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Hyderabad Fellows

Abhishek Syal ,BHEL Corporate R&D; A R I S E (Non-profit)

Abhishek Syal is the Founder Secretary of Act to Rise for Innovation in Special Education ( A R I S E ), a [Not-for-profit social start-up creating, developing and delivering self-educational resources for the differently-abled. He also works at Corporate Research & Development Division at Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd., where he is a research engineer in control & instrumentation and his research work includes a patent pending control strategy for cascaded hydro power plants. He has worked for Vidyut Shakti start-up and Idea Cellular. He is an expert in innovating for better technology and social innovation. He was awarded NCPEDP-MphasiS-Universal-Design-Award 2012, and is also a StartingBloc Boston 2012 Fellow. He holds a degree in B.E. (Hons.) Electronics & Instrumentation, BITS, Pilani and a Professional Certificate in Sustainable Energy Conversion & Storage, Stanford University. He is a fan of Steve Jobs & Clayton Christenson. Abhishek is passionate about solving the problem of (universal access to social tech). He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Aditya Reddy ,Terra Viridis

Aditya Reddy is the co-founder and the managing partner of Terra Viridis ( A Green Building Design Consultancy). In the brief span of 5 years since its incorporation, Terra Viridis has created a presence for itself in India as a respected environmental consultancy. Our projects range from policy research and strategizing implementation for urban local bodies to environmental consultancy for multinational clients at both a national and international level. Being a strong advocate of green building design, Terra Viridis is also actively involved in the training of building professionals throughout India on sustainable design principles. Aditya is a UK qualified lawyer and chartered accountant. He also has over 10 years of experience in management consultancy throughout Europe. Aditya is a passionate advocate of sustainability; In partnership with the Energy and Resources Institute ( TERI - New Delhi ) he successfully launched the environmental building initiative for the city of Hyderabad in 2010. He continues to raise awareness amongst the general public as well as local governments on the concepts of socio, economic and environmental sustainable development. He is a 2013 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Bharath Kumar Buchi Reddy ,Threshold Software Solutions Pvt Ltd

Mr.Bharath Kumar.B is the CEO of Threshold Software Solutions Pvt.Ltd., a leading Pan-Indian operating IT services firm, offering premium quality Application development services over Cloud, Mobile and ERP with presence of SBUs across Latin America, Europe and US. Our service spectrum holds uniqueness in offering a range of presentable business models, niche solutions, competitive pricing, and consistency in enhancing service value that suit global customer community. We are awarded ISO 9001 & 27001 certification, and are in process for CMMI Level 3 certification. He prior to Threshold Software Solutions Pvt. Ltd. he worked at IBM and Infosys, where he had global exposure in development and implementation of ERP systems and issues. He is an expert in developing business applications and solutions across E-governance, SAAS, WEB and MOBILE.He was awarded “IT Emerging Leadership” for 2010-11 by Indian Economic Development and Research Association (IEDRA), New Delhi. He holds a degree in Computer Engineering from JNTU. Mr.Bharath is passionate about solving the problems of business simplification and customer’s engagement through techno-entrepreneurship. He is quiet enthusiastic in participating in the program and is certain the event shall support in accomplishing to next level of leadership. He is a 2013 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Jai Eapen ,JSV Software Ventures Pvt Ltd

Jai Eapen is the founder of gyaane.com, a portal providing a common platform to the coaching and training institutes for test-preparation pan-India. This is an attempt to fill the void in the education system in terms of a platform that can be used by the student fraternity to take a calculated decision on the right institute that would enable her / his chance to succeed in the competitive exam. The idea of the website is to form a community of students and coaching institutes, and a dedicated portal which would be referred to as “a go-to website” for all test preparation types of information (Engineering, Management, Medical and others). The portal is targeted towards providing a common platform to the coaching and training fraternity of a market size of USD 6.0 billion as of 2012 in India. Prior to gyaane.com, Jai worked at Water Health India Pvt. Ltd., where he worked as Head-Strategic Cell. Jai has also worked at Ernst & Young, Deloitte & Touche and JP Morgan Chase; after working for 12 years in various capacities he has ventured out on his own. He is an expert in Finance and Strategy and is known for his flawless execution skills. He holds a degree in Finance. Jai is passionate about solving others problem, he has all the patience in the world to hear your problem and come up with his suggestions. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Jaideep Bachher ,School Sports Program Private Limited

Jaideep Singh Bachher is the Founder and Director of School Sports Program Private Limited, a sports and fitness education company that outsources physical education from schools. Prior to starting his company, he was an Associate at the offices of Amarchand & Mangaldas and Suresh A. Shroff and Co. where he worked in the Capital Markets team. Jaideep has a fair understanding of Indian Securities Markets and allied Corporate laws. Jaideep was awarded the Best Student Advocate at the all India Surana and Surana International Technology Law Moot Court Competition and was also sent by his university to study abroad in Australia on scholarship. He holds a degree in law from the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. He is a fan of Smooth Jazz and Progressive Rock. Jaideep’s current area of focus deals with providing top quality physical education at affordable costs to school going children across India. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Jitin Chandna ,MedVend Enterprises

Jitin Chandna is the Founder and Managing Partner of MedVend Enterprises, a startup working towards Health -ATM Kiosks/ Medicine Vending Machines with the vision to improvise Primary and Preventive Health Care Infrastructure. The Health ATM Kiosk, will be a single window solution to Doctor Consultation, OTC Dispensing, Drugs Delivery and also play a crucial role in Health Records updation and digitalization. Jitin has been working on this venture for about 18 months, and are ready to launch the First Version of the Kiosk in Hyderabad by Oct’2012. Prior to 2010, he worked at Royal Caribbean International, a cruise ship company, where he was an Asst. Restaurant Manager. Jitin has also worked at P&O Cruises (U.K.) and ITC Sheraton, Mumbai. He is an expert in Business Development and Product Marketing. He holds a degree in Bachelors in Hotel Management. He is a fan of Movies, Food and reading. Jitin is passionate about solving the problem of complex healthcare models through innovative delivery methods and ensuring that healthcare is accessible to each and everyone in the world.. He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Kiran Gullapalli ,Carrot Mobiles

Kiran is an internet business strategist and social media specialist with expertise in concept development, product innovation, brand management and marketing. Now a Founder of Carrot Mobiles, earlier have conceptualized the third largest social network in India and steered it’s way to tremendous valuation. Played key role in launching a social network for Chinese market based in Hong Kong and contributed to the success of other internet and entertainment products. Being an active start-up evangelist, mentored student start-ups and also have lead investments into couple of startups. Popular platforms on Facebook like Eat, Sleep, Drink…Movies ! and Eat, Sleep, Drink…Start-ups ! have been built by Kiran in Hyderbad, India to support aspiring filmmakers and budding entrepreneurs respectively. He is a 2013 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Kiran Kumar ,Fortuity Infotech Pvt. Ltd.

Kiran has over 7 years of experience in Technology, management consulting and working with start ups in various stages of their growth. During his career, he has helped the CFO of a clean energy company during the listing process on the London AIM markets, helped set up processes in a fast growing services company and several US based companies understand the Indian market potential and found channel partners for a couple to enter the Indian market. He worked across sectors like Clean Energy, Enterprise Software Products, Online Gaming, Telecom, Building Materials, Healthcare and Security Products. He is currently an entrepreneur and runs Fortuity Infotech - an online gaming technology company which powers games like rummy and FunTaash on Facebook. He is a 2013 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Neha Shah ,Indian Jazz

Neha Shah is the founder of The Indian Jazz, a Gifting solutions start-up. Prior to The Indian Jazz, she worked at Creative Ink – Business Head where she provided curriculum support and after school activities to many educational institutions. Also, branding and marketing programs for new pre-schools. Neha Shah has also worked with Pogo’s MAD City franchise- Organised the biggest Summer Camp for kids in Hyderabad with grand finales with over 1000 people. Neha Shah started her career as Business Head of LST at Career Launcher Hyderabad. She is a 2013 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Pramod Nair ,LearnSocial

Pramod Nair is a Founder of LearnSocial, a peer-to-peer Learning Platform that connects people who are passionate about a topic and can teach it - with people who are interested to learn new things! Before starting LearnSocial, he worked at D. E. Shaw & Co as a Senior Member Technical. He graduated in Computer Science with Honors from IIIT-Hyderabad. He is passionate about entrepreneurship - especially in creating products that drive the mobile and internet revolution in emerging markets like India. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Prashant Goyal ,D.E.Shaw

Prashant Goyal is the Head of Middle Office functions in D.E. Shaw, Hyderabad. Before relocating to India, he spent 12+ years working in various capacities in the US financial sector. His last stint in US was as a Product Head(Fixed Income) at Charles River Development, where he was responsible for evangelizing the fixed income product offering, defining it and taking it to the market. He was also an adjunct professor in Daniel Webster College, Nashua, NH. He is very interested in financial data and is passionate about translating it into information and making it readily accessible to market participants. He is a 2013 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Rahul Sanghi ,Innowhite

Rahul Sanghi is a co-founder of Innowhite.com, an internet startup that aims at making online conferencing fun, simple and more universally accessible. At Innowhite, he is a jack of business, technology, sales and a few others. Having graduated in computer science from VIT University in 2010, he was a Topper, Gold Medalist and a recipient of The Best Student Project Award. He has won numerous awards including the Google Product Prodigy'09, The AVIOS International Student Speech Application Contest'10 and was featured in a number of national/regional newspapers and magazines. He was aired as "The Unsung Hero of the month" on Chennai Live 104.8 FM. Prior to joining Innowhite, he worked as a software developer at Bank of America. He is a passionate entrepreneur, a tea-lover, a bread-addict and loves playing table tennis, cycling and cooking ideas. He is an 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Sai Sasank Mukkamala ,Colon K

M Sai Sasank is the Founder and Managing Partner of Colon K, a personalized merchandise company serving more than 300 clients, especially colleges, by providing a one stop solution for their entire fest merchandise. It is the first company in India to provide such end to end college merchandise solutions, making it its USP. While managing his entrepreneurial stint full-time, he is also the Director of Technical Team at Organization for Nation's Empowerment (ONE), a non-partisan youth organization working on motivating and empowering youth to play a positive and meaningful role in the society and encourages taking leadership to find solutions by engaging with the system in a constructive manner. Sasank is passionate about building websites and manages a number of websites and niche blogs. He loves reading fiction, watching TV series and travelling. He believes that the youth should join politics to make a drastic change in the scenario and that Entrepreneurs are the future of Indian Economy.He holds a degree in BE (Hons) from BITS-Pilani, one of the premier institutes in the country, and is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Surya Adavi ,Youthopia

Surya Adavi is a Dreamer and Founder at Youthopia, India's ONLY "Free-style Expression" magazine. With Reflect Thyself as its undercurrent, Youthopia is an outlet to that strong gust of creativity flowing through the youth which is not yet unravelled to the world at large. Other than Youthopia, he works for his technology start-up Graymatter8, where he along with his team provide cost-effective web & application design solutions and help organisations take the advantage of online presence. During leisure, Surya is a passionate writer and an avid traveller. Surya was awarded Y Imaging Excellence Award for Entrepreneurship in 2011. He holds a degree in Computer Science and is pursuing a diploma in Journalism. One can easily lure Surya with Roger Federer merchandise. Surya is passionate about solving the problem of 1-way interaction among print media. Through Youthopia, he aspires to create two-way interactive platform where the reader doubles up as a writer and can express themselves. He is 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Vamsee Koneru ,Yardstick Educational Initiatives Pvt Ltd

Vamsee Koneru is a Co Founder and CEO of Yardstick Educational Initiatives, a Hyderabad based educational start up. Yardstick is a pioneer in hands on learning which develops and deploys its proprietary content in schools. Prior to starting Yardstick, he has experience in Sales, Human Resources function. He has worked in Altas Copco after his graduation from Indian School of Mines as Mining Engineer. Later on moved to Satyam Foundation and Satyam at various positions. In his various stints with corporates he handled teams in different functions. He was instrumental at Satyam Foundation to get FICCI award, and International award for Satyam for innovative products. He is a 2013 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Varun Kumar Reddy Goli ,Mauka

Varun Reddy G is the co-founder and Vice President of Mauka (www.themauka.com), a cloud based startup which aims to be the single destination for campus recruitments across India. Prior to Mauka he worked at Frost and Sullivan as a Research Associate with the Technical Insights group and analyzed disruptive and futuristic technologies in the areas of Advanced Coatings and Surface Technologies, Industrial Bio-processing, High-Tech Materials and Plastics. He is an expert in market research, operations and business development. Varun was the winner of Panel Discussion on College Start ups conducted by National Entrepreneurship Network. Varun graduated from BITS-Pilani Hyderabad with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He is an ardent fan of Steve Jobs and Yuvraj Singh. Varun aims to become a serial entrepreneur in the Technology and web space. He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Vasudevarao Paidi ,PPCPundit

Vasu is the founder of PPCPundit, a specialized online marketing & training agency in Hyderabad. Prior to PPCPundit, he was a founding member of Silmaril Software. He is an expert in internet marketing, web analytics and credited for driving millions of visitors to various web properties. He holds a masters degree in Economics from BITS-Pilani. While away from work, movies & motor cycling communities keeps him busy. He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Ankur Gupta, SourceSocial

Ankur Gupta  is the  Founder/CEO of SourceSocial, a crowdsourced news reporting platform. It targets the newsworthy local stories, curated & maintained by its community. Prior to SourceSocial, he  worked at Microsoft as a software developer, where he was integral part of Windows 8 team. Ankur has also worked in Windows Phone development team. He  is an expert in RubyOnRails, OO Javascript and Windows/Phone development. Ankur holds a degree in Computer Science. He  is a fan of new technologies & startups. Ankur  is passionate about meeting new people & solving the complex problem in a really simple way. He  is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Arpita Soma, Internfever

Arpita Soma is a co-founder at Internfever.com , a startup providing young India a platform to explore, experience & enhance their skills through internships and career development services. She is a curator at www.we-thewomen.com , a freestyle writing platform for women. She has worked with Greeley & Hansen as a Civil & Environmental Engineer in Tampa, Florida prior to starting up. She has a Masters in Environmental Engg from University of Cincinnati and a Bachelors in Civil Engg from Osmania University, which she doesn’t use anymore and calls herself an ‘armchair engineer’. She is very passionate about making graduates more employable and women more empowered.  She is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Ashok Reddy, Landmark IT Solutions

Ashok Reddy is the founder of Landmark IT Solutions, which runs InspireLabs an incubation center for it’s own employee product initiatives, they have successfully launched FashionLady and GrabOn as part of this initiative and these projects are trying to take off, 2 months into the launch, the traction these startups are getting is amazing. Prior to starting Landmark IT solutions, Ashok Reddy was a CTO at a US startup IncentOne, where he was critical in raising the company 26M USD at 76M USD. Prior to that he has worked with Microsoft and eBay/PayPal. Currently CTO at 2 US organizations, Ashok Reddy aspires to create multiple entrepreneurs in Hyderabad and want to see a successful exit created from Hyderabad startups. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Ayush Agarwal, Avventuro Business Solutions

Ayush Agarwal is the founder of Avventuro Business Solutions (ABS), a startup based on the innovative use of Cloud technology in the niche segment – education. ABS provides mobile & dynamic solutions to educational institutes & caters to their pain points. Prior to this, Ayush Agarwal had completed his MBM from University of Strathclyde, Scotland after having worked with Accenture on a Supply Chain Solution for Unilever. Ayush is a fan of new technologies and is passionate about meeting new people & networking. Being an IT engineer & young entrepreneur, he has dozens of innovative tech-biz ideas which are waiting to get a correct launch pad to make a mark in the global environment. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Chandra Mouli Koduri, Greengridz

Chandra Mouli Koduri is a co-founder of Greengridz - a cloud based data analytics provider for smart grids, aiming to address the power crisis management. Greengridz currently works in Sweden and intends to spread to India and China in the coming years. Prior to Greengridz, Chandra worked for Digiflap (digital floor map) which aims to simply shopping experience for retail consumers and selling experience for retailers. Chandra also has the experience of working in the domains of energy trading and Indian commerce during his stint as a software developer at Infosys.He studied Electronics & Communication Engg at NIT Bhopal. He is a startup enthusiast and is associated with Startup Weekend and Startup Funerals. He is strongly inspired by Elon Musk, Rahul Dravid & Novak Djokovic. He represented Viskhapatnam cricket team at U-15 & U-12 levels.and loves to play all sports and games. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Diyanat Ali, OutLife

Diyanat Ali is  the Founder of  “OutLife”  A Learning and Development Company. Outlife conducts Adventure Based Learning and Experiential Learning with a focus on imparting learning's that can be carried back to the workplace for increasing Teamwork, Productivity and High Performance. Diyanat is an Engineer by Profession and Adventurer and Trainer by Passion. Loves Adventure, Nature and outdoor sports. Diyanat has expertise in Bushcraft, Wilderness Survival, trekking, rock climbing. Loves to explore and venture out in the wilderness. Diyanat holds NCC A,B and C certificates from Army Wing and was the Best Cadet from National Cadet Corps in year 1997 and represented AP state at the Republic Day Camp - New Delhi. Diyanat is also a Certified Trainer and Facilitator. He also founded the Great Hyderabad Adventure Club -  GHAC  a Volunteer based Not for Profit Company in May 2008 and nurtured it to become the Largest and most Active adventure club in India with 150 Trained Outdoor leaders and 15000 member base completing more than 3500 adventure events and entering into the Limca Books of Records in Year 2013. Diyanat likes to try out different things, experimentation is always fun for him. He love challenges and does not give up easily on anything.  He is passionate about developing High performance Teams and Inspiring Leaders. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program at Hyderabad.


Laxman Papineni, ROI2 Web Solutions Pvt Ltd (Giveaway.ly)

Laxman Papineni - Entrepreneur, Blogger, QA Engineer, Investor, Advisor and currently founder at ROI2 Web Solutions Pvt Ltd (Giveaway.ly) and Partner at makeideaz web solutions LLP which has grown from ZERO to Rs 3 Cr turnover company just in 2.5 Yrs. He is a Blogger by choice and Entrepreneur by Passion. He has 7+ yrs of experience in IT Industry on various capacities.. Completed Master of Computer Applications from Osmania University in 2008 and worked with companies ranging from Startups like Unithink (Acquired by Aris Global) to world's best MNC's like Oracle,  Wipro and Microsoft (Client). He is a 2014 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Meraj Faheem, Money Messenger

Meraj is the founder of Money Messenger, an application that’s changing the way forex traders communicate and trade. He also runs TheHackingSchool.com which connects the college grads with startups trying to find tech talent. A biotech engineer by degree, he holds a PG diploma in Clinical Research from Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad. Meraj’s forte is building currency(FX) analysis systems, marketing and developing macro strategy for businesses, which he has been doing since 7 years in all his three startups , and other startup/companies that he is associated with. Meraj has a patent published (File No:1266/CHE/2011), for creating a method of communication for currency traders. He has worked with Google, for Genpact, developing lean sigma strategy for a process from ground up. Meraj was recently a finalist at the show ‘The Pitch’ by Bloomberg TV. Meraj is a hardcore entrepreneur who believes entrepreneurship, (in any form), is the solution to any and every problem the world is currently facing. Meraj want to work in the field of capital markets, life sciences/biotechnology and social education as he moves forward. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Naveen Gattu, Gramener

Naveen is the COO & Co-founder of Gramener - Data Visualization company, pioneer in terms of “Consumption of data “ made easy for enterprises/consumers.  Naveen handles Sales & Operations of the firm and proud recipient of Lufthansa Pioneering Spirit Award-2012. Naveen is a seasoned executive with deep experience in industry that has predominantly been in the Tech-consulting and outsourcing arena. He has been with IBM for a decade in various strategic initiative roles  in North America and held  strategic leadership roles at Birlasoft. He has been responsible for delivering number of complex technology led business transformation programs for Financial Services. Naveen believes in hard work and building relationships. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Nayan Kumar, Thinkbits Internet Technologies

Nayan Kumar is the Founder of Thinkbits Internet Technologies, a Hyderabad based startup which creates innovative web technology products for women.  He is a 2013 graduate from BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad and holds a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Economics. He set up business right out of college and is passionate about creating disruptive technologies in the web and mobile space. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Pavan Atukuri, Open Face Media Pvt. Ltd.

With a computer degree and an MBA from US, Pavan spent several years in IT industry working in several countries. After graduating from New York Film Academy in 2012, Pavan chucked his Corporate job in 2013 to start Open Face Media, which makes Corporate FIlms, TV Commercials, Marketing/Promo videos among others. During his IT stint, Pavan worked in Consulting, Strategic Innovation, Delivery, and Sales. He built many IT practices/Teams, and managed Mega/Gama Accounts. Pavan founded a Rotaract Club (Youth club of Rotary) during his college days, and conducted world’s first “Movie & Music” quiz in Ravindra Bharati, Hyderabad. His short films on social topics travelled across the world. He loves traveling and enjoys outdoor sports. He is an avid Golfer and Tennis player. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Pramod Majety,

Pramod Majety is currently working on an idea, which would assume the role of long-term career agent and the agent would be in constant touch with the candidate. Services to the candidate would be information on job opportunities, organization culture and negotiation of salary. Startup would also act as sourcing agent to the employers. Services provided to the employer would be complete feedback from candidate’s ex-bosses, significant decrease of time and effort in recruiting. Over the last 3 years, he has been with Intellecap's Business Consulting division, where he has worked on several projects covering strategy, business planning, HR and market scoping for the sectors of education, clean energy, financial services, healthcare and water and sanitation. Prior to Intellecap, he was part of a management team at SourcePilani (rural BPO) where he gathered diverse skill sets like project management, client relationship management, financial analysis and also developed rich experience in piloting innovative business models. He is highly passionate about making labor markets more efficient by especially influencing recruitment channels and developing better systems for training the work force. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Pramod Ponnaluri, Kitki

Pramod Ponnaluri is the Founder of Kitki, an experiential education firm that organises activities and field visits based learning for kids at schools. A curious boy at heart, an astronomer and photographer by hobbies, Pramod has a sense of appreciation for simple joys of life. As he progressed in his career, and through his travels across India, he realised how uni-dimensional all his academic life had been. The education system over the past few decades lost its association with the practical world, limited to achieving more marks and better ranks. To share his love for learning, Pramod plans to rekindle the lost curiosity through kitki, the window of learning and fun. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership program in Hyderabad, India.


Raghavender Velpula, buzzz ur BRAND

During his undergraduation, he got a National Award, for his CYCLO-WASH – a washing machine, which runs on pedal power. After dreaming a tad too much about being an entrepreneur, he graduated with a Masters in Industrial Engineering from Univ. of Arkansas. After 4 years as a Manufacturing Engineer in US, haunted by his dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, he resigned and returned to India. He burnt his hands and legs in a couple of manufacturing ventures. Meanwhile, he voluntarily created unconventional marketing campaigns for his friends’ startups, which attracted huge attention. Boosted by this, he has founded “buzzz ur BRAND”, a creative guerrilla marketing agency. Today’s consumer has grown immune to big-budget advertising on pamphlets, billboards, newspapers, etc. For startups with limited budgets to cleverly break this clutter, “buzzz ur BRAND” provides high impact marketing campaigns that help engage their customers through unconventional ideas. Raghavender has learnt Thai Kickboxing. He loves reading about Psychology to understand how we choose, what we choose.  He can never stop discussing startup ideas and new disruptive marketing campaigns. He  is  a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Raghu Prodduturi, Occult IT Labs Pvt. Ltd.

Raghu Prodduturi is an engineer by education, business man by profession and an entrepreneur by choice. Raghu co-founded a mobile product based company Occult IT Labs Pvt. Ltd. in 2011 and worked on creating a mobile driven tourism portal Voy.ag that later got acquired by a South African company, BookSure. He is currently leading a team on building a retail analytics platform for brick and mortar stores. Proir to his startup experience Raghu was involved in expanding his family business, Sona International Marketing Agencies, into new domains of manufacturing industry. He is associated with startups in multiple ways and organising Startup Weekend Hyderabad and Startup Funerals Hyderabad is one dimension of his association. He is a Bachelor of Technology from Vellore Institute of Technology and a Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad 2014 batch.


Rahul Reddy, Doctrz.com

Rahul Reddy is the product manager at Doctrz.com, a healthcare IT startup focusing on empowering doctor patient relationship. We help pregnant women, cardiac patients and young children better prepare for their emergency medical situations. Prior to this he has worked in USA for over four years. During his tenure there he has consulted clients in Banking, Energy, Government and Education domains. He has graduated from University of Southern California with a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and has a BS EE from Drexel University. He was awarded Exelon for Education Scholarship in the year 2006. Rahul is an expert in web and mobile technologies and is passionate in using these skills to improve health care delivery.  He is an avid runner and traveler – he has run in four marathons and has travelled to over 25 countries. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Raviteja Govindaraju, Folktales

Raviteja Govindaraju is the founder of Folktales, a merchandise brand with city-based designs. He is also a part time iOS UI designer at Hatchstation. Prior to founding Folktales, Ravi was a co-founder and the lead designer at Desto Creative Solutions, a web design agency. He is an expert in Graphics and Web design. He holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Ritwik Mishra, Logos Learning World

Ritwik Mishra currently leads leadership development for over 15000 employees of Deloitte US India offices. He has over 14 years of experience in OD and L&D. This extensive corporate experience spanning several industries has showed him the importance and need to develop professional skills in campus graduates to enable their success in the corporate world. He has used his experience and knowledge to design a sustainable solution that will enable campus graduates  to hit the ground running and be ‘client ready’ from day one.  The solution will be offered through his proposed venture ‘Fastlane Educational & Consulting Services’. He is a fan of Sachin Tendulkar (for his passion, dedication, discipline, and hard work), Amitabh Bachchan (for his turnaround after ABCL), and Sanjay Dutt (for handling all  the adversities he faced). Ritwik is passionate about solving the problem of world hunger and strongly believes that the amount of food wasted everyday can easily solve the problem. He  is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Rohit Jain, Omnipolis

Rohit Jain is the Co-Founder/Managing Director of Omnipolis(DCSS), an emergency service which enables citizens of the city to receive Emergency Response from public services such as Police, Fire and Medical within the Golden Hour by making use of technology. Rohit has also worked in the Animation Field and is an expert in 3D software Autodesk Maya. Rohit holds a degree in Electronics and Communication. Rohit is passionate about learning latest technologies in order solve problems with the use of technology. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program at Hyderabad.


Sainath Gupta, AasaanPay

Sainath Gupta is the Founder of AasaanPay, which is into simplifying offline payments while creating delight to Merchants and their customers.  He is also founding member of Bajarangs Industries. Sainath has mentored many start ups as well is a mentor at MentorEdge, an initiative of IIM Ahmedabad since 2010. He is also a reviewer at SOUPs ( Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security -2012, 2013). He has also been an evaluator for Economic Times Power of Ideas, which is one of the largest enabling platform for start ups in India. He is a polymath and is into entrepreneurship, dancing, adventure sports, martial arts and anything related to technology.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science. Joined IIIT Hyderabad as fully sponsored Research Scholar, published two international papers including a journal as part of the same. He has recently completed his short term Executive Education in Technology Commercialization and IP Management from Indian School of Business. He is a fan of disruptive technologies and multidisciplinary teams. Sainath is passionate about simplifying payments and transactions. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Santosh Yellajosula, Mauka Technologies

An Entrepreneur from Bits Pilani University, Santosh has Co-founded Mauka Technologies, which aims to build products in education and recruitment sector. Santosh also works as Vice president at Kairos society India. Prior to Mauka Technologies Santosh has worked with companies ranging in depth and variety; from startups to multinationals like Nextgen PMS, Numbers Only hospitality, Cipy Polyurethanes and Grasim Industries. An active member in entrepreneur groups like Kairos, TIE, NEN and VFI, Santosh enjoys writing, gaming, music and travelling. Santosh is a 2012 Global Fellow at Kairos society and 2014 SLP fellow in Hyderabad .


Shravya Reddy, Svaad

Shravya Reddy R is the Co-founder of Svaad, an app which helps users find great restaurants depending on their choice of drink / dish / dessert. Prior to Svaad, she  worked on couple of other ideas ranging from building a portal for short-filmmakers to running an online magazine to building an educational portal. She  is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Sri Harsha Bavirisetty, 42events Online Pvt. Ltd.

Sri Harsha Bavirisetty is the Founder and CEO of 42events.com, a new, unique and hassle free way to plan events online. He is a business enthusiast and a technology buff. Prior to 42events, he has driven business development and operations at multiple start-ups. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad. He played many leadership roles such as Campus Life Secretary, Felicity '08 Coordinator - Annual Technical and Cultural Festival, and Member of Student Parliament during his tenure at the university. He loves meeting new people and scorching the internet to read new, exciting and informative discoveries. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Subhash Chandra Achanta, Thinksource Research

Subhash is the Co-Founder at Thinksource Research, a market research and consulting company; and ForStartup, a company creating a powerful service portfolio in alignment with the needs of the startup ecosystem. He has got more than 6 years of work experience with non-profit and for-profit organizations. He is an expert in Market Research, Advertising and Branding. He is a highly acclaimed speaker and conducts workshops at educational and corporate institutions. As a Startup Evangelist, he is a part of numerous non-profit platforms, where he mentors and nurtures first generation entrepreneurs. He is a recipient of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management in International Business and a Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology. Subhash is passionate about promoting gender equality and empowering women through all his initiatives. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership program in Hyderabad, India.


Vaishali Neotia, Vaishali Neotia

Vaishali is the cofounder of Merxius, a tech startup that takes exciting ideas, adds a little bit of magic code with the best tools available, and creates an explosive product in the form of web/mobile/Augmented Reality applications. Vaishali was earlier associated with DeccanTrails, where  she learnt the finer nuances of the art of effectively communicating with all sorts of people. She is an expert in ideating, building relations, management, cracking the lamest of jokes and feminism.  Thanks to her efforts, Merxius was awarded 'Best Startup of the year' at eIndia '12, India's largest ICT event.  It has also won various competitions including the first Appfest in Hyderabad, by IAMAI. Vaishali holds a first class degree in Engineering from Osmania University and is a core committee member of the ITsAP SME Forum . She is a fan of Swami Nachiketananda, Ratan Tata, Sardar Patel, Sandra Bullock, Def Leppard and all the top rated movies on IMDB (including some lower on the list). Vaishali is passionate about solving the problem of gender inequality and lack of world peace.  She is a  2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad and also the Women's Entrepreneurial Program by ISB and Goldman Sachs.


Founders


Abhishek Nayak, Founder, Gharpay
Abhishek Nayak is a co-founder of GharPay, a venture backed company that manages offline payments for internet companies. He studied Biological Sciences at BITS Pilani before starting his company. He is a 2012 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Aishwarya Mishra, Satya Shodh


Aishwarya Mishra is the co-founder of Satya Shodh, an effort to enable people in Hyderabad form better opinions on issues by way of screening documentaries. He is also the President of the Hyderabad Chapter of Rang De, an online platform for peer-to-peer microlending. As a full time employee, Aishwarya works as in quality at Pramati Technologies, on JackBe Presto, an Enterprise Mashup Platform. Before joining Pramati, he worked with Mahindra Satyam. He earned his engineering degree in computer science from Cochin University of Science & Technology. He has driven across the country, trekked, and ran the 21 kms Mumbai Marathon which he has survived. His real passion is Social Development and strongly feels each person has a role to play in making the society a better place. He is 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Ajay Datta, SNLogic Systems Pvt. Ltd., TechEnclave.com


Ajay is a founding partner at TechEnclave.com, India’s largest technology community. He is also a director at SNLogic Systems Pvt Ltd, a company he founded, which offers end-to-end web development and marketing services for online social and community platforms, apart from managing a number of niche blogs and websites. Prior to his entrepreneurial venture, he worked for DRDO as a research scientist. He is a 2012 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Ashok Varma Kucharlapati, Silmaril Software
Ashok Varma is the Founder & CEO of Silmaril Software. Founded in Jan 2011, Silmaril Soft has been developing products to help mobile app developers reach their product market fit faster. Prior to Silmaril Soft, he has worked at Knolskape Solutions, a startup based out of Singapore. Ashok holds a Bachelors degree in Information Systems from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in the Hyderabad chapter.


Asha Jayaraman, Wonder Cab
Asha Jayaraman is the Founder and Managing Director of Wonder Cab, a start-up providing women-friendly transport solutions. Prior to Wonder Cab, she worked in anti-human trafficking for sexual exploitation in Serbia and India, emergency response, technology for development, association of SMEs in the ICT space in Europe and India, public relations and inventory accounting. Asha is an alumni of the International Visitors Leadership Programmes (IVLP) of the U.S. Department of State (a premier professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders). She holds an MA in NGO Management from Euromed Marseille, Ecole de Management. She enjoys fresh salads and Cabernet Sauvignon. Asha is passionate about solving the problem of gender inequality. She is 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Dhiraj Pillay, Founder & CEO, Fragstore Retail


Dhiraj Kumar Pillay is the Founder & CEO of Giftaperfume.com and the Managing Director of Fragstore Retail Private Limited, a paradise for all branded perfume lovers and envisioned to become India’s first multi-branded retail chain exclusively into perfumes. Prior to this he was the head of Career Launcher India Ltd.’s Hyderabad business. He is also one amongst the 99.99999 percentile people who started their careers with Coke, uncommonly known as Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd. He is a graduate in Statistics and has done his MBA in 2004. He has specialised in International Business from Symbiosis Institute of International Business. He is passionate about outdoor sports and relishes cooking at times. He is 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program at Hyderabad.


Hemanth Satyanarayana, Imaginate


Hemanth Satyanarayana is Founder and CEO of Imaginate, a high technology enterprise that develops innovative and revolutionary products in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality using Computer Vision and Computer Graphics. Prior to Imaginate, Hemanth worked as the Technology Lead for Sovoz Incorporation, USA where he engineered the design and development of a Patent pending Virtual Locomotion Controller, a sophisticated motion tracking device for the US Department of Defense and also helped raise more than USD 500K in technology grants. Hemanth has also worked in research and development roles as a Project Leader at Tactus Technologies, a US based Virtual Reality startup and also at IBM Software Labs. As a researcher at SUNY, he pioneered the development of a Image guided Liver Surgery apparatus using Augmented Reality in joint collaboration with the Pedeatric department at Kaleida Health hospital, USA. Hemanth, a jack of all trades, enjoys inventing new products and solutions to bridge technology gaps across industry verticals and is passionate about entrepreneurship. He is an avid sports fan, an amateur photographer, and likes travelling. Hemanth holds a B.Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Madras) and a Masters degree from State University of New York (SUNY Buffalo). He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Patent Law from NALSAR. Hemanth is a Co-Inventor of 2 Patents (Filed) in USA and India. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Kumar Mangalapalli, RightSource Global


Kumar is a co-founder of RightSource Global, an integrated Technology and Operations firm with offices in India, UK and US. He currently heads Operations at RSG. Prior to that, Kumar worked in various capacities at a few boutique consulting firms and startups in leadership roles. Before relocating to India, he lived in US for close to 8 years working with an Indian IT major at one of the world’s largest investment banks. While away from work, books, music and movies keep him busy. He is a 2012 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Mili Srivastava, Foodys.in
Mili has 9+ years of experience in the training and hospitality industry. In the past, she has trained more than 2000 employees on soft skills in the IT, ITES, Manufacturing, Medical, NBFC and Telecom industries. She planned, strategized and designed the content and functioning of the training division at ISFC. She designed and trained for projects focusing on aspects of training of trainers, effective communication, assertiveness, influencing skills, customer service, time management, team building, sales, call handling and cross culture. Mili did a part time certificate course on Statistical Quality Control, at the Indian Statistical Institute, Hyderabad. She is currently Director of Foody’s (Zoha Foods Pvt Ltd), which specializes in home and office delivery for 20+ top end restaurants in Hyderabad. She is a 2012 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Niranjan Seelam, Playsportz


With a vision to increase the fitness levels of school-going children, Niranjan Seelam co-founded Playsportz in 2010. Playsportz partners with schools and helps them understand the fitness quotient of each child and customize the regimen to suit the children’s needs. Prior to Playsportz, Niranjan was the Head of Operations and Finance at redBus. Ops and Finance are his forte. Along with running and squash, he enjoys “making and thrashing” business plans. This die Hard “Rocky” fan, is a Chemical Engineering graduate from BITS-PILANI and MBA from Asian Institute of Management-Manila. He is a 2012 Startup Leadership Program Fellow of Hyderabad.


Pradeep Palelli, EfficientCarbon Management Solutions


Pradeep has always been interested in the idea of sustainability and he is now one of the partners at “EfficientCarbon Management Solutions” (www.efficientcarbon.com) whose work is focussed entirely on environmental sustainability. Pradeep has previously worked at Infosys for 3 years during which he explored domains such as microfinance (financial sustainability) and e-waste management. With “Sustainable Living” and “Sustainable Business” as the core ideas of his company, Pradeep now aims to spread the message of sustainability. Pradeep holds a B.E. (Honors) in Electronics and Instrumentation from BITS-Pilani. He is a 2012 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Ramesh Kandikonda, Schoolcanvas


Ramesh has over 25 years of work experience in the IT industry and is a recognized authority in Information Technology. He currently pursues development of online school Academic Management System (ERP +) Schoolcanvas. Schoolcanvas is a hosted online platform and brings innovative features to school management with integrated communication. Early in his career, he provided consultancy in the areas of enterprise architecture and IT solutions architecture to solve enterprise business problems. He is a 2012 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Sangeetha Narasimhan, Twimo


Sangeetha Narasimhan is the co-founder of Twimo, a mobile marketing startup which creates applications for consumer-facing businesses to connect and richly engage with their customers. Her venture is incubated at the Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurial Development at the Indian School of Business. Before her entrepreneurial stint, Sangeetha worked for Cisco Systems for 9 years in Bangalore, San Francisco and Atlanta. She started her career developing routers for Cisco’s Multiservice Switching portfolio and then moved to Cisco US Sales, selling to AT&T’s backbone and enterprise VPN businesses. Sangeetha holds a B.E. (Hons.) Computer Science degree from BITS, Pilani and a Post Graduate Programme in Management from the Indian School of Business (ISB). She made the Dean’s List at ISB, served on ISB’s Admissions Committee and on the core team of iDiya, ISB’s social venture ideas competition. She continues to volunteer for Admissions interviews, candidate outreach and counselling. Sangeetha talks fast, eats slow, adores P G Wodehouse, enjoys a good swim, is afraid of heights but loves to go backpacking in the wilderness. She believes that poverty is an anachronism and she wishes to travel, taking only photographs and leaving only footprints. She is a 2012 Fellow and Co-Program Leader of the founding class of the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Santhosh Kumar, Fountain Chocolate
Santhosh Kumar is the founder of Fountain Chocolate, India’s first fountain hire company. He has been instrumental in bringing the rich, expensive chocolate fountains from shopping malls into the reach of every customer and catered to all kinds of occasions. After catering to clientele from sectors such as IT, Hotels, Fashion, etc, relying on the feedback and realising the scope within the chocolate industry, FC expanded into chocolate making under the brand name ETALOCOCH. Apart from running FC, Santhosh has been into freelancing for branding and has named start up companies such as Dsigncell, Yellow Petals – designing firms, Blue Beeds – candle making company, Bol-daal – portal for educating consumers, Beads & Buttons – Apparel Designer. He has been involved with Nirman – an association for the intellectually challenged and has been working towards making it a self sustainable organization. Santhosh had been active in sports and has represented his school, college, institutes in various competitions and won awards on numerous occasions. An award from the Grand Master – Vishwanathan Anand, a science fair award, etc are few to his credit. Santhosh holds a PMI certification and works as a program manager with one of the largest banks and would like to see himself as a serial entrepreneur. He is a 2012 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Shameek Chakravarty, Ohana Media
Shameek runs an online advertising startup based out of Hyderabad and New Jersey. He holds an undergrad in Computer Science from BITS Pilani and a MBA from the Indian School of Business, and has worked as a Product Manager at Amazon.com and a SBU head at Rediff.com, prior to starting off. He is a 2012 Fellow and Program Leader for the founding class of the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Surendra Lingareddy, AlongTheWay


Surendra Lingareddy is the founder of AlongTheWay, an online service intended to allow rail passengers order food and condiments from acclaimed vendors along their train route and get it delivered directly to their berths. This service leverages India’s diverse cuisine and condiment shops and is being designed to address a significant problem area in Indian Railways. Surendra transitioned to Hyderabad from Austin, TX (USA) in early 2010 to further his discussions with Indian Railways. Surendra currently works at Crossroads Systems, where he develops Ruby on Rails apps in addition to managing its Indian operations. Prior to that, he worked for Texas Instruments developing Graphical User Interfaces for scientific calculators that enabled teachers teach better. He specializes in developing usable and intuitive user interfaces. He holds a Masters degree in Engineering Management from Portland State University where he was awarded MECOP International Intern in 2001. Surendra is concerned about traffic in India and is ardently working to promote innovative ways of car pooling to ensure maximum occupancy in a car. He is a 2012 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Srinivas Rao Nemmarugomula, SDS Partners/Dimecast
Srinivas Rao is a co-founder at Dimecast, a company involved in providing shopper-marketing solutions. A serial entrepreneur, during his graduation, he enrolled as the authorized vendor of fresh produce for a national chain of retail stores and Jain Irrigation. He was a key player in establishing a cost effective procurement process for the chain of stores. Later he joined an NPA company and was instrumental in clearing the balance sheet of all debts and played an important role in its revival. He started a mineral trading company and has been listed as a vendor for many prestigious cement companies for supply of Laterite and imported coal. He is a member of AP flying club, has a keen interest in billards, participant in many national events. Golf is a new found interest. He is a 2012 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Innovators


Chandrasekhar Kasiraju, Indigenius IT Solutions


Chandrasekhar Kasiraju (Chandra) is the Director of Indigenius IT Solutions Pvt Ltd, a start up in the software product development domain. Indigenius specializes in application development using open-source frameworks like Ruby on Rails, outsourced product development, and work flow based enterprise applications for small and medium enterprises. Managed by experienced industry professionals, Indigenius has emerged as one of the trusted IT partner providing software solutions; a testimony to this is the long and the impressive list of clientele. Prior to Indigenius IT Solutions Pvt Ltd, he worked at IBM India Pvt Ltd, where he was heading the Rational Software business for large accounts like Accenture, Capgemini, CSC, PwC, HCL. He was a high performing seller who has overachieved his numbers consistently and was part of the prestigious Hundred Percent Club in IBM for his consistent sales performance. Chandra has also worked at Tata Communications Ltd., Sify Ltd. and Sonata Software Ltd. in his sales career spanning over 13 years across India. He is an expert in Enterprise Software Sales, Relationship Management, Account Management and has closed several breakthrough deals through his career. Chandra was awarded Best Performer award in all the organizations he has worked with earlier. He holds a degree in Electronics and Masters in International Management from Pondicherry Central University. He plays violin (Carnatic Classical) and spends most of his free time listening to Indian Classical Music. Chandra is passionate about solving the problem of hunger. He’s currently associated with NGOs in Hyderabad and working towards networking the NGOs to build a self-sustainable ecosystem. He is 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad chapter.


Aditya Vuchi, Media Mint


Aditya has 6+ years in the online advertising industry, working in multiple job roles which include sales support, business operations, product management, program innovation and sales strategy. He has a comprehensive understanding of the ad business and its emerging trends and is currently Founder/CEO at Media Mint, an online media services company. He is a 2012 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Mayura Balasubramanian, Indian School of Business


Mayura is currently Associate Director, PGP – Projects at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. Her role includes managing and facilitating practicum courses including live industry projects and business plan writing. Prior to this, Mayura was with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) handling the Endogenous Tourism Project (ETP). This was a national pilot for craft and culture based rural tourism as a means of developing sustainable livelihoods, implemented in 36 villages across 20 states, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. She currently serves on the Rural Tourism Board of the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. A theatre enthusiast, she has acted in plays across different genres, most recently with ‘Dramanon’, Hyderabad. She is a 2012 Fellow and Co-Program Leader of the founding class of Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Ravi Sathanapalli, Group Head, Wipro


Ravi Sathanapalli, a Group Head at Wipro is a seasoned software & IT Professional with a career goal and strong aspiration to be an entrepreneur. Ravi has a rich experience in software development, sales & account management. He has played a variety of roles and been involved in large product development activities with global multinationals like Nokia, Ericsson as well as hot startups like OpenMarket and Intervoice. He has also nurtured Centers of Excellence & Innovation in Mobile Applications within Wipro. Outside his day job, Ravi is polishing his business plan around a solution for the Indian Retail market and is keen to network with others in the startup ecosystem, including other entrepreneurs interested in working together. Ravi holds an M.Tech. in CS from IIT Madras and a B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from JNTU Kakinada. He has a variety of interests – photography, travel, trekking/camping, loves a game of poker, bridge, discussion on spirituality, and loves to try out anything new. He is a Fellow of the 2012 Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Sarath Babu Vegesna, Fermentech Biologics


Sarath Babu is a Researcher at Fermentech Biologics. He is an aspiring entrepreneur with special focus on agri-biotechnology, animal health and productivity enhancement for the improvement of rural livelihoods.He was the CEO of Shri GBS Biotech, Founder of Vegesnatechs, a consulting firm for entrepreneurs in the biotech sector, Senior Research Fellow at CFTRI Mysore, Director of R&D at Alpha Technologies and Medical Sales representative at Juggat Pharma. During his PhD, he screened microorganisms capable of degrading caffeine. Sarath has 12 patents and has 9 publications. He has also been involved in the development of development of biosensors and bioremediation of pesticides and petroleum products. He holds a PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Mysore, Master of Science in Life Sciences from the School of Lifesciences, and Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, Applied Nutrition and Public Health from Andhra University. He is a 2012 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Santosh Lakshman M, Software Engineer, Maxrange Retail


Santosh Lakshman is currently working in the software team of a retail startup. Prior to this, he founded a personalized merchandise firm, named Colon K, while still in graduation at BITS Pilani, a premier institute in India. He also has experience of building websites that brought in 50K unique visitors per day. He was awarded Mantra Entrepreneur of the Year 2009. He is an active blogger, social media guy and SEO with the handle “Lucky Murari”. He is a 2012 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Varadarajan Sampath Kumar, Gemcom Software


Varadarajan Sampathkumar is the Development Manager of Gemcom Software Inc, a leading provider of software solutions to Mining and Geology industries across the world. Prior to Gemcom, he worked at Spandana, a leading microfinance entity, where he was CTO. Sampath has also worked at Capgemini and Intergraph. He is an expert in hiring & leading high performance teams and developing highly scalable & reliable desktop & web software. He holds a Master’s degree in Commerce and Advanced Accounting. He is a fan of Edward De Bono, A.R. Rahman, M.S. Dhoni, wine, value investing etc. Sampath has lived in US, Europe and Middle East across his career of 15 years and has travelled across the regions. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Vivek Patel, PolySol


Being an analytical blend of a techno-commercial person (M.tech in Plastics Engineering and Technology from CIPET and MBA), Vivek was associated with MNCs like Dupont and also worked as a Scientist in DST’s (Govt. of India) lab. He has expertise in composites, polymers, chemicals and nanotechnology domain. In 2011, his business idea “Biodegradable Polymer” won the “Next Big Idea” business competition (DST & Intel in association with IIM-B) and will be showcased in Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley. He is a 2012 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


Vipin Misra, Project Leader D. E. Shaw


Vipin Misra is currently working as Project Leader at D. E. Shaw India with more than 6 years of experience in IT. He has worked extensively on developing complex automation frameworks. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from Barkatullah University. Apart from holding many certifications like CSQA, CSTE etc., he was involved in testing of e-commerce start-ups and also one of the privileged beta testers for a leading manufacturer of navigation systems. He is also founder of ‘Peppers N Petals’, a company that deals in exports of cut flowers and spices. Vipin enjoys reading books and listening to music. He is a 2012 Fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in Hyderabad.


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