Meet top entrepreneurs, investors at VCCircle Consumer Investment Summit in 2 days: Register now

The high correlation between the current GDP and the progressing consumer-oriented industries contributing a large chunk of the Indian GDP provides a safe haven to investors in a bleeding market environment. Moreover, growing consumerism, rising per capita income and a springing middle class are added factors, driving avid consumer stories.

Indian consumer growth story has emerged with a heavy market size and witnessed an upward movement at an unprecedented rate annually, in spite of economic headwinds. The changing dimensions, strong innovations and interest among investors are providing further impetus to emerging companies, thus reviving their presence in shaping the Indian consumer sub-segments and boosting the overall industry outlook.

To gauge the latest trends in the space and identify exciting businesses & entrepreneurs who will drive the next wave of growth in the Indian consumer sector, VCCircle is hosting the 4th edition of its annual VCCircle Consumer Investment Summit on April 17 at ITC Grand Central, Mumbai.

The full day conference will cover a wide range of topics such as how homegrown brands are dominating India’s consumption story; mergers & acquisitions for India’s consumer businesses; building the next generation consumer businesses; opportunities in fashion, apparel, luxury goods, food, dairy & restaurants; private equity for consumer businesses and building a consumer brand in India, among others focus areas.

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

Contact: Kanika/Sandeep at or call 0120-4171111 for registration. Get in touch with Varun Sahni at for sponsorship queries.


9:35 am-9:45 am

Introduction Note

9:45 am-10:45 am

Panel: Made in India: Homegrown Brands Winning India’s Consumption Story

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

Dinesh Chhabra – CEO, Usha International

Rajiv Mehta – MD, PUMA South Asia

Harish Bijoor – Brand strategy specialist & CEO, Harish Bijoor Consults Inc.

Nikhil Raghavan – Principal, Bain Capital (Moderator)

10:45 am-11:15 am

Fireside Chat: Reinventing Consumer Products & Their Delivery in India

Avani Saglani Davda – CEO, Tata Starbucks Ltd

Shrija Agrawal – Associate Editor, VCCircle (Interviewer)

11:15 am-11:45 am

Tea & Networking

11:45 am-12:30 pm

Panel: Mergers & Acquisitions for India’s Consumer Businesses

What are the M&A opportunities for 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 help scale Indian M&A, buyout activities in the consumer segment? Ways to tackle top challenges faced by entrepreneurs chasing M&As.

Shomik Mukherjee – Partner (Consumer), Actis

Sandeep Ahuja – MD, VLCC Health Care Ltd

Vishal Gandhi – Founder, Gandhi Associates

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

12:30 pm-1:00 pm

Session: Value Creation and Consumer Insights – Some perspectives

Shrenik M Khasgiwala – Director, Brand Capital

1:00 pm-2:15 pm

Lunch & Networking

2:15 pm-3:00 pm

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?

K.S. Narayanan – CEO, Pan India Food Solutions

Tejpavan Singh Gandhok – CEO, Om Pizza & Eats

Kannan Sitaram – Operating Partner, India Equity Partners

Rakesh Sony – Director, Motilal Oswal Private Equity

Deepak Shahdadpuri – Founder & MD, BCP Advisors (Moderator)

3:00 pm-3:45 pm

Panel: Private Equity for Consumer Businesses

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

Girish Nadkarni – Partner, IDFC Private Equity

VT Bharadwaj – MD, Sequoia Capital India

Vijay Nair – CEO, OML Entertainment

Udai Dhawan – MD, Standard Chartered Private Equity

Sanjay Gujral – Regional MD, L Capital Asia (Moderator)

3:45 pm-4:00 pm

Tea & Networking

4:00 pm-4:45 pm

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

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

Prakash Iyer – MD, Kimberly-Clark Lever

Arshad Siddiqui – CEO & President, Rasna Pvt Ltd

Subrata Dutta – Former MD, Samsonite (South Asia)

Raman Ahuja – Senior Advisor, Resurgent India (Moderator)

4:45 pm-4:55 pm

Concluding Remarks

5:00 pm 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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