The Promising Entrepreneurs Of India 2023

An ET Edge Initiative

From Vision to Venture: Empowering Entrepreneurs

25th & 26th September 2023 | Sahara Star, Mumbai


From Vision to Venture: Empowering Entrepreneurs

“Entrepreneurship is about turning what excited you in life into capital so that you can do more of it and move forward with it” - Richard Branson

The 5th edition of The ET Edge “Promising Entrepreneurs” will showcase the remarkable ventures that have redefined the benchmark in their respective fields through their perseverance and commitment. This year, we will honour those ventures which have gone above and beyond to achieve a milestone.

The impact entrepreneurs have on economic opportunities goes above and beyond what is presented. Entrepreneurs drive innovations, create new job opportunities, develop new products, services and enter as well as create new markets. However, the developmental landscape for entrepreneurs proves to be challenging in a country like India.

Failures and setbacks are something entrepreneurs must overcome. Challenges, failures, and difficulties are a part and parcel of the world of entrepreneurship. One of the major challenges an entrepreneur in India faces, is the accessibility of funds and investments. The Indian Funding eco-system is not favourable for entrepreneurs and this further leads to difficulty for entrepreneurs to set up their businesses in the initial stages. Nevertheless, despite all the difficulties encountered at the many stages from beginning to end, entrepreneurs overcome such adversities and emerge as successful businesses. 

Entrepreneurs play and important role in the growth of a country’s economy. They contribute to increasing the country’s national GDP. Entrepreneurs are the pioneers of growth and excellence. They are our national assets and this year, we explore how startups have endured difficulties and emerged as forerunners in their respective markets through their unwavering commitment to quality, innovation, and unique ventures. In the Fifth edition of “The Promising Entrepreneurs of India” we will highlight the persistence and determination of entrepreneurs to overcome challenges and emerge triumphant.

The Promising Entrepreneurs of India

6th Edition

The 6th edition of The ET Edge “Promising Entrepreneurs” will showcase the remarkable ventures that have redefined the benchmark in their respective fields through their perseverance and commitment. This year, we will honour those ventures which have gone above and beyond to achieve a milestone.

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The occasion will also be marked by the launch of the 5th Edition of Promising Entrepreneurs of India Coffee Table Book. This brand book examines the fundamental characteristics of these promising entrepreneurs: What makes these entrepreneurs unique? What skill sets do they possess, which have established them as a niche? What are the latest innovations that have left a lasting imprint on consumer’s minds? Why are these entrepreneurs considered promising?

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Selection Process

Why Attend?

Discussing the future

Sessions with subject-matter experts from the industry discussing future.

industry insights

Get industry insights directly from the source

top decision makers

Individually meet with top decision makers business owners, influencers, and industry leaders

new ties & avenues

Network with entrepreneurs looking to establish new ties & new avenues.

Interesting discussions

Witness Interesting discussions on current developments and business trends.

Who Should Attend?

Who Should Attend?

Why Attend?

  • Share best practices followed by innovative and employee-friendly companies
  • Meet and greet passionate Human Resources leaders from across the country
  • Learn about the practices followed by the best workplaces
  • Inclusive session that will enable attendees to interact and engage with industry experts through interesting and thought-provoking discussions
  • Case studies of how employee-centric companies are outperforming in their industry
  • Opportunity to make Meaningful Connections


The number of startups in India are ever-growing. The entrepreneurial eco-system is dependent on various interdependent factors and has a competitive landscape. Building and keeping a start-up alive is no child’s play and various challenges come along the way. Come join us in this panel discussion to learn more about how successful entrepreneurs pushed through the daunting challenges.

  • How clever marketing strategies will help boost your business.
  • Digitizing your business
  • Strategizing International Recession


  • Sandeep Aggarwal, Founder,
  • Shashank ND, Founder, Practo
  • Dharamveer Singh Chouhan, Founder, Zostel
  • Akash Sinha, Founder, CashFree Payments
  • Shivani Poddar, Founder, Fab Alley
  • Shrini Vishwanath, Founder, Upstox *

One of the most effective ways for startups to move forward is to scale globally. However, moving to international space proves to be a challenge for majority of the start-ups. This session will highlight the various limitations, frameworks, and guidelines to scale internationally. Furthermore, we will also discuss the emergence of D2C.

  • Importance of cross border collaborations.
  • The growth of D2C
  • Localizing your presence


  • Akshay Ghulati, Founder, ShipRocket

Rural entrepreneurs play a crucial role in driving economic development in rural areas. Their presence and activities contribute significantly to job creation, income generation, and overall improvement in living standards. Their efforts contribute to the overall well-being of the local community and help to bridge the rural-urban divide. This session will explore and decode the role of rural entrepreneurs in economic development, shedding light on their importance and impact.


  • Shashank Kumar, Founder, DeHaat

For many Indian startups, Silicon Valley Bank has been a crucial financial institution, providing them with access
to capital, mentorship, and valuable connections. The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank has stirred significant
debate regarding its impact on Indian startups. This session aims to analyse both perspectives and provide an
objective assessment of the situation.

  • Entering the world of IPO’s
  • The challenges in becoming an IPO.
  • Risks and Rewards of having an IPO Status.
  • Increasing Stock Value.
  • Ensuring Stable & Sustainable Funding.
  • Bridging the gap between government institutions, policies, and startups.


  • Sameer Patil, Chief Business Officer, BSE*

* This is a tentative agenda and subject to change. Final agenda and speakers will be posted closer to event date.


Akshay Ghulati

Founder, ShipRocket

Akash Sinha

Founder, CashFree Payments

Dharamveer Singh Chouhan

Founder, Zostel

Sandeep Aggarwal


Shashank Kumar

Founder, DeHaat

Shivani Poddar

Founder, Fab Alley

Media Partner

Education Partner

Insightful Partner

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