The countdown to Smbhav 2023—an extraordinary assembly of India’s top industry leaders, policymakers and startup founders—has begun. Smbhav 2023 is a celebration of the boundless potential that lies within the realm of Indian MSMEs and the opportunities that digitisation presents over the next decade. The summit will enable MSMEs to gain insights into megatrends and breakthrough opportunities in e-commerce, marketing and technology adoption. The 2023 edition of Smbhav holds a special significance for multiple reasons: it’s being organised as a physical summit after two years of being online-only. Also, Smbhav 2023 comes a couple of months after Amazon announced its commitment to take its India investment to $26 billion by 2030 during a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amazon CEO Andy Jassy at Washington DC.

These announcements take Amazon closer to fulfilling its pledges—digitise 10 million MSMEs, generate $20 billion in cumulative e-commerce exports and create 2 million jobs in India by 2025.

What’s the theme for Amazon Smbhav 2023 recently completed 10 years in India, a journey of empowering 12 lakh+ Indian businesses and delivering to every serviceable pin code across the country. This landmark is reflected in the Smbhav 2023 theme—“India ka Amazon—10 Saal Pragati ke Naam.”

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Abhijeet Muzumdar, Vice President & Head – Amazon Smbhav Venture Fund, talks about the tangible value the fund provides to companies it invests in.

The history of Amazon Smbhav

Since its inception in 2020, the Amazon Smbhav summit has transcended the boundaries of a conventional business conference. It has evolved into a marquee event that brings together government officials, industry leaders, MSMEs and other stakeholders.

Smbhav 2020: Amazon founder and former CEO Jeff Bezos headlined the first Smbhav held in January 2020 by announcing an investment of $1 billion. Amazon also announced, for the first time, its India pledges to digitise 10 million SMBs, enable $10 billion in exports (later increased to $20 billion) and create 2 million jobs by 2025. (Amazon recently shared an update on its pledges. Read more here.)

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Smbhav 2021: Amazon announced the creation of a $250 million Amazon Smbhav Venture Fund to invest in startups focusing on SMB digitisation besides innovation in agriculture and healthcare. Notable speakers at the 2021 do included Nitin Gadkari (Minister of Road Transport and Highways), Sunil Bharti Mittal (Chairperson of Bharti Enterprises) & Indra Nooyi (former PepsiCo CEO).

Smbhav 2022: Amazon launched the Smbhav Entrepreneurship Challenge to empower budding entrepreneurs contributing toward Aatmanirbhar Bharat and announced the launch of Smart Commerce. The event also highlighted Amazon’s efforts to support customers, sellers, employees and communities during the pandemic. Notable attendees included Rajeev Chandrasekhar (Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology of India) and Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia (ex-Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India).

Amazon SVPs Russell Grandinetti and Amit Agarwal talk about Digital India, MSME exports and policy interventions for protecting consumer interest, besides doling out fun startup ideas!

Smbhav 2023: Who’s attending

Every year, the summit brings together a constellation of luminaries, including industry stalwarts, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and global visionaries. Stay tuned for the 2023 attendees list. Bookmark for the latest updates on Smbhav!

How to watch Smbhav 2023 LIVE

The 4th edition of Amazon Smbhav ’23 is an invite-only, one-day summit to be held in New Delhi. But you can livestream the symposium on the Smbhav website and the Sell on Amazon India YouTube channel.