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How Kunal Bahl redefined India’s startup and e-commerce landscape

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R S Roy
R S Roy
R S Roy is the editorial advisor at IMAGES Group

From redefining online shopping through Snapdeal to enabling businesses with technology through Unicommerce and empowering startups through Titan Capital, serial entrepreneur Kunal Bahl has made significant contributions to India’s retail ecosystem

From the inception of Snapdeal to propelling Unicommerce and the founding of Titan Capital, Kunal Bahl’s journey embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship and investment. Through perseverance, vision, and a relentless pursuit of excellence, he has redefined India’s startup landscape, building an enduring legacy that inspires entrepreneurs worldwide.

Pioneering Indian e-commerce – Snapdeal

In 2010, Kunal co-founded Snapdeal, among the first few homegrown e-commerce marketplaces, setting the stage for a digital commerce revolution that would redefine India’s retail landscape. Snapdeal faced its fair share of challenges in the fiercely competitive e-commerce space. However, Kunal’s unwavering determination and strategic acumen steered Snapdeal through turbulent waters, cementing its position as one of India’s leading e-commerce players.

With a focus on value commerce, Snapdeal swiftly captured the imagination of Indian consumers, propelling the platform to unprecedented success.

Driving technology in retail – Unicommerce

Kunal’s entrepreneurial spirit transcended Snapdeal’s success, leading him to explore new avenues in the startup ecosystem. He is the driving force behind Unicommerce, India’s leading e-commerce enablement SaaS company that powers nearly 1 billion e-commerce orders annually for thousands of leading brands and retailers across seven countries.

Empowering Innovators – Titan Capital

In 2019, he and Rohit Bansal co-founded Titan Capital, their family office investment firm dedicated to nurturing early-stage technology startups. With a focus on early-stage investments, Titan Capital has become a catalyst for transformative ideas, propelling the next generation of entrepreneurs towards success. At the heart of Titan Capital lies a profound commitment to empowering India’s founders. With over 280 investments across various sectors and geographies, Kunal has played a pivotal role in shaping the startup landscape. Beyond capital infusion, Titan Capital offers mentorship, access to networks, and invaluable guidance, providing startups with the support they need to thrive in a competitive market.

Advocating for Greater Good

Kunal’s influence extends beyond the boardroom. As a member of India’s National Startup Advisory Council and Chairman of CII’s National Startup Council, he spearheads initiatives to drive systemic change and create a conducive environment for startups to flourish.

Honours and Recognition

Kunal’s contributions to entrepreneurship have garnered widespread recognition, earning him prestigious accolades such as the Joseph Wharton Award for Young Leadership. His tireless efforts to champion innovation and empower startups have left an indelible mark on India’s startup ecosystem.

A Vision for the Future

Looking ahead, Kunal remains committed to fostering innovation and driving positive change. With a steadfast belief in the transformative power of entrepreneurship, he continues to help build brands of the future and inspire the next generation of innovators.

Kunal will be at the Phygital Retail Convention for a Fireside Chat: Crystal Gazing Into India’s Retail hosted by Neha Bothra, Author, anchor, and podcaster at Forbes India.

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