Organised by Reliance Capital Finance and SDRC, the ninth edition of India SME Forum took place on 12th October 2012 in The Le Meridien Hotel, Pune in the presence of 200+ SMEs from and around pune.
The Welcome Session started with lamp lighting by Mr. K V Srinivasan, CEO, Reliance Commercial Finance, Mr Rajesh Chakrabarti, CMO & CIO, Reliance Commercial Finance and Home Finance, Mr Mukesh Kalra of Joint Secretary FISME, and Ms. Sushma Morthania, The Director General of India SME Forum. Mr. Mukesh Kalra presented a vote of thanks.
The first session about Branding and Technology had illustrious speakers, Mr. Nikhil Nehru, Brand & Advertising Guru, Mr Sunder Madakshira, VP marketing and Communications SAP, Mr Rajesh Chakrabarti, CMO & CIO, Reliance Commercial Finance and Home Finance, who moderated the session in a higly interactive manner, Mr. Shashi Ravulapaty, CTO, Reliance Capital and Mr. Nitin Agarwal, Sr Consultant Take 10 Solutions. The session was marked with warm notes and exchanges of highly relevant Technology, Marketing and Branding information to SMEs. The Q&A was as interesting and relevant problems like logistics, approvals, registrations and infrastructure were raised.
In the next session on Funding, panelists Mr. Mr. Jagannadham Thunguntla, Chief Strategist & Head of Research, SMC Global Securities Ltd & Mr K V Srinivasan, CEO, Reliance Commercial Finance, spoke about funding options from the debt, seed, venture and private equity options available. Mr Anant Sardeshmukh, Director General MCCI, spoke about the problems faced by SMES and solutions on the recoveries front. Mr Rajesh Dubey focused on fiscal discipline and Mr Vinod Kumar moderated the session through an in depth discussion about Raising Funds from IPOs, Debt Funding, Venture Capital/ Seed Funding /Growth Capital etc and Fiscal Discipline & Ratings.
Select participants were gifted with tickets of Go Air and watches from Reliance Capital Finance based on lucky draws. The Forum was well attended with over 200 participants from ITES, Manufacturing, services and SMEs from other sectors.