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Wharton India Economic Forum Mumbai 2017

6 Jan 2017
12:00 hrs to 19:00 hrs
Early Bird Price is now INR 3,800 per day
Taj Hotel, Colaba, Mumbai


Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) is all set for a 2-day power-packed summit this January – starting with the Wharton India Startup Competition (WISC) and followed by a Speaker Series. This prestigious event will be inaugurated by the Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis who has been emphasizing about innovation and disruption through the Startup India Initiative.

Understanding this vision, WIEF 2017 will be addressing various facets of innovation during the summit. Moreover, the summit has attracted some of the most influential people in the industry. From names such as Kunal Shah the founder of FreeCharge, Bharati Jacob the Co-founder of Seed Fund, Arundhati Bhattacharya - Chair-Managing director of the State Bank of India – there’s a list of 23 top-notch people attending the Wharton India Economic Forum.

January 6, 2017: WIEF Startup Competition

The first day of the conference is focused on the startup ecosystem in India, bringing together the best of entrepreneurs, investors, distinguished Wharton faculty, students and inspirational speakers on the same platform. Attendees will also have numerous opportunities for interaction and networking across the board.

January 7, 2017: Speaker Series

The second day of the conference is focused on the evolving business landscape in India and the need for business model innovation - facilitating discussions through accomplished speakers from the government, various industry leaders and distinguished Wharton faculty.

Startup Competition

WIEF is one of the largest and most prestigious India focused economic and business conferences in the world. The Wharton India Startup Competition (WISC) is a hallmark of WIEF, giving startups from India the opportunity to present in front of an esteemed panel of judges in India. Last year we had more than 750 startups apply to the competition.

Who Can Apply?

A startup (subject to eligibility requirements) with a business idea or business model featuring products and/or services targeting the Indian market.

How Developed Does The Startup Have To Be?

  1. Pre-seed
  2. Seed
  3. Early stage/ growth

What Is The Selection Process Like?

Competition entries will be pre-screened by a panel of experts including top entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and investors. This panel will select semi-finalists.

Shortlisted semi-finalists will be provided with 15-minute time slot to present their ideas to the judges (via teleconference) based on which finalists will be selected.

Finalists will pitch to top Indian entrepreneurs and venture capitalists on January 6, 2017 in Mumbai. The pitch will consist of a 5-minute presentation and a 3-minute Q&A session.

Program Details

Day 1: Startup Competition, Friday, January 6, 2017, Mumbai

12:00 - 14:00 Registration & Lunch

14:00 - 14:15 Opening Remarks

14:15 - 14:45 Opening Keynote Address

14:45 - 15:30 Venture Capital Panel Discussion

15:30 - 16:45 Startup Competition - First Segment

16:45 - 17:00 Inspiration Talk

17:00 - 17:30 Tea & Coffee Served

17:30 - 18:45 Startup Competition - Second Segment

18:45 - 19:30 Marketing Panel Discussion

19:30 - 20:00 Closing Keynote Address

20:00 - 20:30 Startup Competition Winners Announced

Day 2: Speaker Series, Saturday, January 7, 2017, Mumbai

9:00 - 10:00 Registration

10:00 - 10:30 Inaugural Speech - The Government View

10:30 - 11:00 Fireside: Private and Public Sector Perspectives

11:00 - 12:00 Panel: Perspectives on New India

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 13:30 Fireside: Distinguished Alumni

13:30 - 14:30 Fireside: Building Effective Organizations

14:30 - 15:30 Panel: Women’s Evolving Role in Business

15:30 - 16:00 Tea Break

16:00 - 17:00 Panel: Government and Public Policy Insights

17:00 - 17:30 Keynote: Outlook on Indian Industry

17:30 - 19:00 Networking Session and Close

Speakers of WIEF 2017

  1. Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman, Network 18 & Chairman, Quality Council of India
  2. Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water
  3. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, State Bank of India
  4. Bharati Jacob, Co-founder, Seedfund
  5. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Maharashtra
  6. Gul Panag, Actress and Entrepreneur
  7. Harbiir Singh, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, The Wharton School
  8. Karan Bhagat, Founder, MD & CEO, IIFL Wealth & Asset Management
  9. Kartik Hosanagar, Professor, The Wharton School
  10. Kartik Srivatsa, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Aspada Investment Advisors
  11. Kunal Shah, Founder & Chairman, FreeCharge
  12. Manisha Girotra, CEO, Moelis and Company
  13. Manoj Rajan, Additional Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka and CEO, ReMSL
  14. Nipun Mehra, Investor, Sequoia Capital India
  15. Pramath Raj Sinha, Founder & MD, 9.9 Media; Founding Dean, ISB
  16. Rajul Garg, Serial Entrepreneur & Investor
  17. Rehan Yar Khan, Managing Partner, Orios Venture Partners
  18. Rohan Mirchandani, Co-founder & Chief Dreamer, Drum Foods
  19. Saikat Chaudhuri, Executive Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School
  20. Sandeep Singha, Co-founder, Nexus Venture Partners
  21. Sejal Shah Gulati, Global Executive and President, ‎The Aspen Institute
  22. Shaheen Mistri, CEO, Teach for India
  23. Shradha Sharma, Founder and CEO, YourStory
  24. Sumeet Thadani, Entrepreneur
  25. Wendy Kopp, Co-founder & CEO, Teach for All
  26. Zia Mody, Senior Partner, AZB & Partners
  27. Zorawar Kalra, Founder & Managing Director, Massive Restaurants Pvt Ltd

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