Catch India's internet pioneer Sanjeev Bhikchandani at TechSparks 2021

At TechSparks 2021, Sanjeev Bhikchandani will talk about the joys and pains of being a first mover in various verticals of the internet business and identifying online business trends.

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For over 30 years, Sanjeev Bhikchandani has been one of the pioneers in the internet businesses in India. He started Info Edge, which runs,,, and

Sanjeev has also been godfather, mentor, guide, and investor to several startups and placed early bets on the likes of Zomato and PolicyBazaar.

At TechSparks 2021, the 13th edition of India’s most influential technology, innovation, and leadership summit, Sanjeev will talk about the joys and pains of being a first mover in various verticals of the internet business and identifying online business trends. Join us to listen to him speak in detail about the Info Edge Venture Fund, the Zomato IPO success, among several other things.

The six-day virtual event, which will be held between October 25 and October 30, will see leaders from around the globe, including Steve Wozniak, who is credited for single-handedly designing the first personal computer.

The event will see a confluence of leaders from India’s startup ecosystem and entrepreneurs from around the world, including:

  • Sriharsha Majety, Co-founder and CEO, Swiggy
  • Byju Raveendran, Co-founder and CEO, BYJU'S
  • Gaurav Munjal, Co-founder and CEO, Unacademy
  • Dr RS Sharma, CEO, National Health Authority ( CoWIN, AB - DM, AB PM-JAY)
  • Sameer Nigam, Co-founder, PhonePe
  • Sakshi Chopra, MD, Sequoia Capital
  • Varsha Tagore, MD, Qualcomm Ventures India
  • Kunal Kapoor, Co-founder, Ketto
  • Geetha Manjunath, Founder and CEO, Niramai
  • Ryan Hoover, Founder, Product Hunt, and many more. 

You can sign up for updates on TechSparks 2021 or to express your interest in partnerships and speaker opportunities here.

The Interview

On August 25, 2021, the Ministry of Civil Aviation announced the Drone Rules 2021. Within three weeks, the Ministry also approved the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for drones and drone components allocating a total amount of Rs 120 crore. 

In an exclusive interaction with YourStory Founder and CEO Shradha Sharma, Amber Dubey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation shared how this scheme will help startups deal with the challenges around drones across areas such as funding, clarity of vision, policies and regulations.

Editor’s Pick: Weekly funding roundup

The month of October has begun on a very positive note for the Indian startup ecosystem, with the first week seeing a total of 39 deals and total funding of $1.2 billion.

The big chunk of this funding amount came from three unicorns – Meesho, Ola Electric, and Vedantu, the latter recently crossing the billion-dollar valuation mark after an investment of $100 million. Read more.

Startup Spotlight

Screening patients for cancer

When Shubhendra Singh Thakur encountered oral cancer patients at Tukdoji Cancer Hospital in Nagpur, it occurred to him that diseases are not the problem; the difficulty is not getting timely diagnosis. This led him to team up with Dr Deovrat Bedge and start Erlysign.

The Nagpur-based biotechnology startup is developing the next generation of early-stage diagnostics solutions and medical devices for the early detection of multiple cancers. Read more.

News & Updates

Before you go, stay inspired with… 

“The India B2B markets across intermediaries, financial services, and manufacturers are fast consolidating, driven by technology and access to efficient debt capital.”

Asish Mohapatra, CEO and Co-founder, OfBusiness

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