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Virtual Conference
Jan 29-30, 2021
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About The Desi VC Summit

The Desi VC Summit is an invite-only virtual summit featuring the best-in-class investors from India, South-East Asia and the United States as well leading professionals from product, tech and creative communities. 

 

Despite the global pandemic which slowed down investments, the Indian VC ecosystem bounced back in the second half of last year giving hope and confidence to investors domestically and worldwide. During the Summit we uncover learnings from the past year, and explore up-and-coming trends within Indian VC.

 

SCHEDULE - DAY 1

29 Jan 2021
10:00 - 11:00 am IST
Masterclass: Things You Didn’t Know About Indian VC

2020 was...an exhilarating year at best. Neha Singh provides an interesting snapshot of the Indian VC ecosystem by recapping 2020's investment trends and surprising insights from sectors that may have been overlooked.

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Neha Singh
Co-Founder & CEO,
Tracxn
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29 Jan 2021
11:00 - 11:50 am IST
Fireside Chat: The Future of Indian Tech & VC

Sanjay Nath and Harsha Kumar are two of India's most renowned venture capitalists. In a fireside chat, they share their thoughts on the future of India's tech sector, including predictions for the next 5 years, sectors they are bullish on, and new solutions that they think should emerge.

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Harsha Kumar
Partner,
Lightspeed India
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Sanjay Nath
Managing Partner,
Blume Ventures
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Pankaj Jain
COO,
Workomo
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Panel: Evolution of Cross-Border Investing
29 Jan 2021
11:50 - 12:35 pm IST

Historically, within Indian VC, foreign VCs have had relative advantages over local VCs in terms of size and experience while they have been at a disadvantage in information collection and monitoring due to both geographic and cultural distances. But that’s changing. Foreign investors today have local presence and more often than not partner with local VCs to alleviate information asymmetry and monitoring problems and have positive implications for the exit performance of local entrepreneurial firms. On this panel we cover what it takes to invest and take investment from foreign VCs within the India context. 

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Anvita Dekhane
Venture Fellow
Pear VC
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Arpit Beri
Vice President
India, Jungle Ventures
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Kiran Mysore
Principal
UTEC Japan
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Panel: Building For Global
29 Jan 2021
12:35 - 13:20 pm IST

For the first time, Indian tech companies are going global (and making a splash while doing so!). In this panel, founders will talk about their experiences building for global, and how they can best set up their companies and leverage the industry's resources to build for a global audience.

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Sarv Saravanan
Vice President,
Microsoft
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Sandeep Murthy
Partner,
Lightbox Ventures
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Venk Krishnan
CEO,
NuVentures & NuWare
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Sameer Brij Verma
Managing Director,
Nexus Venture Partners
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Masterclass: Building A Social Media Presence for VCs
29 Jan 2021
13:20 - 14:00 pm IST

Brand is everything. But it's increasingly difficult for new firms and venture capitalists to stand out, build a unique voice, and attract the right following. In this Masterclass, we will share best practices to help you build your own online brand as a VC.

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Sajith Pai
Director,
Blume Ventures
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Panel: The Rise of Operator-VC
29 Jan 2021
14:00 - 14:45 pm IST

Empathy is going to become a key undertone of investing. Investors who have run companies and raised capital bring empathy that an investor coming from a consulting background just can’t. Founders are becoming smarter about who they raise capital from. On this panel we try to explore why some of the best investors in the future are going to be investor-operators.

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Utsav Somani
Partner,
AngelList India
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Revant Bhate
Co-Founder & CEO,
Mosaic Wellness
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Siya Raj Purohit
General Partner,
Pathway Ventures
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Panel: The Future of Payments
29 Jan 2021
14:45- 15:30 pm IST

The fintech industry has witnessed a monumental revolution in the last few years changing the way India transacts. With the Government’s push towards digital payments, Indian fintech is poised for a promising future. On this panel, we look forward to discussing the path that led us here and what some key observers of the ecosystem are excited about and may be even anxious about.

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Anand Datta
Vice President,
Nexus Venture Partners
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Virender Bisht
Co-Founder & CTO,
NIYO Solutions
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Nikhil Jois
Head of Growth & Product,
Bureau
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Bala Parthasarathy
CEO & Co-Founder
MoneyTap
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Panel: Gaming: The Dawn of a New Generation 
29 Jan 2021
15:30 - 16:15 pm IST

In recent years, it has become clear that the gaming industry is entering a new era. In many ways, the industry finds itself today at the center of social media, e-commerce, technology, education and entertainment. The rapid growth in the sector has attracted a flurry of investors across the globe, and in India. On this panel we discuss how VCs are accelerating value chain expansion within the gaming industry.

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Devneet Bajaj
Chief Corp.
Dev Officer, Dream Sports
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Harveen Ahluwalia
Co-Founder,
The Morning Context
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Deepen Parikh
Partner
Courtside VC
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Devavrat Jatia
Vice President,
Iron Pillar Fund
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SCHEDULE - DAY 2

Keynote: Building A Mature VC Ecosystem
30 Jan 2021
10:00 - 11:00 am IST

The startup ecosystem in India remains robust and is rapidly growing. The Indian government introduced several regulatory programs to boost the Indian startup ecosystem. Flagship programs such as StartupIndia, Digital India and the Alternative Investment Policy Advisory Committee continue to improve the economic landscape for startups and investors. However, despite all this, India continues to remain in the shadows of Silicon Valley. On this panel, we discuss what it would take for India to break away from the shadows of the west and evolve into a mature VC ecosystem in the coming years.

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Kris Gopalakrishnan
Chairman
Axilor Ventures
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Prashanth Prakash
Partner
Accel
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Avnish Bajaj
Founder & Managing Director
Matrix Partners India
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Subba Rao Telidevara
Managing Director
NuVentures
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Panel: Breaking The VC Mold For Social Impact
30 Jan 2021
11:00 - 11:45 am IST

The social impact sector includes countless ways of making a difference and our panelists reflect this diversity. One thing that unifies this sector are the expanded measures of success beyond just rupees and dollars. On this panel, we will discuss what our experiences taught us about this sector and how VCs can incorporate new assessment models without sacrificing returns.

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Rebecca Hui
Founder & CEO
Roots Studio
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Archana Shah
COO
Impact Hub NY Metropolitan Area
Shreyas Navare
Co-Founder & CEO
Ladderworks
Renu Shah
Founder
Shakti – The Empathy Project
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Panel: Investing in Middle India  
30  Jan 2021
11:45 - 12:30 pm IST

Middle India presents an immense opportunity for startups and investors in the coming decade. However, that opportunity is tied to policy making, laws & by-laws as well as macro-economic trends in the country. On this panel we will discuss what needs to be done to realize the potential of middle India and how VCs can play an active role in shaping it. 

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Rahul Chandra
Managing Director
Arkam Ventures
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Managing Partner
Omnivore
Sairee Chahal
CEO
Sheroes
Madhu Yalamarthi
Investor 
GGV Capital
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Panel: Preparing India for the
Jobs of Tomorrow 
30  Jan 2021
 12:30 pm - 13:15 pm IST

What does the Future of Work look like for India? This panel will dive into how to train the workforce and help them land great jobs. A number of economic forces, including automation and consolidation in many industries, is increasingly disrupting the supply of good jobs and demand for new skills. Brain-drain, skills, and income inequality in the jobs market, along with newer trends such as distributed work forces will threaten one of the most potent mechanisms for sustained economic growth: a thriving middle class.

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Jatin Solanki
Co-Founder,
Expertrons
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Sarvesh Kanodia 
Principal
Omidyar Network India
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Phalgun Kompalli
Co-Founder
UpGrad
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Siya Raj Purohit
General Partner
Pathway Ventures
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Panel: Is COVID-19 The Tipping Point For India's HealthTech Revolution?
30  Jan 2021
13:15 pm - 14:00 pm IST

Indian healthtech sector have gained significant momentum and funding over the last couple of years, fueled by the government's push towards digitization, the uptake of R&D and a spurt in health care apps bridging the gaps across multi-tiered markets within the country. The pandemic advanced the structural shift within the ecosystem forcing various stakeholders to act quickly and build a roadmap for a strong, secure and robust healthcare infrastructure. On this panel, we explore the impact of homegrown healthtech startups and how VCs are at the heart of this revolution. 

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Anvesh Ramineni
Managing Director
MassMutual Ventures
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Radhika Ananth
Vice President
Accel
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Anand Anandkumar
CEO
Bugworks
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Hemanshu Jain
Founder & CEO
Khyaal
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Panel: Deep Tech: The Sleeping Giant  
30  Jan 2021
14:00 pm - 14:45 pm

From the climate crisis to the ongoing pandemic, change is inevitable. Inspired by nature and fuelled by research, Deep Tech is driving innovation and shaping societies as we know it. On this panel, we cover India’s potential and why everyone’s buzzing about this sector. 

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Pranav Pai
Founding Partner
3one4 Capital
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Chinnu Senthilkumar
General Partner & CTO
Exfinity Venture Partners
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Arjun Rao
Partner
Speciale Invest
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Akriti Dokania
Investor
Octopus Ventures
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Masterclass: How To Break Into VC & Build A Lasting Brand?
30  Jan 2021
14:45- 15:30 pm IST

How does one enter the world of VC? Do you need a finance background? Do you need an MBA? Do you  need to have built businesses as a founder? Once you break in, then what? How do you build a long and sustainable brand for yourself within VC? In this masterclass, we uncover how young VCs of today are creating a lasting impact and building their reputation as investors.

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Aviral Bhatnagar
Investor
Venture Highway
Manasi Shah
Investor
Accel
Jivraj Singh Sachar
Venture Operator 
AngelList India
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Panel: The Millennial Effect on Consumer Growth
30  Jan 2021
15:30 pm - 16:15 pm IST

Millennials are transforming the D2C markets. They are distinguished from older generations by their spending habits, brand preferences, values, personalities, and general outlook on life. Furthermore, they engage with brands far more extensively, personally, and emotionally—and in entirely different ways—than have other generations. Millennials expect a two-way, mutual relationship with companies and their brands. We call this the reciprocity principle. On this panel we explore how VCs are enabling startups of today and tomorrow to meet the demands of this ever growing, pop-culture frenzy and brand crazy demographic.

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Adwaita Nayar
CEO,
Nykaa Fashion
Kabeer Biswas
Co-Founder & CEO,
Dunzo
Kanika Tekriwal
CEO
JetSetGO Aviation
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Maansi Vohra
Investor
Lightbox
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Panel: New Models Within VC - Syndicates, Venture Debt & Solo GPs
30  Jan 2021
 16:15 pm - 17:00 pm IST

Money, money everywhere but not a drop to drink? Somethings not right here. There's an abundance of capital today in the country both from domestic as well as foreign investors. Are founders today spoiled for choice or are the current capital structures within Indian VC providing "smart" capital across all stages? On this panel we explore some of the newer models of financing in the ecosystem.

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Kushal Bhagia
CEO
Firstcheque
Vinod Murali
Managing Partner
Alteria Capital
Vaibhav Domkundwar
CEO
Better Capital
Pranav Srivilasan
Co-Founder
The Morning Context
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Team

Proud to bring inspirational speakers from across the globe
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Akash Bhatt
Investor at Scrum Ventures & Host of The Desi VC Podcast
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Akash Bhatt
Investor at Scrum Ventures & Host of The Desi VC Podcast
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Akash Bhatt
Investor at Scrum Ventures & Host of The Desi VC Podcast
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Akash Bhatt
Investor at Scrum Ventures & Host of The Desi VC Podcast
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Akash Bhatt
Investor at Scrum Ventures & Host of The Desi VC Podcast
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Akash Bhatt
Investor at Scrum Ventures & Host of The Desi VC Podcast
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Akash Bhatt
Investor at Scrum Ventures & Host of The Desi VC Podcast
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Akash Bhatt
Investor at Scrum Ventures & Host of The Desi VC Podcast
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Akash Bhatt
Investor at Scrum Ventures & Host of The Desi VC Podcast
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Akash Bhatt
Investor at Scrum Ventures & Host of The Desi VC Podcast
Akash Bhatt
Investor at Scrum Ventures & Host of The Desi VC Podcast
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Akash Bhatt
Investor at Scrum Ventures & Host of The Desi VC Podcast
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Akash Bhatt
Investor at Scrum Ventures & Host of The Desi VC Podcast
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Akash Bhatt
Investor at Scrum Ventures & Host of The Desi VC Podcast
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Akash Bhatt
Investor at Scrum Ventures & Host of The Desi VC Podcast
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Akash Bhatt
Investor at Scrum Ventures & Host of The Desi VC Podcast

The Team

Meet The Talented Folks Behind The Desi VC Summit 
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Akash Bhat
Investor at Scrum Ventures & Host of The Desi VC Podcast
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Suhas Motwani
Co-Founder, The Product Folks & GrabChai
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Akriti Dokania
Investor, Octopus Ventures
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Tanika Mehra
 Co-Founder,
Fempower
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Siya Raj Purohit
General Partner, Pathway Ventures
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Jivraj Singh
Venture Operations, AngelList India
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Anvita Dekhane
HBS 2022 & Pear VC Fellow
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Meghna Khurana
Senior Associate, IVC Association
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Jitesh Luthra
Platforms at Blume Ventures
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Nikhil Jois
Head of Growth & Product, Bureau
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Shikha Tandon
Former Indian Olympian & PM at TechCrunch
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Tanisha Sheth
Co-Founder,
Fempower
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Arundhati Menon
Investor, Exfinity Venture Partners
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Maansi Vohra
Investor, Lightbox Ventures
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Subbu TG
Founder, Active Startup
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Armaan Kapoor
Investor at January
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Ecosystem Partners

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