Techcircle Startup 2015

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

We are back with "Techcircle Startup 2015" on 22nd April in Bengaluru, part of the second edition of Techcircle Tri-series initiative. (We will be holding Mumbai and Delhi editions as well during the year).

This is an event to bring together the most happening and disruptive early stage startups in the city, potential investors, angels, seed funds, incubators, accelerators & mentors, and VC funds who are active in the early stage startup scene.

The event sets the stage for a curated set of startups to present themselves in front of an audience comprising of investors, early stage adopters, mentors, potential co-founders and partners. This will be an expanded version of Techcircle Showcase. If you would like to present your startup, write to us at the earliest.

The day will also have several keynotes from experienced entrepreneurs and investors, several panel discussions and interactive sessions.

The day before the event, on April 21, we also bring you our signature Startup Walkabout, a guided tour of the offices of successful VCs and successful entrepreneurs. This gives you a ring side view of how some of these investors pick their startups, and will discuss their investment thesis while in a startup office you get a taste of how they run their fledgling ventures.

You need to register for the event to be eligible for Walkabout session, and it also needs a prior booking of a slot as these sessions get booked out faster. Please note seats are limited for Startup Walkabout.

Catering to startups of all scales & sizes, the event delivers value for startups right from the stage of business plans to a mature product ready to be launched globally.

Be a part of the event if you want to know how starting up and scaling the business intersects with raising capital from right investors. Come, join us at Techcircle Startup 2015 Bengaluru on April 22.

Still have questions, write to us at to know more.


Day I - 21st April  

TC Startup Walkabouts - A guided tour of India’s top venture capital funds, leading startups and corporates in Bengaluru for an interactive session with the top management. Here participants will get to meet the team, see how the best companies function, interact and learn more about India’s best entrepreneurship stories and much more. The participants will get to choose two sessions based on the participant’s company and location preference. Seats are limited, hence book your slots in advance with Sandeep/ Krishna at or 0120-4171111

21st April (11:00am-12:00pm) 21st April (2:00pm-3:00pm)
I. InMobi Technologies Pvt. Ltd (Closed)
7th Floor, Block Delta, B Block Embassy Tech Square, Kadubeesanahalli Village, Outer Ring Road, Varthur, Hobli, Bengaluru 56010
I. (Closed)
MaxHeap Technologies (P) Ltd, 7th Floor, Tower B, Diamond District, Old Airport Road, Bengaluru
II. Mu Sigma (Closed)
13th Floor, 14th Level, Aviator Building Ascendas - ITPB SEZ, Whitefield road, Bangalore - 560066
II. Urban Ladder (Closed)
No. 65, Kishon Decor, Kartik Nagar, Marathahalli, Opp CCD, Bengaluru
III. IDG Ventures India (Closed)
7B, 7th Floor, Sobha Pearl, 1, Commissariat Road, Bangalore 560 025

Day II - 22nd April

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

9:30am - 09:45am
Introductory Note

09:45am - 10:30am
Techcircle Insights I: Decoding valuations from angel to late stage Venture Capital funding
What drives investors in various industries and myths involved.

Arun Menon - Founder and CEO, AppsDaily Solutions Pvt Ltd (Onward Mobility)
Surjendu Kuila - Co-founder,
Shripal Gandhi - Founder & CEO, Swipe Telecom India Pvt. Ltd
Vikram Gupta - Founder & Managing Partner, IvyCap Ventures
Deepesh Garg - MD, o3 Capital (Moderator)

10:30am - 11:15am
In conversation with
Kunal Shah - Founder,
Raghunandan G - Co-founder,
Sahad P.V - Founder & Editor, The VCCircle Network

11:15am - 11:45pm
Tea & Networking Break

11:45am - 12:30pm
Techcircle Insights II: Are VC's disguising as Angels?
- Writing down pocket-sized cheque, raising smaller round of funding, crowding over angels and what more?

Sai Srinivas Kiran G - Co-Founder & CEO, Teewe
Anu Acharya - Founder & CEO, Mapmygenome
Rahul Khanna - Managing Partner, Trifecta Capital
Deepak Gupta - Partner, Equity Crest
Ravi Gururaj - Chairman & Co-Founder, Frictionless Ventures (Moderator)

12:30pm - 12:45pm
Presentation: By Samarth Kholkar - Cloud Ecosystem Sales Leader,IBM India/SA

12:45pm - 2:00pm
Lunch & Networking

2:00pm - 2:45pm
Techcircle Insights III: Ecomm 3.0
Vertical Ecommerce, Market Places, Service Ecommerce, Enablers & associated opportunities.

Raghav Gupta - Country Manager – India, BlaBlaCar
Ritesh Agarwal - Founder and CEO,
Sameer Parwani - CEO & Founder, CouponDunia
Badri Sanjeevi- CEO, Mauj Mobile; Group CFO, People Group
Swati Gupta - Founder,
Sanjay Nath - Co Founder & Managing Director, Blume Ventures (Moderator)

2:45pm - 3:30pm
Techcircle Insights IV: Food Services Startups: The next big thing in consumer internet

Saurabh Kochhar - CEO, Foodpanda
Tapan Kumar Das - CEO,
Prayank Swaroop - VP, Accel Partners
Parag Dhol - Managing Director, Inventus Capital Partners (Moderator)

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

4:00pm - 4:45pm
Techcircle Insights V: Founders Balancing Act
Managing & retaining skilled talent, founders’ disharmony, ESOPS, team building, negotiations & execution while building pro-employee & conducive working environment.

Azhar Iqubal - Co-founder, News In Shorts
Tarun Mehta - Co-founder, Ather Energy
Prasad Ankit - CEO & Co-founder, Bobble App / Touchtalent
Will Poole - Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Unitus Seed Fund (Moderator)

4:45 pm -5:15pm
Techcircle Showcase- Powered by Nasscom 10K Startups
A curated platform that brings a set of handpicked innovative startups to make an elevator pitch to select jury of angel investors, houseful of VCs & fellow entrepreneurs. Watch out for innovative business ideas & models pursued by emerging entrepreneurs.

Ankit Prasad Ankit Prasad CEO & Co-Founder, Bobble App / Touchtalent
Anu Acharya Anu Acharya CEO, Mapmygenome
Arun Menon Arun Menon Founder and CEO, AppsDaily Solutions Pvt Ltd
Azhar Iqubal Azhar Iqubal Co-founder , News In Shorts
Badri Sanjeevi Badri Sanjeevi CEO, Group CFO, People Group, Mauj Mobile
Deepak Gupta Deepak Gupta Co-founder, Equity Crest | @EquityCrest
Kunal Shah Kunal Shah Founder & CEO,
Parag Dhol Parag Dhol MD, Inventus Capital Partners
Prayank Swaroop Prayank Swaroop VP, Accel Partners
Raghunandan G Raghunandan G Co-founder,
Raghav Gupta Raghav Gupta Country Manager - India, BlaBlaCar
Rahul Khanna Rahul Khanna Managing Partner, Trifecta Capital | @TrifectaCapital
Ravi Gururaj Ravi Gururaj Chairman & Co-founder, Frictionless Ventures
Ritesh Agarwal Ritesh Agarwal Founder & CEO, OYO Rooms
Sai Srinivas Kiran G Sai Srinivas Kiran G Co-Founder & CEO, Teewe
Sameer Parwani Sameer Parwani CEO & Founder, CouponDunia
Samarth Kholkar Samarth Kholkar Cloud Ecosystem Sales Leader, IBM India/SA
Sanjay Nath Sanjay Nath Co-founder & Managing Partner, Blume Venture Advisors Pvt. Ltd. | @BlumeVentures
Saurabh Kochhar Saurabh Kochhar CEO & Co-founder, Foodpanda | @foodpandaIndia
Shripal Gandhi Shripal Gandhi Founder & CEO, Swipe Telecom India Pvt. Ltd
Surjendu Kuila Surjendu Kuila Co-founder, | @zopperapp
Swati Gupta Swati Gupta Founder, | @industrybuying
Tapan Kumar Das Tapan Kumar Das CEO,
Tarun Mehta Tarun Mehta Co-founder, Ather Energy
Vikram Gupta Vikram Gupta Founder & Managing Partner, IvyCap Ventures | @IvyCapVentures
Will Poole Will Poole Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Unitus Seed Fund

Date: 22nd April

Address: Park Plaza, Bangalore

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Mauj Mobile

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Nasscom 10,000 Start-ups

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Indian Angel Network Incubation Partner
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TiE Chennai Industry Partner
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TiE Coimbatore Industry Partner
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Co-Labs Outreach Partner

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2. Hackathon based Hiring Platform:
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