T S Krishnan, Principal Secy of Planning in Tamil Nadu & CEO of TNIDB, to deliver inaugural address @VCCircle Chennai Investment Summit on March 12; plus final agenda

Thiru S.Krishnan, who is serving as a Principal Secretary to the government of Tamil Nadu for Planning, Development & Special Initiatives Department and doubles up as chief of Tamil Nadu Infrastructure Development Board (TNIDB), will be delivering the inaugural address at the VCCircle Chennai Investment Summit 2015 on March 12 at Hyatt Regency, Chennai.

The summit also features keynote address by Gopal Srinivasan, CMD, TVS Capital Funds Limited, entrepreneur address by Dr G.S.K. Velu, MD, Trivitron Healthcare besides insightful and engaging panel discussions around topics critical to the business ecosystem in Chennai.

This mega event, which is just a day away, will gather Chennai's leading and emerging entrepreneurs, next generation leaders, business families, deal makers, PE & VC investors  under one umbrella to unveil new investment opportunities in Chennai & what this means for entrepreneurs, investors & deal makers.

Take a look at the final agenda & the list of speakers attending the event:

 8:30am - 9:30am

Tea, Networking & Registration

9:30am - 9:50am

Inaugural Address by Thiru S.Krishnan, Principal Secretary (Planning and Development) / CEO, TNIDB, Government of Tamil Nadu

09:50am - 10:35am

Panel I: South India's Entrepreneurial DNA & What it means for deal makers

The way businesses operates in Tamil Nadu is quite distinct from rest of the country. Coming from a conservative nature of doing business and making no noise about their skills and business opportunities, how are entrepreneurs attracting investor’s interest? Will the capital flow towards family owned traditional businesses or recent first generation entrepreneurial ventures? How comfortable are entrepreneurs with deal makers and in shedding away their company’s stake? Which sectors are witnessing slew of entrepreneurial activities and which would witness growth in the medium to long term? How can private capital help entrepreneurs transform their businesses to create maximum value for the shareholders?

Hemu Ramaiah - MD, Shop 4 Solutions Pvt Ltd

K. Pandia Rajan - Founder, Ma Foi Group

Murugavel Janakiraman - Founder & CEO, Limited

Sandeep Reddy - MD, Peepul Capital Advisors

TR Srinivas - MD, O3 Capital

Sarath Naru - Managing Partner, Ventureast (Moderator)

10:35am - 11:00am

Keynote Address by Gopal Srinivasan, CMD, TVS Capital Funds Limited

11:00am - 11:20am

Entrepreneur Address by Dr G.S.K. Velu - MD, Trivitron Healthcare

11:20am - 11:50am

Tea & Networking Break

11:50am - 12:40pm

Panel II: Brewing early stage startup ecosystem in the city: Contributions from budding entrepreneurs, innovative startups & early stage investors

India’s so called conservative metropolis is hitting the headlines in creating a fierce tech wave among the thousands of innovative startups setting their shops in the city of Chennai. In the recent times, what has captivated startups to station their headquarters in the city of Chennai? Ease of starting up, incorporating a company, finding angel investments, availability of talent pool and promising ecosystem, we understand from the experts on the ground reality of what’s driving startups to Chennai and what it means for ecosystem and community.

Vijay Anand - Founder, The Startup Centre

Paul Basil - Founder & CEO, Villgro (Incubation centre)

Suresh Sambandam - Founder & CEO, Orangescape

Harishankaran K - Co-founder, Interview Street (HackerRank)

Ananth Narsimhan - CEO & Founder, At Your Price

Anand Daniel - Principal, Accel Partners (Moderator)

12:40pm - 2:00pm

Lunch & Networking

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Panel III: The challenges & opportunities in raising the bar for family-run businesses: Nurturing legacy assets, business portfolios, family culture, professional values

What are the challenges faced by the next-gen from Chennai in committing to family's line of work while professionally managing family wealth & culture? How difficult it is for the next-gen owners to cajole their predecessors to shed away their conservative inhibitions and adopt modern processes/technology in the existing businesses? How savvy are family businesses in roping private investors to fuel expansion? Fed with a golden spoon & equipped with quality education, the new generation has a ready-to-adopt businesses but what are the challenges faced in taking the business to the next level, keeping in mind the family values & tradition?

Heramb Hajarnavis - Founder & MD, Sealink Capital Partners

Soumya Rajan - Co-Founder, MD & CEO, Waterfield Advisors Pvt Ltd

Aarthi Sivanandh - Partner, J Sagar Associate

Sameer Mehta - CIO, Atlaz Venturez Family Office (Moderator)

2:45pm - 3:35pm

Panel IV: Challenges & Opportunities for venture capital backed companies in Chennai

Chennai has closely witnessed marquee startups emerge into world class companies creating a global footprint. While names like Freshdesk and Zoho have made their mark globally, companies such as CaratLane and Bharat Matrimony have created a strong foothold in the domestic market.  Be it technology, consumer internet, big data & analytics, shared services or non-technology plays, Chennai has emerged as a breeding ground for next level entrepreneurs. How conducive is the growth environment enabling companies to build world class products & services and expand globally? How are entrepreneurs leveraging these opportunities while treading the tedious path of raising private capital, managing investor relations & ambitious valuations? What support do entrepreneurs expect from the ecosystem in terms of availability of venture capital, clarity on regulatory & corporate governance issues and much more?

Yogendra Vasupal - Co-founder & CEO, Stayzilla

Ganesh Vasudevan - CEO,

Lakshmanan Narayan - CEO & Co-founder, Unmetric Inc

BG Krishnan - CEO & Founder, Pvt. Ltd

Bala Parthasarathy - Managing Partner, Angel Prime

Mithun Sacheti - Co-Founder & CEO,

Nitin Nayar - MD, Warburg Pincus India Private Limited (Moderator)

3:35pm - 4:00pm

Tea & Networking

Red hot sectors: Quick insightful discussions on the fast growing themes in the city:

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Red hot sector I: Healthcare Delivery Services & Medical Equipment

Bala Subramaniam - CEO, Cura Healthcare Pvt. Ltd

C.Venkat Subramanyam - Founder & Director, Veda Corporate Advisors

K. Chandrasekhar - Founder & CEO, Forus Health Pvt. Ltd.

Prasad Gadkari - Partner, IDFC Private Equity (Moderator)

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Red hot sector II: Food and agri

Dr. G.N.S. Reddy - MD, Akshayakalpa Farms and Foods Pvt. Ltd

Amit C. Vaishnav - MD, Megafoods Products Madras (P) Limited

Kartik Srivatsa - Managing Partner, Aspada Investments (Moderator)

5:00pm onwards

VCCircle Unwind

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

Join us while we bring the most trusted investment summit to Chennai on March 12. Last few seats left; To register, write to Sandeep at or call on 0120-4171111.

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