Introduction

As a sector that has upended practically every other industry by disrupting as well as driving efficiencies through innovation in process and product management, technology has been the bulwark of business activity.

Not surprisingly, it has been an evergreen sector in attracting private capital. While the current top-tier Indian software services giants went public early, BPO firms went through a process of getting VC and PE backers and then hitting the public market. Over a period of time the traditional technology sector was seen as too cash-rich to require capital and matured to generate alpha for alternative investors.

Tech startups made up for the missing opportunity over the last decade and half. Legacy small and mid-sized IT firms, too, kept the momentum going in terms of consolidating their business and seeing intermittent PE interest. Larger legacy software firms have also been trying to expand their foothold overseas with opportunistic buys in the small-to-medium ticket sizes.

However, things seem to be moving to the next level as a clutch of buyouts in the field in the recent past shows how financial and strategic investors see an opportunity of not just scaling up mid-sized software and engineering services companies swiftly but also squeezing more efficiencies in India Tech Inc at large.

Deals involving Mphasis, Mindtree, NIIT Technologies, Hexaware, Majesco, Accelya and GlobalLogic all attest to this undercurrent. At the same time, emergence of firms like Happiest Minds, which went public earlier this year, shows there is still immense scope of creating new businesses with a specialised bent even in a crowded sector.

Overall, technology as a sector has accounted for nearly half of all private investments by volume and attracted capital worth around $51 billion, or over a fifth of the total private capital flow in India over the last decade, according to VCCEdge. In the same period, Indian technology companies comprised a fifth of the 9,400 M&A transactions even though at $39 billion those deals were just about 10% of the value of M&As across sectors.

To gauge how tech companies are firming up their strategies for the next leg of their evolution, finding new pockets of demand away from the US and Europe, rethinking their capital needs and balancing organic growth with inorganic expansion to achieve better scale, VCCircle is organizing its debut edition of the Technology Investment Summit on April 14, 2021 on a virtual platform.


Agenda

9:00 AM onwards
  • 9:00 AM – 9:40 AM

    Registration

  • 9:45 AM – 10:00 AM

    Opening Address

    By Jaideep Mehta, CEO, Mosaic Digital & Head - Mint

  • 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM

    Panel Discussion 1: How can mid-large scale IT firms and Indian SaaS companies generate alpha for investors?

    Marquee investors have reposed faith in India’s legacy IT sector by betting on tier-2 companies over the last few years. Also, Indian SaaS has attracted huge investments over the last 5 years.  What is the investment thesis behind such bets and how have those firms fared on the expectations? Can the tier-2 and SaaS firms scale up to hit tier-1 scale soon enough? What kind of business and operational strategies would catapult them?

    Speakers:
    P. Srikar Reddy, MD & CEO, Sonata Software Limited
    Virender Aggarwal, CEO, Ramco Systems
    Akshat Babbar, Vice President, Chryscapital
    Imran Jafar, Managing Partner, Gaja Capital
    Nilesh Patel, CEO, LeadSquared

    Moderator:
    Payal Ganguly
    , Principal Correspondent, TechCircle

  • 10:40 AM – 11:20 AM

    Panel Discussion 2: Mining investment dollars out of data - security, analytics, compliance & more

    Data underscores the entire spectrum of technology. Be it storage, analytics or security, the business opportunity around the data being churned out every second is huge. How can small-mid scale tech firms create attractive business model around data? Which buckets of data management have had more success stories and how does the future opportunities look like for investors?    

    Speakers:
    Srikanth Velamakanni
    , Co-Founder, Group Chief Executive and Executive Vice Chairman, Fractal
    Dr. Anil Kaul, Co-founder & CEO, Absolutdata (An Infogain Company)
    Abhishek Srivastava
    , Director, Endiya Partners

    Moderator: Ranjani Raghavan, Associate Editor, VCCircle

  • 11:20 AM – 12:05 PM

    Panel Discussion 3: Short on glamour but long on value

    Business-to-consumer tech companies have hogged the limelight and also a disproportionate amount of VC money through the years. In the same time their B2B cousins have been quietly building a more robust business without much cash burn. How did the B2B firms manage to do that? Can they spot new opportunities? What challenges do they face?

    Speakers:
    Tanmai Gopal
    , CEO & Co-founder, Hasura
    Avnish Sabharwal, Managing Director, Accenture Ventures & Open Innovation
    Sushane Chopra, Sr. Director, Gaja Capital
    Kushal Nahata, Co-Founder & CEO, FarEye

    Moderator: Abhijit Sen, Partner, Deloitte

  • 12:05 PM – Onwards

    End of Conference


Speakers 2021

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Srikanth Velamakanni

Co-Founder, Group Chief Executive and Executive Vice Chairman, Fractal
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Tanmai Gopal

Co-founder & CEO, Hasura
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Virender Aggarwal

CEO, Ramco Systems
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Avnish Sabharwal

Managing Director, Accenture Ventures & Open Innovation
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Dr. Anil Kaul

Co-founder & CEO, Absolutdata (An Infogain Company)
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P. Srikar Reddy

MD & CEO, Sonata Software Limited
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Imran Jafar

Managing Partner, Gaja Capital
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Akshat Babbar

Vice President, Chryscapital
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Sushane Chopra

Senior Director, Gaja Capital
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Kushal Nahata

Co-Founder & CEO, FarEye
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Nilesh Patel

CEO, LeadSquared
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Abhijit Sen

Partner, Deloitte
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Abhishek Srivastava

Director, Endiya Partners


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