skill development training. This is a huge gap between what is required and what has been achieved. The entrepreneurs from across the country are introducing innovations and technologies to take formal skilling to the masses level whereas investor involvement has been limited. What will help his sector gain traction and attract investments? How will investors be able to measure their ROI? What are some collaborative approaches that the ecosystem can work on?

Monica Mehta - Director-Investments, Omidyar Network India Advisors
Avinash Mishra - Portfolio Manager-Education, Acumen
Himanshu Aggarwal - Co-founder and CEO, Aspiring Minds
Ajay Chhangani - Co-Founder & Group CEO, RISE India
Sanjay Bansal - Founder and Managing Partner, Aurum Equity Partners LLP
Ruchira Shukla - Regional Lead, South Asia, Venture Capital, International Finance Corporation (IFC) (Moderator)

3:15 pm - 3:20 pm
Room Wide Discussion

3:20 pm - 3:35 pm
Networking Break

3:35 pm - 3:55 pm
Special Address: Alternative education: Emerging investment models
Recently, we are seeing investments in the areas of liberal arts, sports education, media education, adaptive learning, personalized e-learning, etc. How can investors channelize their investments in this sector thereby opening up more avenues for the stakeholders involved? The talk will take us through some of the investment patterns in this space.

Vineet Gupta - Founder, Trustee and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University

3:55 pm - 4:10 pm
Networking Break

4:10 pm - 5:05 pm
Panel 4: Disrupting education through technology
The new age edtech is more about convenience than about quality and adhering to standards. Will mobile based apps, online courses be the game changer or are we sitting on innovative disruptions that will change the definition of education? How technology can be a leveller by ensuring affordable and quality education reaches maximum number of students in the country. What are some of the players in the space thinking?

Nirav Khambhati - CEO, Tata ClassEdge
Deepak Natraj - MD, Aarin Capital
Arpit Badjatya - CEO and MD, Serosoft Solutions
Subrata Das - Industry Director, Public Services & Country Lead - Internet of Things, SAP India
Srini Raghavan - CEO, Educational Initiatives
R. Sreenivasan - Co-founder, Career Launcher
Vivek Agarwal - MD and CEO, LIQVID e-learning services (Moderator)

5:05 pm - 5:10 pm
Room Wide Discussion

5:10 pm - 5:55 pm
VCCircle Showcase
A platform curated for few innovative companies in the education space to showcase and present their ideas, solutions or business models to relevant audience.

Jury Members
Deepak Natraj - MD, Aarin Capital
Avinash Mishra - Portfolio Manager-Education, Acumen
Sanjay Bansal - Founder and Managing Partner, Aurum Equity Partners


Speakers

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Ajay Chhangani

Co-Founder & Group CEO, RISE India
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Arpit Badjatya

CEO and MD, Serosoft Solutions
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Anand Sudarshan

Founder and Director, Sylvant Advisors Private Limited
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Avinash Mishra

Portfolio Manager-Education, Acumen | @Acumen
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Deepak Natraj

Managing Director, Aarin Inspired Capital
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Dr. Bindu Rana

Founder and CEO, Millennium Education Management Pvt. Ltd.
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Gopal Devanahalli

Sr.Vice President, Manipal Global Education Services
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Himanshu Aggarwal

Co-founder and CEO, Aspiring Minds
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Dr. Indu Shahani

President & Chair, ISDI | ISME | ISDI WPP
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Imran Jafar

General Partner, Gaja Capital
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Manjula Pooja Shroff

Chairperson, Kalorex
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Monica Mehta

Director-Investments, Omidyar Network India Advisors
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Nirav Khambhati

CEO, TATA ClassEdge
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Pankaj Makkar

Managing Director, Bertelsmann India Investments
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Prabhat Jain

Director, Pathways Schools
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Prachi Windlass

Director, India Education, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation | @MSDF_Foundation
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Roopa Kudva

Partner & Managing Director, Omidyar Network India Advisors | @OmidyarNetwork
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Ruchira Shukla

Regional Lead, South Asia, Venture Capital, International Finance Corporation
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Sandeep Aneja

Managing Partner, Kaizen Private Equity
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Sanjay Bansal

Founder and Managing Partner, Aurum Equity Partners LLP
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Sandeep Sinha

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Lumis Partners
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Subrata Das

Industry Director, Public Services & Country Lead - Internet of Things, SAP India
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R. Sreenivasan

Co-founder, Career Launcher
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Srini Raghavan

CEO, Educational Initiatives
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Steve Hardgrave

Co-founder and CEO, Varthana
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Vijay Krishna Kolli

Head of Mobile Strategy and Market Development, Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ), Akamai Technologies
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Vineet Gupta

Founder, Trustee and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University
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Vivek Agarwal

MD and CEO, LIQVID e-learning services
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Will Poole

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Unitus Seed Fund

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Date : 18th November
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