Boom Country: The Rise of Start-up Ecosystems in India and China
2017-11-23  - Beijing

China and India are by far the world’s most populous nations, together accounting for 37% of the global population, with both nations seeing enormous growth opportunities and a thriving start-up scene. While China’s economy has grown faster in recent decades, and is now more than five times the size of India’s, China has now entered a different phase of growth. India’s economy seems set to grow faster and issues of infrastructure and ease of doing business are being addressed.  Featuring a dynamic line-up of experts on the topic, this event will compare and contrast the start-up economies in China, which has four of the world’s top 10 most valuable start-up companies, and India, home to ten unicorns, where author Alan Rosling argues that early stage business is set to play a major role in transforming the economy as a whole.

Events Details

Date: Nov. 23, 2017
Location: CKGSB Classroom 9-10, Oriental Plaza E2 F20
Language: English
Co-hosts: CKGSB and Asia Society
Sponsors: Indian Embassy, Tata Group China, State Bank of India
Registration: Admission for this event is free, but please register here to confirm your place.


17:00-17:30 Registration Tea/Coffee
17:30-17:35 Opening & Introduction
Audrey Mu, MBA 2016 & Event Host
17:35-17:40 Welcome Remarks from CKGSB
Zhou Li, Assistant Dean, CKGSB
17:40-17:45 Welcome Remarks from the Indian Embassy
Introduction to Alan Rosling’s book “Boom Country? The New Wave of Indian Enterprise”
17:45-17:55 Keynote Remarks from Alan Rosling
17:55 -19:05

Panel DiscussionThe Rise of Start-up Ecosystems in India and China
Amuleek Singh Bijral, Founder and CEO, ChaiPoint
Akanksha Hazari, Founder and CEO, m.Paani 
Karthik Reddy, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Blume Ventures
Zhou Li, Assistant Dean, CKGSB

Alan Rosling, co-founder of Kiran Energy, former Executive Director of Tata Sons

19:05-19:25 Q&A
19:25-19:30 Closing Remarks from James Zhan, President of Tata Group China
19:30-20:00 Networking Reception


Amuleek Singh Bijral is CEO and Co-Founder of Chai Point, which is revolutionizing the way chai (tea) is consumed in India. Beginning with its first store in 2010, Chai Point has rapidly grown sales over 300,000 cups of tea every day. Before starting Mountain Trail Foods Private Limited (Chai Point is a brand under it), he was the country manager for RSA, an information security company. He is a graduate of Thapar University, Punjab, and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Akanksha Hazari is Founder and CEO of m.Paani, which connects brands directly to mass-market consumers and unorganized retail with India’s first and only data, loyalty and marketing platform. The proprietary data enables the company to deliver intelligence to its partners. She is the winner of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Economic Empowerment Award 2016 and Google India Rising Star Award 2014, among others. She is a graduate of Princeton University and University of Cambridge.

Zhou Li is an Assistant Dean at CKGSB, primarily responsible for the school’s global programs and operations. He is also in charge of more than 10 research centers, including the Humanities and Business Ethics Center, China and the World Economic Center, the Knowledge Center and Case Center. He serves as the Chief Editor for CKGSB Knowledge, the school’s English-language China business magazine. Mr. Zhou has a Bachelor’s Degree from Renmin University and an MBA degree from McGill University.

Karthik Reddy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Blume Ventures, one of India’s leading early stage venture funds. At Blume, he has led the majority of the investments, and advises and serves on the boards of some of the investments. Mr. Reddy’s stints at American Express, Reuters Instinet and Bennett Coleman have given him experience in the US and India in Financial Markets, Technology and Media. He is an alumni of IIT (Roorkee), IIM (Bangalore) and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Alan Rosling is an entrepreneur and strategic advisor with a deep engagement with India over the past 35 years. He co-founded Kiran Energy after leaving the Tata Group, where he was the first non-Indian Executive Director of Tata Sons, charged with internationalization of the group. He served for three years as Special Advisor to the British prime minister in the Policy Unit and was awarded a CBE in 2014. Mr. Rosling was educated at the University of Cambridge and Harvard Business School. (Moderator)

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