Young Indians Bengaluru is pleased to invite you to What IF? Our 6th edition of the National Entrepreneurship Summit.
What IF? Is not a common theme for an #Entrepreneurship Summit. Attend to get perspectives from Minsters, Government officials, Entrepreneurs from Big Data, Crypto Currency, Media and also Investors, Spiritual Gurus who teach at IIM.
From last 5 editions, our national entrepreneurship summit has evolved to be a platform for reputed speakers to articulate their views on the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship in India and facilitate exchange of ideas and experiences to benefit the nation’s next gen entrepreneurs and Young Indians.
The Uncertainty of Entrepreneurship
UNCERTAINTY ADVANTAGE” – Turning Uncertainty Into Opportunity
A TED format session - My Experiments with uncertainties.
A B Tech , he found his spiritual calling and today is the Vice President of Isckon. A corporate trainer and a CoFaculty at IIM Ahmedabad for teaching Principles ethics and morality in leadership , he also has interest in theatre.
The Better India - Co-Founder
With many feathers in her hat, Anuradha Kedia, co-founder of The Better India, comes from a diverse background. Post a civil engineering degree from RV College of Engineering in Bangalore, Anuradha went on to complete her management degree from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Today, with more than 50 million unique readers monthly and a large social media presence, The Better India has worked with some of the biggest brands in the industry to create ground level impact and has evolved to become India’s largest positive impact media platform.
Titan Company Ltd. - Managing Director
Mr. Bhaskar Bhat, B.Tech, PGDM, has been Managing Director of Titan Company Limited since April 1, 2002 and also serves as its Chief Executive Officer.
He started his career as a Management Trainee at Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing in 1978. After spending five years at Godrej, he joined the Titan Company Limited initiated by Tata Press in 1983. He has been in Titan since its inception and has engineered the creation of many brands including pioneering the concept of franchising and retailing in watches, jewellery, eyewear and precision engineering. Under Bhaskar’s leadership, Titan company has enlarged its portfolio and has extended its market now to eyewear accessories and fragrances and is exploring sarees.
He served as a Non-Independent & Non-Executive Director of Tata Chemicals Limited since October 20, 2015 until November 10, 2016. He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in IIT Madras in 2008. He has been Director at Tata Sons Limited since November 21, 2017. He serves as Executive Non Independent Director of Titan Company Limited.
Mr. Bhat has completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad in 1978 and has received a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras in 1976.
Chandra R Srikanth
ET NOW - South India Bureau Chief,
Chandra leads the tech, startup and South India coverage for ET NOW. She also editorially leads and anchors the only daily show on startups and entrepreneurship on Indian television ET NOW Startup Central.
She has tracked technology for over 7 years, from Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore for The Economic Times and ET NOW. Prior to ET NOW, she worked for The Economic Times newspaper out of Chennai for two years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from MOP Vaishnav College, Chennai.
Mu Sigma Inc. - Founder and Chairman
Dhiraj is responsible for the company’s vision, strategic direction, and ongoing alignment of all resources and activities with the belief system on which Mu Sigma was founded in 2004. Those guiding principles are: Learning over Knowing, Extreme Experimentation, and the need for Interdisciplinary Perspectives.
An entrepreneur at heart, Dhiraj has helped Mu Sigma secure both top investor backing and industry recognition, including being named to Fortune’s 40 under 40, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and most recently as 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Economic Times of India.
Prior to founding Mu Sigma, Dhiraj worked as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University.
JJ confectionery (P) Ltd - National Chairman,Young Indians & Director
A third generation family business entrepreneur, Jacob is the Director of JJ confectionery (P) Ltd, a company engaged in the manufacture of candies, toffees and eclairs. A passionate chocoholic with a Diploma in Chocolate and Confectionery Manufacturing from ZDS, Germany, he is also the Managing Director of Jakes Snacks and Foods (P) Ltd, a company that he formed to introduce luxury chocolates in India.
He also plays an active part in the family’s plantation, real estate, hospitality and automotive tuning business (Pete’s). He is a Board Member of the MOSC Medical College and Hospital, a 1300 bedded charitable trust hospital with undergraduate and post-graduate medical and nursing courses and a Board Member of the St. Peters Arts College.
A management graduate from ESSEC Business School, Paris. He also has an ADP from Wharton University and has undergone training at ISB Hyderabad, IIM Calcutta and IMD Lausanne.
He is an active member of Young Indians (Yi), an integral part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Jacob has a long standing engagement with Yi, starting from his engagement at the Kochi Chapter level to various important roles at the national level. His Yi journey is as follows:
Volvo India Pvt. Ltd. - Chairman, CII Karnataka State Council & President & Managing Director,
An engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) , Kamal has had an illustrious career spanning over three decades, predominantly in the automotive industry.
Apart from his leadership role at Volvo India he is the Chairman, CII Karnataka , Board Member of Swedish Chamber of Commerce and a Member of Karnataka Government Vision Group (Industry)
Sankara Eye Foundation India - Chair – Young Indians (Bengaluru Chapter) & President Medical Administration, Quality & Education
Dr Kaushik Murali is the President Medical Administration, Quality & Education at Sankara Eye Foundation, India (Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust), among the largest community eye care providers in the country having operated on over 1.6 million Indians free of cost.
Dr Kaushik completed his medical education at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore and his post-graduation under the National Board of Examinations. His subspecialty training as Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus was at Medical Research Foundation, Chennai. He thereafter completed a general management course from INSEAD, France. He has also done a course Strategic Pernspectives on Non Profit Management at the Harvard Business School.
Dr Kaushik is the Chair Young Indians, Bangalore Chapter. Young Indians Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with 40 chapters across India is a body of young professionals & entrepreneurs associated who volunteer to work on Nation Building.
Laeeq co-founded Origami Creative, a boutique creative firm in the year 2000 & Bloombox Brand Engineers, a brand consulting entity with presence in Bangalore & Dubai. The group has grown to be a family of around 100 now with multiple interests in the areas of business brand consulting, marketing & advertising and food & beverage. He also has interests & investments into other F&B businesses like Flying Squirrel Artisan Coffee & Brown Apron Online Fresh Cut Specialty Meats and is constantly in the look out to support good innovative ideas.
Laeeq is a postgraduate in marketing & advertising from St. Josephs Bangalore. A first generation entrepreneur, keen listener and a man of details; he is on a constant pursuit to raise the bar. He comes with close to 2 decades of experience in the areas of Branding, Advertising, Marketing & Communications.
He is the CoChair of Young Indians Bangalore. Laeeq is a member of Ad Club Bangalore and is also the co founder member of India Business Foundation (IBF), which is a trust kick-started by like-minded individuals to play an integral role in the lives of small and medium size business ecosystem.
Red Bangle Films - CEO
Lakshmi runs a media tech startup that is building a scalable video production platform for global delivery. Just a year old, they have a growing clientele and an innovative approach to business.
Lakshmi is also an award-winning YouTuber. Her series – known by her name – features amazing change makers from across India and has over 5 million views.
Brigade Group - Director
As a second generation entrepreneur at Brigade, Nirupa oversees the company’s hospitality ventures. During her 8 years in Brigade she has helped launch 5 hotels, signed up more than 12 for the pipeline. Apart from Hospitality, Nirupa oversees the office and retail verticals at Brigade along with Human Resources, Public Relations and Innovation for the group.
She launched India’s first and only real estate accelerator called Brigade Real Estate Accelerator Program, an initiative to mentor high-tech start-ups in real estate, including hospitality in 2016.
She has been identified as one of CNBC’s “Young Turks” and has previously won Woman CXO of the Year 2017-South, Entrepreneur of the Year 2017, by Future Woman Leader Summit, Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 by Construction Week ,Restaurant Owner of the Year – India 2016 at the Hospitality Leaders’ Industry Choice Awards and Rising Star Award 2015 – South Asia by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants.
Government of Karnataka - Hon’ble Minister for IT & BT and Tourism
Founder & Creative head Centerstage Studios - Filmmaker,Director
Saad Khan is an Indian film director, screenwriter, acting teacher, founder and creative head of Centerstage Studios. His is an incredible film journey. From having a short film screened at Cannes to one of the most popular Kannada film of the year, he has had quite a journey.
He made Bangalore’s first Hindi feature film – Station and then went on to make a Hollywood feature titled Love and She. While Love and She is slated for release later this year, his current release Humble Politician Nograj, starring popular radio jockey and social media star Danish Sait, is running successfully in theatres, all across Karnataka!
Prime Venture Partners - Managing Partner & Cofounder
Sanjay is well known for his founding role at ZipDial (now acquired by Twitter) and his role at mChek, the path breaking startup in secure payments, Sanjay has trodden the path of an entrepreneur all through his career. After completing his bachelor’s degree in engineering, Sanjay headed to Paris where he earned his Master’s degree.
After a stint at Xerox PARC in Palo Alto, Sanjay embarked on a journey to build world class teams and products that took him through startups like Ketera and Portal Software, mChek, Zipdial & Ezetap which he co‐founded in 2010.
An active member of the community, Sanjay is a Rotarian and a charter member of TiE, a volunteer at iSPIRT, and organizes the Fintech Panel at the Nasscom Product Conclave. He also played a prominent role on the UIDAI project under the leadership of Nandan Nilekani.
Co-Create ventures - Managing Partner
Suresh cofounded several tech ventures including TELiBrahma, Sensara, MonkeyBox, StoreNxt & raised more than 12 rounds of financing & 3 exits. He has to his credit 10 US patents, 50+ awards. A board member of TiE Bangalore, he formerly chaired Mobile Marketing Association & is a key member of the ecosystem.
Co-Create Ventures is a fund Investing in TurnAround opportunities & buyouts. Has achieved successful turnarounds of JustBooks & Bonhomia
Fabmall - Author–Failing to Succeed Ex Founder
K Vaitheeswaran is widely hailed as the “father of e-commerce in India” .He is a serial entrepreneur and an internet industry veteran who pioneered the e-commerce industry in India when he co-founded India’s first pure-play online retail company Fabmart.com
He is the author of the just released book “Failing to Succeed – the story of India’s first e-commerce company”. K Vaitheeswaran has advised global brands like Deloitte, Diageo and the Tata group in their digital initiatives. He is well known in the Indian startup scene and also advises several technology and consumer ventures.
A TEDx speaker he is faculty on entrepreneurship, internet, e-commerce and consumer marketing across IITs, IIMs.
The News Minute - Founder & CEO
Vignesh Vellore is a co-founder and the CEO of The News Minute. A new-age digital media company based in Bengaluru, TNM has been at the forefront of creating an English news media space with a primary focus on the southern states.
Vignesh oversees content operations, tech and product management and business development. With a background in IT and human resource management, Vignesh brings a much-needed external perspective to the media industry.
Fireside Ventures - Founder
Vinay Singh, who has over 10 years’ experience in consumer brands, in the digital marketing space and as an entrepreneur cofounded Fireside Ventures an early-stage consumer-focused venture fund. He was co-founder of Stepni.in, an online platform that connects vehicle owners with service providers, which he sold to Quikr.
Babajob.com - Founder and COO
Vir Kashyap co-founded Babajob.com, India’s largest blue collar job platform (acquired by Quikr in 2017). His earlier roles include serving as a Partner at Indavest, a venture capital and incubation firm focusing on early stage consumer investments in India. Virwas also a key member of the Business Development team at Vega Asset Management based in Madrid ($14B Global Macro Hedge Fund).
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Religion from Bowdoin College, Vir began his career at Morgan Stanley in New York. His experience also includes a a stint at Epinions.com (now part of eBay) in Silicon Valley where he helped launch the enterprise-computing vertical.
Throughout his career, Vir has actively advised and invested in passionate startup entrepreneurs.