OCSI DIALOGUES – The Culture of Start-ups in India on Friday, 27 October 2017

What :  OCSI DIALOGUES – The Culture of Start-ups in India
Where :  Private Dining Hall, India International Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
When : 27th Oct, 2017, at 07:00 pm

On behalf of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of India, The President, Oxford and Cambridge Society of India is delighted to announce a new event that we have conceptualised – OCSI DIALOGUES – where we set the stage for Oxbridge members and alumni to share their own unique stories, choices they have made, paths they have chosen or passions that they pursue.

The OCSI DIALOGUES aims to create a platform for talks, presentations and discussion on specific themes in an interactive setting for the Oxbridge community, where presentations by selected members would be followed by discussions over drinks and cocktails. The idea behind this event is to encourage fellowship by getting to know others beyond our immediate circle of friends and unearth their compelling and interesting lives, career paths, experiences and accomplishments.

We have had very encouraging response from several members on this idea and among others, some of the suggested themes for the upcoming OCSI DIALOGUES which we’re exploring are:

Nature, Wildlife and Conservation

Careers, Choices We Make

Cinema & Film making in India

Books and Authors

Musical traditions

In addition to these, there is always the possibility of putting together another theme of your choice or have you participate in any of the known themes. So please do not hesitate to contact me, should you  wish to do so.

We are delighted to invite you to the first of the series of the OCSI DIALOGUES – The Culture of Start-ups in India on Friday, 27 October 2017 at 7 pm at Private Dining Hall, India International Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

Please join us for an evening of stories and conversations about the exciting entrepreneurial journey of our young members on their motivation and challenges, ecosystem and culture of start-ups in India, and the contribution of Oxbridge education in fulfilling their ambitions.  Drinks and snacks will be served during this event at no charge.

The speakers for the evening are Akshay Verma, Co-Founder, FitpassShauravi Malik/Meghana Narayan, Co-Founders, Slurrp Farm, Megha Aggarwal, Co-Founder, Leap Skills and Avnish Mehra, Managing Director, Everstone Capital

Information on the Speakers:

Akshay Verma, Co-Founder, Fitpass

Akshay has over nine years’ experience and previously worked at UBS investment bank in London before moving back to India to deep dive into his entrepreneurial adventures. Akshay is the Co-Founder of FITPASS – a mobile-first full stack 360-degree fitness and lifestyle solution to make fitness affordable, accessible and fun through technology, data and intelligence. FITPASS gives you everything you need to get fit and stay fit – a universal pass to thousands of gyms and fitness studios allowing users the freedom to workout anywhere, anytime, personal nutritionist assistance, artificial intelligence led coaching plans, curated workout training videos, fitness products and more. Akshay is an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, University of Oxford and Columbia University.


Shauravi Malik/Meghana Narayan, Co-Founders, Slurrp Farm

Shauravi has over ten years’ experience as a finance professional. She has previously worked at J.P. Morgan and the Virgin Group in London. She is an alumnus of University of Cambridge and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. Meghana has previously worked at McKinsey & Company in Delhi. She is a Rhodes Scholar from University of Oxford and an alumnus of Harvard Business School and Bangalore University. Meghana has swam competitively for India, including at the Asian Games. Shauravi and Meghana are Co-Founders of Slurrp Farm, a start-up, which makes healthy, tasty and natural food for children including cereals and cookies.


Megha Aggarwal, Co-Founder, Leap Skills

Megha is the Co-Founder and CEO at Leap Skills, an impact oriented skill-development organisation that mentors, trains and provides employment opportunities to students from low-income households through technology and classroom training. She aims to make Leap a conduit to transpose on-ground experience into policy. An ex-investment banker who worked in London and New York for several years, Megha proceeded to pursue a career as a skill development consultant and worked closely with organisations like University of Pennsylvania, Asian Development Bank, the Planning Commission, Azim Premji Foundation and the Wadhwani Foundation. A Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics, Megha is an alumnus of the University of Oxford and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.


Avnish Mehra, Managing Director, Everstone Capital

Avnish is responsible for leading deal teams in the health-care, telecom and media sectors as well as special situations and cross-border investments at Everstone. Avnish has about 20 years experience in global investment firms based in Asia and Europe, and has worked with HSBC, ABN Amro and Virgin Media. Most recently, he pioneered the establishment of the India business for Advent International, one of the largest global private equity funds. Avnish is an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and University of Cambridge. The Everstone Group is one of the largest Asian private equity and real estate investment firms focused on supporting the growth aspirations of entrepreneurs, corporations and asset owners across India and Southeast Asia.

RegistrationThe event is open to members of the OCSI and alumni. As there is limited capacity of the hall, please register your participation by emailing Neha Goyal at neha.goyal82@gmail.com

Drinks and snacks will be served at no charge

Looking forward to seeing you.

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