US-India Startup Forum – Mumbai

Date: February 22, 2017 - Time: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm

Hotel Novotel Juhu Beach

  • About the Event
  • Who should attend and why?
  • Investor Profiles
  • Sponsors
  • Partners
  • About the Event

    The third and final US-India Startup Forum will be held in Mumbai on February 22, 2017. More than a dozen investors from the United States, among them Angels, VCs and funds will attend the the event at India’s financial capital.

    US investments in Indian startups have been steadily increasing over the years. Last year, the Startup India initiative was launched by the Government of India to create an ecosystem that drive the growth of startups, foster entrepreneurship and promote innovation.

    The mission of the American Bazaar’s three-city US-India Startup Forums is to contribute to this effort by connecting US investors with Indian startups.

    The American investors attending the Forums will get a first-hand experience of India’s startup ecosystem, while Indian startup founders and early-stage entrepreneurs will find a platform to listen to, interact and network with the US investors.

    Mumbai, along with Bangalore and Delhi, the two other cities where Forums were held, are the three epicenters of startup revolution in India. According to one study, the three cities accounted for 249 deals out of the 307 deals announced in the first quarter of this year.

    The Startup Forums kicked off in Delhi on September 1, 2016, immediately after the conclusion of the US-India Strategic Dialogue. The second one was held in Bangalore on September 3.

    One of the main highlights of the Mumbai Forum will be a startup competition. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges. Most of the judges will be investors from the United States who are attending the Forums.

    The winner, along with the winners from Delhi and Bangalore, will be invited to the United States to make their pitches before investors in the United States. Winners of Delhi and Bangalore have already been announced.

    For more information about the competition and to find out how to enter it, visit this page.


    Contact: Anand Sharma
    +91 98 688 067 91

    Madhu Sharma
    +91 78 490 228 58

  • Anyone interested in the startup space, either professionally -- by virtue of owning or running one -- or academically, is encouraged to attend the Forums. However, the Forums will be especially useful for the following four groups:

    Startup Founders

    Early stage entrepreneurs

    Potential entrepreneurs

    MBA students

    The Startup Forums will provide an excellent platform for the above-mentioned groups to listen to, and interact and network with US investors and find out about their investment philosophies and strategies.

  • Investor Profiles

    AUTONEBULA - Washington DC/Pune

    EDGEWOOD VENTURES - Los Altos, California

    KIWITECH - Washington, DC


  • Event Partners

    TiE Mumbai

    TiE Mumbai

    TiE is a non-profit, global community welcoming entrepreneurs from all over the world. We believe in the power of ideas to change the face of entrepreneurship and growing business through our five pillars; mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding. TiE was founded in 1992 by a group of successful entrepreneurs and is currently the world’s largest entrepreneurial organization out there. With programs like TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) and Mentor Match, we are reaching out and fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs.

    Z Nation Lab

    Z Nation Lab

    Z Nation Lab provides a state of the art ecosystem for tech entrepreneurs and startups, to help them accelerate their growth. We bring together high quality mentors, subject matter experts, experienced professionals, investors and VCs, all under one roof to curate a community that offers an environment for innovation to thrive. We are not just a co-working space with pan India presence, our members also benefit from real time access to our network of mentors, pre-accelerator startup bootcamp programs, events and demo-days, pitch counselling, legal and tech consulting, and connect to fortune 500 companies. At Z Nation lab, we believe that the whole world is one single place and should be closely connected. With some of our programs like Access Silicon Valley and Scale up USA, you can learn the art of angel investment with instructors from Stanford University. Learn to pitch like Silicon Valley startups. We are creating a virtual bridge for a global connect. We selectively invest seed capital in early stage startups graduating from our pre-accelerator startup bootcamp program, in addition to thousands of dollars in credit from our ecosystem partners like Amazon, PayTM, Google, Freshdesk, IBM etc to help our members scale up their entrepreneurial ventures.

    Lead Angels

    Lead Angels

    Lead Angels is a platform to connect innovative companies with investors who provide funding & support. Majority of our members are successful entrepreneurs and professionals with expertise in diverse fields. Our investment focus is on startups founded by young alumni of premier institutions like IITs and IIMs. We currently operate from Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Our network of 140+membersusually invests Rs. 50-100 lakhs in early stage companies. Individual members usually invest between Rs. 5-25 lakhs per transaction entirely at their discretion. Our team reviews over 80 investment proposals and connects promising proposals to our members based on their domain expertise.
    • Our members then evaluate the opportunity from their own investment perspective. Depending upon the feedback of the member 3 opportunities are shortlisted for presentation at the monthly meetings.
    • Each company is given 15 minutes to present their business plan
    • The presentation is followed by a 15 minute Q&A round between the members and the entrepreneur. Here the members are free to ask the entrepreneur further questions about the business
    • Once the Q&A round is over, there is an internal discussion between the members on the attractiveness of the investment
    • Post presentation depending on the level of interest of other members in a deal, one or more interested members undertakes a business review and negotiates terms on behalf of the network with the entrepreneurs. One member is elected as the deal lead.
    • Interested members (if any) elect a deal lead to pursue the deal further. The deal lead is given a month to prepare his/her findings, which are then presented in the next month’s meeting
    • If the terms are acceptable to the startup and the consortium of interested investors, a term sheet is issued to the startup. Legal and accounting due-diligence is done by independent firms.
    For more details visit:

    Mumbai Angels Network

    Mumbai Angels Network

    Mumbai Angels (MA) Network, started in 2006 is the first premium Angel network in India. MA provides a unique platform to start ups and very early stage companies by bringing them face to face with successful entrepreneurs, professionals and executives who are interested in and have the funds available to invest in start-up companies. Many members have prior Silicon Valley experience. In addition to the capital of its members, they also provide access to high quality mentoring, vast networks in India and abroad and inputs on strategy as well as execution. MA provides its portfolio companies with a level of assistance that surpasses their highest expectations. Their relationships and ability to leverage those relationships on behalf of their portfolio companies is unparalleled. MA members and their organisations have come to represent the ideal business partner for entrepreneurs who wish to start and grow a new company. Their portfolio companies are recognized as "Best in Class" leaders within their respective industries.

    Chatur Ideas

    Chatur Ideas

    Chatur Ideas is a dynamic and multifarious platform that stimulates and interconnects the immense entrepreneurial breed of India. It is an enabling platform for Entrepreneurs, Investors & Mentors. It is where an idea budding into one’s mind will be probed and enhanced to its full potential. They say Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard. That’s where Chatur Ideas step in. Currently we have 550+ Startups under our wings, to which we provide unfathomable mentoring, funding, guidance and execution support. We have a strong Mentor Panel in India that hails from various industries and have a strong domain expertise. Chatur Ideas simultaneously run various entrepreneurial contest, which will help entrepreneurs get seed capital that will help them in financing their businesses, startup and inventions Chatur Ideas was incorporated in 2015 in Mumbai, it expanded rapidly across India in mid 2016, by its recently acquired Nurture Talent Academy, started in January 2010, which was India’s 1st institute for entrepreneurs. It was founded by IIT-IIM alumnus, have trained over 35,000 students across 450+ colleges in 125+ cities in India and conducted trainings and mentoring programs for students related to entrepreneurship, business plan, mobile apps, web technologies and digital marketing.



    Inc42 Media is India’s No.1 new age tech media platform fostering entrepreneurship and the source for digital culture & innovation for the connected generation. We create and curate India specific stories and are dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products and breaking tech news. The digital world has moved on to a whole new level today. The advent of new technologies, the proliferation of social media, the niche sector around it, and the influx of VC money has paved ways for entrepreneurs to bring to reality new ideas, new business models, and new ecosystems. We encourage these talented minds by helping them in reaching out to a wide audience, prospective clients and investors. This is the very reason for our existence - to serve as the north star for growing entrepreneurs, help them make better & informed decisions, gain more visibility and build sustainable businesses with impact!

  • Registration

    The registration fee for attending the Startup Forums is Rs. 2,800. The fee for entering the Startup Competition is Rs. 5,000.One can make the payment via PayUmoney, send a check, and deposit/transfer the amount to our account.

    If you are sending a check, it should be made in favor of Rover Media Private Limited. Check should be mailed to:

    Rover Media Flat #3, first floor, No.4 Second cross VP road, Madiwala Banglore, Karnataka

    Please mention the city where you would like to attend the Forum.

    If you are transferring or depositing the registration fee, here is our bank account details:

    ROVER MEDIA PRIVATE LIMITED Account Number: 0450102000000338 Name of the Bank: IDBI BANK Address of Bank: Cheroor Complex, Opposite New Bus Stand, Kasargod, Kerala, India, 671121 Swift: IBKL0000450 (IFSC CODE) MICR CODE : 671259002

    Please note that the registration is not complete until we receive the payment.

    For more information please contact Anand Sharma +91 98 688 067 91 Madhu Sharma +91 78 490 228 58







Keynote Address


Meet some of our speakers


Please note the agenda of the event

Here’s the agenda:

09:30 am to 10:15 am
Registration and tea/coffee

10:15 am to 10:30 am
Opening / Introduction

10:30 am to 10:50 am
Keynote: Frank Islam, Chairman, FI Investment Group, Washington, DC

10:50 am to 11:30 am
India’s startup ecosystem through the eyes of foreign and domestic investors
Vishal Verma, Senior General Partner at Edgewood Ventures, LLC, Los Altos, California
Sameer Jindal, Managing Director, GCA
Varsha Tagare, Senior Director, Qualcomm Ventures India
Rajesh Sawhney, Cofounder, InnerChef; Founder of GSF Accelerator
Arihant Patni, Managing Director, Hive Technologies

11:30 am to 11:45 am
Tea Break

11: 45 am to 12:05 pm
Special address on Policy and taxation
Vijay K. Dhingra, Partner, Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP, Mumbai

12:05 pm to 12:25 pm
Special presentation:
Pradeep Joy, Principal Associate, SNG & PARTNERS

12:25 pm to 01:00 pm
Fireside chat with Sanjay Puri, Founder, AutoNebula, Reston, VA & USINPAC, Washington, DC
Moderator: Govindraj Ethiraj, founder and Ping Digital Broadcast

01:00 pm to 01:45 pm
Lunch and Networking

01:45 pm 03:00 pm
Startup competition (Elevator pitches)

03:00 pm 03:15 pm
Tea Break

03:15 pm to 04:00 pm
Panel: Raising money: finding the right investors
Sri Peddu, Managing Partner, Powerhouse Ventures, New York
Ramachandran Gopalakrishnan, Z Nation Lab, Mumbai
Dr. Gajanan M. Sabnis, Emeritus Professor, Howard University, Washington, DC
Moderator: Anita Belani, CPO, Gaja Capital Partners

04:00 pm to 04:15 pm
Startup award presentation

04:15 pm
Tea and more networking


Hotel Novotel Juhu Beach

Balraj Sahani Marg, Juhu Beach, Mumbai – 400049 Maharashtra, India



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