The FMR Data Challenge, supported by NIPP, invited data experts to take a critical and unbiased look at Fidelity Investment’s datasets, and provide “outside-in” perspectives, insights and ideas. As many as 55 teams submitted their entries to analyze and develop insights-driven strategies, aimed to improve the business and technology operations of Fidelity Investments. Datasets were be made available in 4 themes: IT Services Disruption, Exception Management, Cyber Threat Detection and Crypto-currency as an Investment Solution. The teams were encouraged to use the data in the best possible way to unlock greater value through exploratory analysis, rich visualization, predictive models and ground-breaking ideas.
NIPP Partner, Philips’ startup program ‘HealthWorks’ organized a Breakthrough Day for select startups, as part of the 2nd cohort, at their Innovation Campus in Bangalore. The event, on 6th December, kicked off with a Fireside chat with Dr. Harsha Rajaram - Vice President, Columbia Asia Hospitals. A total of 5 Startups from India, South Korea and Australia presented their AI solutions in the areas of radiology and virtual imaging, for making medical diagnosis faster and more accurate. Standouts among the presenting startups were Predible Health with their AI based solution for lung cancer detection and TriOcula with their AI solutions in CT and MRI scan.
An exclusive pitch session was organised for Fidelity Investments, at the Bangalore Warehouse, on 5th December. Senior representatives who were hosted included Wilson D'Souza - Head of Technology, Fidelity Wealth Technologies and Samir Kakkar - Vice President, Product Engineering at Fidsafe.com.
NIPP hosted Liu Dong - Huawei IT Product Line, Startup Investment & Acquisition Leader and Raj Stanley - Head of Technology Corporation, Huawei Technologies India, at the Bangalore Warehouse on 5th December. The visitors were excited to interact with 3 deep-tech startups, with the aim to understand the maturity of the Indian startup ecosystem and explore synergies for further collaborations.
The Senior Leadership team from Amadeus, comprising of 14 delegates, visited the Bangalore Warehouse on 4th December. The delegation was addressed by K.S. Viswanathan – V.P., Industry Initiatives, NASSCOM, followed by a tour of the facility. Some of the prominent leaders who were present included, Denis Lacroix - SVP, Core Shared Services R&D, Jerome D. - Head of Search Shopping & Pricing Organization and Marc Campora - Head of Architecture, R&D. Startups Axisrooms & AskSid were given an opportunity to present their solutions in the Travel Technology space, which were well received by the leadership team.
23-24 November 2018 the main blockchain industry event - Blockchain Leadership Summit (#BLS2018) - will take place in Basel, Switzerland. Top experts, proactive investors and recognized visionaries will discuss global effect, financial regulation of blockchain integration, real cases of the next industrial revolution; they will talk about centralized liquidity domination, DEX development, lemmings on the market; and will demonstrate the pros and cons of investing in Blockchain. There will be over 2500 attendees and more than 70 top speakers and experts. The Summit has been initiated by InnMind, the first Swiss-made global business ecosystem for the innovative community, start-up founders, experts, investors, mentors and service providers who are focused on work with innovations.
The Catalyst Demo Day, powered by Société Generale was conducted on 16th November, at their facility in Bangalore. They event saw 20 startups demonstrate their offerings to discover solutions that would help Société Generale in their daily business needs. The Catalyst Program is a 10 week acceleration program targeting the delivery of solutions that are the need of the hour. As part of the program, Christophe Duprat – Head, Strategy Transformation Innovation and Palani Nama - Head of Investment Banking Technology & Innovation, both from Societe Generale visited the Chennai warehouse on 17th August for an interactive session with 5 startups.
Christophe Leblanc - Head RESG, Société Generale, visited the Bangalore Warehouse on the 2nd November, along with Sunil Shah - CEO, SG Global Solutions Center, India, and Rathnaprabha Manickavachagam - Director, Innovation and Digital Transformation, Société Generale Global Solution Centre. One of the earliest partners to join NIPP programme, the Société Generale delegation met with deep-tech start-ups at the warehouse and discussed startup trends in the banking industry. A tour of the facility was followed by a dialogue on the ‘Evolving Start-up Ecosystem’ in India. Lrnr, Merak.ai & Highway Delite (startups part of the Catalyst program) presented their solutions to the leadership team.
The Market Research Society of India along with NIPP is organising Corporate Connect Session (speed-dating format) on 31st October, 2018 in Bengaluru. Corporates such as ITC limited, Colgate Palmolive, Mondelez International, Azure Knowledge etc. will be attending the session. In this event, leaders from our corporate partners will interact with Start-ups who have technology products which can be relevant to the Marketing Research and Insights process. The invited Start-ups get 2 minutes each to pitch their products to the corporate. The corporate indicate their interest in getting more details from the companies that pitch and short 10-minute meetings then take place immediately. Last edition was done in March in NCR, where 13 companies & 13 Tech Sellers participated. We achieved 102 meetings within a half day time frame with a majority of sellers attaining 9 to 11 meetings each and likely resulting in at least 3 concept/pilot projects.
The NIPP Konnect Session at the National Product Conclave 2018 brought about 150+ meetings between 2 sessions, 23+ corporates and 32+ startups, making it a very productive event. The session that took place on 26th October, in Bangalore, was split into 2 segments according to the topics of 1) Fintech and 2) Retail, Health, Transport & Logistics. The corporate partners were pleased to interact with the startups of their choice and many of them expressed a keen interest to further connect. The startups, in turn, were excited to have the opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with CXOs, Innovation heads and Vertical heads of large corporates.
The Yamaha Motors Venture leadership team visited the Bangalore Warehouse on 23rd October. The team consisted of Sr. leaders, Ray Edwards - General Manager of ICT Business Development from YMVSV (U.S.), Lalit Sharma - Head Emerging Technology & Innovation from YMSLI (India) and Furusaki Satoshi - Chief Digital Officer from YMSLJ (Japan)
A 5 day ‘Bootcamp’ was conducted by Swiss Re, at the Angsana Oasis Spa and Resort, Bangalore, during which NIPP curated exclusive pitch sessions on 23rd & 24th October. During the 2 day session, startups were invited to present their solutions against 5 usecases, in the areas of Learning, Onboarding, Quality Control Processes, Collaboration and Financial Risk Management. 14 start-ups presented to 3 teams from Swiss Re. The teams comprised of mid- level managers and senior leaders, across the various functions of Finance, HR, Operations and Technology. Out of the presenting startups, 9 of them were further shortlisted for a second round of detailed discussion. The solutions of the shortlisted startups received good responses from Swiss Re.
An outreach program was conducted for PayU on 22nd October, in Trivandrum, focused on the topic of ‘Data Privacy & Security’. The event was open to all data privacy and security enthusiasts, startups, developers, software engineers, techies and employees of companies, in related domains. The outreach was conducted as part of UpStart - a series of talks by entrepreneurs, and CodeUp - a series of talks by developers, organised by PayU.
The Senior Leadership team of General Mills visited the Bangalore Warehouse on 21st November. During the visit, they were given an overview of NASSCOM, 10,000 Startups and NIPP program, followed by a Warehouse tour. Startups Insight Jedi & Neewee Analytics pitched their solutions to General Mills in the areas of Data Analytics and Data Intelligence, for which they received a warm response.
The NIPP & Govt. of Maharashtra Fintech Accelerator program led CXO Roundtable discussion was conducted as part of the 3rd edition of India Fintech Day on 27th September, in Mumbai. Besides key speakers such as S.V.R. Srinivas - Principal Secretary, IT and Suniti Nanda - Fintech Officer, both from Govt. of Maharashtra, Fintech enthusiasts from all over the country gathered for the event, making it a grand success. the event also launched the KPMG India and NASSCOM 10,000 Startups report 'Fintech in India - Powering a digital Economy' Attending Corporates: RBS | Kotak | Societe Generale | Nomura | PayU | ICICI Bank | Fidelity Investments | Payoneer | Max Life Insurance | UBS | SBI Life | HDFC Bank
The event took place on 27th September 2018, Mumbai, with the following key takeaways: - 22 curated startups interacted with 20 corporates in one-on-one discussions - 150+ meetings during the session - Opportunity for corporates & startups to explore synergies and further collaborations - Product Showcase of 20 leading BFSI startups, supported by NIPP
Ajit Sengar - Strategy Head, Mahindra Powerol, participated in an interactive pitch session with startups Rightwatts and Beatroute in the Gurgaon Warehouse, on 17th September.
The workshop conducted on 14th September was based on the topic - Fintech and Networks - the future and how real time networking will be an important trend setter in Fintech, in times to come. The event gathered the attendance of many prominent speakers & 400+ participants from industries, startups, academia and students, alike. Amber Kishan – VP, User Experience, PayU Money, spoke about making digital payments more consumer centric, while Saugata Bhattacharya - Sr. VP and Chief Economist, Axis Bank, focussed on the Economics behind Fintech and explained how supply-demand equations work in the Fintech domain. Another interesting highlight was an address by Priyankur Roy - Vice President, Digital and Consulting Solutions, Communications Business Unit, Wipro Ltd.
A delegation from Hays were hosted at the Gurgaon Warehouse on 12th September for a meeting with startups that were specifically working in the Blockchain platform, such as HapRamp & Authorito. The session paved way to discussions on further growth prospects between the startups and Hays.
NIPP hosted Neeraj Tolmare - CIO & Global Head of Digital and Innovation, Coca Cola, along with Sanjay Rawal - CIO, Coca-Cola India on 5th September. The session also saw the participation of SWA as one of the Corporate Partners under NIPP. The meeting ended with productive discussions with 3 start-ups in Retail space.
NIPP supported an accelerator roundtable on 29th August, at the Bangalore Warehouse, where corporate accelerators in India were invited to be a part of a pioneering research to help dig deeper, share nuggets of valuable information and provide their expertise in shaping the conversation around start-up acceleration and intrapreneurship. Participating corporates included Oracle, Brigade Reap, Airbus Biz Labs, Google Launchpad, NetApp, Axis Bank Thought Factory, Axilor Ventures & Grant Thorton. Themes explored: • Purpose – The Objectives behind creating the Accelerator Programme • Principles – Guidelines adopted • People – Selection criteria used/competencies necessary for individuals or teams to be a part of the programme • Practices – Working models for the programme • Culture and Climate – Requirement to create a different culture compared to the norm & treatment of participants • Impact – Outcomes achieved as a result of this programme and extent of objectives met • Personal Journey - Experiences • Learnings – Learnings from the programme and potential improvements
A pitch session was conducted for the Executive Team of Hitachi on 24th August, at the Bangalore Warehouse. The delegation comprised of leaders from the Hitachi India Board and the Hitachi Japan management. They interacted with startups in AI, Machine learning and IoT space and expressed their appreciation for NIPP.
Startups from Gurgaon & Noida had the opportunity to take part in an exclusive pitch session with the CK Birla Group. The session was conducted on 24th August at the Gurgaon Warehouse, with each startup being given one-on-one time for close interaction with the corporate.
The Suzuki Leadership delegation visited the Bangalore Warehouse for an exploratory visit to understand the Indian start-up ecosystem and recognise opportunities with start-ups, on 21st August. The delegation was led by Junya Kumataki - Head of Connected Business, Suzuki HQ, Hisanori Takasiba - Head of R&D, Suzuki HQ, Hirobumi Awakawa - Advisor of Vehicle Electricals & Electronics, Maruti Suzuki Engineering, along with their team. Both, startups as well as the visiting team took part in exciting debates on how to innovate in the fields of Telamatics & IoT.
Ray Newal - MD Techstars met several startups including Acousterr, HapRamp, The Solar Labs, Gradufund, CivilCops, MintZip & Wala Interactive, on 21st August at the Gurgaon Warehouse. The startups had many relevant and innovative ideas to discuss in which Techstars showed interest in terms of future associations.
An exclusive pitch session was organised with Shiozaki - CMD of Mitsubishi Corporation India and Masayo Kitahara - Planning & Coordination Dept., Mitsubishi, during their visit to the Bangalore Warehouse on 20th August. An exclusive networking session was conducted with start-ups in Agritech, Mobility and Healthtech space, leading to collaboration opportunities for the future.
The Bangalore Warehouse played host to Sunil Kumar - Head of Payments Change, along with Gopalakrishnan Balasubramanian – Head, Operations Delivery – India, and their team from RBS, on 10th August. The delegation comprised of professionals in the mid & senior level management from domains such as Change, Design and Payments. An interactive discussion with shortlisted start-ups in the Payment space was the highlight of the visit, as they deliberated opportunities for further associations. Some of the Startups that they interacted with include.
An interactive session was conducted with Digital Ocean and 5 startups from the Kolkata Warehouse, on 9th August. The discussions were fruitful and paved way to possibilities of further association between the corporate and startups.
The leadership team of Hindustan Unilever was hosted at the Bangalore Warehouse on 8th August. The team was led by Andrew Hill – VP Information & Analytics, Meenakshi Burra – Director Information & Analytics and Aneesh Chaudhry – Head of Data & Analytics South Asia. They interacted with start-ups in the Retail space such as, Insight Jedi, Ecobillz, Dataweave and Liv.ai, with the agenda to explore synergies for collaboration on relevant use-cases.
The Bhubaneswar edition of Upstart PayU saw the participation of 40+ teams from the 10,000 Startups ecosystem. The session conducted on 4th August included a witty and humorous talk by Ajit Kumar Dash of FDS, Hive - India’s largest foray into online enrolment for admissions space, making the edition worth attending and watching for everyone.
The first NIPP Innovation Day was celebrated on 30th July, 2018 - a landmark event for the NASSCOM Industry Partnership Program (NIPP)! It truly was a grand success with the event attracting the participation of 150+ Attendees from 40+ Corporates and 25+ Startups. The event not only set the foundation for creating a stronger and more meaningful partnership with our Corporates but also gave insight and strength into the vision and future of the program, through the various roundtable and panel discussion sessions.
A pitch session was conducted with representatives from The RPG-Sanjiv Goenka Group on 19th July at their Kolkata office. They explored collaborations with startups in the Automotive space, owing to their interest across diverse business sectors such as Power & Natural Resources, Carbon Black, IT & Education, Infrastructure, Retail, Media, Entertainment & Sports. Startup Dabadigo were thrilled with the opportunity to showcase their product, during the session.
Chola MS, an Indian insurance firm, is a joint venture between the Murugappa Group (an Indian conglomerate) and the Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group (Japanese insurance company). The session was organised on 14th July at the Chola MS office, as part of I And We Warehouse program.
A Konnect Session was organised by NIPP on 12th July at the NASSCOM Big Data & Analytics Summit. The agenda of the session included Corporate Partners (HDFC Bank, IndusInd and Salmon) sharing use-cases, based on which curated start-ups were shortlisted for one-to-one meetings with the corporate delegates.
With a high rise in Online Customer Services, it is extremely vital to keep a check on your competitors and dissolve the fine line between 'just satisfied customers' and 'loyal customers' smoothly. With the exclusive Customer Retention - 2018 session brought to you by PayU, learn, how you can: Engage your customers better Boost their loyalty towards your business Generate high volumes of sales easily We warmly welcome you to our first unique and invitation based session hosted at Ginserv Auditorium, Bangalore on July 6, 2018 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Foster the basic art of Customer Retention, marketing and payments industry on our blog. When? 6th July 2018, Friday | Time: 10.00 AM to 3.00 PM Where? Global Incubation Services, CA Site No 1, HAL 3rd Stage, Behind Hotel Leela Palace, Kodihally, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560017 Who's talking? 1. Saurabh Garg, Co-founder and CBO, NoBroker.in 2. Isha Sapra, Customer Relationship Management Specialist, Titan. 3. Sameer G, Head - Customer Success, Greytip Software Pvt. Ltd. 4. Kumar Setu, Co-Founder, Petoo.in
Catalyst is an innovative platform that lends best minds, data and infrastructure to mentor start-ups. Societe Generale Global Solution Centre (SG GSC) announces the 2018 edition of Catalyst and calls for Fintech, Technology start-ups and Universities to take part in the digital transformation of the banking industry. Catalyst, a 10-week accelerator program, aims at connecting innovation experts and enterprise-relevant technology startups with Societe Generale business leaders, to deliver actionable solutions and insightful research, in areas of strategic interest to the banking industry. Hosted at SG GSC premises, from the 22nd June, the 2018 edition of Catalyst will provide participants with over 250 global business cases, spanning 16 countries. A collaborative platform, Catalyst will provide participants with the required operational skillsets, infrastructure and application to test, iterate and scale their products on real business scenarios and data volumes.
We partnered with Mint as a knowledge partner for the annual Mint Fintech Summit on 26th June in Bangalore. We supported Mint in identifying start-ups that had disruptive and transformative solutions for the BFSI sector. The start-ups NIRA finance, Toolyt and RadiiusCorp were selected among the finalists that participated at the pitch session during the event.
Kieran J White - Sr. Manager, Customer Experience & Channel Strategy, Accenture Australia, visited the Bangalore Warehouse on 25th June. He interacted with 3 start-ups working in Retail Banking space, to discuss solutions related to E-KYC, Customer Experience Platform, and Digital Banking Platform. The aim of the session was to explore synergies and collaboration opportunities between Accenture & the startups.
NIPP along with the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) organised a Use Case Clearing House (UCCH) on 14th & 15th June, in the Bangalore Warehouse. The platform brought together researchers, entrepreneurs, solution providers, users and policy makers for brainstorming on various Use Cases, their solutions, designing and prototyping. The workshop achieved a positive outcome, overall, with technology solutions for the use cases being designed based on specific considerations from the session. Focus Areas: • Digitization and Innovation: Growing Liabilities & Obligations of Privacy Landscape • Technology Modelling of the Subject Matters of Privacy • Scenarios of Privacy Implementations and Ramifications • Use case Identification, Formalization & Finalization • Critical Examination of Identified Use Cases
Societe Generale's Innovation Team visited the Bangalore Warehouse on 4th June. The team interacted with 4 curated and shortlisted start-ups working in the fields of Automation, Analytics and AI. Both parties enthusiastically participated in discussions on solving pressing innovation needs and how to build future collaborations to solve the same.
A six-city workshop on Blockchain Technologies was organized with the support of our Knowledge Partner IBM, from 23rd May to 2nd June. The workshop was conducted by Mani Madhukar - Architect & Developer Engineer, IBM India. It received great responses across all the regions, with over 300 developers and blockchain enthusiasts attending the sessions. Out of the attendees, 66% were developers, which implied that we were able to reach the right audience.
NIPP Blockchain Challenge 2018 - A Grand Success! With an overwhelming response which saw more than 3000-odd applications pouring in and equally, the extensive support from our partners, we knew that we had hit something big! The 1st Enterprise Blockchain focused pan-India NASSCOM hackathon (May – July, which concluded over a 36-hour final hackathon in Bangalore on July 28th & 29th) was a challenge thrown at Blockchain developers with 30th July being the day of crowning glory with the demos, prize distribution and gala evening. It was most encouraging to see 7 leading Corporates joining us as Technology/Strategic Partners of the initiative and sharing 20 use-cases across 10 tracks such as BFSI, Retail-tech, Health-tech, Auto-tech, Telecom, Supply chain etc. This, along with the help of our expert jurors & mentors in guiding and judging the 160+ teams throughout the duration of the lead-up, as well as the hackathon finale, worked wonders in adding to the quality of the event and motivating the participants to push hard, code better and come up with the most apt solutions!
Accenture’s Hong Kong Team runs the Accenture FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific Program. Rosie Hampson, Program Lead visited the Bangalore Warehouse on 02nd May and interacted with 13 Indian Startups.
NIPP supported UpStart: Starting Up Right by PayU on 28th April in Kolkata, Upstart: Funding ka Funda on 5th May in Hyderabad and UpStart: Designing for Startups on 23rd June in Pune. The events received an overwhelming response through the legal knowledge shared and discussed by the participants and speakers, alike. The workshops tackled topics right from starting a company and protecting its stakeholders to intellectual properties. The attendees included Raj Lakhotia - DilSeWill, Hari Balasubramanian – Member, Indian Angel Network & IvyCap and Saahil Wadhwa - Easy Daftar, along with start-ups from the cities that stole the show. PayU was happy with impact of the workshops, with special emphasis on real time key influencers being involved.
A great thought provoking discussion was conducted at the Virtual Payments Roundtable in the 10000 startups warehouse, Kolkata on 25th April. The key points raised and discussed were security, credit worthiness and ease of transactions. The participants were Kotak, IBM and Camellia. These companies met with 3 Fintech startups, Findvise, OneWalletHub and MPokket. There was a lot of actionable takeaway on setting and enhancing virtual payments benchmarks in industry, academia and corporates.
NASSCOM put together a power-packed session on 16th March, in Bangalore, with a host of innovation leaders as speakers, and some of the best nominated startups on showcase. The confluence was exclusively curated for GCCs to engage in conversations with Startups & GCC peers on Innovation. The initiative will scale up under the cross pollination agenda of NIPP and be a national board to champion open innovation within GCCs. ??The GCCs in India have come a long way from Cost arbitrage to Value addition to garner path breaking Innovation's. GCCs have been one of the early adopters of engaging with the Start-up community to propel External acceleration and digital transformation. NASSCOM and the GCC community, with this common goal of getting the Enterprises and Start-ups together, created a platform GAIN - (GCC Accelerated Innovation Network).
Start-up & corporate co-creation focused partnerships have stood out as a key factor in the future of disruptive innovation. To facilitate the same, a NIPP Konnect Session was organised as part of WCIT-NILF 2018, between 19th & 21st February, in Hyderabad. A total of four sessions (2 on Day 1, and 2 on Day 2) drew focus on Emerging Technologies (Healthtech, HRtech), Fintech, Retailtech and Digital transformation. Our leading corporate partners participated in multiple sessions, with keen interest in meeting innovative start-ups in a one-on-one, speed dating format. As many as 250 one-on-one meetings were enabled during the four sessions, with the participation of 35 corporates and 40 start-ups.
The Global Analytics Head of RBS visited the Mumbai office on 15th February, to interact with 4 start-ups in the Reg-tech and Customer Services domain. Both factions found the session to be productive, with RBS currently participating in ongoing discussions with two start-ups, to explore further collaborations.
SPARK 2018, was organised by Unilever, at their Bangalore campus, on 14th February. The event provided a great opportunity for start-ups to engage in ‘meet & greet’ sessions with the various teams at Unilever. The start-ups were able to showcase their solutions across functions, highlighting the versatility of techniques available for problem-solving. A memorable stand-out at the event was the product showcase by a start-up from the Bangalore Warehouse.
The Bangalore warehouse, hosted the global delegation from Unilever, led by Waheed Malik - Chief Architect, Information Technology; IT Innovation, Phoebe Thacker - Lead Enterprise Architect, New Tech. and Innovation and Elly Noel - Architect, IT. They took part in a constructive discussion with four start-ups in the AI, Analytics and Blockchain sectors, which offered solutions in the Retail space.
Valerie Dessaignes - Head of Compliance Transformation, and Anne de Briancon - Head of Offshoring program for Compliance, both from SG Group, visited the Bangalore Warehouse on 2nd February, to discover and understand the growth & potential of the Indian start-up ecosystem. Innovation leaders from Deutsche Bank and SwissRe joined the delegates for a Roundtable discussion, along-with start-up founders and members of the NASSCOM team. The session established a foundation for sharing and deliberating various perspectives on Open Innovation and Start-up Ecosystem in India.