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TechSparks Edition 11 goes virtual with an all-immersive global experience

October 26th-30th, 2020

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TechSparks is India’s largest and most influential startup-tech conference, having fostered the growth of some of the most recognised Made in India brands, influencers, and entrepreneurs.

For more than a decade, YourStory’s flagship event has been instrumental in shaping the narrative of India’s technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship ecosystem. It has helped startups raise more than $1 billion in funding, build over a million connections, and enabled the creation of around 300,000 jobs.

At TechSparks, YourStory brings together the key stakeholders of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for agenda-setting conversations to build for the future. And at the core lies YourStory's guiding principles — delivering stories that matter, catalysing conversations, forging connections, and empowering the next generation of changemakers.

TechSparks 2020 aims to deliver all this and more — in a completely immersive digital experience.

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SPOTLIGHTING
THE NEW
NORMAL

Aatmanirbhar Bharat innovations
Digital Transformation
Edtech
Fintech
Agritech
Healthtech
AI/ML
SaaS/B2B

BUILDING
GLOBAL
SYNERGIES

UK
US
Italy
Japan
Germany
Ireland
Singapore
Sweden

ECOSYSTEM
INFLUENCER
CONNECTS

Enterprises
VCs
Mentors
Business Leaders
Influencers
Policymakers
Corporate Accelerators
Family Offices

Keynotes

Hear from top minds about topics that cut across sectors, geographies and themes. Understand the trends that they are witnessing across the world that will shape the future, and most importantly, get to know how they are preparing themselves.

Panel Discussions

What is better than learning from one person? Hearing and learning from multiple leaders about the topics that matter the most, understanding their perspectives and getting to know about the bigger picture.

Fireside Chats

Candid conversions with the biggest names in the game, talking about their journeys, struggles and learnings.

Masterclasses

Crisp, to-the-point sessions that dive deep into the topics, break down the most complex ideas and concepts, and insights from the experts who will leave no stones unturned.

Workshops

Guided sessions to walk you through the processes, take you behind-the-scenes of things that you were always curious about and ensure that you understand everything that is to know about the topic, from using cutting-edge technology to managing large teams digitally.

Tech 30

Every year, TechSparks discovers and unveils 30 of India’s best upcoming, high potential technology startups. Finalists get the opportunity to pitch live on the TechSparks platform and connect with the biggest names in the startup ecosystem including investors, mentors, and business leaders - through curated meetings.

Aatmanirbhar Bharat - Celebrating Homegrown Innovation

COVID-19 has emerged as one of the gravest public healthcare challenges in recent history. By March 2020, it was clear that India — with its high population density — would be especially susceptible. India has traditionally relied very heavily on the import of healthcare solutions like medical devices, diagnostics technologies, etc. and unprecedented global disruption caused by the pandemic, directly affected these supply chains and the country was faced with a phenomenally unprecedented task. This was the time to look within our own backyard to find deployment-ready innovations and give them the last push or nudge to reach the market.

At TechSparks 2020, we want to celebrate the homegrown innovators and disruptors who tackled the challenge head-on. From handheld sterilisation devices to local social media platforms that bring India’s regional communities together, Indian entrepreneurs have risen to a whole new level of creative problem-solving that promises to push India to new and greater heights.

AI/ML

As more startups embrace new-age technologies, AI/ML is helping entrepreneurs solve real-world problems and alter the way we lead our daily lives. The technologies have opened up a host of new job opportunities and skilling requirements for India’s workforce, with job titles like AI trainers and AI annotators becoming increasingly commonplace. AI has the potential to disrupt every sector across the board, helping us build smarter machines with deeper capabilities and widespread impact.

The AI/ML track will host discussions with some of India’s AI leaders who have adapted the technology to create new paths in their fields, and improve the lives of countless individuals through their solutions. Sessions will capture the impact of AI/ML across sectors and its contribution to India’s massive growth, and also shed light on the roadmap ahead.

FinTech

In the last few years, India’s fintech ecosystem has undergone a digital makeover, as the sector has embraced disruptive innovations such as cloud banking, enhanced security in digital payments, simplified personal wealth management, amongst others. In addition to a plethora of startups tapping into this opportunity, the industry has seen the influence of large corporates and established banks, who are also reinventing to keep up with the new face of fintech.

So where is fintech headed in 2020? How can startups navigate the increasingly complex fintech business environment and build scalable solutions? Find the answers to these and even more queries in the FinTech track at TechSparks 2020 - with firsthand insights from VCs, banking leaders, and startup experts.

HealthTech

Even before COVID-19 changed the way we think about healthcare, healthtech startups in India were already solving some of the country’s most pressing challenges. In recent years, the space has seen rapid transformation and growth, as startups and established players have come together to build the next generation of medical solutions.

The HealthTech track at TechSparks 2020 will bring together some of the country’s most eminent healthcare professionals, dynamic entrepreneurs, and policy makers to share their learnings and advice for the new normal. Sessions will explore cutting-edge innovation, including IoT and mobile-based healthcare solutions, the rise of mental health awareness and self-care, and the world of corporate-startup partnerships.

SaaS: Building from India for the World

India has become a hub for technology innovation, with the global success of companies like InMobi inspiring hundreds of Indian entrepreneurs to build solutions from here for the world. The fact remains that many of the challenges we face in India cannot be solved by global players. Indian startups bring a unique perspective to the game, with cutting-edge tech development and disruptive solutions that can be scaled to the global market.

At TechSparks 2020, the SaaS track will see the biggest names in SaaS and cloud solutions come together to discuss the future of the segment, the very latest in market and customer trends, and the roadmap for the years to come.

Digital Transformation: The Road to India’s next trillion dollar economy

Digital transformation has become a cornerstone of business in every industry. Organisations are evolving and applying technology to develop new business models, processes, and solutions to achieve connectivity and visibility in every aspect of their business. Tech solutions have permanently transformed the way organisations collaborate, scale, and connect with customers and teams across the globe. 

The Digital Transformation track will showcase organisations who have embraced the new wave of tech adoption, leveraging cutting-edge solutions to scale their teams and tap into new markets across industries.

Education/EdTech

Between January 2014 and September 2019, more than 4,450 edtech startups were launched in India. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, online education has seen a further massive uptick in terms of adoption and funding. 

The EdTech track at TechSparks 2020 will highlight Indian edtech startups gaining ground on the global stage, and explore how models such as language learning, B2B offerings, and specialised learning are gaining traction. The dialogue will also revolve around the role of technology in bridging gaps in the education industry, building sustainable revenue models, and new innovations in the sector.

Open Innovation: Corporate Accelerators

India has one of the busiest startup ecosystems in the world. As a result, accelerators and incubators are aplenty too. A joint 2017 report by NASSCOM and Zinnov Consulting revealed that India ranks third in the world in the number of incubators and accelerators it has. Only China and the US have more than India’s 150-odd accelerators (primarily located in the startup hubs of Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Delhi-NCR).
How critical are these accelerators for the growth of startups? Are corporate accelerators better than private ones? What do startups really look for during their acceleration phase? What do accelerators gain out of their association with startups? And, most importantly, how do they measure success?

At TechSparks 2020, the Open Innovation track will address these questions and more, with insights from corporate accelerator heads across the country and their learnings from running cohorts over the years. Sessions will also capture the transformation of the accelerator ecosystem in the wake of COVID-19, and the shift to digital formats.

Family Offices - Role of Indian Family Offices in building the right venture ecosystem

With the rising tide of Indian startups that have a pan-India presence, Indian talent is seeing new opportunities in their home country, where they can work towards homegrown solutions and give back to the community that raised them. It is here that the family office comes in - with a deep insight into community-centric challenges, these investors are able to identify the startups with meaningful contributions and potential for scale, and act as an indicator to the global VC ecosystem.

The Family Offices track will deep-dive into the mindset of these investors, and break down what they look for in a startup before investing. The discussions will highlight examples of homegrown innovation and industry disruptors, and how they were able to build to scale within the Indian market.

Global Innovation: Building synergies with the global innovation and startup ecosystems

Italy

US

UK

Japan

Germany

Sweden

Ireland

Singapore

As the world grows ever more connected, enterprises, investors, and startups are coming together across borders to solve global problems with new and disruptive ways of thinking. Every year, TechSparks brings together policy makers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders from across the globe to share their vision for the years to come.This year, TechSparks is hosting a Global Innovation Track, dedicated to cross-border collaborations and the potential for global change. Sessions will bring together business leaders, policy makers, and investors across regions to share their insights on the global market, highlight the impact of international partnerships, and build deep relationships to shape the future of innovation.

15+

Countries

100M+

Online Reach

100K+

Attendees

100+

curated sessions

Topics

Join the conversations only at TechSparks
Building a Multinational Edtech Startup from India
Byju Raveendran, Founder & CEO, BYJU'S
Defining the Future of Mobility: Economic, Environmental, and Social Implications for India and the World
Bhavish Aggarwal, Founder & CEO, Ola
Deep-dive into Product Thinking & Building for India
Live Open House with Amit Somani, Managing Partner, Prime Ventures Partners on all things product, tech, and design thinking
Dark, Untold, what remains in the closet of Entrepreneurship, let’s bring it in open for the first time with Kunal Shah of Cred
Kunal Shah, Founder and CEO, CRED
The Future of Work, but first Now & the Near Future
Aaksha Meghawat, Apple

SPEAKERS

Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice

Nirmala Sitharaman

Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs
Government of India

John T. Chambers

Chairman Emeritus of Cisco, Founder & CEO, JC2 Ventures
Chairman US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF)

Ratan Tata

Chairman
Tata Trust

Ajay Sawhney

Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)

Anu Hariharan

Partner, Y Combinator Continuity Fund

Byju Raveendran

Founder & CEO
BYJU'S

Caesar Sengupta

Vice President, Payments and NBU, Google

Sridhar Vembu

Founder & CEO
ZOHO Corp

Sapna Chadha

Senior Marketing Director
Google India and Southeast Asia

Shailendra Singh

Managing Director
Sequoia Capital - India

Puneet Chandok

President - India and South Asia
AISPL

Dilip Asbe

MD & CEO
National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)

Kunal Shah

Founder & CEO
CRED

Alan Gemmell

HM’s Trade Commissioner for South Asia

Varsha Tagare

Managing Director
 Qualcomm Ventures India

Abhishek Singh

CEO
MyGov

Bhavish Aggarwal

Co-founder & CEO
Ola Cabs
And more

What’s in store?

Connect with investors, corporate leaders, industry mentors, and more through curated networking sessions and roundtables.

Hear from some of the best and brightest minds from India and beyond as they share their insights on scaling, staying agile, navigating a crisis, and more.

Leverage the TechSparks platform to showcase your own business and connect with the global startup ecosystem.

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Past Speakers

Honourable Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka Dr. Ashwathnarayan C. N
Kishore Biyani
Founder and CEO, Future Group
Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Founder and CEO, Paytm
Naveen Tewari
Founder and CEO, InMobi
Kunal Shah
Founder and CEO, Cred
Bhavish Aggarwal
Founder and CEO, OLA
Rajan Anandan
Managing Director of Sequoia Capital

Kalyan Krishnamurthy
CEO, Flipkart
Nithin Kamath,
Co-founder, Zerodha
Manu Jain
Vice President & MD, Xiaomi
Taapsee Pannu
Actor
Rajkumar Rao
Actor

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