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Final agenda for Techcircle India Ecommerce Summit; register now, limited slots available

EcommTechcircle India Ecommerce Summit, to he held on February 10-11 at The Westin in Gurgaon, will be a grand event that will host renowned and budding entrepreneurs as well as angel, VC and PE investors contributing to the unprecedented growth of the ecommerce ecosystem in India.

Apart from informative panel discussions by prominent ecommerce experts, entrepreneurs and investors, the summit will also offer entrepreneurs and investors unique platforms to connect with each other.

Here is the final agenda for the summit with speakers.

Day I
8:30 am – 9:45 am
Tea, Networking & Registration
9:45 am – 10:00 am
Introductory Note
10:00 am -10:50 am

Panel I: Way to profitability in Indian Ecommerce – Doing it the Alibaba way?

One of the compelling questions that the sector faces today is profitability, especially for larger ecommerce companies. As break-even and clear path to profit eludes this segment, can diversification into financial services, payments and logistics through forward and backward integration or acquisitions provide alternative paths? In short, can we do it the Alibaba way, in India?

Radhika Ghai Aggarwal – Co-founder & Chief Business Officer, ShopClues.com
Neeru Sharma – Director – Platform Business Services, Infibeam.com
Deepak Gaur – MD, Saif Partners
Nitin Nayar Managing Director, Warburg Pincus India Private Limited
Mohit Bhatnagar – MD, Sequoia Capital India (Moderator)

10:50 am – 11:40 am

Panel II: Is Consolidation the way forward

Consolidation in ecommerce has been a major trend in recent times and one can see this continuing into 2016. Consequently, a number of players in this segment have gone on an acquisition spree or have developed partnerships. Is consolidation the sure-fire way forward in ecommerce? Be it Ola taking over TaxiForSure or Snapdeal and Freecharge coming together, one can see this trend moving in other consumer internet segments as well, such as hotel aggregation and digital real estate. What has worked and what might not?

Ketan Patel – Sr. Vice President, Kotak Mahindra Bank
Anil Khandelwal – President – Investment Banking, SPA Capital Advisors
Ashwini Vittalachar – Partner, Samvad Partners
Samar Singla – Founder and CEO, Jugnoo
Saurabh Kochhar – CEO, Foodpanda
Deepesh Garg – Co-Founder & MD, O3 Capital (Moderator)

11:40 am – 12:10 pm

Tea & Networking

12:10 pm – 1:00 pm

Panel III: Rise of hyperlocal and on-demand services and the post Fo-Mo world

For those who missed out on India’s early ecommerce, are hyperlocal and on-demand services giving new options for entrepreneurs, angel investors and VCs? What happens after the initial dollars from Fo-Mo (Fear of Missing Out) slow? We’ve already started seeing this in food-tech and online grocery businesses. What happens next to these nascent segments?

Abhiraj Bhal – Co-founder, UrbanClap
Kiran Murthi – CEO, AskmeBazaar.com
Gajinder Singh – CEO, Paymango
Navneet Singh – Founder & CEO, PepperTap
Saran Chatterjee – CEO, Housejoy
Rahul Khanna – Managing Partner, Trifecta Capital (Moderator)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch & Networking

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

Panel IV: Creating service ecommerce: Managing quality while scaling up

The rise of service ecommerce businesses with a lot of entrepreneurs jumping in to create businesses in food services, cab, hotel, household services aggregation has been a hallmark of India’s ecommerce in recent years. Each segment has seen significant investments coming in at the seed stage and leaders doing follow-on funding rounds. While proving your worth to initial set of consumers is relatively easy, what does it take to serve quality while scaling up? Do the rules change when you achieve scale in a set period? How can technology be a key aide?

Aloke Bajpai – CEO & Co-founder, Ixigo.com
Samar Singla – Founder and CEO, Jugnoo
Amit Jain – CEO & Co-founder, CarDekho.com
Eric Lange – Product VP, Flipkart
Rahul Chandra – MD, Helion Advisors Pvt. Ltd (Moderator)

2:50 pm – 3:40 pm

Panel V: Moving on from discounts and offers to better unit economics

With the cost of customer acquisition compounding because of unsustainable discounts and deals, what can stakeholders do to hold on to their customers and create a loyal base, independent of discounts and deals? Is there a way to ease up on discounts and still hold on to consumers? What are the key factors for retaining consumers: user experience, ease of use, product differentiation, faster delivery, easy returns? When compromising on growth is not the criteria, what are these players doing to drive customer acquisition and lower retention costs?

Manoj Gupta – Founder, Craftsvilla.com
Kashyap Deorah – Author of The Golden Tap
Prashant Gupta – President and CEO, abof.com
Swati Bhargava – CEO, Cashkaro
Vikram Adige – Director Business Development, AIMIA India
Samir Kumar – MD, Inventus Capital Partners (Moderator)

3:40 pm – 4:10 pm

Tea & Networking

3:40 – 4:10pm [Parallel Session]

Techcircle Meetup Session – Powered by ŠKODA India

If you feel you’ve captured your business idea well, got the basics right, have initial team in place to take the plunge and are now ready to bounce of your business idea with prospect anchor investors, do write to us along with a wish list of investors you would ideally like to pitch your idea to. If selected, you get a chance to pitch your business to a clutch of investors one-on-one.

4:10 pm – 4:25pm
Talk by Angira Agrawal, Vice President, Vodafone Business Services
4:25 pm – 4:55 pm

Techcircle Showcase – Powered by Nasscom 10K Startups

Techcircle Showcase is a curated platform that will bring a set of handpicked innovative ecommerce startups to make an elevator pitch to select jury of angel investors, houseful of VCs & fellow entrepreneurs. This is also an opportunity for early stage, pre-revenue startups to grab investor attention. This programme is powered by Nasscom 10K Startups.

4:55 pm Onwards
Techcircle Unwind
This session will provide more networking time over cocktails.
Day II
8:30 am – 10:00 am

Tea & Networking

10:00 am – 10:50 am

Panel I: Serving the last mile – Keeping logistics and reverse logistics, warehousing and automation at the core

With the next level of growth for ecommerce coming from Tier 2 and 3 cities, all online retailers are gearing up to serve the last mile. We’ve seen specialised logistics players emerge and grow in leaps and bounds in the last two to three years. Add to this are the hyperlocal delivery players offering last-mile connectivity. With integration of technology, back-end and warehousing are getting automated and this is reducing the lead times to delivery and improving efficiencies. What are the best practices followed by leaders in this space? With smooth reverse logistics being the key to growth in Tier-2/3 cities, what are the best-in-class experiences here? Does it help to have all these services in-house?

Naveen Rawat – Director, Holisol Logistics Pvt Ltd
Aditya Roongta – Business Head, SoundSeal
Bishal Lachhiramka – CEO and Co-­founder, Ameyo
Kabir Narang – Partner, Eight Roads Ventures
Rajesh Yabaji – CEO & Co-founder, BlackBuck
Mohit Kumar – Co-founder and CEO, Roadrunnr
Viraj Sawhney, MD, Warburg Pincus India (Moderator)

10:50 – 11:20am
Special Address by Ananth Narayanan – CEO, Myntra
11:20am – 11:50am
Tea & Networking
11:50 am – 12:40 pm

Panel II: Experience offline, buy online: Lessons from online players creating offline touch points

As marketing and price wars heat up between large horizontal ecommerce players, a lot of them are wooing offline consumers by creating physical touch points, such as experience zones and model stores, allowing consumers to experience and interact with products offline and buy online. A lot of online players have tried this, especially in the vertical ecommerce space, and results have been uneven. In a country with patchy Internet penetration, will this strategy help change consumer behaviour?

Peyush Bansal – Founder & CEO, Lenskart.com
Avlesh Singh – Co founder CEO, WebEngage
Nitin Saluja – Founder & CEO, Chaayos
Sameer Maheshwari – Founder & CEO, 1MG (Healthkart.com)
Karan Mohla – Executive Director & Head of Digital Consumer Investments, IDG Ventures India (Moderator)

12:40 pm – 1:50pm
Lunch & Networking
1:50pm – 2:35pm
Fireside chat with Prashanth Prakash – Partner, Accel Partners
Interviewer: Shrija Agrawal – Managing Editor, The VCCircle Network
2:35pm – 3:25 pm

Panel III: Building Vertical Marketplaces

Vertical ecommerce catering to specific segments, such as handicrafts, ethnic fashion and retail, food & beverage products, organic food along with firms specialising in vertical focussed businesses roles have also made a mark in India. However, due to a relatively limited market size, the question of sustenance in the longer run becomes very important. What are the nuances involved in vertical marketplaces? How are these vertical marketplaces contributing to the overall ecommerce ecosystem in the country?

Rahul Narvekar – CEO, NDTV Ethnic Retail Ltd (IndianRoots.com)
Kaushal Dugar – Founder & CEO, Teabox
Sujayath Ali – CEO & Co-founder,Voonik.com
Swati Gupta – Founder, Industrybuying.com
Rajinder Balaraman – VP, Matrix Partners (Moderator)

3:25pm – 4:15pm

Panel IV: Digital Payments: Can we live without cash on delivery?

The unprecedented growth of ecommerce ecosystem has paved the way for digital payment facilitators and providers to come in and carve out a niche for themselves. A lot of young startups are disrupting the way an individual pays while interacting with several consumer internet businesses including ecommerce. Still, the larger portion of transactions initiated on all ecommerce platforms, including the larger ones, is served by Cash on Delivery. Can we live without cash on delivery? How can innovative digital payment businesses bridge this gap?

Harshil Mathur – Co-founder, Razorpay
Upasana Taku – Co-founder, Mobikwik
Aditya Gupta – COO, Transerv
Ishwar Sridharan – Co-founder and COO, Exotel
Bejul Somaia – MD, Lightspeed Venture Partners (Moderator)

To participate, register now or write to Kanika at register@vccircle.com/ or call 0120-4171111.

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