The 11th NASSCOM Design & Engineering Summit took place on 26th & 27th September in Bangalore. This year’s summit focussed on the theme - Future of Engineering: Designing an Intelligent Eco-system – based on today’s ecosystem being witness to design thinking taking centre stage and software led engineering and digital technologies such as IoT, Analytics, etc. driving the demand for connecting solutions across all segments. A key session of the summit was the NIPP Konnect Session with 9 Corporates and 10 Startups participating in a speed dating format, with 50+ connects. Attending Corporates: ABB, Bosch, Cisco, HCL, Infosys, KONE, L&T, Quest Global, Seimens Participating Startups: HopOn, Intellicar Telematics, MatrIot Solutions, MintM, Artivatic AI Data Labs, Fabrik, Sensiwise, InsightJedi, Wesense.ai, Vacus Tech
An interactive roundtable on ‘How corporates are leveraging the Indian start-up ecosystem’ was conducted for Huawei on 11th September, at the Huawei R&D Centre, Bangalore. The roundtable saw the participation of the Huawei global leadership team, that included the Head of APAC Center, R&D President, Global CTOs and Product Presidents. Kritika Murugesan - Director, NASSCOM 10,000 Startups moderated the session and also gave an insight into the various initiatives under NASSCOM 10,000 Startups.
10,000 Startups Warehouse, Bangalore, hosted a global delegation comprising of 35 delegates from Sumitomo Corporation on 29th August. An overview of NASSCOM was provided by K.S Vishwanathan – V.P. (Industry Initiatives), NASSCOM, followed by a tour of the facility
NIPP organised an exclusive pitch session for Verizon on 29th August, at their office in Bangalore. Startups Marax, MoEngage & Recotap, in the AL/ML domain pitch to leaders –Shankar - SVP and CIO, Greg Sly – SVP, Infra and Platform Services, Olga – Director, Program Management, Anand – VP, Operation, Kalyani – VP, TAG and VZ India, Vijay – Director, Verizon India & Prateek - Director - Verizon India
NASSCOM 10,000 Startups successfully concluded the 4th Edition of India Fintech Day in partnership with Government of Maharashtra, on 29th August in Mumbai. The event strongly focused on Policy and Regulation as a driving force for Innovation in the BFSI Industry with an attendance of over 630 BFSI stakeholders. The day-long event brought together top business leaders, government officials and topic experts from a range of Financial Institutions, Industry Bodies, Multinational Corporations and Technology Startups as they engaged in riveting panel discussions, enterprise connects, product showcases and roundtable discussions along with some high powered business networking.
NIPP Konnect Session witnessed over 100 one-to-one meetings in speed dating format and over 50 highly curated attendees comprising of 18 startups & 17 enterprises.
NASSCOM organized a roundtable on leveraging regulatory and innovation sandboxes at the India Fintech Day, 2019 with an aim to bring representatives from the regulators and industry together to discuss the issues and challenges around leveraging regulatory and innovation sandboxes. Based on the suggestions made by the participants during the roundtable, we have prepared a policy document summarizing the key issues discussed and the solutions proposed for it.
As a new addition to this year’s conference we introduced the NASSCOM India FinTech Awards which recognised India’s top 19 innovative FinTech solutions that have been implemented or deployed by FinTech start-ups in 6 different categories which were RegTech, Payments, Lending, Insurance, Wealth & Asset Management and Financial Inclusion
1)NASSCOM: Fintech Lending: Unlocking Untapped Potential 2)KPMG: Fintech in India – Powering a digital economy
NIPP Supported the MRSI Connect 2019 that took place in Mumbai on 27th August. A total of 15 MRSI Member Companies as ‘Buyers’ & 11 Startups as ‘Sellers’ attended the event, adding to the grand turn out. The event also marked a new milestone as 100+ one-on-one meetings took place during the half-day session, with some startups having the opportunity to connect with up to 13 buyers. Participating startups included Bitgenie Research, Bprise, Entropik Tech, Formcept Technologies, Froot Research, Predictly, Quick Metrix, RSB Insights & Analytics, SetuServ, Unpickle Analytic Solutions and VC Now.
The Mumbai Warehouse hosted leaders from HSBC for a mutually beneficial Mentor Connect session with startups that cater to the ‘Supply Chain’ domain, on 17th August. Startups that showcased their solutions to the mentors were Commuteck (Mumbai), Bnext (Pune) & Neurotags (Pune).
An interactive roundtable on ‘Mobility’ was conducted for Bosch on 12th August, at the 10,000 Startups Warehouse, Bangalore. The chairperson for the session was Dr. Rainer Kallenbach - President, Bosch Connected Mobility Services along with Debasis, Bosch - DNA Program, Bosch. There was active participation by 12 startups who were among the top 75 shortlisted teams in the NIPP Mobility Challenge (June ’19) – Tensor Digital Solutions, Switch Mobility, MintM, Clappia, Vacus Tech, Snap Commute Labs Pvt. Ltd., Simplyfi Softech, MatrIot Solutions, Insta Cars, HopOn, Fabrik Space and Edgetensor.
NEC Biometrics conducted an all-hands employees’ meet at the 10,000 Startups Warehouse, Bangalore, on 7th August. The 80+ employees participated in a day-long program of discussions followed by Ted style talks by 2 startups that are incubated in the Bangalore Warehouse. Codeninja.ai gave a talk on ‘Cloud Computing models & their architecture’ while InsightJedi spoke about ‘Serendipity in Data Science’, to the audience consisting of senior leaders, led by Sreeram Reddy - Branch Unit Head NEC Biometric Excellence Centre/ATSSB.
A delegation from Maruti Suzuki India Limited, visited the Bangalore Warehouse, to understand & explore collaborations with NASSCOM 10,000 Startups. Having recently launched their accelerator program MAIL (Mobility & Automobile Innovation Lab), the team was interested in meeting top startups in the in the ‘Mobility/Automotive’ space to explore synergies/opportunities for collaboration. Startups Intellicar Telematics and HopOn had the opportunity to present their pitches to the delegation. Representatives from Maruti Suzuki that we hosted included Noritaka Wakuda – Advisor to Global CMO, Rohan Chhatwal – Head, MAIL and Ravneek Wadhwa – Project Lead, MAIL.
A Mentor Connect session was hosted on 1st August with IDFC First leaders, Aman Dalal - Head Transactional Banking and Amit Shah - National Sales Head - Cash Management. The leaders were keen on connecting with startups such as Freightbro, Commuteck and Capanalec from the Mumbai Warehouse to explore further collaborations.
Unilever conducted a Startups Immersion Day on 27th August, at their office in Bangalore, along with the support of NIPP. The 80+ employees who attended the event consisted of managers from the shared services arm who supported financial functions in sourcing, payments, accounting and management reporting. Keeping in mind the nature of the audience, NIPP invited startups in the fields of Fintech, IoT, AI and Data Analytics to present to the employees of Unilever. Startups who presented included Dataweave, KrypC, Processbee, Khatabook, Kenome and Artivatic.
NIPP supported the HERE Smart Mobility Hackathon was held at Mumbai, on the challenge ‘Invent the future of mobility’. The 30-hour Hackathon focused on solving Mobility Challenges and aimed to engage with developers and startup founders to build ideas, services, and products using HERE APIs Location Services. Startups Brainy Streets (winner), Big Byte (1st runner-up) & Indent (2nd runner-up) won cash prizes of Rs.35000, Rs.25000 and Rs.15000, respectively.
A pitch session was organized for Walmart Labs on 23rd July, at the 10,000 Startups Warehouse, Bangalore. They interacted with Startups offering solutions in the Retail space such as Aagnaa, Dressire, and Dataweave, to discuss opportunities to collaborate further.
Akira Iwasaki - Head of Global Collaboration, Financial Innovation Office and Seetharaman Venkatraman - Executive Director, Fintech Generic from Nomura visited the Bangalore Warehouse on 2nd July. An overview of NASSCOM and 10,000 Start-ups initiative was given by Kritika Murugesan - Director-10,000 Start-ups along with an introduction to NASSCOM’s initiatives under India - Japan collaboration in the tech Start-up ecosystem. Radiius, a startup currently being incubated, presented their solutions to the delegation.
We hosted the Societe Generale CXO delegation from Africa, APAC and East European region at the 10,000 Startups Warehouse, Bangalore, on 10th July. The delegation of leaders met influencers from the Indian Fintech ecosystem and startups in the ‘micro-lending’ space. Startups NIRA & Loktra, both incubated under our warehouse program, presented their solutions to the delegation.
A Roundtable was organised for Bill Winters - Group CEO, Standard Chartered along with their Global and India leadership, at the Standard Chartered office in Bangalore, on 10th July. Kritika Murugesan - Director, NASSCOM 10000 Startups presented an overview of India's Fintech Ecosystem and how NASSCOM is supporting Open Innovation between Corporates and Startups. Leaders were keen on understanding how the Fintech space has grown over the years. A special focus, during the discussion, was on areas in which Indian Fintech startups have seen success with global clients. Leading fintech startups like Infinicue, Data Robots and Floatbot were given a showcase opportunity during the visit.
Larry Stone - Chairman of British Telecom, India visited our Bangalore Warehouse along with his team to meet startups and explore opportunities to collaborate with them and the Indian Startup Ecosystem. They had meetings with startups in the Telecom space such as Lavelle Network, Nivetti Systems and Utor Labs.
The pitch session was conducted at the10,000 Startups Warehouse, Bangalore: Kazuo Fujita - GM- Value Co-creation div., CRL, Akihiko Iketani - Head of NEC Labs India and Hirohiko Ito - NEC Labs India Startups: Maxerience, MintM, Giscle Technologies and Trapyz
The NIPP Innovation Day on 21st June, a flagship event, has evolved into the annual NIPP Partners' meet and this edition saw the participation of 150+ Corporate Leaders, along with the Mentors, Jurors & Winners of the Mobility Challenge. The CXO Roundtable & key note address by Gaurav Hazra – Sr. Director & Head, India Markets, NASSCOM, provided insights into NASSCOM’s Open Innovation agenda and valuable feedback was received from NIPP Corporate Partners that will help us align objectives.
With an overwhelming response that saw 250+ submissions pouring in, and equally the extensive support from our partners, we knew that we were on the right track. Though ‘Mobility’ has been gaining attention in the recent past, focusing on the specific themes was a challenge as the related startup ecosystem is at a very nascent stage, and we’re happy to say that the event has been a successful stimulus for the sector. The event spread across 3 months, starting in April, concluded with the Finale in Bangalore on 20th June. It was encouraging to see leading corporates joining us as Technology/Strategic Partners of the initiative and sharing 34 use-cases across 8 themes. The role of the Mentors & Jurors in guiding and judging the teams throughout the lead-up, duration & finale, worked wonders in adding to the quality of the event and motivating the participants to push hard and come up with the most relevant solutions. Highlights: ? 250+ applications ? 8 themes ? 34 use cases ? 9 winners ? 25+ Mentors & Jurors
The pitch session was conducted at the 10,000 Startups Warehouse, Bangalore: Junsuke John Koike - Executive Officer & Regional Executive for India and Sri Lanka, Katanori Otsuji - Managing Director, Head of Bengaluru Branch, Shinichi Yamaguchi - Director, Strategic Planning, India Startups: Digiledge, Mquotient and Radiius
A corporate connect session was organised in the 10,000 Startups Warehouse in Hyderabad on 24th May where startups were given an opportunity to showcase their solutions to top Corporates. Highlights: ? 9 startups ? 5 corporates ? 20 connects Participating Corporates: Invesco, Synchrony, JP Morgan, UTC and DBS Participating startups: Schrocken, Eunimart, Authbase, Zoreum.com, Syook, Resonance, Playablo, SmartWinnr, VoltusWave, eDocGen
NIPP collaborated with the NASSCOM Product Council to organize a full day Enterprise Connect at The Leela Palace, Bangalore on 22nd May. Highlights: ? 100+ one-to-one meetings ? 33 startups ? 18 enterprises Participating Corporates: PayU, Tata Communications, Unilever, Fidelity, Wipro, Tata Steel Participating Start-ups: Yellow Messenger, Vaultedge Software, SwitchOn, Senseforth AI, Saarthi.ai, MintM, KrypC, Invento Robotics, Intellicar, Intellibot, Imaginate, Formcept, Dave.AI and more.
The pitch session was conducted at the 10,000 Startups Warehouse, Bangalore Vrijesh Nagathan, CIO - India & Southwest Asia Startups: Hack Lab, Dave.AI and Toolyt
16th May | 10,000 Startups Warehouse, Bangalore: Global Delegation: Gabriel Gaspar - Global Product VP, Ronan Gaeti - Global Director, New Capabilities, Serge De Vos - Head of Operations in GCC Startups: Toolyt and Merak.ai
As a pre-cursor to the Societe Generale AFRICA edition of the Catalyst accelerator, a webinar was conducted on 11th May to provide details of identified business challenges to technology start-ups. The webinar was conducted by Christophe Duprat - Head of Open Innovation and Shilpa VN, Innovation Evangelist, both from Société Générale, India. Catalyst is a 10 week acceleration program, that takes startups through the targeted solutions that Societe Generale needs. Program highlights: ? Maximized transformation ratio ? Intellectual property belongs to the startup ? Paid proof of concept
10th May | 10,000 Startups Warehouse, Bangalore: Neeraj Chaudhary - Principal Architect and Vikrant Mokashi - Principal Consultant Startups: Toolyt, Mquotient, Goplannr, Loktra and Merak.ai
A webinar on ‘Enabling the New Ecosystem of Spatial Data’ was conducted on 25th April, for HERE Technologies. The webinar, conducted by Simon Curtis – Head, Spatial Data CoE, Here Technologies, focussed on approaches taken regarding their ‘Open Location Platform (OLP)’ and partnership approaches required to enable the ‘Autonomous World’. The session was particularly targeted towards Spatial Data professionals, Startups in the Spatial Data Field, GeoSpatial/GIS/Geography students and academics. Key points of discussion: ? How to reach out to the spatial data community? ? How to provide opportunities for next generation of spatial data engineers and developers? ? Strategies for increased collaboration and partnerships, to ensure success for business and continued growth of the sector ? Theme of ‘enablement’ and approaches established within HERE Technologies through the Spatial Data Centre of Excellence – a HERE global initiative.
Shashikant Adsul - Vice President, Sales, Gaurav Sharma, General Manager, Daimler- SE Asia, Rajneesh Kumar - Program Manager and Suresh Mudunuru - IT Manager Startups: Toolyt, Digiledge and Mquotient
The leadership team from Prudential Global Services visited the Bangalore Warehouse on 13th March, headed by Bhavna Hingorani - Executive Director, Global Service Captive Offshore Lead and Nilendu Bose - Analytics Practice Lead. The team interacted with 4 startups - Goplannr, Toolyt, WebMobi and SwitchOn pitched their solutions and explored possible collaborations for the future.
A NASSCOM-IBM GCC Roundtable was held with Bob Lord - Chief Digital Officer, IBM, on 13th March at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Bangalore. The session served as a platform for thought leaders from the industry to share their perspectives on the emergence of new paradigms of open source & innovation, and accelerate the power of co-creation, for enhanced innovation & enterprise building capabilities for the future. The roundtable included leaders from 15+ corporates like Allstate, Credit Suisse Services India, Axis Bank, Morgan Stanley, Sony, Swiss Re, Wallmart, Wells Fargo, Aricent, Flipkart, Verizon, Manthan, Pitney Bowes, CISCO, Titan and Kotak. The roundtable, moderated by Kritika Murugesan – Director, NASSCOM 10,000 Startups & Sanjeev Malhotra - CEO - NASSCOM COE-IOT, highlighted interesting insights on the various topics of discussion.
The Bangalore Warehouse hosted Shigeo Yanai - GM of Transportation Projects Division and Sokichiro Tsuji – AGM, both from Mitsui & Co. India, during their visit on 12th March. The aim of the session was for them to imbibe an understanding of the Indian startup ecosystem and explore opportunities for mutually beneficial associations.
A workshop was organized with Pinnacle Infotech, at the Kolkata Warehouse, on 8th March. Being led by Biswaroop Todi – CTO, Pinnacle Infotech, he interacted with founders from the 10,000 Startups warehouse program. The workshop particularly included startups in the fields of Home & Industrial Automation, Augmented/Virtual Reality, Startup Marketplaces and Recruitment Assessments. Some of the key points that the workshop focused on, included growth area and strategic road maps with the intention of exploring mutual business synergies and benefits.
The Allegion Leadership Delegation visited the Bangalore Warehouse on 1st March, along with their India leadership team. The visit was in-line with Allegion’s intention to explore synergies with startups in India, particularly those focusing on ‘Security’ as their area of interest. The session facilitated productive discussions between the visiting delegation and attending startups and both parties were keen to collaborate further.
As part of the ongoing Catalyst Accelerator Program for Societe Generale, a webinar was conducted on 19th February. The session was led by Rathnaprabha M. – Head, Innovation & Digital Transformation, Societe Generale, who gave an overview of their businesses in the opening note, following which her team explained the details of the Catalyst program, to the audience. The webinar concluded with an interactive Q&A session during which startup founders were given an insight into the 4th edition of Catalyst, based on extensive interest expressed by them.
The Global Finance Delegation from Hindustan Unilever Ltd. was hosted at the Bangalore Warehouse on 18th February. The session displayed a large turn out with 40+ delegates from the corporate, gathering to meet 7 startups from the warehouse. Startups such as Toolyt, Dataweave, FirstHive, Scapic, Davi.ai, Tagbox and Vaultedge Software pitched their solutions during the session and were happy to receive positive feedback from the visiting team
The Bangalore Warehouse hosted the IT leadership delegation from John Deere Financial on 14th February. The team interacted with startups to ascertain synergies in the areas of Loan Management, Loan Processing, and Customer Experience Enhancement. Loktra, Esthenos, BankBuddy, Toolyt and PY Technologies were among the startups that presented their solutions during the session.
NIPP hosted an ideation session for HERE Technologies which attracted the participation of several startups from the Gurgaon & Noida Warehouses. The event took place in the Gurgaon Warehouse on 13th February and was curated to align with the current focus areas of HERE Technologies such as, Mapping Solutions, Telematics, Autonomous Vehicles, Urban Transport, Smart Cities, Spatial Data and Analytics. Startups that had the opportunity to pitch their solutions to the leadership team include Zap, Drona Maps, Peer XP, EMPASS, Dron Study, SGR Labs & Civil Cops.
The Digital and IT Leadership delegation from Raymond was hosted at the Bangalore Warehouse on 12th February. The team interacted with prominent startups through a roundtable discussion, to understand the trends in Fashion-tech and explore synergies with startups for further collaborations.
As part of TieCon Mumbai, NIPP organized a CXO Roundtable discussion, on 6th February, comprising industry leaders across various sectors, with the topic in focus being: ‘How Open Innovation is turning out to be a key component of Digital Transformation in large organizations’. It was an apt platform for the leaders to share their perspectives on the various innovation programs being implemented by them, their best practices and learnings in start-up engagement, advantages of accelerator programs and how they perceive the future of such collaborations. Participating corporates included Prudential Global Services, Tata Communications, Unilever, Jardine Lloyd Thompson, ICICI Bank and Mondelez India.
The senior leadership team from Societe Generale visited the Bangalore Warehouse on 5th February, for a pitch session by startups in the field of ‘Enterprise Platform’. The representatives from Societe Generale included Anne Michele - Head of Open Platforms and Priya Shetty - Chief of Staff. Participating startups such as Wooqer, Innohabit Technologies & Toolyt presented their solutions to the team which was followed by tour of the warehouse facility.
A global delegation from Grant Thornton visited the Bangalore warehouse on 1st February, for an overview of the NASSCOM 10,000 Startups and NIPP initiatives. The delegation was also keen to interact with 2 startups - Spotlight & Company and Mquotient, who presented their solutions in the space of ‘Audit’ and ‘Data Digitization’ respectively.
A Townhall session with Rishad Premji - Chairman, NASSCOM and Chief Strategy Officer, Wipro, was organized at NASSCOM 10,000 Startups Warehouse in Bangalore on 30th January. Besides being open to NASSCOM employees, the significant event also saw the inclusion of startups associated with initiatives such as Emerge 50 Awards, Deeptech Club, NIPP, 10,000 Startups, CoE for Data Science & Artificial Intelligence and IoT. Attending startups were excited to be part of the exclusive opportunity to interact with the NASSCOM leadership and discuss their thoughts, views and expectations. During the event, NASSCOM leads for various initiatives interacted with the audience to understand more about how the programs can optimally leverage the NASSCOM ecosystem. Overall, the event was successful with valuable interactions and prominent leaders in attendance.
A one-on-one meeting with John Deere Financial was organized on 29th January at the Bangalore Warehouse. The event was conducted with the aim of helping them plan their upcoming startup engagement program in Bangalore. The visiting team found the interactions to be a great opportunity to understand the expectations from the startups. Prominent representatives who were part of the visiting delegation included Andrew Traeger - Senior Vice President, Global Risk and R2, Felix Frie - Regional Vice President of International Finance, Satyen Shah - Managing Director, John Deere Financial India, Lilian Yin - Managing Director, John Deere Financial China, Boon Tay - Managing Director, John Deere Leasing Thailand and Sumeet Mantri - John Deere Financial IT Lead, India & Thailand. Some of the participating startups that are incubated in the Bangalore Warehouse and had the opportunity to interact with them include Digiledge, mQuotient and RadiiusCard.
A pitch session between Beatest (part of NASSCOM for Start-ups warehouse program) and ICICI Bank was conducted to explore solutions regarding their AI enabled recruitment solution. The session was conducted on 26th January at the Kolkata Warehouse. Both groups participated with enthusiasm and were eager to explore future prospects of association.
The leadership team from Swiss Re, comprising of Anand Kanakagiri – Senior VP, Global IT-Life & Health, Philip Walker – CEO, iptiQ & Vineet Bansal – CTO, iptiQ, visited the 10,000 Startups Bangalore Warehouse on 24th January. NIPP hosted the representatives of iptiQ (subsidiary of Swiss Re), a white labeling platform for insurance companies, for a discussion that primarily focused on an overview of NASSCOM, along with the current Indian GCC Market & Startup Ecosystem. The discussions were followed by a presentation by Vitor Health Sciences Pvt. Ltd., a healthcare start-up incubated at the Bangalore Warehouse.
An innovation summit was organized in partnership with F6S, at the Bangalore Warehouse on 22nd January. Post the welcome speech, the summit proceeded with a keynote about the uniqueness of the Indian Ecosystem and a rapid fire pitch session with 8-10 startups. This was followed by an address on the Open Innovation Practices in India, by a key corporate leader. As many as 40+ startups attended the session and appreciated the insights gained.
NIPP in association with KONE, as part of their Global Partnership in India and through the Flow Labs initiative, organized a webinar and leadership meet-up on 8th January, in Bangalore. Flow Labs is an initiative that aims to improve the flow of urban life through more effective people flow, making journeys safe, convenient & reliable, in taller, smarter buildings. The webinar and meet-up helped startups discover and be a part of KONE’s breakthrough People Flow Ecosystem. As many as 30 handpicked startups attended the meet-up and exchanged ideas on how to collaborate with KONE to provide futuristic solutions.
NASSCOM 10,000 Start-ups, in association with Credit Suisse organized an Innovation Challenge through NASSCOM Industry Partnership Program (NIPP), between February and March 2019. The challenge invited Technology Experts to share a critical and unbiased view on the business problems presented, based on their areas of interest. The challenge presented an opportunity for startups to analyze and develop insights-driven strategies to improve Business and Technology operations, and to share an “outside-in” perspective that aim to address specific business problems Participants were encouraged to take a holistic view of the presented problem statements and unlock greater value through either of the following: • Ready-to-use solutions that could be tweaked to address the given problem statement • Build from scratch ML and AI based solutions • Solution ideas in the form of an architecture design The challenge attracted the participation of over 40 teams, with submissions across 5 use cases and through an exhaustive evaluation process 21 teams made it to the final round of evaluation. The finalists went through 2 mentoring sessions and the top team from each of the 5 use cases were declared as the winners post evaluation. The 5 winning teams expressed their joy in being part of the Innovation Challenge and having had the opportunity to interact with the extended Credit Suisse leadership team, while in turn, being appreciated for the high-quality solutions presented by them. It was an opportunity for the winners: • To showcase their solution to Credit Suisse leadership at their Pune facility, on 6th March, as part of a grand event • To get felicitated by the Credit Suisse Management team on the same event. • For a potential paid PoC with Credit Suisse
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.
NASSCOM, through NIPP joined hands with its partner, Credit Suisse, to support the growth of Fintech Startups in India. The CREDIT SUISSE STARTUP CONCLAVE was conducted on 4th July, in Pune with an objective to create a platform to accelerate adoption of the latest technologies and solutions within Credit Suisse, while also supporting and nurturing young IT entrepreneurs and contributing to the growth of India’s Fintech startup ecosystem. The occasion also celebrated the partnership between NASSCOM & Credit Suisse and the audience were keen to understand more about related initiatives, as Kritika Murugesan – Director, 10,000 Startups addressed the gathering. The event saw the participation of 30+ top performing Fintech Startups, as potential contributors to unearth solutions for key business challenges, outlined by Credit Suisse Divisional Leads. This was part of the 'Socialise' phase of their SET Framework (Socialise. Engage. Transform.) Key leaders from Credit Suisse who addressed the gathering include John Burns - Senior Franchise Officer, Rajiv Ramachandran - Managing Director, Pritesh Johar - Director, COO India IT.