Real estate is the backbone of Indian economy and is the second largest employer in the country after agriculture. The sector is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2030. By 2025, it will contribute 13% to the country’s GDP. The sector is a horizontal sector and grows on the back of every other sector. It is deeply interlinked to as many as 220 allied sectors.

According to VCCEdge, the real estate sector in CY2020 has received the highest funding of $5.08 billion in the last 5 years on a Y-o-Y basis. The sector has received a total of $15.68 billion from 2016-2020.

The real estate sector has drawn a major attention from the government in the year 2020 as the sector hit the worst due to pandemic. The government announced a slew of measures to revive the sector such as extension of registration and completion date of real estate projects under RERA by six months using the force majeure clause, increasing liquidity in the system by the infusion of INR 30,000 crore to NBFCs and HFCs and lowering interest rates etc. The government also reduced the stamp duty on affordable housing projects, reduced TDS on sale of property etc. to boost the housing demand.

The year 2020 also saw acceleration in the digital adoption in real estate. The pandemic has forced the real estate developers and property brokers to adopt digital adoptions such as online viewing & transaction, digital launch, virtual property show & exhibition, gamification, online reputation management, etc. This trend is expected to continue and grow in coming years.

To map out the investment and business opportunity in the sector, deliberate on the regulatory norms and what needs to be done, and discuss the emerging themes in the sector, VCCircle is organizing its third edition of the Real Estate Summit 2021.

Real Estate Summit 2021 will gather leading developers, financial corporations, investment funds, think-thanks, and cutting-edge tech companies to discuss the changes in the face of this crisis and get prepared for new chapters in the India real estate sector.


9:00 AM onwards
  • 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM


  • 9:50 AM – 10:00 AM

    Opening Address

    By Jaideep Mehta, CEO, Mosaic Digital & Head - Mint

  • 10:00 AM – 10:35 AM

    Panel Discussion 1: How Proptech is pivotal to success?

    Proptech is transforming the real estate sector in many ways. In order to gain a competitive edge and changing customers’ playbooks, organisations are trying to keep up with the evolving digital landscape. How can investors, operators, tech companies, lenders and asset owners collaborate to innovate?

    Sameer Nayar
    , MD and CEO, Buildsupply
    Vivek Agarwal, Co-Founder & CTO, Square Yards
    Amit Ramani, Founder & CEO, Awfis Space Solutions Private Limited

    Moderator: Swet Sarika
    , Assistant Editor, VCCircle

  • 10:35 AM – 11:10 AM

    Panel Discussion 2: Is tier 2 really a future destination for Real Estate?

    With work from home widely accepted across the business sectors, there was a major shift of workforce to the tier 2 cities. However, as companies are re-opening offices, people are returning back to the metropolitan cities. Will tier 2 cities still be future destination for real estate? 

    Pavitra Shankar
    , Executive Director, Brigade Enterprises Ltd
    Rohit Poddar, Managing Director, Poddar Housing and Development Ltd
    Pankaj Bajaj, Managing Director and Chairman, Eldeco group

    Moderator: Swet Sarika, Assistant Editor, VCCircle

  • 11:10 AM – 11:30 AM

    Special Address: Residential Real Estate: A catalyst for sustained growth

    Reeza Sebastian Karimpanal, President - Residential Business, Embassy Group

  • 11:30 AM – 12:05 PM

    Panel Discussion 3: REIT: An opportunity for Investors

    How real estate investment trusts (REITs) play an important role in Indian economy and how these provide opportunity for all kind of investors including institutional investors, retail investors, etc.? 

    Vinod Rohira
    , Managing Director and CEO – Commercial Real Estate & REIT, K Raheja Corp.
    Rachit Kothari, VP- Investments, Brookfield Asset Management
    Kunaal Shah
    , Partner, Trilegal

    Moderator: Sitanshu Shah, Associate Partner, Bain & Company

  • 12:05 PM – 12:40 PM

    Panel Discussion 4: Data centres: Is it next big asset class in India's real estate market?

    Data centres hold promise for commercial realty demand to bounce back in 2021. How will data centres impact the Indian real estate market? What is the Investment potential of data centre real estate and what kind of returns can investors expect from the data centre segment?

    Ritesh Sachdev
    , SVP & Head- Commercial Leasing & Asset Management, Tata Realty & Infrastructure Ltd. & Tata Housing Development Company Ltd.
    Prashant Goyal, Director - Data Centre Solutions, CBRE India
    Mahesh Khaitan, Director, Salarpuria Sattva Group
    Upasana Rao
    , Partner, Trilegal

    Moderator: Kalpesh Maroo, Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India

  • 12:40 PM – Onwards

    Event Concludes

Speakers 2021


Reeza Sebastian Karimpanal

President - Residential, Embassy Group

Vivek Agarwal

Co-Founder & CTO, Square Yards

Sameer Nayar

Founder & CEO, BuildSupply

Pankaj Bajaj

Managing Director and Chairman, Eldeco Group

Vinod Rohira

Managing Director and CEO - Commercial Real Estate & REIT, K Raheja Corp

Rohitashwa Poddar

MD, Poddar Housing & Development Ltd.

Pavitra Shankar

Executive Director, Brigade Enterprises Limited

Rachit Kothari

Vice President, Real Estate Brookfield India

Amit Ramani

Founder & CEO, Awfis Space Solutions Private Limited

Ritesh Sachdev

SVP & Head Commercial Leasing and Asset Management, Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd.

Prashant Goyal

Director - Data Centre Solutions, CBRE India

Sitanshu Shah

Associate Partner, Bain & Company

Mahesh Khaitan

Director, Salarpuria Sattva Group

Kalpesh Maroo

Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India

Kunaal Shah

Partner, Trilegal

Upasana Rao

Partner, Trilegal

Swet Sarika

Assistant Editor, VCCircle

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