The India Global Innovation Connect is a two-day annual meeting to foster and promote technological innovation in India by discussing the issues and policies involved, identifying the openings and challenges brought by disruptive technologies, while creating a channel of interaction between technology developers and business end-users. The India Global Innovation Connect is an opportunity for Bangalore, as a high-tech hub, to join other global event hosts with a top level annual platform for Indian executives and academics to engage in a dialogue with their foreign peers and partners to initiate new ideas and relationships.
The Coming of Age of a Global Innovation Hub
Curtain raiser session
The dislocations brought by the pandemic have spurred a burst of innovation, with many startups coming up with new...
The dislocations brought by the pandemic have spurred a burst of innovation, with many startups coming up with new technology responses to the constraints and changing needs of individual customers as well as of corporations. New products and services have emerged from the country’s startup ecosystem which have already found their market and have the potential for international expansion in areas such as fintech, nanotechnology, digital healthcare, industrial IoT, etc. Who are the entrepreneurs at the forefront of this trend and what makes them successful?
BJ Arun, Chairman, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Global Board, USA
Umang Bedi, Co-founder, VerSe Innovation, India
Vaibhav Gupta, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Office Udaan, India
Derick Jose, Co-Founder & Chief Data Scientist, Flutura Decision Sciences and Analytics, India/USA
Hari Menon, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Bigbasket, India
Mohandas Pai, Co-Founder & Partner Aarin Capital, India
Ralph C. Voltmer, Partner, Head of India Practice, Covington & Burling USA
Keynote speech by:
Shri Basavaraj Bommai, Hon Chief Minister of Karnataka
Claude Smadja, President Smadja & Smadja Strategic Advisory, Switzerland
India is now close to an inflection point where it will be emerging as the next global DeepTech hub. A NASSCOM...
India is now close to an inflection point where it will be emerging as the next global DeepTech hub. A NASSCOM report evaluates that close to 20% of all the country's start-ups are now involved in deep tech developments. Indian and foreign VCs developing their portfolio of deep-tech startups are betting on positive factors for the expansion of the sector such as accelerating digital adoption, the broadening of the national skills and talent pool, the more pressing need of corporations for advanced solutions to remain competitive, and a strong policy support, exemplified by the “Atmanirbhar” - self-reliance - policy of the government aiming at the development of an ecosystem propitious to research and innovation.
Arun Chandru, Co-founder & Director, Pandorum Technologies, India
Satoshi Nagata, Director, Sagri India, Japan/India
Aruna Schwarz, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Stelae Technologies, UK/India
Manish Singhal, Founding Partner, PI Ventures, India
Pradeep Vajram, Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, AlphaICs, India/USA/Japan
Saket Agarwal, Founder & Managing Partner, Onnivation, India
Keynote presentation by:
Karin Mayer Rubinstein, Chief Executive Officer & President, Israel Advance Technologies Industries, Israel
It is great to come up with an innovation in technology, sciences or in the technical domain but it is quite different...
It is great to come up with an innovation in technology, sciences or in the technical domain but it is quite different to understand how this innovation can be deployed, what market to target and then to be able to mobilize the necessary resources, set up the right organization and management team to secure perfect execution. Sometimes the problem boils down to the failure to recognize an opportunity. Too many academic institutions in India as well as new startups have to confront many obstacles in trying to commercialize the IP they have produced, quite often due to a lack of effective linkages and synergies between industry and research organizations, insufficient financial resources, or even, deficient protection of IP rights domestically and abroad.
Anand Anandkumar, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Bugworks, India
Jagadeesh Gopalan, Senior Professor Dept. of. Aerospace Engineering, Chairman, Center of Excellence in Hypersonics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Co-Founder Ykrita Life Sciences, India
Manoj Gopalkrishnan, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Algorithmic Biologics, India
Anandi Iyer, Director, Fraunhofer Office India, Germany/India
Shrikumar Suryanarayan, Co-Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Sea6Energy, India
Woosuk Kenneth Choi, Editor, Future Planning Desk, The Chosun Ilbo Group, Director General, The Asian Leadership Conference, Republic of Korea
Startup founders take turns to present their company, highlighting the innovative, transformational impact of what they...
Startup founders take turns to present their company, highlighting the innovative, transformational impact of what they are creating. They also share how they address the challenges of skills and the product-market fit.
Ankit Anand, Vice President - Software and India Business, Sleepiz, Switzerland
Peter Choe, Chief Executive Officer, Contents Holdings, Republic of Korea
Neils Delore, APAC Head, Flyability, Switzerland
Ramkumar Govindarajan, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Wizfreight, India
Nakul Kukar, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Cell Propulsion, India
Saurabh Tembhurne, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SoHHytec, Switzerland
Shaili Chopra, Founder Gytree & SheThePeople, India
A number of success stories, such as UPI and Aadhar in India illustrate the power and potential of Digital Public Goods...
A number of success stories, such as UPI and Aadhar in India illustrate the power and potential of Digital Public Goods for generating innovations that are not only opportunities for creating new, profitable businesses but also for improving lives, expanding inclusion and removing frictions in an economy. Although there are issues to be addressed with respect to Digital Public Goods, this model reduces barriers for the next 5 billion people to participate in the digital economy and scales up impact.
Rakshit Daga, Chief Technology Officer, BigBasket, India
Alex “Sandy” Pentland, Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program Director, MIT Media Lab, USA (online)
Nirankar Saxena, Deputy Director General, FICCI, Leader S&T activities, Chair of the 6 innovation clusters Govt of India, India
Sharad Sharma, Co-Founder, Indian Software Product Industry RoundTable (Isprit), India
Claude Smadja, President Smadja & Smadja Strategic Advisory, Switzerland
With the Web 3.0 data can be interconnected in a decentralized way, with human users and machines able to...
With the Web 3.0 data can be interconnected in a decentralized way, with human users and machines able to interact with data. As Web 3.0 networks will operate through decentralized protocols a convergence has already emerged with the blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies with an interoperability and seamless integration allowing them to be used in a wide range of applications with the potential of changing the way companies conduct their business and individuals manage their daily lives. What is required for Indian entrepreneurs and the Indian economy to leverage the potential created by this new technology and even achieve a leadership role in this domain?
Anirudh Pandita, Founder, Pocket Aces & Loco, India
Nitin Sharma, Co-Founder & General Partner, Antler India, Singapore/India
Emin Sirer, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Ava Labs, USA (online)
Naganand Doraswamy, Managing Partner & Founder, Ideaspring Capital, India
Entrepreneurs and investors initiate contact and engage in on-demand, bilateral, “behind closed doors” discussions to explore potential collaboration.
While China has achieved the role of “the world’s factory”, India has been seen until recently almost exclusively as...
While China has taken over the role of “the world's factory”, India has been seen until recently, almost exclusively, as the “world's back-office hub”. Back-office activities have contributed tremendously in the last twenty years to India's economic growth and to its deeper integration into the global economy. However, the country is now at the cusp of developing a new role as a technology innovation provider to domestic corporations as well as to MNCs leveraging innovation coming out of India-based R&D centers and the surge of an entrepreneurial and innovation culture expressed by increasingly creative startups. India ranks now 46 in the Global Innovation Index up from 66th ranking in 2016. However, the next crucial stage to reach is for India to become a significant player in globally scalable product and service technology innovation.
Amit Kalra, Managing Director, Swiss Re Global Business Services, India
Shikha Pillai, Head Strategy, Siemens Healthineers Development Center, Germany/India
GNV Subba Rao, Global Head of Quality & Operation Centers, Process Automation Director, ABB Innovation Center, Switzerland/India
Hemanth Sheelvant, Innovation Director- Corporate Venture Building, Bosch GMBH, Germany/India
Masayuki Toriumi, Managing Director, Sony India Software Center (SISC), India/Japan
Sanjeev Gupta, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Lahari (A GoI Initiative), Chief Executive Officer, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM), India
Fighting climate change is not only a tremendous global challenge; it is also stimulating innovation and creating...
Fighting climate change is not only a tremendous global challenge; it is also stimulating innovation and creating immediate business opportunities worldwide. Startup founders and VCs in different countries got the message fast with a new wave of climate tech startups emerging in countries such as India, Germany, USA, UK etc.
Tammy Ben-Haim, Consul General, Consulate General of Israel, Israel
Achim Burkart, Consul General of Germany, Germany
Neeraj Kumar Dasila, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, SmartHelio, Switzerland
Oded Distel, Chief Executive Officer, Tal-Ya Agriculture Solutions, Israel
Anandhi Gokhale, Investment Manager, Emerald Technology Ventures, Singapore
Amrita Gandikota, German Indian Startup Exchange Program – GINSEP India Representative & AsiaBerlin Ambassador, Germany
Small, dedicated, roundtable discussions between specific group of startup founders to share experiences and explore potential synergies
Ballroom 1 + 3
A conversation with:
Paul Saffo, Technology Forecaster, Professor in the School of Engineering, Stanford University on the future of engineering and the impact of technological change on the future, USA
Yaël Smadja, Chief Executive Officer, Smadja & Associates, USA
VC Funds play an important role in providing the resources for translating innovative ideas and the results of tech...
VC Funds play an important role in providing the resources for translating innovative ideas and the results of technology research into marketable products and services. They play a crucial role as the most important source of funding and advice in the creation and development of high-technology companies. However, this crucial role is not always fully recognized. There is also the risk that VC executives would rather invest in so-called trendy technologies which may offer a safer return rather than putting their money in startups looking at developing more radical innovations.
A conversation with:
Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, Co-Founder Sycamore Networks, Founder the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT, Founder Deshpande Foundation, USA
Prashanth Prakash, Partner, Accel Partners, India
Claude Smadja, President, Smadja & Smadja Strategic Advisory, Switzerland