May 19, 2022

And it's a wrap!

Winners of the Entrepreneurship challenge announced

Evolution of branding, distribution

Building a brand in the D2C age

Of businesses driving the sustainability agenda through innovation and collaboration

Interesting panel discussions and fireside chats dotted Day 2 of Smbhav 22. The one on building responsible businesses of the future and how enterprises can drive sustainability agenda through innovation and collaboration saw Sweta Ramdas, Sustainability Lead, Amazon India Operations in conversation with Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director General at TERI and Abhinav Singh, Director, Amazon India Operations, Customer Fulfilment and Supply Chain and Global Specialty Fulfilment at Amazon on sustainability issues in India. Along with, a special message by CP Gurnani, CEO, Tech Mahindra.
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Building and innovating for customers: A way forward for sellers

On Day 2 of Amazon Smbhav, saw a lively session on ‘Building and Innovating for Indian customers’ with two very distinguished speakers representing two organizations. One was Sudhir Sitapati, Managing Director and CEO, Godrej Consumer Products and the second speaker was Russell Grandinetti, Senior Vice President, International Consumer, Amazon.

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May 18, 2022

Have good products, be competitive: Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia on tips to make Indian businesses go global

On Day 1 of Amazon Smbhav 2022 there was an exciting fireside chat on exports with the theme ‘Scaling India's role in global supply chains and building global brands from India,’ that was hosted by Abhijit Kamra, Director- Global Trade, Amazon India. Joining him was Eric Broussard, Vice President, International Marketplaces and Retail at Amazon. Based in Seattle, Washington, Eric leads Amazon's international marketplace business in Europe, Japan, China, and Australia, as well as all our cross-border initiatives worldwide. The second speaker was Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, the former deputy chairman of India's Planning Commission, renowned economist, and Padma Bhushan awardee. Mr. Ahluwalia’s roles have ranged from being the first director of the Independent Evaluation Office at the IMF to being the youngest division chief of the World Bank. Welcome, Dr Ahluwalia.

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India @ 75, driving the next wave of growth

On Day 1 of the summit, Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India, said, I would say that compared to other nations, even among advanced countries, I think India is relatively better placed for the simple reason that India paid a certain price last decade because we had banking system stresses, which were then compounded by stress in the non-banking financial sector towards 2018. And then we also had Indian corporates, trimming their balance sheets, and getting their financial health in good shape, etc. So, we are entering into this decade and this conflict in a way with a much better financial system and a much more robust corporate financial health. So that gives us a lot of cushion."
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Creating global brands from India

The power of India is lies in its tier-2, 3 cities, says Karan Adani

On the inaugural day of Amazon Smbhav 2022, Manish Tiwary, Vice President, Amazon India, spoke to Karan Adani, CEO of Adani Ports & SEZs, who Manish said represents, "a young dynamic India that values innovation, embraces disruption and is confidently ambitious." Karan is an Economics graduate from Purdue, and he joined Adani Ports, and SEZs in 2009 to gain expertise in core operations at the Mundhra port, the flagship port of Adani ports and SEZs in Gujarat. He aims to augment the company's identity around an integrated business model that includes port operations, logistics and SEZ development- a combination that is rapidly transforming the company into a leading end to end logistics solutions provider.

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Heartening to see Amazon India's initiatives to strengthen MSMEs: Rajeev Chandrasekhar

At the opening session of Amazon Smbhav 2022, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship, Skill Development, Electronics & Technology shares his views on key priorities to turn India into a top-notch manufacturing and exports hub. He says, "It gives me great pleasure and I am thankful to Amazon to be speaking today at an event that celebrates the contribution of Indian SMBs to the Indian economy. It is good to see Amazon India take this initiative, encouraging and supporting SMBs in achieving new heights and expanding their businesses. From digitizing MSMEs and creating employment to supporting women-led entrepreneurs and accelerating the growth of startups, Amazon is playing a role in realizing the Hon’ble Prime Minister's vision of creating an “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
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Amazon’s new initiative, Smart Commerce launched

Smart Commerce will enable local stores to digitize their store operations, provide enhanced in-store experience to customers and create their own online storefronts within minutes.
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The entrepreneurial spirit of the Indian businesses will hold them in good stead: Dave Clark

At the fireside chat at Smbhav 2022, Dave Clark, CEO Worldwide Consumer, and Amit Agarwal, SVP India & Emerging Markets at Amazon discuss Dave’s personal journey, Amazon’s efforts to support customers, sellers, employees and communities during the pandemic, the launch of Smart Commerce in India and factors that will enable the 21st century to be India’s century.
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Smbhav 2022 gets underway

Manish Tiwary, Vice President, Amazon India speaks on leveraging digital technologies and creating ecosystems to enable more innovation and boost job creation. He says, "Amazon Smbhav was founded in 2020 to provide an open platform for thought-provoking discussions among key stakeholders. These include policymakers, industry thought leaders, local stores, startups, and academicians, among others. This year, at Smbhav 2022, we gathered some of the finest minds to explore ideas that will drive India's Pragati in the years and decades to come."
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Great progress being made in India: Andy Jassy

May 17, 2022

Amazon Smbhav 2022: Here's what to expect at the summit

The two-day virtual mega summit will bring together start-ups policy makers, eminent industry leaders, and Amazon leadership on a common platform. Amazon India aims to bridge the gap between MSMEs, local stores, and sellers across India and their larger counterparts.
Here is what you can expect into over the next 2 days.

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May 15, 2022

Amazon shares updates on its key pledges for India

Amazon India today shared updates on its key pledges for India and announced that it has cumulatively created more than 11.6 lakh (1.16 million) direct and indirect jobs, enabled nearly $5 billion in cumulative exports and digitized over 40 lakh (4 million) MSMEs in India till date. In Jan 2020, at the first edition of its annual event Amazon Smbhav, the company had pledged to digitize 1 crore (10 million) MSMEs, enable $10 billion in cumulative exports and create 20 lakh (2 million) jobs in India by 2025.
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May 12, 2022

How Amazon Smbhav is helping these small business entrepreneurs thrive

In 2016, Pratyush Halen and Anuraag Agrawal decided to leave corporate life behind and work on their vision of changing banking for rural markets. Fingpay was the result and quickly built a name for itself among the growing list of startups in India. In order to get a financial boost and mentorship for their business, the co-founders decided to participate in the Amazon Smbhav Entrepreneurship Challenge, a program that enables small and medium businesses to transform into large-scale enterprises.
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May 11, 2022

Q&A with Manish Tiwary

Heartwarming video of Amazon Smbhav

April 22, 2022

Nominations for Smbhav Awards

March 31, 2022

Amazon launches Smbhav Entrepreneurship Challenge 2022

Keeping in line with its promise to empower budding entrepreneurs and contribute toward Aatmanirbhar Bharat, Amazon India has announced the launch of the Amazon Smbhav Entrepreneurship Challenge 2022. The competition is open to all Indian startups, and the winners can access cash prizes up to INR 65 lakhs, support for market linkages, global exposure and other exciting rewards and much more!

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Why you must participate in the Amazon Smbhav Entrepreneurship Challenge '22.

March 28, 2022

Amazon Smbhav 2022 on May 18, 19

A two-day virtual mega summit bringing together policy makers, eminent industry leaders, solution providers, startups and Amazon leadership, with invigorating discussions on best ways to leverage technology to enable digitization and economic progress of lakhs of small local stores and small businesses across India! Yes, you guessed it right!

The dates for the third edition of ‘Amazon Smbhav’ have been announced and across two days - May 18th and 19th - you will witness panel discussions and leadership talks on key thrust areas like Social Empowerment & Enablement for Inclusive Economic Growth, Innovating for India & Creating Digital Infrastructure and how technology can digitally enable small local stores and kirana shops.
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