ASCENT is fuelled by the power of trust. In the last six years, we have created a unique and powerful peer-to-peer platform for entrepreneurs to share and exchange experiences, ideas and insights, which help them grow their enterprise and enrich themselves in a confidential environment.

ASCENT leverages the ‘Power of Collective’ and enables entrepreneurs through self-facilitated Trust Groups and an extended network of enablers.


What’s in store for you?

Learn through experience sharing within Trust Groups

Access to Thought - Leaders and Domain Experts

Gain insights from events addressing entrepreneurial challenges

Network with fellow entrepreneurs

Inspire And Be Inspired


ASCENT embarks on its journey to advance entrepreneurs in Chennai.

Harsh Mariwala, Founder, ASCENT, will speak about the numerous challenges and opportunities faced by entrepreneurs today.

Engage with 100 like-minded entrepreneurs on a signature platform. Ideate with thought-leaders, innovators, and change makers from various fields of enterprise.

It is the opportunity of a lifetime for an entrepreneur and it has come
knocking on your door.


Harsh Mariwala leads Marico Limited as its Chairman. He is also Chairman and Managing Director of Kaya Limited. Over the past three decades, Harsh has transformed traditional commodities driven business into a leading consumer products and services company in the Beauty and Wellness space. He was the President of FICCI in 2011. He has held the position of YPO Education, Membership and Chapter Chair for the Bombay Chapter and was a member of the International Forum Board of YPO International.

Harsh Mariwala
Marico Ltd.
ASCENT Foundation

Mr. CK Ranganathan is the Founder Chairman of CavinKare. A pioneer of innovation, Mr. CK Ranganathan has shaped the company to create innovative products by combining the best of nature and technology to improve the lifestyle of consumers. Under his inspiring leadership, the company while expanding into Personal Care, also diversified into Food, Beverages, Dairy and Snacks categories, both in domestic and international markets. He was the Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Tamil Nadu State Council for the year 2009-10. He is also the former President of the Madras Management Association.

CK Ranganathan

A versatile artist, Raja Krishnamoorthy, better known by his screen name, Kitty is a critically acclaimed Indian director, screenwriter, and actor, who is noted for his work primarily in Tamil cinema and TV industry. He is the director at Talent Maximus India Pvt. Ltd. a Chennai based HR services organization. An alumnus of the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, after completing his studies, Kitty, started working with Mukund Iron & Steel as a management trainee and worked as a Personnel Manager with ITC Welcome Group. As a Trainer & consultant in the area of organization development, he does extensive work in organizational culture, team synergy, transformation & leadership skills and personal growth thru self-awareness.

Raja Krishnamoorthy
Talent Maximus

Murugavel Janakiraman is the Founder and CEO, – whose flagship brand is BharatMatrimony, the most trusted matrimony service. The company is powered by 4000+ employees across 140 branches in 20 major cities in India. is India’s first pure play Consumer Internet Company to be publicly listed. In 1997, he pioneered the concept of online matchmaking that changed the way Indians marry. Twice he was nominated by The Economic Times for the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. Besides being awarded Digital Entrepreneur of the Year by WAT, he was also Chairman of the IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India).

Murugavel Janakiraman Limited


09:00 am


9:30 am

Welcome Note by Harsh Mariwala (Chairman - Marico Ltd. and Founder - ASCENT)
ASCENT Member Story
Panel Discussion
- Art of Entrepreneurship
Speakers: Harsh Mariwala (Marico Limited and ASCENT Foundation), CK Ranganathan (Cavinkare), Murugavel Janakiraman ( Limited)
Moderator: Raja Krishnamoorthy (Talent Maximus)

12:00 noon


12:15 pm

ASCENT Orientation

01:00 pm

Networking Lunch

02:00 pm

Breakaway sessions: Group Interactions and New Group Induction

Mumbai Chapter

ASCENT has proved its worth as a trademark platform in Mumbai as a non-profit expression of Harsh Mariwala’s personal passion to identify and enable high-potential, growth-stage entrepreneurs in their journey.

Since the inception in 2012, ASCENT Mumbai Chapter has selected over 350 entrepreneurs as members from more than 1200 applications received, who are a part of 30 operational Trust Groups. The composition of these members is quite diverse with a 50:50 split between Manufacturing Industries and Service Industries; 44% Family Managed Business; 10% Women Entrepreneurs and in all about 65+ diverse industries represented. The aggregate annual revenue of the ASCENT members is more than Rs. 16,000 crores with individual member turnover ranging from Rs. 1 crore to Rs. 2000+ crores.

Various events like conclaves, workshops and webinars have witnessed the presence of eminent speakers like Uday Kotak (MD, Kotak Mahindra Bank), Ronnie Screwvala (Unilazer), Vijay Shekhar Sharma(Founder - Paytm), Ashish Hemrajani (Co-founder, BookMyShow), Falguni Nayar (CEO,, Anita Dongre (Founder, House of Anita Dongre Limited) and many more.

Glimpse into the ground breaking work of the ASCENT from the last six years.

Roopak Saluja, Entrepreneur Diary - ASCENT

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Uday Kotak, The Winning Way - ASCENT CONCLAVE 2016

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Sajjan Jindal, Building a Billion Dollar Enterprise - ASCENT Conclave 2017

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RSVP (For the Event)

Dorothy Nair | +91 82912 92408


Hotel Crown Plaza, Chennai