Manifest Summit 2016 - Day1 - #ARM Worldwide



Manifest–The Founders Summit aimed to nurture a community of Founders.The festival was a gathering of business founders, created to foster new ideas and inspire actionable results. The objective was to stimulate new initiatives and ventures, build new connections and collaborations, and kindle a community of people who have the desire to be inspired to rise above to achieve great things.The two-day event took place on 29th and 30th July at Vivanta by Taj, Dwarka, New Delhi.

There was a lot of buzz on social media about Manifest in the days leading up to the event. The speaker list and details about the event were disclosed on twitter and facebook with a live tweet chat also being conducted with two of the speakers, Dhanya Rajendran, Founder and Editor-in-chief of TheNewsMinute and Swati Bhargava, Co-Founder of, giving the followers a chance to connect with the speakers and ask questions.

The event kicked-started with an opening note by the two founders of the Summit – …. After the opening remarks by the co-founders , the summit began with inspiring keynotes.

#Keynote address1: Radhika Aggarwal, Co-Founder – on “Follow your Heart when Building an Enterprise” followed by a conversation with Josey John, Consulting Editor – Factor Daily

Radhika Aggarwal shared the challenges, the learnings, the regrets and the milestones she faced during the shopclues journey. Radhika gave an encouraging keynote on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and E-commerce.



#Keynote address2: Ameera Shah, Promoter, Metropolis Healthcare on “Owning the Belief to Innovate.”

Ameera discussed the importance of believing in yourself, in your employees, and building a strong culture within the organization, incorporating everyone involved with the organization. She also spoke on the relevance of building a strong employee culture and focus on quality service delivery, which she considers are the two key pillars of a service-based business.Her speech was followed by an enticing conversation with

Her speech was followed by an enticing conversation with Syna Dehnugara, Features Editor, CNBC-TV18.


Followed by the two keynotes were a panel discussion and the other speaker sessions planned on the agenda.

#PowerExchange: Money and Fintech 1

Moderated by Monika Halan, Consulting Editor, Mint; Jimeet Modi, Founder, Indian Trading League; Ajay A Singh, Founder,; Adhil Shetty, Founder,; Vinay Mathews, Founder,; Naveen Surya, Founder , ItzCash

A Power Exchange, unlike a Panel Discussion, had the moderator asking questions to get the Founders to share their journey, the vision for the sector and aspiration for their enterprise and how their services are making life simpler for the customer through an innovation or disruptive product or service.

What is fintech exactly? What is the scope of this upcoming sector? The discussion revolved around these questions and the founders elaborated on the huge potential of fintech and the opportunities it has to offer.



#Special Address: Srikant Sastri, Founder – Crayon Data on “How Big Data is Transforming the World”


A serial entrepreneur, Srikant Sastri is the Co-Founder of Crayon Data. He previously co-founded Solutions Integrated which was acquired by the Publicis Groupe.

Srikant talked about the growing importance of data and gave his insight on how upcoming startups and established businesses can use data analysis to grow.

#PowerExchange: Aggregators

Power Exchange on Aggregators was moderated by Saurabh Uboweja, Founder, Brands of Desire; with Kanika Tekriwal, Founder, JetSetGo; Aakrit Vaish, Founder, Haptik; Santosh Panda, Founder, Explara; Amit Agarwal, Founder, NoBroker.

The panelists shared their experiences on the challenges they faced and how they overcome them in their journey, and gave an insight how their offerings are trying to solve a problem.


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#PowerExchange: New Media

Moderated by Roopak Saluja, Founder & CEO, The 120 Media Collective & Sooperfly with Ayesha Sood, Founder, Jamun Collective; Ritesh Singh, MD, #ARM Worldwide; Dhanya Rajendran, Founder, The News Minute & Jayadevan PK, Founder, Factor Daily.

This Panel discussion was quite an interesting with the panelists sharing their insight on the scope in different aspects of media. One of the key topics of the discussion was how content strategy is more pertinent now than ever.


#Keynote address3: Raghav Bahl, Founder, Quintillion Media on “Revolutionary Thinking in Building an Enterprise” in discussion with Abhinandan Sekhri, Co-Founder, Newslaundry

Raghav Behl discussed the media ecosystem in India and also talked about cash flow management.


#Power Exchange: Improving Health Care

Power Exchange on Improving Health Care by Ravi Virmani, Founder, Credihealth with Aakash Ganju, Founder, Miraihealth ; Pawan Gupta, Founder, Curofy; Gauri Angrish, Founder, Coral Care Book; Subhashini Subramaniam, Founder, BabyBerry & Akanksha Kapoor, Founder, Oyehelp.

The discussion revolved around the new and upcoming advancements with the mix of Heath care and technology, and the future scope of HealthCare in India.


The highlight of the day was the final speaker session. The encouraging speech by Dr. Arokiaswamy Velumani inspired everyone sitting in the room leaving all with a thought of self-introspection. The audience rose to their feet and gave Dr. Velumani a standing ovation at the end of his speech.

#Keynote address4: Arokiaswamy Velumani on “Unleashing the Potential with Focus at the Core”

A. Velumani is the promoter and CEO of Thyrocare Technologies. Thyrocare is India’s first fully automated diagnostic laboratory with a focus on providing quality at affordable costs to laboratories and hospitals in India and other countries. Arokiaswamy has worked with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. He is an alumnus of University of Madras and University of Mumbai.

Arokiaswamy delivered a splendid speech discussing his personal journey, an expereince through which we can all take out a lot of learnings.

The day ended with a musical performance by the ‘Tetseo Sisters’ followed by dinner and an open bar.


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