Epilogue: Massive Earth Summit 2018


Summits are generally yada yada affairs with an opportunity to escape the routine and meet fellow industry people. There are always more people outside chatting away than inside. On top of it, being the first event, the huge challenge of having delegates/speakers etc.  The event management company advised subtly to have cocktail and dinner so as to hold guest till then and oh yes do not have more than 7 sessions in a day, with a lot of large panels so as to handle last-minute dropouts-was the parting friendly advice.

Off-course with conferences happening every second day, one needs a sure shot recipe for success, or what they say in Bollywood – the perfect formula film.

Somehow Massive Earth Summit 2018, first edition didn’t have any of it. No cocktails, no dinner, no management institute students to fill tables and no large panels. Well all sessions barring startup showcase, was one on one Q&A. Result – Sessions were packed until the end. On top of it, no speaker dropouts so instead of 6 suggested, we had 17.

Massive Summit happened in a Massive way by a team which not only imagined but executed it flawlessly – ending the summit right on time at 7.30 sharp!!!

The first Massive Earth Summit was first in many ways – No plastic bottles, sustainable locally sourced food, no plastic badges, no flex side walls and a fine line of 38 speakers and some 290 delegates (1600+ had applied and 350 were invited). ( all this impeccable concept/design/execution was done by Gomassive teamLemon Design, and V Resorts.)

The opening keynotes were delivered by Dr. K VijayRaghvan (Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India) and Mr. Vijay Sekhar Sharma – Founder PayTM while The closing talks were delivered by Mr. Suresh Prabhu ji (Minister of State Commerce & Industry and Mr. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat ji (Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’s Welfare).Some of the other key speakers were

  • Dr. Anil Kakodkar – Ex-Chairman Atomic Energy Commission of India
  • Mr. Manoj Kohli – Executive Chairman, SoftBank Energy
  • Dr. H Purushotham – Chairman & MD, National Research Development Corporation
  • Mr. Sanjeev Bikhchandani (Founder Infoedge)
  • His Excellency Mr. Nils Ragnar Kamsvag (Ambassador of Norway)
  • Mr. Satya S Tripathi – Chairperson, Sustainable India Finance Facility, UN
  • Ms. Helena Molin Valdes -Head of the Secretariat, Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), UNEP
  • Dr. Ashok Khosla, Chairperson – Development Alternatives, winner of King Zayed Award, lifetime achievement award by UNEP

Apart from the interesting sessions, we also had showcase by some 4 startups with very interesting technologies. The event created quite a buzz in media while the tag #massivesummit #massivebydesign #gomassive was trending on Twitter. The notable mentions were Sand Art at Puri beach about Massive Summit and coverage of the event in TV – CNBC Away, News24, print, and online media.

So great conference, massive buzz and great visibility! Now what? Do we end up being a yada yada summit where people come and talk or while World in General and Delhi in particular battles with Air Pollution and climate change?

So Massive summit was the beginning of the war which we wage against these large problems. The summit saw the launch of Massive Design Challenge.

, which allows people from all across the world to submit their solutions regarding large challenges. So pls do apply and you can win up to $250,000 to build your prototype/solution.

And we just didn’t stop at Massive Design challenge but also launched a 1000 Cr ( $150mn) fund, named Massive Fund with Vijay Sekhar Sharma -UN Environment’s Patron for Clean Air. This fund will solely invest in Pollution reduction industry.

Some of the fund coverage

LiveMint – Mint NewspaperVijay Shekhar Sharma, Shailesh Vickram Singh unveil a green fund

Times of India – Paytm’s founder teams up with a venture capitalist to invest $150 million via green fund

The Economic Times – Green Fund: Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Shailesh Vickram Singh set up $150 mn fund

YourStory – Paytm’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma co-launches $150-mn environment protection fund

So hope to see you at Second Edition with some solid startups/executions and a cleaner environment.

Till then

Hello Massive,

مرحبا ضخمة,



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Shailesh Vickram Singh

Shailesh Vickram Singh is an entrepreneur / venture capitalist with more than 20 years of exp.