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Final agenda for Techcircle Ecommerce Forum 2015, India’s largest ecommerce conference; a few seats left

24 February, 2015

Just two days left before India’s largest e-commerce conference, Techcircle Ecommerce Forum 2015, begins in Mumbai on February 26 at Vivanta By Taj, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai.

An annual meeting ground for top e-commerce entrepreneurs, investors and mentors, the forum will host 300+ delegates including entrepreneurs, e-commerce enablers, service providers, marquee investors, investment bankers and mentors to discuss & debate the prospects for the Indian e-commerce space and way forward.

Being considered as one of the most sought after e-commerce conferences in India, the forum presents a unique opportunity for you to get a quick update on Indian e-commerce sector, learn from leaders, meet & network with like-minded people, put your ideas to test, display your product to potential investors, make product pitch to investors and much more at the forum.

A few seats are left;  sign up now to book your seat.

The forum is scheduled for 26 February 2015 in Mumbai.

Take a look at the final agenda:

8:30am – 9:30am

Tea, Networking & Registration

9:30am – 9:45am

Introductory Note

09:45am – 10:30am

Panel I: E-commerce play in India: Too expensive a bet or futuristic investment at a nominal price?

Year 2014 witnessed consolidation in the Indian e-commerce market with clear leaders breaking out of the pack in some verticals like kids products, furniture, etc while a troika emerged in the horizontal e-tailing space. Investors have bet over a billion dollar or more each on the top three e-tailers alone. Be it one of the single biggest private funding rounds in an e-com firm globally or Alibaba’s biggest shareholder SoftBank making a big investment commitment for India and the single biggest M&A to date, Indian e-com saw it all. While action is getting hotter, we discuss the ground reality of what’s driving such investments, fundamentals behind the business, investor’s bullish attitude and future of e-commerce industry in the medium to long term. While if FDI will happen or not still remains a point of discussion, we discuss how FDI can help e-tailors and what the repercussions will be.

Prashanth Prakash – Partner, Accel Partners

Sanjay Sethi – CEO & Co-Founder, Shopclues.com

Sundeep Malhotra – Founder & CEO, HomeShop 18

Avnish Bajaj – MD, Matrix Partners

Vikas Dawra – Managing Director – Investment Banking, YES Bank Ltd (Moderator)

10:30 – 10:35am

Launch of Yes Bank report on ‘The Indian E-commerce Story – Genesis, Rise & Trends of Modern E-commerce’

By Asit Oberoi, chief operating officer, Yes Bank

10:35am – 11:20am

Panel II: Is consolidation the only way forward

With a lot of small/niche players shutting shop or being acquired by larger players in the past year and a half, is the sector finally moving towards maturity that experts have been talking about for so long? As valuations drop and the large companies gobble up their weaker rivals, is the sector finally primed for consolidation? Are larger firms looking out for niche & specialty players for acquisition? Is it turning out to be a win-win situation for both the parties? What are the lessons learnt?

Supam Maheshwari – Co-founder & CEO, FirstCry.com

Yashish Dahiya – CEO & Co-Founder, PolicyBazaar.com

Niren Shah – MD, Norwest Venture Partners

Dhruv Agarwala – Co-founder, PropTiger.com

Ambareesh Murthy – Founder & CEO, Pepperfry.com

TC Meenakshisundaram – Founder & MD, IDG Ventures (Moderator)

11:20am – 11:45am

Tea & Networking Break

11:45am – 12:30pm

Panel III: Impact of e-commerce on Indian retail industry—bridging the online-offline gap

The Indian online retail market has been growing over the past few years on account of the digital revolution, forcing leading offline players to go back to the drawing board to rethink their strategy. While a few offline retail players took the plunge to have an integrated omni-channel strategy in place, others are still deciding on how to go about it. With the debate around e-commerce being just an enabler & the real opportunity lying in creating brands to sell, we try to understand how major players/brands are making their mark in the online space, how their omni-channel strategy is driven, how they are planning to bridge the online-offline gap and secure their share of wallet.

Abhishek Lal – Ecommerce Director, Adidas Group India

Vikram Chopra – Co-founder, FabFurnish.com

Gaurav Singh Kushwaha – Founder & CEO, BlueStone.com

Falguni Nayar – CEO, Nykaa.com

Dippak Khurana – Co-founder & CEO, Vserv

Samir Kumar – MD, Inventus Capital Partners (Moderator)

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Lunch & Networking

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Panel IV: E-commerce vs m-commerce— the way forward

Once upon a time there was the brick and mortar store. Then came the e-commerce wave to eat away the businesses of populated stores. Now, with the increasing size of mobile phone screens and decreasing cost of mobile data, the m-commerce phenomenon is here to stay. And with over 40 per cent of the traffic of leading e-commerce players already coming from mobile, how do firms find a balance between e-com andm-com? As a large population is m-commerce ready, what are the opportunities for consumer centric firms such as food outlets, banks, retailing, entertainment companies, payments firms which were just limited to sales via desktop other than physical stores?

Mausam Bhatt – Sr. Director – Marketing (Mobile and Digital) Flipkart.com

Kunal Shah – Founder, FreeCharge.in

Upasana Taku – Co – Founder, MobiKwik

Aloke Bajpai – CEO & Co-Founder, Ixigo.com

Pradeep Tagare – Investment Director, Intel Capital (Moderator)

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Panel V: Rise of the e-commerce facilitators

With the e-commerce boom giving birth to an allied sector working behind the banner ensuring things run smoothly for large e-commerce players, facilitators such as payment gateways, logistic firms, end-to-end marketing tools for referrals, robotic solutions for warehouse management among others seem to be the attracting lot of private investments. How big is the opportunity for e-commerce facilitators? How efficient are they in serving last mile connectivity & enhancing delivery experience to the Indian customers?

Srinivasu M N – Co- Founder & Director, BillDesk

Samay Kohli – CEO, Grey Orange Robotics

Aditya Roongta – Business Head, Soundseal

Anupam – Rastogi Principal, Nokia Growth Partners

Nitin Nayar – MD, Warbug Pincus (Moderator)

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Tea & Networking

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Techcircle Showcase – Powered by Nasscom 10,000 Startups

In this curated platform, five handpicked emerging and innovative companies will make elevator pitches to an esteemed panel of jury & houseful of investors & fellow entrepreneurs. This is meant for e-commerce platforms or e-commerce enabler/service providers with a disruptive business models (nomination is closed)

4:30pm – 5:15pm

Panel VI: Customer loyalty in the digital world of e-commerce

With large e-commerce players being loaded with private investments and draining a lot of money to acquire new customers, how can the science of loyalty practice help e-commerce players retain their ‘expensively acquired’ customers? What e-commerce players need to do retain these customers & get them to transact on their sites time and again? How can companies turn buyers into loyal customers? Given Indian shoppers craving for touch & feel factor, how can an e-commerce company build stronger relations with customer using loyalty programmes? By using loyalty programmes, can a marketer turn a first time buyer into second purchase? How do we push the customer into a higher paying bracket?

Shalabh Shrivastava – Director – Customer Experience, Flipkart.com

Manish Taneja – Co-founder & CEO, Purplle.com

Yogendra Vasupal – Co-founder & CEO, Stayzilla

Harish Menon – APJ Product Head, Akamai

Gaurav Khurana – Head-New Partner Acquisition, Payback India

Vikas Choudhury – CEO, AIMIA, (Moderator)

Ask a question and get a chance to win an iPad. Click Here (powered by AIMIA).

5:15pm onwards

Techcircle Unwind

This session will provide more networking time for entrepreneurs and investors over cocktails.

Register here or write to Sandeep/Ipshita at register@vccirlce.com/0120-4171111.

For branding, kiosk, display & sponsorship opportunities, write to varun@vccircle.com


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