A Community for Founders to share the Joy with Pride

There are communities of every kind emerging. They exist in the form of associations, clubs and online groups. The challenge lies in bringing them together for meaningful interaction. There is one group of people who have flourished in the latter part of the last decade. They are men and women who have taken the road less travelled. There are over a thousand of them who are building amazing services and products. These are Founders and Co-Founders of interesting ventures. There has not been a single platform that brings these individuals together. With that background a couple of social entrepreneurs and founders of social enterprise have come together to create a platform to celebrate Founders.

The publishers of Reputation Today are co-organising this initiative and hence a column focusing on how the idea is being brought to life. One of the talks at the summit will be on Nurturing Reputation. There will also be several Founders of Public Relations firms and communications heads of ventures that are led by Founders.

Ober the last six months a lot of research and outreach has been carried out to create Manifest in order to become a truly memorable experience for Founders who will gather for the first of its kind summit. Over 55 speakers have been assembled who will share insights, talk shop and transfer knowledge over two days to fellow Founders and other professionals who will mutually benefit from this ecosystem. Manifest focuses on eight ventures and that is how the name was created. It celebrates
Money and Fintech ventures,
New media enterprises,
Improving healthcare companies,
Food organisations,
Edutech firms,
Social impact establishments and
Technology concerns.

The two-day festival will celebrate an exchange of thoughts and ideas and offer attendees an opportunity to meet old connections and make new friends. There will be inspiration galore. The entire summit is put together by half a dozen professionals with an equal number who will join the summit to ensure a smooth experience. Over 55 speakers have confirmed their attendance. Most of them are Founders or Co-Founders and come from various parts of India. There will be keynotes from Raghav Bahl, A Velumani and Ameera Shah. The inaugural address on two days will be by Amitabh Kant and Shradha Sharma. There will be special addresses by experts including Aparna Jain on Diversity, Srikant Sastri on Big Data, Ramesh Agarwal on Passion, Tathagata Satpathy on Privacy, Divya Spandana on Giving Back, Anshu Gupta on Inclusion, Madan Bahal on Reputation and Yogesh Chabbria on Happiness.

There are 40 young Founders and Co-Founders including Ajay Singh (5nance), Jimeet Modi (Indian Trading League), Adhil Shetty (Bank Bazaar.Com), Naveen Surya (ItzCash), Vinay Mathews (Faircent), Naveen Kukreja (Paisabazaar.com), Vikas Sekhri (Cashcare), Nidhi Gurnani (CardBack), Kanika Tekriwal (JetSetGo), Aakrit Vaish (Haptick), Santosh Panda (Explara), Amit Agarwal (NoBroker), Ayesha Sood (Jamun network), Deepit Purkayastha (InShorts), Rajeshree Naik (Ping Networks), Dhanya Rajendran (The News Minute), Jayadevan PK (Factor Daily), Roopak Saluja (120 Media Collective), Pawan Gupta (Curofy), Gauri Angrish (Coral Care Book),  Subhashini Subramniam (BabyBerry), AakashGanju (Mirai Health), Ravi Virmani (Credihealth), Rajyasree Sen (Food For Thought), Maulik Mistry (MojoBar), Vikram Achanta (Tulleeho), Pragati Sawhney (Chockriti), Ashish Kapur (Moods Hospitality), Syed Sultan Ahmed (LXL Ideas), Gaurava Yadav (Eduace), Phalgun Kompalli (Upgrad), Rajashree Krishnaswamy (Catalyze Learning), Vikram Sampath (Archive of Indian Music), Shankar Srinivasan (Inclov), Surabhi HR (Political Quotient), Deepak Goel (Karma Circles), Kanika Pal (SOChe Foundation), Aditi Balbir (V Resorts), Rajeev Banduni (Growth Enabler), Pushkar Sane (Convergination), Devita Saraf (Vu Technologies), Riddhi Mittal (Finomena) among others.

This indeed is a stellar line-up of professionals who are generating jobs, inspiring a generation and creating value. All in India. All in the present. All at Manifest.

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Amith Prabhu is the Founder of the PRomise Foundation which organises PRAXIS, India’s annual summit of reputation management professionals.

He is also the Founding Dean of the School of Communications & Reputation (SCoRe).

He can be reached at @amithpr on twitter.

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