The fourth edition of VCCircle Education Investment Summit is just two days away. The summit will be held on November 20, at ITC Sheraton, New Delhi.
Ashish Dhawan, founder and CEO, Central Square Foundation (CSF), will deliver a speech on ‘Opportunities For Scalable Entrepreneurship & Innovation In Indian Education’.
As founder and CEO of CSF, Dhawan hopes to bring a fresh impact-based approach to philanthropy in India. He was recently recognised as NextGen Leader in Philanthropy by Forbes India. He worked for 20 in the investment management business and ran one of India’s leading private equity funds, ChrysCapital. He is an MBA with distinction from Harvard University and a dual bachelor’s (BS/BA) holder with Magna Cum Laude honours from Yale University. He is on the India Advisory Board of Harvard and a member of Yale’s Development Council. Dhawan also serves on the board of several non-profits including Akanksha Foundation, 3.2.1 Education Foundation, Teach For India, Centre for Civil Society, Janaagraha and GiveLife.
In panel and presentation formats, the summit will cover topics such as: Lessons learnt from investing in Indian education; opportunities for scalable entrepreneurship & innovation in Indian education space, quality assessment as an essential part of educational investment; enhancing ‘quality’ and ‘growth’ in Indian schools; developing excellent higher education infrastructure in India; future of skill development in India; and technology-led disruption for Indian education players, in addition to special sessions where representatives of companies handpicked by VCCircle will make presentations. For more details on the updated agenda, Click Here.
The summit will bring together more than 250 top CEOs, entrepreneurs, innovators, private equity & venture capital investors, regulators, investment bankers and consultants.
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For registrations, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0120-4171111.
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9:00am – 9:50am
Tea & Registration
9:50am – 10:00am
10:00am – 10:40am
Panel I: Lessons Learnt from Investing in Indian Education
Why education is not the top priority for investors? What had made investors so careful when investing in the education space? What are the high-growth segments that are investible today? What are the average financial returns earned by PE investors? What are the lessons learnt by the investors where entrepreneurs are stuck in regulatory hurdles?
Imran Jafar – Partner, Gaja Capital Partners
Sandeep Aneja – Founder & MD, Kaizen Private Equity
Mohit Ralhan – Managing Partner, Indus Balaji
Ankur Shah – Head of Sector Strategies & Education Portfolio Lead, Acumen Fund
Anand Sudarshan – Venture Advisor, TVS Capital (Moderator)
10:40am – 11:10am
Special Address: Opportunities for Scalable Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Indian Education
Ashish Dhawan – Founder & CEO, Central Square Foundation
Tea & Networking Break
11:40am – 12:05pm
Presentation: Quality Assessment as an Essential Part of Educational Investment
Dr Rob Forage – CEO, UNSW Global
Panel II: Enhancing ‘Quality’ and ‘Growth’ in Indian Schools
Given that K-12 section is majorly dominated by private unaided schools, what are the emerging opportunities evolving in the Indian K-12 segment? How quickly is privately held K-12 undergoing through the process of renovation where consumers highly prefer private over public schools? What are the major initiatives taken by the industry players to include high quality content in schools? What are the prime steps undertaken to maintain requisite student teacher ratio, balanced infrastructure and mitigate the dearth of competent teachers & faculty? What are the investment opportunities in this space? How have private investors contributed in bringing changes in the way quality and access is analysed?
Ambarish Rai – Convenor, Right To Education
Y V Rajasekhar – Co-Founder & MD, People Combine Education Initiatives Ltd
Raj Grover – Chief Mentor, Kangaroo Kids Education Ltd.
Manas Mehrotra – Managing Trustee, Greenwood High International School – ,
Prabhat Jain – Co-Founder, Pathways Schools (Moderator)
12:45pm – 1:15pm
VCCircle Showcase I
Here 5 emerging, exciting and innovative education companies will present on their business, product market opportunity and how they will disrupt existing ecosystem to create value. If your company fits the profile and would like present here, write to email@example.com
1:15pm – 2:15pm
Lunch & Networking
2:15pm – 2:55pm
Panel III: Developing Excellent Higher Education Infrastructure in India
What is the road ahead for running higher education businesses in India? What is the impact of recent growing initiatives such as RTE Act, bills & schemes on private sector investments in Indian Colleges? What is the role played by PPP in accelerating institutions autonomy & university education? Is Indian higher education ready to absorb lacking research culture into its system? What are the initiatives taken up by the regulators to unlock the dilemma of quality vs expansion in Indian colleges? What are the opportunities for investment in higher education segment?
Amit Kapur – Promoter, IIMT
Dr Rob Forage – CEO, UNSW Global
2:55pm – 3:15pm
-Career Launcher’s inception, early days & business model
-How Career Launcher raised private equity funding and scaled?
-Growth path and projections
Satya Narayanan R – Chairman, Career Launcher India Ltd
3:15pm – 3:40pm
Tea & Networking Break
3:15pm – 3:55pm
A special session, where 5 handpicked education companies will meet select 10 private equity investors in a structured format in a separate enclosure. To apply for VCCircle Lounge, contact Kanika at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0120-4171111
3:40pm – 4:20pm
Panel IV: The Future of Skill Development in India
As the Indian non-core segment is shifting its focus from mere underserved delivery to building quality infrastructure. How can non-formal industry address the requirement of vital resources such as faculty, equipments, study material, and digitalise monitoring mechanism to enrich quality skills in the country? Is the growth fostering in non-core segments including multimedia/IT & vocational training? What are the factors that intensify competition in the non-core segment of education? What are the challenges in an ecosystem where university degree is more preferred? Is the sector losing industry appeal where it is tough to deal with employment issues and changing nature of industries? How effective are these measures such as capacity building, professional development, providing extended concessions and accommodating payment of installments in scaling non formal segment?
ArunKumar Pillai – COO, IL&FS Education and Technology Services Ltd
Dilip Chenoy – CEO & MD, National Skill Development Corporation
Praveen Chakravarty – Board Member, Centre for Civil Society (Moderator)
4:20pm – 4:40pm
Presentation: “Technology-Enabled Learning: Opportunities in India”
Amit Garga – Senior Principal, The Parthenon Group
4:40pm – 5:20pm
Panel V: Technology-led Disruption for Indian Education Players
How is internet and technology disrupting education delivery, products and services in the formal and non-formal education segments? Is the Indian education ecosystem at a technology-driven inflection point? What are the cost effective new age infrastructure solutions? Deep involvement of technology is fascinating student’s mind, but is it a viable option, considering the pattern of financing, size & strength of Indian masses?
Katelyn Donnelly – Executive Director, Pearson
Tonmoy Shingal – Co-Founder & COO, Mettl
Mr. Benjamin Grubbs – Head of Content Partnerships, YouTube
Rajeev Pathak – CEO, edreams Edusoft
Sandeep Aneja – Founder & MD, Kaizen Private Equity (Moderator)
5:20pm – 5:30pm
5:30pm – 8:00pm
This session will provide more networking time for entrepreneurs and investors over cocktail.