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At The Spotlight, we go behind the scenes and identify and highlight the upcoming disruptors from the startup space!

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At The Spotlight, we go behind the scenes and identify and highlight the upcoming disruptors from the startup space!

    Putting an E in Learning | Sarvesh Shrivastava of Eupheus Learning

    Putting an E in Learning | Sarvesh Shrivastava of Eupheus Learning

    The last two years have brought a lot of disruption that has led to massive innovation, especially in the education sector. We can definitely say that, what demonetisation did to FinTech, COVID did to EdTech.
    In this edition of The Spotlight, Akshay Datt speaks with Sarvesh Shrivastava, Founder and Managing Director, Eupheus Learning, a Delhi-based start-up that is helping students to gain access to better education using modern digital tools.
    A veteran in the Indian education sector, Sarvesh realised a gap in the way school teaches and the way students learn at home. He started Eupheus Learning in 2017 to bridge this gap and today has successfully onboarded more than 20000 schools and over 4 million students.
    Tune in to this episode to hear Sarvesh speak about how Eupheus is transforming the Indian education sector.
    Key takeaways!
    Fundraising journey
    Building learning solutions to expand internationally
    Acquisition and subsequent expansion to lower-tier schools

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Tech Enabling Corporate Finance | Mohan Krishnan of Global PayEX

    Tech Enabling Corporate Finance | Mohan Krishnan of Global PayEX

    In India, managing corporate treasuries is a task and many organizations still rely on heavy paperwork to reconcile their financial statements.
    In this week’s edition of The Spotlight, Akshay Datt talks with Mohan Krishnan, Founder, Global PayEX, a Mumbai-based company whose AI-powered cloud platform aids organizations towards optimizing the working capital.
    Mohan is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and a serial entrepreneur who has extensive experience of more than three decades in the IT industry. He has previously served as a co-founder of the Indian IT services giant Mphasis. In his current stint, he is heading Global PayEX. Backed by JPMorgan it is an AI-driven working capital optimization platform that has partnered with several leading global and regional banks.
    Tune in to this episode to hear Mohan speak about how Global PayEX empowers corporates by providing automation solutions to enhance transparency and benefit stakeholders.
    Key takeaways!
    Strategic alliance with JPMorgan.
    Business growth during COVID.
    Plans for global expansion.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Transforming College Education | Bhanu Pattajoshi of Goseeko

    Transforming College Education | Bhanu Pattajoshi of Goseeko

    In India, 90% of students study in colleges in tier 2 and tier 3 cities and unfortunately, most of them do not have access to updated study material.
    This week’s edition of The Spotlight brings to you the journey of Bhanu Pattajoshi, Founder, Goseeko, a start-up that is on a mission to change the way students gain knowledge.
    After working for the country’s leading media companies for almost two decades, Bhanu started his entrepreneurial journey with Glossaread in 2016. Soon enough, he recognized the gap in the Indian higher education system and pivoted. With Goseeko, it becomes easier for undergraduate students in tier 2 and tier 3 cities to afford and access study materials as per their needs and on a single platform.
    Tune in to this episode to hear Bhanu speak about how Goseeko is chasing this massive opportunity of improving learning outcomes for these students by offering a convenient, accessible, and affordable EdTech product.
    Key takeaways!
    Freemium business model.
    Scaling a social impact venture.
    The choice between picking money and choosing the fundamentals of your business.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Eldercare Reinvented | Saumyajit Roy of Emoha

    Eldercare Reinvented | Saumyajit Roy of Emoha

    Senior citizens are the fastest-growing population segment in India and the COVID crisis has exposed the gaps in our medical infrastructure, putting a huge question mark on the access of health for the elderly.
    In this episode of The Spotlight, Akshay Datt speaks with Saumyajit Roy who with Emoha Elder Care is aiming to create a lifeline for India’s elderly. He is an alumnus of the Indian School of Business and has worked in the eldercare industry for over a decade before kicking off his entrepreneurial journey.
    It was when his parents faced a medical emergency in his absence, he realized that there is a huge opportunity to develop a tech-based, holistic eldercare service platform. In 2019, he started Emoha, a subscription-based eldercare platform that delivers single-click access to a range of health, emergency, and social-engagement services.
    Tune in to this episode to hear Saumyajit speak about how Emoha is rewiring and reinventing eldercare services in India with love and tech.
    Key takeaways!
    The military buddy system.
    How does a community doctor model work?
    How did Emoha help senior citizens to cope during the COVID crisis?
    Plans to expand to other services and cities.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Optimising Fresh | Varun Khurana of Crofarm

    Optimising Fresh | Varun Khurana of Crofarm

    “Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur.” – Varun Khurana, Crofarm
    In this edition of The Spotlight, Akshay Datt speaks with Varun Khurana, Founder and CEO, Crofarm, who has been on a quest to identify industry niches and build businesses in them.
    Varun is a graduate of IIT Delhi and is a three-time entrepreneur. His previous ventures, Wirkle Technologies and Mygreenbox were acquired by Location Labs and Grofers, respectively.
    During his stint as CTO at Grofers, he observed the poor state of the supply chain in the agriculture sector. This paved the way to his third venture Crofarm, which aims to cut agricultural wastage and help farmers get the right price for their produce.
    Tune in to this episode to hear Varun speak about how Crofarm is disrupting the fresh produce market by optimising the delivery of perishable products without compromising on their quality.
    Key Takeaways:
    Building and scaling multiple tech start-ups.
    Understanding market direction and making strategic exits at the right time.
    Challenges faced in the perishable products delivery industry.

    • 47 min
    Pioneering Borderless Investing | Viram Shah of Vested Finance

    Pioneering Borderless Investing | Viram Shah of Vested Finance

    With many platforms entering the Indian market, investing in stocks has become easy. But, what about, if one wants to diversify their portfolios and invest in the global stock market?
    This struck as an area of potential to our guest on this week’s edition of The Spotlight. In a candid conversation with Akshay Datt, Viram Shah, Co-founder and CEO, Vested Finance, outlines his journey of simplifying the US stock market for global investors.
    Coming from an entrepreneurial background, Viram always wanted to create value. Stemming from his own desires to invest in global companies, he started Vested Finance in 2018, while pursuing his MBA from UC Berkeley. With a simple mission to increase accessibility and reduce the cost of investing in global stocks.
    Tune in to this episode to learn how Vested is removing barriers and helping investors leverage the power of an internationally diversified portfolio.
    Key takeaways
    Building and scaling an International Investment Advisor company.
    Navigating international and domestic banking regulations.

    • 40 min

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