At its core NeXTT is a first-of-its-kind platform to recognize corporate innovation leaders and programs. Around this we have built out a multi-format summit, replete with keynote, fireside chats, panel discussions, showcases and more!


Over the years, working with leading global corporations and setting up accelerators and innovation labs, we have seen first-hand the important role that corporates and corporate leaders play in furthering innovation and startups in their journey. Exposure that startups gain through corporate accelerators and innovation labs, is unquestionable. For many, it helps fasten the learning process or fail fast or pivot and for many, the validation brings about the "J-curve".

NeXTT is a thought leadership summit themed on our overarching mission of "Converge. Connect. Collaborate.", and aims to bring together corporate innovation leaders and corporate innovation programs from India, alongwith startups, enablers and investors.


Establishing thought leadership through content. We have lined-up a stellar list of speakers who will be sharing a local and global perspective on startup - corporate engagements, corporate venturing and more.


Startups are on-stage all the time! How about reversing that? Here we have corporations getting on-stage to talk about their innovation programs and business challenges that they’d like to see addressed via technology. Reverse Pitches provide a different approach to large corporations to articulate a real-world business problem and join forces with entrepreneurs to solve it and be a part of their innovation programs.


The Startup Enterprise Connect is for startups that have traction and are looking to scale towards their next milestone – for which they need large enterprise customers. At the SEC, we have identified large enterprises partners that will be setting up tables to meet with pre-qualified startups across sectors. Startups and Enterprises will be matched, based on the corporate partner focus areas and the Startups’ description. Matched parties will be introduced in pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings.


Our masterclasses are aimed at startups, developers, and professionals that are passionate to upskill themselves around the existing technology skills and venture building. Through these workshops, led by subject matter experts, we aim to provide an invaluable opportunity to spend quality time with subject matter experts, and get exposed to evolving technologies as well as learn the importance of agility, ability to partner and leverage, as well as feel comfortable with failure during these short sprints of iteration and development.


The report has been developed by incorporating secondary research from public sources and insights drawn from primary research and interviews. The report showcases the evolution of the corporate innovation landscape in India, and what 2030 looks like?


At the awards nite, we will be recognizing organizations that have been operating corporate accelerators/innovation programs and corporate innovation leaders that have enabled startups to successfully navigate the enterprise ecosystem. We are accepting nominations now!


Ajay Ramasubramaniam

Founder & CEO
Startup Réseau

Sanjay Mehta

Founder & Partner

Abhishek Mitra Gupta

VP, Managing Partner

Mitesh Shah

IPV Ventures

Prajakt Raut


Raj Krishnan Shankar

Associate Professor
Great Lakes Institute of Management

Blai Carandell Saladich

Partner & Business Designer
NOBA Ventures

Rajiv Ramanan

Director, Startup program and Technology Alliances

Gandhali Samant

Director, Developer Ecosystem and Market Engagement

Rajeev Suri

Managing Partner
Orios Venture Partners

Ankur Pahwa

Ernst & Young

Varsha Tagare

Managing Director
Qualcomm Ventures

Avnish Sabharwal

Managing Director
Accenture Ventures

Arshya Lakshman

Head Of Partnerships & Brand
Lowes innovation Labs

Rahul Singh

Deal Flow Manager
Microsoft for Startups

Gandhali Samant

Director, Developer Ecosystem and Market Engagement


Sachin Seth

Partner-Financial Services Advisory
Ernst & Young

Vartika Manasvi

Founder & Curator

Sourabh Chatterjee

President, Head - Technology
Bajaj Allianz General Insurance

Shameen Prashantham

Gorillas can Dance

Nandini Sabanayagam

Vice President - Client Engagement

Dr. Aloknath De

Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Samsung R&D Institute India

Jaikumar Subramanian

Partner / Executive Director - Global Capability Center BU

Ajay Ramasubramaniam

Founder & CEO
Startup Réseau


Top-20 Corporate Innovation Leaders

We'd like to receive nominations of corporate innovation leaders from founders / startups that have been a part of corporate innovation programs or accelerators. We are looking for India's Top-20 Corporate Innovation Leaders that have enabled startups to successfully navigate the enterprise ecosystem.

Top-10 Corporate Innovation Programs

We'd like to hear from your organization if you have been operating corporate accelerators / innovation programs. We have come up with a 14-point criteria to evaluate the Top-10 Corporate Innovation Programs in India. There is no ranking involved per-se but, only a feature of the Top-10 programs that startups should look out for.

Poyni Bhatt is a qualified legal and compliance professional, turned to technology business incubation by chance, helping entrepreneurs for over a decade. She has an experience of 3 decades in industry and academia. She is a founding team member of SINE, the technology business incubator at IIT Bombay, and has been managing the incubator since 2004. She has been involved in 140+ start ups incubated at SINE. Several of them have done excellently, some have failed, and most are active and running their businesses very well. Majority of the startups supported by SINE have raised external funding. Poyni actively contributes to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and is mentoring start-ups and innovators outside SINE as well. She is a member of several Indian government committees on innovation, entrepreneurship and incubation, and also a member on the boards of several incubators in India.

Neerav Parekh is the founder and CEO of vPhrase, a Natural Language Generation company. Neerav has more than 15 years experience working in different roles and setting up businesses in Technology, Marketing and Finance. After completing his MBA from NMIMS, Neerav worked at Citibank and then co-founded startups in technology and marketing space before founding vPhrase.

Neerav has received the prestigious Leader in Innovation Fellowship from Royal Academy of Engineering UK. He is a thought leader in the areas of business intelligence and data science, is an advisor to institutes teaching data science and regularly speaks at events including those by the Government of India, CII, NASSCOM, ASSOCHAM and more.

Subu is Founder & CEO of Discover Dollar where he has developed cutting technology using AI and has helped Fortune 500 companies like Budweiser, Target, Lowe’s etc to recover more than $450M dollars of leakages. Subu was awarded AnthahPrerana award by IIM Bangalore & TIE and winner of NASSCOM Emerge 50 Award. Subu has been mentored by ex-CFO of Google and Founder of Infosys. He was delegate to represent India Startups at Innotrek and TiECon Silicon Valley. He was the youngest CEO to be featured The CEO Magazine in 2017.

Padmaja Ruparel is nationally recognized as a key player in the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem and has helped co found many of the relevant institutions, besides being an active Angel investor herself. Her operating experience spans large corporates, M&A, and startups/early stage companies.

She has been awarded as one of the 'Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business' by Fortune India for 2017, 2018 2019, listed in Forbes India’s W- Power Trailblazers and “30 Most Powerful Women in India” by Business Today for 3 years running. The Women Economic Forum recognized her with its “Women of the Decade in Investment Banking” award.

She is Co Founder & President of Indian Angel Network (IAN), India's first and now possibly one of the world’s largest group of business angels, comprising the who's who of successful entrepreneurs and dynamic CEOs from India and overseas.

Our Team