From alternative medicine to an alternative world: Here’s what is lined up on Day 5 of TechSparks 2021

From proptech, alternative medicine and gaming, to healthtech, femtech and D2C — the conversations on offer on Day 5 at TechSparks 2021 run the gamut. Join us as we deep-dive into what the future holds for the ecosystem.
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Day 5 of TechSparks kicks off with a deep-dive with Thyrocare's Founder and Chairman, Dr Arokiaswamy Velumani, and his bid to build one of India’s largest medical diagnostics chains, which was recently acquired by Pharmeasy.

We’re also going to be speaking to a host of startup founders in the healthtech space, including Geetha Manjunath, Founder of Nirmai, Anu Acharya, Founder of Mapmygenome, Vishal Gondal, Founder & CEO of GOQii, and Gaurav Agarwal, Co-founder of 1MG, among others, about why it’s imperative for healthcare to merge with technology, especially in a vast country like India where last-mile healthcare is still not up to snuff.

On the agenda today is also proptech, a sector that took a hit last year, but seems to be bouncing back well. Tanuj Shori, CEO of Square Yards, will be talking about how the startup is reshaping the real estate domain.  There will also be a showcase of how NoBroker, the proptech startup has helped many of us buy, sell and rent homes.

Next up is a discussion that transcends the planes of our universe as we know it —  we’re talking metaverse, which is often called the next version of the internet. In its most rudimentary form, it’s a shared, virtual space that remains active even if you don’t log in.

With Pocket Aces and The Loco app Founder Anirudh Pandita, we’re going to get into what metaverse could mean for the gaming industry, and how India can lead that development from the frontlines.

Talking about alternate universes, we’re hosting Param Bhargava, Founder of The Ayurveda Co who’s going to shed some light on the rising popularity of Ayurveda coming out of the pandemic, and how alternative medicine is changing the face of healthcare in India.

From alternative medicine to new-age automobiles and a whole new experience of buying and owning cars  —  you wouldn’t want to miss this conversation with Jay Vijayan, ex-CIO of Tesla, and Founder & CEO of Tekion, who’s tracing his life journey, from Chennai to California, with us here at TechSparks 2021, and sharing his experience of working closely with Tesla Founder Elon Musk and building Tekion ground up.

Actor-entrepreneur Kunal Kapoor is going to take the stage at India’s most influential startup-tech summit to talk about how Ketto is making an impact on society today and what it has achieved over the last year, helping thousands of COVID-19-hit Indians.

We then have a really interesting panel on femtech, featuring Deep Bajaj, Co-founder of PeeBuddy and Sirona Hygiene, a startup that has not only made using public restrooms easier for women in India, but also introduced menstrual cups at effective rates. The panel will also host gynoveda Rachana Gupta, an extraordinary innovator who uses Ayurveda to help women deal with their gynaecological issues.

Also making an appearance are Licious’ energetic co-founders, Vivek Gupta and Abhay Hanjura, and they are talking about building India’s first D2C unicorn —  a feat the entire startup ecosystem has been lauding.

D2C or direct-to-consumer has really been the flavour of the season, and on popular demand, we are serving up more of it. Catch the founders of The Minimalist, Good Glamm Group, Pickrr, Melorra and investor Sakshi Chopra, Managing Director at Sequoia India, discuss the clean beauty movement and how D2C brands are making an impact there.

We’re extremely thrilled to have you join us back today. You can support TechSparks by tweeting with the hashtag #TechSparks2021, as well as continue showing us love on Hubilo, where we’re hosting TechSparks 2021.

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Edited by Ramarko Sengupta