ET Soonicorns Summit 2023: Unveiling our eminent speakers, a confluence of visionaries, entrepreneurs, and tech Innovators in Delhi-NCR

After a successful inaugural edition in Bengaluru, which garnered widespread acclaim and left a significant impact on the Indian startup-tech innovation ecosystem, it’s time to anticipate yet another exciting instalment of the ET Soonicorns Summit 2023, this time in the heart of the capital city. The upcoming edition of India’s first-of-its-kind summit where key industry leaders, policy makers, investors, and visionary founders of tomorrow’s unicorns convene is ready to take flight in the Delhi-NCR region.

Scheduled to be held on November 3, 2023, this summit promises to be a dedicated platform fostering innovation and growth within India’s tech-startup landscape. With its overarching theme of “Resilience. Reset. Results,” the event will bring together leaders, entrepreneurs, and stakeholders to explore the multitude of opportunities and challenges within the startup-tech industry, which is reshaping the country’s new innovation economy.

Rising and seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, experts, and domain leaders from across sectors will take the stage at the Delhi-NCR edition of the ET Soonicorns Summit 2023. Together, they are poised to shape the future of India’s technological trajectory, reinforcing the nation’s vision of becoming a tech and innovation-driven developed nation by 2047. With over 10 thematic tracks including the Soonicorns Spotlight track, unicorn and investor roundtables, and dedicated sector-focused tracks, the Summit will shed light on the key themes of topics startup IPOs and the path to profitability, fintech and the future of money, Industry 5.0, cleantech and electric vehicles (EVs), Direct-to-Consumer (D2C), and more. With over 30+ esteemed speakers on the lineup, this event is set to be a significant gathering for those invested in India’s tech-startup ecosystem.

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Among the keynote speakers at the event are Jeet Vijay, CEO, MEITY Startup Hub and Geetika Dayal, Executive Director, TiE Delhi-NCR, who will address the vital themes of enabling Indian startups to become global economic leaders and facilitating the rise of future unicorns in the sunrise sectors. The keynote addresses are poised to provide valuable insights into the future of the Indian startup landscape, especially in terms of how it is positioned to leverage latent growth in emerging sectors and map its growth in the global startup paradigm.

From panel discussions on IPO journeys and India’s digital transformation to Fireside on scaling content and commerce and more
After the keynote addresses set the tone for the rest of the summit, the event features a diverse range of sessions on themes such as logistics and supply chain innovation, the intersection of entrepreneurial prowess and investment acumen. Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal, Co-founders of Titan Capital and Snapdeal will be speaking on theme of ‘The Titan Touch: Entrepreneurial Prowess Meets Investment Acumen’. Additionally, there will be discussions on strategies for achieving profitable growth with Upasana Taku, Co-founder, MobiKwik, and Bipin Preet Singh, Founder & CEO of MobiKwik.

Within the Soonicorns Spotlight track, Satish Shukla, Co-founder of Addverb, will discuss the future of logistics and supply chain, shedding light on innovative solutions driving transformation. Aakash Sinha, who serves as a Professor of Practice at Shiv Nadar University and is also the Founder and CEO of Omnipresent Robot Tech, will explore the development of technology used in Chandrayaan rover navigation and its applications in space and aerospace challenges.

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In a panel discussion titled ‘Road to Startup IPOs: Tracking Financial and Tech Preparedness and Strategies for Success,’ esteemed speakers such as Rahul Taneja, Partner, Lightspeed India, Sumir Verma, Founder – Merisis Advisors, Jasbir S. Juneja, Partner, RedSeer Consulting, Vinay Bansal, Founder & CEO, Inflection Point Ventures, Akhil Gupta, Founder, NoBroker, and Sudhir Rao, Senior Partner, Celesta Capital, will delve into the financial and tech preparedness required for startups to successfully embark on the road to IPOs with the session moderator Manu Toms, Executive Editor, ET Prime. Priyanka Gill, Group Co-founder of Good Glamm Group, will engage in a fireside chat with Miloni Bhatt, Editor-Digital Broadcast, Economictimes.com, on the theme of ‘Scale 2.0: How Content and Commerce at Scale will Power India’s First Global Beauty Company’, exploring how content and commerce at scale can empower India’s first global beauty company.

Furthermore, during a panel discussion titled ‘Exploring Trade India’s Digital Transformation Journey with Persistent and Google Cloud,’ Harsh Sarohi, Senior Vice President and Head Of Technology at TradeIndia.com, and Sujith PR, Regional Business Manager at Google Business Unit, Persistent Systems, will delve into the transformative journey of Trade India in the digital landscape, providing valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in this dynamic terrain. The panel will be moderated by Miloni Bhatt, Editor-Digital Broadcast, Economictimes.com.

Lessons and learnings in tech entrepreneurship, steps ahead in sustainability and cleantech and more
Prashant Tandon, Co-founder & CEO of 1MG, will delve into strategic startup scaling during a fireside chat on the theme of ‘The Playbook to Scale Your Startup With a Strategic Investor’. The session, which will be moderated by Digbijay Mishra, Deputy Editor at ETtech, is poised to offer aspiring entrepreneurs a comprehensive roadmap for effectively expanding their ventures.

A key component of the Soonicorns Spotlight Track is the startup showcase presentations, mapping the journeys of startups pioneering solutions in the electric vehicle and clean energy sectors. This cleantech and EV-focused startup showcase track will feature visionary startup founders such as Anmol Jaggi, Co-founder & CEO of BluSmart; Pranesh Chaudhary, CEO & Founder at Zunpulse; Darryl Dias, Co-Founder & Director of Magenta Mobility, and Pratik Kamdar, Co-Founder of Neuron Energy. These presentations will cast a spotlight on the remarkable journeys and innovative strides these startups have taken in contributing to the sustainable and clean energy landscape.

Yet another series as part of the Soonicorns Spotlight track will feature startup showcase presentations from startups that are reimagining financial services for new-age India and transforming micro-enterprise lending in the country. The speakers in this segment include Vinod Kumar Singh, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Finhaat, and Sanjay Sharma, Co-Founder and MD of Aye Finance, who will illuminate the unique offerings tailored to meet the specific needs of emerging businesses in India.

Stakeholders can look forward to the powerful panel discussion titled, ‘Scaling Location-Based Services: Leveraging Google Maps for Seamless Growth,’ which will explore the expansion of location-based services in an increasingly digital world. The panel will feature seasoned industry experts, such as Manjeet Dahiya, Vice President and Head of Machine Learning and Data Sciences at Ecom Express; Himanshu Sharma, Sales Account Management Specialist at Persistent Systems, and Ravi Bhaskaran, Head of Partnerships Sales and Growth at Google Maps. Additionally, Thevasenapathy Subramaniam, Head of Google Alliance – APAC at Persistent Systems, will also deliver a presentation on the theme of ‘How Every Organisation Can Accelerate its Ability to Digitally Transform its Business’. This segment is designed to offer organisations valuable strategic insights into accelerating their digital transformation journeys efficiently.

Pallavi Shrivastava, Co-founder of ProgCap; Swati Bhargava, Co-Founder of CashKaro and EarnKaro; Tushar Aggarwal, Founder and CEO of Stashfin; Manish Kumar, CEO & Founder of KredX, and Souparno Bagchi, COO of Balancehero India, will also engage in a panel discussion moderated by Tarush Bhalla, Senior Assistant Editor at Economic Times, on the theme of ‘Future of Money: Unlocking the $2.1 trillion Fintech Opportunity for Digital India,’ where they will provide valuable insights into the immense opportunities and challenges within the financial technology sector.

A panel discussion on theme of ‘Cracking the Omnichannel Business Model: Strategies for D2C Startups To Win and Achieve Global Scale,’ will feature accomplished speakers such as Radhika Ghai, Founder of KindLife & Shopclues; Pawan Gupta, CEO and Co-Founder of Fashinza; Ankur Pahwa, Managing Partner at PeerCapital; Deepanshu Manchanda, Founder & CEO of ZappFresh, and Atul Mehta, COO of Shiprocket. This insightful discussion, moderated by Priyanka Sahay, Assistant Editor at ET Prime, will serve as a comprehensive guide for direct-to-consumer (D2C) startups aspiring to expand their horizons and attain global recognition.

Furthermore, Rishi Raj Singh, Chief Marketing Officer of MakeMyTrip and Chief Business Officer of MyBiz by MMT, will be sharing his insights into the theme of ‘Empowering Small Enterprises: The myBiz Approach to Business Efficiency,’ as he spotlights strategies and practices that can help empower small enterprises to boost efficiency in their operations.

The event will culminate with a closing fireside featuring Abhiraj Singh Bhal, Co-Founder of Urban Company, who will impart valuable insights into how startups can sustain and augment their growth in the ever-evolving startup landscape. Bhal’s closing session will serve as a reflective and action-oriented conclusion, providing actionable strategies for navigating the dynamic Indian startup ecosystem. With a comprehensive agenda and a lineup of industry experts, the ET Soonicorns Summit 2023 promises to be a hub of knowledge and networking for India’s startup community.

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