Urban Solutions - Opportunities for startups in Business...
Sep 9, 2020
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM (Asia/Singapore)
Singapore, Singapore

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In 2015, PM Narendra Modi launched India’s 100 Smart City Mission as an endeavour to accelerate developments in India by advocating the adoption of advances in digital solutions and the latest urban technologies in the selected 100 cities. A key focus is to incorporate digital solutions to deal with everyday issues and challenges arising from rapid urbanisation and the need for better and more efficient governance and management systems. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is shining light on the urgency to speed up on technology adoption and digitalisation to enable business continuity and safeguard livelihoods.

As the India economy reopens gradually, Business Park developers and operators are relooking at new solutions to cope with future crisis. With the expected growth in digitalisation across all sectors and in all aspects of life, there is also increased demand for well-run Data Centres.

Join this seminar to hear about the latest developments and the opportunities from Indian developers in this new normal and gain insights on how to position your company for entry into the India market. An exciting panel of speakers from India and Singapore – Mahindra World City, CtrlS Data Centres, HVS Engineering – will share their experience and insights. This web session would include a lively panel discussion, on how and why Singapore startups and solutions are best placed to take advantage of the growing opportunities in Indian Business Parks and Data Centres. 

Please register if you are interested in growing the business in India in the Urban tech Space including Startups (from seed to growth stage), SMEs and Smart City developers, Investors, Consultants.

This session would broadly cover:

  • India in this new normal and how things have changed including the need to balance reliance on human resource with digital adoption.
  • The current pain points of business park and data centre developers, and the solutions in demand as India reopens the economy.
  • Adaptation and localisation of solutions and how to navigate the Indian market.
  • How a company in Singapore successfully ventured into India, and the support Enterprise Singapore can provide to your endeavours.


17:00: Introduction by Sidhi Dhir, Executive Director of TiE Singapore
17:04: Welcome & Opening Remarks by Justin Goh, Regional Group Director, ESG
17:10: Indian Business Park Landscape & Urban Solution Needs by Vaibhav Mittal, Mahindra World City
17:15: Indian Data Centres Landscape & Opportunities by Suresh Kumar Rathod, CtrlS Data Centres
17:20: SG Company sharing: HVS’s experience with India's Urban Solutions ecosystem by Alex Chow, HVS Engineering
17:25: Panel Discussion moderated by Karun Cariappa, Fernbank Holdings
17:45: Q&A 
18:00: End 



Suresh Rathod
President Colocation Business 
Ctrls Datacenter Private Limited

Suresh Rathod is the President Colocation Business at Ctrls Datacenter Private Limited.  Ctrls Datacenters currently Runs 6 datacenters & poised to add 300 MW Datacenters campus in Mumbai, Hyderabad & Chennai. Ctrls datacentre has embarked a mission to Open Datacenters in Tier2 Countries.

Suresh is responsible for e formulation of New Business Expansion, Opening New Geographies within India & Globally, Expanding Business with Whale Accounts, formulating Marketing Strategies & growing Enterprise Businees. His one of main charter is to ensure highest EBITDA in Industry & Drive  Colo Business P&L.

Suresh has an unmatched more than 26 Years of experience in the Data Centre & Telecom, growing Companies from Scratch to multimillion Enterprise by adopting the right strategies in Enterprise business, creating winning Team formation . He is best known as the person who has built one of the most profitable Datacenter Business with least Capex & forging innovative Business relationships. With an experience of building businesses setting up 4 data Centers spread over 9 lakh sq. ft, and running cloud, hosting and managed services businesses for last 2 decades , Suresh can startup from scratch or scale up an existing organization which wants to operate in this high growth exciting space.

Suresh’s vast experience in running businesses includes complete life cycle management of the business including Evangelizing, Winning Multimillion Enterprise Accounts, Business Planning, end to end P&L ownership, Product Development, Sales, Business Development , Go to Market Strategies and execution, setting up of multi megawatt Data center projects, setting up the organization for sales, pre-sales, business development, service delivery, procurement, HR, finance .

Suresh  is a regular speaker and panelist at major industry events and has spoken at events like Broad Group, Datacenter Dynamincs, CIO Choice, 9.9, Core, among others.

Vaibhav Mittal 
Business Head, Mahindra World City & ORIGINS  
Mahindra World City at Chennai

Vaibhav is currently Business Head, Mahindra World City and ORIGINS by Mahindra World City, at Chennai. In this capacity, he is responsible for the P&L, Operations & Stakeholder management of both projects. These projects involve industrial city & cluster development; residential, commercial and retail developments; and sustainability initiatives. In addition, Vaibhav also provides oversight to the affordable housing project of Mahindra Happinest in Avadi, Chennai.

Vaibhav is a business management specialist, and has 19+ years’ experience across Investment Promotion, New Industrial Cities, International Trade Development and Location Advisory, focusing on developing and promoting large format Integrated Cities & Industrial Clusters as ‘Preferred Investment Destinations’.

Vaibhav has previously worked with leading global & Indian infrastructure development groups like Ascendas-Singbridge (now CapitaLand), China Fortune Land Development (CFLD) and GMR as their Industrial Marketing & Investment Promotion specialist.

He is an active member of various multi-disciplinary organisations. He is closely associated with CII-Chennai and is a key member of their ‘Infrastructure & International Linkages Task Force’ respectively. In his private capacity he has been a founder co-chair and past chair of CII-Young Indians Jaipur Chapter as well as its National Governing Council member. He is a member of Ananta Centre, an independent organization encouraging dialogue on India's development, foreign policy, strategic affairs and national security. He is also a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), a global organization of 20,000 professionals from 80 countries having interest in international affairs and foreign policy.

Vaibhav has completed his graduation in Commerce and holds an MBA in Marketing & Finance. Additionally, he has completed a two years Post Graduate Diploma in Global Sales and Marketing from NIS-Sparta and executive programs in ‘B2B Marketing’ from ISB, Hyderabad. He is a pass-out of the first class of ‘India Real Estate Strategies’ from Harvard University, Mumbai Study Class. 

Alex Chow
Managing Director
HVS Engineering

Alex has long dedicated a majority of his life to structural projects and engineering, and with vast experiences in technical project management and business development, such as identifying potential joint‑venture partners during the process of business diversification. In 2005, he had decided to establish his own company, HVS Engineering Pte Ltd. Alex started out with R&D on a water treatment technology consisting of a novel cleaning system for HVAC application and rapid bacteria & legionella detection kits, and then moved on to the manufacturing of an automatic cleaning system for tube & shell heat exchangers and an automatic chemical-free water treatment system.

Since then, HVS Engineering had won the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) – Senoko Power Green Innovations Award 2015, and had become a SEEDS investee company under Enterprise Singapore. In 2019, Alex diversified into the Indian market, and has collaborated on projects with Lodha, with several others in the pipeline for 2020.


Karun Cariappa
Fernbank Holdings

Karun is the founder of Fernbank Holdings which supports corporates, founders, start-ups, funds and family offices when executing complex and challenging transactions.  Previously, Karun was a partner and the head of the India practice at Morgan Lewis Bockius, a large U.S. centered international law firm before he set up Fernbank Holdings. 

He was featured in the India Business Law Journal’s Top 100 A-List of International Counsel advising on India related matters as a “lawyer of repute”.  He is an alumnus of the London School of Economics and is a charter member of TiE Singapore.

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