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BBLF 2016 Sessions

Entrepreneurship Literature – Read & Prosper


Morning Sessions


09.00 am



10 am – 10.15 am



10.15 am – 11.30 am

The Business Case for Reading

Successful business leaders reminisce on their reading habits; books they enjoyed when they were young; what books taught them; books they hated reading and which books they want every future and current entrepreneur not to miss.

Manish Sabharwal, Chairman, TeamLease

Sahil Barua, Co- founder e-commerce firm Delhivery

Mukesh Bansal, Co-Founder Myntra and

Ashish Goyal, Portfolio Manager with a leading international macro hedge fund.

Host V. Raghunathan, CEO, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, Author of ‘Games Indian Play’, ‘Don’t Sprint the Marathon’

11.30 am – 12.00

Tea Break and Book Launches


12 Noon – 01.15 pm

Environment & Entrepreneurship

How entrepreneurship will play a significant role if India is to mitigate the grave risks associated with climate change in the next two decades. The role of entrepreneurs in Dr. Guha’s Fourth Wave of Environmentalism in India and the world.

Prof. Gupta will show how grassroots innovation and micro entrepreneurship have the maximum potential to rid India of social and economic inequalities.

Prof. Anil Gupta, Founder, HoneyBee Network

in conversation with Dr. Ramachandra Guha, Author, Historian

01.15 pm – 02.00 pm

Lunch Break and Book Launches


Afternoon Sessions


02.00 pm – 03.00 pm

Entrepreneurship Wisdom from Ancient Indian Literature & Its Relevance Today

Devdutt Pattanaik, prolific author, will speak on the rare wisdom entrepreneurs can access from ancient Indian literature and how they are relevant in markets and boardrooms even today.

03.00 pm – 04.00 pm

Declaring Breakdowns

To declare a breakdown is to state that you are declaring a break from an old flow of life, and creating a new flow. It is stating that if the normal course of events were to take place, and if you did not actively participate in changing this course, you would end up in a particular future. If this future is not ok for you is when you have a choice to declare a breakdown; design a new future of design, and then take actions to achieve that future. Sameer Dua and his panel will talk about this critical leadership move, and it’s importance in designing futures of choice.

Vishal Dhupar, Managing Director, Asia South at NVIDIA

Atul Satija, Founder & CEO, The/Nudge Foundation

Jagdish Chawla, CEO Avirate Global at Timex & Fergasam Group

Host Sameer Dua, Author of Declaring Breakdowns: Powerfully Creating a Future that Matters, through 6 Simple Steps

04.00 pm – 04.30 pm

Tea Break

Book Launch

V Raghunathan’s Book The Good Indian’s Guide to “Queue – Jumping”

by Actor & former MP Ramya

04.30 pm – 05.30 pm

Social Entrepreneurship – Success Secrets

Succeeding as a social entrepreneur needs special skills and commitment. Panelists will talk about how to ride the road that offers fulfillment as well as financial rewards.

Prof. Anil Gupta, Teaches at IIM Ahmedabad, Founder, HoneyBee Network

Shoma Bakre, Author, Co-founder, EmPower Research, Founder of NGO platform ‘Let’s Do Some Good.’

Naga Prakasam, Angel Investor, Social Entrepreneur and Mentor at N.S. Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning

Host Wilma Rodrigues, Founder, Saahas

05.30 pm – 06.30 pm

Real Stories Behind Start-ups

A lively conversation about how some authors have captured riveting stories of entrepreneurs, and the highs and lows they encountered on the way to where they are today.

Suveen Sinha, Author of The Tip of the Iceberg – Unknown Truths About Start Ups

Ganesh Vancheeswaran, Author of The Underage CEOs – Fascinating Stories of Young Indians who Became CEOs in Their Twenties

Host Madanmohan Rao, Research Director at


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