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.
Amit Agrawal is an entrepreneur with a mission to bring a sea change in children’s learning with his Ocky Pocky – India’s first personalized learning app for pre-school kids. Previously, he had built YouTube’s India content network from launch to USD 100 million p.a. Amit is an alumni from IIM Bangalore and a Math graduate from St. Stephens College, Delhi University.
With 15 years of combined experience in business consulting (EY), strategy (Maruti Suzuki) and more recently into academia, he represents finance in the incubation chamber. A fellow chartered accountant and certified FRM®, he is a CFA® charterholder. Corporate restructuring as an expertise, he has spent considerable time in the start-up space, on the buy-side assisting investors for seed/angel funding and on the sell-side as an advisor to incubatees for fund raising, preparation of business accounts, due diligence and other related activities. He co-founded FINSTUDYCLUB, a start-up into ed-tech in 2014, still surviving! He is an empaneled trainer with the RBI’s training institute for the Indian Banks.
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.
An Environment and Sustainability thought leader, Prarthana Borah has over two decades of experience in strategy planning and implementation of large budget projects on diverse environmental issues including Air Pollution, Climate Change, Biodiversity Conservation and Urban Sustainability.
As Country Director of the non profit Clean Air Asia, Prarthana leads the India strategy, working towards advancing better air quality in Indian cities. She has extensive experience in working with governments, donors, civil society and the private sector to influence policy and action.
Vijay K. Chaudhary
He is a Professor of Biochemistry and currently the Director, Centre for Innovation in Infectious Disease Research, Education and Training (CIIDRET) at the University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi. His experience involves developing recombinant antigens and recombinant antibodies for novel diagnostic tests for infectious diseases. He has experience in phage display technology and human antibody libraries for developing therapeutic antibodies. He has a large number of US and Indian patents to his credit. He has received royalties for licensing technologies to industry while working in USA and India.
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 has 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 and 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 12 years of experience working in project management in the biotechnology manufacturing industry and in international technical sales and marketing of power instruments in the electronics manufacturing industry and the utility sectors in more than 20 countries in North and Latin America.
He is passionate about engineering management, international business development and entrepreneurship. He has expertise in technical marketing, market research, competitive analysis, complex sales processes in North and Latin American, identification of barriers and formulation of strategies to overcome them.
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.
Sowmya holds a rich experience of more than 18 years in Public Relations and Corporate Communication. During her tenure with India’s top PR agencies such as Concept PR and Lexicon PR, and renowned company, Sahara Group, she has always been able to prove her worth with her excellent media relations and communication skills.
Sowmya now works as an independent PR Consultant. Her hard work and dedication accelerated her growth and in 2016 Sowmya formed Clarity Communication. Her roles as the head of the firm include Business Development, Client Management, Editorial Meets and Mentoring.
He is the founder of We Care Financial Planners and co-founder of Nemesis Consultants. He served as a business head for Reliance Capital and managed a network of more than 10,000 franchisees with a team of 400 employees. He started with equity broking and distribution, moved to international money transfer services, established gold coin business and led domestic money transfer for Reliance Capital. He previously worked with HDFC, ICICI and ABN Amro Bank. He has experience in scaling up startups through mentoring with a keen interest in career counseling and philanthropy.
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Ashish is currently head of innovation at a 38000-person French MNC in India. He is a business development professional in IT services and has vast connects with the corporates in India, US and Europe. His earlier role of managing India business included working on solutions using technology for police modernization and smart cities. As chief evangelist at Startup Board, he also mentors start-ups on business strategy.
Earlier, Ashish founded a start-up with niche products in travel and media and successfully established leadership position in each product segment. He is an alumnus of IIM-Calcutta.
Sandeep is a finance professional with diverse experience in finance and business leadership roles across the Asia-Pacific region in FMCG, media, pharmaceuticals and lifestyle products. Sandeep has worked with Perfetti Van Melle, HT Media (Hindustan Times), Gillette and Ranbaxy.
He spent 10 years with a European FMCG company – 6 years as CEO (Sri Lanka and Indonesia) and 4 years as Regional Finance Director. Now he runs his consultancy, Value-Unlocked, which operates in the strategy consulting and leadership coaching space. Sandeep is a chartered accountant and a certified internal auditor.
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.
High tech executive, investor and well known in Israeli high tech, serial entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in managing large businesses and working with startups. Established four startups and in the last seven years working on innovation centers and different incubation models, in Israel and abroad called MESH Labs. Co-founder and managing partner of IIIC – Israel India Innovation Center located in Bangalore. Expert in establishing tech and innovation ecosystems, organizing events such as co-creation, hackathons and worldwide challenges.
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.
Rohit is a serial technology entrepreneur with 15 years of experience. His company was successfully acquired by a listed MNC in 2015. As the Co-Founder of 360logica, his team management skills enabled the company to be listed twice in Deloitte Fastest 50 technology companies of India as well as getting included in Top 100 Asia (2014) by Red Herring. He specialize in tech entrepreneurship, aligning planning, prioritization and process, process implementation, business and implementation strategy and building client relationships that result in revenue and profitability growth.
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.
Dr. Sudhakar Bangera is a MBBS, MD (Pharmacology) and MMedSc (Clinical Trials Methodology) graduate with extensive work experience of 28 years. A multifaceted dynamic healthcare and clinical research professional having coordinated several hundred complex global programs (clinical studies) in various capacities as COO, Country Manager, Vice-President, Director, Project Manager and Professor in national and international organisations and institutions. Expert in delivering full scope BA-BE, Phase 1 to 4 clinical trials for pharmaceuticals, vaccines, medical devices, biologicals and cosmetics. Growth-oriented individual with an analytical bent of mind who likes to take up new challenges and believes in thinking out-of-the-box.