Fintech for Startups

Fintech in India is rapidly growing. Demonetization has boosted this growth among the emerging Indian Startups. A NASSCOM report says that the Indian fintech market is set to touch $2.4 Billion by 2020 from the current $1.2 Billion. 

Over 19% of the country's population is unbanked. And this clearly shows the kind of opportunity fintech startups have ahead of them. In the past few years, India has seen a massive change in the financial industry. This change has created over 500 fintech startups in India. This change has brought new payment solutions, lending and borrowing options and what not?

In the upcoming edition of Startup Saturday, we intend to highlight what's happening in the fintech domain in India and what might happen in the future. We will have speakers who will share their experiences running or working with fintech startups and the kind of opportunities it presents for entrepreneurs. To join us, register yourself today. 

About Headstart Startup Saturday:

Startup Saturday is Headstart Network Foundation's flagship event which sees over 1000 attendees every month (across India) come together to listen to talks and panel discussions by successful entrepreneurs, VCs, mentors and industry experts. Startup Saturday is organized on the second Saturday of every month by a team of super-passionate volunteers so that startup enthusiasts learn, get inspired and network with the best. Some of India's top startups (Ola, Flipkart, etc) made one of their first demos at a Startup Saturday.

Lightning Pitch at Startup Saturday:

Giving a demo at Startup Saturday allows you to pitch in front of a very experienced panel of business founders and investors. It's a quick Q&A session that can change your world in a few minutes. Your pitch will also reach out to a highly qualified audience. They can enrich you with brutally honest feedback, suggestions and offer to help. Please apply here if you wish to give a demo at Startup Saturday:


Suniti Nanda


FinTech Officer, MahaIT


A leader, executor and innovation evangelist - with an executive business management from IIM-Calcutta, Suniti has been in the Banking industry since last 17+ years. She has worked extensively in Technology delivery for Banking and Financial Services. Suniti has been instrumental in establishing Rise Mumbai ( – Barclay’s global Open Innovation program in India. In the current role she focusses on liaising with the vibrant fintech ecosystem and fostering accelerated co-creation/ experimentation to drive innovation, across the transactions cycles in collaboration with the operation & technology leads in India.

Sooday Jhaveri


Project Manager, Mumbai Fintech Hub & Senior Consultant, Deloitte Digital


Sooday has a diverse background, with over half a decade of experience in working as a management consultant with top consulting firms in New York and Mumbai. He closely works with C-suite from Governments, start-ups and Fortune 500 companies on developing innovative business strategies, enhancing their technology stack and improving processes across USA, Africa and India. In his current role, he is helping the Government of Maharashtra, develop and operationalize the state Fintech Policy, design new strategies, while partnering with the Fintech ecosystem to drive accelerated innovation and groom early-stage startups to solve issues with a social lens.

Venkatesh Hariharan


Director - FinTech at iSPIRT, Director ABSL


Venkatesh Hariharan is Director - Fintech at the Indian Software Product Industry Round Table (iSPIRT), a non-profit think tank focused on building a software product ecosystem in India. At iSPIRT, Hariharan is responsible for the FinTech Leapfrog Council (FTLC) a forum that works with some of India's largest banks to transform the financial sector in India.

He is also a member of the Governing Board of the Software Freedom Law Center, a law firm that represents the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) communities and the India representative for the Open Invention Network, the world’s largest patent non-aggression network..

Hariharan has served as Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs with Google, and as Corporate Affairs Director for Red Hat in the Asia-Pacific region. He has worked on key policy issues like Internet regulations, open standards, software patents, open source in government, and Indian language computing.

He is a former Executive Editor of Express Computer and the first Indian to be selected for the prestigious Knight Science Journalism Fellowship (1998-99) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During his fellowship at MIT, he investigated technologies that can be deployed for bridging the digital divide. He has written for leading Indian and international publications including MIT Technology Review, Economic Times, MINT, Times of India and many others.

Hariharan has delivered talks on technology and policy issues at World Foresight Forum, Open World Forum and at leading academic institutions like MIT, IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIIT-Bangalore, IIM Bangalore and many others. Hariharan is interested in the intersection of technology, society and policy, with a specific focus on democratizing access to knowledge.

Bhavin Patel


CEO & Cofounder


Bhavin brings along a decade-long experience in the lending business. His area of experience involves credit risk, financial operations, business development, and fundraising. He has proven expertise over various asset classes such as personal loans, SME loans, vehicle loans, MFIs etc.

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Event Details

13 Oct, 2018
02:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Saahas 2/Dome 2, S P Jain Institute of Management and Research
Inside Bhavans College Campus, Munshi Nagar,
Dadabhai Road, Andheri West,
Mumbai - 400058

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