We are proud to announce that V Balakrishnan, Partner and Chairman - Investment Committee, Reservoir Investment Managers (The Exfinity Fund), and former CFO of Infosys Technologies, is joining us at the sixth edition of VCCircle Entrepreneurs Summit at Bengaluru on June 18th. 

Balakrishnan will be delivering his keynote address on "Startup Evolution: Managing growth, teams and finances." 

Another addition to the agenda is a special address by Srivatsa Krishna, Secretary, Dept. Of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka. 

We also bring you a special interview with Phanindra Sama, Co-Founder & CEO, redBus by Shrija Agrawal, Managing Editor, The VCCircle Network. Sama has been instrumental for one of the best exits in Indian venture capital history when he sold bus ticket booking site redBus to Ibibo group.  

Going beyond IT, the summit will bring out opportunities in trending sectors in the south—; Healthcare, Real Estate, Food & QSR & Consumer Services. The summit, which will be held at Vivanta by Taj, Bengaluru, will bring together south India's top entrepreneurs, CEOs, emerging entrepreneurs, investors and professionals from businesses across sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, consumer, financial services, real estate, infrastructure and technology. 

Here are updated agenda and list of confirmed speakers: 

8:30am - 9:40am

Tea, Networking & Registration 

9:40am - 09:50am

Introductory Note

09:50 am - 10:05am

Special Address: Key Initiatives by Govt. of Karnataka for encouraging entrepreneurship

Srivatsa Krishna - Secretary, Dept. of IT, BT and S&T - Government of Karnataka 

10:05am - 10:45am

Panel I: How Bengaluru can retain its edge as “Top entrepreneurial destination”

After experiencing quality lifestyle, world class infrastructure, good connectivity, junk of talented pool and mixed culture, there couldn’t be a better time for large number of emerging companies and mixed income class crowd to set up their base in Bengaluru. What, apart from the existing pluses, is driving investments in the city? Is it becoming a saturated business land? Does it offer much more than what has been explored? How is a new age “entrepreneur turned investor” looking at the untapped opportunities? What more can be done to retain its edge as top destination for investments?

Ashish Gupta - Senior MD, Helion Advisors Pvt. Ltd

Prashanth Prakash - Partner, Accel Partners

Sudhir Sethi - Founder & Chairman, IDG Ventures India

Srivatsa Krishna - Secretary, Dept. of IT, BT and S&T - Government of Karnataka (Moderator)

10:45am – 11:10am

Keynote Address: V. Balakrishnan - Partner and Chairman - Investment Committee, Reservoir Investment Managers 

11:10am - 11:30am

Tea & Networking Break 

11:30am - 12:10pm

Panel II: Bengaluru beyond IT— How they built multi-million dollar businesses

Being called the “Silicon Valley of India”, Bengaluru has a lot more to offer beyond IT. Centre of excellence, state-of-the-art R&D facilities, world class service delivery, product development and innovations seem to be warming up in the non-tech space as well. While the rising wave of entrepreneurship spreads in the city, what is the scope of young companies to build big businesses across non-technology sectors—consumer, real estate, financial services, education, and healthcare? What has taken large home-grown non-software companies from south to build India’s most successful businesses? 

Udayant Malhoutra - MD & CEO, Dynamatic Technologies Limited

Harinarayan Sharma - Chief Strategy Officer, Manipal Health Enterprises

Sandeep Singhal - Co-founder & MD, WestBridge Advisors Private Limited (Moderator) 

12:10pm - 12:40pm

In conversation with Phanindra Sama, Co-Founder & CEO - redBus

Interviewer – Ms Shrija Agrawal - Managing Editor, VCCircle 

12:40pm - 1:40 pm

Lunch & Networking 

Bangalore beyond IT - Short focused insights along with Q&A 

1:40pm - 2:20pm

Insight I: South India’s real estate market

Residential, commercial, SEZs, IT parks, modern format stores and retail categories - which of these segments are driving the real estate market in South? Is the real estate market successfully contributing to the leasing volumes? Will Bangalore witness healthy real estate absorption in 2014?  What are the risks in achieving expected ROI in real estate space?

P.S. Jayakumar - MD, Value & Budget Housing

J.C. Sharma - Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Sobha Developers Ltd

Ravindra Pai - MD, Century Real Estate Holdings Pvt. Ltd.

Rajesh Krishnan - MD & CEO, Brick eagle (Moderator)

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm

Insight II: Food & QSR chains: Chasing India's consumption story

If we have one industry to name which has come up spectacularly along with the rising disposable consumer income, it is food retailing. What are the business opportunities for QSR chains down south? Are local QSR chains able to grow beyond their regional/city specific operations? Is the concept of ‘regional taste’ in the menu driving QSR revenues? There are plenty of break points—dissatisfied consumers, loss of revenues and challenges in scaling—which put a question mark on how to get the solutions right.

Jayanth Narayanan - Co-founder, Mani's Dum Biryani

Uday Kumar - Chairman, Nalas Aappakadai

Kazi Arif Uz Zaman - MD, Private Equity, Everstone Capital Advisors (Moderator)

2:50 pm - 3:35 pm

Insight III: Building innovative healthcare business models

Healthcare being capital intensive in nature, how are the players able to bring in best global practices for the large middle class population? What are the opportunities awaiting emerging and innovative healthcare players in the south? Is recession-proof health care sector considered to be a lucrative business for the investors to bet on?

Mallik Sundaram - Co-Founder, President & CEO, Mitra Biotech

Naresh Malhotra - Director & CEO, Modern Family Doctor Pvt. Ltd

Dr. R. Kishore Kumar - CMD, Cloudnine

Dr. Vikram Chhatwal - Chairman, Medi Assist India TPA Pvt Ltd

Tara Prasad Mohapatra - Chairman & CEO, Asian Health Alliance

Pramod Ahuja - Partner, Tata Capital - PE (Moderator)

3:35 pm - 4:00pm

Tea & Networking 

3:35pm - 4:30 pm

VCCircle “Deal Room”

This will be a special networking session, where a curated set of companies looking out for investments/strategic partnerships will meet select investors in a structured format (to be on the guest list for this session, share your interest at 

4:00pm - 4:15pm

Insights Session – “Decoding the myths of financial management”

Aditya Tulsian, Accountant Ecosystem Head, Intuit India 

4:15pm - 4:45pm

Insight IV: Consumer services

Given the evolving consumer lifestyle, compelling value for money deals, rising disposable income, what opportunities are this sector bringing in for entrepreneurs? How are investors looking at profitable consumer business and untapped needs? What edge does Bengaluru offer entrepreneurs to use it as a starting ground?

Rahul Bhalchandra - Co-Founder & CEO, YLG Salon

Gaurav Singh Kushwaha - Founder & CEO,

Sharad Devarajan - Co-Founder & CEO, Graphic India

Nikhil Khattau - MD, Mayfield Advisors Pvt. Ltd (Moderator)

4:45pm – 5:30 pm

Panel IV:  New breed of tech companies from South

Starting from scratch to building large IT businesses, the Silicon Valley of India is arguably the most happening hub in India, accelerating infant businesses to grow up to large enterprises. What makes Bengaluru a breeding ground for more startups? How good is south in protecting and nurturing budding startups? Is the reverse brain drain streak driving the startup space?

Mohammed Hussain Naseem - Co-Founder & CEO, GetActive

Solomon Prakash - Founder, mGaadi

Rohan Jahagirdar - Head - Marketing, Teabox

Gandharv S. Bakshi - Co-founder & CEO, Lumos

Sreenivas Karanam - CEO, Cooltok

Samir Kumar - MD, Inventus Capital Partners (Moderator) 

5:30pm onwards

VCCircle Unwind

The session will provide more networking time to top entrepreneurs and leading investors over cocktails.

For registrations, write to Sandeep at or call 0120-4171111.

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