News Corp VCCircle Ecommerce Summit 2017

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News Corp VCCircle E-commerce Summit
Demonetization, Emerging Business Models & Investments:
The changing face of ecommerce in India

E-commerce in India has seen an unparalleled growth in the past few years with investment touching upwards of $15 billion. The investments have seen a greater mix of national and international players increasingly. As a result, a whole new ecosystem of enablers has flourished, resulting in what the industry is stating as e-commerce 3.0. Finally, the space has come up as a specialized vertical witnessing creation of e-commerce Unicorns in much lesser time frame and stronger players across logistics, payments and technology verticals.

Add to this, government’s recent initiatives such as demonetization and emphasis on creating a cashless economy, the development of the e-commerce sector is suggested to reach a next level.

However, despite all evens, there are also set of challenges like movement of investors toward a more rationalistic approach leading to deviations in previous funding pattern.  New rules by Government of India disallowing big discounts and predatory pricing narrowing down competition and further profit margins. Further, despite mobile and online penetration, the Indian e-commerce is just 2-3% of the total retail market, unlike in other similar economy markets such as China. Small pockets of urban India and larger section of rural India are still untouched by this space.

We all agree that there is a huge scope of growth for e-commerce in India, which can be fast tracked if industry stakeholders come together on a single platform and discuss challenges and probable solutions to these. Against this backdrop, News Corp VCCircle is organizing 09th E-commerce summit on 09th-10th Mar 2017 at Bangalore.
Attend this must-go-to event powered by unrivalled content, eminent speakers and curated sessions to help you network with investors, understand the way forward for investments, build your business, maximize your returns, retain customers profitably and make connections.

9:30 am - 10:00 am
Registration and networking

10:00 am - 10:20 am
Opening address by Nita Kapoor, Head, India - New Ventures, News Corp VCCircle

10:20 am - 10:40 am
Keynote Address: E-commerce: Before and after demonetization

10:40 am - 11:40 am
Inaugural Panel: Creation of $100 billion e-commerce market by 2020 - value creation options and challenges
For all the hype and front page news on e-commerce, the e-commerce In India is still 2 to 3% of total retail. On the other hand, China, with almost similar growth economy has an e-commerce worth a whopping $450 billion. However, considering that India has 100 million consumers in tier II and III cities – the Bharat vs. India crowd that has not yet come online heavily, the scope of growth is huge. Also, the past years have seen horizontal e-commerce doing well, it is now time that other categories also move from nascent to progressive. A panel of leading entrepreneurs and investors will discuss what some obstacles are and action points that will help e-commerce industry reach the $100 billion mark?

11:40 am - 12:00 pm
Networking Break

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
(Interview) \Editor's pick: Why are investors betting big on India?
With an estimated current market size of $38 billion, e-commerce is expected to grow to about $120 billion by 2020, which presents a massive growth opportunity for e-commerce space in India. Investor such as Softbank has reaffirmed its faith in India, Uber exits China to focus on India, Alibaba is seeking an entry and Amazon announces new investments for the market. It can thus be safely concluded that investors view India as a lucrative market. But what will help them to fasten their investment decisions and increase the bet size? A set of investors will be interviewed by editor/moderator on points such as:

  • What are some of the investment trends that will rule the roost in the coming years?
  • What are some of the business models and sectors that will earn investments?
  • How can we further excite APAC investors to invest in Indian markets?
  • Are there some spaces in e-commerce that new virgin players can secure investments in?

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Networking Lunch

02.00 pm- 02.45 pm
Fireside Chat

02.45 pm - 03.45 pm
Panel Discussion 2: E-commerce 3.0 - Emergence of new business models
Investors suggest that the coming year will see several models that can and will be receiving investments. This panel discussion will talk of some upcoming business models:

  • Shift towards the B2B space
  • D2C models - does that work for all e-commerce companies?
  • Rise of subscription based ventures
  • Online to offline mode
  • Shared economy models and saving costs

03.45pm - 04.15 pm
Showcase session
We bring our Showcase session, a curated platform that brings a set of handpicked innovative ecommerce startups to make an elevator pitch to select jury of angel investors, houseful of VCs & fellow entrepreneurs. This is also an opportunity to early stage, pre-revenue, startups as well to grab investor attention. In order to nominate your startup for this session click here.

04.15 pm
Close of Day 1

Day 2
09.30 am - 10.00 am
Registration & networking

10.00 am - 10.30 am
Special Address : Global Comparison of the ecommerce space

10.30 am - 11.30 am
Panel Discussion 1: The future of digital payments
For the industry which was already going the e-wallet ways, demonetization has brought about a lot of changes in consumer psyche, buying patterns and expectations. Considering that e-commerce companies dealing with smart payment solutions will be the cornerstone for success of the entire industry, how is the industry evolving? This roundtable will focus on:

  • Way ahead for e-wallet companies? New digital payment solutions and trends by entrepreneurs
  • How will various payment gateways be organized in the e-commerce sector, going forward?
  • Safer and secure transactions
  • Back-end infrastructural challenges? Will we see investors investing in such models, going forward?

11.30 am - 11.45 am
Networking Break

11.45 am - 12.45
Panel Discussion 2: Logistics: The game changer in e-commerce
Speed of delivery, efficiency and safety are as important as quality of the product and is the spine for any e-commerce company. While already new innovations and technologies are shaping up the back-end infrastructure, it is also imperative to see how the GST will impact the entire logistics market.Key discussion points will be:

  • In the world of digitization, how can technology play a role in improving logistics? Will we see a large investor market driving this sector?
  • What impact will GST implementation have on logistics and how do investors view this?
  • What are the different logistic models that are evolving? What can entrepreneurs do differently to attract investments?
  • How will companies maintain their delivery standards while catering to customers in the Tier 2, Tier 3 and rural markets?
  • How will companies tackle the reverse pick –up challenge?
  • How can we explore predictive analysis, packaging innovations and newer modes of delivery (delivery drones) to help translate the business model into higher productivity?

12.45 pm - 01.45 pm
Lunch Break

01.45 pm - 02.45 pm
Panel Discussion 3: Using Big Data to build Big Businesses
In today's highly dynamic and ever-changing e-commerce eco-system, the use of big data and analytics can help e-commerce player’s scale up their business models. The future of e-commerce lies in personalization, curation, and giving the consumer what he wants. Predictive analysis will eventually help businesses reach their consumers more effectively and efficiently. How will AI systems help us lower our burn rates and upscale our enterprises? The panel discussion will focus on:

  • How can one gain a competitive advantage by leveraging big data?
  • With a lot of start-ups entering this space, how can businesses gain a market share and grow from being a start-up to being a big business?

02.45 pm - 03.15 pm
Special Address: Legal aspects in e-commerce
While "e-commerce businesses" confront a variety of the same legal issues faced by traditional brick-and-mortar companies, they also must manage other challenges that are unique to conducting business operations and transactions in an electronic environment. The range of legal issues to consider and manage continues to grow, and ignoring this reality could lead to financial liability, regulatory penalties, or unauthorized exploitation of company intellectual property. The address will highlight some of the potential legal issues to consider in connection with minimizing the risks associated with operating an e-commerce business.

03.15 pm - 04.15 pm
Panel Discussion 4: Brand building, consumer engagement and loyalty
Cashbacks and discounts have been the catch phrase for ecommerce companies to attract customers till now. However, all will agree that neither is it a sustainable way of business nor does it ensure loyalty. Further, a brand is built solely on prices which might not be an organization’s USP. In such a scenario, what are some of the strategies employed by the ecommerce players that sets a competitive edge for them? How can these players maximize revenues and build loyalty while turning away from cash backs and discounts? How can start-ups and entrepreneurs optimize their resources by adopting latest global and local marketing trends? With 'APPS' flooding the market, what are some of the future trends that will dominate the market? How can companies create compelling content to drive sales and repeat buying patterns.

04.15 pm
End of Day 2

Abhishek Bansal Abhishek Bansal Co- founder & CEO, Shadowfax
Ajith Karimpana Ajith Karimpana Founder & CEO, Furlenco
Alok Goel Alok Goel Managing Director, SAIF Partners
Archana Priyadarshini Archana Priyadarshini Venture Partner, Unicorn India Ventures
Bharati Jacob Bharati Jacob Founder & Partner, Seedfund
Deepak Dhar Deepak Dhar Co-founder, Nestaway
Ganapathy Venugopal Ganapathy Venugopal Co - founder & CEO, Axilor Ventures
K T Prasad K T Prasad Country Sales Director, India, Zendesk
Lahiru Pathmalal Lahiru Pathmalal Founder & CEO,
Lizzie Chapman Lizzie Chapman Co-Founder & CEO, ZestMoney
Parag Dhol Parag Dhol Managing Director, Inventus Advisors India
Pravan Malhotra Pravan Malhotra Head - Internet Investments, Asia, International Finance Corporation
Raghav Bahl Raghav Bahl Vice President, Bessemer Venture Partners
Rahul Anand Rahul Anand Founder & CEO, Hopscotch
Rajeev Shah Rajeev Shah Managing Director & CEO, RBSA Advisors
Rajesh Yabaji Rajesh Yabaji Co-founder & CEO, BlackBuck
Sahil Saini Sahil Saini Chairman & CEO, Just Buy Live
Shalini Prakash Shalini Prakash Principal, 500 startups
Sujayath Ali Sujayath Ali Co-founder & CEO, | @Voonik
T C Meenakshisundaram T C Meenakshisundaram Founder & Managing Director, IDG Ventures India

Date: 9-10 March
Venue: Park Plaza, Bangalore

RBSA Advisors

RBSA Advisors, established in 1971, is a leading global independent Valuation, Investment Banking & Advisory firm with a team of more than 140+ professionals across 8 offices in India, Dubai and Singapore.

RBSA is also a Category 1 Merchant Bank with expertise in Valuation, Diligence, M&A, Restructuring, Dispute matters and has unmatched reputation & credentials with Global Companies and Regulatory Authorities. In past 5 years RBSA has performed engagements in more than 25 Countries.

RBSA is sector agnostic, our clients include more than 60% of Nifty 50 and Sensex 30 Companies including Major Corporates, Multinationals & Fortune 500 Companies, Major Banks & Financial Institutions, Governments & Public Sector.

Nasscom 10,000 Start-ups

10,000 Startups is an ambitious attempt by NASSCOM to scale up the startup ecosystem in India by 10x. 10,000 Startups aims to enable incubation, funding and support for 10,000 technology startups in India over the next ten years.

The program’s vision is to:

     •  Foster entrepreneurship
     •  Build entrepreneurial capabilities at scale and
     •  Strengthen early stage support for tech startups

To meet these objective the program aims to bring together key stakeholders of the ecosystem including startup incubators / accelerators, angel investors, venture capitalists, startup support groups, mentors and technology corporations.

With 10,000 Start-ups NASSCOM aims to build a vibrant ecosystem for technology entrepreneurship in India.

Hyderabad Angels Angel Partner
Hyderabad Angels

Hyderabad Angels (HA) invests between USD 250K to USD 1M in promising Indian start-ups and early stage companies. We are sector agnostic and invest in asset light and scalable businesses. HA members are leading venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and business leaders who with their financial strength and business acumen are committed to providing support to  the rapidly growing Indian start-up ecosystem.

TiE Chennai Industry Partner
TiE Chennai

With over 150 Charter members and 500 Associate members, TiE Chennai is actively focused on inspiring, educating and mentoring entrepreneurs in Chennai and Tamil Nadu. TiE Chennai holds regular events on its own, and through partnerships, where Entrepreneurs, Business Leaders, SMEs, VCs, Govt. bodies, educational institutions come together and deliver programs on success stories, business opportunities, building enterprises, raising capital, networking, etc.

TiE Chennai partners with organisations such as, MMA, LIBA, Great Lakes Institute of Management, NEN, IIT and Microsoft Bizspark, to conduct special events for entrepreneurs. They also organise Monthly Feature Events – These events feature guest speakers and/ or panels on a variety of emerging business and technology topics and domains, open to Charter Members, Associate Members and guests. TiE Chennai also has a Start-up SIG and a Technology SIG, to cater to the special interests of the members.

TiE Kerala Industry Partner
TiE Kerala

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) is the largest not-for-profit global organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship. TiE helps budding entrepreneurs by way of advice, guidance and assistance through successful and experienced professionals and entrepreneurs from different industries. Its greatest strength is its network of 61 chapters across 17 countries that consist of many participants in the global ecosystem - successful & experienced as well as budding entrepreneurs, venture capital firms, angel investors, service providers, etc. TiE makes continuous efforts to interconnect this network in a way that allows us to deliver real value to all our constituents.

TiE Kerala Chapter was registered in March 12, 2003 with ten Charter Members.  Within a short span of 9 years, the chapter grew to its present strength of 47 Charter members and 700+ Members who are CEOs of SMEs/Pro

TLabs Accelerator Partner

TLabs is the leading technology accelerator in India that operates a 4 month program, twice a year, with 60+ mentors supporting the companies that become part of it. With 6 Batches and 36 companies, TLabs has seen a tremendous success rate with over 65% of the companies getting funded raising over $200k investments per team. Startups that go through the program get intensive mentoring from in-house and external mentors to shape ideas into viable businesses.

Startup Grind Startup Outreach Partner
Startup Grind

Startup Grind is a global startup community educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 150 cities and 65 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrindIN / @StartupGrindMum.

Standard Fees:
INR 8000 + Service tax (15%) per attendee

Early Bird Discount: 20% till 27th January:
INR 6400 + Service tax (15%) per attendee

Special Discount: 10% till 7th February
INR 7200/- + Service tax (15%) per attendee

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