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ET NOW Leaders of Tomorrow is India’s largest entrepreneurship platform since the last 7 years. Over the past 7 years, the show has brought thought leaders, news makers, government representatives and the most innovative small business on to one platform. Addressing your most pressing concerns and opinions, Leaders of Tomorrow is the most comprehensive enabling platform for small businesses. The Leaders of Tomorrow kickstarts the brand-new season on the 9th of September 2019. With underlying theme of ‘SMALL TO SCALABLE’, Leaders of Tomorrow Season 8 will build upon its pedigree to focus on empowering upcoming businesses.
ET NOW Leaders of Tomorrow Season 8 is Presented by IDFC First and Co-Presented by Wadhwani Foundation.ZOHO is the Software Partner & OddUp is the Knowledge Partner.

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ET NOW Knowledge council

Narayana Murthy
Deep Kalra
Ajay Kela
Samina Vaziralli
Suresh Narayanan
Sangita Reddy
A Velumani
Piruz Khambatta
Anupam Pahuja
Rahul Chari
Narayana Murthy
Narayana Murthy
Founder, Infosys
Narayana Murthy is an Indian IT industrialist and the co-founder of Infosys, a multinational corporation providing business consulting, technology, engineering, and outsourcing services.
Deep Kalra
Deep Kalra
Chairman & Group CEO, MakeMyTrip
‘It is important for entrepreneurs to pay it forward and share their stories with those who have chosen the path of entrepreneurship.’ ‘Entrepreneurs leading start-up need to go beyond overall exuberance and carefully plan their funding and flawlessly execute on their business plans to ensure they don’t end like 94% of total start-ups that have to pull down their shutters within the first year of operation.’
Ajay Kela
Ajay Kela
President & CEO, Wadhwani Foundation
‘Entrepreneurs are job creators thus helping fulfill the aspirations of our citizens. Highly successful entrepreneurs are also wealth creators, multiplying the nation’s economic development and quality of life for all. Supporting such an endeavour is a no-brainer. Many times, entrepreneur success is tied to getting the right advice at the right time, thus mentorship is key to improve the survival rates of startups. It is an honour to help Indian entrepreneurs as a LOT mentor.’
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Samina Vaziralli
Samina Vaziralli
Executive Vice Chairperson, Cipla
‘As executive vice-chairperson of Cipla, Samina Vaziralli represents the third generation of the founding family and has been instrumental in the transformation of the organisation through the various key roles she has played for the organisation’s growth and success like the shaping of Cipla Health limited and Cipla’s ambitious foray into the US market.’
Suresh Narayanan
Suresh Narayanan
Chairman & MD, Nestle India
‘Leaders of Tomorrow is a celebration of entrepreneurship, where ideas, grit, and aspirations meet. It is an important platform for new generation entrepreneurs, who play a significant role in shaping our economy. As a mentor of ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’, I look forward to guiding our young entrepreneurs by sharing insights and my experiences.’
Sangita Reddy
Sangita Reddy
Joint MD, Apollo Hospitals
‘I am always energized by the passion and the inventiveness that fuels entrepreneurship.Therefore, I am looking forward to my new role as mentor for ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ as it will allow me to participate in shaping a new world, one with greater abundance, more inclusive than ever before. ‘A desire to accelerate positive change in the world is a must for unprecedented success; an entrepreneur must have a vision for the future and the resilience to persevere towards it despite manifold obstacles or setbacks.’
A Velumani
A Velumani
Creator & MD, Thyrocare
With over 35 years of experience in diagnostics Research and Business he created a unique Business model that led to Thryocare being listed on the National Stock Exchange in May 2017.
Piruz Khambatta
Piruz Khambatta
Chairman, Rasna
‘The first lesson of entrepreneurship is don’t try to emulate other successful ideas. You need to find your own unique idea to succeed.’ ‘ET Now Leaders of Tomorrow is an insightful show to understand the future holds. Entrepreneurs have discovered the opportunities in different avenues such as electric vehicles, localizing data storage centers, e-commerce and Ayurvedic indigenous products through LoT’
Anupam Pahuja
Anupam Pahuja
MD, PayPal India
‘I believe that the role of an entrepreneur is very similar to that of the conductor in an orchestra – who doesn’t play music or looks at the audience but manages to weave a magical symphony out of the musicians.’ ‘A nation that wants to grow and wants entrepreneurs to fuel this growth – a conducive ecosystem is the opportunity’
Rahul Chari
Rahul Chari
Co-Founder & CTO, PhonePe
‘I’m excited to be a part of the Leaders of Tomorrow show which is amongst India’s largest SME platforms for budding entrepreneurs. I’m looking forward to interacting with the brightest and best entrepreneurial talents in India.’ Indian start-ups are now also coming of age and some of them have perfected their product-market fit and their business models can easily be replicated for markets outside India. I think we will see deep tech disruption by start-ups in the fintech, healthcare, and education space which will solve problems for consumers beyond the Tier 1 cities.’

Winning Pitch

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Mumbai, Maharashtra
Coming Soon
Mumbai, Maharashtra
In Season 8, we will introduce a nation wide challenge where entrepreneurs stand the chance to win funding from the country's biggest funders. The pitch will be made at the 4 zonal rounds and culminate at the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards and Conclave (Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata). The shortlisted companies stand the chance to win big. The objective of the initiative is to enable SMEs /Start Ups with funding which has been a primary challenge.
Bengaluru, Karnataka
1st NOV, 2019
Bengaluru, Karnataka
In Season 8, we will introduce a nation wide challenge where entrepreneurs stand the chance to win funding from the country's biggest funders. The pitch will be made at the 4 zonal rounds and culminate at the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards and Conclave (Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata). The shortlisted companies stand the chance to win big. The objective of the initiative is to enable SMEs /Start Ups with funding which has been a primary challenge.
Kolkata, West Bengal
29th NOV, 2019
Kolkata, West Bengal
In Season 8, we will introduce a nation wide challenge where entrepreneurs stand the chance to win funding from the country's biggest funders. The pitch will be made at the 4 zonal rounds and culminate at the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards and Conclave (Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata). The shortlisted companies stand the chance to win big. The objective of the initiative is to enable SMEs /Start Ups with funding which has been a primary challenge.
Delhi , NCR
13th DEC, 2019
Delhi , NCR
In Season 8, we will introduce a nation wide challenge where entrepreneurs stand the chance to win funding from the country's biggest funders. The pitch will be made at the 4 zonal rounds and culminate at the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards and Conclave (Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata). The shortlisted companies stand the chance to win big. The objective of the initiative is to enable SMEs /Start Ups with funding which has been a primary challenge.

Entrepreneur Connect

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Leaders of Tomorrow is doing a 16 city roadshow pan India, so seize the opportunity to turn your dreams into reality with the giants of the industry. Leaders of Tomorrow in association with Wadhwani Foundation brings to you “Wadhwani Takeoff”, a one-of-its-kind pitch competition for aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage startups with a chance to showcase their pitch on ET NOW and win an all-expense-paid trip to Silicon Valley for mentoring and pitching to top Silicon Valley Angels. Interested aspirants and startups can apply at http://bit.ly/2ZFF6gJ

Awards

2018
Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises are the backbone of any nation and Indian SMEs with their innovation, passion and resilience are attempting to be the forerunners in global markets. The SMEs have registered tremendous progress in terms of quality production, exports, innovation, product development and import substitution, very much beyond the expected objectives of setting up SMEs by the planners of industrial production base in the country.

The Leaders of Tomorrow Awards is the biggest celebration of SME’s on any platform. This night is dedicated to highlighting SME winners across multiple categories. The Awards are the culmination of a month-long process where SME’s pan India apply to be crowned for their excellence across industries and business practices.

The Awards ceremony in the past has been attended by top industrialists, policy makers and SMEs of the country including Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, Infosys Founder N. R. Narayana Murthy & Former Minister for Commerce and Industries Anand Sharma and Sunil Mittal, Chairman & Group CEO, Bharti Group and KV Kamath, President, BRICS Bank have been the Chief Guest in Awards 2010, 2011 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Dr. Puneet Gupta
SME of the Year
Dr. Puneet Gupta
Clensta International
Mr. Naresh Pagariya
Agriculture and food processing
Mr. Naresh Pagariya
Pagariya Food Products
Mr. Ravi Vishwanathan
Fintech
Mr. Ravi Vishwanathan
PayMate India
Dr. Puneet Gupta
IT ITes Startups
Dr. Puneet Gupta
Clensta International
Mr. Vishwas Singh
Transport and logistics
Mr. Vishwas Singh
SUPER HIGHWAY LABS
Mr. Bandaru Subbarao
Electricals and Electronics
Mr. Bandaru Subbarao
Sealwel Corporation
Mr. Sumnesh Khandelwal
Industrial Manufacturing
Mr. Sumnesh Khandelwal
Robo Silicon
Mr. Vishwas Jain
Real estate and Construction
Mr. Vishwas Jain
Consulting Engineers Group
Mr. Jameet Singh Chhabra
Real estate and Construction
Mr. Jameet Singh Chhabra
ISC Projects
Mr. Gaurav Gujral
Textile apparel and accessories
Mr. Gaurav Gujral
BASANT OVERSEAS
Ms. Priyanka Gill
Young Woman Entrepreneur
Ms. Priyanka Gill
Luxeva India

Agenda

A large number of high profile dignitaries from the administration, corporate, relevant SME & industry bodies will deliberate in a day long event to guide, inspire and recognise the next crop of Small Business Entrepreneurs.
Location: 25th September, 2018 Taj Land Ends, Mumbai.
9:00 am Registration
10:00 am – 11:35 am Welcome Address: Nikunj Dalmia, Managing Editor, ET NOW

Inaugural Address: Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog

Special Address: V. Vaidyanathan, Founder & Chairman, Capital First

Keynote Address: ‘RIGHT TO WIN’by Harsh Mariwala, Founder & Chairman, Marico India

Moderated Q&A
11:35 am – 12:30 pm SME to SENSEX:

Ashish Chauhan, MD & CEO, BSE

Nilesh Shah ,MD, Kotak Asset Management

Kailash Kulkarni, CEO, L&T Mutual Fund

Rajesh Nuwal, Founder & MD, IndiaNivesh Group

Session Moderator: Mihir Bhatt, Chief Editor, TIMES INFLUENCE

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm CMO PANEL : SMART MARKETING

Partha Sinha, VC & MD, Mccan Worldwide

S Swaminathan, Co-Founder & CEO, Hansa Equity

Vivek Bhargava, CEO, Dan Performance Group

Sam Subramaniam, CEO, Brand Capital

Arun Iyer, Chairman & CCO, Lowe Lintas

Session Moderator : Ajay Kakar, CMO, Aditya Birla Capital

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm THE DIGITAL FRONT:

R Chandrasekaran, Executive Vice Chairman, Cognizant India

Pradeep Parameswaran, President, Uber India & SA

Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM

Session Moderator : Sunanda Jayaseelan, Editor – Leaders of Tomorrow, Times Influence, ET NOW

2:45 pm – 3:05 pm Master Opportunity & Make it Big: 4 Crucial Lessons Richard Rothman, Author
3:05 pm – 4:00 pm Local to Global:

Vijay Karia, Chairman MD, Ravin group

Piruz Khambatta, Chairman MD, Rasna Pvt Ltd

Prabodh Thakker, Chairman, Global Insurance Brokers

Vinod Kumar, President, India SME Forum

Session Moderator : Sunanda Jayaseelan, Editor – Leaders of Tomorrow, Times Influence, ET NOW

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm LOT HALL OF FAME :

Ambareesh Murthy, COO , Pepperfry

Jayant Jha,Co-founder & CEO, Yaantra

Nitin Saluja,Founder & CEO, Chaayos

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm SESSION BREAK RESUME FOR THE AWRADS at 6:00 pm
6:00 pm Registration
6:30 pm – 7:10 pm Welcome Address:‘RISE WITH INDIA’by MK Anand, MD & CEO, Times Network

Special Address: ‘DREAM BIG’ by Madhusudan Kela, Market Veteran & Founder MK Ventures

Moderated Q&A

7:10 pm – 7:35 pm Awards Presentation
7:35 pm – 8:20 pm BATTLE OF THE YEAR for the ‘SME OF THE YEAR’ (LIVE CONTEST)

Special Jury
Suresh Narayanan, Chairman & CEO, Nestle India Limited

Pradeep Parameswaran, President, Uber India & SA

Sam Subramaniam, CEO, Brand Capital

Debrati Sen, MD, 3M India & Sri Lanka

Saurabh Srivastava, Co-founder & Chairman, Indian Angel Network

Madhusudan Kela, Market Veteran & Founder MK Ventures

MK Anand, MD & CEO, Times Network

8:20 pm – 8:35 pm Disruptors Citations Presentation
8:35 pm – 8:50 pm Announcement of ‘SME of the Year’

Photo op with all Winners
8:50 pm Networking Cocktail and Dinner
AJAI CHOWDHRY
Founder - HCL & Chairman, Board of Governors - IIT Patna
VINEET NAYAR
Founder Chairman, Sampark Foundation
RAVI PANCHANADAN
MD & CEO, Manipal Global Education
VENKATESH GOPALAKRISHNAN
CEO, Shapoorji Pallonji Real Estate
AMIT GOSSAIN
MD, Kone, India
AMEERA SHAH
Promoter & Managing Director, Metropolis Healthcare
SANKALP POTBHARE
MD, Kraft Heinz India
PAVAN SHETTY
Director of Porsche India

Get in Touch

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Equinox Business Park, 6th Floor, Ambedkar Nagar, Off BKC, Kurla(W), Mumbai-70
leadersoftomorrow@timesgroup.com
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