Final agenda for VCCircle Consumer & Retail Investment Summit 2014 on March 13

Here is the final agenda for the fifth edition of VCCircle Consumer & Retail Investment Summit 2014 which will be held on 13th March at Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai.

The agenda includes keynote interview of Kishore Biyani, Group CEO, Future Group, and a keynote address by A Mahendran – CMD, Global Beverages & Foods Pvt Ltd.

Here is the full agenda:

VCCircle Consumer & Retail Investment Summit 2014 on 13 March 2014 , Rooftop, Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai

8:30am - 9:00am

Tea & Registration

9:00am - 9:10am

Introduction Note

9:10am - 10:00am

Panel I: Future of Indian consumer market: Mapping short term, middle term & long term view - good news & bad news

Given the evolving consumer lifestyle and compelling value for money deals, will strong MNC presence continue to fortify long-term Indian consumer story or in the long run will the market be largely dominated by the ubiquitous kirana stores? Changing spending pattern, rising income & consumer aspirations make it a high growth potential market but keeping in mind, ballooning consumer inflation, low salary increments and employment rate, how will the spending engine in the short run be regular and confident? Which are the new factors that may change equations over the medium and long term?

Nikhil Vora - Founder & CEO, Sixth Sense Ventures

Siddhartha Pahwa - CEO, Meru Cabs

Shankar Narayanan - MD, The Carlyle Group

Darius Pandole - Partner, New Silk Route (Moderator)

10:00am - 10:30am

Keynote address: The outlook for consumer sector and the potential for greenfield (organic) investment opportunities

A Mahendran - CMD, Global Beverages & Foods Pvt Ltd

10:30 am - 11:00 am

In conversation with Kishore Biyani, Group CEO - Future Group

Interviewer - Shrija Agrawal - Managing Editor, VCCircle

11:00am - 11:20am

Tea & Networking Break

VCCircle Insights: Six panels on trending topics from the most relevant folks in the business with Q&A

11:20am - 12:05pm

Insights I: Road ahead for packaged foods, bakery, frozen foods & dairy products

Apparently the shift witnessed in the consumer focus from price to quality, from urban to semi - urban and fortifying sales in the hinterland has given packaged food market a big reason to cheer. What will further drive the packaged food segment - ready to eat, bakery products, frozen foods, dairy & detergents cart? Is the industry observing improving foreign investments in this space?

Neeraj Kakkar - CEO, Hector Beverages

Shripad Nadkarni - Founder & Director, Marketgate

Ravi Saxena - Managing Director, Wonderchef

Rahul Garg - Principal, Premji Invest

Siddharth Dhondiyal - Director, India Value Fund Advisors

Rakesh Sony - Director, MOPE Investment Advisors Private Ltd (Moderator)

12:05pm - 12:50pm

Insights II: Grooming cosmetics & personal care brands

Brand conscious and price sensitive, personal care market in India is expected to enjoy healthy growth in baby items, bath products, oral care, cosmetics & personal grooming products segments. With modern practices and the changing face of the personal care products, will emerging entrepreneurs hold good opportunities to bring more sophisticated products for the Indian masses? To enhance growth, how will entrepreneurs break the cumbersome exercise of erratic distribution chain, increase penetration level in the current competitive market?

Oscar Pereira - Director, Cheryl’s Cosmeseuticals Pvt Ltd

Sameer Prasad - CEO, Faces Cosmetics

Shomik Mujherjee - Partner, Actis Advisers Pvt Ltd

Bhavesh Shah – MD, Investment Banking, JM Financial (Moderator)

12:50pm - 1:55pm

Lunch & Networking break

1:55pm - 2:40pm

Insights III: Exploring opportunities in the food retail & QSR chains

In this tough and competitive environment, where efficiency becomes the cornerstone of the business, how does food services & QSR business constantly focus on value meals, quality and managing cost? Are investors betting on eating out market knowing the potential of the business or still moving ahead with cautious approach?

Jaydeep Barman - Co-Founder & CEO, Faaso's Food Services Pvt. Ltd

K S Narayanan - CEO, Pan India Foods

Venkatesh Iyer - MD & CEO, Goli Vada Pav

Siddharth Bafna - Partner, Lodha & Company

Gaurav Mathur - Founder & MD, Invent Capital (Moderator)

2:40pm - 3:25pm

Insights IV: Stay fit & look good market: Wellness, health & beauty services

Resilience in consumer spending on health & beauty products in the gloomy environment has witnessed greater awareness of need for wellness among consumers. Is the franchisee route a buzzing trend in the segment? What are the ways to deal with flooding competition attacking this space? What are the hindrances encountered while penetrating into diversified products market within the wellness sector?

Anurag Kedia - Director, Four Fountains Spas

S Subramanian - CEO, Kaya Ltd, India

Rahul Bhalchandra - Co-Founder & CEO, YLG Salon

Gaurav Malhotra – MD & CEO, BournHall Clinic India

Shishir Bhartia – Dy GM, Brand Capital

Nandini Chopra – MD, Alvarez and Marsal (Moderator)

3:25pm - 3:50pm

Tea & Networking Break

3:50pm - 4:35pm

Insights V: Fast changing fashion in the Apparel and Retail space   

From growing consumerism, evolving fashion houses to retail modernisation, a lot of attractive investments has rolled out into branded apparel/retail space. With the emergence of large & multiple fashion brands, how do brands strengthen its presence in stiffer competitive space? How do companies expand its distribution networks and launch "made for India “value products to suit Indian crowd? Is the apparel/retail category ready for healthy investments/exits?

Asif Merchant - MD, Catwalk Worldwide

Sanjay Vakharia - Director, Spykar Lifestyles

Pradeep Hirani - Chairman, Kimaya Fashions Pvt Ltd

Shantanu Rastogi – Principal, General Atlantic

Jayanta Banerjee - Managing Partner, ASK Pravi Capital Advisors (Moderator)

4:35pm - 5:05pm

VCCircle Showcase

Representatives of three companies will talk for 10 minutes each (without presentations) from each category. A promoter, who has received at least one round of funding, will touch upon the product-market opportunity and the firm’s differentiated strategy to tap that opportunity. 

5:05pm - 5:15m

Concluding Remarks

5:15pm onwards

VCCircle Unwind

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

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