VCCircle State Investment Forum 2012: Kolkata Edition

Kolkata, which conjures up images of trade unionism and an old world charm, seems to be quietly gaining momentum in the race for investments and economic growth. Availability of cheap and skilled labor and lower cost of living are two key factors driving many industries into the state. While agriculture is the mainstay of the state’s economy, new age industries such as technology and manufacturing are fast gaining ground. The enterprises in the state are also attracting, on an average, over a dozen private equity deals each year in diverse areas such as manufacturing, chemicals, infrastructure and micro-finance. So, capital is following entrepreneurial surge in a state, which is still plagued by unflattering stereotypes.

- How is Kolkata Inc. dealing with these stereotypes? How real are they?
- What are the key catalysts to this quiet investment transformation of this once-sleepy state?
- Is there a big deal pipeline that Kolkata offers for the alternative asset class? What does the PE industry want to hear from entrepreneurs in Kolkata and vice-versa?
- Which are the sectors that Kolkata has an early-bird advantage on? Which will be tomorrow’s hottest sectors to bet on?
- How easy or difficult is it for Kolkata to access PE/VC funding compared to other cities where either these funds have a direct presence or partner bandwidth? Is deal-making geography agnostic?
- What is it about Kolkata’s entrepreneurial DNA that investor’s wish others emulated?

VCCircle’s Investment Forum Kolkata edition, in its 2nd avatar, will bring over two dozen speakers from the VC/PE community, entrepreneurs, bankers, CEOs and CFOs to debate and discuss on the emerging opportunities for investment and entrepreneurship in East India states..


9:00am - 9:40am
Tea & Registration

9:40am - 9:45am
Introduction Note

9:45am – 10:35am
Panel I: Mapping Entrepreneurship, Private Equity & M&A In Kolkata
- What characteristics define Kolkata entrepreneurs and their businesses?
- What is the road ahead for private equity investing in East India? What will be the ticket sizes?
- What is East India’s potential for more of large marquee private equity and M&A deals?
- Which sectors would lead these deals? Where are the attractive opportunities?
- Will we see more of mid-sized and smaller companies scaling up for private equity capital?

Rakesh Sony - Director, Motilal Oswal Private Equity (Moderator)
P.P Gupta - MD, Techno Electric & Engineering Company
Dr. Alok Roy - CMD, Medica Synergie Pvt. Ltd
Amit Dhingra - Executive Director, Anand Rathi Financial Services Ltd
Sanjay Diwakar - VP-Markets, Ernst & Young India

10:35am – 10:50am
Tea & Networking

10:50am – 11:40am
Panel II: Raising Private Equity Money: Valuation, Rights & Other Key Issues
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? What do entrepreneurs seek most from investors - Mentoring, growth capital, financial advice, assistance in hiring, business development, access to markets, less interference? How should companies prepare themselves to attract PE? How do companies & funds align their valuation expectations? When is the right time in a firm’s business cycle to attract private equity money? Apart from money, what other inputs & value additions do private equity managers bring to the table?

Kannan Sitaram - Operating Partner, India Equity Partners (Moderator)
Chandra Shekhar Ghosh - CMD, Bandhan Financial Services
Shomik Mukherjee - Partner, Actis
Ramya Hariharan - Partner, Udwadia Udeshi Argus Partners
Hetal Gandhi - MD, Tano India Advisors

11:40am – 12:00pm
Session: Building Brands & Its Corresponding Effect On Enterprise Value
Ramaswamy Gopalkrishnan - VP & Head, East Region, Brand Capital

12:00pm – 12:50pm
Panel III: Raising Funds From Venture Capital & Angel Investors
How to get VC and angel funding for your startup? What do VCs and angel investors look for in a startup before investing? How does the region fare in terms of successful investments?

Abhishek Rungta - Partner, Seeders Venture Capital (Moderator)
Sasha Mirchandani - Founder & MD, Kae Capital
Sanjeev Agarwal - MD, Helion Venture Partners
Madhurima Mukherjee - Partner, Luthra & Luthra

12:50pm – 1:30pm
VCCircle Lounge
Interaction with India's topmost private equity/ venture capital investors in a special structured session, VCCircle Lounge. This is session is limited to select 10 companies and 10 investors .

12:50pm – 2:10pm
Lunch & Networking

2:10pm – 3:10pm
Panel IV: Emerging Investment Themes/Sectors In West Bengal
- What kind of sectors and stages are fast-moving commodities with the PE/VC community?

Rajesh Srivastava - MD, Rabo Equity Advisors (Moderator)
Prakash More – MD, Mayur Plywood Ltd.
Amit Lakhmani - Founder & Director, Max Mobility Pvt Ltd
Deep Mishra - MD, Everstone Capital Advisors
Dr. Suryanil Ghosh - Co-Founder & Director, TotalinX

3:10pm - 3:20pm
Concluding Remarks

3:20pm Onwards
Tea & Networking


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Taj Bengal, Kolkata

Taj Bengal, Kolkata

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