FinNovate Accelerator | Curtain Raiser

July 15, 2023

The FinNovate Accelerator Curtain Raiser marked a new milestone for SPJIMR  with the inauguration of the Sunil Bhatia Start-up Resource Hub. The power-packed event welcomed FinNovate Accelerator’s first cohort of 12 start-ups in the ‘Seed to Series A stage’ at the SPJIMR Mumbai campus. The day’s activities included an orientation session by FinNovate Head and WISE Tech Executive Director, Manoj Mohan Vengaserry; insightful mentor sessions by the accelerator’s functional mentors Vineet Barnwal, Corporate Trainer and Coach & Vedanarayanan Vedantham, Marketing Leader, Microsoft. FinNovate Accelerator’s first cohort, carefully selected for their exceptional potential, will embark on a transformative journey, receiving mentorship, guidance, and access to a network of accomplished finance professionals.

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The highlight of the FinNovate Curtain Raiser was the inauguration of the Sunil Bhatia Start-up Resource Hub by SPJIMR PGDM/MMS 1989 alum Sunil Bhatia, Board Member – Investor and Former CEO of Infogain. Mr. Bhatia has contributed INR 10 crore to the Hub. His contribution resonates with both his and SPJIMR’s commitment to nurturing the startup ecosystem in India. This one-of-its-kind Hub will serve as a catalyst for collaboration, innovation, and knowledge exchange and influence how finance is perceived, practised, and propelled forward. It offers vital initiatives that support entrepreneurship through pre-incubation, incubation, and acceleration stages.

The curtain raiser also hosted two exclusive masterclasses for finance and tech startup founders. Smita Aggarwal, VC Investor, Top 35 Global Women in Fintech Powerlist 2020, conducted the immersive master class on Fund Raising from VCs for Fintechs. The second masterclass on Building Enterprise Sales for BFSI Sector by Anjani Rathor, Chief Digital Officer at HDFC Bank and Sanil Chorinchath, Head – Ecosystem Banking at Yes Bank, was moderated by Manoj Mohan, Head FinNovate and Executive Director CFI. The participants got the opportunity to interact and learn from the best in the industry, gain practical insights, and acquire actionable strategies to explore new perspectives that will set them apart in a competitive landscape.

Sessions & Speakers

  • Session 1: Overview of SPJIMR Financial Innovation Initiatives

  • Session 2: Keynote Address

  • Session 3: Journey from Startup to Unicorn Exit

  • Session 4: Start-ups: The investment opportunity

  • Session 5: SPJIMR: Shifting gears in Innovation

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