Techcircle Startup 2016 - Delhi Edition

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News Corp VCCircle
Techcircle Startup 2016
Conserve and Grow, or Perish

Funding crunch is the new buzz word in the Indian startup ecosystem. We talk about the same ecosystem which until the mid of 2015 witnessed record breaking growth and inflow of money. But come to the end quarter of 2015 and the startup environment was marred with slowdown in funding, devaluations, scaling downs, closures, hiring fiascos and laying offs. The present situation has not changed much and can be seen as a ripple effect of ecosystem trying to bring in balance between entrepreneurial ambitions and investors pragmatism.

Despite challenges, the stakeholders of startup ecosystem still have an optimistic outlook. The reasons are multi-fold, starting from angel networks trying to bridge the funding gap, availability of dry powder among the marquee VCs and newer emerging funds to big corporates supporting startups through focussed incubators. Besides, new investment vehicles such as “Venture Debt”, new genre of celebrity & angel investors are coming to rescue the startups that are looking for bridge rounds.

In all, the Indian startup story is at an interesting intersection with startups chasing profitability over growth, balancing valuations and finding solutions to a few challenges with the hope of sailing it through. The Delhi edition of Techcircle Startup Tour would host meaningful conversations around squeezing funding rounds, crunch of Series A investments and strategies to sail through in difficult times.

Day 1: 23 August
TC Startup Walkabouts
A guided tour of India’s top venture capital funds, leading startups and corporates in Delhi for an interactive session with the top management. The delegates will know more about funding options, mentorship approach and startup trends.

9:30AM to 11:00AM (No. of seats) 1:30PM to 3:00PM (No. of seats)
I. Paytm (25 Slots)
B-121, Sector 5, Noida - 201 301, India
III. Trifecta Capital (20 Slots)
Slot 1: 01:30PM - 02:15PM (10 Seats)
Slot 2: 02:15PM - 03:00PM (10 Seats)

“Thrive” at The Westin Gurgaon
1, MG Road, Gurgaon, 122001
II. YourNest Angel Fund (20 Slots)
504, 5th Floor, MGF Metropolis (Lifestyle) Mall, Near M.G. Road Metro Station, Gurgaon, Haryana 122002
IV. GSF India (20 Slots)
L17/A-5 , 3rd Floor, Behind ABW Tower, DLF Phase II, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, GURGAON, 122001, India
  V. Truly Madly (25 Slots)
F-209, Opposite Kashmir Haat, Lado Sarai, New Delhi, 110030 (Near Saket Metro Station)

Day II: 24 August

8.30AM - 9:45AM
Registration & Refreshments

9.45AM - 10:00AM
Welcome Address by Nita Kapoor, Head, India - New Ventures, News Corp (VCCircle)

10.00AM- 10.20AM
Keynote Address by Vineet Nayar - Former CEO of HCL Technologies and Founder of Sampark Foundation on The evolving landscape of niche opportunities.

10.20AM - 11.05AM
Panel 1: From an Investor’s Lens: Is “Series A” funding no more the focus?
As per the recent half yearly report by VCCedge, the data platform of VCCircle, “Series A” round of investment has barely contributed 38% in the first half of the year, which is lowest if compared to past 5 years.  While this is affecting the startups in “High-Growth-High-Burn” mode, is it safe to assume current startup ecosystem lacks enough high quality startups eligible for Series A & beyond round of investments? Is the current play only around Angel Investments & bridge rounds? How can one assess current situation from an Investor’s lens?

Pankaj Jain - Partner, 500 Startups
Manish Kheterpal - Managing Partner, WaterBridge Ventures
Ankit Sood - Chief Financial Officer, Kraftly
Geetansh Bamania - Founder, Rentomojo
Gaurav Sachdeva - Managing Partner, JSW Ventures (Moderator)

11:05AM - 11:15AM
Room-wide Discussion

11.15AM - 11.30AM
Networking Break

11.30AM - 12.00PM
Live conversation on startup ecosystem, investment trends, future forecasts and more
Raju Narisetti - Senior VP Strategy, News Corp, Pankaj Makkar - Managing Director, Bertelsmann Corporate Services India Pvt. Ltd, Subramanya S.V. - Co-founder, fisdom

12.00 PM - 12.15PM
Presentation by
Karan Kripalani - Associate Vice President – Product Management, Netmagic on Empowering Entrepreneurs in their Digital Journey​

12.15PM - 01.00PM
Panel 2: Bitter & Better - New rules for startups
Startups need to align with need of the hour - an astute business strategy, plan A & B for revenue, lean and efficient operational structure and a scalable model. Tough it might be, but being sure of all these factors will have a definite buy-in with investors. What are these new rules and how can one emerge stronger from this funding crunch?

Priyanka Gill - Founder, POPxo
Shivjeet Kullar - CEO, NFX Digital
Sid Talwar - Co-founder and Partner, Lightbox
Faisal Farooqui - Founder,
Ruchira Shukla - Regional Lead, South Asia, Venture Capital, IFC (Moderator)

01:00PM - 01:10PM
Room-wide Discussion

01.10PM - 02.00PM
Networking Lunch

02.00PM - 02.30PM
Panel 3: Venture debt coming to rescue of Startups
Venture debt is not new to Indian start-up ecosystem and yet it is now taking off in the real sense. Is this funding crunching opening door for an alternate source of investments? Do startups understand the real value venture debt brings to the table?

Rahul Khanna - Managing Partner, Trifecta Capital
Vinod Murali - Managing Director, InnoVen Capital
Mukul Singhal - Co-founder, Pravega Ventures (Moderator)

02.30PM - 02.40PM
Room-wide Discussion

02.40PM - 03.25PM
Panel 4: Angels in the driving seat: How far will this go?
Angel investors clearly seem to be in the driving seat with clinching 369 deals in the H1 of 2016, 16% more than last year. While the number of deals have grown, deal values have slipped showing a clear trend of “Cautious money” available in the market. Clearly the FoMo (Fear of Missing Out) effect has settled and no one is in a hurry to put in the first cheque, at any cost. With angel investments beefing up and subsequent rounds dropping, how far this can go for startups and angels?

Shaili Chopra - Founder, SheThePeople.TV
Suraj Vazirani - Co-Founder & CEO, DSYH
Kanika Tekriwal - Founder, JetSetGo
Rajesh Sawhney - Founder, GSF India  
Naganand Doraswamy - Managing Director & CEO, Ideaspring Capital (Moderator)

03.25PM - 03.35PM
Room-wide Discussion

03.35PM - 03.50PM
Networking Break

03.35PM - 04.05PM
Techcircle Meetup (Parallel Session)
A specially tailored session for startups to meet and greet the leading investors of India. The meetup will happen in a business area allowing adequate time to pitch, learn and form acquaintances. In order to nominate your startup for this session click here.

03.50PM - 04.35PM
Panel 5: Business Valuations - Key to ensure investments & long-term sustainability
Correct valuation to business is as important to startup as to an investor. While skewing away from this might give short term wins, the longer sustainability can be achieved only by having correct idea of what a business has to gain or lose. Views from legal agencies, investors and startups.

Dhruv Suri - ‎Principal Associate, PSA
Atul Hegde - Co-founder, Rainmaker Ventures Pvt. Ltd
Rahul Chaudhary - Co-founder, Treebo
Shweta  Singh - Vice President, Lumis Partners
Raghav Himatsingka - Co-founder, Truckola
Sameer Nath - Managing Partner, Iron Pillar Fund (Moderator)

04.35PM - 04.45PM
Room-wide Discussion

04.45PM - 05.00PM
Something different: An amateur’s approach
Child prodigy’s, viral campaigns and out-of-the-box success stories; rookies sometime strike the jackpot. Let us listen to few to understand their point of view and their approach to challenges.

Akshat Mittal - Founder,

05.00PM - 05.15PM
Presentation: Going back to the School: Role of academic networks and mentoring
From mentoring to filling in acquaintances gap, academic alma maters can do a lot for startups. Further, when it comes to a guru imparting knowledge filled with practical solutions, the impact is much forceful. This session will discuss how leading technology and management institutions in India already contributing in a big way to the startup ecosystem through mentorship initiatives. How can these networks help sail through tough times?

Sanjeeva Shivesh - Founder and CEO, The Entrepreneurship School

Close of conference

Akshat Mittal Akshat Mittal Founder,
Ankit Sood Ankit Sood Chief Financial Officer, Kraftly
Atul Hegde Atul Hegde Co-founder, Rainmaker Ventures Pvt. Ltd.
Dhruv Suri Dhruv Suri ‎Principal Associate, PSA
Faisal Farooqui Faisal Farooqui Founder,
Gaurav Sachdeva Gaurav Sachdeva Managing Partner, JSW Ventures
Geetansh Bamania Geetansh Bamania Founder, Rentomojo
Kanika Tekriwal Kanika Tekriwal Founder, JetSetGo
Karan Kirpalani Karan Kirpalani Associate Vice President - Products & Services, Netmagic
Manish Kheterpal Manish Kheterpal Managing Partner, WaterBridge Ventures
Mukul Singhal Mukul Singhal Co-founder, Pravega Ventures
Naganand Doraswamy Naganand Doraswamy Managing Director & CEO, Ideaspring Capital
Pankaj Jain Pankaj Jain Partner, 500 Startups
Pankaj Makkar Pankaj Makkar Managing Director, Bertelsmann Corporate Services India Pvt. Ltd.
Priyanka Gill Priyanka Gill Founder & Editor-in-Chief, POPxo
Raghav Himatsingka Raghav Himatsingka Co-founder, Truckola
Rahul Chaudhary Rahul Chaudhary Co-founder, Treebo
Rahul Khanna Rahul Khanna Managing Partner, Trifecta Capital | @TrifectaCapital
Rajesh Sawhney Rajesh Sawhney Founder, GSF India
Raju Narisetti Raju Narisetti Senior Vice President, Strategy, News Corp
Ruchira Shukla Ruchira Shukla Regional Lead, South Asia, Venture Capital, International Finance Corporation
Sameer Nath Sameer Nath Managing Partner, Iron Pillar Fund
Sanjeeva Shivesh Sanjeeva Shivesh Founder & CEO, The Entrepreneurship School
Shaili Chopra Shaili Chopra Founder, SheThePeople.TV
Shivjeet Kullar Shivjeet Kullar CEO, NFX Digital
Shweta Singh Shweta Singh Vice President, Lumis Partners
Sid Talwar Sid Talwar Co-founder and Partner, Lightbox | @lbvc
Subramanya S.V. Subramanya S.V. Co-founder, fisdom
Suraj Vazirani Suraj Vazirani Co-Founder & CEO, DSYH
Vineet Nayar Vineet Nayar Founder Chairman, Sampark Foundation (Former CEO of HCL Technologies)
Vinod Murali Vinod Murali Managing Director, InnoVen Capital | @InnoVenCap_IN

Date : 24th August
Address : The Leela Ambience, Gurgaon,
Hotel & Residences, Ambience Island, National Highway - 8,
Gurgaon 122 002, Delhi N.C.R, India


Netmagic, an NTT Communications company, is India’s leading Cloud and Managed Hosting service provider, with 5 availability zones, 9 carrier-neutral, state-of-the-art data centers and serving more than 2000 enterprises globally. Headquartered in Mumbai, Netmagic also delivers Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) services to various Enterprise customers globally including NTT Communication’s customers across Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific region. The Company was the first in India to launch services like Cloud Computing, Managed Security, Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) and Software-Defined Storage. Netmagic has won several awards including wins at Datacenter Dynamics Asia-Pacific Awards 2016, 5 awards at CIO Choice Award 2017 and Frost & Sullivan India ICT Award 2016.


PSA, with offices in New Delhi and Chennai, is a solution-driven, pragmatic business law firm that delivers high-quality work, with responsiveness and client commitment as its hallmark. Be it start-ups, or large conglomerates with global footprints, the firm provides high-quality legal services in a timely and a cost-effective manner. The firm has a proven track record for innovation and has, over the years, advised domestic as well as international companies across a wide range of sectors and practice areas. One of the greatest assets offered by PSA is legal expertise combined with the business knowledge of its lawyers. Our USP is to ensure that advice is definitive, structured yet simplified so that clients are able to navigate easily through the maze of different central and state laws applicable to their businesses. The firm’s core competencies are corporate, commercial law, cross-border transactions, private equity and venture capital, intellectual property, labor la

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.


Learntron is a SAAS product for the learning industry to deliver high-engagement education and training experiences online on all devices in emerging market network conditions. Leveraging the latest learning design principles along with the state-of-the-art mobile web technologies, Learntron is targeted at 3 segments - corporate, online education (tutoring companies, online learning companies) and K-12 schools in the developing Asia markets - India, Middle East and SE Asia, on a partner-led b2b business model. Proven “product-market fit”, with current annual revenue run rate of $420,000, growing at 30% MoM. Pricing model is based on a recurring annual or monthly per user subscription.

Tata Docomo Business Services

Tata Docomo Business Services is a growing market leader in the enterprise space and provides end to end integrated Voice, Data and Managed solutions to large and small medium enterprises through its wider network footprint, better operational structure and enhanced customer service support to deliver incremental value. Tata Docomo has a robust and largest fibre optic backbone backhaul network running across 1,00,000 km and with a 25,000 km access network covering key cities which is a huge differentiator in providing seamless data services. With 2000 people Tata Docomo Business Services strong enterprise business is present in more than 60 cities across India, works with over 750 partners and 1600 channel teams.

It is one of the pioneers in providing FTTH (Fibre-to-home) which runs on state-of-the-art Gigabit Passive Optical Networking, the GPON technology. Its machine-to-machine (M2M) offerings enable business customers to automate and remotely manage a range of activiti


Skootr is the pioneer of the finest co-working spaces in the country. Established in 2015, Skootr has evolved to become a name synonymous with high quality offices & standardized services in India and abroad. With more than 1000 Skootrists, we intend to change the paradigm of how offices are picturised. From ultra modern and yet socially open co-working spaces for freelancers & entrepreneurs to the large BPO/ Call centres, we have it all covered. With Skootr, all your worries end as we bring to you international level of expertise and commitment. So as our motto says, just COME. SIT. WORK.

VLE Consultants

VLE Consultants - VLE is a specialized management advisory firm. We work closely with entrepreneur’s vision and translate them into reality through our strategic advisory and corporate financing functions. Our services, includes Strategy, Merger & Acquisition, Strategic Finance, Transaction Advisory, Startup Integrated solutions and valuations. At VLE, entrepreneur’s get one shop solution through our tie-ups with association in other verticals like Legal, Regulatory and Compliance, Taxation and HR Solutions.

The team at VLE has shown up very transparent, integrated and committed approach to its client and successfully nurturing our relationship through mutual respect.

Currently, we are serving with 15 start ups from fintech, consumer durables, IOT, Big Data & health care space. Apart from start up, we are into loan syndications for mid and big scale corporates. Regarding, M & A, we are working on supply c

TiE Rajasthan Industry Partner
TiE Rajasthan

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 18 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, education, incubation and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE and TiE Rajasthan’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

TiE Rajasthan is a vibrant and active chapter of TiE Global founded in 2002. Being honoured with the coveted award for being ‘The Most Improved Chapter 2014-15’, TiE Rajasthan has been conducting popular events for entrepreneurs. The foremost and most widely known events that TiE Rajasthan hosts is Smash Up and TiEcon, which sees a host of entrepreneurs partic

Indian Angel Network Industry 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

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

LetsVenture Industry 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.

TiE Delhi-NCR Industry Partner
TiE Delhi-NCR

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)
TiE is recognized as a global organization fostering entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking and education. The purpose of TiE is to encourage and nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs and add to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation spurring development and economic growth of the world.

 Founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives and senior professionals with roots in Indus region, TiE is a unique platform which brings all the stake holders - Entrepreneurs, Academia, Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists, Banks, Incubators and corporate together and makes them accessible to entrepreneurs.
There are currently over 16,000 members including over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 17 countries.

TiE Delhi - NCR
TiE Delhi - NCR is among the largest and most vibrant chapter across the vast TiE network. In th

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.

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

91springboard Community Partner

91springboard is a vibrant coworking community of freelancers, startups and established small to large businesses. We are dedicated to making your work-life easy and fun while playing an integral role in helping your organization grow. Members of 91springboard get access to a coworking space with 24X7 office-infrastructure support, key service providers, knowledge sharing & collaboration, networking and of course, a free spirited culture that breeds innovation!

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