Techcircle Startup 2014

  • Introduction
  • Agenda
  • Speakers
  • Venue
  • Sponsors
  • Partners
  • Registration

Whooping thrill and excitement among the startup ecosystem in India has witnessed euphoria among angel & venture capital investors, pool of local talent, scores of mentors, incubators & accelerators. To capture the latest and lasting excitement in the Indian tech ecosystem, Techcircle presents Techcircle Startup 2014 in Mumbai, which comes across as a breeding ground for entrepreneurs, early stage adopters and investors coming from diversified industry background & geographies.

After witnessing the phenomenal success of the startup shows in Bengaluru & Delhi this year, Techcircle Startup in Mumbai will host a mix of insightful presentations; interrogation round, walkabout sessions, thought provoking panel discussions, showcase, product & elevator pitches, parallel running angel & VC lounges and much more.

The summit will gather score of fellow entrepreneurs, passionate young blood in and around the tech & non tech industry, investors and experts thriving confidence in promising Indian startup ecosystem.

Day I - 16th December

TC Startup - Walkabouts (Applications closed)
Here we invite Techcircle Startup 2014 participants to the offices of West India’s best venture capital funds and established companies in Mumbai for an interactive workshop delivering insights on some of the most pertinent areas driving growth. Here participants will get to meet the business leaders, teams, see how the best companies function, interact and learn more about best entrepreneurship stories and much more. A unique opportunity to walk through venture capital investor’s office & understand their investment strategies

16th December (09:30am - 11:00am)

16th December (01:30pm - 03:00pm)

I. (Closed)
Vaibhav Chambers, Unit No. 2A, 2nd floor, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai - 400051

I. Blume Venture Advisors Pvt. Ltd (Closed)
Unit No 4, Jetha Compound, Opp Nirmal Park, Byculla East, Mumbai,400027

II. Orios Venture Partners (Closed)
1st Floor Poddar Chambers, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel, Mumbai 400013
II. Lightbox (Closed)
36th floor at Palladium Hotel, 462, Senapti Bapat Marg, Next to Phoenix Mill, Lower Parel, Mumbai

III. Sequoia Capital India (Closed)
902, Nicholas Piramal Towers, Peninsula Corporate Park, Ganpatrao Kadam Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai-400013


Day II - 17th December

8:15am - 9:30am
Tea, Networking & Registration

9:30am - 10:00am
Special Session on: Startups that win have product strategy. Startups that lose have Ad budgets
By Mahesh Murthy - Partner, Seedfund

10:00am - 10:45am
Panel I: "Are Valuations in bubble territory? Perspectives from Early to Late stage investors"

Bharat Banka - Senior President, Aditya Birla Group
Ravi Kiran - Co-founder, Venture Nursery
Rishi Khiani - CEO & MD, AntFarm
Niren Shah - MD, Norwest Venture Partners (Moderator)

10:45am - 11:10am
Entrepreneur Interview: "Building service ecommerce companies in India"

Adivitya Sharma - Co-Founder,
Shrija Agrawal- Managing Editor, VCCircle, (Interviewer)

11:10am - 11:30am
Tea & Networking Break

11:30am - 12:15pm
Panel II: Spate of startups joining the merger race - What is dragging startups towards the acquisition, acqui-hire & consolidation route?

Atul Phadnis - Founder, CEO, Whats on India
Aakrit Vaish - Co-Founder & CEO, Haptik
Brij Bhushan - VP, Nexus India Capital Advisors Pvt Ltd
Rohit Chaddha - Co-founder & CEO, Food Panda
Rajan Mehra - Co-founder & Managing Director, Nirvana Venture Advisors (Moderator)

12:15pm - 1:00pm
Panel III: How to start investing as an angel investor
Meet emerging angel investors to know how they started investing, learnings from their first investment, how to go about angel investing & the initial steps

Zishaan Hayath - Founder, CEO,
Rehan Yar Khan - General Partner & Founder , Orios Venture Partners
Anand Ladsariya - MD, Everest Flavours Ltd
Sasha Mirchandani - Founder & Managing Director, Kae Capital
John Kuruvilla - MD, GenNext Ventures (Moderator)

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lunch & Networking

2:00pm -2:45pm
Investors Talk: Some mistakes made by our portfolio companies: What difference can they make if given a chance to rectify?

Vikram Vaidyanathan - MD, Matrix Partners
Karthik Reddy - Managing Partner, Blume Venture Advisors
Vikram Gupta - Founder & Managing Partner, IvyCap Ventures
Pradeep Tagare, Investment Director, Intel Capital (Moderator)

2:45pm - 3:30pm
Panel IV: Once angel funded, how do you get to VC round?
Angel funding brings the initial boost after bootstrapping times, however it brings in a lot more than just the much needed dollars. Once angel funded, how do you manage to scale up, set up teams, enhance valuation and finally approach a VC. Meet the young stars who’ve successfully raised angel & VC rounds sharing their strategies.

Sunil Udupa - CMD, Securens System
Karan Behal - Founder & CEO,
Ankur Panchbudhe - Co-founder and CTO, Vaultize
Sampad Swain - Co-founder & CEO, Instamojo
Vinay Nathan, Co-founder & CEO, Altizon System
Shailesh Lakhani - Principal, Sequioa Capital (Moderator)

3:30pm - 4:00pm
Tea & Networking

3:30pm - 4:15pm
Techcircle Lounge
Be ready to bounce of your next “Billion Dollar Idea” with leading angel investors while we bring them all under one roof at the Techcircle Startup, Mumbai. And yes, we would ensure your voice leads the race in many presenting to the “Guys with money” in the house.

4:00pm - 4:45pm
Panel V: Raising money through crowd funding: Is the trend picking up in India?
Having said that, investors are here in bulk to feed cash starved startups, still we come across many such startups grappling to find funding, here we see the new concept of crowdfunding coming to the rescue. What kind of groundwork requires to be done to catch the eyes of the desired mass scale in India and create strong traction? As evident, the west makes crowdfunding go mainstream with thier likes, can the same trend be replicated in India? What is holding back crowdfunding business models in India?

Ankit Oberoi - Co-founder and CEO, Adpushup
Satish Kataria - MD, Catapoolt
Mayukh Choudhury - Co-Founder & CEO, Milaap Social Ventures
Renu Dhar - Business Head, Intuit
Ajeet Khurana - CEO, SINE / IIT Bombay (Moderator)

4:45pm - 5:15pm
Techcircle Showcase - Powered by Nasscom 10,000 Startups
A curated platform that brings five handpicked emerging and innovative companies making an elevator pitch to an esteemed panel of jury & houseful of investors & fellow entrepreneurs.

5:15pm onwards
Techcircle Unwind
Continue the energy and networking of the day with more social time with top entrepreneurs and leading investors over cocktails.

*Walkabout slots are available on first come first serve basis. Day I of the event is walkabout only. Delegates need to reach the offices of selected companies on their own, Techcircle team will not arrange any logistics.

Aakrit Vaish Aakrit Vaish Co-founder & CEO, Haptik Inc
Advitiya Sharma Advitiya Sharma Co-Founder,
Anand Ladsariya Anand Ladsariya Managing Director, Everest Flavours Ltd
Ajeet Khurana Ajeet Khurana Former CEO, SINE/IIT Bombay
Ankur Panchbudhe Ankur Panchbudhe Co-founder and CTO, Vaultize
Ankit Oberoi Ankit Oberoi Co-founder & CEO, AdPushup
Atul Phadnis Atul Phadnis Founder & CEO, What's-On-India
Bharat Banka Bharat Banka Senior President, Aditya Birla Group
Brij Bhushan Brij Bhushan VP, Nexus India Capital Advisors Pvt Ltd
John Kuruvilla John Kuruvilla MD, GenNext Ventures
Karan Behal Karan Behal Founder / CEO,
Karthik Reddy Karthik Reddy Co-founder & Managing Director, Blume ventures | @BlumeVentures
Mahesh Murthy Mahesh Murthy Partner, Seedfund
Mayukh Choudhury Mayukh Choudhury Co-Founder / CEO, Milaap Social Ventures India Pvt. Ltd
Niren Shah Niren Shah Managing Director, Norwest Venture Partners India
Pradeep Tagare Pradeep Tagare Investment Director, Intel Capital | @intelcapital
Ravi Kiran Ravi Kiran Co-founder, VentureNursery
Rajan Mehra Rajan Mehra Co-founder & MD, Nirvana Venture Advisors
Rehan Yar Khan Rehan Yar Khan Managing Partner, Orios Venture Partners
Renu Dhar Renu Dhar Business Head, Intuit
Rishi Khiani Rishi Khiani CEO & MD, Ant Farm
Rohit Chaddha Rohit Chaddha Co-founder & CEO, Food Panda
Sampad Swain Sampad Swain Co-founder & CEO, Instamojo
Satish Kataria Satish Kataria MD, Catapooolt
Sasha Mirchandani Sasha Mirchandani Founder & Managing Partner, Kae Capital
Shailesh Lakhani Shailesh Lakhani Managing Director, Sequoia Capital India
Sunil Udupa Sunil Udupa Chairman & MD, Securens Systems Pvt Ltd
Vikram Gupta Vikram Gupta Founder & Managing Partner, IvyCap Ventures | @IvyCapVentures
Vikram Vaidyanathan Vikram Vaidyanathan Managing Director, Matrix Partners
Vinay Nathan Vinay Nathan Co-founder & CEO, Altizon Systems Pvt. Ltd
Zishaan Hayath Zishaan Hayath Founder & CEO, & Active Angel Investor | @myToppr

Date: 17 Dec 2014

Address: The Lalit,
Sahar Airport Road, Mumbai


Intuit Inc.’s India headquarters, based in Bangalore, houses the company’s Development Centre and is the regional hub for in–country engineering, marketing, sales and support operations. In addition, Intuit has marketing & sales offices in New Delhi and Mumbai.India office is an integral part of Intuit’s business operations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

In India, For India, the Bangalore office is Intuit’s first venture in the Asia–Pacific region, working with individuals and small businesses to develop home–grown solutions for Indian challenges. Originally conceived as an engineering lab for Intuit’s core products, such as QuickBooks, the Centre’s role has expanded to include conceiving, developing and selling products in global emerging markets. The company has been recognized as an employer of choice in India: as 2nd best company for Rewards and Recognition, 6th Best Employer in India, amon

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.

Amazon Web Services

Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services, Inc. began exposing key infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services - now widely known as cloud computing. The ultimate benefit of cloud computing, and AWS, is the ability to leverage a new business model and turn capital infrastructure expenses into variable costs. Businesses no longer need to plan and procure servers and other IT resources weeks or months in advance. Using AWS, businesses can take advantage of Amazon's expertise and economies of scale to access resources when their business needs them, delivering results faster and at a lower cost. Today, Amazon Web Services provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of enterprise, government and startup customers businesses in 190 countries around the world. Amazon Web Services offers over 30 different services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Servic
....More is a curated experience provider which firmly believes in creating memories and moments that one would cherish for a lifetime. Giftxoxo is a curated marketplace of unique Experiences in India. Incepted in 2012, introduced an innovative concept of offering Experiences in India and as of today has the largest collection of such extraordinary Experiences spreading across 6 categories - Adventure, Gourmet, Health & Wellness, Tours& Getaways, Arts & Learning and Philanthropy. Some examples are a Microlight plane flying, a Bollywood film tour, a Horse riding session, Yacht dining, Pottery class and more.

Each of the 2000+ Experiences is hand-picked from the best and most trusted brands. Curation of experiences is done very meticulously with lot of background research and analysis. Various factors like place prominence, people perception, safety, uniqueness, exclusivity, value for money etc. are taken into consideration while creating Experie


Moxtra is a powerful team collaboration app and SDK that powers users to engage in real time over their shared content. Teams can chat and hold mobile meetings, screen share, upload and annotate imported files, and create visual, voice and video snippets - all in app. In addition, our 4 Moxtra SDK modules offer communication and collaboration layers to developer to integrate into mobile and web apps. Founded by Subrah Iyar (Co-Founder of WebEx) and Stanley Huang (Director of Engineering at Cisco), Moxtra is available for iOS, Android and the web, as well as Mac and Windows Desktop Clients.

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 @StartupGrind.

Tie Pune Industry Partner
Tie Pune

“The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Pune: A non-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals, established to foster entrepreneurship and nurture entrepreneurs.

Fosters entrepreneurship globally through Mentoring, Inspiration, Networking, and Education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE Pune’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs. TiE Pune hosts a wide range of programs and events, including TiECon Pune, ( the largest professional and networking conference for entrepreneurs.

Mumbai Angels Industry Partner
Mumbai Angels

Mumbai Angels, started in 2006 is the first premium Angel network in India. The Mumbai Angels provides a unique platform to start up and very early stage companies by bringing them face to face with successful entrepreneurs, professionals and executives who are interested in and have the funds available to invest in start-up companies. Many members of Mumbai Angels have prior Silicon Valley experience. In addition to the capital of its members, the Mumbai Angels provides access to high quality mentoring, vast networks in India and abroad and inputs on strategy as well as execution.

Mumbai Angels provides its portfolio companies with a level of assistance that surpasses their highest expectations. Mumbai Angels network of relationships and their ability to leverage those relationships on behalf of their portfolio companies is unparalleled. Mumbai Angles members and their organisations have come to represent the ideal business partner for entrepreneurs who wish to start and

Sme Joinup Online Media Partner
Sme Joinup

Want to find a Solid Investor, Get help to Strategize your market entry and market value, Want to get those precious qualified leads, want to become the most sought after entrepreneur, then we are your gateway. is place where you find everything an entrepreneur and small businesses are looking for. In short we are a mall for small businesses.

SME JOINUP a premier one stop online destination has become a market place to walk entrepreneurs through starting, running, promoting and growing small businesses.  With a goal to fit out start-ups, we bring the newbie entrepreneurs and even the big giants with an exhaustive, clear and first-hand approach to help their businesses thrive.  
Just within a short span SME JOINUP has developed a Business Development Platform only for Small Businesses and have smoothly built a network of 40,000 + business-owners & decision makers, 5000+ s

LetsVenture Startup Funding Partner

LetsVenture is India's first and largest startup-investor platform. Founded in late 2013, LetsVenture is the most trusted marketplace for startups to create their investment ready profile, and connect to global, accredited investors for fundraising. Today 6500+ startups, 1200+ angel investors, and 200+ institutional investors from 21 countries are interacting on the platform. 57 startups have closed rounds on LetsVenture with $17M in total commits. Led by a strong team, with some of the best marque angel investors as advisors to the company, LetsVenture is an Accel funded startup, based in Bangalore.

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.

Indian Angel Network Incubation Partner
Indian Angel Network

Indian Angel Network, India's first and largest angel network, brings together successful entrepreneurs and CEOs who share a passion to enable more early stage businesses to create scale and value. By focusing on startups, the Network addresses the current acute lack of funds available to early stage companies. The Network believes that early stage businesses require more than just money to succeed. They require close mentoring and inputs on strategy as well as execution.

Indian Angel Network currently has over 300 members drawn from across the country and some from overseas, comprising the who's who of successful Indian entrepreneurs and CEOs from diverse sectors (information on The Network has met with early success and has already invested in 100 portfolio companies including investee and incubatee companies. IAN has become the hub for innovative ventures founded by high quality entrepreneurs seeking mentoring an

TiE Coimbatore Industry Partner
TiE Coimbatore

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was found in 1992 in Silicon Valley, USA by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently around 11000 members including over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 18 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking and education.

TiE Coimbatore is part of the Global network of TiE Chapters.

Coimbatore, along with neighboring areas is the hub of SMEs in South India. It was to reach out to the entrepreneurial community and potential entrepreneurs in the region that TiE Coimbatore was launched on 22nd November 2010. The Chapter was founded by leading industrialists across sectors and aims at supporting entrepreneurs in the region to become global leaders and nurturing an innovative entrepreneurial eco system in the region. The Chapter is the second one in Tamilnadu after TiE Chennai. For mo

TiE Mumbai Industry Partner
TiE Mumbai

TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Mumbai is one of the most vibrant and fastest growing entrepreneurial ecosystems in the TiE Network, the world’s largest non-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship. TiE Mumbai currently works towards growing and supporting the entrepreneurial community across various sectors, some of them as mentioned below:

TiE Food Network (TFN) is an initiative towards encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship in the foodspace, by providing entrepreneurs with a platform where they can network, learn and get mentored.

​Media and Entertainment Network by TiE (MENT) works towards enabling and empowering entrepreneurs in the media & entertainment industry across Mumbai & Pune. It aims to provide a platform for entrepreneurs, founders and CXOs in the industry to interact with peers, solve common founder challenges and facilitate curated networking.


IEC Startup Outreach Partner

India Entrepreneur's Club is an information destination, disseminating latest news, Success & Failure stories about Entrepreneurs, Business owners and Intrapreneurs with an aim to motivate and educate them to develop and expand beyond defined boundaries.

Being a unique and inimitable voice of and for the Entrepreneurs, we have initiated a platform for mentoring and developing a new breed of young risk takers. We aspire to enrich them with tips, strategies and perspectives from across the world of entrepreneurship; to execute and run businesses efficiently. I.E.C facilitates seamless expansion of knowledge and development of new skills, enhancing relevance and sustenance of lifestyle and business for the target group.

We've envisioned to create a fortified ecosystem comprising of Business Leaders, Start-ups, Private Equity and Venture Funds, M.S.M.E’s, Banks and Financial Institutions and Associations. The focus is to develop the skill of entrepr

Venture Nursery Industry Partner
Venture Nursery

VentureNursery was launched in early 2012 by Mr. Shravan Shroff, Founder, Fame Cinemas and Mr. Ravi Kiran, Head of Starcom MediaVest for South East Asia and South Asia, They were joined by 12 Individual angel investors and 2 Institutional investors to form country’s first Charter Angel group dedicated to an accelerator.

VentureNursery’s main aim is to develop exceptional entrepreneurs who can go on to create great companies.

VentureNursery offers a customised mentoring program ranging between six to thirteen weeks. The first week of the program helps identify key gaps and challenge areas, in each of the participating start-ups, by the Angels-in-Residence. These challenge areas are then addressed through multiple mentoring sessions by a group of serial entrepreneurs, Charter Angels, VCs, technologists and senior corporate managers. The feedback by each advisor and investor is then collated and incorporated into the business plan of the partic

ah! Ventures Industry Partner
ah! Ventures

ah! Ventures is a startup focused growth catalyst that brings together promising businesses and investors by creating wealth creation opportunities for both. ah!’s unique model serves investors, entrepreneurs & enablers through a unique blend of customised services, skill, and industry & domain experience.

Founded in 2010, ah! Ventures has systematically disrupted India’s early stage funding ecosystem through its innovative approach toward startup investing. First of its kind initiatives like the CLUB ah! network & platform, ah! Angels (India’s largest angel network), ah! Seeders and ah! VC networks (India’s first seed & VC investment networks respectively), have brought together and integrated the otherwise previously segregated startup funding lifecycle, under one roof. This, coupled with ah! Impact network, an impact investment network for investing in social enterprises and ah! Mentors network, a mentor network to assist startups

Standard Fees:-

Entrepreneurs/ Companies/ Startup etc: INR 7000 + Service Tax (12.36%) per attendee

Investors/ I-Bankers/ Consultants etc: INR 9000 + Service Tax (12.36%) per attendee

There are two ways to register:
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Cheque/DD to be made in favor of:
"Mosaic Media Ventures Pvt Ltd" payable in New Delhi to:
Mosaic Media Ventures Pvt. Ltd.
C-125A, Second Floor, Sector -2, Noida - 201301
Ph : +91 120-4171111

Please attach a note with details of the cheque.
Name of the delegate(s), Organization, Designation, Address, Contact No., E-mail ID

You can also directly deposit cash, submit cheque or transfer online to our ICICI Bank a/c:
Account name: Mosaic Media Ventures Pvt. Ltd.
Account no: 629705014337
Branch Name: Mayur Vihar - Phase 1
IFSC Code: ICIC0006297

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Cancellation Policy:
There is no cash refund in case you cancel the registration from your end. We will issue a credit note for an equivalent amount which you can adjust/utilise against any of our future events (under the validity period) if the registration is cancelled at least 3 days before the event, post which NO credit note will be issued. Please talk to Sandeep/ Shikhil for further details.

If the event is cancelled from our end due to any circumstances, we will refund the registration amount.

Substitution Policy:
Substitutions within a company are permitted through the conference date. Shared registrations are not permitted under any circumstances.