Startup & Emerging Enterprise

Start-ups & Emerging Enterprise Zone
Getting Back to Growth-Track

The spread of the novel coronavirus has cast a shadow of gloom and doom on the Indian economy. While the government is struggling to tackle the rising cases of contagion in the country, the economy is bleeding $4.5 million daily, expected to close at a total of $190 billion at the end of the 42-day lockdown period. The other effects of the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the pandemic also includes rise in unemployment numbers, slowing demand from customers and a liquidity crisis.

However, government bodies, large corporations and business leaders are looking at devising strategies to ride out the slowdown caused by the pandemic. And in this context, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), if experts are to be trusted, could play a major role in helping the country’s economy get back to the growth track faster. MSMEs are often considered to be the growth engine of the country as they can promote equitable development.

Indian MSMEs assume importance because it is the second largest employing sector after agriculture and provides livelihood to over 120 million citizens. An estimated 36.1 million units under the sector contributes to 6.11% of the manufacturing GDP and 24.63% of the GDP from service activities. These firms also contribute to about 45% of the overall exports from the country.

Essentially rallying behind this sector, especially during and immediately post the Covid-19 crisis, can help in curbing trends such as unemployment and increase overall exports from the country.

13:20 – 13:40
Keynote: Getting back to growth track during and post Covid-19

Sumer Juneja, Head, SoftBank Vision Fund, India

13:40 – 13:50
Building Digital Workplace

Rob Enderle, Founder, Enderle Group

13:50 – 14:20
Panel discussion: Investors code for startups during crisis

This discussion will be empanelled by investors, incubators and accelerators. The panellists will discuss how start-ups can ride through recession periods, talk about mentorship and how to manage the workforce during such times. The panellists will also explain that what pointers do they look at in start-ups in determining that they are investable during recession periods.

Imran Jafar, Managing Partner, Gaja Capital
Sandeep Murthy, MD, Lightbox India
Pankaj Makkar, MD, Bertlsmann India Investments
Rajesh Sawhney, Founder, GSF Accelerator & Inner Chef
Moderated By: Sateesh Andra, MD, Endiya Partners

14:20 – 14:35
In conversation: Why Covid-19 is an opportunity for startups and not a crisis

Greg Moran, CEO, Zoomcar
Anirban Ghoshal, Tech Editor, ETEdge

14:35 – 14:50
Leadership in Covid Times

Sonia McDonald’s, CEO & Founder, McDonald’s Inc.

14:50 – 15:05
In conversation: How to steer a startup towards growth during global pandemic crisis

Vivek Sunder, COO, Swiggy
Archna Rai, Senior Editor – Emerging Business, The Economic Times

15:05 – 15:20
Innovation in a Time of Crisis

Carla Johnson Best-Selling Author. Marketing & Innovation Strategist

15:20 – 15:45
Local to Global Business Journey

Willpower Harris, Strategic-planning & business coach for Elite Entrepreneurs & CEO’s