Sponsors & Convener




Catamaran aims to be a globally-respected catalyst that invests in innovative ideas from passionate and value-based entrepreneurs to help them build successful enterprises. Catamaran manages over $1 billion across asset classes.

Catamaran is a stage agnostic investor allowing it to back its entrepreneurs at many points along their journey, driving deep partnership and shared success. It takes a long-term view and allows its entrepreneurs to execute on their long-term strategies.



TATA Digital

Tata Digital is a future-ready company that focuses on creating consumer-centric, high-engagement digital products. By creating a holistic presence across various touchpoints, we aim to be the trusted partner of every consumer and deliver delight by powering a better life. The company's debut offering, Tata Neu, is a super-app from Tata that provides an integrated rewards experience spanning retail, travel and hospitality, health and fitness, entertainment, and financial services on a single platform. Founded in August 2019, Tata Digital is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons Private Limited.



Karnataka Digital Economy Mission

In order to harness the dividend from the transformational digital economy, Government of Karnataka has undertaken a slew of initiatives in the direction of aligning institutions and ecosystems. Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM), one such novel initiative, is a Section 8 organization established by the Government of Karnataka. KDEM is designed to function as the knowledge bridge between the Government of Karnataka and industry with a view of accelerating the growth and investments of the IT, BT, ESDM and S&T sectors in Karnataka. KDEM has already been in action through its various initiatives and programs specifically in driving the strategy for the growth of digital economy, bringing new investments, and creating new employment opportunities.

The KDEM promises to harness the unlimited potential of the digital economy of Karnataka to transform the lives of the people in the state. The growth strategies executed by the KDEM, pivot on the creation of a robust IT ecosystem in emerging cities of the state of Karnataka, which powers millions of other ancillary jobs across other industries. KDEM is supported by around 32 Industry anchors driving the strategy for the growth of digital economy of the State. KDEM focuses on five verticals to drive this a) IT&ITES, BPM and GCC, b) ESDM, c) Start up and Innovations, d) Talent Accelerator and e) Beyond Bengaluru (spreading evenly growth across three clusters Mysore, Mangalore and Hubli).

Some of the aspirational targets KDEM aims at are:

  1. 40% of state GDP contributed by digital economy by the year 2030,
  2. Creation of 10 Lakhs additional jobs (direct & indirect) by the year 2030, and
  3. 5000 start-ups by 2026 with more than 40 unicorns and providing future digital skills to the industry.




Accel is a leading venture capital firm that invests in people and their companies from the earliest days through all phases of private company growth. Atlassian, Braintree, Cloudera, CrowdStrike, DJI, Dropbox, Dropcam, Etsy, Facebook, Flipkart, FreshWorks, Jet, Qualtrics, Slack, Spotify, Supercell, UiPath and Vox Media are among the companies the firm has backed over the past 35 years.




Axilor Ventures is an early stage seed fund and startup accelerator founded by some of the iconic entrepreneurs and business leaders, which include Kris Gopalakrishnan, S D Shibulal, Professor Tarun Khanna, Srinath Batni and Ganapathy Venugopal. In the last three years, Axilor has supported more than 80 startups, made 30+ investments and has an active Alumni network of 150+ founders. Axilor focuses on early stage investments across the following sectors - Consumer Internet, Enterprise SaaS, Healthcare Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech and Industrial IoT.




Micelio Mobility is a catalyst in the electric mobility sector building a vibrant and self-sustaining ecosystem in India and for the world. Micelio Mobility through its Micelio Discovery Studio seeks to exchange knowledge with other EV enthusiasts, OEMs, Think tanks, and Maker Labs to collaborate and co-create an ecosystem of people who are striving to make mobility cleaner for the future. We are here to Collaborate, Create and Innovate. Further through Micelio Fund, India's leading venture capital fund specially for early-stage clean mobility startups with a USD 20 million fund, it actively supports EV startups in deep tech, component development, etc.




Covington & Burling LLP is a pre-eminent international law firm with more than 1,300 lawyers and advisors and offices in Beijing, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Washington, Shanghai, and Seoul. We are known for the high quality of our work, in-depth knowledge of key industries, sophistication in complex corporate, regulatory, advisory, and contentious matters, deep loyalty to clients, and commitment to the highest professional and ethical standards. In an increasingly regulated world, we have an exceptional ability to navigate clients through their most complex business problems, deals, and disputes. Our distinctively collaborative culture allows us to be truly one team globally, drawing on the diverse experience of lawyers and advisors across the firm by seamlessly sharing insight and expertise. What sets us apart is our ability to combine the tremendous strength in our litigation, investigations, and corporate practices with deep knowledge of policy and policymakers, as well as one of the world’s leading regulatory practices.




Swissnex is the Swiss global network connecting the dots in education, research, and innovation. Our mission is to support the outreach and active engagement of our partners in the international exchange of knowledge, ideas, and talent. Swissnex in India is located in Bangalore and part of the six main Swissnex locations that are established in some of the world’s most innovative regions. Together with around twenty Science and Technology Offices (STO) and Counselors (STC) based in Swiss Embassies, we contribute to strengthen Switzerland’s profile as a world-leading innovation hotspot.



Enterprise Singapore

Enterprise Singapore is the government agency championing enterprise development. We work with committed companies to build capabilities, innovate and internationalise. We also support the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and startups. As the national standards and accreditation body, we continue to build trust in Singapore's products and services through quality and standards.




The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft based in Germany is the world's leading applied research organization. Prioritizing key future-relevant technologies and commercializing its findings in business and industry, it plays a major role in the innovation process. A trailblazer and trendsetter in innovative developments and research excellence, it is helping shape our society and our future. Founded in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates 76 institutes and research units throughout Germany. Over 30,000 employees, predominantly scientists and engineers, work with an annual research budget of €2.9 billion. Fraunhofer generates €2.5 billion of this from contract research.



German Indian Startup Exchange Program

The German Indian Startup Exchange Program (GINSEP) is a non-monetary platform initiated by the German Startups Association and supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) to strengthen and foster exchange between India and Germany in the startup space and support Indian and German startups in their efforts to gain access to the respective other market.



Indian Venture & Alternate Capital Association

Established, for over a decade, by industry professionals with a unified aim to drive forward Alternate capital industry in India. The IVCA (Indian Venture and Alternate Capital Association) is India's apex body representing the interests of PE/VC industry, Real estate, Infrastructure and Credit funds, Limited Partners, Family offices & Corporate VC's.

IVCA is a non-profit organization powered by its members. The member firms comprise of firms from around the world including investment manager, investment advisor, general partner, fund whose sponsors are sovereign wealth fund, pension funds, national Governments, large Government entities, bilateral/multilateral financial institutions, high net worth individuals and family offices.



Japan External Trade Organization

JETRO, or the Japan External Trade Organization, is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. Originally established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports abroad, JETRO's core focus in the 21st century has shifted toward promoting foreign direct investment into Japan and helping small to medium size Japanese firms maximize their global export potential.



TiE Bangalore

TiE was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, & senior professionals. There are currently more than 12,000 members and over 1,800 charter members in 61 chapters in 12 countries.

Over the last 25 years of existence TiE Chapters around the world has become a vibrant platform for entrepreneurs, professionals, industry leaders, investors to interact with one another & forge long lasting relationships.



Adfactors PR

Our approach is rooted in robust problem-definition and customising the solution. In an industry built on standard templates and processes, we explore creative solutions for each brief. And, of course, superior execution is a widely acknowledged strength of Adfactors PR.

Our business is built on a few simple tenets. In a complex world with a trust deficit, we believe public relations is 90 per cent behaviour and 10 per cent communications. We believe relationships are key to sustainable business and integrity, while transparency, purpose and fairness are critical elements of a successful public relations programme.

As a firm, we practice what we preach. Culture is our strength, and our culture is built on simple tenets of integrity, transparency, fairness and simplicity. Constant, incremental innovation for creating value for our clients is also a part of our value system. The few businesses we do not work for include: tobacco, alcohol, meat processing and gambling.

In 2020, Adfactors PR was named one of the seven Global Agencies of the Decade by PRovoke Media. In recent years, Adfactors PR has won multiple accolades, including PR Awards Asia's (formerly PRWeek) South Asia Agency of the Year for four consecutive years – 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015. We have also won PRovoke Media's ‘Asia-Pacific Corporate-PA Consultancy of the Year’ in 2018, 'Asia-Pac Financial Consultancy of the Year' in 2015 and 2013, 'Global Financial Agency' in 2015, and ‘Global Corporate Agency’ in 2016. In 2014 and 2016, the firm was recognised by the Campaign magazine and The Holmes Report as 'India Consultancy of the Year'. Since 2014, when the firm started participating at industry awards, we have won more than 250 awards for campaign excellence at prestigious national and international fora.



Smadja & Smadja

Smadja & Smadja Strategic Advisory (S&S) was established in 2001 in Switzerland and in the US. It works with international companies, individual investors and government entities on global trends and strategic issues.

The Firm’s mission is to help its clients navigate and leverage globalization and the technology and entrepreneurial revolution, providing them with actionable insights and a “world view” to help identify new opportunities and risks, and manage the increasing volatility and complexity of a globalized world.

The firm creates platforms of contents – from strategic, behind closed doors, seminars to high profile international conferences. Smadja & Smadja has activities, clients and partners in Asia, North America, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.