The who’s who of seed stage investors including some of the most active angel investors in India will congregate at VCCircle Angel Summit to share their knowledge on how should entrepreneurs go about attracting the first cheque from an investor for their startup. The third edition of the summit is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20 at The Grand hotel in Delhi.
The event will see key names in the angel investment community such as Rajesh Sawhney, (founder, SuperAngels), Anand Jhaveri (founder & CEO, Rave Technologies), Vishal Gondal (Indiagames) and Shripati Acharya (managing partner, AngelPrime) besides seed and early stage VC investors Sanjay Nath (managing partner, Blume Ventures), Rahul Chandra (managing Director, Helion Venture Partners), Rahul Khanna (managing director, Canaan Partners) and Sunil Goel (CEO, Yournest Angel Fund).
The summit will also bring together all the top startup incubators and accelerators in the country including Sameer Guglani (co-founder, The Morpheus), Pranay Gupta (joint CEO, iAccelerator, CIIE), Ravi Gururaj (head, Citrix Startup Accelerator) and Ravi Kiran (co-founder, Venture Nursery).
There will also be panelists from other early stage investors such as Nexus Venture Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Nirvana Venture Advisors, SAIF Partners and IDG Ventures.
The summit will kick off with a panel discussing the nuances of raising angel funding and addressing startups if their business strategies are in place. The panelists will include a mix of investors and entrepreneurs, discussing what it takes to raise angel funding from the investors today.
In addition to the investors who would share tips on how to raise capital, the event will also see successful entrepreneurs like Sanjeev Bikhchandani (founder & CEO, Info Edge which runs Naukri.com), Snapdeal’s Kunal Bahl and Shantanu Prakash of Educomp share their perspective on scaling up and their experience of pivoting the business model and syncing it with the largest market opportunity.
The summit will also see speakers such as Srinivasu MN (BillDesk), Girish Batra (NetAmbit), Bijaei Jayaraj (Loylty Rewardz), Bhavish Agarwal (Olacabs) and Kartik Varma (PropTiger).
Among others, BillDesk’s Srinivasu will talk about using angel and VC money efficiently and effectively; PropTiger’s Varma will share nuggets about choosing the right investor; Knowlarity’s Gupta will discuss how to hire the right team and retain them, and Loylty Rewardz’s Jayaraj will go a step back and talk about when it is the right time for an entrepreneur to start.
The summit also has a segment where fifteen handpicked startups will showcase their ideas and talk about their initial steps addressing a host of potential angel investors.
The timing of the event is to capture the buzz in startup investment community with early-stage investment hitting a new high this year with the first five months alone recording 56 deals in both angel and seed investments in India. To put that in context, last full year India recorded 66 early stage investment deals. So, even as poor macroeconomic factors are putting a spanner in the wheels of PE investment, the startup ecosystem is seeing interest from investors like never before.
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