New Delhi . 6 June 2018 @ The Taj Palace

Massive Earth Summit 2018

Where climate and Investment Converge

The climate tech industry is reaching new heights with the addition of 83 climate tech Unicorns with a collective value of $180 Billion as of January 2023. The climate tech investments in India itself has increased from $100 million in 2015 to $3.7 Billion in 2022. The Massive Summit was a significant event in the fight against climate change. The summit brought together a diverse group of stakeholders who are working to make a difference. The summit provided a platform for sharing ideas and best practices, and it connected people who can work together to solve the climate crisis.

It featured people from India and all around the world on a single platform where they had panel discussions and workshops on various topics, also identified new ways to reduce pollution and mitigate climate change.

The Summit featured a number of keynote speakers including the Union Cabinet Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Former Union Minister Suresh Prabhu, Helena Molin Valdes, Head of CCAC, UNEP and others.

Massive Earth Summit stood as a valuable event for anyone who is interested in climate change and sustainable development. It provided a unique opportunity to learn about the latest trends in these areas and to network with other stakeholders who are working to make a difference.


Keynote Address

Shri Suresh Prabhu is currently the Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation of Government of India. He has handled several ministries in past from Railways to Environment, Power and Heavy Industries

Keynote Address

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is currently serving as Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. He is a member of parliament from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) representing Jodhpur in the Lok Sabha.

Panel Discussion

How Capital and Deep-science can align to solve Massive problems of Earth?
In Conversation

  • K. VijayRaghavan, Advisor to GOI
  • Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder Paytm
  • Shailesh Vickram Singh, Managing Partner, Massive Fund

Panel Discussion

What is choking Indian cities?
In Conversation

  • Helena Molin Valdes, Head of CCAC, UNEP
  • Lesley Onyon, WHO Regional Head, Southeast Asia
  • Mr. J.S. Kamyotra, Director, CPCB, India
  • Mukesh Sharma, Ph.D., IIT Kanpur

Panel Discussion

Is Climate Change the Next Big Opportunity for investors?
In Conversation

  • Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Founder Infoedge
  • Nipun Sahni, Partner, Apollo Global
  • Animesh Srivastava, CEO, GM Incubator
  • Shailesh Vickram Singh, Managing Partner, Massive Fund

Panel Discussion

Solar Energy for India in a Carbonless Future. How fast is India adding Solar capacity? What are the roadblocks? Is it policy? Or skill? Or technology?
In Conversation

  • Manoj Kohli, Chairman, Softbank Energy
  • Ravi Sharma, ex-CEO Adani Power

Panel Discussion

Nuclear Energy for India in a Carbonless Future. Can Nuclear power can help India attain the goal of energy security?
In Conversation

  • Anil Kakodkar, Ex-Chairman Atomic Energy Commision
  • Robinder Sachdev, President ImagIndia

Panel Discussion

Japan as a partner for solving India’s Massive Problems
In Conversation

  • Atul Arya, Head Energy Systems Division Panasonic
  • Tsutomu Tsuboi, GM Nagoya Electric Works
  • Fujio Kojima, Founder, Pirika
  • Katsutoshi Dobashi, Founder, Chrophy
  • Vikram Upadhyay, Evangelist, GHV Accelerator

Panel Discussion

Private Capital for Public Good. Global challenges of our time i.e. climate change, compound over time and when it comes to funding it is too little too late!
In Conversation

  • Satya Tripathi, Chairman SIFF India
  • Prasanna, Founder, IAmRenew

Panel Discussion

Cleaning Indian Cities – Challenges & Opportunities
In Conversation

  • Krishnan S Komandur, CEO Adar Poonawala Clean City
  • Sanjay Dev, Amar Ujala Foundation
  • Hrishit Shroff, Director, Mobitrash
  • Dipendra Baoni, Lemon Design

Panel Discussion

Is Rural Economy the Next Frontier of Growth?
In Conversation

  • Ashok Khosla, Chairperson Development Alternatives
  • Paula Mariwala, Founder, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs India


Can Forests be the engine of Economic Growth? Why has technology not been able to keep pace with the rising pollution levels? What is preventing breakthrough innovation to provide clean and affordable power?
In Conversation

  • Pavan Sukhdev, CEO, GIST Advisory

Panel Discussion

Investment Opportunity in Pollution Reduction Industry
In Conversation

  • Madhukar Sinha, Partner, India Quotient
  • Paula Mariwala, Founder President, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs India, Advisor Massive Fund
  • Sumeet Singh, Cofounder, Diro Labs

Panel Discussion

Lessons from Norway: Eliminating Plastic Litter. How has Norway dealt with Plastic Litter and how far have you been able to solve the problem? What is the catalyst – funds or technology or regulation?
In Conversation

  • Nils Ragnar Kamsvag, Norwegian Ambassador to India

Panel Discussion

Indian R&D: Why Indian R&D is not yet mainstream?
In Conversation

  • H. Purushottam, Chairman, NRDC
  • Robinder Sachdev, President ImagIndia

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Featured Speakers

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Union Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Jal Shakti

Suresh Prabhu

Former Union Minister for Civil Aviation

Helena Molin Valdes

Head of CCAC, UNEP

Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg

Norwegian Ambassador to India

Anil Kakodkar

Ex-Chairman Atomic Energy Commision

K. VijayRaghavan

Principal Scientific Advisor to Govt. of India

Attendee Experience


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 cocktails and dinners so as to hold guests till then and oh yes 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 the startup showcase, were one on one Q&A. Result – Sessions were packed till 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 that 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). 
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 the King Zayed Award, lifetime achievement award by UNEP
Apart from the interesting sessions, we also had a showcase by 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 on TV – CNBC Away, News24, print, and online media. 
So a great conference, with 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 battle with Air Pollution and climate change? 
So Massive Summit was the beginning of the war which we wage against these large problems. The summit led to the launch of Climate Angels.
Climate Angels is a SEBI registered CAT1 angel investment fund that invests in startups working on Climate Tech and Pollution Reduction Tech. Climate Angels Fund is backed by India’s leading Entrepreneurs, VCs, and Investors for solving Pollution & Climate change.
So hope to see you at Second Edition with some solid startups/executions and a cleaner environment 
Till then
Hello Massive,  
مرحبا ضخمة,  
Shailesh Vickram Singh 

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