As you would be aware, after falling-off-a-cliff in late 2008, Private Equity & Venture Capital investments in India have displayed steady signs of recovery since mid-2009. The environment for exits too has clearly improved with sharp up-tick in IPO and M&A activity. However, the scenario for new fund raising still remains murky. In this context, my firm Venture Intelligence is bringing together key players in the Indian PE and VC ecosystem at the APEX ’10 conference next month to introspect and brainstorm on the way forward.

The event, scheduled for February 4 at Mumbai, will feature high power panel discussions on the year ahead for Private Equity and Venture Capital in India. The event will also feature special panel discussions on PE/VC investments in various sectors including Telecom, Education, Financial Services and Healthcare & Life Sciences.

Speakers at APEX’10 include:

• Varun Sood, Managing Partner, Capvent
• Vani Kola, MD, NEA Indo-US Ventures
• Raja Kumar KEC, CEO, UTI Ventures
• Hari Buggana, MD, Evolvence India Life Sciences Fund
• Manik Arora, MD, IDG Ventures India
• Sunil Kanoria, Director, Quippo Telecom Infrastructure
• Mahesh Choudhary, CEO, Microqual Techno
• Dr. Bala Manian, CEO, ReaMetrix
• Chetan Tamhankar, CEO, SIRO Clinpharm
• S. Nandakumar, CEO, Perfint Healthcare
• Swapan Bhattacharya, MD, TCG Lifesciences
• Padmaja Gangireddy, MD, Spandana
• V.P Nandakumar, Chairman, Manappuram General Finance
• Madhusudan Menon, Chairman, Micro Housing Finance Corp.
• K. Ganesh, CEO, TutorVista
• Rajesh Bhatia, MD, Tree House Education

More information about APEX ’10 is available at

I would be happy to organize a few complimentary passes for the conference for entrepreneurs from this group. Interested members can email their name, designation, company name and contact no. to Please make sure to include “VentureWoods” in the subject line. Look forward to interacting with a few VW members at APEX’10.