12th March 2019 was a significant day for the NASSCOM DeepTech Club (DTC). We did our first meetup in NCR. Starting the day with a phenomenal workshop on Storytelling by Subinder Khurana for a larger audience beyond DTC, Emerge 50 and 10000 start-ups and ending with the enterprise-investors connect. 50+ people from member org participated from the beginning until the closure of all the sessions.
DTC meeting was held in NASSCOM 10000 Startups Warehouse in Gurgaon with the participation from Deeptech mentors – Subinder Khurana (also founder of the club), Anupam Saronwala (co-lead), Rajnish Kapur, Vinod Sood, Vinish Kathuria, NASSCOM Leadership included- R Chandrashekhar ( also a subject-matter expert mentor of DTC and Former-President, NASSCOM, Member of Chairmen’s Council), Arun Seth (Mentor at DTC and Chairman –NASSCOM Foundation), Sangeeta Gupta (SVP, NASSCOM), Industry Champions, representative from the government ( Mr Gulati, MD Hartron), Enterprises, Investors and the invited start-ups from NASSCOM DeepTech club, Emerge 50 and NASSCOM 10000 Startups program.
Sangeeta apprised the group with the aim of forming the NASSCOM DeepTech Club (DTC), the industry champions associated with it and the journey so far with the graduation of 1st batch and the 2nd one in the process. The DeepTech mentors shared their reasons on what made them get associated with this initiative and the fuel required to accelerate it & take it to the next level.
Arun cajoled the audience with his idea to begin his start-up now! The notion behind was the excitement a pioneering project brings on the table in creating a spectacular product.
R Chandrashekhar added that for the Indian start-up ecosystem to grow globally, it requires mentorship as well as a multidimensional approach in finding solutions to their challenges.
The meeting was predominantly held for bringing fresh ideas and collaborations for attaining scalability and further sharpen on quality. The most significant priority came out to be the amalgamation of academia with the club as the academic representation will bring innovation and co-create futurist products. Mr. Gulati added that Haryana government has also taken initiatives where they have collaborated with selected universities from where they invite students for internship in their shortlisted start-ups and the time spent there gets converted into grades in their academic session, this idea was unanimously welcomed and discussed to replicate in the DeepTech club.
Various models of academia leverage were mentioned and noted like of NEN (Wadhwa ni Foundation, Manav Rachna University, Bennett University among others.
DTC mentees shared their wonderful experiences & the tremendous time they had while learning & connecting with the ecosystem. Batch1 mentees acknowledged the support they had received from the club. Feedback on having deep subject matter experts was addressed by Anupam who reiterated the introduction of horizontal mentors in Batch 2. The entrepreneurs were encouraged to go after their mentors for a rigorous & continuous interaction rather than hesitating and getting influenced by their industry leader position (that all Mentors, of course, are!) and thus restricting themselves for fewer and very limited communication. This discussion came into existence when one of the entrepreneurs from Cohort 1 highlighted that he wasn’t meeting his mentor very often and limiting his interaction thinking the mentor is a busy industry leader and should not be bothered too much. Therefore, all leaders and mentors encouraged frequent conversations with their respective mentees.
This was followed by 1:1 curated meetings along investors and enterprises with the invited start-ups. 60+ meetings happened over the next 3 hours. All stakeholders appreciated the efforts of NASSCOM. Attached are the pics of Enterprise & Investors Connect & Cherish the moment.
Details of the participants:
Enterprises & Investors:
1. Fidelity International – Mr. Kamaljit Singh, Director of IM Data Technology
2. Yatra- Ankur Narang, Sr. VP – Technology & Decision Sciences
3. Landis-Gyr- Mayank Sharma, Head of Solutions Validation in Global R&D & Sonali Srivastava, Head-Architecture & Platform Delivery
4. IAN- Rajnish Kapur, President (India Operations) at DMI & Anupam Saronwala, Advisor, Investor & Angel Investor.
5. YourNest India VC Fund- Girish Shivani, ED & Fund Manager
6. Ah Ventures- Mukesh Malik, Partner at Ah Ventures
7. Alpha Ventures- Dhianu Das, Investor
8. Inventus Law- Anil Adwani, Managing Partner
9. Helion ventures – Ashish Gupta, Managing Director
10.Intex- Vivek Vishnu, Chief Digital officer | CTO| Policy Influencer
11.Sense AI- Vinish Khaturia, Managing Partner & Rahul Agarwalla, Partner
12.Think Future Technologies- Vijay Khanna, Director – Technology
1. ShopR360- http://www.shopr360.com/
2. Wobot Intelligence- http://www.wobot.ai/
3. Intellibot- https://intellibot.io/
4. Datacultr- https://www.datacultr.com/
5. IndoInvesting- https://www.indoinvesting.com/
6. SmartVizX- https://smartvizx.com/
7. Empass- https://empass.mobi/
8. AiEye- http://educox.com/aitech/about/
9. Carvision- https://cvision-ai.com/
The event became a true example of ONE NASSCOM philosophy. This is not complete without acknowledging all teams that helped the NASSCOM DeepTech Club and contributed to this success: Shivam (NIPP), Leenika, Sumbul and Anjana (North region), Sunil, Nikhil and Lekha (10000 start-ups) & the entire Products team.
You can visit- https://www.nasscom.in/deeptechclub/ for more information.