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The Indian business landscape is dominated by dwarfs. More than 99.4 per cent (6.30 crore) MSMEs are in the micro segment while less than 0.6 per cent are small and mid-size firms (3.31 lakh are small and just 5,000 are mid-size businesses). This problem occurs when companies don’t follow the gradual growth path of micro to small and small to medium entities. The reasons to discourage them from scaling up are several: poor access to finance, high cost of doing business, lack of adequate infrastructure, and skilled labour amongst others.

This concern is glaring for the Indian economy as small businesses are low on productivity and lose out on efficiencies of scale, holding back job creation.

It is this conspicuous problem of the ‘missing middle’ that the conference seeks to address. With a strong focus on ‘how-to’ webinars and masterclass sessions, The ScaleUp Summit intends to discuss solutions and strategies to propel SMEs towards the growth path.

Topics of Discussion

  • Identifying the right strategies for scaling up business

  • Creating a truly innovative firm

  • Why women-led businesses don’t grow

  • Managing regulatory compliances in the country

  • Building a strong brand for your business

  • Is online the only way to grow a business?

  • Creating a digital-friendly culture

  • Expanding from national to international

  • Chief Guest

    Alka Nangia Arora

    Joint Secretary (ARI Division), MSME Ministry, Government of India and CMD, The National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC)

  • Keynote Address

    Sudatta Mandal

    Deputy Managing Director, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)

Our Speakers

Harjinder Kaur Talwar

Comvision India and
Vice President

Kiron Chopra

Chairman and Managing Director
Chopra Retec Rubber Products

Matt Chitharanjan

Co-Founder and CEO
Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters

Mukesh Mohan Gupta

Chamber of Indian Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (CIMSME)

R Srinivasan

Founder Director
AIRA Consulting

Rajan Raje

MSME Forum
Bombay Chamber of Commerce, and
Industry and Group CEO
Nichem Solutions

Rashika Jain

Co-founder and CEO
Video Factory

Tejas Goenka

Managing Director
Tally Solutions

Event Agenda

  • watch 3:00 pm – 3:10 pm

    Welcome Address

    Setting the context of the event and introducing the speakers
    Roshun Povaiah
    Editor, Financial Express Digital
  • watch 3:10 pm – 3:30 pm

    Chief Guest Address

    Sharing her perspective on the MSME ecosystem in the country and the various initiatives of the government to grow the sector
    Alka Nangia Arora
    Joint Secretary (ARI Division), MSME Ministry and CMD, The National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC)
  • watch 3:30 pm – 3:40 pm

    Keynote Address

    Discussing the MSME credit gap and how to drive the agenda of financial inclusion in the country
    Sudatta Mandal
    Deputy Managing Director, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)
  • watch 3:40 pm – 4:00 pm

    Fireside Chat

    Interview on how SMBs can identify the right technology for themselves and build a resilient business model.
    Tejas Goenka
    Managing Director, Tally Solutions
  • watch 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Panel Discussion

    Challenges MSMEs Face in Scaling Up
    The panel will discuss with MSME entrepreneurs the challenges they faced in scaling up their businesses and the solutions and strategies that worked for them. Harjinder Kaur Talwar
    MD & CEO, Comvision India and Vice President, FICCI CMSME
    Mukesh Mohan Gupta
    President, Chamber of Indian Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (CIMSME)
    Rajan Raje
    Chair, MSME Forum, Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Group CEO, Nichem Solutions
  • watch 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


    Demystifying your Business's Horoscope
    An exclusive one-hour session for MSME owners to uncomplicate the profit and loss statement of their business and determine the financial health of the firm.
    R Srinivasan
    Founder Director, AIRA Consulting
  • watch 6:00 pm – 6.30 pm

    MSME Success Story I

    Building a National Brand
    Investing in brand building helped Blue Tokai highlight its product's USP and get its voice heard in the overcrowded coffee market. The discussion will focus on how this Delhi-based MSME built itself into a nation-wide specialty coffee brand.
    Matt Chitharanjan
    Co-Founder and CEO, Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters
  • watch 6:30 pm – 6:50 pm

    MSME Success Story II

    The Starting Up Story
    The story of how this woman entrepreneur left her well paying job to start up and enable companies across the globe to use videos as a powerful tool of communication.
    Rashika Jain
    Co-founder and CEO, Video Factory
  • watch 6:50 pm – 7:15 pm

    MSME Success Story III

    Building an Export-led Business
    Entrepreneurial lessons from how Kiron Chopra grew his father’s loss-making unit brick by brick to a $20 million firm. With over 2,000 products, Chopra Retec exports to over 30 countries including the US, Europe, Canada and even China.
    Kiron Chopra
    Chairman and Managing Director, Chopra Retec Rubber Products

Who Should Attend

  • MSME Promoters

  • MSME Associations

  • Banks

  • Fintech Firms

  • Technology Solution Providers

  • Financial Services Organisations

  • MSME Accelerators

  • Regulatory Authorities

Why Should You Attend

The MSME sector is the lifeblood of the Indian economy accounting for 31 per cent of GDP and 45 per cent of exports. FinancialExpress.com's The ScaleUp Summit aims to seek solutions to ensure the MSME ecosystem grows in the country. The virtual event will have specialised masterclass sessions for promoters on innovation and growth. It will also bring forth case studies of fastest-growing SMEs who have made the cut in product innovation, national and international expansion, exports, and patent filings among others.

Why To Partner

  • A series of panel discussions and case studies on taking your business to the next leg of growth
  • Masterclass sessions on ‘how to’ rethink your growth strategy
  • Collaboration with industry body for survey on key challenges hindering MSMEs to transition to large companies
  • Opportunity for brands to engage directly with MSME community through ‘Ask the Expert’ session
  • High decibel amplification to reach out to maximum members of the MSME community

Contact Us

For partnership and speaker opportunities

Subhash Pandey