Amazon India's Smbhav 2021 Blog: Updates on the summit
April 18, 2021
And its curtains for this edition of Smbhav 2021
Revolutionising last mile delivery and creating smiles
Looking to leverage Amazon Last Mile for your benefit? 🤔— Amazon India News (@AmazonNews_IN) April 18, 2021
Catch up on some exciting insights on 'Revolutionising Last Mile Delivery and Creating Smiles Along The Way' by the Director of ‘Last Mile, @AmazonIN’ - @PrakashRoch at #AmazonSmbhav. 🤩 pic.twitter.com/9JV1538DrK
Zoho founder on rural development and economy
Rural development is a key factor in India's economic growth 📈— Amazon India News (@AmazonNews_IN) April 18, 2021
The nation's large rural demographic can be nurtured into power houses of knowledge & skills.
Here's what @svembu, CEO, @Zoho has to say about talent development in rural areas.#AmazonSmbhav pic.twitter.com/embZxkqWxG
Nitin Gadkari virtually flags off fleet of Electric Vehicles
Amazon India today reaffirmed its commitment towards the electrification of its last mile delivery fleet to reduce its dependence on non-renewable resources at a virtual event with Shri Nitin Gadkari, leaders from Amazon India and CEOs of leading OEMs. Amazon India recently announced that it is working with Mahindra Electric to add more electric vehicles (EV) in its delivery fleet. Today, Hero Electric as well as start-ups such as EVage are engaging with Amazon India to expand the company’s fleet of EVs to enable sustainable deliveries of customer orders. Amazon India’s Delivery Service Partners are already operating EVs of multiple formats in over 20 cities in India including Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Bhopal, Indore and Coimbatore to name a few.
SHEROES founder highlights the significance of #women entrepreneurs
Access ✅— Amazon India News (@AmazonNews_IN) April 18, 2021
Self expression 😊
Build creativity 💡
Way to use their resourcefulness 😎
These are the offerings that women enjoy as entrepreneurs.
At her keynote, @Sairee, Founder & CEO, SHEROES, highlights the significance of #womenentrepreneurs. #AmazonSmbhav pic.twitter.com/r6F2MU4Wuv
April 17, 2021
50 lakh small & medium businesses now use Amazon Pay
As part of Amazon’s commitment to digitally enable small & medium businesses (SMBs) in India, Amazon Pay today announced that it has empowered over 50 lakh neighborhood stores & businesses with its digital payments infrastructure. These SMBs, most of whom earlier transacted only in cash, can now accept payments from their customers using Amazon Pay’s QR Code.
This milestone achievement was revealed by Amazon’s Senior Vice President, Russell Grandinetti, in conversation with Nandan Nilekani during the session ‘innovating for a better India’ at Amazon Smbhav.
Am as excited as you about India, says CRED's Kunal Shah
🗣️"I am as excited as you guys are about India’s decade that is ahead of us, which is going to be the highest growth we have ever had and that will transform the growth of this country forever.”, @kunalb11, Founder, @CRED_club during #AmazonSmbhav. pic.twitter.com/oCGHimMHQN— Amazon India News (@AmazonNews_IN) April 17, 2021
Taking financial inclusion to the Indian heartland
Such an inspiring session by @chetnavsinha & @minarishah at #AmzonSmbhav on 'Taking Financial Inclusion to the Indian Heartland'.— Amazon India (@amazonIN) April 17, 2021
Kudos to the team at @manndeshiorg for working towards empowering rural women and enabling them to become successful entrepreneurs #SmbhavHai pic.twitter.com/vNsEWgPW8f
Russell Grandinetti on how the world is following India’s footprints to implement models like Aadhar
So heartening to hear from Russell Grandinetti at #AmazonSmbhav on how the world is following India’s footprints to implement models like Aadhar. Kudos to @NandanNilekani team @UIDAI for making all of us proud. Clearly, India is on the path of unlocking infinite possibilities. pic.twitter.com/WsFaDOJmGI— Amazon India (@amazonIN) April 17, 2021
Nandan Nilekani explain the benefits of India Stack at #AmazonSmbhav
𝑫𝒊𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘? 🤔— Amazon India News (@AmazonNews_IN) April 17, 2021
The account aggregator framework helps #SMBs :
get access to better lending 💸
increase sales 📈
deliver more to the consumers 😁
create jobs 💼
Watch @NandanNilekani, co-founder @infosys explain the benefits of India Stack at #AmazonSmbhav pic.twitter.com/NwrLqqkxQB
April 16, 2021
AWS announces Amazon Digital Suite to enable digital transformation for SMBs in India
Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of the Amazon Digital Suite, a curated set of software solutions aimed at enabling India’s small and medium businesses (SMBs) to easily digitize their operations and bring their businesses online. Running on AWS, the suite provides a broad selection of business software focused on SMBs from seven AWS Partner Network (APN) Technology Partners in areas such as accounting, customer support, and human resources. This unique offering is available for purchase exclusively on Amazon.in. The launch of the Amazon Digital Suite builds on Amazon’s commitment to digitize 10 million Indian SMBs by 2025, announced in January 2020.
Spotlight North East: From the hills of Manipur this startup serves wild tea
Indians are tea lovers, and have produced tea varieties that have enchanted the world. And the latest entrant in this list is wild tea from the North East of India.
Manipur-based Forest Pick is an up and coming startup which specialises in wild tea. The family-run business was co-founded by Boilal Gangte and his sisters Aijulie, Jemshe, and Julie, in 2018. The wild tea plants – grown in clusters across Manipur’s mountains - can live for hundreds of years, while tea plants in plantations usually last for 30-40 years. Also, wild tea can be harvested twice a month for eight months in a year.
April 15, 2021
Glimpses from the Stories that Teach session
Our speakers in their #AmazonSmbhav 'Stories That Teach' session explores the possibilities of achieving the unknown by going the extra mile. Perseverance, resilience & tenacity have helped them unlock infinite possibilities in transforming their business digitally. #SmbhavHai
Amazon Smbhav Awards announced
Amazon India today announced the winners of the Amazon Smbhav Awards 2021. Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, Sunil Bharti Mittal felicitated the winners at Amazon Smbhav 2021 on day one of the Amazon Smbhav summit 2021. Amazon Smbhav Awards celebrate and recognize businesses, innovators and individuals who have excelled in their field of work by innovative adoption and implementation of technology to contribute to the vision of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat and push forward the development of India’s SMB ecosystem. Over 1,200 businesses, innovators, and individuals who have excelled across sectors were nominated across 11 different categories. The entries were adjudged by a cross-disciplinary panel featuring key industry leaders.
Amazon India's spotlight North East
Thank you for your kind words @Neiphiu_Rio @PemaKhanduBJP,BrigRK Singh (RETD) & @Pra87. We look forward to Northeast spotlight, with an aim to bring to fore 5000+ unique crafts, Geographical Indication products & other local products from the North East Region.#AmazonSmbhav pic.twitter.com/4kupU7v4GI— Amazon India (@amazonIN) April 15, 2021
The ‘Spotlight North East’ initiative is designed to boost the local economy, create jobs and accelerate financial inclusion and empowerment of women and the tribal community across the North Eastern region of India. The program aims to bring the benefits of ecommerce to 50,000 weavers, artisans, a majority from the tribal communities, and local small businesses including offline neighbourhood stores across the region by 2025 by enabling them access to technology and customers. Amazon will focus on bringing 5000+ unique crafts, Geographical Indication (GI) products and other local products on its India marketplace.
Amazon reiterates commitment towards an Aatmanirbhar Bharat
In the opening session of its flagship event Smbhav, Amazon India today announced a $250 MM Amazon Smbhav Venture Fund (the Venture Fund) to invest in startups and entrepreneurs focusing on technology innovations in SMB digitization, Agriculture and Healthcare. The Venture Fund will invest in technology led startups that are passionate about unlocking possibilities of a digital India. The Venture Fund will specifically focus on encouraging the best ideas to digitize SMBs (Small & Medium Businesses), drive technology led innovation in agriculture to improve farmer productivity and enable them to bring the best of India’s farms to consumers, and enable universal and quality healthcare access for all using technology.Read More
Hear Manish Tiwary speak about key Amazon India pledges
And Smbhav's begun!
#2DaysToGo for #Smbhav2021 & already 1.4 lakh+ registrations from over 15k pin codes, 28 states & 8UTs of India, & 69 countries too! With a stellar speaker line-up across 4 days, here's looking to SMBs, entrepreneurs & innovators unlock infinite possibilities for a #DigitalIndia pic.twitter.com/OcdCkfzKwC— Amit Agarwal (@AmitAgarwal) April 13, 2021
April 12, 2021
Amazon India Launches Amazon Mentor Connect program for thousands of Start-ups & Emerging Brands
Amazon.in today announced the launch of the “Amazon Mentor Connect” ahead of Amazon’ flagship event - Smbhav. The Amazon Mentor Connect program is aimed at accelerating the growth of start-ups and emerging brands owners enrolled in the Amazon Launchpad program - helping them gain exclusive access to guidance from VCs, industry veterans and Amazon leaders through expert knowledge sharing sessions, networking events and 1:1 mentorship sessions. Mentors from Educational Institutions and VC firms like Fireside Ventures, DSG Consumer Partners, Elevation Capital, Tomorrow Capital have already signed up for this program and are looking forward to contributing to the Indian startup growth story.
April 8, 2021
Amazon India shares its journey in numbers
Amazon India crossed key milestones – 2.5MM MSMEs in the ecosystem, $3B in cumulative exports, & 1 million jobs created. As we move towards #AatmanirbharBharat, humbled & energized to see e-commerce acting as a catalyst for economic recovery & tapping #DigitalIndia’s potential. https://t.co/1wo6uZk07f— Amit Agarwal (@AmitAgarwal) April 8, 2021
Amazon India today provided an update on the progress it has made on its commitments made in January 2020, to announce that it has digitized 2.5 million MSMEs, enabled cumulative exports worth $3 billion and helped create nearly 1 million jobs in India till date. Last year at the inaugural Smbhav Summit, Amazon had announced an investment of $1 billion to digitally enable 10 million MSMEs, enable ecommerce exports worth $10 billion and create 1 million additional jobs in India between 2020 and 2025. The company is on track to fulfil these commitments.
April 7, 2021
Looking forward to hearing our esteemed panel of speakers: Manish Tiwary
Extremely excited to be welcoming speakers like @IndraNooyi , @NandanNilekani , Sunil Bharti Mittal, Sanjiv Mehta and Piyush Pandey to #AmazonSmbhav - we are all looking forward to hearing about their takes on unlocking infinite possibilities for a Digital India. pic.twitter.com/TFZp0W88Sj— Manish Tiwary (@manish_tiwary) April 7, 2021
Who should attend the Summit?
With celebrations bigger than ever, get ready for 4 action packed days of learning, networking and experience the marvel of the SMB ecosystem coming together to unlock infinite possibilities for a Digital India.
If you identify as an enthusiast for progress, click here to register now!
March 19, 2021
75K registrations and counting: Amit Agarwal
From B'lore to Brescia, London to Kollam, #Smbhav2021 has over 75k registrations & counting, from across the world!— Amit Agarwal (@AmitAgarwal) March 19, 2021
So delighted to see the excitement amongst startups, brands, & businesses across sectors as they get set to unlock infinite possibilities of a #DigitalIndia. pic.twitter.com/vpxW5BtkHK
Amazon announces 2nd edition of ‘Amazon Smbhav Awards’
Amazon India today announced the launch of the 2nd edition of Amazon Smbhav Awards to celebrate the spirit of businesses, innovators and individuals who have excelled across sectors and have contributed to the development of the Small Business ecosystem in India. Through these awards, Amazon aims to recognize businesses that have contributed towards building an AtmaNirbhar Bharat and are part of the pillars that are key to building a self-reliant India – SMB Digitization, Startup enablement, Innovation, Skilling & job creation & Exports.
March 17, 2021
Amazon announces ‘Amazon Smbhav- Build for India’ Hackathon
Amazon India today announced the launch of the ‘Amazon Smbhav- Build for India’ Hackathon organized by Skillenza, supported by Amazon. ‘Amazon Smbhav- Build for India’ Hackathon is part Amazon’s flagship event – Smbhav aims at bringing the community of developers together and enable development of unique and disruptive solutions towards creating an AatmaNirbhar Bharat.
‘Amazon Smbhav – Hackathon Build for India’ has been designed to provide developers and software engineers with the opportunity to build innovative solutions and solve real-world problems.
Feb 22, 2021
Amazon India’s second edition of the ‘Smbhav’ summit on April 15-18, 2021
Amazon India today announced that it will host the second edition of ‘Amazon Smbhav’ from April 15-18th, 2021. Smbhav 2021 will bring together important industry and thought leaders for invigorating discussions on way ahead towards creating an Aatmanirbhar Bharat by unlocking possibilities for businesses and entrepreneurs through a partnership with Amazon. Amazon Smbhav will be a four-day virtual summit hosted around the theme of ‘Unlocking Infinite Possibilities for India’ across sectors like manufacturing, retail, logistics, IT/ITeS, content creators, start-ups, brands and entrepreneurs across India. Over 30,000 participants are expected to participate at Amazon Smbhav, learning about best practices and industry trends from over 70 speakers.