Techcircle Startup 2012, to be held on Dec 11 in Delhi, is not only bringing together successful entrepreneurs and flourishing companies, but also providing a dual platform where startups seeking funds can pitch their businesses to investors and can also take advantage of a unique ‘Co-founder Dating’ programme.

Of late, the Indian startup ecosystem has witnesses a significant number of tech startups coming live, but in a somewhat frenzied manner. As Techcircle.in has always been in the forefront to track innovations and the people behind these startup enterprises, it makes sense that we have now organised a meaningful startup summit – Techcircle Startup 2012. The event will bring in the best of content, knowledge and industry insights, and also bring together some of the most successful entrepreneurs across the country to share their experiences on what brought their businesses so far.

This is going to be an annual event for startups, by startups – a one-day MBA in starting up, building a team, pivoting, raising capital and finally, building a sustainable business. The event will be attended by 200-plus most promising startups, top investors and other key people.

The forum will feature speakers representing different segments and highlighting their journey, experience and business strategy. Should you have a specific question for any of the speakers, you may send it to us by clicking .

Below is a preview of the full-day agenda. For more details on the startup summit, contact Sandeep Pal at 0120-4171111 or register@vccircle.com.


8:00 am - 8:45 am

Tea & Registration

8:45 am - 9:00am

Introduction Note

Sahad P.V., Founder & Editor of Techcircle & VCCircle

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Entrepreneurship 101: Is Parallel Entrepreneurship For Everyone? What Works And What Doesn't

Harish Bahl – Founder & CEO, Smile Group

Shrija Agrawal – Associate Editor, Techcircle & VCCircle (Interviewer)

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Entrepreneurship 101: From Classifieds To A Marketplace: What Made Sulekha Pivot

Satya Prabhakar – President and CEO, Sulekha.com

Anupama Arya, Co-founder, The Hatch (Interviewer)

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Entrepreneurship 101: Starting Up In A Large Company Environment: The Positives And Negatives

Satyan Gajwani – CEO, Times Internet Ltd

Hitesh Oberoi – MD & CEO, Info Edge India Ltd (Moderator)

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Entrepreneurship 101: How To Build A Global Product Out Of India: The Key Lessons Learnt From Building Komli & PubMatic

Amar Goel – Founder & Chairman, Komli Media & PubMatic

Vijay Shekhar Sharma – Founder & MD, One97 Communications (Interviewer)

11:00 am - 11:15 am

Tea & Networking

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Entrepreneurship 101: Technologies Change But Why The Fundamentals of Business Don't Change

Vishwas Patel – Founder & CEO, Avenues India Pvt Ltd

Alok Mittal – MD, Canaan Partners (Interviewer)

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Keynote Session: How Internet Entrepreneurship Has Evolved From The 1990s To Now: The Key Learnings

Sanjeev Bikhchandani – Founder, Info Edge Ltd (Naukri.com)

Sahad P.V. – Founder & Editor, Techcircle & VCCircle (Interviewer)

12:15 pm - 1:25 pm

Techcircle Showcase

This is a platform for India’s 10 most promising tech startups to showcase their products, business plans and key innovations. These are startups with highly innovative technologies or beta products, have some market traction (such as a big customer or two) and have small teams.

1:25 pm - 2:25 pm

Lunch & Networking

2:25 pm - 2:55 pm

Entrepreneurship 101: Five Mistakes Startups Make & How To Avoid Them

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder & MD, One97 Communications

Anand Rai, Senior Correspondent, Techcircle (interviewer)

2:55 pm - 3:15 pm

Special Session: Building The Right Web Infrastructure For Your Startup As You Scale

Parimal Pandya – Director, Emerging Customer’s Group, Akamai Technologies

3:15 pm - 3:35 pm

Inner Piece - Deciphering Intellectual Property As A Startup

Dr. Anu Vaidyanathan – Founder, PatNMarks

3:35 pm - 3:50 pm

Tea & Networking

3:50 pm - 4:20 pm

Entrepreneurship 101: It's Not Just The Slow & Steady That Wins The Race: The Key Rules Of Execution For A Startup's Success

Praveen Sinha – Co-Founder & MD, Jabong

Sonam Gulati, Senior Correspondent, Techcircle (Interviewer)

4:20 pm - 4:50 pm

Angel Investor Insights: How I work With My Startup Entrepreneurs & The Lessons Learnt

Sharad Sharma – Ex-CEO, Yahoo India R&D & active angel investor

4:50 pm - 5:20 pm

Entrepreneurship 101: What Is It That Is Wrong With India's Seed Investing & Venture Capital Ecosystem

Aloke Bajpai – CEO, IXiGO

4:50 pm - 5:45 pm (parallel session)

Techcircle Co-Founder Dating

If you are thinking of starting up and looking for co-founders, we can probably help you find other like-minded individuals in a one-to-one interaction format.

5:20 pm - 5:50 pm

Entrepreneurship 101: Building A World Class Team: How To Attract & Retain The Best Talent For Your Startup

Srinivasu M.N (Vasu) – Co-Founder & Director, Billdesk

Bejul Somaia – Managing Director, Lightspeed Advisory Services India (Interviewer)

5:50 pm - 6:00 pm

Concluding Remarks

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Techcircle Unwind

A zone for informal networking and establishing contacts with startup entrepreneurs, investors and consultants over cocktails.

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