VCCircle Chennai Investment Summit 2015

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

A classic blend of family led & risk averse traditional businesses and upcoming entrepreneurial driven ventures of next generations has made the city of Chennai attractive prospect for the Indian investors. With the revival of economy, Chennai is seen calling on highly ambitious & innovative startups setting shop and driving demand from key sectors including technology products, healthcare delivery services & medical equipment and educational services apart from traditional businesses such as manufacturing, engineering, R&D, real estate & infrastructure.

In order to boost the zeal of much talented entrepreneurs and provide a neutral platform for the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Chennai, VCCircle is pleased to announce, VCCircle Chennai Investment Summit 2015, the most coveted platform for leading & emerging entrepreneurs, next generation leaders, business families, private equity & venture capital investors betting on the investment opportunities prevailing in the land of Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

The forum will be attended by 200+ entrepreneurs, family business owners, CEOs, private equity & venture capital heads and dealmakers.

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

9:30am - 9:50am
Inaugural Address by Thiru S.Krishnan IAS, Principal Secretary (Planning and Development) / CEO, TNIDB, Government of Tamil Nadu

09:50am - 10:35am
Panel I: South India's Entrepreneurial DNA & What it means for deal makers
The way businesses operates in Tamil Nadu is quite distinct from rest of the country. Coming from the conservative nature of businesses, avoiding to be flashy and make no noise about their skills and business opportunities, how are entrepreneurs attracting investor’s interest? Will the capital flow towards family owned traditional businesses or recent first generation entrepreneurial ventures? How comfortable are entrepreneurs with deal makers, and shedding away their company’s stake? Which sectors are witnessing slew of entrepreneurial activities and which sectors would witness growth in medium to long term? How can private capital help entrepreneurs transform their businesses to create maximum value for the shareholders?

Hemu Ramaiah - MD, Shop 4 Solutions Pvt Ltd
K. Pandia Rajan - Founder, Ma Foi Group
Murugavel Janakiraman - Founder & CEO, Limited
Sandeep Reddy - MD, Peepul Capital Advisors
TR Srinivas - MD, O3 Capital
Sarath Naru - Managing Partner, Ventureast (Moderator)

10:35am - 11:00am
Keynote Address by Gopal Srinivasan, CMD, TVS Capital Funds Limited

11:00am - 11:20am
Entrepreneur Address - Growth and Investment Opportunities in Healthcare Sector
By Dr G.S.K. Velu - MD, Trivitron Healthcare

11:20am - 11:50am
Tea & Networking Break

11:50am - 12:40pm
Panel II: Brewing early stage startup ecosystem in the city: Contributions from budding entrepreneurs, innovative startups & early stage investors
India’s so called conservative metropolis is hitting the headlines in creating a fierce tech wave among the thousands of innovative startups setting their shops in the city of Chennai. In the recent times, what has captivated startups to station their headquarters in the city of Chennai? Ease of starting up, incorporating a company, finding angel investments, availability of talent pool and promising ecosystem, we understand from the experts on the ground reality of what’s driving startups to the land of Chennai and what it means for ecosystem and community.

Vijay Anand - Founder, The Startup Centre
Paul Basil - Founder & CEO, Villgro (Incubation centre)
Suresh Sambandam - Founder & CEO, Orangescape
Harishankaran K - Co-founder, Interview Street (HackerRank)
Ananth Narsimhan - CEO & Founder, At Your Price
Anand Daniel - Principal, Accel Partners (Moderator)

12:40pm - 2:00pm
Lunch & Networking

2:00pm - 2:45pm
Panel III: The challenges & opportunities in raising the bar for family -run businesses: Nurturing legacy assets, business portfolios, family culture, professional values
What are the challenges faced by the Next-gen from Chennai in committing to family line of work while professionally managing family wealth & culture? How difficult it is for the next gen owners to cajole first gen to shed away their conservative inhibitions and adopt modern processes/technology in the existing businesses? How savvy are family businesses in roping private investors to fuel expansions? Fed with golden spoon & equipped with quality education, the new generation has ready to adopt businesses, what are the challenges faced in taking the businesses to the next level, keeping in mind the family values & tradition?

Heramb Hajarnavis - Founder & MD, Sealink Capital Partners
Soumya Rajan - Co-Founder, MD & CEO, Waterfield Advisors Pvt Ltd
Aarthi Sivanandh - Partner, J Sagar Associate
Hemu Ramaiah - MD, Shop 4 Solutions Pvt Ltd
Sameer Mehta - CIO, Atlaz Venturez Family Office (Moderator)

2:45pm - 3:35pm
Panel IV: Challenges & Opportunities for venture capital backed companies in Chennai
Chennai has closely witnessed marquee startups emerge into world class companies creating a global footprint. While names like Freshdesk, & Zoho have made their mark globally, companies such as Caratlane, Bharat matrimony have created a strong foothold in the domestic market.  Be it technology, consumer internet, big data & analytics, shared services, or non-technology plays, Chennai has emerged as a breeding ground for next level entrepreneurs. How conducive is the growth environment enabling companies to build world class products & services and expand globally? How are entrepreneurs leveraging these opportunities while treading tedious path of raising private capital, managing investor relations & ambitious valuations? What support do entrepreneurs expect from the ecosystem in terms of availability of venture capital, clarity on regulatory & corporate governance issues and much more?

Yogendra Vasupal - Co-founder & CEO, Stayzilla
Ganesh Vasudevan - CEO,
Lakshmanan Narayan - CEO & Co-founder, Unmetric Inc
BG Krishnan - CEO & Founder, Pvt. Ltd
Bala Parthasarathy - Managing Partner, Angel Prime
Mithun Sacheti - Co-Founder & CEO,
Nitin Nayar - MD, Warburg Pincus India Private Limited (Moderator)

3:35pm - 4:00pm
Tea & Networking

Red hot sectors: Quick insightful discussions on the fast growing themes in the city:

4:00pm - 4:30pm
Red hot sector I: Healthcare Delivery Services & Medical Equipment
Bala Subramaniam - CEO, Cura Healthcare Pvt. Ltd
C.Venkat Subramanyam - Founder & Director, Veda Corporate Advisors
K. Chandrasekhar - Founder & CEO, Forus Health Pvt. Ltd.
Prasad Gadkari - Partner, IDFC Private Equity (Moderator)

4:30pm - 5:00pm
Red hot sector II: Food and agri
Dr. G.N.S. Reddy - MD, Akshayakalpa Farms and Foods Pvt. Ltd
Amit C. Vaishnav - MD, Megafoods Products Madras (P) Limited
Anand Raghavendran - VP, Creador Advisors India Pvt. Ltd
Kartik Srivatsa - Managing Partner, Aspada Investments (Moderator)

5:00pm onwards
VCCircle Unwind
Continue the energy and networking of the day with more social time with top entrepreneurs and leading investors over cocktails

Aarthi Sivanandh Aarthi Sivanandh Partner, J. Sagar Associates
Amit C. Vaishnav Amit C. Vaishnav MD, Megafoods Products Madras (P) Limited
Anand Daniel Anand Daniel Partner, Accel Partners | @AccelIndiaVC
Ananth Narasimhan Ananth Narasimhan CEO & Founder, At your price
Bala Parthasarathy Bala Parthasarathy Managing Partner, Angel Prime
Bala Subramaniam Bala Subramaniam CEO, Cura Healthcare Pvt. Ltd.
BG Krishnan BG Krishnan CEO & Founder, Pvt. Ltd
C.Venkat Subramanyam C.Venkat Subramanyam Founder & Director, Veda Corp
Dr. G.N.S. Reddy Dr. G.N.S. Reddy Managing Director, Akshayakalpa Farms and Foods Pvt. Ltd
Dr. G.S.K Velu Dr. G.S.K Velu MD, Trivitron Healthcare Pvt. Ltd
Ganesh Vasudevan Ganesh Vasudevan CEO,
Gopal Srinivasan Gopal Srinivasan Chairman & MD, TVS Capital Funds | @TVSCapitalFunds
Harishankaran K Harishankaran K Co-founder, Interview Street (HackerRank)
Hemu Ramaiah Hemu Ramaiah MD, Shop 4 Solutions Pvt Ltd
Heramb Hajarnavis Heramb Hajarnavis Founder & MD, Sealink Capital Partners
Kartik Srivatsa Kartik Srivatsa Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Aspada Investment Advisors | @AspadaInv
K. Chandrasekhar K. Chandrasekhar Founder & CEO, Forus Health Pvt. Ltd
K. Pandia Rajan K. Pandia Rajan Founder, Ma Foi Group
Lakshmanan Narayan Lakshmanan Narayan CEO & Co-founder, Unmetric Inc
Mithun Sacheti Mithun Sacheti Co-Founder & CEO,
Murugavel Janakiraman Murugavel Janakiraman Founder & CEO, Limited
Nitin Nayar Nitin Nayar Managing Director, Warburg Pincus India Private Limited
Paul Basil Paul Basil Founder & CEO, Villgro Innovations Foundation
Prasad Gadkari Prasad Gadkari Partner, IDFC Private Equity
Sameer Mehta Sameer Mehta CIO, Atlas Venturez Family Office
Sandeep Reddy Sandeep Reddy MD, Peepul Capital Advisors
Sarath Naru Sarath Naru Managing Partner, Ventureast
Soumya Rajan Soumya Rajan Co-founder, MD & CEO, Waterfield Advisors Pvt Ltd
Suresh Sambandam Suresh Sambandam Founder & CEO, OrangeScape
Thiru S.Krishnan, I.A.S Thiru S.Krishnan, I.A.S Principal Secretary, Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Government of Tamil Nadu
Tr Srinivas Tr Srinivas MD, o3 Capital
Vijay Anand Vijay Anand Founder, The Startup Centre
Yogendra Vasupal Yogendra Vasupal Co-founder & CEO, Stayzilla

Date: 12th Mar 2015

Address: Hyatt Regency Chennai,
365 Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu- 600 018, India
T: +91 44 6100 1234

Waterfield Advisors

Waterfield Advisors is a multi family office advisory services provider with the core objective of preserving and enhancing our client’s wealth, guiding them in making the right investment decisions and assisting in executing transactions that help the family’s operating businesses grow.

In our endeavor to help clients with their investment decisions, our investment advisory team maintains complete independence from product manufacturers making the entire financial services space our landscape. We are solely client focused and derive pride from our commitment to keep our client’s best interest at the forefront of our advisory practice. We firmly believe that it is our “client first” approach to investment advisory services that sets us apart.

As a part of our investment advisory services, we consolidate the reporting of all family assets and monitor the investment performance with a comprehensive set of monthly reports. Clients can v

o3 Capital

o3 Capital is a mid-market investment bank, providing financial and strategic advice to clients. The company is built on two core businesses – Corporate Finance and Alternate Asset Management.

o3 Capital serves a wide range of clients including cutting-edge start-ups, established market leaders, private equity houses and large global corporate entities, across select verticals - Consumer, Healthcare, Industrials, Financial services, Technology and Digital. o3 Capital has successfully consummated 110+transactions in the last 9 years aggregating to over USD 4.5 bn in transaction value.

J. Sagar Associates

J. Sagar Associates (JSA) is a leading national law firm in India comprising over 350 professionals, with offices in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi. For over two decades they have provided legal advice and services to international and domestic clients.

The mission of the firm is to provide outstanding legal solutions in the chosen practice areas with a strong emphasis on ethics. Clients benefit from the expertise and experience as a large firm while still enjoying the privilege of personal attention and responsiveness of a small firm. The advice is delivered by well-informed, accessible, partner-led teams, which strive to provide the highest quality of service to clients, by listening, understanding their needs, responding promptly and living up to the commitments that are made.

JSA’s practice extends across diverse sectors of industry and services, such as Consumer & Industrial Products, Consumer Durables, Fina

TVS Capital Funds Limited

TVS Capital Funds Limited was founded in September 2007, by Gopal Srinivasan of TVS Group, who brings over twenty five years of entrepreneurial and operational experience. TCF limited works closely with enterpreneurs with management capability and capital during the investment horizon.

TVS Capital Funds Ltd manages the TVS Shriram Growth Fund which has more than INR 1,100 Cr AUM domestic rupee fund across two Schemes - 1A and 1B. The Fund is established with a vision to develop and nurture India's mid-cap businesses into world class companies. The fund is targeting investments across consumer driven opportunities such as food & agro, retail, healthcare, education, FMCG, media & entertainment, facilities management and so on. The fund has completely deployed Fund 1A and investment in Fund 1B is going on in full swing. TVS Shriram Growth Fund is registered with SEBI under the Venture Capital Funds regulations.

The sponsors of the fund are the TVS Group

Bharat Matrimony

EliteMatrimony is the first of its kind exclusive matrimony service for the upper crust. It is a niche service pioneered by BharatMatrimony - the most trusted name in the matchmaking industry with more than 20 lakh registered users.

We have professionally trained and highly experienced Relationship Managers with an impeccable track record of making the best matches happen. They shortlist matches who complement your dignified reputation. Based on your selection, the Relationship Manager will arrange meetings with the prospects.

Like a member of your family, a highly experienced Relationship Manager will always remain within your reach and will be part of your emotional journey to assist you in the quest for finding your destined life partner.

Our processes are designed with the customer in mind and we believe in Service Excellence. EliteMatrimony is an invite only service, speak to us today: 1800 300 35483 (Toll Free) or write to<

Warburg Pincus

Warburg Pincus is a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing. The firm has more than $40 billion in assets under management. The firm’s active portfolio of more than 120 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector and geography.  Warburg Pincus is an experienced partner to management teams seeking to build durable companies with sustainable value. Founded in 1966, Warburg Pincus has raised 15 private equity funds, including a $4 billion energy fund that closed in October 2014, which have invested more than $50 billion in over 720 companies in more than 35 countries.  To date, affiliates of private equity funds raised by Warburg Pincus have invested more than US$3.5 billion in Indian companies.   The firm's past and current investments in India include Alliance Tire, Ambuja Cements, Au Financiers, Bharti Airtel, BIBA Apparels, Capillary Technologies, Capital First, Continental Warehousing

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

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.

C-TIDES Industry Partner

Cell for Technology Innovation, Development and Entrepreneurship Support (C-TIDES), the Entrepreneurship Cell of IIT Madras, helps connect start-up organizations and entrepreneurs.C-TIDES aims at fostering innovation and entrepreneurship development through promotion of technological research, incubation, consultancy and thereby creating a holistic platform for the support of techno-business entrepreneurship.C-TIDES is takes pride in organizing Genesis, a national level social B-plan Competition which has been recognized in a study by Georgetown University as one of the premier social B-Plan competitions in the world for its reach as well as the ideas generated out of the exercise.

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

Startup Grind 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.

The Chennai Angels Outreach Partner
The Chennai Angels

The Chennai Angels (TCA, is one of India’s most active angel investing groups. Founded in the year 2007, it is comprised of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders with a track record of starting and scaling large enterprises. Additionally, several seed and venture capital firms hold institutional membership in the group. Though it is located in Chennai, TCA’s investing members and portfolio investments are not limited by geography. Unusually for an angel investing group, TCA has a diversified portfolio that goes well beyond a restrictive tech focus, reflecting the diversity of its members’ interests. TCA portfolio companies benefit from the collective expertise and rolodex of its members.

For more information:

Startup Village Incubation Partner
Startup Village is an learning (ed-tech) platform for first time founders and student founders across the country. Teams are selected through a coding and business challenge for a 6 month intense program. They are taught all core startup concepts culminating in a prototype launch/customer validation. They work on curated-market-ready ideas which are provided by our partner Tracxn Labs.

The theme of the current batch is SaaS and the previous batch had Fintech as the theme.

At the end of 6 months, startups are encouraged to either raise capital, become self-sufficient or get hired, 3 out of the 6 methods of graduation.
Progress of each startup is recorded in a timeline in which all entries are verified by our team. For eg. Spenwise's timeline.

Startups Club Outreach Partner
Startups Club

Startups Club is a platform built for entrepreneurs to come together, learn, grow and share. We are present in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Coimbatore, where we conduct monthly events bring bring together entrepreneurs to discuss various topics related to entrepreneurship. Apart from holding monthly meetups for entrepreneurs we also help organise many events that are specifically targeted at certain requirements that entrepreneurs might have such as understanding the legal frameworks, accounting, fundraising and many more. We bring in speakers who have sufficient knowledge of the subject and can throw light on how these things work. We hope to make a humble contribution to the startup eco-system.

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