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Founders Talk 09 | New Gen Start-up Ideas
Wednesday, August 05, 2020, 05:00pm - 06:00pm

Founders Talk - 09 | New Gen Start-up Ideas

Wednesday, August 05, 2020 | 5pm to 6pm IST

Monica K Mehta | Executive Vice President, Wadhwani Foundation

With the onset of COVID-19, an unprecedented pandemic which has laid out a challenging future ahead of us, there is a spiking need for improvisation and innovation. As entrepreneurs, we must be able to see opportunities in this current state of mayhem and now is the time to redefine and create what is coined as the 'new normal'. Popular industries like Travel & Tourism, Hospitality and non-essential Retail have taken a hit and many others have been deemed redundant. Entrepreneurs now need to identify new trends and niche markets within sectors, some of them being: Additive Manufacturing, Tele-Services, Edtech, FinTech, Healthtech, Logistics E-commerce, Mental health Guidance and counselling, Blockchain etc. It is imperative to make the most of this new found opportunity and bring forth innovative ideas to launch new-age start-ups. Contrary to popular notion, the need of the hour is not to think outside the box, but to think within, differently; there is no dearth of business ideas!

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Speaker Profile

Monica leads the Wadhwani Entrepreneur Initiative of the Foundation which focuses on the College program. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a Director at Omidyar Network, where she led the education/skilling investments as well as grants in India. She has also been the Founding Partner at Kaizen Private equity, India’s only private equity fund focussed on Education. Her experience has spanned across strategy, investments and operations over the past 28 years. She enjoys solving complex problems, especially in early stage businesses where obvious solutions are often lacking. She is drawn to leading teams with diverse skill sets, which she has successfully done both as an entrepreneur and investment professional. She has a particular passion for impact investing in the education/future of work segments, but has experience in financial services and emerging technologies as well.