Activities Round Up

Date : 23 Aug to 23 Aug 2012
Place : Chennai
Organised by : FISME

Fourth India SME Forum event held in Chennai

 

The fourth forum in the series of events being organised to select SMEs for the India SME 100 Award and ranking under the India SME Forum & Award banner was organised in Chennai on August 23, 2012 at the Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers.


The forums are being organised by Reliance Commercial Finance, a part of Reliance Capital, a Reliance Group company in partnership with FISME and several other organisations such as Sustainable Development Research & Consulting, Go Air, Mahindra & Mahindra, SMERA (SME Rating Agency of India Ltd.), Bloomberg UTV and Laqshya.  


FISME President Mr V.K. Agarwal is one of the members of India SME Forum Board and jury for the India SME 100 Awards.  


The objective of this event is to propel the SME movement by nurturing entrepreneurship and support SMEs across India.


The experts on the panel of speakers for the first session on “Funding for Sustainable Growth” included Mr Parag Patki, CEO, SMERA, Mr Souvik Sengupta, Business Head, SME Loans, Reliance Capital, Mr Vishnu Vardhan, Regional Head-South, BSE-SME Exchange, Mr Sreenivas Vudayagiri, Director & Partner, Peepul Capital Advisors, Mr Sandip Sabharwal, CEO, Portfolio Management Services, Prabhudas Lilladher, and Mr Vinod Kumar, Senior Partner, SDRC India. 


The panellists for next session on “Reaching Your Customer/Branding – A new Paradigm” included Mr Shashi Sinha, Senior VP media Assets/ Airports, Laqshya, Mr Shashi Ravulapaty, CTO, Reliance Capital, Mr Yogesh S. Head, Enterprise Solution Business, TN, Vodafone and Mr Vinod Kumar, Senior Partner, SDRC India.  They spoke on various aspects of branding and how new technologies, especially mobile phone technologies could help SMEs to expand and grow at a very low cost.


The speakers in the last session - an Open House on SME issues & solutions – were Mr S. Shivagnanam, Director MSME Development Institute, Chennai, Mr Parag Patki, CEO, SMERA, Mr Sandip Sabharwal, CEO, Portfolio Management Services, Prabhudas Lilladher, Mr Vishnu Vardhan, Regional Head-South, BSE-SME Exchange and Mr Sreenivas Vudayagiri, Director & Partner, Peepul Capital Advisors. 


MSME entrepreneurs present at the event got an opportunity to interact one-to-one with the various panellists, network and get their doubts cleared. Most entrepreneurs expressed the view that more such interactive sessions should be organised for knowledge sharing purposes.