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Find out how entrepreneurs & investors should manage lack of Series A funding at India Angel Summit 2013; register now

VCCircle_india-agnel-summitDespite increased activities in the ecosystem, a lot of angel-/early VC-funded and accelerated companies in India are finding it tough to raise Series A.

India Angel Summit 2013, to be held on July 17 and 18 at The Lalit, Mumbai, will host a special panel that will discuss how Indian entrepreneurs and investors should manage the lack of Series A funding. The panel will discuss what investors and entrepreneurs can do to extend their company’s runway. The panel will also cover whether investors should re-up or join hands to fund the next round and other options.

The panel will be moderated by Sasha Mirchandani, Managing Partner, Kae Capital. Other panelists will be: Paul Singh, Venture Partner, 500 Startups; Karthik Reddy, Managing Partner, Blume Venture Advisors; Sanjeev Aggarwal, Senior MD, Helion Advisors Pvt Ltd and Sadeesh Raghavan, Former Managing Partner, Asia, Accenture (an active angel investor).

Register now for this and much more at a two-day session at India Angel Summit 2013.

The summit will be India’s largest platform for early stage entrepreneurs, prominent angel investors and various seed stage investing groups to come together, listen to exciting pitches, network and do deals.

Click here for registration details. Or contact us at kanika@vccircle.com/sandeep@vccircle.com; 0120-4171111

Here is the agenda.


Day I, July 17

10:00am – 4:30pm
Startup Walkabout
India Angel Summit 2013 participants will be taken to the offices of India’s best six venture capital funds and established companies in Mumbai for interactive workshops, delivering insights on some of the most pertinent areas driving a company’s growth. Participants will get to see how the best companies function, interact and learn more about VCs’ best portfolio companies and much more. Each participant will be allowed to chose three sessions.

10:00am – 11:30am
I. Komli Media, Santacruz
Topic: Building A B2B Business, Product & Acquiring Clients

II. Olacabs, Andheri
Topic: Developing A Great User Interface & Product For An Internet Business

12:30pm – 2:00pm
I. Sequoia Capital, Lower Parel
Topic: Key Metrics Early-Stage Investors Look At In A Company

II. Quikr, Lower Parel
Topic: Marketing, Positioning & Creating Big Buzz For Your Brand

3:00pm – 4:30pm
I. Nexus Venture Partners, Worli
Topic: Common Mistakes Made During Fund Raising; The Dos & Don’ts

II. Orios Venture Partners, Lower Parel
Topic: Exit-thinking: Build To Exit From Day 1 Of Your Startup

Day II, July 18

8:30am – 9:15am
Tea & Registration

9:15am – 9:30am
Introduction Note

9:30am – 10:15am
Panel I: Moving To Quick Success: Formulae & Key Elements For Scaling Up To A Successful Company

While majority of the companies take traditional methods and grow over a couple of years, some companies focus on being at the top of innovation to scale fast and disrupt the market. What are some of the key elements that guide quick success and sustainable growth in companies? How do they overcome challenges to raise funding? How do they create teams? How do they market? How can companies stay agile, while expanding across operations?

Sanjay Vijayakumar – CEO, MobME Wireless Solutions
Neeraj Roy – MD & CEO, Hungama Digital Media
Dr A Velumani – CMD, Thyrocare Technologies
Parag Dhol – MD, Inventus Capital (Moderator)

10:15am – 11:00am
Panel II: How Are Entrepreneurs & Investors Managing Series A Crunch?

How should angel investors and entrepreneurs tackle lack of Series A funding? Should early stage funds join hands to fund the next round? What can the investors and entrepreneurs do to extend their company’s runway?
Paul Singh – Venture Partner, 500 Startups
Karthik Reddy – Managing Partner, Blume Venture Advisors
Sanjeev Aggarwal – Senior MD, Helion Advisors Pvt. Ltd
Sadeesh Raghavan – Former Managing Partner, Asia, Accenture
Sasha Mirchandani – Managing Partner, Kae Capital (Moderator)

11:00am – 11:30am
Tea & Networking Break

11:30am – 12:00pm
Entrepreneur Interview
Murugavel Janakiraman – Founder & CEO, Matrimony.Com Pvt. Ltd
Shrija Agarwal – Managing Editor, VCCircle & Techcircle (Interviewer)

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Here representatives of 10 handpicked companies will make presentations on their products, innovation, market opportunity, business models and how they will disrupt existing markets to create value. The presentations will be followed by live feedback and Q&A with a panel of jury members. Each presenter will be given five minutes on stage.

1:00pm – 2:15pm
Lunch & Networking

1:00pm – 1:45pm
Co-founder Hunt

This special session will bring together like-minded entrepreneurs to connect and find complementary skills in each other to further team up, build and transform their companies. To participate in this session, contact Kanika at kanika@vccircle.com / 0120-4171111.

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Panel: What Angel Investors Look For; What Sectors & Businesses Are Hot Today

Does following a herd or trend create a big business, or does it have to be something unique? What is the minimum amount of validation investors look for before investing? What are the hot sectors today? What are the hot companies in technology, internet, healthcare, digital media, education, consumer brands and manufacturing?

Rajesh Sehgal – Senior Executive Director, Franklin Templeton Investments
Anand Ladsariya – MD, Everest Flavours Ltd
Ravi Gururaj – Co-Founder & Chairman, Frictionless Ventures (Moderator)

3:00pm – 3:30pm
Tea & Networking

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Expert talk
This session will cover two critical functions that make a company successful

3:30pm – 4:00pm
Expert Talk I: Lean & Efficient Marketing For Startups
Insights on search marketing, social marketing, offline marketing (PR) and other key areas

Mahesh Murthy – Partner, Seedfund

4:00pm – 4:30pm
Expert Talk II: Managing The Finance Function For Your Startup
Insights on raising capital, managing finances, hiring a CFO and other key areas

Rehan Yar Khan – General Partner, Orios Venture Partners

4:30pm – 5:15pm
Panel: Building The Right Team For A Company; Hiring Tech Co-founder; Preparing For VC Funding

How do you create the right team for your company? How do you hire your team members? As companies in India understand, hiring tech co-founders is extremely difficult. So how do you hire tech co-founders? How do you create a team that is VC ready?
Ambareesh Murty – Founder & CEO, Pepperfry.com
Manish Dalal – Vice President, Asia Pacific, VeriSign
Dhiraj Kacker – CEO & Co-Founder, Canvera.com
Rajesh Sawhney – Founder, GSF India (Moderator)

5:15pm – 5:20pm

Concluding Remarks