Vandana Bhatnagar | Chief Program Officer - NSDC

Curate information on where the emerging opportunities are. It has to be very granular given that mobility is going to be constrained, and it needs to be fairly specific and in real-time.

Rachna Rao | Co-Founder - FoodyBuddy

To reorganize demand, 3 things are very important: Education and creating awareness; Communication with customers and validation of your product and constant engagement with the customers.

R M Vishakha | Managing Director & CEO - IndiaFirst Life Insurance

Evaluate the spend/save decisions for your businesses based on impact. This should be seen in the short, medium and long- term. Think of it from the scope of the existential, operational and strategic needs of your business.

Siva Devireddy | Founder & CEO - GoCoop

Markets are going to get more local. Therefore, it is extremely important to support the local community. There is an opportunity to adapt to an online value chain and people like artisans who have never been online are adapting to this new normal.

Professor Venkatesh Panchapagesan | Chairperson - NSRCEL (Incubation Centre at IIMB)

Stay in the GAME in whichever way the entrepreneur thinks best; whether it is preserving cash or ensuring customer satisfaction. Be more transparent with the stakeholders and have the toolkit to survive for the short period.

Shradha Sharma | Founder & CEO - YourStory Media

We need to recognize the importance of the network effect; help each other to help ourselves. Show humility as a business and as an ecosystem player as we are interdependent on each other.

Ruparani | President, Karnataka Chapter - FIWE

There are three things which entrepreneurs need from the ecosystem: Money and Marketing; the government as a guarantor, so big buyers will be willing to interact with small women entrepreneurs and the ease of doing business to access bank loans.

Samir Sathe | Executive Vice President - Wadhwani Advantage

Uncertainty and adaptation are the biggest challenges that small businesses face. Wadhwani Foundation offers pro bono consulting services to entrepreneurs to help them solve problems themselves and provide quality at scale and speed.

Randall Kempner | Executive Director - Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

To service society, today we need a perspective that is aligned with people who are innovative, creative, committed and who want to make the world a better place.

Anand Vijay Jha | Chief Public Policy Officer - Walmart India

Government processes have to be simplified and be more business friendly; the market needs to make MSMEs as part of the business value chain and being an MSME needs to be seen as aspirational by promoting success stories.

Saurabh Adeeb | Head, Programs & Initiatives - The/Nudge

The most important characteristic is adaptability; adapt to another sector as the economy evolves. There is a need to build resilience today knowing the uncertainty of the current scenario.

Dr. K.P. Krishnan | Former Secretary - MSDE

Public health initiatives communicated by the government help to assure the workers that they
are operating under safe working conditions Counselling and mentoring help entrepreneurs
come to terms with the current reality, help them emotionally and with business models.

Manish Sabharwal | Chairman - TeamLease Services Limited

If we do 3 things: Improve the ease of doing business; Improve the civil service reform and improve urban reform then, India has a new tryst with destiny.

Ms. Thilakam Rajendran and Mr. K. V. Rajendran | Co-Founders - ATPAR

NEDAR has demonstrated the proof of concept that differently-abled entrepreneurs have high
resilience and deserve to be treated with as much dignity, and are able to productively contribute to society, provided the right ecosystem.

Yashveer Singh | Co-Founder & Global Director - Ashoka Young Changemakers

Changemaker needs to be a vision that should be shared by everyone. There is a need for
collaboration to build everyone's capability, to be a problem solver and a change maker.

Anjani Bansal | Deputy Director - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

GAME is an alliance and a unique platform which brings together expertise to think through
challenges and find practical solutions. The conversion of ideas into practical solutions is what could be a GAME changer.

Sanjay Joshi | Managing Principal - ZS Associates

Be it large or small enterprises, embracing technology needs to be taken seriously. Every business, now, needs to be a tech or digital business whether that be through digital engagement, digital distribution, digital delivery or digital supply chains.

Conrad Sangma | Chief minister - Meghalaya

For entrepreneurs, the opportunities are immense in this pandemic. If the entrepreneurs can look at the way forward, they can do a great deal of good to society, government and country as a whole.

Dr. Rajeswari Ranganathan | President - AWAKE

AWAKE has created mini-groups in 2-3 districts for related businesses, for entrepreneurs to form communities and help each other.There is support needed for online training content and manpower sourcing and training

Kuldeep Dantewadia | Co-Founder - Reap Benefit

The skills of this era that are needed include, community building skills, collaboration and learning from the environment. The
ecosystem needs to focus on organisationsreinventing themselves and on NGOs that are surviving.

Julia Karst | Head of Project - GIZ India

The crisis has exacerbated existing barriers that women face (e.g.inequalities in accessing schemes and finance). GIZ has deployed a support helpline for women entrepreneurs in the Northeast

Shailesh Dixit | Co-Founder - Gromor Finance

To provide access to kick-start financial products, there needs to be a network of organisations that have a direct access to business, understand the requirements of entrepreneurs and can provide last mile delivery

Harish Hande | Co-Founder - SELCO India

To create a new normal, need to help many of the poorer entrepreneurs work with new business channels. Need to create an ecosystemto ensure that their needs are met

Ashutosh Jha & Mukesh Ralhan | Glasswing

Attack the opportunities, be agile and it does not matter right nowwhether it is the core business; it is important to follow the opportunity. Also, aggressively adopt digital tools for the business

Jeevan Gopisetty | Co-Founder & CEO - Nemo

Start aggressively talking to enterprises tobridge the communication and information gaps.To survive through the current crisis and prepare adequately for future opportunities, a community behaviour must be introduced at scale.

Vidit Aatrey | Founder & CEO - Meesho

Awareness across entrepreneurs and exchange of information is necessary.Thishelps to start businesses. Provide access to intelligence like access to raw materials, pricing, packaging etc.

Srikanth Iyer | Founder & CEO - HomeLane

Need to think of what is happening, focus on how people are behaving and look at how to adapt the business

Medha Uniyal | Co-Head of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship - Pratham Initiative

Needs access to information;communication on registration and documentation for workers and businessesl; collaboration on the essential pivots, demand and supply requirements for larger MSMEs

Arun Maira | Former Member - Indian Planning Commission

Get everyone onto a common purpose, make sure that all of us understand we are part of a larger system and the impact of our actions on other systems.

Vanita Shinde | CAO - Mann Deshi Foundation

Moving MOOC Program’ promotes finance and business literacy through short content formats. Mann Deshi Community Radio bringsawareness to the entrepreneurs and the broade

TN Hari | Head of HR - Big Basket

Entrepreneurs need to adapt to the changing scenarios, increase ability to learn, use more tech tools, need to generate cash, be frugal and build salesand marketing skills.

Gayathri Vasudevan | CEO - LabourNet Services India

Need to reimagine livelihoods in light of this crisis and repurpose skills to new demands Foregback office employees can manage telemedicine kiosks

Sanjay Jain | Partner - Bharat Innovation Fund

In the medium term, focus on stimulus and programs where therecan be more leverage. For eg, focus on a sector where the supply chain unlocks potential

Anjali Bansal | Founder - Avaana Capital

The digitalization of the Kirana store can be the most game changing thing for the country. Need to create a much more technologically enabled community

Supriya Paul | Co-Founder - Josh Talks

Build aspiration and inspiration in small businesses. Youth who are digital savvy and available at this time can help small and medium businesses transition into the digital age

Professor Mehrotra | Professor of Economics - JNU

Alliances can make it easy for banks to lend through aggregation. Focus on cluster development to see how the alliance can support their recovery

Sameer Gupta | Managing Director - Haldvita

To build a local brand, an authenticity and uniqueness about the product is necessary. Provide a competitive advantage. Build an effective supply chain and focus on quality assurance.

Sairee Chahal | Founder - Sheroes

Compassionate commerce is key: Relook at how commerce can be sustainable, environment friendly and integrates more diverse voices. Invest in humanity and emerge to a new way of thinking

Aarti Mohan | Co-Founder & Head, Research - Sattva Consulting

Take district as a unit for ownership, decentralisation and livelihood stabilisation Address liquidity challenges for informal entrepreneurs with new financial products.

Dr. Ritesh Malik | Founder - Innov8 Coworking

Access to information is very important. Continuous advocacy is needed because that helps in developing more innovative ideas and new business opportunities.

Prabhat Labh | CEO - Grameen Foundation India

E- commerce platforms, digital based platforms can be very effective. E- learning helps entrepreneurs build capabilities. Need for patient capital and capacity building for new business models.

Surabhi Ganguly and Tanya Kane | Founders - Good by Nature

Built a community where the produce is delivered from the farmer to an NGO to feed the hungry. Build a community of stakeholders based on trust for impact

Dhimant Parekh | Founder - Better India

Bridge the information gap through access to information; Build an empathy bridge- Need to educate the consumers on the value small businesses bring.

Sandeep Banerjee | Advisor - GAME

Emerging trends: takeout since people want to belong to their safe space; new solutions for contactless delivery. Transparency in health & safety standards in the kitchen develops trust in consumers ordering from food enterprises

Arun Sivaramakrishnan | Leads the Livelihoods Consulting Portfolio - CMS

Address directives for the textile industry since it involves huge labour: communicate safety precautions to health workers; build a communication channel to update the workers on govt. opportunities.

Radhika | Owner - Champaca Bookstore, Library and Cafe

Shift to online subscriptions, introduce voucher programs for customers to redeem in the future & aid Champaca in managing costs and sustaining themselves.

Krishnagopal GV | Founder - ALC India

Help entrepreneurs make decisions through pricing; diversification, procurement and identifying markets. Provide safety measures at an individual and producer-group level and access to information

Bhuvana Anand | Director - Centre for Civil Society

Need to access capital to prevent payoffs, enable mobilisation across states & bridge operations for small enterprises; those that have difficulty surviving because of labour migration.

Manasmita Patra | Owner - Fresh Phulka

Fresh Phulka is venturing in the ready to eat market as it is more hygienic. Needs mentoring, industry connections and market linkages

Aditi Singh and Tushar Thakkar| Dalberg

Bring in measures to ease business, focus on liquidity injection, collaboration of the different sectors to mutually grow rather than compete for scarce resources.

Dr. Sahil Hebbar and Rehanaben Riyawala | Vice President - SEWA

Connect members and leaders online to educate them on COVID, focus on preventive measures & economic impact of enterprises and livelihood of the members while social distancing.

Dr B.R. Mamatha | Mission Director, Karnataka - NRLM

During this crisis, re-engineer and take proactive steps to train entrepreneurs towards making high demand products and build a market and value chain accordingly. We need to be one step ahead in terms of a planning perspective.

Jayanth Bhuvaraghan | Chief Mission Officer - Essilor Luxottica

As Essilor tries to address entrepreneurship, partnerships are important and the organisation is willing to open its knowledge and network to anyone who is willing to collaborate with them and with the 8000 Eye Mitras that they have. More than just creating entrepreneurs, it is important to drive them towards public good.