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Global Business Forum (GBF) 2015,
October 16th -18th, Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Stadium Goa 



Development, now a days, seems to have become the agenda only of the government. GBF was conceptualised to change that. Our trilogy, academia, industry and government was aligned together to make it everyone's agenda and become a people's movement. 

To get a snapshot of the three-day event at Goa through this five minute film here.

To watch webcast of all the keynote sessions, click here.

To view the event in pictures, click here.

For a snapshot of the faculty and alumni innovators showcasing at GBF take a look at some of the video’s uploaded in our YouTube channel here.





GBF opened to a full house on first-day-first-show and lasted till last-day-last-show. What took approximately 1 year in the planning with close to 200 conference calls between over 100 volunteers in 3000 man-hours of ideating and working together for this one event. Granted that along with several hits, GBF 2015  had its share of misses but if one was to take a telescopic view, here is what the scale of the event looked like:-  


Program Highlights:- 




Registration Highlights



Opportunities that GBF 2015 has created:-



 1. Kickstart a Centre for Technology and Policy at IIT Bombay to exploit the synergy between various departments, centres and Schools and create inputs for policy making with sound advice about the role technology can play and the limitations of existing policy structures.  

3. Announcement of a grant of Rs. 50 crores by Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport and Highways Mr. Nitin Gadkari for various projects that are relevant to his ministry.

4. Invitation by Hon’ble  Raksha Mantri, Mr. Manohar Parrikar to all innovators, businessmen and vendors to showcase their ventures/projects and work with a committee of high powered personnel from DRDO and his ministry to address all pain points and make the innovations presented at GBF come to fruition.

5. Similar invitations by Hon’ble Ministers Piyush Goyal ( Power coal and Renewable Energy), Prakash Javadekar ( Environment) and Suresh Prabhu (Railways) requesting all innovators to make presentations and work out the next steps for a deep engagement.

6. The overarching theme of GBF is to create an ecosystem that fosters technology innovations and converts them to marketable products. GBF is exploring the possibility of an innovation award which will recognise and honor some of the most innovative new products, services and business leaders from the IIT Bombay community.  There is a potential offer from an alum to grant $ 1 million per year for the same. ) 

 7. Feedback from just 125 participants indicating that that 596 business leads have been generated between them. (Lead is a potential business connect, partner, co-founder, funding, investment etc.,)

8. A well known alumnus driven Foundation has started engagement with defence and railway ministries.

9. A well known business house got a nod for setting up a major industry that will serve some critical needs of India's defence.



Coverage for GBF was received across media through the period starting from the launch press conference and concluding with the main event. Four of five top English mainline media including The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express and The Hindu wrote extensively about different facets of GBF. Four of five top Business media that covered GBF 2015 included The Economic Times, Hindu Business Line, Business Standard, Financial Express. Additional print coverage is awaited in Forbes, Fortune and Business World.

 GBF received an overwhelming response from the top four English and Hindi news and business channels broadcasted across the globe including: CNBC TV18, Bloomberg TV, NDTV 24x7 and CNBC Awaaz. For the first time in news programming each of the fours news channel created branded GBF event to be telecast repeatedly during the GBF week. All this for no sponsorship charges, which validates the quality of the content the event produced.

Links of TV programs

If you missed out on attending this thoroughly engaging conversation  at GBF 2015 which witnessed the first ever out-of studio NDTV production of “The Big Fight” where with ‎Vikram Chandra, CEO of the ‎NDTV Group spoke with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and top defence manufacturers about a roadmap for defence production and 'Make in India'. You can experience it here.

Catch excerpts of Manohar Parrikar, India's Hon'ble Raksha Mantri, ‎Piyush Goyal (Hon'ble Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy), Suresh Prabhu (Railway Minister) and Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways in conversation with CNBC-TV18's Shereen Bhan here. Other CNBC snapshot coverage can be viewed here and here.

Watch excerpts of MoS Finance Jayant Sinha and Parag Saxena, Founder & CEO of New Silk Route in an exciting conversation with ‎Bloomberg TV India's Executive Editor ‎Siddharth Zarabi at GBF 2015 India here.

India's Hon'ble Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar‬ views about Make in India & Defence Indigenization at GBF 2015 can be viewed here.

Watch MoS Finance Jayant Sinha shared his views about the BFSI sector, successes, opportunities which can be viewed‬ here. In another excerpt Jayant Sinha, MoS Finance and Prakash Javedekar Union minister for Environment and Forests conversation with Siddharth Zarabi is available‬ here.

Catch Prakash Javadekar talking about his successes, challenges and opportunities as Union minister for Environment and Forests with ‎Bloomberg TV India‬'s Executive Editor ‪‎Siddharth Zarabi‬ here.

Exclusive comments of Ministers in the CNBC coverage can be viewed here, here and here.


Feedback and Testimonials

The following graphs and pie charts represent the overall feedback that we have collected from Google form, and from the participating  innovators and exhibitors.






Testimony IITB Student and GBF intern:- Utsav Basak

IIT Bombay is more than just a first class university, there are certain visions, viewpoints, opinions, externalities and most importantly spirit that characterize itspatrons, and this,makes it what it is. With departments specializing in engineering, design, management to humanities, this is as cosmopolitan an environment as there can be, when it comes to starting a business. The Global Business Forum was the stage that brought all of it together. To be selected in the first batch of interns to organize it, gave me certain bragging rights that few others can shoot down.The greatest thing that GBF offered was perhaps a short bioscope of what IIT Bombay is, was and will be, and that is a never ending hub of innovation! It dissolved the invisible barriers that silently restrict the interactions that happen between a bachelor and a PhD scholar or a current student with an alum!It influenced me in far subtler ways, perhaps acting as a window to the life that awaits after I pass out.Meeting famous personalities, working with incredible peers and handling unpredictable tensions, these are what I’ll remember GBF by! But having said that, sweet is the fruit of adversity, the 3 days in Goa was worth all the hassle, for given the chance, I’d do it all over again.

Testimony by alumnus :- Anil Gidwani

In one word: outstanding.

I think what has happened in Goa over the weekend cannot be adequately described: a confluence of government, university, and industry that has few parallels all over the world, including the US. It was a ground-breaking concept and executed almost flawlessly with just the right mix of SIGs, plenary sessions and exhibit stalls. Hats off to team!

My feedback:  the event was perfect in its scale, though we could shoot for a greater number of attendees.  Increasing the number of SIGs or sessions will be counter-productive, though.  I really enjoyed the ability to move from one SIG to another depending on the topic under discussion, and still found it difficult to attend every session I wanted to.

Once again, congratulations to every one who helped make it a grand success. I'd like to participate next year in a small way in its organization.


Click here for the pdf version.



Showcase and register for GBF 2015


This October (from 16 Oct to 18 Oct) we are stretching our goals to have our alumni community grow faster by facilitating the interaction with the government bodies, funding sources and fellow buyers. We are also working hard to get adequate media coverage to alumni venture as part of GBF. There is a lot more about event and you can see details here. You can register by clicking here.  Registration rates will go up by 20% from 20th September.  Also the airline ticket prices are likely to increase drastically soon. We are a little over 30 days from the event. So please do register at the earliest. As chapter leaders we need your support to mobilize your batch and request you to please help us out by sharing our communications the chapter members and other alumni friends. We need help in mobilizing potential investors, leads in sponsorship, pushing registrations etc.

GBF will be a good opportunity to showcase innovative technology ventures and businesses to showcase in pitch sessions as well as in the exhibition hall. This will be one opportunity where you will have access to the government, industry leaders, investors, researchers and entrepreneurs at one place. If you know of good ventures or ideas of your batchmates, you can nominate them by sharing their email address or directing them to this link here (or email us at to sign up. Last date for application is 14th September, 2015. Results of shortlisted innovators will be announced on 20th September.  Please note that this service is free for alumni venture and does not have a price tag associated with it. You will have to however register to attend the event.

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Global Business Forum will be held from 16-18 Oct, 2015 in Goa


Preparations for our upcoming maiden event in Goa from 16th to 18th Oct are in full swing. We have booked the massive Shyama Prasad Mukherji Stadium at Donna Paula for the event in order to cater to about 1500 expected attendees.

Our SIG leadership teams are gearing up with action and are in the process of finalizing themes, speakers, agenda and program. We are delighted to announce that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (a potential vice-presidential candidate) has confirmed his firm participation on 17th Oct for our GBF. The Governor has attached a huge importance to our event and may even charter a plane in case his tight schedule in India is not met by commercial flight timetables.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that we have final/tentative confirmations from MoS Finance Jayant Sinha (will deliver keynote address in the opening session), Manohar Parrikar for Make-in-India SIG, Prakash Javadekar for Environment SIG, Piyush Goyal for Energy SIG, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Smriti Irani for Education & Skills SIG. We are awaiting confirmations from Suresh Prabhu for Infrastructure SIG, Venkaiah Naidu for Smart Cities SIG, Ravishankar Prasad for ICT SIG, JP Nadda for Healthcare SIG. We have been assured by Manohar Parrikar that all are likely to confirm with their acceptance in case there is no schedule conflict.

We are now in the process of inviting 8 CMs and eminent industry/trade honchos and will share updates with you periodically. We will also put up the registration link for the event up here soon. Click here for the GBF brochure.


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