About the Conclave

This is the age of entrepreneurship. But there are ‘hidden’ entrepreneurs among us. They are creative employees with great ideas that can change a firm’s growth trajectory. We call them the intrapreneur.


Nurturing intrapreneurs is a powerful way for companies to innovate and grow in an increasingly complex marketplace. What hinders this? Entrenched R&D traditions that focus less on enabling breakthroughs and more on pre-empting failure. But the success of intrapreneurship requires firms to embrace the high-risk high-reward start-up culture. That raises questions.


What kind of culture can nourish the ‘intrapreneurial’ spirit? 

How can promising intrapreneurship be incentivized, monetized and scaled up?

How do we enable collaborations by creating an open innovation ecosystem, to turn ideas into ventures?

How do we leverage generational equity by bridging experience and passion, to create new pathways for success?

These and other questions were answered at the Conclave by our eminent speakers and through our Intrapreneurship study, a partnership between Unfold Consulting, Accenture, Unisys and We School.

Meet the Speakers


Abhijeet Saungikar

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Head - R&D, Industrial and Consumer Business Group, 3M India Ltd

Debasis Goswami

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Head, Open Innovation, New Growth Programs, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions

Nirupa Shankar

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Executive Director - Brigade Enterprises

Shirin Salis

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Vice President - HR, Ingersoll Rand India

Venkatesh Valluri

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Founder and Chairman of Valluri Technology Accelerators and Valluri Change Foundation

Dr Aquil Busrai

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HR SME, CEO at Aquil Busrai Consulting

Kamal Bali

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Managing Director and President, Volvo India

Pawanjit Singh

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Intrapreneur, General Manager - New Business Channels, McDonald's

Shoaib Ahmed

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Chief Catalystor, former President at Tally

Avnish Sabharwal

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Managing Director, Accenture Ventures & Open Innovation

MS Ramesh

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Senior Engineering Director, Unisys

Pinkesh Shah

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Executive Board Member and Senior Faculty at the Institute of Product Leadership 

Simeran Bhasin

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Co Founder at BRAG, former CMO at Wildcraft, former Head - Marketing & Retail, Fastrack

Chandrashekhar Raman

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Digital strategy, innovation and incubation, Cisco

Manish Gupta

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Co-founder and CEO, VideoKen; Infosys Foundation Chair Professor at IIIT Bangalore

Dr Rohini Srivathsa

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National Technology Officer (CTO) - Microsoft India

Sreekanth Arimanithaya

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Global Talent Leader, E&Y GDS


Day's Agenda

9:15 - 9:30 AM: Kick-off

Welcome address and context-setting

9:45 AM - 10:05 AM: The Making of a Star Intrapreneur (Keynote 2)

Kamal Bali, Managing Director, Volvo, India Jobs of tomorrow will require creativity, abstract thinking, and adaptability in unpredictable situations. By investing in Intrapreneurs, the next set of incremental benefits or a competitive edge will be derived for forward-looking organizations. Due to changing dynamics within which businesses operate, organizations are increasingly looking inward to champion their ‘Star Intrapreneurs’ by rewriting the rules of work, leadership and organizational engagement. The session will focus on a people-centric, grass root level approach to promoting Intrapreneurship at the workplace.

10:05 AM - 10:25 AM: Release of Findings of a Research Report on Intrapreneurship

Presentation of insights by the Unfold Team.

10:25 AM - 11:15 AM: The Art & Science of Building a Dynamic Intrapreneurship Culture in Products and Services (CXO Panel 1)

Abhijeet Saungikar, R&D Head, 3M, India Dr. Aquil Busrai, CEO, Aquil Busrai Consulting MS Ramesh, Senior Engineering Director, Unisys Dr. Rohini Srivathsa National Technology Officer, Microsoft Sreekanth Arimanithaya, Sr VP-Integrated Workforce Management & India Co-MD, DXC Technology In a fragmenting social and political environment, with Industry 4.0 driving profound changes along with the advent of the gig economy, the ability of an organization to innovate at scale has rapidly altered the nature of work. While the rise of the Intrapreneur is driven in part by a restless, younger workforce eager to make a real impact with their careers, traditional industries are also jumping in, by experimenting with this concept. The session focuses on how we can keep our organizations future-ready in dynamic business environments interspersed with fast-emerging newer technologies. How do we identify and develop the next big thing when the future itself is unfolding at a pace that is unprecedented in human history?

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM: Ideas into Ventures

Avnish Sabharwal, Managing Director (Accenture Ventures & Open Innovation) Designing and leading Open Innovation programs include collaborating with Start-ups, VCs, PEs, Accelerators, Incubators, Industry Bodies and Academia. Collaborations can generate ideas, but to build new practices and service-based organizations and make them sustainable, businesses require implementation of strong management and leadership systems, processes and controls. The session focuses on Accenture in India’s journey into driving a high performing Innovation Program that thrives on the organization’s culture of equality.

11:45 AM - 12:05 PM: Release of Findings of a Research Report on Accelerators

Presentation of insights and call upon all key stakeholders by the Unfold Team

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM: Building a Nation of Intrapreneurs (Keynote 1)

Venkatesh Valluri, Founder and Chairman of Valluri Technology Accelerators and Valluri Change Foundation

India’s economy is running on a new track – we’ve become the world's third largest start-up nation, based on the culture of Innovation. In the Global Innovation Index, India’s current rank stands at 57, whereas in 2014, we were at the 81st position.

The session aims to understand how, by creating Intrapreneurs, we enable 'Drivers of Continuous Improvement within Organizations' and thereby create a new economy where Innovation is part of the Corporate DNA.

12:05 PM - 12:55 PM: Inside Out-Outside In (CXO Panel 2)

Manish Gupta, Co-founder & CEO Videoken Pinkesh Shah, Founder, Institute of Product Leadership Shoaib Ahmed, Chief Catalystor & Former President (Tally) Simeran Bhasin, Co-founder (BRAG) & Former CMO, Wildcraft, former Head - Marketing & Retail, Fastrack Due to organizational size, age and complex functions, entrepreneurship and management are often separated. Intrapreneurs work outside the box, circumventing the ‘given’ organizational boundaries. In such environments, it may be easy for them to look for both opportunities as well as threats, to which the traditional mindsets may remain oblivious. On the contrary, managers tend to avoid risks which often results in them penalizing innovation failure. The session focuses on how organizations can reduce ‘false starts’ by providing structures to bold visions. What checks and balances can be introduced at a Process and Policy level to allow Intrapreneurs to dream big, while staying grounded?

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Learning Lab 1

The discomfort zone: Developing an intrapreneurial mind-set

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM: Learning Lab 2

Debasis Goswami, Head-Open Innovation (Robert Bosch)

Nirupa Shankar, Director - Hospitality, Brigade Enterprises Limited

Presentation of case studies by successful organizations about their experience on programmes related to intrapreneurship.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM: Open House on Secrets of Transitioning from a Wannabe Innovator to a Star Intrapreneur

Chandrashekar Raman, Digital strategy, innovation and incubation, Cisco

Pawanjit Singh, Intrapreneur, General Manager - New Business Channels, McDonald's

Shirin Salis, Vice President - HR, Ingersoll Rand India

Innovators have a common minimum agenda i.e. changing the status quo of established processes, systems or practices. However, the biggest challenge for intrapreneurs is dealing with the "Corporate Immune System”: bureaucracy, hierarchy, rules etc. that do not support intrapreneurial culture and behaviour.

The session focuses on governance mechanisms needed to turn ‘Wannabe Innovators to Start Intrapreneurs’ by reflecting on what leads to intrapreneurship failures in well-intentioned organizations and the steps management can take to prevent this from happening.

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM: Wrap Up

Summarising the Conclave.

8:30 AM- 9:15 AM: Registration

Registration at the venue

Sponsors and partners

Confederation of Indian Industry

Partner association




Academic partner

Snapshots from the second Intrapreneurship Conclave in India