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All Set For YEA: The BW Start-Up Awards
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It is turning an idea into a successful commercial story that captures the imagination of the NextGen today. Gone are the days of young people pursuing stodgy jobs; this is the age of following your passion and starting your own enterprise.
BW | Businessworld applauds this spirit; and to capture it, is organising the Young Entrepreneurship Conference and Awards to felicitate the enterprise in today’s youth.
BW | Businessworld did a special issue on startups, issue dated June 2015, and it is with this event we are felicitating the young winners who can be the potential future leaders of corporate India
On the sidelines of the awards ceremony, BW Businessworld is organising a half-day conference. This is an attempt to bring the best minds together in the startup ecosystem and discuss the key attributes for entrepreneurial success.
The event will kickstart by a welcome note from V Vaidyanathan, CMD of Capital First, who has been responsible for India's largest management buyout of a listed company. As part of this MBO, private equity player Warburg Pincus acquired a majority stake (70.57 per cent) in Capital First.
Our first panel discussion is on how these business leaders built fastest growing companies out of India. Some of the founders that the startups can learn from are Rahul Sharma, co-founder and CEO, Micromax; Mohit Tandon, CSO, Delhivery; and Yatin Shah, founder, IIFL Wealth.
Business owners have to take several decisions, big and small, every minute in their entrepreneurial journey. This can be quite overwhelming, personally and professionally. Our next discussion is on how these founders – Rahul Yadav, former CEO of Housing.com, Vikas Malpani, co-founder of Commonfloor, Neeru Sharma, co-founder of Infibeam went against the tide and stood by what they believe is right.
India needs to do much more to improve the ecosystem for women entrepreneurs is a given. It ranks a low 70 out of 77 countries in the Female Entrepreneurship Index 2015 (formerly known as the Gender GEDI). It is to talk about these issues we have five women leaders — Anshulika Dubey, COO, Wishberry; Ashwini Deshpande, co-founder, Elephant Design + Strategy; Sairee Chahal, founder, SHEROES.in; Neha Juneja, co-founder and CEO, Greenway Grameen Infra; and Upasana Taku, co-founder, MobiKwik — to share their experience of building companies and suggest policy changes to get more women to join the fray.
When to raise funds? How to raise money? These questions can be mind boggling for any first time entrepreneur. To unravel the funding game for these entrepreneurs we have Natarajan R, MD and CFO, Helion Ventures; Mohit Bhatnagar, MD, Sequoia Capital; Karan Mohla, executive director, IDG Ventures; and Dev Khare, MD, Lightspeed Ventures India on the panel to share their gyan.