With 38,000+ Startups & 26 Unicorns, India exited 2019 as the 3rd largest start-up ecosystem in the world. 2020 started on an upbeat note, only to be hit by the unexpected. COVID-19, posed a major challenge for Indian start-ups. There was an overall decline in investments.
The ecosystem, including the government, investors & startups responded very quickly triggering a bounce back to reckon with. Entrepreneurs exhibited unique & uncanny resilience & by end of Sep 2020, most start-up segments had recovered to pre-COVID levels, while others like Edtech, Online Health Insurance, Fitness & Teleconsulting, Enterprise Tech seemed to be riding on tailwinds.
Now with 34 companies receiving Unicorn status, investments have recovered to pre covid-19. Key Indicators & Investor sentiment are already showing an uptick. With right interventions, the start-up ecosystem can accelerate India’s economic recovery we seems on track to have 60K+ start- ups & 100 strong unicorn pool by 2025.
It is in this scenario that TiE Delhi – NCR opens the fully online Resurgence TiEcon Delhi – NCR. Resurgence promises to be one of the largest conferences for entrepreneurs anywhere in the world & the most exciting platform for knowledge sharing, networking & mentorship for entrepreneurs globally.
The summit promises to be a high visibility platform where start-up entrepreneurs can showcase their ventures, meet investors, engage with government organizations, attend knowledge sessions, get mentoring, network with business experts, explore partnership opportunities, find potential customers & interact with all the stakeholders that can help them scale new heights!
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Driven by passion Aman is a born hustler who loves building brands. Recognizing the need for smart, efficient, stylish, and durable mobile & audio accessories Aman teamed up with Sameer Mehta to “build a brand of his own” and launched boAt in 2016. Prior to co-founding Imagine Marketing Services (boAt), Aman was associated with Citibank, KPMG, and later became director of sales at Harman International, where he oversaw a portfolio of consumer electronics brands. Cross-functional experience with global brands helped build insights and spot a market opportunity. As a successful entrepreneur, Aman has participated and being recognized at various industry forums and is now regarded as a thought leader in his industry. His aim is to build a global lifestyle brand from India that delivers quality consumer electronics experience and at the same time aspires to elevate audio and mobile accessories from commodities to fashion statements.
Under Aman’s leadership boAt has been defying barriers in a sector dominated by established global brands and was recently ranked as the No.1 brand in the earwear segment, with around 20% market share as per the data released by leading IT market research and advisory firm International Data Corporation (IDC). It is one of the first digitally native brands to record a revenue of 500cr in FY19. In a short time span boat has built traction and has created a community of over 3 million boAtheads (consumers). The company today sells more than 15,000 units a day. An alumnus of the Indian School of Business (ISB), he was a Chartered Accountant at the age of 21. Aman is a notable recipient of the BW | Business World Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Entrepreneur India magazine. He also chairs the IAMAI D2C committee which promotes new-age Indian brands and works with the government and various stakeholders to build consumer trust in the ecosystem.
B. Amrish Rau is the CEO of Pine Labs. He leads the company's growth and expansion in Asia and beyond. He has over two decades of experience in the fintech space, having run his own startup and built large organizations.
Prior to Pine Labs, Amrish co-founded Citrus Pay which was acquired by Naspers FinTech, PayU in 2016. Post the acquisition, he was made the CEO for PayU India and later took over as head of Investments for Naspers where he was responsible for increasing the company's footprint in the financial technology sector.
Amrish started his fintech journey with First Data Corporation in 2005. Later, as Managing Director for First Data Asia he helped build a market leading payments joint venture with ICICI Bank. As CEO of First Data MS Asia, he was responsible for all operations in the South and South East Asia markets. Prior to First Data, Amrish spent eight years with NCR Corporation where he started in business development and went on to head the company's data warehousing and CRM division, Teradata, as Managing Director.
Anjan Chatterjee was born in 1959 in a family of scholars in Kolkata. He went on to complete his graduation from Calcutta University and studied at the Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Kolkata in 1982. Hospitality was a childhood passion and the institute gave him the formal training he required to follow his dream.
With his core strength in marketing & advertising, his passion for food led to creation of a company called Speciality Restaurants Ltd. In a span of over two decades it’s now the largest chain of fun & fine dining restaurants in India with over 120 outlets in over 25 cities in India and abroad ( Dubai, Doha, Dar es Salaam and soon opening in London & Houston ) with brands like Mainland China, Oh! Calcutta, Sigree , Hoppipola, Sweet Bengal, Asia Kitchen, Riyasat , Chourangi amongst others. Speciality Restaurants Ltd. entered the Indian Capital markets in May 2012 as being the only restaurant chain India to do so.
The greatest reward for passion is work itself. But once in a while, others in the trade or industry or the general public recognize the passion and drive, in the form of awards and accolades. They are milestones in Anjan Chatterjee personal and professional journey.
Byju Raveendran is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of India’s largest edtech company and the creator of India’s most loved school learning app – BYJU’S. An entrepreneur by chance and a teacher by choice, he started BYJU’S with the vision to help students fall in love with learning and change the way India learns.
An avid sportsperson (expert in six games), he believes that children can learn a lot outside the classrooms by playing multiple games. He harnessed the power of technology to build a brand to create self-initiated and life-long learners.
He is part of the The Bloomberg Businessweek 50 list (2020) and recipient of Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year award-Startup (2018), Manorama Newsmaker of the Year Award (2019), Fortune 40 under 40 Award (2018), CNBC Young Turk of the Year (2017) and Express IT Newsmaker of the Year (2017).
Apart from being a passionate teacher, Byju likes travelling and is a hardcore FC Barcelona fan.
As the Country President & Managing Director, Gagan is responsible for driving AstraZeneca’s science-led strategy in India.
Gagan started his journey in AstraZeneca in 2006 and held initial roles as a Business Director and later as Director Strategic Planning. Thereafter, he was promoted to the role of Vice President, Sales & Marketing - Cardiac and Diabetes.
In 2012, Gagan was appointed as the Country President for AstraZeneca Philippines. Post a successful stint in this role, he moved to the United Kingdom as Global Head of Established Brands GI/CV.
Prior to AstraZeneca, Gagan has worked with Baxter India & Eli Lilly. Gagan holds a degree in Economics from the University of Delhi.
Harley Finkelstein is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and the President of Shopify. He founded his first company at age 17 while a student at McGill. Harley completed his law degree as well as his MBA at the University of Ottawa, where he co-founded the JD/MBA Student Society and the Canadian MBA Oath. Harley is an Advisor to Felicis Ventures, and one of the “Dragons” on CBC’s Next Gen Den. Recently, he received the Canadian Angel Investor of the Year Award, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, and was inducted into the Order of Ottawa.
From 2014 to 2017 Harley was on the Board of the C100, and from 2017 to 2020 he was on to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Harley is currently starring on Discovery Channel’s I Quit, a television series about hopeful entrepreneurs who decide to quit their 9-5 jobs to focus full-time on their side hustles.
Nadia is a serial entrepreneur, investor, tech enthusiast and champion of SMEs, especially women-led SMEs. Nadia began her career in the Office of UN Secretary Kofi Annan where she learned how to manage complex international issues. This led to her 20-year career as an investor and changemaker working at the intersection of private investing and transformative societal and climate change. She was Nestle’s first ever Director of Health and Wellness.
In her next role as Executive Vice President of South Asia to SN Power, Nadia helped the fund grow its AUM from 260 million to 1.75 billion in under 5 years while also building a JV with Tata Power in India, and was a Board Director for more than 10 companies in India, Nepal and Chile. In 2011, she co-founded Impact Investment Partners LLP, the UK’s first FCA-authorised emerging markets impact investment firm, which invested into companies that transform society.
Nikesh Arora joined as chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks in June 2018. Before joining Palo Alto Networks, Nikesh served as president and chief operating officer of SoftBank Group Corp. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Google, Inc. during a 10-year span, including senior vice president and chief business officer, president of global sales operations and business development, and president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Google, Nikesh held the role of chief marketing officer for the T-Mobile International Division of Deutsche Telekom AG. He was chief executive officer and founder of T-Motion PLC, which merged with T-Mobile International in 2002.
Nikesh serves on the board of Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A., a public Switzerland-based luxury goods holding company, and Tipping Point, a non-profit organization that fights poverty in the Bay Area. Previously, he served on the boards of SoftBank Group Corp., Sprint Corp., Colgate-Palmolive Inc. and Yahoo! Japan, among others. He holds an M.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University, an M.S. in finance from Boston College and a B. Tech. in electrical engineering from the Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University.
Oliver is a co-founder and CEO of Voyage. Voyage is a leader in self-driving cars, and on a mission is to deliver on the promise of this revolutionary technology. Oliver previously led the autonomous vehicle, artificial intelligence, and deep learning curriculum at the online education startup Udacity.
Parmesh Shahani is Vice President at Godrej Industries Ltd. and the founder of the Godrej India Culture Lab. Parmesh is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ inclusion in corporate India and has guided many of the country’s leading companies on their inclusion journeys. His first book Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India (Sage Publications) was released in 2008 and re-released in June 2020 as an updated edition and his second book Queeristan: LGBTQ Inclusion in the Indian Workplace was released in August 2020. Parmesh holds an MS in Comparative Media Studies from MIT.
He has been a TED Senior Fellow, a Yale World Fellow, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He is a member of the FICCI taskforce on diversity and inclusion and a board member of KHOJ International Artists’ Association.
Peyush’s entrepreneurship journey started in 2010 with the launch of Lenskart along with few more business lines catering to different product markets. But he was drawn towards the glaring yet unaddressed problem of Vision in India and the world
More than 600 Million Indians and 4.2 Billion people globally are affected by poor vision and need eyeglasses. However, only 170 Million Indians and 1.7 Billion people globally have any form of vision correction. Fired by this passion to solve this problem, Peyush’s singular mission became to deliver vision correction using technology.
Prashant is Co-founder and CEO of 1mg, India’s largest digital health platform. He’s been recognized for his work by Unreasonable Goals Program, (targeted at helping solve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals-SDG#3 Health and Wellbeing for all by 2030), by Economic Times 40 under 40, AsiaOne - India’s 40 most influential Indians under 40 and by several other organizations. Prashant also helms DHP (Digital Health Platforms) – an association of India’s top e-health companies as their first President, Chairs the FICCI sub-committee on ePharmacy and is also the co-chair for Digital Health at IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India). He is also a key influencer in Niti Aayog’s Champions of Change programme, a Government of India Initiative.
Under his leadership, 1mg has disrupted the standard model of healthcare delivery and grown to operate India’s largest online pharmacy and diagnostic platforms and one of the largest online consultation platforms – thus making healthcare accessible, affordable and understandable for millions of Indians.
Prior to 1mg, Prashant was the Co-founder & Managing Director of HealthKart.com, India's #1 Nutrition e-Commerce company. Till 2009, before he returned to India, Prashant worked at McKinsey & Company in San Francisco where he focused on the healthcare sector. He started his career with the Business Leadership Program at Hindustan Unilever India, where he worked in roles spanning Innovation, Product Development and Operations. Prashant is an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
As part of the leadership team at Sequoia Capital, Rajan is focusing on developing Surge into the world's top scale-up program for startups by acting as an investment advisor and mentor to the programme's founders.
Surge aims to engineer rapid early progress for startups, by enabling disproportionate access to capital, talent, network and decades of company-building knowledge. Rajan's deep understanding of technology, operating expertise and a track record of growing tech businesses across the region will help Surge's founders scale and build the businesses of tomorrow.
Prior to Sequoia, as Head of Google India and Southeast Asia, Rajan played a key role in expanding the regions internet ecosystem while accelerating Google's innovation and growth units. He is also a prolific angel investor who has backed a large number of successful startups at very early stages. Rajan also led Microsoft and Dell in India and was earlier a Partner at McKinsey & Company in Chicago.
Rakesh Mishra is the vice president of marketing of Bengaluru based Target India, an extension of the U.S. retailer Target’s headquarters operations. In this role, Rakesh leads a team that helps drive Target’s competitive advantage across various marketing domains. Target, a leading discount retailer with nearly $70 billion in sales, serves guests at more than 1,800 stores and on Target.com in the U.S. With more than 24 years of advertising and marketing experience, Rakesh has had the opportunity to create and direct, award-winning marketing campaigns and has developed several new products.
Prior to joining Target in 2008, he worked with organizations like Kohinoor Foods, Imageads & Communications and Continental Advertising. Rakesh holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Sambalpur University and a master’s degree in marketing from the Center of Management Development.
Shernaz is an operator who works with companies to build and scale their businesses and brands across consumer, life sciences, retail, enterprise and autonomous transportation.
She was CMO at Udacity and has worked with Walmart, Netflix, Khan Academy and Baidu among others. Her current work includes Kitty Hawk in the flying car space; 10x Genomics in life sciences; and GV (Google Ventures).
Supria is Vice President & Country Manager Western Digital India. She leads India’s strategic charter and its expansion, key customer relationships, government relations , sustained growth of Research and Development capability, and serves as a spokesperson for the corporate brand in India. Supria’s fusion of business acumen, strategy and organizational development has driven high performance culture and strong growth for India region. She has more than 22 years of experience and has held several leadership roles in business and People functions, has anchored Mergers & Acquisitions. and has been an Entrepreneur as well. She serves on the Board of Western Digital India and an Independent member of Board and an Advisory Board member on other companies.
Prior to her roles at Western Digital, Supria has served with reputed technology companies including General Electric, Alcatel-Lucent and SanDisk. Supria is passionate about Technology and People. She strongly believes in institutionalizing an inclusive culture at workplace and one that values respect and equality for all alike. Supria believes passionately in giving back to the community for building a sustainable future.
She is a proud recipient of the recognition—Top 100 Best Companies to work for Women in India—Working Mother and Avatar Study 2016 and 2019, twice when Western Digital India participated in the Study. Supria has also been recently awarded as CEO of the Year for ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ at the Global DEI Summit 2020 hosted by Times of India and Ask Insights.
Vivek is currently leading Swiggy’s business operations as COO since Jul 2018. Prior to that, he led P&G’s business as CEO in East Africa based out of Nairobi. He had been with Procter and Gamble for 20 years in various capacities across developing markets (India, Africa) as well as developed markets & hybrid markets (China, Thailand, Malaysia). In Swiggy he has led the effort to scale the company across cities & he is also leading the effort to bring economies of scale to bear on the core business – the path to profitability. He has also led the effort to pivot, repurpose and re-scale the business during various parts of the Covid pandemic induced lockdown and phases of the unlock.
Swiggy today is a leaner, better business as it completes the recovery of the business back to pre-covid levels. He has done so in diverse teams spanning >20 nationalities, and has done so in diverse roles. He also loves to play at the intersection of technology and business and has been an early adopter and innovator of big data/ analytics across many sales & marketing roles. He is equally wary of the pitfalls of reliance on quantitative data without understanding behavioural psychology and cognitive biases and he has infused some of this thinking into the core parts of the business – both product and operations.
Vivek is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta, and prior to that studied Computer Engineering from Delhi University. His passion for photography led to his work being featured and recognised by various media outlets globally (Natgeo, BBC, ET).
At 23, Ankiti co-founded Zilingo in 2015 with the vision of bridging the technology gap within the fashion and lifestyle supply chain to help small merchants and traders truly poise themselves for digitization. Under her leadership, Zilingo has raised US$308 million from investors including Temasek, EDBI, Sequoia Capital, Sofina and notable angels such as Tim Draper and Kunal Shah. With offices in 8 countries and over 500 employees, through Zilingo, Ankiti sets out to level the playing field in the global supply chain and empower businesses with tools and software which allow them to scale their business efficiently.
Ankiti has been featured on the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30, Global Fortune 40 Under 40 and Global Bloomberg 50 lists in the last 2 years. Recently, she made it to the Singapore 100 Women in Tech List in the company of some esteemed women achievers. In her position, Ankiti also acts as a mentor on Surge, an initiative by Sequoia Capital designed to supercharge early-stage startups.
Ankiti has been a headline speaker at industry-leading events and webinars, sharing her insights and expertise. At Zilingo, she launched SheWorkz, an initiative to finance and skill/re-skill women factory workers and empower them to be financially independent by letting them work at their own time and space from their homes. SheWorkz has been launched in Indonesia and Thailand.
In more recent times, Ankiti swiftly responded to the widespread shortage of Personal Protective Equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic by repurposing and expanding Zilingo’s network of buyers and sellers to procure and supply PPE to hospitals and governments worldwide. Adapting to changing consumer demands during mass lockdowns across countries, Ankiti spearheaded the company to expand its B2B offerings to multi-categories in health, household and other essential items, on its business solutions platform, Zilingo Trade.
Deep is the Founder & Executive Chairman of India's leading online travel company, MakeMyTrip Limited. He has steered MakeMyTrip as CEO since its inception in 2000, to a successful listing on NASDAQ in August 2010.
He is on the Board of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Delhi Chapter and served as President from 2013 to 2016. Deep is the founding member of IndiaTech.Org, an association representing interests of Indian Companies in the country’s fast-growing internet sector.
Deep is also one of the founding members of Ashoka University and serves on their governing body and Board. He is a founding member of ‘I am Gurgaon’ a non-profit focused on improving the quality of life in Gurgaon. Deep is passionate about environmental sustainability and has been championing this cause via the MakeMyTrip Foundation.
Deep has been recognized by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year - Business Transformation (2011) and as the most powerful Digital influencer in India (2012) by KPMG. He holds an MBA degree from IIM, Ahmedabad and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.
His interests include swimming, yoga, adventure sports, quizzing and travelling.
Navroz D. Udwadia is a Co-Founder and Partner of Falcon Edge. Prior to Falcon Edge, Navroz was an investment professional in Eton Park's Emerging Markets team in London (2005-2011). Prior to joining Eton Park, Navroz graduated from Harvard Business School (MBA, Distinction). Before that he spent time at both JP Morgan (private equity) and Goldman Sachs, where he was an investment banker in the Financial Institutions Group and worked on the firm’s internal strategy team, reporting directly to Eric Mindich.
Navroz graduated from Columbia University (BA, English) and subsequently completed a Law Degree (MA, Law) at Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar from India. Navroz was a national and internationally ranked tennis player (#1 ranked junior in India) and captained both the Oxford University (Double Blue) and Columbia University Men’s Tennis Teams (EITA Senior Of The Year and All Ivy League, 1997).
While at Columbia University, Navroz also received an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship Award, the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award and was voted an Academic All-American (District Team). He led Columbia as Captain to their first EITA Championship in a decade in 1997.
Utsav Mitra is an investor at Falcon Edge Capital and focuses on global investment opportunities.
Prior to joining Falcon Edge Utsav was at Prince Street Capital Management, leading their public equity long/short investments in South Asia and South East Asia. Prior to Prince Street Capital Management, he served as an Officer on Special Duty to the Minister for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy in the Government of India, and worked in Bharatiya Janata Party's electoral campaign prior to that. He has also worked at Bain Capital Private Equity and McKinsey & Company, before his stint in public service.
Utsav graduated with from Shri Ram College of Commerce, The University of Delhi with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Economics and subsequently completed his MBA at Harvard Business School.