Event Highlights

1 Day
6 Sessions
21 Speakers
500 Attendees

About Us

International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology (icreate) aspires to play a key role in shaping an ecosystem that nurtures talent to build entrepreneurial capital that leverages emerging technologies by focusing on addressing pain-points that impact a vast majority of society.

Whatnext is a flagship annual event organized by icreate. The purpose of this event is to provide a platform for participants to holistically explore trends in emerging technologies, engage with successful entrepreneurs and experts, interact with investors and network.

Whatnext 2016 will bring together a variety of opinion leaders, policy designers, successful entrepreneurs, academicians and leading investors to share the experiences and their vision in creation of a world class startup ecosystem.

The theme of the conference is “Startup Ecosystems - Learn, Shape and Benefit”.


  • Entrepreneurs

  • Academicians

  • R&D Practitioners

  • Policy Makers

  • Investors

  • TBI’s

  • Industry CxOs

  • Technology Enthusiasts

  • Students



Saurabh Patel is currently a member of the 13th Legislative Assembly and has served in the same capacity in 10th and 11th assembly. Born in 1958 on 28th August, the minister has an MBA from USA. Saurabh Patel has initiated some far reaching changes as a minister of a diverse set of portfolios. Under his visionary leadership the ministries have notched up brilliant performances. He is an industrialist with business interests in chemical and plastic industry.

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Shri Saurabh Patel

Minister for Finance, Energy and Petrochemicals, Mines Minerals, Cottage Industries, Salt Industries, Printing and Stationery, Planning, Tourism, Civil aviation, GoG

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Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama

Minister for Education (Primary, Secondary and Adult), Higher and Technical Education, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer affairs, Legislative and Parliamentary affairs, GoG


Mr. Pablo Brenner was previously Chairman of Endeavor Uruguay, Director at several startups, CEO at Wiplug, VP Latin America at Alvarion, and Cofounder and VP R&D at BreezeCOM. When working at BreezeCOM, Pablo participated on the design of the Wifi protocol and is the author of A Technical Tutorial on the IEEE 802.11 Protocol. Pablo earned his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 1987. He graduated Singularity University in 2010, and was twice finalist at the Cisco IPrize competition.

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Mr. Pablo Brenner

CEO & Founder at Collokia, BDE at Globant, Partner at Prosperitas Capital Partners, Director at CPGSoft and Junar Data


Prof. Kandel is a member of the Center for the Study of Rationality at the Hebrew University, a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy and Research in London, and a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute. He is the founder of the Center for Financial Markets and Institutions, and of the MA program in Finance and Financial Economics, both at the Hebrew University. Prof. Kandel served as Editor and Associate Editor of several Finance journals.
Prof. Kandel’s primary area of expertise is Financial Markets and Financial Intermediaries. His research is published in the world leading Finance, Economics and Accounting journals. Prof. Kandel was actively involved (as a researcher and as a consultant) in the 1994-1997 Nasdaq controversy, and the subsequent redesign of the Nasdaq.
Prof. Kandel served as a consultant to government agencies, companies, financial institutions, and non-for-profit organizations. He was the lead advisor on the design of the Mutual and Provident Funds ranking system in Holland and in Israel, and served as a judge on the Israeli Antitrust Court, and as a Chairman of the Investment Committee of pension and provident funds in Israel. Since July 2009 Prof. Kandel has been serving as Head of the National Economic Council in the Prime Minister's Office and Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister.

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Prof. Eugene Kandel

Past Chairman, National Economic Council Israel


An academic and practitioner at once, Dr. Yuklea has been directly involved for the last 35 years in the remarkable build-up process of the Israeli high-tech sector, his career ranging from technology development and engineering to marketing, management, consulting and investment. Dr. Yuklea is an advisor to the Israeli National Economic Council, the Israeli Chief Scientist Office, the UNECE and to EUREKA -the EU Industrial R&D Network. Harry holds a MSEE from TUI, a MSM from Boston University and a PhD from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Yuklea is also the member of icreate Advisory Board.

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Dr. Harry Yuklea

Advisory Board Member, icreate


An alumni of the National Dairy Research Institute (1981) and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad(1984), Shri Harkesh Mittal has been instrumental in giving a new vibrancy to promoting the innovation and entrepreneurial acumen among a wide section of Indian entrepreneurs ranging from simple rural industries to high end technological enterprises.

His two decades long association with the Government has coincided with the beginning of India's economic liberalization initiatives. With his untiring efforts and personal initiative, Shri Mittal has made the innovation and entrepreneurship programme of Department of Science & Technology a much sought after programme by the individual entrepreneurs as well as by the industry and technological circles - not only in India but among the industrially advanced countries of the world.

Shri Mittal has been instrumental in involving the private sector - both national and international- in the task of innovation and entrepreneurship development in India. Companies like Intel, TCS, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, P&G, The Economic Times, etc. have now been involved in this task and quite many of them are making matching contribution and are bringing world class technology commercialization knowledge to India.

He was also the National Programme Director of the UNDP project on SKILLS which aimed to demonstrate that sustainable jobs can be created in innovative vocations through appropriate location specific, need based; competency linked training interventions using the conventional as well as on-line systems.

He has been responsible for establishing networks with international development institutions like the World Bank and EU for bringing the global incubation knowledge to the Indian business incubators. He has worked with UNIDO for Cluster Development as a National Expert. He has helped many Governments to set up incubation facilities and advises them on building up a incubation system. He was an international expert for UNDP on business incubation. He has represented India at various international forums on innovation, entrepreneurship, incubation etc.

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Mr. H K Mittal

Adviser, Member Secretary National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB)


Mr. Arvind Agarwal is currently the Additional Chief Secretary, Industries & Mines Department,Sachivalaya, Gandhinagar. In the past, Mr. Agarwal has worked in different departments in Government of Gujarat in various capacities.

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Mr. Arvind Agarwal, IAS

Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Industries & Mines Department, GoG


Mr. Sunil Parekh is the Founding Curator – Global Shapers Initiatives at World Economic Forum, Geneva. He is also an Advisor to Zydus (Pharma) and Jubilant Group (Energy). He is the Founder & Chairman of PanIIT Alumni-Gujarat. Mr. Parekh is a member of several advisory boards like the Vibrant Gujarat Advisory Board 2011, 2013, 2015; CIIE@IIMA, NDBI @ NID and several university and MBA programs. He is also a board member of GCCI, FICCI, GESIA and AMA. He is the Founder of Gujarat Angels. Mr. Sunil Parekh is an engineer from IIT Delhi and has over 30 years of professional experience including 15 years of international exposure in Africa, Europe, and the U.S.

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Mr. Sunil Parekh

Founding Curator @ AGS, WEF Geneva Initiative, Stalwart of Start Ups, Incubators & Policy


An investment-banking veteran with a knack of concluding large, complex transactions. Mr.Sanjay has over 20 years of experience, with a deep and on the ground understanding and exposure of handling more than a 100 mid and large sized transactions, across a range of multiple sectors. Over the years Sanjay has developed an expertise of concluding complex transactions that require a nuanced perspective of the client’s business, as well as, the macro environment impacting the client’s decisions. Sanjay is a passionate supporter and enabler of the entrepreneurial eco-system in India. He encourages aspiring and budding entrepreneurs through angel investments in early & concept stage companies. Sanjay is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and the Indian Angel Network.

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Mr. Sanjay Bansal

Founder and Managing Partner, Aurum Equity Partners


Sanjay Garg IAS KL:1994 served as Director, Department of  Economic Affairs and then joined as Joint Secretary, Department of Defence.

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Mr. Sanjay Garg

IAS, Joint Secretary (Defence Industries Promotion)


Ashish Tuteja is a Partner in McKinsey & Company, Bangalore. He currently leads McKinsey’s digital and fast growth tech practice. He has led several transformation programs with companies. Ashish completed his (Masters) and BA from University of Cambridge.

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Mr. Ashish Tuteja

Partner at McKinsey


Prof. Jajoo joined IIM- Ahmedabad in 1980. Previously, he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Delaware, USA from 1987 to 1989. He has participated in more than thirty consulting projects for national and international, private and public sector organizations. He has been invited several times to design and conduct workshop and seminars at several reputed institutions, corporate houses, and professional bodies like CSI and IEEE. Currently, he serves as a Member of Board of Directors of many technology companies.

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Prof. B H Jajoo

Adjunct Faculty, Former Professor & Dean, IIM – Ahmedabad; Founding Team member & Director, icreate


Manjunatha Hebbar (Hebbar) has over 29 years of experience in global product engineering and R&D Business. Starting as an entrepreneur with focus on new concept / new product development, he led a design lab for over 13 yrs that developed and licensed over 87 original products in avionics, telecom, networking, medical eletronics, consumer electronics and industrial automation domains. Later, he has played key global engineering and strategic leadership roles at Philips Software Centre, Agere Systems (Proxim – Wireless), iGATE Global Solutions, HCL Technologies and CYIENT

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Mr. Manjunatha Hebbar

Founder & Chief Executive, BUOYANCI


Upendra Patel is veteran of the embedded product design industry with over three decades of rich industry experience. A gold medalist Electronics engineering graduate from one of the top engineering college in Gujarat, he has worked with global OEMs and ODMs which are pioneer of the industry. Over the journey of 30 years in system design, he has managed complex product development projects across various industry verticals. His key strengths are are product innovation, project management, and complex technology expertise in addition to great mentoring and motivating skills.

The principle followed by him, which is always appreciated in the industry, is to bring innovation in product design. He has directly worked with several International companies on various technologies for designing innovative products by following best practices and product development methodologies.

He had conceptualized and managed several innovative products in consumer, video, security & surveillance, automation, medical, avionics and defense domains for multi-billion dollar industry leaders. Worked as CTO at eInfochips for 12 years and played instrumental role in inception to growth to 15 million dollar revenue and 250 people team in product engineering services group. Worked as R & D Manager at Masibus for 10 years to develop various industrial automation products.

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Mr. Upendra Patel

CEO, Glide Technology Pvt Ltd


A thorough technocrat, Mr.Dhruvesh is long on specifics and accomplished in building embedded software and systems for IoT, Multimedia, Networking, Wireless, Semiconductor, Telecom and Industrial Automation products. Dhruvesh has held variety of senior leadership roles in both, technology and management since 2001 and has served global markets including U.S., Europe, Asia Pacific and India. He has worked with large corporations, as well as SME’s and start-up and has been endorsed for bringing to the table discrete solutions.

His passion lies in envisaging cross-domain technology applications that open up diverse avenues for business and is adept at implementing those. Driven by this passion, Dhruvesh founded Xzadium Technologies in 2013, a product design & services company offering broad-based engineering services using a variety of client-partnership models for delivery. Within a span of 2 years, Xzadium gained the reputation of a trusted partner especially among small and medium sized product companies for covering entire product life cycle as well as its sustenance.

His entrepreneurial experience teamed with acute interest in early-stage technologies puts him in the best position as Volansys CTO. In this position, Dhruvesh is responsible for steering business towards new technologies, formulating robust technology-centric business strategies, and leveraging technical innovations to address complex challenges.

Dhruvesh holds a master’s degree from IIT, Delhi, one of the most prestigious platforms for thinkers, innovators and learners alike.

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Mr. Dhruvesh Patel

CTO, Volansys Technologies


Sharmil Dave has over 20 years of experience in software engineering. More than 11 years worked in USA as software consultant for multiple government and financial agencies. Over this journey he has architected, managed and deliver complex product & project across various domain. Presently at eInfochips leading software practice with focus on IOT, Bigdata and Analytics.

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Mr. Sharmil Dave

Delivery Manager at eInfochips


An Information Technology Engineer from Bangalore University, Mr. Chintan is a Master in Telecom Management from Symbiosis International University. Prior to forming Ecolibrium Energy, Chintan was with Schlumberger for close to 10 years in the Smart card business unit and worked in various countries like Singapore, France, Philippines, etc. His key Expertise is Telecommunication and Information Systems, Product Management, Business Management and Business Operations.
Chintan headed the telecom business unit at Pine Labs where he created a credit card transaction processing and value added services like bill payment, pre-paid top-up, railways ticketing, etc. were made available in a payphone. He has also worked with Gujarat Venture Capital Limited, where he helped GVFL invest in 3 companies in different sectors. He was also helping close to 4 companies on their business, marketing and financial strategy.
Chintan is also a holder of 2 patents in the telecom space.

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Mr. Chintan Soni

CEO, Ecolibrium Energy


Saurabh has completed Bachelor of Technology in Biotech from Uttar Pradesh Technical University. Presently working for his start- up enviroX after completing his grooming program at iCreate. His primary areas of interest include: Biotechnology, Environment, Entrepreneurship.

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Mr. Saurabh Gautam

Founder, enviroX


Parag Amin is a global entrepreneur with business interests in technology, banking, retail and real estate. Parag is the President and Principal of two technology companies: Radiqal, in Horsham, PA. USA, a software products and service's company specializing in gaming and digital television; and Surya InfoTech Pvt. Ltd., in Baroda, India, a state-of-the-art software development company. He was a member of a team that won the '95 EMMY for pioneering of Direct To Home (DTH) Satellite TV. In the field of technology, he globally advises businesses and government entities. Parag holds a B.S in Computer Science from Stockton State College and an M.S in Computer Science from Drexel University. His company Radiqal, provides solutions for digital TV and Gaming industries and is based in Horsham, PA.

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Mr. Parag Amin

Convener & Founding Director, icreate


Dr. Madhukumar Mehta is a technocrat who turned to being a coach for pursuit of next gen entrepreneurship. In the past he has founded three companies. First was a consulting firm to design digital electronics based products (notably calculators). This was followed by Digital Innovations, which designed and marketed computers for diverse applications. The third venture – Anjaleem, created attended PCO and shaped the birth of STD PCO markets in India. Dr. Mehta has mentored many startups and is also involved with many industry, non-profits, university bodies to promote technology and entrepreneurship.

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Dr. Madhukumar Mehta

Chief Mentor & Founding Team Member, icreate


Ankit has been associated with icreate since April 2013. He handles the student vertical at icreate. He manages large scale ecosystem development initiatives like college reachouts, entrepreneurship orientation seminars and Spark-Up Idea Fund, a special program for aspiring student entrepreneurs. Ankit is strengthening the value proposition of the centre by creating partnerships with various institutions, colleges and academia. He also handles all the student related activities such as internships, icreate Student Ambassadors, B-Plan competitions, Bootcamps, etc. Ankit is a Gold Medalist in MBA (FB&E) from Nirma University and holds a BE in Electronics & Tele-Communication from Pune University.

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Mr. Ankit Machhar

Associate Program Coordinator, icreate


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