E-Sparks 2013 - Showcasing best emerging Indian e-commerce startups

E-Sparks 2013 - Showcasing best emerging Indian e-commerce startups


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About The Event

E-SparksTM 2013

YourStory.in in association with Microsoft is proud to present E-SparksTM 2013, an attempt to dissect the e-commerce space in India at this juncture in time. E-Sparks 2011 was a platform for early stage entrepreneurs in the e-commerce space, in India and this was the period when the wave had just picked up. The scenario has taken a twist and the optimist has now been infused with doubt and the space is getting ever so interesting.

We at YourStory.in have interacted with hundreds of entrepreneurs in this domain over the last couple of years and felt the need to have a platform where the questions are discussed in open.

With the 2nd edition of E-SparksTM, we take our TechSparks™ legacy forward and intend to make it the premier showcase destination for e-commerce startups in India. And this time around, it is not just a showcase, we’ll be spotlighting some of the teething problems the e-Commerce industry in India is going through. Logistics, Payment Issues, Customer Acquisition and all key metrics in the eCommerce space will be considered

Why E-SparksTM 2013?

Buying and selling online is not new. The major concern in this sector in the early days was security and user adoption. This has changed with reliable e-commerce models that provide credible and faster service at customer’s doorstep. This potential had garnered a lot of interest in the field from media, entrepreneurs and investors alike.

Now, a few years into the Indian e-commerce revolution, the rosy vision of the successful e-commerce company hasn’t materialized for all. Many e-commerce companies have struggled to survive and have either pivoted or died away. For the big boys, it is no easier as it is a constant struggle against the problems of scale and staying meaningfully profitable. Overall, there are a lot of unanswered problems in the sector which is riddling every e-commerce player in the market, big or small.

This is where we, at YourStory.in, are looking to bring the brightest minds from the premier e-commerce companies and emerging ones and address burning issues like Logistics, Payment Issues, Customer Acquisition and key tracking metrics, along with investor insights on one, comprehensive and all inclusive platform; E-Sparks 2013.

What you can expect from E-Sparks 2013?

 Join us as we felicitate the emerging e-commerce players across categories like Fashion & Apparel, Music, Books, Gadgets, Food & Beverages, Footwear, Hospitality, Lifestyle, etc and provide them with national visibility for emerging e-commerce startups

In short, E-Sparks will be a go-to-market enabler for e-commerce startups & entrepreneurs.



09:30 – 10:00   Registration and Networking

10:00 – 10:10   Welcome Note

10:10 – 10:30   Indian eCommerce Landscape & Trends

   By Kedar Gavane, Director – comScore Inc

10:30 – 11:00   Cloud Strategy for E-Commerce Ventures

   By Mandar Naik, Director – Open Source Strategy , Microsoft

11:00 – 11:20   The “Chumbak” Story

    By Vivek Prabhakar, Founder & Director, Chumbak Designs

11:20 – 12:20   Panel Discussion

  e-Commerce – Investment Opportunities and The Road Ahead  

  • Bharati Jacob, Founding Partner, Seedfund
  • Karthee Madasamy, Managing Director, Qualcomm Ventures
  • Shailendra Singh, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital India
  • Subrata Mitra, Partner, Accel Partners
  • Vani Kola, Managing Director, Kalaari Capital
  • Shradha Sharma, Founder, YourStory.in (Moderator)

12:20 – 01:00    Workshop

Brainstorm eCommerce Ideas to Disrupt, Differentiate and Delight Your Way to Success!

By Ravi Gururaj, Citrix Systems

01:00 – 02:15    Networking over Lunch

02:15 – 04:15    India’s Top 10 “e-Sparks Startup Showcase”

04:15 – 04:45    Building Scalable Products

    By Saran Chatterjee, VP- Products at Flipkart.com

04:45 – 05:15    Award Ceremony

05:15 – 05:30    Networking over Coffee/Tea

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