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Panel Discussions at Empresario Startup Summit.


  • Dr. H. Purushotham

    Chairman & MD: National Research Development Corporation (NRDC)

  • Dr. Neeraj Sharma

    Advisor- Technology and Policy: Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India

  • Dr. Manish K. Gupta

    Professor: Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar

  • Dr. Jack Croucher

    Founder: Appropriate Technology India, Senior Advisor: DevBhumi Natural Products Producers Co. Ltd.

  • Mr. Raj Janagam

    Social Entrepreneur, Co-Founder & CEO: Surge Impact Foundation

  • Ms. Vijayalakshmi Das

    CEO: Friends of Women World Bank (FWWB), Director: Ananya Finance for Inclusive Growth Pvt Ltd

  • Mr. Emmanuel Murray

    Senior Advisor: Caspian Impact Investment Adviser Pvt. Ltd., Ex-General Manager: NABARD

  • Mr. Vishal Nigam

    Chairman: Indian Blockchain Council, Co-Founder & CEO: BlockStein, Co-Founder: CryptoVpay

  • Mr. Nischal Shetty

    Founder & CEO: WazirX, + Crowdfire

  • Mr. Varun Deshpande

    Co-Founder: Nuo

  • Mr. Gagan Gupta

    Angel Investor Member: Rajasthan Angel Innovators Network (RAIN)

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This panel discussion will aim to put forth and discuss the various dimensions, benefits as well as challenges faced by the innovators to bring their inventions to the market space for the public good.

120 min

H. Purushotham


Neeraj Sharma


Manish K. Gupta


Social Entrepreneurship is gaining growing amount of talent, money and attentions from across the world. When it comes to social entrepreneurship, India is considered as epicenter of Impact Investing. With the increasing popularity of this practice based concept, the challenges of sustainability, investing opportunities and entrepreneur’s dilemma of balancing social & economical gains are key concern to make the ecosystem of social entrepreneurship favorable in India. This challenge can be tacked by redesigning our institutions and policies and rediscovering the ways of doing businesses. The panel will discuss on the idea and ethos of social entrepreneurship, policy, practice and the overall ecosystem of Social Entrepreneurship in India.

120 min

Jack Croucher


Raj Janagam


Vijayalakshmi Das


Emmanuel Murray


Block chain is widely considered to be a once in a generation revolutionary technology. It is poised to fundamentally change the way we use the internet. People are now getting to know about the possibilities through Block chain technology usage and more and more people are trying their hands to create something in this space.

But, there is also a set of people who are very interested in the technology but do not know how to proceed. This Panel Discussion is aimed at both the crowds by addressing the problems people are facing in Block chain application and at the same time giving the newer enthusiasts a guiding way which they can follow and move ahead in the right direction.

This discussion will bring together some of the most important figures in the Block chain community to talk about the past, present and future of the space.

120 min

Vishal Nigam


Nischal Shetty


Varun Deshpande


Gagan Gupta



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Kindly reach the venue on 10th March, 2018 at 10:00 am


Entrepreneurship Development Institute Of India, GIDC Bhat, Bhat, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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