TiE hosted the 8th annual India Internet day today at New Delhi. This was India’s largest conference for internet entrepreneurs. The event followed the theme ‘India Internet Unboxed: Getting ready for a 100 Unicorns.’ There were prominent players from the Chinese start-up ecosystem as well as some fine entrepreneurial minds of India. More than 1000 delegates, top unicorns, industry leaders, investors, policy makers, mentors and key stakeholders were present at this event.
iDay also invited leading Chinese VCs to speak some word on the start-up landscape in China. The speakers included Hans Tung, Partner-GGVC, the investor associated with 14 unicorns, Helen Wong, Partner- Qiming Venture, and Yun Lou, Founder & CEO – Clubfactory.
“The focus of today’s event is to encourage and help innovative internet-centric start-ups in learning how to unbox the full potential of their ambitious ventures.” Said, Rajan Anandan, President – TiE Delhi-NCR.
The first keynote on ‘Unboxing Innovation & Empowering Startups’, Anant Maheshwari – President of Microsoft India said, “The value of India is in that bottom of the pyramid of SME.” Deepinder Goyal, Founder & CEO of Zomato, advised entrepreneurs to draw value from outside India as part of the panel discussion on ‘Unboxing Indian Tech Going Global’.
Speaking on ‘Entrepreneurial Milestones: Unboxing Pivots and Pirouettes to Exits’ Kunal Shah, Founder & CEO of Cred urged aspiring entrepreneurs, “It’s not the storytelling but the clarity of thoughts that can make your start-up successful.” Six start-ups presented their unique products to a panel of investors as part of the Launchpad at iDay.
The event provided a space to both industry leaders and evolving entrepreneurs to get together and interchange insights and experiences over knowledge sharing & mentoring avenues like Power Breakfast with iDay committee members and leading investors, the FinTech Founders’ Lunch and the B2B Founders’ Lunch. A product workshop further demonstrated the benefits of powering product management with innovative strategies in driving the evolution of a start-up into a unicorn.
TiE also joined hands with Diageo to hold a discussion with leading entrepreneurs and influencers under the heading ‘Unboxing Best Practices for Regulations & Policies’. The conversations included topics like benefits of effective adoption of automated compliance in boosting regulatory enforcement as well as ease of doing business.