CNBC-TV18 and Bertelsmann India Investments will bring together Honest, candid and to-the-point series that focuses on entrepreneurship and growth-pangs of a Start-up.

Join the leaders of the start-up community share what goes behind taking a company from 10 to 100 and how to solve some of the biggest growth challenges.

After all, they’ve been there, done that!

The intriguing discussion will cover how in a country like India where parting with your money is like a painful trip to dentist, how do you scale lending? How do you forgo the traditional approach of extending loans, where meeting and accessing clients is second nature?

What does it take to overcome regulatory hurdles, build a loyal community of 50 million users and scale-up the business to a billion dollars?

Learn the founders’ guide on what it takes to put-together a winning omnichannel retail strategy and many more of their insights in the candid conversations.


Sumit Maniyar
Founder & CEO,

Sumit Maniyar is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rupeek - India’s fastest growing, asset-backed digital lending platform. He is working towards his vision of making credit accessible to Indians in a convenient and cost-efficient way.

Ambareesh Murty
Co-Founder & CEO,

Ambareesh Murty, an entrepreneur in ecommerce, launched Pepperfry.com in January 2012. Over 14 years of general management experience in the FMCG, financial services & Internet industries, Ambareesh has played a pivotal role in establishing Pepperfry as India’s No. 1 Online Furniture and Home marketplace, processing over 7 million customer orders. He specializes in marketing, sales management and corporate strategy.

Saahil Goel
CEO and Co-Founder,

Saahil Goel is the CEO and Co-Founder of Shiprocket, an AI powered Logistics Technology Platform. He is also fondly referred to as the de-facto CPO, given his passion for products, growth hacking and technology.

Vivek Gupta

Vivek brings the left-brain elements to the table as the co-founder at Licious. Along with his long-time friend Abhay Hanjura, the duo has built India's most disruptive consumer brand in the meat and seafood space.


As the Co-founder and Managing Director of Lendingkart, Harshvardhan Lunia plays an imperative role in building and scaling a world-class team that designs innovative credit solutions and delivers growth for MSMEs. An exemplary leader and a pioneer at heart, Harshvardhan has always been driven by the passion of small business owners who despite being creditworthy were not served by existing lenders.

Pankaj Makkar
Managing Director,
Bertelsmann Corporate Services India Pvt. Ltd

Pankaj Makkar is currently the Managing Director of Bertelsmann India Corporate Centre. He led the setup of the Corporate Centre in 2011 and has been active in helping define and execute the growth strategy for Bertelsmann and its divisions in India. He currently runs the Bertelsmann India Investment fund, which is Bertelsmann strategic investment vehicle investing in venture and growth opportunities in Media, Education, Digital and BPO sectors.

Ashwin Damera
CEO and Co-Founder,
Emeritus and Eruditus

Ashwin is passionate about making quality education accessible to the next generation of leaders across the world and built Emeritus on the belief that education is transformational. In his role as CEO, he focuses his efforts on driving the strategic growth of the business, and spearheads strategy and expansion in global markets.

Pushkar Singh

LetsTransport in 2015 with the vision of enabling urban logistics through a large network of mini trucks in India. It was Pushkar’s direct confrontation with inefficiencies in the logistics sector during his ITC tenure that sowed the seeds of the techno-logistics platform. Under his stellar leadership, the company has been able to create aspiration and employment scalability for truckers in India. Today, LetsTransport is one of the biggest regional logistics players in the country, operating in 17 cities and catering to 200+ enterprises with a network of over 130,000+ trucks.

Rohit Sood
Bertelsmann India Investments

Rohit is a Principal at Bertelsmann India Investments (BII).

Rohit is a founding member of Bertelsmann India Investments and has been with the firm since its official launch in 2012. In his current position, Rohit leads BII’s investments in the technology sector with special focus on consumer, B2B commerce, financial services, mobility, agriculture, travel and enterprise.

Sitanshu Sheth
Co-Founder & Principal,

Sitanshu Sheth is the Co-Founder & Principal - Technology, Product, and Innovation at AgroStar. Sitanshu has over 14 years of work experience with companies like KPMG and AgroStar. At KPMG Sitanshu was a part of the transaction advisory team working on M&A-focused diligence and advisory.

Tushar Srivastava
CEO and Co-Founder,

Tushar Srivastava is CEO and Co-Founder of Skeps, where he brings more than 15 years of experience within payments and credit risk advisory services. At Skeps, Tushar leads a global staff, while developing strategies that use technology to make accessibility of credit seamless and more efficient.


On Air Date

5th December | CNBC-TV18

Episode Theme

Direct-To-Consumer Market In India


Direct-To-Consumer Market In India