He started Headstart Network, India’s leading early stage entrepreneurs’ network with over 20 city chapters running for more than 9 years. Later he started Academic Ventures, a consulting firm in the incubator management and technology commercialization space. In 2012, he joined TLabs, as its second employee.
Arpit has now been with Blume for last three years as a principal, responsible for scounting science-led and hardware businesses, apart from managing a portfolio of about 15 companies. These include companies in a variety of sectors ranging from used goods market to IOT to healthcare to enterprise services.
Leader with 25+ years of experience in managing large businesses for multinationals such as Cisco Systems, Lucent-Alcatel and HP; at India and Asia Pacific level. Started new initiatives, and transformed business for these organizations. Passionate about the potential of startups and millennials, with a belief that startups and millennials will steer the direction of world economy!
V. K. Arora
Dr. V.K. Arora is a renowned entrepreneurship and business development trainer and consultant. He has conducted more than five hundred workshops and published more than twenty papers Pan India.
His core strength is business environment scanning and strategy formulation/ implementation.
He has more than twelve years of electric industry experience and worked extensively on various aspects of power generation, transmission, distribution, energy finance, electricity markets, grid management, NERC compliance, whole sale power services, and renewable energy integration.
Vijay is very passionate about energy and water issues and speaks regularly at various events and conferences
He joined the Energy and Utilities group at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP as a senior consultant in 2016.
Hari Kiran Chereddi
He started as head of business management operations for Bank of America in India. Later on he set up Sujana Energy (a group company of the industrial conglomerate Sujana Group). Most recently, he was executive director at Sriam Labs (a group company of the pharma major, Laurus Labs). He is also launching the first ever mobile journalism media house – MOJO TV. His areas of interests are technology, design innovation, healthcare/pharma, media/advertising & renewable energy while his areas of expertise are business strategy, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, marketing & sales & operations.
He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of M/s Dunlop India Limited and Modi Rubber Limited (Modi-Continental), leading automotive tyre manufacturers of the country. He also headed various functional areas like marketing, after-sales service, commercial, manufacturing, HR and general management at different times, besides heading two startup companies in his career of 38 years.
He is a Director of Skills Gap Solutions Pvt Limited, an advisor to EON Reality Inc., A US based company and a world leader in using augmented and virtual reality for skills development and knowledge transfer. He has also been associated with India Innovation Growth Program (IIGP) and as an advisor, evaluator and jury member with Millennium Alliance.
A known mentor and passionate thinker in agriculture, policy and development, Dr. Gopi Ghosh has over 38 years of extensive experience of managing several sustainable agri-business programs in India and abroad.
He has 35 years of management experience in India-entry strategy consulting, cross-border public and private sector partnership development, business transformation and complex technology transfers. He has vast experience in every major sector and functional area, with a specialization in technology, healthcare, consumer goods, energy and. manufacturing.
In 29 years at Tecnova India, he managed relationships with over 1,000 global companies and 2,000+ CXOs from US, Europe and Japan.
Siddharth is a Concept Sales specialist with over 12 years’ experience in selling everything from SIM cards to airports to digital payments. He started Paathshala.com and later worked with startups like Voicetap & Exotel along with helping others with their go-to-market strategy. He is currently a General Manager setting up healthcare category, along with building B2B payment products for SMEs at Paytm.
Kiran Kumar Sharma
He is the CEO for the Agribusiness and Innovation Platform (AIP), and Principal Scientist- Cell Biology at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). As its CEO he devise strategies for project/program planning and management, agribusiness entrepreneurships, public-private partnerships and value-additional for nutritional enhancement to address malnutrition, hunger and poverty through inclusive market-oriented development. Dr Sharma has over twenty-five years experience in genetic engineering and molecular biology for crop improvement performing multidisciplinary research.
Expertise in the areas of international and national level project management, key account management, team management and business development working closely with consultants, contractors and end users in the process industry – mainly oil & gas, power generation and OEMs (turbine, boiler, compressor manufacturers) with over 20 years of experience in process & field instrumentation, sales and marketing.
Scott R. Swanson
An international consultant who helps small companies commercializes emerging technologies. He has 25+ years of experience in leadership, planning, program/project management, rescue and special operations, Defence acquisition and flight test & evaluation.