Friday, 21 April 2017

Ramesh Awtaney to speak at London Busines School's Africa Business Summit

INDIAN-ORIGIN ENTREPRENEUR RAMESH AWTANEY INVITED TO SPEAK AT LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL’S AFRICA BUSINESS SUMMIT
 
iSON Group’s unique ‘IP to Work’ model is creating mass employment and rapid economic growth in Africa and has made iSON the largest tech and BPO specialist in the region
 
New Delhi, April 21, 2017: Mr. Ramesh Awtaney, a visionary Indian-African entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, and the Founder and Chairman of iSON Group, Africa’s largest technology and BPO specialist, has been invited to speak at the 16th African Business Summit to be held at the London Business School on Saturday, 22nd April, 2017. Organized by the London Business School Africa Club, this year’s Summit will focus on “Made in Africa” and will explore how Africa’s governments, companies and entrepreneurs are finding innovative solutions to move the continent beyond commodity-dependence. The summit attracts over 400 delegates every year.
 
Mr. Awtaney’s Thought Leadership Session at the event in London Business School will focus on “Bringing Intellectual Property (IP) To Work”, iSON’s unique and proven onshore services model for Africa, which has helped iSON become one of the leading centers of IT & ITeS excellence with presence across Africa, India, ASEAN and the Middle East. Under Mr. Awtaney’s dynamic leadership spanning over 28 years, iSON Group has expanded its presence in 29 countries with more than 12, 500 employees. In 2016, Mr. Ramesh Awtaney was also recognized by ASSOCHAM as the India-Africa Entrepreneur of the Year.
 
With its headquarters in Nigeria and Kenya, iSON has created 10,000 skilled jobs in Africa alone using its “IP to Work” model. iSON leverages its IP developed in India and the Middle East to provide training and development to the local youth in Africa, and transform them into a tech-enabled global workforce that serves clients in a diverse range of sectors such as telecom, banking and financial services, education, real-estate, manufacturing and oil & gas. This local workforce is now mastering this “IP” to “work” on Africa-based clients such as MTN, Etisalat, Orange, Airtel, Zain, Kenya Tourism Board, Zuku, Millicom International Cellular (tigo), AIICO, GT Bank, Union Bank Nigeria, AXA Mansard, UNICAF as well as global clients such as ENOC, IDEA, Vodafone, Telenor, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), Viettel Vietnam, Alcatel-Lucent, Pepsi, GE, Toyota, Standard Chartered, Sterling Holidays and IndiaMart.
 
At the Africa Business Summit, Mr. Awtaney will also participate in a panel on the theme, “Innovation: Changing the game, sustainable solutions fuelling the next phase of Africa’s economic development”. iSON has been a key partner in Africa’s tech-revolution and has inspired several industries in the continent to start outsourcing for the first time. iSON’s IT and ITeS offerings have helped African telecom providers reduce customer service costs by 50%, cut down customer care wait times drastically and register high growths in customer penetration. iSON is also helping telcos make ‘customer experience’ a competitive edge in the African telecom industry by surpassing service levels beyond Africa’s conventional industry norms by far. iSON is also developing technology-driven growth ecosystems especially in Sub-Saharan Africa by setting up state-of-the-art facilities in Category B cities such as Ilorin, Abeokuta, Ibadan and Kano in Nigeria, and in countries like Liberia, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Chad and Niger.
 
Its unique “IP to Work” business model has helped iSON win several accolades including the Great Places to Work Nigeria Award 2016, West African Business Process Optimization Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership Award 2016 by Frost and Sullivan, Distinguished Achievement in IT & ITeS Award by ASSOCHAM 2015 and 2016, Africa Best Employer Brand 2014, 2015 and 2016, and Champions of Governance Award 2015 among several other recognitions.
 
Talking about the theme for the Africa Business Summit, Mr. Ramesh Awtaney, Founder & Chairman of ISON Group, said, “I’m honored to be called upon at this Summit at the London Business School to share from my experiences about Made in Africa. Over the past 7 years, iSON Group has been focusing on making it possible to take “IP to work” as against the conventional industry practice of taking “work to IP”. This has helped us generate large-scale employment and economic growth in Africa. From our headquarters in Nairobi and Lagos, iSON is adding business value for clients all over the world, proudly with a “Made in Africa” label. Buoyed with the success of our “IP to work” model, I am confident that even if 10% of the industry adopts it, we can add exponential velocity in disappearing several of Africa’s challenges relating to jobs, economic prosperity, health, education and public services.”
 
Some of the other speakers at this year’s Africa Business Summit include Dr. Oba Otudeko, CFR, Founder and Chairman of Honeywell Group; Robert (Bob) Collymore, CEO, Safaricom; Segun Agbaje, CEO and MD of Guaranty Trust Bank plc (GTBank); Jay Ireland, President and CEO, GE Africa; Bunmi Banjo, Head of Brand and Reputation, Google Africa; Yvonne Ike, MD, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Harold Leenen, MD, Deutsche Bank, Middle East and Africa; Razia Khan, Chief Economist, Standard Chartered Bank, Africa; Adnane Addioui, Co-Founder and President, Moroccan Centre for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship; Tracey Austin, Head Impact Investing, Palladium Group; Alex Thomson-Payan, President and Founder, TGI Group. The Summit also features several other top speakers from BitPesa, AppsAfrica.com, RisCura, CDC, Ignite Power, Tyburn Gallery, Style House, Aduna, Asoko Insight, Guepard Group, WorldRemit, Global Career Company, MoveMeBack, RED, EchoVC Partners, Clifford Chance’s Africa Group, Denham Capital, Renaissance Capital. The Africa Business Summit is sponsored by African Export Import Bank, OCP Africa, GTBank and BCG among others. CNBC Africa, Forbes Africa, African Business, Oxford Business Group, Business Council for Africa, Think Africa, TEDx Euston, La Tribune Afrique and Oya Media are some of the media partners for the Summit.

Launch of most disruptive Acting Orientation Program –

'Acting Jaagruk Abhiyan'

Amid the presence of prominent award winning film stars at the launch of a Radical Digital Revolutionary Acting Orientation Program promoted by Fulcrum Films, the notable Casting Director Himalaya Agrawal announced his company’s foray in Digitization of the process of Casting for the Production Houses keeping in times with the Digitization initiative of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

Claiming it to be the most disruptive Acting Orientation Program, and supposedly the first of its kind in the world, in the presence of prominent film stars, Himalaya Agrawal announced his venture to celebrate a decade of enjoying a reputation of the best casting organization providing professional casting services to the top production houses as well as for casting actors in feature films, Television commercials, corporate films and now web series too.

“It is managed by highly respected and reputed industry professionals who have eliminated various hurdles of production houses that also look for suitable artistes in a particular age group perfectly suited for the director's needs,” he added.

Yet the vacuum exists in form of lack of talent pool which has therefore made them come up with the novel idea of tapping the untapped potential of raw artists as well as the existing ones.

Therefore Fulcrum Films have initiated the 'Acting Jaagruk Abhiyan' the Acting Orientation Program pan India to bridge the talent pool of hidden talents in the interiors of India to the Production houses.
The advantages to a Production House of this Acting Orientation Program are that it will provide a realistic cast for the characters needed who can be made available at cost effective rates apart from saving its time and travelling cost with proper audition, makeup and costumes.

“Most of the benefits of this Acting Orientation Program will be available to the Artistes who need not worry about exploitation as well as get casted directly as per scripts requirement,” announced Himalaya Agrawal.

On the anvil are Road shows and Street plays arranged throughout India creating awareness amongst the raw talent instilling confidence in their children and even the retired persons who are much in demand with the new breed of production houses who otherwise spend huge amounts and time scouting for new talent.

To fructify the promoter's dream will be his team of professionally trained talent managers who would be identifying the requirements of Production House case by case while providing break to the otherwise skeptical talented individuals across India.


Highlights of the Acting Jaagruk Abhiyan  / Acting Orientation Program:
-         Preparing a non actor by identifying his hidden talent
-         Obliterate negative elements in the industry such as the middlemen and casting couch menace
-         Providing realistic casting to the Production House
-         Creating direct contacts between the Production House and the aspiring actors
-         Professional Environment with safe and sound process of selection
-         ‘Develop Your Talent’ awareness campaign by creating social awareness
-         Instilling confidence and uplifting the Morales of aspiring actors
-         Providing FREE INSURANCE to all the actors from the Company
-         Reach out to millions of people having hidden desire of acting in films
-         Provide facilities of local auditions in their hometowns all over India even in villages
-         Lifetime membership to all who join in the initial promotional campaigns
-         Enriching lives of old people and street children by providing them opportunity to try their luck on the silver screen
-         Himalaya Agrawal will be personally overseeing day to day functioning of each of the several departments like Street Plays, Auditions, Social awareness, nurturing actors, Acting Workshops, Data updates, Handling Production House’s demands and the Data updates via the State of the Art IT Department .

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

IndiQube launches 4 new centres for shared workspaces in Bangalore


IndiQube charts a Robust growth plan to become the one of the largest players in Flexible spaces ( Co-working& Dedicated )

Bangalore, 3rd April 2017 : The tremendous response that our existing Indiqube centres have received in Bangalore, we are now expanding our footprints in city's shared work space map with launch of 4 new centres in important areas in order to cater to the growing demand for shared spaces. 




Expansion  Plan- 
IndiQube has signed up for 4 New business Centres in Bangalore 
a) - IndiQube HEXA - HSR
b) - IndiQube DECA - JP Nagar
c) - IndiQube OCTA -  Koramangala 
d)-  IndiQube PENTA - CBD

The ever growing Co-working & Business centres market is gaining momentum in India at a rapid pace.The entry of start-ups has added fuel to the growth of Co-working market; with Bangalore being the top choice of new age entrepreneurs. Koramnagala and CBD have always been a big market for SME's and large companies, Whereas, HSR and JP Nagar are the emerging start-up hubs of Bangalore.




In Just 2+ years of our existence, we have has added 10000 seats (0.5 million sq ft ) of work spaces through its 12 centres across Bangalore. We plan to expand this platform to 40000 seats + ( 2 million sq ft by 2019. This figure in itself is indicative of the kind of shared space demand we are looking for in Bangalore. and Indiqube aims to tap into this robust demand to become the top player of shared space market. 


We go beyond just the workspace & provide opportunities for businesses to focus on their goals’’ has been the Mantra for IndiQube to begin with. The quality of our services , network effect , & ease of operations backed by robust technology that IndiQube offers to businesses houses, has made IndiQube the preferred destination for shared work spaces in Bangalore







Commenting on the development, Meghna Agarwal, Co-founder, IndiQube said"Millennials will be the backbone of the workforce in the foreseeable future and beyond. They will dominate the work landscape at Start-ups, SMEs, & ODCs in partnership with freelancers and independent workers. HR , Technology and Office spaces needs to go hand in hand to provide appealing and idea stimulating interior designs , a robust online platform, flexibility and community that encourage and nurture employee bonding. IndiQube benefits of flexibility and growth options with network effect helps the company to focus on their core business and thus making us the most desired option."  
We truly believe that our Eco-system of growth helps the companies to concentrate on things that matter business. IndiQube has been catering to the needs of dynamic & ever demanding new age business eco-system of Bangalore like no other does. Companies like Bluestone, Freshmenu& Micromax are on the list who have made IndiQube as their own.




IndiQube is leader and pioneer in smart business space. IndiQube help start-ups and SME’s with productive ready space. A co-working and dedicated office to fit all their needs.

IndiQube creates a right business environment for emerging companies to thrive by providing space with key growth drivers like scalability and flexibility. In real sense, we truly are their growth partners, who help then seamlessly expand and grow in the same location without them worrying about other hassles of searching, shifting for new space.
 We are looking to expand in cities like HyderabadChennaiPune, Delhi ,Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh.
For more Information please refer to our Website www.indiqube.com

Is air pollution damaging your mental health?

·         Celebrated on April 7 every year, World Health Day provides us with an opportunity to organize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme for this year’s  campaign is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders– ‘Depression’.


·         Depression, anxiety,  Alzheimer’s,  poor academic performance – these are just some of the things that scientists have connected to air pollution in recent years. It now seems apparent that the poor air quality  affects our bodies with list of diseases such as increased risks of stroke, heart attack and lung disease,  could also be affecting our brains. Ultimately this leads to  learning problems and even depression.


·         The government is already paying attention to outdoor air pollution problems in India. However, it is crucial to start talking more about indoor air pollution because this is where we spend 90% of our time. Indoor air pollution can be a more serious and potentially fatal problem as it can be ten to hundred times more polluted than the air outside.


·         While we are unable to improve the air outside, we can take proactive, individual steps to head off airborne pollutants to create safer indoor environments by investing in indoor air purifiers that remove contaminants.


·         Studies link - http://www.mentalhealthcenter.org/air-quality-affect-mental-health/

UNSW Sydney organizing student-faculty Open Day


April 2nd, New Delhi: 

The internationally ranked University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney is organising an interactive programme for Indian students and its faculty on April 7 between 2-4pm at Inspire Hall, Hotel Le Meriden in Delhi.


The session will engage with students and their parents about the unique aspects of the university, its internationally renowned faculty, the academic programmes offered and its state-of-the art infrastructure. The session will be open to parents as well to help in making an informed decision about future career choices. 

UNSW faculty drawn from the Schools of Arts and Social Sciences, Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, Engineering, Built Environment, including the School of Humanities and Social Sciences from their Canberra campus would be participating in the session which is meant to project the award-winning research work and innovations undertaken at the university.

 Also, present will be the UNSW Careers & Employment and Admissions teams to discuss the support services available at UNSW to help students maximise academic, career development and social opportunities while at UNSW.
Speaking about the session, Amit Dasgupta, former diplomat and presently India country director UNSW said, “At UNSW, we are focussed on providing students with the right skills and knowledge to help them embrace the future of change.”

CasaVito Launches in Mumbai, Bandra


Mumbai boasts of stunning rooftop cocktail bars, bollywood hangouts, and grungy holes in the wall tonight one of the best late-night venue Casa Vito Bar & Café a one stop entertainment destination open its doors for Mumbaikars.

Having a carpet area of more than 10,000 Sq. ft., Casa Vito is easily one of the largest outlets in and around Mumbai. This exquisite Café would be hosting celebrity DJ’s, international artists, live music performances, stand-up comedies and lots more. Multi cuisine menu serving mix of Continental, Mughlai and Mumbai street food will give a delectable end to your evenings. 

At the launch soiree Actor & DJ Ali Merchant will be in-charge of the console and singer Faraz Shalee grooved with her quintessential live performance. 

An eclectic mix of celebs and socialites like Eijaz Khan, Abhinav Kashyap, Ajaz Khan, Sahil Salathia, Niti Taylor, Nalini Negi, Amy Billimoria, Rocky S and many more were present to show their love and support for this new watering hole.

Nature Bliss by Velvetcase.com


Velvetcase.com, India’s multi-brand jewellery destination presents its latest Spring Summer Collection. Taking inspiration from the blooming season, the brand offers an exciting range of dainty and chic accessories in floral motifs. The collection comprises of sleek pendants, stunning danglers, trendy rings, stylish textured ear cuffs and ear studs beautifully crafted in rose gold and embellished with stunning white diamonds.

Reflecting the freshness of blossoming flowers and essence of the spring season, the brand’s latest offering incorporates mesmerizing pieces that perfectly blend contemporary style and unique designs. Taking cue from the nature this fashionable range of light-weight and edgy jewellery is a perfect pick for any outings or day-to-day wear. So grab these elegant pieces by Velvetcase.com and give an ultra-chic makeover to your looks.

Available at: Velvetcase.com


Velvetcase.com is a jewellery e-commerce marketplace headquartered in Mumbai, India. Established in November 2012 by KapilHetamsaria and Runit Shah, VelvetCase recently a second round of $1.5 million, which was led by Uniqorn Ventures with participation of angel investors, TV Mohandas Pai and S Somasegar.

A managed marketplace, it has over 1-lac products and 300+ listed brands and designers from all corners of the country. It features both traditional and contemporary designs in fashion and precious jewellery. It also offers custom-made jewellery with features like easy EMI, international lab certification and free insured shipping among others.

Follow Velvetcase.com through:

·  www.velvetcase.com

CASHe Raises Rs 25 crore in Series A Funding

Appoints Dr. Pulak Ghosh & Mathew Cyriac to its Board of Directors

·        Finalizes Rs 25 crore in Series A funding from investor group led by Mr. Mathew Cyriac and advised by Florintree Advisors. Mr. Cyriac will join the Board of CASHe as an Investor Director.

·         Dr. Pulak Ghosh, renowned data scientist and professor of Quantitative Analysis at IIM (B) appointed as an independent director

Mumbai: April 1, 2017: Aeries Financial Technologies Pvt. Ltd., a fintech company promoted by serial entrepreneur and private equity investor Mr. V. Raman Kumar, today announced that CASHe, India’s fastest growing app-only lending platform for young professionals has closed a series A funding from investor group led by Mr. Mathew Cyriac and advised by Florintree Advisors. The funding will further increase CASHe’s scale of business and solidify its position as the leading app-only lending platform. The company also announced that it has appointed Dr. Pulak Ghosh and Mr. Mathew Cyriac to its Board of Directors.

Mr. V. Raman Kumar, Chairman, Aeries Financial Technologies Pvt. Ltd., commented; “We are very excited to have finalizedthe Series A funding from investor group led by Mr. Mathew Cyriac and advised by Florintree Advisors. We thank our new investors for their confidence in CASHe. We have big plans for the business, and are proud to have a team on board that shares and believes in this vision. I also welcome Dr. Pulak Ghosh and Mr. Mathew Cyriac to the Board of Directors.

He further commented, “An influential scientist and thinker, Dr. Ghosh brings to CASHe his enormous domain knowledge, experience and expertise in big data analytics to CASHe. His inclusion further reinforces the preeminent position that CASHe has established for itself in the AI, Data Analytics and Machine Language backed new age financial technology space in India.”

“Mr. Cyriac joins CASHe as an investor / director. Drawing on his years of experience as an established private equity player, he will provide fresh insights to company’s business priorities as it continues to grow at an accelerated pace. The company looks forward to benefit from their extensive and diverse expertise to accelerate its strategic and organic growth initiatives,” he added.

About CASHe
CASHe, India's fastest growing app-only lending company, provides immediate short-term personal loans to young professionals based on their social profile, merit and earning potential using its proprietary algorithm based machine learning platform. In April 2016, Aeries Financial Technologies Pvt. Ltd, launched its innovative technology-driven lending platform for the young, urban professionals. CASHe provides almost instantaneous loans on-demand. Its user-friendly digital interface enables faster loan application and quicker loan disbursals. CASHe’s provides hassle-free loans with its app enabled documentation and loan disbursal/repayment process. Powered by its industry-first algorithm driven credit scoring platform, The Social Loan Quotient (SLQ), CASHe quickly determines a user’s credit worthiness by using multiple unique data points to arrive at a distinct credit profile of the customer. CASHe is completely automated and requires no personal intervention and no physical documentation. The average time taken for a loan to be disbursed is about 8 minutes, subject to proper submission of all documents.

CASHe’s target audience is young working professionals in the age group of 23-35 years. CASHe offers loans ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 1,00,000 payable over 15,30 and 90 days.

Key Business highlights
·         Available on Android and iPhone
·         Currently disbursing loans worth Rs one crore per day
·         Launched the 15-day loan product. Later introduced 30 and 90-day loan products in the month of November 2016
·         Over 1,25,000 app downloads on Google play
·         iPhone app launched in December 2016. Over 2,000 app downloads on app store
·         Integrated Paytm wallet for cash transfers in the month of January
·         Inked partnership deal with Andromeda for marketing CASHe in the month of January
·         Enlisted on Rubique, aa leading financial product distribution platform in March 2017