First Edition of FutureTech gets good response
Pune: Startups have an opportunity to create huge impact on sectors which are crucial to human life like healthcare , life sciences , agriculture & disaster manegement opined various experts . The first edition of FutureTech 2019 organised by The Indus Entrepreneurs ( TiE) , a not for profit organization focused on nurturing start ups . The two day conference was held at MCCIA, S.B Road and the theme was “Shaping Tomorrow” with smart solutions in Healthcare and Life Sciences, Financial Services, Automotive, and Disaster Management.
The conference was spread across two days, starting with master classes, followed by exciting and innovative product exhibits; NTT DATA pavilion where entrepreneurs could forge collaborations with Japan and the rest of the world; KPMG Clinics for free consultation; mentoring by TiE charter members and Networking with potential investors and luminaries in the above domains.The second power-packed day had panels and well-known key speakers covering subjects on Fintech, Insuretech, Autotech and Healthtech sectors.
Dr Taslimarif Saiyed CEO and Director Center For Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-Camp) said that startups can play a very crucial role of translating amazing science that exist around us, take the risk of validating it and attempt to commercialize it. It is a path that allowed globally amazing science to go to the next level. While we continue to have good science coming out from the academia, startups provide the opportunity to translate it and take it further. Although it may not be the only way , but startups may the biggest tangent to accelerate the commercialization of scientific ideas and knowledge and that will be the key to impact of science on the society . While we see a lot of startups focused on technology , they have an opportunity to create a huge impact on sectors which are crucial to human life like healthcare, life sciences , agriculture.
Ramanan Laxminayaran ,Founder Healthcubed Inc said that with life expectancies increasing , people are going to look at healthy ageing and that is inevitable. That is going to require a lot of technology. As the need of healthcare grows exponentially , what healthcare providers require is a bionic arm. That can be in the form of devices, AI and other technologies and innovations which would allow to do things differently and better and give more time to the doctors to interact with the patient.
Ranu Vohra , Co Founder , MD & CEO Avendus Capital , said that healthcare startups have been a small percentage but just like fintech just took off , similarly on the back of the government policies , this sector will take off. Healthcare is a very broad sector with devices , diagnostic services and other services. There is a huge opportunity in data analytics, healthcare records.
Monish Darda , Co founder and CTO Icertis said technology is helping and the cloud is enabling a lot of support functions in healthcare. Going forward, the big opportunities are two fold , first to bring technology into hospitals , clinics and consultations and second being improving prognosis and diagnosis . Technology can help bring a reasonable level of consistency in the quality of healthcare which can benefit the people in remote areas. India is probably one of the largest and fastest growing economies for next few years which will bring massive opportunities for startups in fintech , healthcare and disaster management .Disruptions are definitely going to happen in a big way .
Pradeep Bhargava , President MCCIA , Pune gave the opening address and said that it wonderful the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce , Industries and Agriculture which is traditionally for manufacturing industry is co hosting the conference with TiE .
Kiran Deshpande Co-Founder – Mojo Networks & President of TiE Pune said that this conference used to be a single vertical healthcare summit but now expanded to multiple verticals .
Ajit Patil co founder Deep Tek said that we are happy that TiE partnership with NTT Data is strengthening with various engagements and initiatives . In Future Tech conference NTT DATA’s startup strategy and technology research team had deep dive meetings (90min each) with around 10 startups. They also had brief 30min get-to-know meetings several startups.
Vineet Patni, Chair FutureTech 2019 said Our belief is in driving Innovation in India which is what we announced in TieCon and released a report on making Pune the innovation capital of India.
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