Ajit is a strategist who has spent more than 29 years in corporate Finance, International operations, and technology in emerging markets and emerging technologies. He is experienced in setting up operations in India, MiddleEast and South East Asia and cross border M & A.
He spearheaded various Revenue and Business models for a variety of Industries from Information Technology, FMCG, Textile, Smart card, renewable energy, Mobile VAS, Big data analytics to Digital Media and entertainment.
In the last decade he was part of two start ups in the technology and media space which were funded by reputed VC's like Nexus, Sequoia, Intel. As CFO, COO he scaled the business in India and abroad and have successfully created exit for stakeholders and investors. Post the sale of the previous start up he has established his own venture called startupdirexions and work with SME and startups.
Cofounder & Chief Strategy Officer, meetingsandoffices.com | Code Breaker, Dcyphr |Ex Chief Executive Officer, SMEConfex |Ex Director, Start-Ups Council of India | Ex Director Finance & Investment, SME Chamber of India
Amitabh Sinha is a serial entrepreneur, start-up evangelist, advisor, mentor, ecosystem builder and facilitator active in the start-up domain. Amitabh has worked across domains as diverse as Petroleum, Consulting, Chemicals, International Trading, Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Brand Communications, Venture Capital, Financing and Industry representation.He has been associated with SME Chamber of India, Start-Ups Council of India & Packaging Industry Association of India in honorary roles.
Devesh Chawla is the Founder and CEO of Chatur Ideas. Chatur Ideas is a startup enabling platform with over 550 startups and 1500 investors where startups can get funding, mentoring and 360 degree execution support. After acquiring Nurture Talent Academy (India’s first Institute for Entrepreneurs present across 125+ cities and trained more than 34,000 entrepreneurs), Chatur Ideas is training young entrepreneurs across Institutes and providing them access to its vast ecosystem so as to enrich the entrepreneurship culture right from foundation level.
His company, Chatur Ideas has been awarded in March 2017 with the 'Industry Excellence Award for being the leading Startup Enabler Platform' at the International BRICS Conclave for Startups and MSMEs by the Honourable Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports. Devesh Chawla is also the Co-founder and Chairperson of StepUp360 which is India’s first IP Enabled Incubator cum Accelerator for Women. He has been being felicitated with 'Mahatma Gandhi Samman' award.This award was presented by Meira Kumar, Former Speaker at Lok Sabha.
Mr. Himanshu is a TEDx speaker who also initiated the Entrepreneurship Cell at IIT Jodhpur and constituted an incubation center for the students. With the sole motive to help the young entrepreneurs work on Startify-an online incubation platform began in late 2014. With his, expertize over design thinking, he has addressed various colleges and conducted entrepreneurship sessions.
Having previous worked with over 10 startups, currently involved in helping early staged startups, like OGO, Edugenie, Qriyo, FoundersGyan.
Manish Advani (@IndianMarketer) is a TEDx Speaker and Head of Marketing & Public Relations at Mahindra SSG passionate about cultural marketing focusing especially on Cause and Green Marketing.
Mr. Advani has worked on marketing campaigns of some of the leading organizations like Kraft Foods, Jaguar Land Rover, Microsoft Canada, Ciba Vision. In addition Mr. Advani has worked on Risk Management Assessments of Arvind Limited, Birla Sun life, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Blue Star, IFFCO (Middle East).
Mr. Advani’s work has led to several notable awards like the Microsoft Presidents award, Mega Corporate Film Festival Award, Skoch Blue Economy Silver Award and Public Relations Council of India’s Silver Award. Mr. Advani has also been listed in the Top 100 Most Influential Marketing Leaders in 2016 by the World Marketing Congress.
Nidhi’s career spans the start-up ecosystem way back in 2009. She has been the first employee of Mumbai Angels and started her journey when start-up ecosystem was fairly new to India. Worked with leading Angel Networks in the country like Indian Angel Network(IAN), Intellecap Impact Investment Network (I3N) and Mumbai Angels, while also working with Portfolio companies of Mumbai Angels like Wild East Group. While at Wild East Group she has handled brands like KKR, Yash Raj Films, Dr. Seuss amongst the few was an experience which can’t be defined.
After the stint with all the angel groups, the entrepreneurial bug bit her to start a new journey for herself, as an entrepreneur/investor, with Key Venture. Key Venture, raises funds for Seed, Angel and Series A, B investments both Equity and Debt, largely focused on India.
Neeraj Shetty is a social entrepreneur and the founder & CEO of Recycle Impact, a start-up felicitated by the Government of India and awarded by the United Nations for it's social impact on community, environment and people at the bottom at the pyramid. In June 2017, Neeraj was also awarded by Tissot&YourStory as one of the 12 innovative entrepreneurs in India.
Prasenjit has around two and half decades of corporate experience on the business side. Currently he is the Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at NTT Com. He is a Mentor to NASSCOM’s 10,000 Start-ups program, SME Forum across India and by other VCs / funding agencies. He is a Governing Body member of IFEEL institute, Mentor to Vidyalankar group of Institutions, a Visiting Faculty Member to the CEO School of Management, and member of the selection panel of multiple IIMs & IIFT. He is the winner of several industry awards like “Most Iconic Marketing Professional”, “Most Influential Marketing Technology Leader”, “CMO of the Year”, “Enterprise IT CMO”, “Asia’s Top 50 Brand Leaders” amongst others.
He is a regular speaker at International symposiums, leading Business Schools (IIMs, IITs, NITIE) and industry associations (NASSCOM, CII, INFOCOM). He is a member of multiple professional bodies like The India CMO Forum, TiE, Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) & Coleman and contributes to publications like IDG, and numerous other media publications.
VP & Head Capital18, Network18 Group
Sachin is a management graduate with deep understanding of consumer, retail and media businesses. He is currently leading Capital18, media & venture investment division of Network18. He was also responsible for BC GSVlabs business, a JV of Times Group with Global Silicon Valley, US. Sachin had the opportunity of working with Reliance Retail, The Friedman Group and Dabur and have launched various new businesses in India.
Sachin is a mentor with various incubators and accelerators both in India and Silicon Valley which includes Spinta Global Accelerator, GenNext Ventures, ISDI, Zone Startups, Edugild & 91SpringBoard. He is also an angel investor and is portfolio includes Allizhealth, Confirmtkt, vPhrase, University Living, Changemypath, Classboat and few more.
Saravana Mani heads the South India region for championing the cause of Software Product companies – www.NASSCOM.in
An University rank holder 15 years back, Saravana had stint in corporate world – in Infosys and Cognizant for a decade with major part being in the US handling Fortune 500 clients.He has been an active participant in the startup ecosystem - Mentor and Jury - Startup Summit 2016, Memberships such as TiE, NEN, NASSCOM Volunteer council Mysore,Speaker in India Loyalty Forum, Speaker on usage of mobile carrier billing. He has conducted several workshops on 'startups as an opportunity' across several institutions and organizations throughout India.
Mr. Vikram Duggal represents US based Founder Institute (Idea-Stage Global Incubation Program) and Unitus Seed Fund (Seed-Stage Social Impact Venture Capital Fund) in Kolkata & Eastern India.
As the Managing Partner of Ekcle Advisory Services, he also incubates and mentors startups, besides investing in them under the revenue-based funding model. Vikram is also associated with IIM Calcutta Innovation Park, Nasscom 10K Startup Warehouse, Indian Chamber of Commerce, and many other reputed organisations in various capacities. He has participated as a speaker, panelist and jury member in many startup events across India.
Vikram has over 18 years experience heading sales & marketing functions for brands across India in verticals like Retail, Media, Durables, IT and Banking. During his career, he has successfully launched and revamped brands nationally, implemented large-scale on-ground consumer activations, set up new business verticals & alternate revenue channels, scaled up operations, optimized break-even and profitability timelines for new businesses.
He is Founder and C.E.O of “TechEra Group”-Upcoming Conglomerate of “Deep Science and Technology” Based out of Nagpur. Also the one of the Director of “TechEra Securities Pvt Ltd”- one of the most Innovative Cyber Security company based out of Hyderabad.
He was recently conferred with National Award i.e "Rashtra Vibhushan Award". Another trophy in his cabinet came from the reality show "HauslekiUdaan ", where he won. AkshayBharganwar is a Future Tech and Science Entrepreneur, Social Leader and Innovator. He is also an Author, Intellectual Speaker. He is the one of the successful youngest Cyber security Entrepreneur of India. And Also The Youngest Cyber Security Policy Maker/Contributor in the World.