VCCircle Pune Investment Forum 2012

Once a military cantonment town, Pune is today India’s eighth largest metropolitan city with a diversified economy led by a vibrant automobile ecosystem. Pune is home to the entire universe of automobile manufacturing from two-wheelers, three-wheelers, cars, trucks driven by marquee brand names. There are hundreds of nuts-and-bolts companies that play satellites to these mainstay companies, making the region a very powerful industry cluster.

While automobile is the mother industry in Pune, its economy is also growing in a multi-dimensional fashion. Pune is one of the most attractive destinations for the IT services industry, which has firmly parked itself in the city. The rise in the number of knowledge workforce, led by growth in IT industry, has had a multiplier effect in consumption-led plays and lifestyle industries like retail, mid-to-high-end apartments, pubs and restaurants, entertainment and so on.

Pune, with a very significant presence of growth sectors, naturally lends itself to fresh investments and entrepreneurial plays. Besides, the region is also not new to private capital. Nearly $1.3 billion of private equity/venture capital money has been invested in Pune across 129 deals in the last decade.

It is still only the tip of the iceberg as Pune is like a microcosm: A pint-sized city which packs up all the elements of economic action. There are thriving businesses in pharmaceuticals, engineering, realty, healthcare, education, food processing, technology startups and consumer-oriented businesses.

Do these businesses require growth capital? Is the market ripe for consolidation plays? Which new companies/businesses are ahead of the curve? What is unique about Pune’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and how to negotiate it? How big and diverse is Pune’s homegrown entrepreneurial base?

VCCircle’s Investment Forum Pune edition will bring over two dozen speakers--from the VC/PE community, entrepreneurs, bankers, CEOs and CFOs—to forge a ready-to-use toolkit to navigate you into Pune Inc.


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

9:30am – 9:35am
Introduction Note
Sahad P.V. - Founder & Editor, VCCircle

9:35am to 10:10am
Keynote Fireside Chat: Mapping Pune Entrepreneurship & Dealmaking Market
Which characteristics define Pune entrepreneurs and their businesses? What is Pune’s potential for more of large marquee private equity and M&A deals? Where does Pune stand in terms of ease of nurturing and scaling businesses? How can Pune develop into a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem?
VT Bharadwaj - Managing Director, Sequoia Capital (Moderator)
Hanmant Ramdas Gaikwad - CMD, BVG India Ltd
M S Unnikrishnan – MD, Thermax Ltd

10:10am to 10:50am
Panel I: Private Equity For Indian Entrepreneurs
Which sectors and stages in businesses appeal to private equity investors? What do private equity investors look for in a company before investing? What are the challenges in valuation and how can both promoters and investors align their interests? How to overcome the difficulties in signing term sheets?
Akhil Awasthi - Managing Partner, Tata Capital Growth Fund (Moderator)
Mangesh Pathak - Co-Founder & Principal, Ambit Pragma Advisors
Sandeep Aneja - Founder and MD, Kaizen

10:50am to 11:15am
Entrepreneur Story
Kailash Katkar - CEO Chairman & MD, Quick Heal Technologies will talk on:
- Quick heal’ early days and business model
- Significant milestones
- Growth path and projections
- How Quick heal raised private equity funding and scaled.
Kailash Katkar - CEO Chairman & MD, Quick Heal Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

11:15am to 11:25am
Tea & Networking

11:25am to 11:50am
Entrepreneur Story
Mahesh Deshmukh, MD, Chetas Control Systems will talk on:
- Chetas’ early days and business model
- Significant milestones
- Growth path and projections
- How Chetas raised private equity funding and scaled.
Mahesh Deshmukh - MD, Chetas Control Systems Private Ltd

11:50am to 12:30pm
VCCircle Sector Focus I: Manufacturing & Engineering
What is the appetite for scale and growth capital in this sector? Is this industry ripe for consolidation plays? What segments within manufacturing & engineering is attractive for the private equity community? Status check on equipment manufacturers, execution specialists, niche players.
Vishal Kapur – Director, Investments, Avigo Capital Partners (Moderator)
Raghav Ramdev - Director, ChrysCapital Inv. Advisors Pvt. Ltd
Amit Dhingra – ED, Client Coverage, Anand Rathi Financial Services Ltd
Shrirang Tambe - Founder & MD, OUREA Capital Advisors

12:30pm to 1:10pm
VCCircle Sector Focus II: IT & ITeS
In the recent past, Pune has witnessed increasing activity in the IT-ITeS sector. What are the emerging opportunities today for entrepreneurship, private equity and venture capital investments in the various IT domains today? How scalable are these businesses?
Vishwas Mahajan - Co-founder & ex-CEO, Compulink Systems Ltd. (Moderator)
Kishor Patil - MD & CEO, KPIT Cummins Infosystems Ltd.
S. Balasubramaniam - CFO, Zensar
Nitin Kulkarni - Executive Director and COO, Persistent Systems Ltd
Narendra Barhate - MD & CEO, SEED Infotech Ltd

1:10pm – 2:30pm
Lunch & Networking

1:10pm to 2:00pm
VCCircle Angel & Early VC Lounge
Special interaction with India's topmost angel & early VC investors at a special structured session, VCCircle Lounge. This is session is limited to select 5 companies and 10 investors.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Panel II: Raising Funds From Venture Capital & Angel Investors
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, (Modeartor)
Sanjay Nath, Managing Partner, Blume Ventures
Mohit Gundecha - Co-founder & CEO,
Pradeep Tagare - Investment Director, Intel Capital
Anupam Mittal - Founder, People Interactive (, Mauj)

3:30pm to 4:00pm
Entrepreneur Story
Supam Maheshwari, CEO & Co-founder, BrainBees Solution ( will talk on:
- Brainbees' early days and business model
- Significant milestones
- Growth path and projections
- How Brainbees raised venture capital funding and scaled.
Supam Maheshwari - CEO & Co-founder, BrainBees Solution Pvt. Ltd (Firstcry)

4:00pm – 4:10pm
Tea & Networking break

4:10pm to 4:50pm
VCCircle Sector Focus II: Real Estate
Which are the attractive areas of investment of Pune real estate- residential, commercial, SEZs, Pre-leased IT parks? What is the appetite for private equity money in Pune Real Estate? What are the challenges in land acquisition & why joint ventures with the land owners can be a good strategy? What is the ROI in Pune projects?
Sanjay Bajaj - Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle (Moderator)
Sanjeev Dasgupta - President Co-Head, Real Estate, ICICI Venture
Rohit Gera - MD, Gera Developments Pvt. Ltd
Kruti Jain - Director, Kumar Urban Developers Ltd

4:50pm – 5:00pm
Concluding remarks

5:15pm onwards
VCCircle Unwind
Special Address on ' 5 Common Mistakes Early Stage Startups Should Avoid ' by Mahesh MurthyPartner, Seedfund , over cocktails and informal networking with entrepreneurs and investors

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Venue :

Le Meridien, Pune

Le Meridien, Pune

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