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ASCENT Foundation, a Not-for-profit Initiative Started by Harsh Mariwala, Back With its Second Edition of ASCENT Conclave Aimed at 'Enriching the Journey of Entrepreneurs'

ASCENT Foundation, a Not-for-profit Initiative Started by Harsh Mariwala, Back With its Second Edition of ASCENT Conclave Aimed at 'Enriching the Journey of Entrepreneurs'

MUMBAI, November 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Scheduled on November 11, 2017 at St. Regis Mumbai, the ASCENT Conclave is a signature event where India'sthought leaders, change-makers and innovators, share, inspire and celebrate their entrepreneurial journeys 

ASCENT Foundation, a not-for-profit, peer-to-peer learning platform for entrepreneurs founded by Harsh Mariwala, Chairman, Marico Ltd., is hosting its second edition of ASCENT Conclave, scheduled on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at St. Regis, Mumbai. The full day event brings together India's most inspiring and recognised leaders who will share their entrepreneurial journey over the years, learnings and success stories.

Leveraging the 'power of the collective', the ASCENT Conclave 2017, is an eminent platform that welcomes industry experts to share and exchange their experiences, ideas and insights that can empower entrepreneurs in their business growth and development. The Conclave will bring together over 500 like-minded entrepreneurs for a day-long interactive engagement program and networking event.

The event will witness Harsh Mariwala (Founder, ASCENT Foundation and Chairman Marico Ltd.); Sajjan Jindal (Chairman, JSW Group); Prasoon Joshi (CEO, McCann World Group India and Chairman, McCann [Asia Pacific]); Piyush Pandey (Co-Executive Chairman and National Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather India and Vice Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific); Ameera Shah (Managing Director, Metropolis Healthcare Ltd); Kunwer Sachdev (Managing Director and Founder, Su-Kam); Siddharth Roy Kapur (Erstwhile Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company India, Current President, Film and Television Producers Guild of India); Radhika Aggarwal (Co-founder, ShopClues); Pratap Nambiar (Founder and Chairman of Thought Perfect Pte. Ltd.), Kanika Tekriwal (Founder and CEO JetSetGo); Tanmay Bhat (Co-Founder, All India Bakchod [AIB)]); Tarun Mehta, (CEO and Co-Founder, Ather Energy); Vineet Rai (Co-Founder and Chairman, Aavishkaar and Intellecap Group) and Sweta Mangal, (Director, MUrgency Inc.) discuss pertinent aspects for entrepreneurs in their journey to scale-up. Motilal Oswal Private Wealth Management is the lead partner at ASCENT Conclave 2017.

The event will include a keynote speech by Sajjan Jindal, who will elucidate on how, based on his own journey, entrepreneurs can leapfrog towards building billion-dollar enterprises. Entrepreneurs will also gain valuable insights from the unique session formats on various themes such as the importance of brand building, scaling of businesses amidst challenges and working towards effective leadership. Tanmay Bhat for the first time will be seen sharing his story of AIB becoming an international brand.

The Conclave will also include different session formats that will be moderated by Vikram Bhalla, (Senior Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group); Menaka Doshi (Managing Editor, BloombergQuint); Atul Kasbekar (Indian Fashion Photographer, Bollywood Film Producer and Entrepreneur); Shruti Mishra, (Assistant Features Editor, CNBC-TV18) and Roopak Saluja (Founder and CEO, The 120 Media Collective and Sooperfly).

Harsh Mariwala, Founder, ASCENT Foundation and Chairman, Marico Ltd. says,"The ASCENT Conclave is a platform that celebrates entrepreneurship. This year's Conclave will see stalwarts and achievers from diverse fields coming together, to discuss not only business acumens, but various other eclectic themes like creativity, innovation, personal challenges and growth strategies for entrepreneurs, etc. We want entrepreneurs to receive maximum quality inputs and leave highly charged and inspired - which is the purpose of ASCENT Foundation itself."

Vijay Kumar Goel, Chief Executive Officer, Motilal Oswal Wealth Management Ltd. added, "We are happy to be associated with ASCENT Conclave 2017. It is a unique and powerful knowledge sharing platform for entrepreneurs to share and exchange experiences, ideas and insights. As Motilal Oswal Wealth Management, we always focus on our core expertise of 'Know ledge-based investing' and the Conclave is a natural fit for our brand proposition to engage with entrepreneurs and assimilate exceptional learnings from thought leaders."

Last year, the ASCENT Conclave 2016 brought together the country's best thought leaders, change-makers and innovators. The speakers included Uday Kotak (Executive Vice-Chairman & Managing Director, Kotak Mahindra Bank); Ronnie Screwvala (Founder, Unilazer Ventures and Swades Foundation); Vijay Shekhar Sharma (Founder, PayTM); Falguni Nayar (Founder, Nykaa); Ashish Hemrajani (Chief Executive Officer, BookMyShow); Sandeep Singhal (Co-founder, Nexus Venture Partners); Neeraj Kakkar (Chief Executive Officer, Hector Beverages), and Sasha Mirchandani (Chief Executive Officer, Kae Capital). The ASCENT Conclave 2016 felicitated awards for Entrepreneur of the Year, Business Innovation of the Year and Growth Strategy of the Year.

About ASCENT: 

ASCENT is a not-for-profit expression of Harsh Mariwala (Chairman, Marico Ltd. and Founder, ASCENT Foundation) and his passion to identify high-potential growth-ready entrepreneurs and enable them to grow their enterprise. Launched in 2012 and active across Mumbai, ASCENT is designed as a unique, powerful peer-to-peer platform that leverages the 'power of collective' through self-facilitated Trust Groups and enables entrepreneurs to share and exchange experiences, ideas, insights and create a healthy ecosystem to learn from each other. Additionally, ASCENT provides peripheral access to relevant growth enablers like service providers, investors and banks, industry role models and domain experts.

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Manager ASCENT 

Bhakti Dalal
Independent Communications Consultant




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