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100 Unicorns projected in India by 2025

– opportunities, trends and much more to be discussed at the upcoming India Internet Day 2019 hosted by TiE Delhi-NCR on April 25

  • Dubbed as the mecca of all internet & technology conferences, iDay 2019 powered by TiE Delhi-NCR supported by Microsoft India, Avendus Capital and several key partners will bring together global internet players, tech pioneers, investors and other major stakeholders across various sectors
  • The conversations will be set around ‘vision 2025’ which aims to create about a 100 Unicorn Indian companies in a timespan of next five years

New Delhi, April 17, 2019: Underlining its commitment to foster the Indian start-up community, TiE Delhi-NCR, is all set to host its 8th Annual India Internet Day – India’s largest conference for Internet entrepreneurs. Start-ups, unicorns, industry leaders, investors, mentors, policy-makers, and other key stakeholders are all expected to converge for the conference which is scheduled to be held on April 25, 2019, at Leela Ambience, Gurugram. In light of this vision, the main theme of the event is headlined as ‘India Internet Unboxed: Getting ready for a 100 Unicorns’.

Considering the fact that presently India is home to over 500 million internet users and 21 Unicorns, iDay will be set around building conversations around ‘vision 2025’, which is to enable existing companies and up-and-coming start-ups to become billion-dollar giants by 2025. The event will thus facilitate a space for the internet and entrepreneurial community to deliver impactful content and showcase internet-centric innovative possibilities that could define the future of technology and entrepreneurship.

To be co-chaired by Vani Kola, MD, Kalaari Capital, and Rajesh Sawhney, CEO & Co Founder of Innerchef, the conference will open with a keynote address by Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder & CEO of PayTM. The opening address will be followed by conversations with industry experts including Anant Maheshwari, President – Microsoft India and Rajan Anandan, Vice President, Google & President, TiE Delhi-NCR, fireside chats with experienced founders and investors, around the current trends in the industry and how to shape them for the future. The  committee members who will be a part of this event include Rajan Anandan, Vice President, Google & President, TiE Delhi-NCR; Alok Mittal, Co-Founder, Indifi Technologies; Amarjit Singh Batra, Managing Director, Spotify India; Arvind Jha, Multipreneur, Movico Technologies; Miten Sampat, VP, Times Internet; Deep Kalra, Founder & Group CEO, MakeMyTrip; Gautam Gandhi, Angel Investor; Prasanto K Roy, Policy Consultant ; Karan Mohla, Partner & Executive Director of Chiratae Ventures; Ravi Gururaj, Founder & CEO, Qikpod; Dev Khare, Partner, Lightspeed India Partners.

With an aim of providing a great mentoring platform to entrepreneurs, the event will  kickstart with Power breakfast with iDay committee members and leading investors such as Abhishek Gupta – Times Internet; Alok Goyal – Stellaris Venture Partners; Ashish Kumar – Fundamentum; Anand Lunia – India Quotient; Ruchira Shukla, Regional Lead South Asia VC – IFC; Mohit Bhatnagar – Sequioa Capital; Rahul Khanna – Trifecta Capital; Rohit Nuwal – Bertlesmann Investments India; Amit Somani – Prime Venture Partners; Sanjay Nath – Blume Ventures; Tej Kapoor – Fosun RZ; Vikram Gupta – Ivycap; Rutvik Doshi – Inventus ; Suvir Sujan – Nexus VP.

Building on the theme of ‘unboxing’, iDay2019 is all set to have focussed & thought-provoking discussions during the session line-up on topics including: Unboxing Indian Tech Going Global, Unboxing Funding, Unboxing Talent, Entrepreneurial Milestones: Unboxing Pivots & Pirouttes to Exits, Unboxing 2nd Innings, Unboxing Valuations. With special focus on the Chinese startup ecosystem, key speakers will speak on Unboxing China, its Landscape & Overview, Unboxing China: VC. The speaker line-up features various business leaders who will drive these discussions. These include Lathika Pai, Country Head – Microsoft for Startups MENA and SAARC , Gaurav Deepak, Co-founder & MD – Avendus Capital,  Anand Lunia, General Partner – India Quotient, Helen Wong, Partner at Qiming Venture, Yun Lou, Founder & CEO of Clubfactory, Hans Tung – Partner, GGVCKunal Shah, Founder & CEO – Cred, Amrish Rau, Ex CEO – CitrusPay, Aprameya Radhakrishna, Founder & CEO of Vokal, Raul Rai, Co-Founder of Nicobar.com, and Mukund Kulashekaran from Urban Clap.

The conference also features a Product Workshop to be conducted by Anshumani Rudra, VP (Social & Gaming) at Hotstarwith the objective to equip start-ups to become unicorns, with help of fresh insights and innovative strategies on product management.

Speaking on the subject, Geetika Dayal, Executive Director, TiE Delhi-NCR, said, “Our vision at TiE Delhi-NCR is not limited to enabling nascent ventures to reach maturity, but also what lies beyond that. Enabling matured start-ups to become billion-dollar companies & peeling the layers on how this fantasy can become a reality. iDay2019 encapsulates what we envision for the future of the industry, the country and internet start-ups.”

India Internet Day or #iDay is leadership conference, attracting major prominent and exciting technology companies from across the country every year. In the past, the conference has facilitated a unique knowledge-sharing platform to a number of enterprises and incipient start-ups among a congregation of over 3,500 delegates and more than 160 high-profile speakers from across the globe. This year, iDay 2019 will facilitate an exciting gathering of global internet players and domain leaders to ‘unbox’ and share invaluable knowledge, experience, practices, while holding discussions around opportunities and evolving trends in the industry.

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