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THE Knowledge Series, an initiative of Franchise India Brands, conducted a one-of-its-kind platform 'Franchise Private Equity Conclave', from March 12 to 13, 2010, at Taj Lands End, Mumbai, which successfully connected PE/VC funding with the franchises an
THE Knowledge Series, an initiative of Franchise India Brands, conducted a one-of-its-kind platform 'Franchise Private Equity Conclave', from March 12 to 13, 2010, at Taj Lands End, Mumbai, which successfully connected PE/VC funding with the franchises and the retail industry. The platform saw India's leading players in VC/PE funding sharing their expertise with brand owners and seeking funds for their brand's growth. The workshop, hosted over a course of two days, saw interesting mix of audience from various sectors, interactive open house discussions and networking breakouts.
The day's session was inaugurated by Venus Barak, VP-Francorp India, and was followed by Rakesh Sony, Director- Motilal Oswal Private Equity, who elaborated on 'How 2010 marks the beginning of a new era for franchisors and the venture capitalists. Rajesh Sharma, AVP-Times Private Treaties, clarified on the various instruments of funding available today to the brand owners in his address Conventional v/s Modern Instruments of Funding'. The session on 'Modus Operandi and documentation for a funding deal' by Anjana Vivek, VentureBean, provided detailed insights on business planning and documentation involved in preparing for funding. Uday Mathur, MD, Eurokids, shared the practical approach on 'What it takes to raise VC funding from a brand's point of view', followed by 'How to choose and approach a Venture Capitalist' by Vishal Gondal, Blood & Sweat Venture Capital and CEO, Indiagames. V.T.Bhardwaj, Principal-Sequoia Capital, shared in-depth information on 'Best practices in choosing and selecting a VC firm'. Rajev B. Sharma, Country Head-WM & IB, shared great insights on 'Exit routes to VC funding' to be considered by a brand.
The day started with equal enthusiasm with Neelesh Hundekari, Principal, A T Kearney, providing elaborate and practical approach on 'How to become attractive to a PE firm' followed by 'Fundamentals of PE Deal structuring' by Shujaat Khan, MD, Blue River Capital. Kartikay Rai, Head Sales, Intellecash, spoke on 'Using franchising principles to create an investment pipeline in microfinance'. The legal aspect of the workshop was covered in 'Legal due diligence in a funding deal' by Vyapak Desai, Head Capital markets, Nishith Desai Associates followed with a session 'Role of Angel Investments in franchise and retail industry' by Sasha Mirchandani, MD, Blue Run Ventures, and Co-Founder, Mumbai Angels.
The day concluded with a panel discussion on 'Best practices on VC funding' by Rajesh Turakhia, CEO, Frameboxx and Lakshmi Singh, COO, IMS Learning, who shared the practical approaches on 'What works and what doesn't for acquiring funds'. The discussion was moderated by Sonya Chowdhary, Director, Franchise India Brands.
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