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About the Programmes

StartUp Sphere is a program that aims to bring together the startup community, partners, unicorns, influencers, founders, investors, leaders, and entrepreneurs to discuss a wide range of topics related to startups. Some of the key themes that will be covered in the program include governmental support for startups, alternative sources of funding such as revenue financing, debt and hedging, new avenues in startups, the art and science of startup valuation, term sheets, shareholders agreements, legal documents, and key clauses. In addition, there will be a panel discussion on the topic of investors-investing in people versus investing in ideas, startup governance, and tax and regulatory benefits for "eligible startups". The program will also cover topics such as leveraging digital marketing for startups, CBDC potential and pitfalls, opportunities ahead in the world of Web 3.0, and a startup talk titled "My Journey" featuring successful startup entrepreneurs. Other themes that will be covered during the event include the future of fintech, Indian startups on the global platform, data privacy, and India's data economy. The event will also feature a startup exhibition, startup ramp, a program on Maharashtra industrial policies, startup pitching program, investors meet, and many more. StartUp Sphere program provides a unique opportunity for startups to connect with peers, industry experts, and investors, and to gain insights into the latest trends and innovations in the startup ecosystem.

Date & Time : 27.06.2023 (Tuesday) to 28.06.2023 (Wednesday) Venue : World Jio Centre, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Bandra (East) Mumbai

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ICAI Startup SPhere Programme is Organised by the ICAI

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) is a statutory body established by an Act of Parliament, viz. The Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 (Act No.XXXVIII of 1949) for regulating the profession of Chartered Accountancy in the country. The Institute, functions under the administrative control of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India. The ICAI is the second largest professional body of Chartered Accountants in the world, with a strong tradition of service to the Indian economy in public interest. The affairs of the ICAI are managed by a Council in accordance with the provisions of the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 and the Chartered Accountants Regulations, 1988. The Council constitutes of 40 members of whom 32 are elected by the Chartered Accountants and remaining 8 are nominated by the Central Government generally representing the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Finance and other stakeholders. Over a period of time the ICAI has achieved recognition as a premier accounting body not only in the country but also globally, for maintaining highest standards in technical, ethical areas and for sustaining stringent examination and education standards. Since 1949, the profession has grown leaps and bounds in terms of members and student base. With the objective of Capacity Building of MSMEs & Start-up, the Institute is responsive to the emerging challenges of MSMEs & Start-ups and constitutes the Committee on MSME & Start-ups for effectively meeting newer challenges.

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Startup Manathan 4.0 : Towards better tomorrow

Day 1 – 27th June 2023 (09:30 am to 07:30 pm)(IST)
Registration & Attendance
Inauguration of the event
Special Address Governmental Eco System for Startups
Shri Piyush Goyal*, Hon’ble Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs & Food & Public Distribution and Textiles, Government of India
  • Mr. Rajesh Kumar Singh (IAS)*, Secretary DPIIT
  • Mr. Amit Agrawal*, Addl. Secretary, MeitY
  • Startup Talk : My Journey - Chat with Successful Startup Entrepreneurs
  • Mr. Aman Gupta*, Co-founder and CMO, Boat
  • Mr. Peyush Bansal*, Founder, Lenskart
  • Mr. Sanjeev Bikhchandani*, founder, Info Edge
  • Mr. Nitin Kamanth*, Zerodha
  • 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm - Lunch Break
    New Avenues in Start Ups
  • Guru Prasad, Eminent Speaker
  • Ritesh Agarwal*, Founder & CEO, OYO Rooms
  • Harsh Jain*, CEO, Dream 11
  • Panel Discussion: Art and Science of Startup Valuation
  • Rajan Anandan*, Managing Director Sequoia Capital
  • Aparajit Bhandarkar, Varanium Advisory
  • 04:00 PM to 4:15 PM – Tea Break
    Panel Discussion: Government led Digital Infrastructure
  • Shri B. B. Swain (IAS)*, Secretary, Ministry of MSME
  • Shri Akash Tripathi (IAS)*, CEO, MyGov
  • Mr. S Gopalakrishnan*, CEO, National Health Authority, Ministry of Health & Family
  • Mr. Sanjeev K Varshney, Adviser and Head (International Cooperation), Department of Science and Technology (Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India)
  • Panel Discussion on Investors- Investing in People Vs Investing in Ideas
  • Sanjay Mehta, Founder, Partner, 100X.VC
  • Ishpreet Singh Gandhi*, Founder & Managing Partner, Stride Ventures
  • Startup Tank – I
    Day 2 – 28th June 2023 (10:00 am to 7:00 pm)(IST)
    Power of Women Co-Founders Moderator : Shradha Sharma*, Founder & CEO at YourStory Media
  • Ms. Deena Jacob, Co-founder, CFO and Head of Revenue and Growth of Open Financial Technologies Pvt. Ltd
  • Ms. Vineeta Singh*, Co-founder and CEO of Sugar Cosmetics
  • Ms. Anisha Dossa*, Co-founder, Jify
  • Incubation and Innovation in Startup
  • Mr. Siddharth Anand*, Founder , The Blue Circle
  • Mr Hiranmay Mahanta*, Hon. Director, GTU Innovation Council
  • Dr. Apoorva Ranjan Sharma*, Co- founder Venture Catalysts & 9Unicorns
  • Dr. Chintan Vaishnav*, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission
  • Shri Jitendra Vijay*, CEO, MEITY Startup Hub
  • Srinivas Rao Mahankali (MSR)*, CEO, T-hub
  • Panel Discussion on Startup: Learning from failure
  • Mr. Ashneer Grover*, Co-founder & managing director of the Indian fintech company BharatPe
  • Legal compliances for Startup (Term Sheet, Shareholders Agreement, Legal Documents and Key Clauses)
  • Mr. Anu Tiwari, Partner at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
  • Ms. Sakshi Chopra*, Managing Director, Sequoiacap
  • Mr. Harit Mohan*, Founder & CEO, Signicent Information Solutions LLP
  • 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm - Lunch Break
    Panel Discussion: Demystifying Start-Up Fundraising: Strategies, Challenges, Best practices Moderator : Mr. Sarthak Ahuja, Director, Niamh Ventures Private Ltd
  • Mr. Kamal Bansal, Managing Director, GVFL Ltd
  • Mr. Bhavik Vasa, Founder at GetVantage
  • CA. Sarvesh Agrawal*, Founder & CEO, Transparent Capital Partners
  • Angel investing and mentoring insights Moderator : Mr. Amit D Kumar, Co – Founder, Ah! Ventures Fund
  • Mr. Neeraj Tyagi*, Entrepreneur & Angel Investor
  • Mr. Anupam Mittal*, founder of
  • Mr. Kunal Bahl*, CEO of Snapdeal
  • Mr. Sunil Shetty*
  • 4:00 pm to 4:15 pm - Tea Break
    Startup Tank – II
    Special Address: Startup towards Nation Building Ms. Manmeet K Nanda*, MD, Invest India and Head, Startup India
    Keynote Address
    Panel Discussion: CBDC : Potential and Pitfalls The World of Web 3.0: Opportunities Ahead
  • T. Rabi Sankar, Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India
  • Ms. Anna Roy*, Senior Adviser & Head of Department (Data Management & Analysis) , NITI AAYOG
  • Ms. Harsha Bangari*, Managing Director of EXIM Bank
  • Mr. Ajay Rajan, Head of Transaction Banking & Supply Business, Yes Bank
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    Exhibitors will have the opportunity to showcase their products and services to visitors at StartUp Sphere. This is a great chance to gain exposure and visibility for your startup, and to connect with potential customers, partners, and investors. The startup exhibition is a key part of the event, and we encourage exhibitors to take advantage of this platform to showcase their offerings, network with industry experts, and gain valuable insights into the latest trends and innovations in the startup ecosystem.