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About The Event

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity". The journey of an entrepreneur involves many stages and milestones including ideation, product development, fundraising, growth, and exit, which could often be through a merger or acquisition. Whereas an early stage investor can exit by riding on the growth wagon of newer investors, an entrepreneur is typically expected to stay the course till the company is acquired or goes for an IPO.

The theme of the event is on how startups can be ready for deals, be it funding or exits (including mergers and acquisitions). The speakers will address how entrepreneurs can be prepared and ready for making deals happen, from different perspectives of an investor, a serial entrepreneur with a successful exit, an incubation professional and mentor, and an IP expert.



Manish is an entrepreneur and an angel investor with deep technology background. He brings in over 23 years of operating and advisory experience across different sectors.

He has been actively involved in the startup eco-system in India for the last few years. He co-founded and led it to become the leading marketplace for startups & early stage investors in India (enabled 15 startups raising their rounds) within a very short span of time. He is a keen mentor of startups and loves working with them as an advisor and an angel investor. Recently he was rated as one of the top angel investors in India by VC Circle. He is on the boards of several startups.

After doing his engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1992, he has been instrumental in building several products and teams in different startups and established organisations like Sling Media, Ittiam Systems and Motorola. He has contributed to the standardisation of MPEG-4 standard as well and holds couple of video technology patents to his name. He has experience in building hardware standalone products as well as cloud enabled software products.



An alumna of the National Law University-Jodhpur, Vaishnavi heads the Corporate-Commercial and Employment Law practice verticals at Spectrum Legal. Vaishnavi acts on behalf of a number of clients (both individuals and corporates) on matters pertaining to investments, private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions and structuring of joint ventures. She has considerable experience in the areas of financing and security documentation, contractual matters, and also possesses extensive experience in the drafting and negotiating of commercial contracts and the structuring of business arrangements and licensing deals. She has advised clients in varied sectors including IT, manufacturing, healthcare and diagnostics, hospitality, finance, media and entertainment and e-commerce, and possesses an acute understanding of the IT sector.




​Sreenivas is the Founder, CEO of cooltok where he led the product development on technology and strategy.

​cooltok got acquired by ​Kirusa Inc, USA in May 2014.

Sreenivas has over 17+ years of experience in Innovation, Product Engineering and management across multiple technology domains.

Prior to cooltok he worked in Broadcom as Senior Manager , WLAN System Design Team, where he led several WLAN, WLAN-BT combo chip design teams, spanning over SISO, MIMO and ensured successful high volume deployment of these chips in world’s top mobile customers like Apple, NOKIA, Samsung and retail customers like DELL, HP etc


Arjun Bala is a Patent Agent with over 10 years experience in US and India Patent Prosecution, IP Strategy Consulting, and Patent Portfolio Management. Certified Patent Valuation Analyst. Founder and Managing Partner of Metayage IP Strategy Consulting LLP. Proven track record as an entrepreneur and in entrepreneurial roles. Scaled the business to a 14 member team across 4 locations with over 200 clients.



Dakshayini is a  seasoned marketing professional with over 12 years of experience, She has worked for leading MNC’s like Oracle and Akamai Technologies in the marketing profiles and has gained global exposure working with international clients. In her profile, she has successfully led campaign management, market planning, product launch and marketing of products and services in the Enterprise software solutions and services domains.

More recently in 2010, Daksha has been heading Global Incubation Services as Senior Manager. GINSERV is a Technology Business Incubator supported by Department of Science and Technology with a focus on supporting foreign startups in the soft landing category. Ever since, she has been advising startups, mentoring them and guiding them to the growth stage. In her role, she has worked with over 200 startups at different stages (pre incubation/incubation phase).



Arnav will moderate the Panel Discussion

Arnav is C.E.O of ZiZ Labs and a  result-oriented technology professional who stops at nothing to see the success of any good work he sets his hands on.
Together with his co-founders created a few mind boggling and exciting futuristic products like SnapTales in the camera technology domain.

Arnav is also an accomplished blogger and has great depth of understanding of innovation and what it takes for organizations to create an environment that supports creativity.

He is ridiculously passionate about building amazing tech based businesses online that you can take anywhere. 


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