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Editor’s Note t’s time to change the calendars and Editor: Samvedh V finalize your plans for the coming Visakhapatnam: year. How will you approach the Divya P challenges and opportunities of a

new year? As the year turns, many organizations’ fiscal years and general operational plans have been like a roller coaster ride due to a new entity making its way into every businessman’s world –GST. What happens in a common man’s life is no less than a Tan curve with deadlines looming close and AADHAR being the Aadhar for survival comman’s fight for identity seems endless. The end of a year is always a good time to regroup, reexamine and revisit your strategies and tactics—both from a business perspective and personal as well. BZ NZ Note is an endeavor to get insights of business developments all through the year entwined & embellished together for a quick read and update. The perspective is in aid to tickle the innovative minds of budding entrepreneurs & trigger a startup or upgrade an existing idea or take stock of reality. As we move beyond the realms of a town and integrate with folks around the country, it is a collage for an interesting read. Read to assimilate and innovate as we move into 2018. From my desk, wishing you all a very happy 2018. Chug along …..

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2018, February Your Say

Your Note on 2017, Quilted Ideas: Ms. Kalavati Ranganathan : As a very eventful year comes to an end, I can’t help but feel proud of the lessons that it taught me. Starting with the SME meet in Jan to getting registered on Amazon, my journey has been quite eventful. My firm which completed 25 years has made it finally to the ecommerce platform. After seeing rough waters - especially for registering for GST – I hope this New Year will bring good tidings. Wish you a peaceful and a vibrant New Year. Gupta Stationery – Mr. Chalmaji Gupta It is a unique achievement to have completed 100 years in this field. This year marks another feather in our cap when we opened an exclusive ART store. It caters to the unique needs of all the art learners from dabblers to the adept. This year has been one of the best years in terms of growth. Looking forward with enthusiasm and expectation as 2018 dawns near. I wish everyone a Happy and a Prosperous New Year.

inked Reflections, When our savings out weigh our investments, we have grown big. To understand everything is to sacrifise your focus. In Business, money is just a score. Real Game Matters. A small diversivied investment can be the fruit of big change. You need to give money to get money, let it multiply.

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usiness is one of the areas that requires constant movement forward, self-improvement, creativity, and innovation. A lot of business companies or foreign trade corporations often rack their brains to exploit the market internationally. To understand the market better, expand one’s business or just get an idea of what’s new in the world’s market today, one should consider attending business events, which facilitate communication between the sellers and buyers and act as a way of providing a platform for new opportunities.These provide a unique networking platform to both Indian and foreign participants. They help in promotion, marketing and publicity efforts of participating companies. Exhibitions lead to joint ventures, tie-ups and they also help bring in investment in the Country .There were many such great events this year which showcased our country in growing economy rates.Few of them are:


lobal Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 has been held in Hyderabad between November 28 and November 30. This year’s Summit highlighted the theme Women First, Prosperity for All, and focuses on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally. U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter and Presidential advisor Ivanka Trump led the U.S. delegation to the Summit. GES is the preeminent annual entrepreneurship gathering that convenes emerging entrepreneurs, investors and supporters from around the world. GES 2017 created an environment that empowers innovators, particularly women, to take their ideas to the next level. Through two and a half days of networking, mentoring, and workshops, GES empowers entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas, build partnerships, secure funding, innovate, and find their target customers -- creating new goods and services that will transform societies. This is probably the biggest hit of all the women empowering summits held in India.

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he Global Leadership Forum (GLF) celebrates the myriad hues of leadership and people who embrace leadership as a virtue. It promotes, supports, and inspires the core idea of taking the world forward by redefining leadership that assures sustainability, human values, and ethics relevant to businesses, governments, sports, and culture. With keynote addresses, meaningful discussions and thought-provoking conversations, the Global Leadership Forum 2017 brings the powerful leading voices from across the globe under one roof to churn out promising ways to rebuild the society with responsible leadership being the key catalyst. In its second edition, the conference will touch upon the four core pillars: Politics, Sports, Culture, and Business. Bznz Note | 11

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dobe symposium is one of the biggest Digital Marketing events in Mumbai. This event invites thought leaders in the field of digital marketing to redefine your experiences with Adobe partners. As their marketing promos claim – ‘Take it to another level, soar new heights like never before and extend your digital experience with courses straight from the Adobe Digital Learning Services’. Apart from these, there are several other reasons to attend this conference, including for networking goals. This is the most sought after experience for most digital professionals in today’s utmost competitive era and has been rightly defined as the event “Where digital marketing meets extraordinary experiences.” Every marketer looks forward to make the most valuable connections with their digital marketing pioneers and peers and if luck may have it, then with the digital marketing veterans and Adobe leaders too. The last Adobe Symposium was on 4th May 2017 at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai and the next is scheduled to take place in 2018. So stay tuned!


ndian Content Marketing Summi: This event has tried to showcase how content is a pre-requisite for marketers to present their brands to consumers and creatively drive engagement levels. Indian Content Marketing Awards is essentially hosted to recognize and acknowledge the talent, expertise and the hard work of every content developer while cracking breakthrough ideas & concepts to create exceptional brand stories. This event is also clubbed with a Content JAM conference, which brings content marketing experts from India and abroad to put forth their ideologies and perceptions on the ways in which content consumption is increasing and is imperative in shaping the marketing ecosystem. Primary topics of discussion & debate in the JAM Conference revolve around Content Creation, Curation, Distribution & Measurement. The Jury appointed for these awards comprises of only the top CMOs of


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ech HR 2017: The biggest Startup Program for HR Technology Companies across Asia! TechHR conference, in its 4th year, is Asia's largest event that witnesses the gathering of HR heads, Business leaders, strategic advisors, TA and L&D heads with the aim of sharing knowledge and foresee how technology will evolve the function of HR in the coming years. Within the 2 day conference there will be a curated StartUp Program called TechHR Spotlight, a program that invites early stage start-ups in the HR technology space to take full opportunity to interact with investors, buyers and their peers during People Matters TechHR Conference on the 3rd and 4th August, 2017 in Gurgaon. Every week, we choose early stage startups from the world of HR technology to be part of this program. Selected start-ups at TechHR Spotlight program will get an exhibition space in the shared TechHR Spotlight zone, Face Off with mentors, 1 delegate pass, webinars and visibility across People Matters channels, and much more, all for Rs. 70,000 plus taxes.


he Marketing Conclave: This is a grand event in Mumbai organized by the IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India). It is an endeavor towards establishing a great comprehension of the modern methods and mechanics of marketing. Key highlights: Major Speakers were MDs & CEOs of leading companies such as Group M and Pepsico, top marketing managers of Times Internet, Starbucks, HDFC bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, eBay and Renault amongst others. There were Panelists to take the conversations to another level. The sessions were followed by networking breaks at regular intervals. Topics of discussion revolved around Marketing in new age Digital India and around the Globe that included: 1. The new age brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marketing techniques that go beyond analysis in numbers 2. Programmatic marketing 3. Marketing on Mobiles 4.Video Marketing as a part of Social Media Marketing.


lick Asia Summit: Asiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest Digital Marketing Summit, which focusses on the digital transformation of business. This Summit follows a hybrid model that presents the speaker sessions and panel discussion together and helps dive deeper into the topic of discussion. Click Asia Summit happens for 2 days in the month of April and speaker sessions usually run for an hour, which allows up to three speakers to deliver a twenty-minute talk in TEDstyle, followed by an open discussion with the audience. Time = money = learning is the motto of this event. They have 50+ global organization partners, 60+ speakers, 400+global delegates, 50+ media partners across 20+ countries under their umbrella which offers a great deal of opportunity to network with top CXOs, leading marketers in the industry, agency heads, brand managers and almost everyone who are passionate about digital marketing. Bznz Note | 15

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Startup - Sectorqube Technolabs Founder (s) - Nibu Alias, Ani Abraham Joy, Biniyas VL, Arjun Sarath, Midhun Skaria, Sabarish Prakash City - Kochi(Kerala, India), Palo Alto(California, USA) Revenues - NA Headcount - 20 Industry - Smart Consumer Appliances They wanted to innovate in an area that was more or less left unchanged for the past 20 years. That is the kitchen. While new appliances do come into the market every holiday season, not much technological advancements happen in them. They found this as an opportunity.

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Startup - JetSetGo Aviation Services Founder(s) - Kanika Tekriwal & Sudheer Perla City - Delhi Headcount - 48 Industry - Transportation JetSetGo was built on the principle of how the private aviation market in India can be altered to make it vastly more affordable and inclusive. They also wanted to redefine a customer’s experience and increase efficiency of the service by tapping into unused inventory. Startup - ThinkScream Founder (s) - Raj Desai & Pratik Agarwal City - Mumbai Headcount - 5 Industry - Technology This line of thought took Mumbai-based startup ThinkScream to combine the need to keep the environment clean with the growing demand for internet access to come up with its unique ‘WiFi Trash Bin.’ Startup - Intugine Technologies Pvt Ltd Founder(s) - Harshit Shrivastava, Abhishek Sharma, Vivek Kumar, Ayush Agrawal and Mrinal Rai City - Bengaluru Headcount - 15 Industry - IoT Startup - StanPlus Founder(s) - Antione Poirson, Prabhdeep Singh, Jose Leon City - Hyderabad Revenues - undisclosed Headcount - 9 and hiring Industry - Health-tech and delivery They are building India’s largest private medical helpline and consolidating private ambulances to service this helpline. The objective is to reduce the time it takes for an ambulance to reach a patient from the current average time of 40 minutes to less than 15 minutes. These ambulances are optimised according to patients’ needs, and use the power of network to match the patient with closest hospital that has facilities to take care of them. They are also standardising the fare, care, and equipment ..

They have seen our interaction with technology starting from knobs and levers to switches, keyboards, and then evolving to more natural ways, like mouse. In the recent decade we have seen touch evolving as prime medium of interaction with new age technologies. They believe that in the new emerging world of connected devices, voice and gestures will become the prime medium of interaction. This ring becomes a personal assistant sitting on your fingers, which allows you to control everything from phone.

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Company - amsa by Ankitha Veerepalli Founder(s) - Ankitha Veerepalli City - Bangalore & Visakhapatnam Revenues - NA Headcount/Strength of the team - 7 Industry - Clothing Investors & amount raised : Not disclosed Amsa is a sustainable luxury brand that prides itself on working locally with artisans and ethical sourcing. Elegant clothes for the classic woman.

Startup - Elanic Founder(s) - Abhilash Narahari, Palkush Chawla & Aditi Rohan City - Bangalore Headcount/Strength of the team - 30 Industry - Ecommerce They decided to create a community for women where they can buy things from each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Indians, we stock up on items which we no longer have use for. The hand-they-down route for these items also stopped after disaggregated families started replacing joint set ups. Elanic was started to provide a platform to enable the transaction of these items. Name of the Company - Pikkol (Rednile Innovations Private Limited) Name of Founder(s) - Deepu Chandran, Jayaram Kasi Visweswaran, Siby Mathew, Suraj Valimbe City - Bangalore Revenues - NA Headcount - 36 Industry - Packers and Movers Consumers go to Google or search for a packers and movers vendor on yellow pages websites. However, the same websites which were developed to help consumers have now, because of their revenue model (more service providers on the platform the better), compounded the problem. Consumers choose vendors who quote the lowest price and vendors try to maximise profit by cutting corners.

Startup Witworks (Brand - Blink) Founder(s) - Somnath Meher, Ankit DP & Chandraskhekhar Iyer City - Bangalore Revenues - NA Headcount/Strength of the team - 17 Industry - Consumer IoT

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gricultural credit target for 201718 is fixed at Rs10 trillion, an 11% increase from the 2016-17 target of Rs9 trillion.

Budgetary provision for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is at Rs48,000 crore, up from the Rs47,499 crore revised estimate for FY17. Total allocation for rural, agriculture and allied sectors is Rs1,87,223 crore, 24% higher than a year ago. Coverage of crop insurance scheme Fasal Bima Yojana is to be increased from 30% of cropped area in 2016-17 to 40% in 2017-18 and 50% in 2018-19. Provision of Rs5,500 crore for this scheme in 2016-17 was raised to Rs9,000 crore. A dedicated micro irrigation fund is to be set up at the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), with an initial corpus of Rs5,000 crore. Rural roads construction scheme Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) gets Rs19,000 crore.





 World economy faced considerable uncertainty, in the aftermath of major economic and political developments during the last year .  The US Federal Reserve's , intention to increase policy rates in 2017, lead to lower capital inflows and higher outflows from the emerging economies .

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RIORITIES  “Transform, Energise and Clean India” – TEC India  TEC India seeks to  Transform the quality of governance and quality of life of our people;  Energise various sections of society, especially the youth and the vulnerable, and enable

them to unleash their true potential; and  Clean the country from the evils of corruption, black money and nontransparent political funding  Ten distinct themes to foster this broad agenda:  Farmers : committed to double the income in 5 years.


or transportation sector as a whole, including rail, roads, shipping, provision of Rs 2,41,387 crores has been made in 2017-18.

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2017-18, the total capital and development

expenditure of Railways has been pegged at ` 1,31,000 crores. This includes ` 55,000 crores provided by the Government  For passenger safety, a Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh.

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IPOs in the first eight months of 2017-18, much higher than the cumulative amount raised in the last five fiscals, Parliament was informed. These 117 initial public offers (IPOs) include 28 main-board public offers and the remaining for small and

medium enterprises (SMEs), Minister of State for Finance Pon Radhakrishnan said in a written reply to Lok Sabha. During April-November of 2017-18 fiscal, a total of 117 companies raised ₹62,736 crore through IPO route. This was much more than the cumulative amount of ₹62,147 crore garnered in the last five financial years. Besides, the ongoing fiscal has witnessed the highest IPO activity since 2007-08, when companies had mopped up ₹52,219 crore through the route. The IPO chart in this fiscal is led by General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) that garnered over ₹11,176 crore. This was the largest public float by any firm after the October 2010 offer by Coal India which raised ₹15,000 crore. GIC is followed by New India Assurance Company that raised


cDonald’s outlets of the fast food chain in East India have been shut and several others in the north are on the brink of closure due to discontinuation of supplies by its logistics partner. All in all, there are 80 outlets that have been hit by this cut-off in supplies by Radhakrishna Foodland, a move which is seen as a fallout of the ongoing spat between the fast food major and Bakshi. he country’s top commercial vehicles manufacturer hopes to regain its market share of more than 55 per cent in the medium and heavy commercial truck segment. But post-GST, the segment has maintained a growth of about 32 per cent at 1.22 lakh units during the July-November 2017


oromandel International Ltd has signed an agreement to acquire the bio-pesticides business of E.I.D. Parry (India) Ltd together with its wholly-owned subsidiary Parry America, Inc, US, through a slum+p sale. The transaction is valued at ₹338 crore and includes purchase of bio-pesticides business of E.I.D. Parry together with its R&D unit, captive plantations and its wholly-owned subsidiary Parry America, Inc. Bznz Note | 25

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s many as 117 companies have garnered a staggering ₹62,736 crore through


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here has been a modest pick up in bank credit alongside some improvement in the transmission of

monetary policy signals, the RBI noted in its ‘Report on Trends and Progress of Banking in India (2016-

2017).’ It said that loan growth of scheduled commercial banks had improved to 6.2 per cent at the end of September 2017 as compared to 5 per cent at the end of June 2017. Stressed assets have stabilised

at an elevated level (12.2 per cent in Q2 of 2017-18). The report noted the relatively better performance in the NBFC sector,

with their balance-sheets expanding 6 per cent year-on-year in the first half. Their loan book grew at an impressive 14.9 per cent — a full 7 percentage points higher than the previous year.


EBI will also monitor how companies that raise more than Rs. 100 crore through public float use the proceeds. Earlier, the floor was Rs. 500 crore. The market regulator has also allowed investors to use e-wallets to buy mutual funds up to Rs. 50,000 a year.

he government has amended rules and empowered the taxman to use banking, insurance and municipal corporation’s database to obtain address of a ‘hiding’ or an ‘untraceable’ income tax defaulter for issuance of notices or summonses to them and extract due taxes. Till now, tax authorities could only issue notice to a defaulting or erring taxpayer as per the address provided by them in their PAN (Permanent

Account Number), the ITR (income tax return) or any tax-related communication. This address database was not helping IT authorities as they say the assessee either genuinely changed their address.

aving witnessed a roller-coaster ride in 2017, cotton prices are expected to be range-bound with an upward bias from the current levels in 2018, experts hinted. In the last one month, raw cotton or kapas prices moved up sharply by Rs.1,000 a quintal from the lows of Rs.4,300-4,500 in Gujarat markets. The upside is mainly attributed to the political uncertainty and lower arrivals at the mandis

inspite of robust crop estimates.

ndian airlines are likely to induct more than 900 aircraft in the coming years, with IndiGo alone expected to add 448 planes, according to official data. India is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world and most airlines have ambitious expansion plans, especially to tap the potential on regional routes. According to data available with the Civil Aviation Ministry, budget airlines IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir and AirAsia are

set to significantly expand their respective fleet sizes. Along with other carriers, the total number of aircraft to be inducted by the domestic players would be more than 900. With an existing fleet of 150 planes, IndiGo is readying to add another 448 aircraft — 399 A320s and 49 ATRs — in the next seven to eight years.

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and other tech firms joined global news organisations


in an initiative aimed at identifying “trustworthy” news sources, in the latest effort to combat online misinformation. Microsoft and Twitter also agreed to participate in the “Trust Project” with some 75 news organisations to tag news stories which meet standards for ethics and transparency. “In today’s digitised and socially networked world, it’s harder than ever to tell what’s accurate reporting, advertising, or even


misinformation. An increasingly skeptical public wants to know the extate-owned Sanchar




(BSNL) is set to launch its 4G services from

Kerala next month, followed by Odisha.The telecom corporation hopes that the ensuing 4G launch on Long Term Evolution route (a standard for high-speed wireless communication) will en-

pertise, enterprise and ethics behind a news story. Each online platform will develop “trust indicators” to help readers.


yient, a global provider of engineering, geospatial, network and operations management services, has opened a global Tower Operations Centre (TOC) at the com-

able its mobile customers to enjoy faster data

pany’s headquarters in Hyderabad. The TOC was inaugurated by senior

speeds and improve its user experience. They

members of the Cyient Communications’ leadership team and one of its

are going to start 4G from Kerala. That will be

clients, a leading global communication service provider in the Asia-

our first circle on 4G LTE. We will initially focus

Pacific region. The IoT-enabled centre provides 24/7 surveillance and

on those areas where 3G coverage is low. This

remotely monitors all passive assets in cell towers across multiple loca-

will be followed by Odisha, a revenue positive

tions. Its solution architecture enables communication between sensors

circle for BSNL.

and an integrated, cloud-based analytics engine to extract and analyse asset data for actionable insights.

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