The COVID-19 crisis highlighted the pertinent role and importance of technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation – most critically, the power of open innovation. These unprecedented times have demonstrated how collaborating with the ecosystem, can help companies evolve from a position of scarcity to a position of strength, driving both effective and quick business outcomes.

COVID-19 pandemic has been independent India’s first disaster that witnessed the private sector matching public sector each step of the way. Confirming that the Indian start-ups, in spite of all the challenges, will continue to be key in driving India’s economic growth. For example, in spite of the pandemic the Indian start-up ecosystem added 8 unicorns in 2020 – more than China!

As we enter 2021, it is imperative for every corporate leader to understand the dynamics of Indian start-up ecosystem – in terms of opportunities, threats, and outlook. Specifically, understand why large global MNCs are increasingly looking at India – and not just Silicon Valley, London, Berlin or Tel Aviv.

This webinar is focused on providing foundational inputs for a Japanese corporate to plan its 2021-22 strategy vis-a-vie Indian start-up ecosystem.

Key Discussion Areas

  • What has been the impact of COVID-19 on Indian start-up ecosystem?
  • Has the ecosystem recovered from COVID-19? If no, then by when will we reach pre-COVID levels?
  • What does the future hold for Indian start-ups?
  • How do entrepreneurs and investors feel about the ecosystem?
  • How are investors and corporate navigating uncertain times and identifying opportunities?
  • What are some of the potential opportunities for Japanese corporates?


Ashok Chandavarkar

Director – Strategic Initiatives

Intel India

Takashi Suzuki

Director General

JETRO Bengaluru

Manish Misra

Chief Innovation Officer

Panasonic India Pvt. Ltd.

Hiroyuki Kawamoto


Global Brain Corporation

Amaresh Ramaswamy

Senior Advisor & Entrepreneur in Residence

(Session Chair)

Atit Danak

Principal, GAP