India’s largest Consumer Summit is 2 weeks away; Meet top entrepreneurs & investors under one roof

India's consumption story has fuelled the emergence of some top quality companies. In comparison with other mainstream sectors such as infrastructure, industries, healthcare, information technology, real estate, the consumer sector has consistently witnessed emergence of new sub-segments disrupting existing traditional channels.

To delve deeper into the sector and identify the next big consumption themes and entrepreneurs who will drive them, VCCircle will hold the 4th edition of its annual VCCircle Consumer Investment Summit on April 17 at ITC Grand Central, Mumbai.

The topics for discussion are:

What it takes to build a consumer brand in India

How home grown brands are winning India's consumption story Mergers & acquisitions for India's consumer businesses Reinventing India’s lifestyle: Building the next generation consumer businesses

Opportunities in fashion, apparel, luxury goods, food, dairy & restaurants

Private equity for consumer businesses

Building extensive & efficient distribution system

Indian retail's path to sustainable growth & profitability.

Block your date to identify the most attractive businesses in this market space as we put together a gathering of 200+ CEOs representing top consumer product and service brands in India and leading investors betting on this space, with insightful panels and keynote sessions. 

Contact: Varun Sahni at for sponsorship queries. Kanika/Sandeep at or 0120-4171111 for registrations.

Some of the speakers are:

Alok Gupta - CEO, Essar Retail

Avani Saglani Davda - CEO, Tata Starbucks Ltd

Ajit Joshi - MD & CEO, Infinity Retail, Croma

Deepak Shahdadpuri - Founder & MD, BCP Advisors Private Limited

Dinesh Chhabra - CEO, Usha International

Harish Bijoor - Brand-strategy specialist & CEO, Harish Bijoor Consults Inc

Kannan Sitaram - Operating Partner, India Equity Partners

K.S.Narayanan - CEO, Pan India Foodsolutions Pvt Ltd

Manish Makharia - Executive Director, TVS Capital Funds Limited

Prakash Iyer - Managing Director, Kimberly-Clark Lever

Rakesh Biyani - Joint MD, Future Group

Rajiv Mehta - MD, PUMA South Asia

Ritesh Chandra – Executive Director and Head, Consumer Group, Avendus Capital

Sandeep Ahuja - Managing Director, VLCC Health Care Ltd

Sanjay Gujral - Regional Managing Director, Singapore, L Capital Asia

Shomik Mukherjee - Partner, Consumer, Actis

Tejpavan Singh Gandhok - CEO, Om Pizza & Eats

VT Bharadwaj - MD, Sequoia Capital India

Vijay Nair - CEO, OML Entertainment Private Limited

Udai Dhawan - MD, Standard Chartered Private Equity


8:30am – 9:35am

Tea & Registration

9:35am – 9:45am

Introduction Note

9:45am – 10:30am

Panel: What It Takes To Build A Consumer Brand In India

How are brands taking over the reins from the Indian unorganised, unbranded product market? What does it take to build a brand in India? Apart from differentiation and positioning, what other marketing skills are required to highlight a product? How vital it is to give consumer a sense of ‘Value’?

10:30am – 11:15am

Panel: Made In India: Home grown brands winning India's consumption story

How are home grown local consumer brands competing with large MNCs? Which are some of the sub-segments that have created these large local brands - a look at condiments, personal care, consumer durables among others. Which are the key sub-sectors driving entrepreneurship in India? How are top MNCs reacting?

11:15am – 11:45am

Tea & Networking

11:45am – 12:30pm

Panel: Mergers & Acquisitions for India's consumer businesses

What are the opportunities for M&A in Indian consumer businesses? Will restructuring, cost synergies, accelerating revenue stories drive consumer M&A deals ahead? Is unlocking M&A a right approach to sharpen business strategy? Will FDI in retail scale Indian M&A, buyout activities in consumer segment? Ways to tackle top challenges faced by entrepreneurs chasing M&A.

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Fireside Chat: Reinventing India’s Lifestyle: Building the next generation consumer businesses

1:15pm - 2:00pm

VCCircle Lounge

A special initiative where companies and investors can meet and network in a structured manner in a separate enclosure. Here companies can make their elevator pitch to a group of select private equity investors and venture capitalists, while investors can sell their funds to India's fastest growing enterprises.

1:15pm – 2:15pm

Lunch & Networking

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Sector Focus: Food, Dairy & Restaurants

What makes food businesses so attractive in India? What are the unique characteristics of the best scalable models? What are the challenges and opportunities in each of these food business segments?

3:00pm – 3:45pm

Panel: Private Equity For Consumer Businesses

Which are the consumer segments attractive for private equity investments? What are the key ingredients private equity investors look for in a company before they invest?

3:45pm – 4:00pm

Tea & Networking

4:00pm – 4:45pm

Sector Focus: Indian Retail: Path To Sustainable Growth & Profitability 

Apart from the macro Indian opportunities, what are the firm specific drivers and characteristics that can create high quality retail businesses in India? What are the unique lessons from success stories in India and other global markets? What will create the best businesses in this challenging environment?

4:45pm – 5:00pm

Concluding Remarks

6:00pm Onwards

VCCircle Unwind

Continue the energy and networking of the day with more social time with top entrepreneurs and investors with cocktails.

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