Inspire through Unconvention

Remodelling for Resilience, 17-19 February 2021

Unconvention 2021


DAY 1: Building Better

How do we build better and stronger enterprises?


DAY 2: Building Bigger

How do we build bigger, more scalable enterprise?


DAY 3: Building Meaningfully

How do we build more meaningful enterprises that create tangible value at the bottom of the pyramid?


Visualizing Unconvention 2021

Connect with impact investors, big businesses, government representatives & international foundations in intimate rooms of 15 each.

Technical & thematic experts will share actionable ways in which you can better your business.

Learn about the future of social enterprises in agriculture, healthcare, climate change, gender inclusion & affordable housing.

Drop by the booths of fellow entrepreneurs to explore the latest developments in technology and innovation.


Lounge 1 Lounge 2
9:15 – 10:15
10:30 – 11:30 Accessibility & Affordability of Digital Health: Making SaaS products work for rural markets,

Moderated by Shashi Bhushan, Practice Leader – Healthcare,  Villgro


  1. Prasanna Krishna Murthy, Founder, Upekkha
  2. Kalyan Sivasailam, Founder & CEO, 5C Networks
  3. Abhimanyu Bhosale, Founder & CEO, CrelioHealth
  4. Amrita Sukrity, Founder & CEO, Spotsense
Building Better by Being Beta –
How to develop an innovative and iterative mindset Shehzia Lilani, Country Director at India of Amani Institute & Arjun Sashidhar, Program Manager, Amani Institute

Abhilash Sethi, Principal

11:45 – 12:45 Successful Models in Water-efficient Agriculture: An Exploration for Future Action

Moderated by Richie Ahuja, Senior Director – Global Climate, Environmental Defense Fund


  1. Kavita Sachwani, State Program Coordinator, 2030 WRG, World Bank
  2. Mallesh Tilagi, Founder, CultYvate
  3. Reshma Anand, CEO, Hindustan Unilever Foundation
Moving from Hospital to Home: Opportunities for Disruption in Healthcare

Dr Shyam Vasudeva Rao, Renalyx, Forus Health

Yunus Social Business

Abhilash Parvatina & Geet Kalra, Investment Professionals

Acumen Academy

Abbas Dadla

12:45 -14:00 Lunch  Lunch NSDC

Mr. Venkatesh Sarvasiddhi, Senior Head – Digital Skills, Innovation, Industry Partnerships & CSR

Sequoia Capital India

Pushpak Kedia, Investment Associate, Sequoia

14:15 – 15:15 Building a climate-resilient, resource-efficient, agriculture economy in India

Moderated by Jinesh Shah, Managing Partner, Omnivore


  1. Jatin Singh, CEO Skymet
  2. Vinay Kumar, CEO NCDEX
  3. Kaushik K, Co-founder and CEO, Kheyti
  4. Sarita Bahl, Director, Bayer Foundation
Catalyzing Rural Micro Entrepreneurship

Presenter – Maneet Gohil, Founder, Lal10 & Shamli Devi, Micro Entrepreneur
Moderator –
Mohammad Azhar, Program Lead, Villgro


Tata Trusts

Siddharth Gahoi, Program Manager

Mercedes Benz Research & Development
15:30 – 16:30 Hospitals Adopting Entrepreneurs’ Innovations within their Ecosystem

Moderated by Arun Venkatesan, CEO, Villgro USA


  1. Dr. Paul Salins, Managing Director / Vice President Narayana Hrudayalaya and Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Hospital
  2. Mr. Aayush Rai, Co-Founder, Inito
  3. Abhishek Sen, Co-founder at Biosense Technologies
Fourth Partner Energy

Vinayak Kathare, Head of New Initiatives

Bharat Innovation Fund

Kailash Nath, Vice President

16:45 – 17:45 Building for a Billion: Affordable housing with 3D printing


Adithya Jain, Co-Founder, and CEO, Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions

Meera Siva,  Lead –  Sheltertech India, Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter

Creating value for the end beneficiary: looking beyond a single transaction

Sipika Nigam, Yunus Social Business


Networking session with clinicians from Narayana Health & MSMF to validate your ideas & guide in MedTech innovations

Dr. Lavanya Kiran
Dr. Samarth R Shetty
Dr. Srinath Kumar T S

Ankur Capital
Aditya Jahagirdar, Investment Fellow
18:00- 19:00 LAUNCH: Villgro’s Information Tracking System for Incubators

Moderated by Heera Jayachandran


  1. Pradeep Nair, Ford Foundation
  2. Paul Basil, Co-Founder & Partner at Menterra Ventures Founder, Villgro
  3. Srinivas Ramanujam, CEO, Villgro
  4. Ananth Aravamudan, Sector Lead, Energy
5:45 PM: Invite-only: Cartier Women’s Initiative Founder Showcase

(Note: This session starts at 5:45 PM)

Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter

Lizan Kuster, Global Lead Sheltertech


GE Healthcare

Nritya Ganesh, Director-Program Management, Edison Accelerator Lead

Maneesh Kunte, Program Manager, Edison Accelerator

19:15 – 20:15 Lessons from Losses in 2020: A perspective from entrepreneur enablers around the globe

Moderated by Jasmine Chew, Director, Products (Capital Mobilization), AVPN


  1. Stefan Kappeler, Managing Director and COO of the Elea Foundation
  2. Murugan Vasudevan, Head of the Social Innovation Group for Cisco South Asia
  3. Pratima Harite, Head of Philanthropy and CSR for Lenovo Foundation in Asia Pacific
Why Gender Matters in solving for Climate Change?Incorporating an inclusive approach to both problem and solution


  1. Richenda Van Leeuwen, Executive Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
  2. Stephanie Finigan, Director of Programs, Value for Women
  3. Neha Pahuja, Fellow, The Energy and Research Institute
  4. Ulka Kelkar, Director-Climate program, World Resources Institute India (Moderator)


20:30 – 21:00 KEYNOTE : Visualizing Resilience: The next decade for the social enterprise ecosystem

Carol Dahl, Executive Director, The Lemelson Foundation + Fireside chat with Paul Basil, Founder of Villgro

Lounge 1 Lounge 2
9:15 – 10:15 Offering by AGNIi, Invest India
Ananya Chakraborty, Senior Innovation Specialist – AGNIi & Prakarsh Mishra, Senior Innovation Specialist – AGNIi
Scaling Operations & Building Bigger
George Thomas, Partner & Head of Asset Management, Menterra Venture Advisors
10:30 -11:30 Why now is a great time for entrepreneurship in Agriculture? An opportunity to win INR 2 Cr Prize with Cisco Agri Challenge


  1. Prashanth Prakash (Partner, Accel Partners)
  2. Utsav Mishra(Program Manager-Cisco Agri Challenge, The/Nudge Foundation)
  3. Sanjay Joshie(Executive Director, FES)
  4. Rikin Gandhi(Co-founder & Executive Director, Digital Green)
  5. Simeen Kalam(Co-founder & Director, Gramhal)
  6. Moderator: Naman Arora
Thriving, not striving: Sales strategies for success

Rini Dutta, Centric Brand Advisors


Reuben Datta, Investment Professional

Dr. Lal Path Labs,

Om P Manchanda, Managing Director

11:45 – 12:45 How Social Entrepreneurs can make use of NDHM and Build Solutions for Bharath

Moderated by Shashi Bhushan, Practice Leader – Healthcare,  Villgro


  1. Arun Agarwal, Founder & CEO, Janitri Innovations
  2. Kiran Anandam Pillai, iSpirit & NDHM
  3. Yukti Sharma, National Health Authority (NHA)
Designing Effective Pilots


  1. Meera Siva, Lead- Sheltertech India, Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter
  2. Anoop Nambiar, Country Director, Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter
The/Nudge Foundation

Utsav Mishra- Program Manager-Cisco Agri Challenge, The/Nudge Foundation

Naman Arora- Associate Program Manager-Cisco Agri Challenge

Centric Brand Advisors

Rini Dutta, Founder

13:00 – 14:00 Moving The Needle in Agriculture: Creating Start-up Impact at Scale

Moderated by Srinivas Ramanujam, CEO, Villgro


  1. Mark Kahn, Managing Partner, Omnivore
  2. Hemendra Mathur, Centure Partner, Bharat Innovation Fund & Co-Founder, ThingAg
  3. Professor Rakesh Basant, Professor of Economics IIM-A, JSW Chair Professor of Innovation and Public Policy
  4. Prateek Singhal, Co-Founder & Director, Ecozen Solutions
Catalyzing Rural Micro Entrepreneurship

Presenter – Ananth Aravamudan, Sector Lead, Villgro

Moderator – Ullas Marar, Interim Head, Women’s Economic Empowerment Project, GIZ India  Speakers:

  1. Mamta Kohli, Senior Social Development Advisor, FCDO, Government of United Kingdom
  2. Anjani Bansal, Deputy Director, Bills & Melinda Gates Foundation
  3. Ravi Chandra, Value Chain Expert, United Nation Development Program
  4. Raminder Singh Rekhi, Development Consultant
GeM (Government e-Marketplace), Shashank Sharma
14:15 – 15:15 The Scale Conundrum in the Circular Economy

Moderated by Ananth Aravamudan, Practice Lead- Energy & Cleantech, Villgro Innovations foundation


  1. Sampath Kumar, Managing Director, TIDE Technocrats Pvt. Ltd.
  2. Wilma Rodrigues, Founder and CEO, Saahas Zero Waste
  3. Akash Singh, Investment Manager, India at Circulate Capital
Lessons in Scale: Taking NephroPlus across the Globe
Vikram Vuppala, Founder & CEO, NephroPlus
1. Dr K Satyamurthy, Principal Scientist & Business Head
2. Anirudh R, Assistant Manager, AATC
15:30 – 16:30 How have Impact Investments Remodelled Themselves and Become More Resilient?
Moderated by Mukesh Sharma, Co-founder & Managing Director, Menterra Venture AdvisorsSpeakers:

  1. Kavish Gadia, CEO, Stones2Milestones
  2. Chitra Ravi, CEO Chrysalis
  3. Abhishek Sen, CEO Biosense
To the agri market, profitably.
Prof. Vidya Mahambre, Professor of Economics, Great Lakes Institute of Management
Shell E4, Vishnu Kanth Narahari, Deployment manager
16:45 – 17:45 Energy-Enabled Entrepreneurship: A cross-sector, value-chain approach

Case Study

Presentation (5-7 mins each):

Solar Silk: Improving efficiency of the traditional silk value chain” – Kunal Vaid, Reshamsutra – ” Vertical Farming:

“Creating micro-entrepreneurs to solve India’s fodder shortage ” – Vasanth Kamath , Hydrogreens


  1. Ross Bruton, Senior Incubation Manager, Carbon Trust
  2. Tushar Devidayal, CEO, DD Solar
  3. Donson D Souza, COO, Blackfrog Technology
  4. Dr. Evan Murimi, Co-Founder, Pereybere Energy Ltd
  5. Moderated by Divya Kottadiel, Power for All

Rajwinder Kaur, Head Biomedical Department Fortis Hospital Mohali


Dayal Group,
Ms. Amrita Kumar, Director, Dayal Group
Mr. Aman Kumar, Director, Dayal Group
18:00 – 19:00 Building the Business Case for Housing Microfinance


Jyoti Patel – Senior Director, Impact Investments, Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter

Gender-smart Strategies for Business Growth

Aparajita Agarwal, Director – Strategy & Development, Value For Women

Pramita Ray, Gender and Business Consultant, Value for Women


Siddharth Surana, Founder, AgriCentral & Head, Digital Business

Elea Foundation

Lisa Jean-Mairet & Camilla Weder

19:15 – 20:15 The launch of Villgro Accelerator Program for Healthcare startups supported by UBS Optimus Foundation

Moderated by Srinivas Ramanujam, CEO, Villgro-India

Dhun Davar, Head of Social Finance, UBSOF-India


Rural Marketing for Clean-tech & Agri Startups
Praviin B Kumaar, India Coordinator, GOGLA


Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter

Jyoti Patel – Senior Director, Impact Investments

Jitendra Balani – Associate Director – Financial Inclusion and Capital Markets

20:30 – 21:30 Fundraising in the Post-Covid Era
Francois Ritchot, Associate Director – Capital Advisory, Palladium Impact CapitalManeet Gohil, CEO & Co-Founder, Lal10Megha Jain, Investment Professional at Insitor Impact Asia Fund
Launch of Villgro Accelerator Program for Healthcare startups supported by UBSOF; Anshul Rathi, UBSOF and Anusha Kamath, Villgro
Lounge 1 Lounge 2
9:15 – 10:15 Using Technology to Build Resilience in Social Impact Organizations: Case studies in success
John Santhosh, CEO, and Founder, Billionlives Business Initiative

Jyoti Patel

Upaya Social Ventures

Aashi Garg and Sruthi Shanmugam, Investment Professionals

10:30 – 11:30 Democratization of Data: Building a Digital Data Commons

Moderated by Hemendra Mathur, Partner, Bharat Innovation Fund


  1. Prateep Basu, Founder & CEO, Satsure
  2. Prashant Mehra, Co-Founder, Platform Commons Foundation and VP,
  3. J. Satyanarayana, Ex-Chairman, UIDAI
  4. Kriti Mittal, Entrepreneur In Residence at Omidyar Network India
Sustainable Urban Development and Affordable Housing
Aparna Das, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Urban Development – Smart Cities, GIZ
Deepak Fertilizers

Deepak Keni, EVP Special Projects & Enablers

Billion Lives
11:45 – 12:45 Awareness and Accessibility of Health for Underserved Women: Challenges and innovation opportunities

Moderated by Mehak Malik, Co-Founder and CEO, Uvi Health

Dr. Kalpana Apte, Secretary-General, FPAI

Dr. Vishakha Mangale, Consultant Life Sciences and Healthcare Diagnostics

IT Needs for Incubators
Heera Jayachandran, Head of Technology Platforms, VillgroMohammad Azhar, Programme Lead, INVENT
Kalaari Capital

Harshit Kumar and Anvita Khosla, Investment Professionals

SmartChem Technologies

Arvind Kulkarni- EVP – Corp & Instt Sales

13:00 – 14:00 The Value of Tech-based Advisory in the Eyes of the Farmer


Amandeep Panwar, CEO, Bharat Rohan

Dr. Praveen Rao, VC, PJTSAU (Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University)

Martin Kutter, COO, Plantix

Moderator – Mahesh Girdhar, President & CEO, Fertilizer Business, Deepak Fertilizers

Catalyzing Rural Micro Entrepreneurship

Presenter – 15 minutes
Shashank Kumar, Co-founder & CEO, DeHaat
Moderator –
Anil Misquith, Advisor at Accord and Adivasi Innovation Hub
Panel members – 45 minutes
Debapratim Das, CFO, IIM Calcutta Innovations Park
Pradnya Godbole, CEO, DeAsra Foundation
Prof. Prakash Singh, Executive Committee member, SCIFI-IIM Lucknow
Nidhi Arora, Executive Director, Dhriiti 


Stefanie Bauer-Vemuri, Focal Point Private Sector Cooperation, GIZ

Incubators Roundtable, Villgro

Mohammad Azhar, Program Lead, INVENT

Heera Jayachandran, Head, Technology Platforms

14:15 – 15:15 Building a Strong Ecosystem for the Productive Use of Renewable Energy

Moderated by  Abhishek Jain (Fellow and Director, Powering Livelihoods, CEEW)


  1. Jeevan Kumar Jethani (Director, MNRE)
  2. Ashish Kumar (Portfolio Innovation Manager, Shell Foundation)
  3. Simmi Sareen (Founder & CEO, Loans for SME)
Seeking QapitaL for your enterprise – how to be investment-ready!


  1. Vikram Sivaraman, Country Head, Qapita – India
  2. Srikanth Prabhu Head – GTM and Partnerships, Qapita – India
  3. Prachi Worlikar, Head of Product, Qapita – India
Yunus Social Business

Geet Kalra and Abhilash Parvatina, Investment Professionals

Innovate UK
Alice Goodbrook, Innovation Lead (Energy)
15:30- 16:30 Navigating the Road to IPs for Healthcare Social Enterprises

Moderated by Shashi Bhushan, Practice Leader – Healthcare, Villgro


  1. Dr Malathi Lakshmikumaran, Executive Director & Practice Head of Patents, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
  2. Vinayak N, Founder & CEO, Yostra
  3. Dr. Geetha Manjunath, Founder & CEO, Niramai Health Analytix
The Farming Risk Matrix & How to Address It

Prof. Shambu Prasad, Strategic Management & Social Sciences, IRMA

Dr. Ajit Kanitkar, Senior Research Advisor, Vikasnavesh Foundation

Abhilash Sethi, Principal
Shell Foundation

Deepak Goel, Regional Director, India

16:45 – 17:45 Access to Credit in Agriculture – Innovation in Financial Inclusion

Moderated by Shyam Vembar, Agribusiness Practice Lead, Villgro


  1. Sridhar Easwaran, Samunnati
  2. Samir Shah, Executive Vice-Chair, Dvara Trust
  3. Avishek Gupta, Investment Director and Head, Caspian Debt
  4. Arjun Ahluwalia, Founder & CEO, Jai Kisan
Nuances of Working with the Public Healthcare System: What this means for Social Entrepreneurs?
Sunita Nadhamuni, Head – Digital LifeCare at Dell Technologies

Vikram Sivaraman, Country Head, Qapita – India,

Srikanth Prabhu Head – GTM and Partnerships, Qapita – India 

Prachi Worlikar, Head of Product, Qapita – India,

Akhil Nallapati, Qapita-India


ReNew Power

Jasvipul Chawla, DGM, CEO Office

Avik Sanyal, DGM, Technology

Rahul Sharma, Manager, CSR

17:45 – 19:00 Global Bio India Talk: Funding schemes from BIRAC for MedTech innovators

Ms. Rashmika, Singh, Officer-Technology Transfer and Commercialization, BIRAC

Dr. Prachi Kaushik, Manager-Investment, BIRAC

Global Innovation Trends in Agritech and their relevance for small farmers in India:

Masterclass by Jan Verhagen, Wageningen University & Research and The/Nudge Kalyan Chakravarthy Guntuboyina
Account Manager, Asia
Wageningen University & Research
Sudha Srinivasan
CEO, The/Nudge Centre for Social Innovation


Rishabh Goel, Project Associate

PwC India

Vibhash Garg, Director, Clean Energy,

Bhuwan Mehta, Manager, Clean Energy

Lavanya Katyal, Consultant, Clean Energy

19:15 – 20:15 ANDE & Villgro Present: The Business Value of Impact Measurement – Making Impact Data work for you
Moderator: Mallory St.Claire (ANDE)
Panel: Tanuja Kate (Villgro), Vatsal Dusad (Blackboard Radio), Prashant Maheshwary (60 Decibels)
Lessons in Incubation Across Borders
Priya Thachadi, CEO of Villgro Phillippines
Wilfred Njagi, CEO of Villgro Africa
Moderated by Arun Venkatesan, CEO of Villgro USA
Acumen Academy

Abbas Dadla

Caspian Debt

Sushant Bhatia, Regional Investment Manager & Nitish Bharadwaj, Investment Manager

20:15 – 21:30 Inventing for a Resilient Future

Moderated by Srinivas Ramanujam, CEO, Villgro


  1. Maggie Flanagan, The Lemelson Foundation
  2. Ritika Gandhi, Titan CSR (Designing for Impact)
  3. Pradeep Nair, Ford Foundation
  4. Anushree Parekh, Director – Philanthropy, Waterfield Financial & Investment Advisors

How can you be a part of Unconvention 2021?

Startup Booths

A level-playing field for entrepreneurs to showcase their business models and solutions to a global audience

  • Conduct contests to engage with your target audience in a fun & interactive way
  • Purchase an exclusive virtual booth at INR 5000 only
  • Get access to two free passes

Knowledge Partners

Showcase your expertise to a global audience

  • Be the host at Networking Lounge Tables: Interact with upto 15 participants at once, on multiple tables
  • Branded Breakout rooms: Conduct workshops and sessions for upto 50 participants
  • Virtual Booth: Interact with attendees across the globe in real time
  • Get access to two free passes
  • Conduct contests to engage with your target audience in a fun & interactive way


Avail our Early Bird Rates and get access to our live sessions, masterclasses, exclusive workshops and networking lounges for all three days

  • Early Bird Pass at INR 1000 (valid until 31st December 2020)
  • Student Pass at INR 850
  • iPitch Applicants 2020 Pass at INR 1000
  • Indian Delegate Pass at INR 1500
  • International Delegate Pass at INR 3500/ ~ 48 USD approx

Technical Partners

Demonstrate your expertise and interact directly with entrepreneurs

  • Branding as "Technical Partner" on the event platform
  • Conduct a masterclass and interact with up to 15 entrepreneurs in our networking lounge
  • Access to an exclusive virtual booth for all three days
  • Conduct contests to engage with your target audience in a fun & interactive way
  • Get access to two free passes

Highest Rated Sessions of Unconvention 2019

Fail fast, Learn Fast

Discussed the experiences of running an invention-based enterprise from the idea stage to market

Future of Clean Mobility

Laying the Rails for an Inclusive Sector’- Unlocked the opportunity for innovations & inventions in the sector.

Creating for the Customer

How Innovations Can Be More Inclusive for All’ - Addressed the need for empathetic innovation that is inclusive of the BoP market.

Investor Speed Dating

Provided a space for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas and share their concerns with Investors on a one-on-one platform.

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Sector Focussed sessions





It’s difficult for startups to be able to afford such conferences, and I usually don’t like networking, but the interactions I had were exciting! A lot of them made me rethink a bunch of things. I’m very happy I was able to make it.
Sombodhi Ghosh Co-Founder, Aakar Innovations (Unconvention 2014)
What I took away from the event was that there are so many people across the world who want to come together and solve the biggest problems humanity is facing today. Two years ago, it was an event like this that inspired me to become a social entrepreneur.
Prukalpa Sankar Co-Founder, Social Cops (Unconvention 2015)
The event was a great platform to meet and interact with like-minded social entrepreneurs and a source of inspiration to keep us motivated. It was also a wonderful opportunity where we could connect with other stakeholders in the impact investing space.
Geethanjali Founder, Adiuvo Diagnostics Unconvention 2016)

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