VC Panel Session

Do you have a new product idea in clean technology that you don't know how to evaluate?

Do you want to discover the kind of innovative clean technology products that might gain traction with venture capitalists?

Here's your chance to find out what the biggest clean technology venture capitalists in the business expect and look for from entrepreneurs!!!

TEDA in association with TiE, Chennai (The Indus Entrepreneurs) brings you a unique opportunity to witness and be a part of a panel discussion featuring the who's who of the clean technology venture capitalist world at the Chennai Trade Centre on the 12th of March!

Some key topics that will be discussed are:

• The investment climate in the clean technology industry within and beyond renewable energy.
• Concepts venture capitalists look for in the area of clean technology.
• The checks/due diligence entrepreneurs need to perform before they think about approaching an venture capitalist.
• Business models that would be attractive for clean technology venture capitalists.
• Things ambitious entrepreneurs could / should do to gain better access to venture capitalists.

Don't miss the opportunity that could very well turn your entrepreneurial life around. Your idea might just be the ground breaker that these venture capitalists are looking for.

The discussion is scheduled for the pre-lunch session on the 12th of March (11 30 am).

Registering for the session will also give you a free access pass to the rest of sessions @ Renergy 2012 – sessions on Solar Energy, Energy Efficiency, Biomass Power, and more, along with an opportunity to network with some of the biggest names in the renewable energy industry who will be present.

Hurry up and register below for the session!!!!

Tentative Speakers

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    Mr.Sandeep Singhal Co-founder Nexus Venture Partners

    Sandeep has been an entrepreneur and a pioneer of Venture Capital in India. He was co-founder & CEO of Medusind Solutions, one of the leading healthcare outsourcing companies in India. He also was the co-founder of eVentures India, a leading venture firm focused on early stage ventures in India. Several of his earlier investments have had successful exits, including CustomerAsset (acquired by Firstsource), Mentorix Solutions (acquired by Lionbridge), Intigma (acquired by Emptoris), and MakeMyTrip (sale to SAIF Partners). Sandeep has also held senior roles at McKinsey & Company, Digital Equipment and EDA Systems.
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    Founder & CEO

    Mr. Arun Natarajan Founder & CEO Venture Intelligence

    Mr. Arun Natarajan is the Founder & CEO of Venture Intelligence, the leading source of information on deal activity in India including Private Equity, Venture Capital and Mergers & Acquisitions. Mr. Arun is an entrepreneur with over 15 years of research and business experience. He founded Venture Intelligence in 2002 based on his experience in observing and working with multiple companies, including in their business planning and financing. He is considered a thought leader at private equity and venture capital industry and is a frequent speaker at events organized by premier organizations like Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), SuperInvestor (UK), etc. Arun was earlier a senior research analyst with The Hindu-Business Line, a leading Indian business daily. Arun has a PGD (Financial Management) and a B.Tech (Chemical Engineering).
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    CEO & Managing Director

    Dr. Ashok Das CEO & Managing Director SunMoksha

    Dr. Ashok Das is the founder, CEO & Managing Director of SunMoksha, a clean technology start-up providing solutions, consulting and advisory services in the clean technology sector, with primary focus on green energy, energy efficiency & management and green buildings. It also works with innovators and entrepreneurs to help them validate their ideas, create business plans, raise funds, and get access to the market. Dr. Das has played an instrumental role in establishing and spearheading the Clean Technologies Special Interest Group (SIG) at TiE Bangalore ( to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem for clean technology companies. The CleanTech SIG is focused on the areas of energy & power generation/storage, bio-fuels, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, waste treatment and management, clean water solutions, and other technologies that can create more energy efficient alternatives with a smaller environmental footprint. Dr. Das has a B.Tech and M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and has received his doctoral degree from the University of Southern California in Mechanical Engineering. He has kindly agreed to be a part of the VC panel at Renergy 2012.
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    Mr. Pinaki Bhattacharya CFO Green Infra Limited

    Pinaki Bhattacharya is CFO of Green Infra Limited. He joined Green Infra from IDFC Private Equity. Pinaki has extensive experience in the renewable energy/power industry across the value-chain in India, US and Europe in operational, financial and investment roles. As Director-Investments at IDFC PE, Pinaki worked extensively on incubating Green Infra for the last 3 years. At IDFC Private Equity, India's largest infrastructure focused PE fund, he managed the renewable energy and power generation investment portfolio of over $400M across 6 portfolio companies. Prior to joining IDFC Private Equity, Pinaki looked at private equity investments in renewable energy infrastructure in the US with New Energy Capital (A venture by Vantage Point Venture Partners, one of the largest clean technology VC investors in the US with over $4B under management). Previously, Pinaki held positions at Bank of Scotland and InterGen (former Shell-Bechtel JV) in the US working on project finance, strategy, asset management and the exit of a 3,300 MW power portfolio in US. Pinaki started his career with ABB ALSTOM Power/ALSTOM working on global sourcing, procurement and project execution for power projects.Pinaki received an MBA and a Dean's Certificate in Financial Engineering from Cornell University and a BE (Mechanical) from the Delhi College of Engineering. He has kindly agreed to be a part of the VC panel at Renergy 2012.
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    Executive Director

    Mr. Harsh Nanda Executive Director, Principal Investment Area (PE) Goldman Sachs

    Harsh Nanda is the Executive Director, Principal Investment Area (PE) at Goldman Sachs. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Renew Wind Power, an independent power producer of wind energy started by Sumant Sinha, the former Chief Operating Officer of Suzlon Energy. Harsh has an extensive investment banking background having been with Goldman Sachs for close to 6 years the last half of which he has spent with the private equity arm starting as an associate and holding the post of Vice President before being made Executive Director. Prior to his career in investment banking, Harsh was a manager at Microsoft heading a test team for Microsoft’s audio-video conferencing hardware. Harsh has a B.Tech in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; an M.S in computer science from the University of Maryland and an Masters in Business Administration in finance from the Stern School of Business, New York. He has kindly agreed to be a part of the VC panel at Renergy 2012.
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    Mr. Rama Bethmangalkar Principal VenturEast

    Rama Bethmangalkar is a principal at VenturEast. He has been a researcher and a techie with rich operational experience in building & managing software products and businesses from the ground-up. As part of the Proactive Fund team at VenturEast, Rama currently works with early stage companies in the technology, telecommunications, outsourcing, financial services, and alternative energy sectors. He holds two US patents for his research in the broad area of software architecture. Prior to joining VenturEast, Rama spent seven years with Sun Microsystems in California, where he played varied roles in its Systems Management and Computer Systems groups, including leadership roles in the marketing, product management, and engineering functions. Even as a student-researcher in the US, his penchant for entrepreneurial endeavor led him to be involved briefly with an IT start-up company in California. Rama holds an MBA from Cornell University, Masters in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island, and Bachelors in Computer Science from the University of Mysore.


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