Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat
Co-Founder & CEO, Startup Canada
Victoria is a social entrepreneur, commentator, program architect and policy advisor who has a track record of creating meaningful political and policy inroads to advance entrepreneurship. As the co-founder and CEO of Startup Canada and the founder and President Emeritus of UK-based
Charity NACUE, Victoria is recognized by the UNDP and EU as one of the foremost experts in entrepreneurship education; ecosystem and program architecture, governance, development and
implementation; and, in fuelling entrepreneurship movements and awareness campaigns. Victoria
contributes actively on the global stage as the founder of Startup Generation; a catalyst of
the Startup Nations; through speaking at global forums; as an advisor to more than 20 youth
enterprise organizations; and, by supporting colleges and universities in countries across the world in enhancing student entrepreneurship.
Victoria is the first Canadian and one of the youngest recipients of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion on the recommendation of the British Prime Minister; is the recipient of the UK’s
‘Enterprise Support Network Builder Award’ and ‘Overall Enterprise Champion of the Year Award’
and has been recognized as a ‘Top 30 Under 30’ by Real Business Magazine, ‘One to Watch’ by Spectator Business, and as one of Canada’s ‘Top 30 Entrepreneurs’ by Profit Magazine.
Victoria is from Cambridge, Ontario and now lives in Ottawa. She completed her MSc. Global
Governance & Diplomacy at Oxford University in 2008, before becoming the first woman President
of Oxford Entrepreneurs. Victoria completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science and
Governance & Public Policy at the University of Ottawa in 2006.
Trade Commissioner at Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai
Chad always dreamed of a challenging job that would let him see the world.
He see exciting opportunities for Canadian Companies looking to expand in India.
He is working hard to become an expert at general management in international contexts. With a full appreciation that great management is an art, He thinks practice makes perfect. Along the way, he had extensive experience in government finance, human resources management, property management, and all the other areas required to keep diverse operations running in a foreign country.
Additional Chief Secretary, Industries and Mines Department, Government of Gujarat
Shri. Prem Kumar Taneja, BE (E & C), IAS served as Managing Director of Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd., from November 11, 2006 to April 10, 2008. Mr. Taneja served as Vice Managing Director of Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals Ltd since November 6, 2006 and served as its Executive Managing Director from December 31, 2005 to November 6, 2006. His experience includes Managing Director of Gujarat State Drinking Water Infrastructure Co. Ltd., Managing Director of Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Ltd., Managing Director of Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd. and Director (Finance) of Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. He served in Govt. of India in Department of Electronics, in Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers and in the Corporate Sector and also held many important positions in the Gujarat State Govt. Mr. Taneja serves as the Chairman of the Board at GSFC Investment & Leasing Co. Ltd. He served as Chairman of Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Ltd. Mr. Taneja serves as a Director of Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Ltd., Gujarat Alumina And Bauxite Ltd., Gujarat Chemical Port Terminal Company Ltd., Gujarat Guardian Ltd., Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd., Gujarat State Energy Generation Ltd. and Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Ltd. He has been an Additional Director at Torrent Power Limited since August 04, 2015. He served as Additional Director of Indian Potash Limited since December 22, 2006. He served as Additional Director of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers Co. Ltd., from November 27, 2006 to April 2008. Mr. Taneja served as Independent Non Executive Director of Gujarat Industries Power Co. Ltd. until May 31, 2008. He served as a Director of Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals Ltd from December 31, 2001 to November 6, 2006. He served as Director of Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd., from November 11, 2006 to April 10, 2008. He served as Director of Torrent Power AEC Ltd. since January 20, 2005. He served as a Director of GSFC Ltd. Mr. Taneja holds B.E. degree in Electronics and Communication from IIT.
Sr. Vice President, FICCI
Pankaj Ramanbhai Patel (born 1951) is an Indian businessman, the chairman and managing director of Cadila Healthcare, the fifth largest pharmaceutical company in India. Patel was tied for 26th place on Forbes magazine's first annual list of the 40 richest Indians (2004) with an estimated net worth of $510 million.
Patel was named the "Best Pharma Man of the year 2003" by the Foundation of Indian Industry and Economists in recognition of the growth of Cadila under his leadership. At that time, Patel predicted that Zydus Cadila would become the third-largest pharmaceutical company in India by 2005.
Joint Secretary, DIPP
Mr. Shailendra Singh is a 1988 Batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh Cadre and holds a degree in Law. Early in his career, Mr. Singh was Collector of Raigarh and Mandsaur districts in Madhya Pradesh. Between June, 1999 and January, 2003, he was Addl. Managing Director of the Madhya Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation, post which he took over as the Managing Director of the Milk Board in Agriculture & Cooperation (Dairy). Prior to his current stint as Jt. Secretary, DIPP, Mr. Singh has held important positions -- Chief Executive Officer of M.P. Rural Road Development Authority, Commissioner of Commercial Tax Department, Managing Director of State Mining Development Corporation and Principal Secretary of SC/ST Welfare Department.
VC and MD at GIDC
Smt D. Thara IAS is the Vice President and Managing Director of the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC).
Senior Director AT Research Triangle Institute
Myles F. Elledge is a Senior Director in RTI’s Innovation Advisors team. Mr. Elledge has 28 years of experience in development policy and regional planning. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of the South, and studied International Political Economy at the London School of Economics. He holds a Masters degree in Economic and Social Development from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA).
President AT Uber India
Amit Jain is presently working as President, Uber India and handles business strategy and operations for the organisation. He is a proven leader and strategist with a depth of experience in consulting and leading operations for multinational companies.
Prior to joining Uber, Amit was President of Rent.com, a leading technology company in the US dedicated to giving renters a free and convenient way to find the perfect place to live. During his tenure at Rent.com, he led all operational facets and achieved a dramatic and successful turnaround of the organisation. Prior to that, he held numerous executive positions including Senior Advisor for TPG Capital, Vice President, Nexeo Solutions, and Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company.
Amit holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and an MBA from Stanford University.
Chairman, FICCI – Gujarat State Council
Mr. Rajiv Vastupal is a Chairman & Managing Director of Rajiv Petrochemicals Pvt Ltd, a flagship company of Team Rajiv. The group was formed by Mr Rajiv in 1979. We currently stand at a 1000 crore turnover.
Mr. Rajiv Vastupal is currently a Chairperson for FICCI Gujarat State Council. He has also served as an immediate Past President of the prestigious All India Management Association (AIMA).
He served Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) as President from 2005 to 2007 and contributed Rs. 50 lakh for building state of the art J. B. Auditorium as a farewell gesture and as well as started Rajiv Vastupal Achievers Academy,.
He is the founder of Gujarat Chapter, YPO and also board member of WPO Mumbai and WPO South Asia. He also served as member of the Board of Governors at IIM, Bangalore.
Angel Investor, Mentor & former CEO AT SINE
Mr. Khurana is an entrepreneur-turned angel investor. A member of Mumbai Angels, he invests $10K in eight startups every year. He mostly invests in early stage ventures but not at the ideation/planning stage of a firm. Mr. Khurana is mostly looking for startups that have demonstrable products and revenue traction. His key investment areas include education, e-commerce, software, internet and internet-enabled services and mobile.
A University of Texas alumnus, he has earlier founded Corpus Collosum Learning Pvt Ltd and KITS (Khurana Information and Training Systems Pvt Ltd). He also works with various incubators, accelerators, startup events (credit jose), entrepreneur clubs and social media platforms, in addition to the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN).
Managing Director, Infibeam Incorporation Limited
Infibeam was founded in 2007 by Vishal Mehta, a Cornell and MIT Sloan alumnus. After working for Dell and Amazon.com in the US for five years, Mehta returned to India in 2007 and started Infibeam along with a group of Amazon employees. He funded the company by selling his personal assets rather than opting for external equity funding.The company was started with an initial capital of ?100-150 million. Infibeam.com started as an automobile portal in 2007, but later turned into an online retailer. In 2010, Infibeam launched 'Pi', India's first e-book reader.
Founder and CEO at Easy Pay
Mr. Nilay Patel is the Founder and CEO at Easy Pay. He did his Master's degree in Advance Corporate Finance from IIMA and Bachelor's degree in Information Technology from Charles Sturt University.
Professor of Economics at IIM-Ahmedabad
Prof. Rakesh Basant is an Indian economist and Professor at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. He was formerly a consultant with World Bank. Currently, he heads the Center for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad along with Sanjeev Bikhchandani.
After an M.A. in Economics from Rajasthan University, Jaipur (India), Prof. Basant obtained a M.Phil. in Applied Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (India), in 1981. He eventually completed his PhD. in Economics from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, in 1990, with a thesis entitled "Technology Diffusion in an Agrarian Economy: A Study of Agro Mechanical Technology in Gujarat.
Prof. Basant has been Professor of Economics at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. He was among the 3 people considered for the position of Director for the institute.
He is a member of Sachar Committee, wherein he has expressed views against the disregard for committee's terms and references.
Director at Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India
Dr. Sunil Shukla has over twenty years’ experience in entrepreneurship education, research and institution-building. His ‘Review of Entrepreneurship Curricula in Higher Learning Institutions’ helped University Grants Commission, GoI in developing entrepreneurship curriculum and a research on ‘Entry Barriers to Entrepreneurship: As Perceived by Youth’, conducted by him helped the Ministry of SSI & ARI, Government of India frame a policy to establish Entrepreneurship and Business Development Centers in Universities.
Dr. Shukla is the Director of Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India. Recently, he was adjudged winner of the coveted ‘Outstanding Entrepreneurship Program Abroad - 2014’, for Institute’s flagship PG Programme by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). At present, he is anchoring Institute’s newly launched Doctoral course ‘Fellowship Programme in Management’, that focuses on quality research in entrepreneurship.
Dr. Shukla has been involved in promoting entrepreneurship at national and international levels. His activities include ILO-SAAT Missions for capacity building of IEDI, Kathmandu; faculty support to UNIDO, Amman; and to TVTC, Zambia. He is the Member Secretary of South Asia Forum for Entrepreneurship Education and Research. During 2006-11, he successfully anchored a mega project ‘Unleashing Entrepreneurship for Development and Trade’ in Greater Mekong Sub-region countries, sponsored by SDC, Switzerland. As a visiting faculty, Dr Shukla has been teaching ‘Entrepreneurship’ at top ranking institutions including IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Udaipur.
Dr. Shukla has also been working with various firms for their strategic planning and Intrapreneurial capacity building. The companies he has worked for have rated his work very valuable. His advisory work includes ‘Revitalization Plan’ for EMI, Jaipur, India for restructuring and strategic planning.
Founder AT Honey Bee Network
Anil Kumar Gupta is a globally renowned scholar in the area of grassroots innovations. He is the founder of the Honey Bee Network and he is also a Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Besides, he holds the Executive Vice Chair of the National Innovation Foundation. He is also a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. He was awarded Padma Shri in the year 2004, one of the highest civilian awards in India, for his contributions to management education.
His interests include ensuring recognition, respect and reward for grassroots inventors and innovators at a local, national and global level and protection of their Intellectual Property rights. Amalgamation of formal and informal science, ethical issues in conservation and prosperity of biodiversity are some of his other research interests. Every summer and winter, in order to learn from grassroots teachers, he has been walking around 6000 km across India for over a week as part of Shodh Yatra for more than twelve years. In fact, Shodh Yatra, which is a second year course, is one of the most popular courses taught in IIM Ahmedabad. Through the Honey Bee Network, he has demonstrated the pivotal role of innovative ideas and knowledge, possessed by economically poor people, in the sustainable progress of developing countries.
Head West & East India Operations at Indian Angel Network
Nidhi has completed MBA in finance and carries very rich knowledge and experience in Startup and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. Currently she is associated with Indian Angel Network as Head of West & East India Operations. Her current role includes deal sourcing, membership engagement and building serious partnership and alliances. In her last role, she has worked with an angel network focused on raising funds for Social Entrepreneurs where she headed the deal sourcing and screening. Prior to which she has worked with an Angel funded startup, The Wild East Group. She started her career with Mumbai Angels. She is also an angel investor in a Bangalore based company.
Founding CEO AT Startup Village
Sijo Kuruvilla George is the Founding CEO of Startup Village, India’s first Public-Private-Partnership model Technology Business Incubator, directly promoted by the Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India; Technopark, Trivandrum and MobME Wireless Solutions.
Started in April 2012, the organisation's aim is to launch 1,000 technology startups over the next 10 years and start the search for the next billion-dollar Indian company.
Sijo did his MBA in Marketing and Strategy from Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai. He is also a Mechanical Engineer from College of Engineering, Trivandrum.
Sijo serves as mentor and business consultant to several startup firms like iTraveller, Flip Technology, Thingout, and Wedogood. He also serves on the board of directors of a few of those companies. Sijo is also a panelist and judge of some of the entrepreneurial events in India namely Times of India Power of Ideas and BITS Pilani event Conquest. Sijo also interacts with the student community to promote student entrepreneurship initiatives. In 2014, he was invited to U.S. Department of State's prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program.
Founder at Mapunity
Ashwin Mahesh is a social technologist and public policy researcher who studies the way cities are growing in India. He studied to be an astronomer and an Antarctic climate scientist, and worked for a few years at NASA's Goddard Earth Science and Technology Centre, but since returning to Bangalore in 2005, he has focused on urban development. His past research appointments include positions at IIM-Bangalore, IISc, and IIIT-Bangalore. Recently, he established the Centre for Public Problem Solving, an applied research organisation to tackle public problems. He was a member of the Agenda for Bangalore Infrastructure and Development Task Force between 2009 and 2013, and also served as the Urban Research Strategist for the Government of Karnataka.
Dr Mahesh founded and leads the social technology lab, Mapunity, which works to apply technology to tackle urban developmental challenges. In 2006, Mapunity built the first Transport Information System for a major city in India (www.btis.in) and has since developed platforms for urban management, heritage and history, tourism, environment, and safety. All of these are now being integrated into the India Smart Cities Platform, Technagara, and also for use in other cities around the world. Dr Mahesh is also a co-founder of Lithium, India's first electric mobility solution for urban transport.
Dr Mahesh has successfully demonstrated that his approach to problem solving works. He conceptualised and helped implement Bangalore's popular Big10 bus service, and has also helped steer many of the digital initiatives of the Bangalore Traffic Police. He also pioneered the community-managed restoration of lakes in the city, and neighbourhood improvement programmes funded by Corporate Social Responsibility funds.
Ashwin Mahesh recerived a Bachelor's degree in Physics from St Joseph's College, Bangalore (1989), an MBA from Pondicherry University (1991), a Master's in Astronomy from Vanderbilt University (1993) and a PhD in antarctic cloud studies from the University of Washington (1999).
In 2009, Dr Mahesh was recognised as an Ashoka Fellow for social entrepreneurship. He is also a winner of the Ma Foi award for journalism, and under his leadership, Mapunity twice won the Volvo award for sustainable mobility. In 2012, Wired magazine listed him among the 50 people whose ideas will change the world.
Director AT Zone Startups India
At Zone Startups India, Ajay oversees the flagship accelerator operations as well as leads new initiatives, including corporate innovation programs and thematic accelerators under the Zone Startups brand. Prior to Zone Startups India, Ajay was the Director – India Operations for SkillsDox Inc., a Canadian ed-tech company; wherein he helped the company set up in India and establish its initial partnerships, as well as raise INR 150 Cr.
In an earlier role, Ajay worked for the Government of Ontario, Canada for 5-years, where he was responsible for bilateral trade and investment relations between Ontario and India.
Ajay began his career working in Tanzania (East Africa) for 4 years, where he was involved in World Bank and African Development Bank projects. During this term, he assumed the role of an “intrapreneur”, and built a social enterprise in the agri-inputs value chain, wherein he built revenues in excess of $1Mn within the first 1.5 yrs.
Ajay is an MBA in Marketing & Finance and a B.Com in Financial Management from Mumbai University has 12+ years of cross-functional work experience with startups, international business and Governments, across North America, East Africa & South Asia.
Vice President - Global Marketing , VMAX
Pranab is an industry veteran with over 14 years of global experience across digital media & entertainment ecosystem. He has held senior level positions in brand management, product & general management, across premier MNC’s & Indian conglomerates.
Pranab is currently working as an Associate Vice President (AVP), Global Marketing at Vserv. In this role, Pranab is responsible for driving Vserv’s global marketing endeavors, brand positioning, PR, events and digital marketing. As a part of the senior leadership team, he plays a key role in devising and implementing Vserv’s marketing strategy for a diverse global target audience incorporating marketers, telecom operators and app publishers.
Prior to his current assignment, Pranab was working as the Director of Digital Media at Viacom 18. Pranab was responsible for driving marketing and managing the web business. In the past, Pranab was also associated with Turner Broadcasting Systems and in building multiple award winning brand “Zapak” across platforms.
Pranab’s contribution to this field has been acknowledged and he has been rewarded by the industry in the form of several notable awards that include "Best Digital Marketing Professional" at Mobbys, "Digital Media Campaign of the Year" at CMO Asia, amongst others. He is a post graduate in management from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune.
Co-Founder & Chairman AT Globals
Suhas Gopinath (born November 4, 1986 in Bangalore) is an Indian entrepreneur. He is the founder, CEO and Chairman of Globals Inc., an IT multinational company. He took charge as CEO at the age of 17, three years after founding the company, and at the time, was named world's youngest CEO.
He taught himself to make websites with the help of books and made his one as, www.coolhindustan.com, at the age of 14, and incorporated his company Globals Inc., the same year in 2000. He became CEO of his multinational company at the age of 17.
Digital Transformation, Project Leader, Impact Investor and Entrepreuner
Miten Mehta is a Board Member, Mentor, Advisor, Angel Investor and Entrepreneur, specializing in technology led start-ups with over 20 years of experience across US, Europe & India.
His proven P&L leadership has led to successful scaling of businesses, delivering consistent growth, driving relentless innovation and creating enduring value for customers in fast growing hyper-competitive markets.
Miten has broad experience across complete range of functions inclusive of engineering, marketing, branding, sales, general management and M&A, building & nurturing strong, vibrant, high functioning teams across geographic boundaries.
He has built and exited three successful start-ups, including two in Silicon Valley, USA and another in London, UK. He currently serves as non-executive Director on FTIL board and is advising on Digital India @ 2025 to enable 100 digital disruptors in 10 different sectors. Prior to this, he co-founded KloudData in Silicon Valley in 2011 and also set-up Industry’s first Dev-Accelerator KloudKatalyze, that incubated - iBhakti, Zankura, Totelist and PeerBud among others.
Miten is passionate about mentoring and investing in start-ups that leverage SMAC technology stack to create tangible values for social impact. He is a member of TiE, Mumbai Angels and CodeForIndia and actively involved with several other NEN, NASSCOM 10,00 start-up’s, Keiretsu among others.
He is a frequent speaker at industry events/conferences that encourage youth, particularly college students, to believe in their ideas and dreams for new ventures.
Miten is a Bachelors of Engineering from University of Pune and has done his executive program from Kellogg with certification in e-commerce from Dartmouth.
Founder and Chief Executive at Infuse Ventures
Mr. Kunal Upadhyay serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship. Mr. Upadhyay serves as Chief Executive Officer at Infuse Ventures. He joined CIIE in 2007 and co-founded CIIE's investment arm, raising over $10 million for seed-funding of high-tech ventures. He set-up the incubator and seed-fund - leading incubation of investment in over 25 early stage ventures across the technology sectors, including a dozen focused on the cleantech sector. At CIIE, he directly led many of the investments and continues to guide on various aspects like hiring, fund-raising and strategy. Mr. Upadhyay worked with start-ups across information and communications technology, cleantech, healthcare and materials sector. Mr. Upadhyay led conceptualization of many initiatives at CIIE including the iAccelerator, The Power of Ideas, MentorEdge, Renewable Energy Search and Stay Hungry Stay Foolish. He was a Co-Founder at Sarvajal, focused on the drinking water market and also bootstrapped a campus social network and recruitment start-up. Prior to joining CIIE, Mr. Upadhyay worked across continents as an internal strategy and operation Consultant with Citigroup and American Express. He serves as a Board Observer at Aspiration Energy private limited. He serves as a Member of Board of Directors at Green India Building Systems and Services Private Ltd. He has several years of incubation, investment, entrepreneurial and consulting experience. He is an M.B.A. from IIM Ahmedabad, B.Tech from IIT Madras, and an alumnus of London School of Economics.
Co-Founder of 91springboard
Pranay Gupta is the Co-Founder of 91springboard, the first and the biggest coworking hubs company in India. They have hubs across Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
An IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad alumnus, he was previously Joint CEO at CIIE, IIM Ahmedabad's incubator where he was instrumental in setup and running of Power of Ideas, iAccelerator, MentorEdge etc. He was leading the Internet & Mobile domain activities for them and had lead investments in 40+ startups that have resulted in multiple exits.
Founder CEO at NDTV Ethnic Retail Ltd - www.indianroots.com
Rahul Narvekar (born October 1, 1972, Mumbai, India) is an Indian ecommerce entrepreneur, a start ups pro and currently the Founder CEO of Indianroots — an NDTV Ethnic Retail Venture.
Rahul Narvekar earned his bachelor's degree from Mumbai University, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Rahul attended Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India to study Global Management/Strategy, class of 2006. Rahul went to Essec Business School, Cergy-Pontoise, Ile-De-France, France in 2010 and learnt Luxury Brand Management.
Rahul Narvekar started as a Senior Manager of District Center, Janakpuri with ANSAL API in January 2001 and headed Non Traditional Revenue at North India’s First mall in Khelgaon, Delhi, India. After a stint of 3 years and 9 months, Rahul worked with Gold Souk Gurgaon as Vice President Marketing. He later joined Suncity Projects as Head Retail in 2007 and went on to be the General Manager at DLF Retail Developers Ltd in 2008 where he headed the Mall of India project aimed at introducing ultra-large format malls in the Indian subcontinent.
In October 2009, Rahul Narvekar co-founded FashionandYou to create a coveted fashion and luxury brands ecommerce store with a European Entrepreneur – Oliver Jung  Having scaled the venture from 7 people to almost 1200 and raising 48 million dollars, and then joined hands with Anant Nahata of HFCL to revive an investment made by Anant called theprivatesales.com. Rahul got his core team back but within a few months Anant’s company Infotel won the 4G network license for India and was bought by Reliance. At this time Rahul came in touch with NDTV team which was looking at entering e-commerce industry. Since January 2013, Rahul Narvekar is working as the founder CEO of Indianroots, an NDTV ethnic retail venture. He is a Charter Member of TiE Delhi NCR empowering Indian Entrepreneurs and actively participates in Entrepreneurship summits across India. An alumnus of IIMC and IIMA, he also takes some classes at IIMA and GRD Institute of management, Coimbatore.
Chairman Inno & Research Foundation & Founder Director, Xplora Design Skool
Mr. Rohit Swarup is Recipient of Shiksha Bharti Puraskar 2009 & Indian Leadership Award for Educational Excellence 2010.
He is working with various State Governments in India & China on projects related to creation of contemporary education ecosystem for both K12 education & University. He is active in proliferation of design & innovation thinking, digital media education for employment, and, in establishing innovative education frameworks & institutions. A regular guest at Doordarshan TV programs on Digital media, design and innovation.
He is the Chairman of Innovation & Research Foundation carrying out education, corporate training and consulting work in the areas of Innovation and Design in USA, Australia, China, India and Sri Lanka.
He is Founder Director Xplora Design Skool, India’s premier Vocational Multimedia & Animation Education Company spread across 125+ campuses in 22 states of India, and, Founder Director Futurz Xplored (i297) implementing Design Subject, Culture Zones and Lab in schools in India, USA, Canada, and China.
He is a jury member and actively involved in academic, as well as, consultancy assignments with prominent Institutions, such as, NID, and, IIM Ahmedabad.
He has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and PG Diploma in Business Management.
Director, Scientific Operations at University of Toronto
Venkataramanan is a physicist, entrepreneur, and a technology risk mitigation specialist. He is the Director, Scientific Operations of the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto, where heads the Smart Sustainable Lighting group and is one of the lead investigators in the entrepreneurship education program. At University of Toronto, he pioneered the concept of grass-roots industry-academia cluster that focuses on leveraging academic expertise and resources to solve technology problems for industries, with a special focus on cleantech.
He is also the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Lumentra Inc that develops nanomaterial solutions for LED applications. He also co-founded Saras Ventures, a technology management company in Canada. He mentors student-entrepreneurs and serves on the boards of advanced technology companies.
Following his doctoral degree in Physics from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, he worked as a Scientific Officer at Atomic Energy, India. He then held various research and teaching positions in the UK, India, Portugal, Japan and Canada. He was a Leverhulme Commonwealth/USA Visiting Fellow and a Japanese Government Science & Technology Research Fellow. Venkataramanan was also a recipient of a Carnegie Award for staff of Scottish Universities. Until recently, Venkat was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ryerson University in Toronto. He is now serving as a Technical Director of Zhejiang University Sensing Optronics, under the one-thousand talents award program by the Chinese government. Venkataramanan is the president of the Canadian National Advisory Committee of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE).
Chief Operations Officer AT SINE
Founding team member of SINE, the technology business incubator at IIT Bombay, and managing it since 2004. Involved in 80+ start ups incubated at SINE. Several of them have reached great heights, some have failed, and most are active and running their businesses very well.
Prior to SINE, she had corporate experience of over a decade in manufacturing and finance sectors, where she headed secretarial, legal and compliance departments. She has handled IPOs, rights issues, private placements, structured corporate deals, and also dealt with various Indian regulators.
Currently, she is a member of several government committees on innovation, entrepreneurship and incubation. She has also mentored several start-ups outside SINE, and take guest lectures on entrepreneurship. She is the member of Future Trend Forum, a think tank associated with a leading private bank in Spain.
Founder at Wajra O Force Empowerment Foundation
Ruzan desires to ride the net wave and create a big empire on the net. And she works, charged with passion and fire to achieve what no woman has dared to dream --- virtual power over the globe.
She stands apart as a serial entrepreneur in Gujarat with strong fundamentals in the domains of Business Strategy, Programming, marketing, sales and system design. And a believer in working at the grass root level. She’s a woman who always wants to innovate and experiment - unconstrained by convention.
In spite of Ruzan being formally graduated in biochemistry and done post graduation in life sciences, she has beaten a path to the higher echelons of the IT industry in Gujarat at a very young age.
Currently her company is doing creating applications using Augmented Reality. It has been called the future of e-governance, social mobile networking, experiential marketing and entertainment.
She has introduced a technology called PoliceHEART 1091 (Help Emergency Alert Rescue Terminal) in association with Gujarat Home and Police Department Which has rescued thousands of women from rape, molestation, domestic violence, kidnapping. Smart phone/GPS not needed. No need to speak. Just call 1091.Police will find location and rescue the victim.
Industries Commissioner and Chairman at iNDEXTb
Mrs. Mamta Verma, IAS serves as the Industries commissioner of M.D - GIIC. Mrs. Verma serves as Chairperson at GVFL Ltd. She has been Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited since October 5, 2015.
Co-founder, Director Octane Marketing Pvt. Ltd.
Punit Modhgil is deeply passionate about India, Internet and Inclusion. He is the Managing Director & Co-founder of Octane.in (India’s no 1 Marketing on demand platform for 1:1 campaigns) and also the founding editor of India Marketing Review, a video blog featuring conversations with India CMO community. He also serves on the executive board of DMA Asia and was awarded the prestigious DMAi Knight recognition in 2015 for his contribution to the marketing fraternity in the region.
Punit has two decades of experience spanning mature markets and emerging ones. He has been an entreprenuer 3 times over (one success and one in progress) and also has held a number of senior positions in product management, sales and marketing with some of the world’s leading technology brands like Microsoft Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Siebel Systems, NIIT etc. At Microsoft, he led marketing for India’s largest software license business with annual revenues exceeding USD 500million. He has led marketing outsourcing projects on both sides of the table.
Before his role at Microsoft, he had incubated a marketing outsourcing business called Pro-more, built on a global delivery model serving the large UK clients with client servicing function in London (UK), design in Santa Cruz (California) and delivery/program management in Bengaluru (Karnataka). At Talisma, he led the worldwide marketing efforts for this leading CRM company while based out of Bengaluru serving markets like the US, UK and mainland Europe.
Punit has served on the advisory board of the first Parliamentary Committee in India on National Information Infrastructure (1996) which led to the creation of Ministry of IT. He has been profiled in The Economic Times’ Global Indian and is often invited to industry conferences to share his expertise in the areas of technology, marketing, startups and inclusion.
Punit is a fellow lifetime member of the IoD (Institute of Directors). He’s also serves as a trustee on the board of SETU Foundation (mysetu.org, an NCR based NGO focussed on skills development & child education).
Punit has a graduate degree in science, majoring in Physics, from Ranchi University in India and has attended extensive management development programs during his career. An avid snowboarder and a published photographer, he lives between New Delhi and London.
Director and Associate Head Innovation and Entrepreneurship, DST, Govt. of India
Over 25 years + of professional experience in Management of Govt. of India programmes on Innovation,Entrepreneurship, Startups and Incubation coupled with research and academic experience at premier Technical institute .
Chair of MICA Incubator , MICA
Prof. UT Rao , is a passionate academician and an entrepreneur, currently he is the chairperson of MICA Incubator ( India's only Communication Technology focused incubator supported by the Dept of Science and Technology , Govt of India ) . MICA Incubator is now recognsied incubator under the start up india scheme as well as nodal agency for start up assistance scheme for Govt of Gujarat . Having taken over the Incubator operations in 2013, he build from scratch the Incubator operations to sync/work better with the new paradigms in and building the startup ecosystem of tomorrow. Has nearly 18 years of experience including 7 years as senior management/leadership role specifically education and healthcare. Lead Sense International‘s South Asia operations for nearly five years.
As an early stage investor and mentor in start ups, he has invested in several early stage start ups namely e Swasthya Mediserve Pvt Ltd , Openfuel and few others . He is also on board of few private incubator like Innovify (Non Executive Director) and LEAF ( GLS University ) . He has also been advisory role at Yourstory and IMT Ghaziabad. Loves to interact with today’s youth and imparts training in Entrepreneurship & Finance courses across some of India’s best educational institutions as well as internationally as visiting and guest faculty. In the last couple of years he has taught at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley, IIT? Roorkee, IIT? Gandhinagar , IMT Ghaziabad, National Institute of Design, DAIICT, MICA University, Sains Malayasia , University of Waikato(New Zealand).
He writes for newspapers and scholarly journals on entrepreneurship and currently he is doing a survey
on entrepreneurship in technology institutes and management institutions across India. He is also a TiE charter member and board member of TiE , Ahmedabad chapter and is very actively involved with the local entrepreneurial community. Prof. Rao is also invited committee member in several central govt committees and state govt of Gujarat on promotion of entrepreneurship , innovation and incubation.
Founder and CEO of Twist Mobile
Virat Khutal is the Founder and CEO of Twist Mobile, the mobile game publishing and development company in India.
On top of his daily role in Twist Mobile, Virat is also the Virtual Reality enthusiast and mentor for various start up.
Virat is a game developer at heart, a business developer in his head and a speaker on the cover. He is specialised in:
- Game development (over 30 games and 10 apps developed, across 3 platforms and 7 genres)
- Business Development (Deal maker on multiple of deals that generates value for Twist Mobile)
- Speaker - Keynote Speaker-Nokia World 2012, Mobile Tech-Spark-YourStory 2013, IAMAI Digital Summit 2014 and countless industry conferences.
He has served in the game and tech related industry since 2006, mastering his skill in creative directing, strategic development, investment, publishing, product development and game company operation along the way. He started his career as a game developer in Gameloft. At 2013 he won the 130 Million Downloads on Nokia Store. He is the first South-Asian Company to get 10 Million downloads in 3 Month.
Specialties: General Gaming Development, Virtual Reality, Business Development, Investment, Creative Directing/Training and Social Media Strategy.
Product/Growth at Microsoft Accelerator India
Prasanna has worked with over 100 founders at 80+ startups in the Microsoft Accelerator. Worldwide the accelerator has worked with 550+ startups with 60+% getting follow on funding.
Prasanna has designed 4 different strategic interventions for startups to go through in the accelerator, helping them achieve 24 months of growth in 4 months. Having been part of two startups, and having angel invested in a couple of startups, he is able to understand and empathize with founders deeply. Prasanna has a MS in Telecom engg, from UTDallas and BE ECE from College of Engg, Guindy.
Prasanna is also a Fellow at iSPIRT, where he works on a program for early entrepreneurs: ikenstartup.com
Founder and Chief Entrepreneur Officer at Spinta Global Accelerator
Prashant has over 25 years of product development and management experience in software industry working for companies such as HP, SGI, DEC as well as multiple start-ups where he was a founder. He has co-founded and invested in several start-ups and led them to successful exits creating significant gains for employees, management and investors. He has MBA, MS, BS degrees from reputed institutes.
Prashant is Founder and Chief Executive Officer for KloudData, Inc, a Silicon Valley based leading technology start-up that offers BigData Analytics solutions on Cloud to Fortune 2000 companies. KloudData also offers Cloud and On-Premises implementation (and cloud migration) services for ERP, Business Analytics and Enterprise Mobility systems; along with Kloud Management Services (KMS) for managing these systems in the cloud.
Director & Co Founder, Travelyaari.com
Aurvind Lama, one of the co-founders of Travelyaari.com, is a B Tech holder from IIIT Allahabad and has worked with Infosys for about two years. He hold an MBA degree from IIM Ahmedabad and has interned with the largest logistics company in the world - Deutsche Post World Net. It was here that he learnt about strategizing, investment building and realized that with the right pricing a lot could be achieved in today's market.
Founder & CEO at Villgro Innovations Foundation
Mr. Paul Basil is Founder and CEO of Villgro Innovations Foundation and an Ashoka Fellow. Over the last decade, Paul and Villgro has incubated over 100 innovative enterprises, creating over 4000 jobs, touching around 5 million lives in villages across India.
Paul is also co-founder of and Villfarm Agri-Solutions Ltd, a private enterprise that makes available superior and sustainable agri-inputs. Paul has spent around 14 years incubating over 100 innovative enterprises, creating over 4000 jobs, touching around 5 million lives in villages across India.
Paul has also contributed to building the social enterprise eco-system in India through Unconvention, India’s leading conference on innovation and social entrepreneurship across many cities in India, Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at IIT-Madras that focuses on research and education, Villgro fellowship that recruits global mid career professionals to experience social entrepreneurship and the India Chapter of Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs.
Mr. Basil was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002 for his outstanding social entrepreneurship in setting up Villgro. He has also been conferred the Samaj Seva Bhushan Award and the Star Entrepreneur Award
Prior to setting up Villgro, Paul was part of the initial marketing team at Kerala Horticulture Development Programme (a collaborative programme of the Govt of Kerala and the European Union) in developing farmers’ markets. Over 100 farmers markets are now the hubs of commercial horticulture in Kerala. Initiated franchise retailing of fruits and vegetables.
Paul started his career with National Tree Growers Cooperative Federation (affiliate of the National Dairy Development Board) an organization involved in waste-land rehabilitation
An mechanical engineer by training and post-graduate in forestry management, Paul lives in Chennai, India with his family.
CTO AT Autosense
Govind has over 20 years of industry experience including 17 years in the US. His expertise covers consulting, systems integration and product development. In his new role at Capillary, Govind will lead the Delivery, Support, Analytics and Integration teams and over a period of time help expand the Consulting & Professional Services team. With the addition of Govind we are that much more prepared for growth and success in 2014 and beyond.
Capillary provides multiple ways to deliver its Intelligent Customer Engagement Suite. For those clients that want help, whether it’s through managed services or professional services to supplement Capillary’s SaaS-based solution, our Consulting and Professional services team will help every retail marketer form successful and personalized relationships with their customers based on insights derived from customer analytics across multiple channels.
Before joining Capillary, Mr. Sheshadri was with Cognizant for over 8 years where he held multiple leadership roles. Most recently, he was a Partner with Cognizant Business Consulting and was responsible for managing the Customer Solutions business unit. Previously, he was the North America Practice Leader for Cognizant’s Enterprise Application Integration group. Prior to Cognizant, Govind was Director of Product Development at Sun Microsystems/SeeBeyond. He is also a published author with Cambridge University Press and has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangalore University.
Capillary is focused on providing the best solutions and talented people for our clients and also hiring the finest for our global expansion. We believe Govind will play an important role in fulfilling our mission.
Director at NASSCOM 10,000 Startups
Super passionate about the startup and product eco-system. Overall experience of 15 years in product and operations roles across large companies to startups. Over the last 3 years, exclusively focused on building the startup ecosystem across India.
Director – IPWIZZ
Yagnesh, a Chartered Accountant with 20+ years of experience, has served large corporates, especially in the services sector, where he was responsible for the entire Finance function, Business Strategy, Investor Relations, Valuations and Mergers & Acquisitions. He has been part of the top management in all his assignments. He has, also worked in a top Global private equity and venture capital (PE/VC) firm and hence possesses a keen sense of the investor mindset. He has extensive experience in handling listed companies and has a deep sense of understanding of the Capital Markets.
He is a Director at IPWIZZ, Mumbai.
Past corporate experience –
1. MT Educare Ltd as CFO (Chief Financial Officer) and Business Head – Robomate and
2. Hinduja Global Solutions Limited as Global CFO (Part of the multinational conglomerate Hinduja Group)
3. Bessemer Venture Partners as it’s India Operating Partner (Leading PE/VC firm headquartered in the US)
4. Entertainment World Developers Limited as CFO (Part of the Atul Ruia led Phoenix Mills Group).
Principal at Omnivore Partners
Subhadeep has been responsible for sourcing deals, due diligence and supporting/ leading investment activities in multiple startups; focusing on agricultural mechanization, supply chain technologies, digital agriculture and sustainable inputs amongst other subsectors.
Over the last 5 years, Subhadeep has travelled across India, evaluating hundreds of companies in the agriculture/food processing sector for investment. He has also travelled extensively to USA and Israel to get insights on the global startup ecosystem in these sectors.
He is a regular speaker on topics around ag-tech and food, start-ups and their investment potential at conferences organized by industry associations like CII, FICCI etc. and at many eminent institutes including – IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Lucknow and IIT’s.
He is currently on the board of three investee companies and works closely with four portfolio companies, on a variety of issues ranging from hiring, business development, strategy and general scale up related challenges.
Before Joining Omnivore in 2011, Subhadeep had interned with Mahindra & Mahindra (Farm & Auto Sector), working on their entry into the micro-irrigation space.
Subhadeep earned a B.Sc. (Honors) in Agricultural Science from Haryana Agricultural University, where he was the batch topper and a Post Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness Management from IIM-Ahmedabad.
(Omnivore® Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in startups from India developing breakthrough technologies for food and agriculture. URL: www.omnivore.vc )
Chief Architect -SDGA Accelerator and Chair- Innovation & Competitiveness Task Force- UN ESCAP
Akash is the Chief Architect of the Sustainable Development Goals Accelerator (SDGA). The SDGA identifies and supports disruptive innovations & start-ups that can radically transform businesses/industries in high impact areas viz. Agri & Food, Water, Health, Energy, ICT, Consumer care.
Over the last 12 years, Akash has conceptualized and led several flagship programs for S & T agencies, Development agencies, Private sector, Public service R&D, Platforms, Start-up clusters etc. for both developing and developed ecosystems. He has been part of 40+ licensing deals & involved in fundraising of ~108+ Mn USD.
Akash is also on the board of SkyQuest Technology Group (USA,INDIA), Chairs the Innovation & Competitiveness Task Force of the UN ESCAP, Sustainable Business Network-SBN (Thailand), Technology Innovation International-TII (Luxembourg), President of Indian Innovators Association, Western Chapter and commercialization advisor for International Federation of Inventors Association- IFIA (Geneva).
EU-Research - Innovation Networks - Team Building
Bruno Woeran is currently EU- Affairs Manager at www.Merinova.fi Oy – Technology Center AB for EnergyVaasa.fi Cluster. Fostering the collaboration of Vaasa industry, higher education and regional institutions for international networking and cooperation in Research, Technology and Innovation actions; Strategies for EU Research Grants; directly funded - EU, Int’l and Nat’l - Opportunities; Proposal Management from application to execution and follow-up; regional networking and interest group.
In his previous positions he worked as Special Advisor EU- Research Programmes Management and Open Innovation Networks at www.LUT.fi. Research Grant policies; Process Management from ideation, application to execution and follow-up; Research Grant Officer and Senior Expert Controlling at www.IST.ac.at Austria, the basic research institute near Vienna overseeing Research Grants; Research Group Controlling, Reports and Budgeting fostering a growth from 4 to 22 research groups and their involvement in competitive research funding opportunities within 1.5 years.
In 2010 he served as Senior Consultant ICT at www.eutema.com Technology Management Ltd, in Vienna, the experts for strategic technology development in co-operation with its European partner network.
Since 1996, he was Managing Director for DANUBE, the Vienna Region int’l transfer organisation for companies, universities, and research institutions on European Programmes for Innovation and Technology Transfer, Vocational Training (LLProgramme), Research and Technological Development (FP3-7).
He holds a Masters degree in BSAD from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (‘93) and from the University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna (‘91).
Bruno Woeran is co-editor and author of articles on innovation research, knowledge transfer and expert systems and works intensively on training and certification, for organisations' innovation and knowledge management issues and regional innovation management tools, especially SMEs.
He is international trainer for EU- Research, Higher Education and Innovation management projects and supports the EQF - European Qualification Framework through www.ecqa.org. He was chairman and conference host and serves on several boards for Innovation Management www.ispim.org, vocational training networks to support academic human capital exchange www.leo-net.org, and is currently President of TII fostering Technology Transfer www.tii.org.
Director - IP Portfolio Management and Licensing at Cedars-Sinai
He leads a team of marketing and licensing professionals responsible for engaging with faculty, staff, industry and other internal and external stakeholders involved in commercialization of the intellectual property arising from more than $100 million in research conducted annually at Cedars-Sinai. Nirdesh manages the portfolio of more than 200 technologies and is responsible for new invention procurement and assessment, patent and commercialization strategy for the portfolio of intellectual property, and all business development and licensing negotiations.
Nirdesh also manages the project selection, project management and development of selected technologies supported through Tech Transfer Internal Fund. Prior to joining the Technology Transfer Office, Nirdesh served as Director of Research and Development at California State University, Los Angeles, where he was responsible for research management, research compliance and headed the technology transfer practice.
Development Assistance Specialist (Innovation) at USAID- India
Ms. Moni Sinha Sagar is the Development Assistance Specialist (Innovation) at the Center for Innovation and Partnerships at United States Agency for International Development (USAID) India. She provides technical and managerial oversight for the innovations and the partnerships portfolio at USAID.
She provides leadership for the implementation of flagship projects of USAID like the Millennium Alliance which is a platform that brings together multiple donors, private sector partners, Government of India and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (FICCI) to build India’s social innovation ecosystem by stimulating funding of game-changing ideas at seed stage, as well as facilitating scale-up of social enterprises that have proof of concept. Additionally, she leads the India Partnerships Program for USAID/India that is catalyzing engagement with private sector partners to improve the development impact, and solicit joint solutions to global development challenges. She is also the India lead for the Development Innovations Ventures programs implemented by The Global Development Lab which supports an open competition supporting breakthrough solutions and identifies innovative ideas, pilots and tests them using cutting-edge analytical methods, and scales solutions that demonstrate widespread impact and cost-effectiveness.
In the past, she has provide leadership to communication and capacity building programs of USAID, as well as private sector partnership programs including those looking at market-based solutions, and shared value partnerships. She brings 17 years of experience in the field of Innovations, Strategic Communication, Partnerships and Alliances and last mile connectivity for products and services for the Base of the pyramid. She holds credit for working on innovative, out-of-the-box models that improve access and deliver health care effectively at lower costs but better quality. She has also helped partnerships in WASH and catalyzed involvement of private sector partners to create a social movement in support of Swachh Bharat Mission.
Managing Partner at ProGro Ventures & Advisors
Prashant is the founder and managing partner of ProGro Ventures and Advisors which aims brings
together Progressive Growth ventures in India’s startup / early stage sector and evolved individual
and institutional investors from across the globe to create high impact, high growth companies of
the future providing an opportunity for outsized returns.
With a keen interest in the startup ecosystem and in his capacity as an angel investor he has invested in and mentored startups across a variety of sectors including, financial services for the BOP, Fin-tech, skill development, technology & clean-tech. He is biased to investing in early stage ventures in the impact investment and social sector space and is a member of a number of angel networks.
With over 2 decades of corporate experience, Prashant had been with Standard Chartered Bank for the 18 years in a variety of roles. In the last role as South Asia Head for Public Sector and
Development organizations, his work included policy advocacy and ideation with the Governments, central banks and policy think tanks. He has closed a number of transactions with Global development financial institutions including the ADB, IFC and the World Bank Group and has implemented award winning programs that help increase access to finance to the world’s unbanked and under-banked populations. Over the years he has been a speaker at industry events across the world and has authored articles on Microfinance and Financial inclusion, which have been published in international publications.
General Counsel and Company Secretary, Tata Technologies
Mr. Kapoor is Tata Technologies’ General Counsel and Company Secretary. Mr. Kapoor joined Tata Technologies in 2006 and is responsible for Tata Technologies’ global legal, regulatory and corporate governance activities and policies. He oversees legal issues such as structuring strategic business contracts, intellectual property rights, legal due diligence, mergers, joint ventures, arbitration and litigation management.
Mr. Kapoor’s background includes dealing with high-visibility boards of directors and handling complex board matters such as those related to insider trading, private and public offerings, and Employee Stock Ownership Plans. Mr. Kapoor has been instrumental in implementing various corporate governance initiatives. Before joining Tata Technologies, Mr. Kapoor provided legal expertise to companies including Polaris Software, Domino's Pizza, and Allied Nippon. Prior to his involvement with Tata Technologies, Mr. Kapoor was a member of the ASSOCHAM Expert Committee on Company Law in 2005 and is a regular speaker at various forums and conferences on topics related to strategic risk management and managing intellectual property rights.
Mr. Kapoor is currently a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and a law graduate from CCS Haryana Agricultural University, India. He completed his MBA in Finance and Information Technology at the Institute of Management Technology Ghaziabad, India.
Managing Director at FITT, IIT DELHI
He works at the interface of business and research. He is an IIT Delhi Doctorate having years of experience in specialty chemicals and clean processes. He has several proprietary reports, patents and publications to his credit. Anil Wali has worked in chemical industry for 19 years.
Besides having strategic customer and quality orientation, he has multifaceted experience with respect to R&D management, technology development and licensing, infrastructure &project issues, opportunity assessment, entrepreneurship, IPR policy and strategy, open innovation, training etc.
He is also called upon to deliberate and participate in the area of sustainability. Anil Wali has been the Managing Director at Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT) – an autonomous interface organization at IIT Delhi since 2006. Besides looking at issues of concern to SMEs, he is overseeing technology transfer, enabling partnerships and driving innovations and incubation in the academia.
Dr.Wali is part of several committees – addressing, inter alia, issues of education, industry-academia relationship, IP management and entrepreneurship development. He lectures widely. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Management, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.
Director at Steinbeis India
He has over twenty years of industry experience. Having a degree in Electrical Engineering and Ex. Masters in International Business, he has worked for almost two decades with reputed companies like Rockwell Automation, Crompton Greaves, Prudent Automation, Confederation of Indian Industry and Thermopads. Presently he is the Managing Director of 2E Knowledge Ventures Pvt. Ltd. and also heading Steinbeis Centre for Technology Transfer India – a Network Centre of Steinbeis GmbH & Co. KG for Technologietransfer, Germany under agreement with 2E Knowledge Ventures. He is also Co-Director at Steinbeis Institute for Advanced Technology Training, Research & Entrepreneurship, Aachen, under Steinbeis University Berlin. Under his leadership, Steinbeis India has established a Technology Transfer Network of more than 10 Transfer Centres in India involving Professional Academic Institutions, Individual Experts and Industry Associations, where the technology problems from industry are resolved and / or Technology Transfer is undertaken by academic institutions either individually or utilising the strength of Steinbeis Global network. This is a unique model of Technology Services Entrepreneurs development and support with Experts and Professional Institutions across the country. He has been successful in technology transfers in several areas including Solar Inverters, consulting and implementation of off-grid & mini-grid solar PV projects, Plastics, Rusting and Painting, Welding and Automation Technologies – utilising this model.
Under his leadership Steinbeis India has developed training and entrepreneurship models for Solar PV technology and trained more than 1500 professionals, entrepreneurs and technicians till date. As a result of the training experience and expertise gained over last six years, 2E Knowledge Ventures is a approved Technician & Entrepreneurs Training Provider by MNRE, under JNNSM, partner of National Institute of Solar Energy - a Centre of excellence set-up by MNRE, Training Partner of Electronics Sector Skill Council of India, a Centre of Excellence approved by European Energy Centre UK and also a partner of European Business and Technology Centre – a project of European Commission in India. Recently he has been involved in establishing Technology Solutions under Smart Cities Project of Govt. of India, an ADB funded project on Clean Technologies promotion in India, Training Programs on Innovation Management for SMEs and Intermediary Organisations, and setting-up Technology Transfer Centre in Sri Lanka in partnership with GIZ Germany. Steinbeis India is also involved in Technology Transfer and Trainings for Technology Centre and MSME Entrepreneurs under partnership with Ministry of MSME and Ministry of Heavy Industries, Govt. of India.
Managing Director AT InnoVen Capital India
Vinod Murali is Managing Director at InnoVen Capital and is responsible for leading the business unit engaged in providing Venture Debt to innovative, high growth VC backed companies in India. He also oversees the mezzanine financing business and is responsible for management of the India debt portfolio. Vinod has led 100+ venture debt transactions to companies like Snapdeal, Myntra, Freecharge, Prizm Payments, Practo, Portea, Byju’s Classes, Carwale, Faasos, Manthan Systems and Capillary Tech among others. InnoVen is sector agnostic but has a preference for Technology, Financial services, Media, Healthcare, Consumer/Retail and Education.
InnoVen Capital India currently has investments from Temasek and UOB (Singapore) with an aggregate equity commitment of $200 Million to build out Asia’s premier venture debt platform. InnoVen was formerly known as SVB India Finance, (subsidiary of Silicon Valley Bank).
Prior to joining InnoVen in 2008, Vinod worked in Citigroup as part of the Corporate and Investment Banking Group where he managed large corporate relationships across Auto, Healthcare and Consumer industries. He also initiated Citibank India’s lending foray into the Media sector. Vinod started his banking career with ICICI Bank in marketing with stints in the Corporate Branding Group, Rural Business Group as well as the Corporate Banking Group.
Vinod holds a PGDBM from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad and a Bachelor’s in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology at Chennai (Madras). Vinod enjoys running and has a keen interest in Trivia as well as Science Fiction.
Director (Operations & Analytics) at EMC Services
Managing Partner AT Seedfund
Bharati Jacob is a Founder-Partner of Seedfund, an early stage fund that invests in innovative Indian start-ups. She has extensive experience in venture investing, marketing and financial services.
She co-founded Seedfund in 2006 and has raised money in two funds from marquee institutions. The 32 diverse investments include Redbus (on-line bus ticketing), Edusports (sports in schools), Jeeves (post sales service for appliances), Axisrooms (organizing hotel inventory) among others. Seedfund’s exit from Redbus – a company which she identified as an early investment and served on the board - to a strategic investor, was among the top three venture capital deals of the last decade for return on capital invested.
Prior to Seedfund, she was a partner at Infinity Ventures, a pioneer in Indian early stage investing whose exits include Indiagames and India Bulls (listing in India). Before that she held the P&L responsibility for the Southern operations of Investment bank Lazard India. Prior to Lazard she worked in Minneapolis with the strategy group at Northwest Airlines (now Delta).Her early experience prior to business school was in consumer market research in India.
She has Masters degrees from The Wharton School of University Pennsylvania and XLRI Jamshedpur and is an alumni of the Shriram College of Commerce, University of Delhi.
Co-Founder & CEO at Math Buddy LLC
Math Buddy LLC is an innovative educational services company established in 2007 for developing research based technology solutions to help students all over the world learn math concepts better. It has corporate office in Vadodara, India, and a branch office in Ann Arbor, MI. The vision is to make quality educational tools affordable and accessible worldwide. The mission is to develop best in class educational tools to help both learners and educators achieve their goals, and to make teaching and learning Maths a lot more fun. The flagship product Math Buddy @School Math Lab is installed in schools as a virtual Math lab to help teachers teach Maths through activities and for children to interactively learn concepts by playing with the activities. This is supplemented by an online portal Math Buddy Online to help students continue the learning from the comfort of their homes. In India, the curriculum is based on NCERT and every topic is made easy to learn through research based activities that relate Math topics to real life examples. The role of a teacher becomes that of a facilitator in the classroom, and every child in the classroom wants to participate when learning with Math Buddy. Having spent the initial years in developing and refining the content, as well as test marketing in some key schools across India, this is our first year when we plan to take Math Buddy lab to schools across India. Our goal is to install Math Buddy @School Lab in at least 250 schools and generate 10,000 subscriptions during the 2010-2011 academic year.
CEO- National Design Business Incubator
Dr. Vikram Singh Parmar is a CEO of the National Design Business Incubator, Ahmedabad (NDBI), and an Associate Senior Designer in the Product Design department at the National Institute of Design (NID). Dr. Parmar has a decade of experience in teaching, researching and consulting in the European and South Asian Sector in the area of developing products and services for emerging markets. Particularly in the area of “Design for behavior change” in the domain of healthcare and waste management. He received his PhD in Industrial Design Engineering from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands on “Design Framework for Developing ICT Products and Services for Rural Development”. He did his masters in industrial design from IIT Bombay, India, and bachelors in Architecture from the Institute of Environmental Design, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat.
He was a full time Assistant Professor for two years (2009-10), and (visiting from 2011-15) with the department of Design Engineering, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He was also a visiting faculty at IIT Gandhinagar and Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Technology, India. Dr. Parmar, has served as a Project leader of the “Emerging Market” theme in Design Initiatief organization, consultant for Dutch Ministry, and Board member (2010-12) for Finland network “Finode”-Framework for Sustainable and User-driven Innovations in the Bottom of the Pyramid Markets for Kenya, India, and Mozambique.
Group Head AT Equity Markets, NSE & CEO AT NSE Academy
Has been with NSE almost since inception. Managed all areas of Exchange functioning from Regulation to Surveillance to Operations to trading and clearing functions to Business Development.
Has been spearheading Exchange initiatives in financial inclusion and SME & Start up platforms. Has represented NSE in various committees, advisory bodies set up by the Government and Regulatory bodies and international capital market organizations. Has a degree in Chemistry, advanced diploma in Management and attended global management programs at leading management institutions in India and abroad.
Qualcomm Research India Head
Mr. Dhananjay Gore is Head of Qualcomm Research India at Bangalore. He is responsible for all RnD efforts at the center spanning 3G/4G (UMTS & LTE) protocol and modem design, imaging, virtual reality, ASIC enablement and embedded software. He also leads the modem and multi-media systems engineering teams for chipset product development at Qualcomm India.
Principal Advisor at KellyGamma Advisors LLP
Sharvil Parikh is the Principal Advisor at KellyGamma Advisors LLP. He also manages KellyGamma Fund One, a SEBI registered Alternative Investment Fund. The firm is engaged in Fund Management, Portfolio Management services and advice. KellyGamma also evaluates private and start-up businesses and raises capital for various businesses and investments in the market.
Sharvil has a unique blend of expertise in Portfolio management and investment analysis and has hands-on experience in technology business management and its full life cycle as an entrepreneur. For the last ten years he has been actively managing investments in various capacities. His primary investment interests include capital allocation using various portfolio models and strategies, identifying underpriced opportunities, and applying a right mix of technical criteria on fundamentally sound businesses and sectors. Evaluating start-up companies where conventional revenue and profit data is not available are of special interest to him. His educational background in operations research and decision making theory uniquely qualify him to evaluate investment opportunities in addition to active participation in the markets.
Before fully transitioning his focus to the world of Investing, Sharvil has successfully founded and managed an ERP and software services business in Silicon Valley, CA for twelve years. He worked as an ERP and Business Software and Systems Development professional as an individual contributor as well as in Senior Management positions for six years prior to that and has successfully led and managed projects working for Fortune 500 corporations.
Sharvil has a Master’s Degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, USA and a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from L.D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad, India.
Founder Chairman - DICCI
Milind Kamble is an Indian entrepreneur and the founder of the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Dicci). He was honoured by the Government of India, in 2013, by bestowing on him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his contributions to the fields of trade and industry.
Milind Kamble is the Chairman of the DICCI which he has founded. Besides he is a member of the planning board of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). He was also a member of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) under the UPA government.
He also manages his constructions company, Fortune Constructions, in the capacity of the Chairman and is a Director of Mishra Associates, the company for which he worked as a sub contratcor during the initial stages of his career.
Manager, Ecosystem Development at icreate
Ankit leads the Ecosystem development activities at icreate. He is passionate to develop the entrepreneurial capacity in India by bringing together the policies, structures, programs and climate that foster innovation and promotes entrepreneurship. He has significant experience in creating and supporting technology entrepreneurship ecosystem, fostering startup culture, setting up incubation spaces and processes. Ankit also takes care of all reach-out programs, branding & promotion of icreate as well handles the entire student vertical at icreate. He manages large scale ecosystem development initiatives involving all stakeholders such as students, parents, faculty, aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and service providers and conducts reachouts events, seminars & workshops, international conferences and Spark-Up Idea Fund, a special program to fund aspiring student startups. Ankit has been playing a versatile role in strengthening the value proposition of the centre by creating partnerships with various institutions, corporate and academia. He has been invited in many round-table meetings held to shape Startup Policies at various forums. He has been invited to be part of many judging panels to evaluate Startup Pitches, B-Plan Competitions, Project Fairs, Open House, Start-Up Challenges, Bootcamps and Workshops. He is passionate about working with people and impacting their lives by creating a social change through technology entrepreneurship and is a true evangelist of Next Gen Entrepreneurship. Ankit is a Gold Medalist in MBA from Nirma University and holds a BE in Electronics & Tele-Communication from Pune University.
Director at Innovify Research Foundation
Vikas Agarwal is a Co-Founder, Product Evangelist, Seed Investor, Mentor, and Entrepreneur specializing in technology led start-ups with over 12 years of experience. He has co-founded Innovify and his proven leadership has led to the success of startups and consistent growth. Innovify is a recognized incubator and nodal agency for Startup Assistance Scheme for Govt. of Gujarat.
Vikas has co-founded AtMayFair and Hustl.It. He has incubated, invested and mentored OneWay.Cab, Converza, EasyMovr, and KwikMedi among various others. He believes in creating value for customers in a fast growing hyper-competitive market. For his expertise and belief, Innovify was awarded as Best Incubator at the “Make In India Awards for Excellence” by Kalraj Mishra, Union Cabinet Minister for MSME.
He has broad experience in diverse industries like education, IT and textile along with exposure to global markets like the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. His expertise lies in technology, product management, finance, building & nurturing strong and agile functioning teams.
Vikas is a frequent speaker at various forums that encourages particularly college students, to believe in their ideas and dreams for new ventures. He is a member of Young Indians - CII, charter member of TiE Ahmedabad chapter, and GESIA. He is very actively engaged with the local entrepreneurial community.
Co-Founder at FundTonic
Akshit is a Co Founder at FundTonic, an ecosystem that makes startup funding really easy for innovative startups and smart investors. Previously, he was heading Deal Executions at Intellecap Impact Investment Network. Along with angel investments concluded, provided exit opportunities in a number of portfolio companies . He is a co-Founding Member, IntelleGrow, India’s first venture debt fund and has worked with HDFC Bank Emerging Corporates Group and build one of the largest book sizes.
He is a Mentor to IIM Ahmedabad, Power of Ideas Start up Program and Advisor, DITS – Chrysalis Combine Start up Incubator. He is a visiting faculty for various B-Schools. He holds a PGDM Finance from SIESCOMS.
Specialties: Entrepreneurship, analyzing startups for investments, Angel investing, Incubating teams and defining a framework for successful execution.
Senior President- Business Banking
Mr. Bhadresh Pathak is senior president for Business Banking division of YES Bank. He has an overall experience of 21 years in the field of banking and financial services especially in SME, retail and corporate banking. Apart from YES Bank Mr. Pathak has also worked with Axis Bank, IDBI Bank and Gujarat Lease Finance Limited. By qualification Mr. Pathak is MBA and BE (electrical)
Advisor at IIT-Gandhinagar
Mr. Jha joined the IIT Gandhinagar in March 2016 to help building industry-academia partnerships, fundraise, develop internships, and R&D related projects for IIT Gandhinagar. He also provides a variety of career-related counseling to students and professional guidance to incubatees . Mr. Jha has more than 38 years of leadership experience – as Senior Vice-President and General Manager, with Alstom and ABB among others -- in power and energy industry across Asia, USA and China. He has also served on the boards of several group companies.
Mr. Jha obtained his Bachelor of Technology (B. TECH) in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1977. In addition, he obtained various acclaimed certificates in business administration and management from IIM-A, ABB Zurich and Alstom USA, among others.
Senior Vice President AT Amway India
Sandeep Prakash comes with a rich experience of over 21 years in Sales & Marketing and Business Operations in FMCG, Service and Telecom industry in various markets across India with a track record of spearheading new business initiatives, process improvements, infrastructure setup and managing large business volumes.
An alumni of IIM Calcutta, Sandeep has been associated with Amway for 16 years and has held various leadership positions in the key functions at Amway. He has been instrumental in setting up Amway operations in Northern and Southern Region. His leadership has been a critical factor in enhancing the company’s performance and sustained growth.
Founder & CEO at Skymet Weather
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Skymet Weather Services Pvt. Ltd. (erstwhile Skymet), pioneers in private sector initiative in weather forecasting and information services in India.
The company had modest beginnings in 2003 as providers of weather information and infographics to television and print media. Today, the company has ushered in weather solutions for sectors as varied as energy (distribution and renewable), shipping, agriculture (advisories and remote sensing based crop yield, acreage and health estimation), and risk (agriculture and energy) in India following its humble beginnings serving the media industry.
Skymet envisions accurate weather forecasts available to the common man, empower the Indian farmer to plan farm activities weather wise and support Indian industry to take informed risks in the short and long term wherever weather affects it.
Skymet has started an India centric weather website www.indianweatherforecast.comavailable in English, Hindi and Marathi. Plans of launching it in many more Indian languages as well as going global are on anvil.
Jatin is an alumnus of Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, where his commentary on the political situation in Southeast Asia were published and widely acclaimed, and has a Master’s Degree in International Relations and International Communication from Boston University. He has worked with Associated Press, Aajtak and Headlines Today as a producer.
Director AT Naireeta Services
Mr. Biplab Ketan Paul is also director of NSPL. His primary task in the organization lies in technology implementation and adaptation in execution model to suit local needs. Mr. Biplab Paul is a grassroot development professional; for last two decades Biplab is diligently working on innovative technical solutions, ameliorating both rural and urban poverty. His World Bank IDM 2007 awarded water technology is enabling poor women farmers towards disaster preparedness and lifelong food security in rural India; He has also been awarded as Ambassador for Peace, Ashoka Global Change maker, Change maker for India, Water Star, Best Contributor for State Development, (to name a few)
Co-Founder AT ah! Ventures & Pronto Infotech
Armed with a B.Tech from IIT Mumbai, Abhijeet worked with Deloitte Consulting as an Associate Consultant before moving on to found his own company, Pronto Infotech, in the ITES space. Here, he faced and overcame the challenges that come with setting up an enterprise, and in the last 6 years, has created a successful venture with a multi-crore revenue stream. He has worked with numerous clients across industries and in various functional domains including Tax, Retail, HR, E-Commerce, Web, Supply Chain, Technology, Banking and others.
Having consulted in both business and technical capacities, and with the extensive experience working directly and indirectly for various functional domains, Abhijeet has the ability to evaluate ventures across the board and help entrepreneurs with intelligent cost planning through optimisation of systems, processes and networks, as well as creating and achieving targets. With his wide network of professionals from various verticals like operations, finance, accounting, and marketing, Abhijeet is not only able to help stem temporary gaps, but also generate business.
Founder & MD AT iNurture Education Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Ashwin Ajila is a multi-faceted professional who has used his expertise in pioneering ideas to create successful endeavors.
He is a chartered accountant articled and qualified from KPMG Peat Marwick, UK. He also started his professional career with a five year stint with them. This helped him develop his entrepreneurial drive which led to the creation of a pioneering initiative in the field of formal higher education in India, iNurture Education Solutions Private Limited, which has successfully established the innovative University-Industry Partnership (UIP) model.
Under his able guidance, iNurture began its operations in the year 2009. Today, it has grown to have more than 25 partner institutions across India, offering career-ready undergraduate and postgraduate programs in some of the fast growing new-age industry verticals, such as Information Technology (Infrastructure Management, Information Security Management and Storage & Cloud Technology), Mobile Applications, Marketing Leadership & Innovation, Tourism & Hospitality, E-Commerce, Financial Services, Business Analytics, Animation & Special Effects and Design, bridging the gap between university approved mainstream courses and industry requirements. Ashwin has been at the forefront of forging partnerships with universities, colleges and autonomous institutions of higher repute and driving the organization’s growth over the years.
CEO AT DSquare Solutions
Anand is the founder and CEO and brings several years of experience managing the R&D and modeling teams at Sabre and Dell.
He has vast and rich expertise in solving large optimization problems for Fleet and Crew optimization, Revenue Management etc.
He has also worked with the Supply Chain team at Dell building models for manufacturing optimization, logistics, lean manufacturing, supply network optimization, inventory staging and management and pricing for demand shaping.
CEO AT CoBot Systems
"Rahul is the CEO of CoBot Systems. He has been focused on operations & analytics since 2004: first in a startup, Epiance, and then for McAfee and Cisco from 2006 to 2013. During this time, he has developed Analytics Centers of Excellence, filed for a patent, presented at a key international conference on analytics, assisted with the creation of a professional body and certification for analytics, and written a book on analytics.
In 1996 he joined IBM as a management consultant, where he worked on ERP, CRM, e-business, and other key innovation areas. In addition to innovating solution offerings at IBM, he also co-authored the IBM Redbook on Business Architecture in 2001 that was used to train IBM consultants, and filed a patent.
His undergraduate education in operations research and engineering was put to use in his job at the Indian Railways from 1987 to 1992, where he also developed and practiced the range of skills required to lead large organizations. An MBA from Tulane University with an International Fellowship in Operations Research helped him develop an international perspective, hone his quantitative skills, and build a solid foundation for systems thinking.
He has co-authored a book, ""Business Analytics: A Practitioner's Guide”, published by Springer in its International Series in Operations Research & Management Science. This book provides a guide to businesses on how to use analytics, Operations Research & Management Science to improve decision effectiveness."
Director AT Solidarity Advisors
Dr Aniruddha Malpani is a client, strategic advisor, board member of Solidarity Advisors and values custodian. A renowned IVF Specialist, he is also an angel investor who believes in funding ideas and people that will make the world a better place. He has been recognized as one of the “Mogul’s of Impact Investing” in India. He serves on the boards of several technology companies such as IKS Health, Primaseller, Allizhealth, Evobi Automation and Avaaz.
Asia's Best Stand-up Comedian
Papa CJ is a stand-up comedian from India. In November 2014 he won the 'Asia's Best Stand-up Comedian' award by Top 10 Magazine in Kuala Lumpur. He has toured sell-out shows across five continents and in October 2011 he taped a Showtime USA Stand-up Comedy Special with Russell Peters in Amsterdam. Papa CJ’s international TV credits include shows on various channels including Comedy Central, Paramount, ITV, BBC, The Comedy Channel, NBC, Showtime USA, Omni TV and MTV.
Founder & CEO at City Furnish
Neerav Jain is the founder & CEO of ‘City Furnish'. CityFurnish.com is India's Biggest Furniture Rental market place. CityFurnish.com is a one-stop-solution for Furniture and Furnishings rental in India.
Associate Professor of Strategy at IIM Ahmedabad & Chairperson CIIE
Management Researcher and Teacher - in area of Strategic Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Founder & Director at BW Accelerate
Ashu is an entrepreneurship & strategy evangelist with a diverse executive experience across businesses and cultures.
Currently, the Founder & Director of BW ACCELERATE, he has single handedly turned around and fast tracked over 30+ startups in 8 months, with a staggering 80%+fund raise track record. This engagement spans across Healthcare, Physical Healthcare delivery play, Education, Learning SaaS, QSR, B-2-B Procurement SaaS, Sport & Fitness, Social Network play, Lock Screen content delivery platform, Content, Rentals, Logistics etc
Founder at MyDermacy.com
Ankit is a biomedical graduate from Case Western University, Ohio, had spent almost a decade in the skin care space before starting MyDermacy.com