One Indian startup raised capital every six hours in 2022! And this was despite the funding winter setting in after the proverbial FOMO of venture capital investors catapulted the local startup ecosystem to the bigger global stage with several dozen unicorns the year before. ​

Despite the challenges, the entrepreneurial revolution in India is here to stay, with startup pitches being showcased on reality shows and a growing community of founders with diverse backgrounds and experiences. However, being an entrepreneur requires more than just creating a product and developing a strategy; founders must also manage finances, HR, marketing, and other aspects of their business.​

To further engage with the founders and provide them a platform for discussion and learning, VCCircle is launching its debut edition of Founders' Forum on 15th June. The half day summit will bring together successful entrepreneurs to share their experiences and discuss new challenges, providing a valuable opportunity for the next generation of startup founders to learn from their peers and seniors.


10:00 AM onwards
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM


  • 11:30 AM – 11:40 AM

    Opening Address by VCCircle

  • 11:40 AM – 11:50 AM

    Welcome Address

  • 11:50 AM – 12:05 PM

    Keynote Address: The Path to Unicorn: A Deep Dive of Playbooks

  • 12:05 PM – 12:25 PM

    Fireside chat: Women in leadership, challenges and learnings for the aspiring leaders and workforce in general

  • 12:25 PM – 12:50 PM

    Panel Discussion: Succession planning & when to let go

    How can founders create the right leadership talent pool to take over the reins in the future, with or without necessarily hanging their boots.

  • 12:50 PM – 2:00 PM

    Lunch Break

  • 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

    Fireside Chat: Serial Builders: Learnings from Founders Reincarnate

    As the local startup ecosystem matures, we see an ever-growing tribe of serial entrepreneurs, or those who are now on their second or third startup ride. Some of them could be ‘serial-winners’ while others have seen a venture or two get folded. What are the key takeaways from past ventures that helped them in a new startup? What are the pitfalls that one managed to avoid from the real-life experience as a newborn? How was a pivot essential to finding the right calling?

  • 2:15 PM – 2:40 PM

    Panel Discussion: Multi-tasking, stakeholder expectations & work-life balance

    Entrepreneurs juggle with multiple challenges each day. Customer delight is the front-facing task but founders need to tackle multiple curveballs every day in the backroom. It is equally important for founders to find a balance to maintain their physical and mental health quotient. How do founders achieve the mythical work-life balance amidst the thousand-ton lodestone on their shoulders?

  • 2:40 PM – 2:55 PM

    Tea Break

  • 2:55 PM – 3:15 PM

    Fireside chat: Scaling impact: Growing your startup while maintaining focus on Purpose, Profit and Customer Outcomes

  • 3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

    Fireside Chat: Cofounder equilibrium: How to maintain the delicate balance

    Several startups have seen cofounder conflicts leading to inferior outcomes for the company, investors and other stakeholders. How can founders ensure the delicate balance of their partnership is maintained with division of roles, stake, compensation and more. 

  • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    Panel Discussion: Indian Start-ups--Is Funding Winter a Reality or Myth

    The epic momentum of 2021 slowed down in 2022; from $4.7 billion raised in January 2022 to $1.3 billion in November. The cost of capital has escalated, and investors have become more cautious to deploy capital as they were earlier.

    Is it real? Will it end the dreams of the start-ups?  Will it force start-ups to brace for another 12-18 months before capital flow ease? What are the best practices in a drought?

  • 4:00 PM – Onwards

    Closing Remarks

Speakers 2023


Akhil Gupta

Founder & Chief Tech & Product officer,

Amit Nawka

Partner, Deals & Startups Leader, PwC India

Ankit Agarwal

Co-Founder and CEO, Insurance Dekho

Harsh Parekh

Co-Founder & Whole-time Director, API Holdings Ltd.

Jitendra Gupta

Founder & CEO, Jupiter

Nitin Jain

Co-founder, CBO at OfBusiness

Prashant Singh

Co-Founder & COO, LeadSquared

Priyanka Gulati

Partner Human Capital Consulting, Grant Thornton Bharat

Sanachit Mehra

Founder, CTO, Cateina

Sai Deo

Partner, Bain & Company

Sonali Jindal

Co-founder and COO, Ring/ Kissht

Sourjyendu Medda

Founder & co-CEO, DealShare

Vaibhav Tewari

Co-founder & CEO, Portea Medical

Varun Chopra


Vipul Parekh


Vishal Agarwal

Cofounder, LocoBuzz

Vivek Tiwari

Founder and CEO, Medikabazaar

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