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Mumbai Fellows

Abhinav Girdhar ,Right Doctor

Abhinav Girdhar is the Co-Founder of Right Doctor, aimed at improving the quality of healthcare delivery by creating valuable linkages for the consumers and the medical fraternity. Prior to Right Doctor, he worked at Emerging Capital Group, where he was involved in identifying coal mine acquisition opportunities in Indonesia. Abhinav’s association with PwC, and Deloitte & Touché in their Transactions Advisory Practice gives him a good understanding of business valuation. He was awarded NUS Student Achievement Award 2006, King of Thailand Award at the Bangkok Business Challenge 2006 and was selected for the Shell Gourami Business Challenge, Malaysia. Abhinav holds an MBA from National University of Singapore, and Bachelors in Engineering from Bangalore University. Currently he is also a part of the Global Superangels Forum (GSF) and works as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR). Abhinav is a FIAT fan, owns a FIAT Grande Punto 1.2 and loves driving long distances. Abhinav is passionate about inculcating a “curious mind” in young kids, as he believes that innovative solutions in all walks of life are the way forward. He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Abhinav Sarangi ,PayMe

Abhinav Sarangi is the Co-Founder of PayMe, a enterprise mobile payments startup which helps its merchants collect card payments on-the-go using proprietary PayMe hardware and mobile app. Prior to this, he was the CEO and Co-Founder of which was an online marketplace for used mobile phones, which got acquired by a competitor in the same domain. He holds a MBA degree from IIM Lucknow and a B.Tech degree from IIT Roorkee. He likes to think of himself as a jack-of-all-trades, having lead both digital marketing and product development in his previous startup, and currently doing coding and sales in the current one. He is passionate about making things simple to use. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Abhishek Sawant ,IXL Holdings Ltd

Abhishek Sawant is Associate Director at IndusView UK, a cross-border corporate advisory firm that advises companies on growth opportunities emanating from India. He has advised several West European companies on their India expansion and restructuring strategies. He also works as a Senior Management Associate at IXL Holdings Ltd, a European startup that seeks to offer banking and financial services to the globalizing Indian population as well as mainstream western customers who wish to tap into India’s growth. Abhishek has completed MSc in Economics from the University of St. Andrews, U.K. and the Chartered Financial Analyst degree from The Institute of Chartered and Financial Analysts of India. He has studied Mathematics and Econometrics at the University of Edinburgh, U.K. and has received the Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Mumbai. He is (trying) to gear-up for the upcoming post-monsoon cyclothon season in India. He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Anil Amesur ,Go Delight

Anil Amesur is the founder of Go Delight, a mobile-based loyalty program that maps consumer demographics to offline transactions thereby driving business analytics for retailers. Prior to Go Delight, he worked with GEP – a strategic consulting firm - on sourcing initiatives for clients in US. Anil has also worked at JP Morgan Chase and NewAge Industries and has been closely associated with the Helen Keller Institute for Deaf-Blind. His expertise includes business strategy and marketing. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from VJTI. He is also a certified ballroom dancer from ISTD, London. He enjoys music, food, driving and playing outdoor sports. He is also an avid football fan and a die-hard Manchester United supporter. He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Ankita Tandon ,

Ankita has an Economics Honours degree from Mumbai University where she ranked 1st and a MS in Finance from Warwick Business School. She has worked with Deutsche Bank in London and Edelweiss Capital in Mumbai for 4 years in the private banking side. Ankita is a trained Latin America and Ballroom dancer certified by the Imperial Society Teachers of Dancing London. She is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Deven Shah ,WikiPaisa

Deven Shah is the founder of WikiPaisa – a collaborative platform to make money simple and life happier. He’s recently joined as an Entrepreneur in Residence at IRIS Business Services Ltd. a leading company in XBRL based technology solutions. Prior to that he has worked for 15 years in technology, marketing, digital media & personal finance. He’s led strategic projects for clients like IDBI Bank, Sharekhan, Kotak, Religare, SEBI, NISM, RBI etc. He started his first business in stock broking at 17 while he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and later an online post graduate program in advertising management from MICA. He also mentors young startup entrepreneurs, volunteers for organizing events with TiE Mumbai, Startup Weekend, iWeekend etc. and has recently started an initiative called ‘Startup Kindness’. He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Karthic V C ,VoucherKarma

V C Karthic is the founder of VoucherKarma, an online exchange that gives you cash for gift vouchers that you get from relatives/friends/your loyalty program that you will never use or redeem. Prior to VoucherKarma, VC founded Buzzworks, which has an investor & a strong management first line. He worked with TimesFM as a Radio Jockey for 3 years between 1996-99 before starting out on his own. He's an expert at nothing in particular & reinvents himself every 3-5 years to look younger than his actual age. He holds a correspondence degree in Business Administration from Annamalai University & that's not worth the paper it's written on. VC is a fan of Ashhar Farhan, his first mentor ever. VC is passionate about solving the problem of vouchers that expire in your bag or account. He is a 2013 fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Kushal Sharma ,FreeCharge (before that was founder of studyshare)

Kushal Sharma is a web freak and marketing enthusiast, with expertise in consumer facing roles in youth oriented firms. He is on the marketing team of FreeCharge. His last venture was, a venture focused on fostering discussion and mutual learning among students from different domains. Within a year of its inception, StudyShare got >1million pageviews. It was acknowledged in many business plan competitions including MDI, IIT Delhi etc. It was selected in 1st batch of Hatch Incubators. He holds an MBA (marketing) from Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi and a B.E. from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT), Delhi wherein he was among founding campus teams for Microsoft Student Partner and Mozilla Campus Representative programs. Kushal loves music and movies. He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Manish Grover ,

Manish Grover is the founder of, one of its kind wedding planning portal for all wedding planning needs. Prior to founding, Manish Grover has experience in entrepreneurship, marketing and consulting for startups as well as a top management firm wherein he handled projects worth over $ 1 billion. Manish holds an MBA in Marketing and Engineering in Electronics & Communication. He loves to travel and make new friends. He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Milap Shah ,PrintStop

Milap is THE Founder of PrintStop, an innovative new-age printing solution provider for both retail and corporate clients. He has been involved in expanding PrintStop to multiple locations in Mumbai, launching an online e-commerce store; and also acquiring a lot of reputed clients. Milap has also cofounded Hokey Pokey, a chain of ice cream parlours, which offers customized ice cream creations made on a frozen stone. Currently Hokey Pokey has 14 outlets across Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Surat & Bangalore. He started his career at a Risk Arbitrage Hedge Fund in Manhattan as an Associate, where he designed and developed proprietary applications for executing the firm’s trading strategies in the US and European Markets. He then moved on to join Oracle Corporation in California as a Senior Software Developer where he designed and developed key components for the company’s Enterprise Management Suite and closely coordinated the development efforts with the Oracle Bangalore team. In 2006 Milap moved back to India and cofounded PrintStop and Hokey Pokey. Milap holds Bachelors in Computer Engineering (Hons.) from Mumbai University and a Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Naveen Rao ,EnablingThoughts

Naveen Rao has over 12 years of experience in the Technology Industry holding senior leadership positions covering various domains including Education, Gaming & Entertainment sectors. Presently, Naveen is in the process of setting up his new startup venture 'EnablingThoughts', to build next-gen technology products. Prior to this, he was with Pearson, a multinational Media & Education leader, where he successfully helped put together Pearson's technology outsourcing capabilities in addition to heading Education Technology Product Strategy for the Indian market. Starting his career as a Game Programmer, he has held various technical leadership positions at Praxis, Hurix & StumpVision and is an expert in Product Strategy, Software Process Life Cycles, Outsourcing Strategy & Technology Architecture. Naveen holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science & Engineering, and is gizmo-crazy looking at what technology has to offer next. Naveen loves photography, is trying to learn to play the guitar and is slowly turning into a fitness freak. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Nikkhil Narang ,Technolits Technologies LLP

Nikkhil Narang is the CEO of Technolits Technologies, an open source liberator of the oppressed products/companies bound by hidden and fixed license costs of the of the IT Sector. Prior to Technolits, he was the Team Lead & Developer of, a deal aggregation site with several affiliates that combined an interesting mix of technologies. Ironically this Chemical Engineer from Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, got addicted to marketing at the annual cultural festival Trifles, when he was the Contingent leader of his college. He is keen to collaborate and propagate the benefits of Open Source resonating Technolits as a brand with multiple sectors. Apart from work you’ll usually find this foodie messing with experimental features on his android phone or resolving to be a regular at the gym. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Nirav Shah ,LetsAlign Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Nirav Shah is the co-founder of LetsAlign, a startup working on innovative cloud, mobile & web-based products and is backed by IIM-Ahmedabad based iAccelerator. Prior to his entrepreneurial journey, he worked at UBS on the Wall Street, where he built various software products for its Quantitative Trading team. Nirav has also worked at Columbia University in New York as a Teaching Fellow. Nirav has been awarded scholarships at Columbia University in New York where he pursued his Masters in Computer Science. He pursued his Bachelors in Information Technology from Mumbai University where he teaches occasionally as a Visting Faculty. Nirav loves to travel, read, take risks, & play guitar. Nirav is passionate about solving challenging problems by providing disruptive technological solutions and make this world a better place for everyone. He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Nitin Jain ,Health SMAC

Nitin is Founder of Health SMAC, a company focusing on empowering customers within health and wellness domain with reliable and valuable information. It also plans to provide companies with effective customer management tools. He was the founder of a knowledge services firm, which he managed for more than three years. Nitin is an IIT engineer. He is currently working on his second start-up. He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Noel Sequeira ,Creative Riot Software

Noel Sequeira is Founder of Praxis (, a SaaS practice management platform for CA, CS and Tax Consultant firms. Praxis is backed by The Morpheus, one of India's premier startup accelerators. Prior to Praxis, he co-founded Creative Riot Software (, where his team built Enpower ( - a comprehensive enterprise IT energy management and monitoring solution - and helped some of the largest companies across India better understand their IT energy footprints. Creative Riot Software was backed by the Center for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship at IIM Ahmedabad. Noel holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Information Technology) from the University of Mumbai. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Pankhuri Shrivastava ,

Pankhuri Shrivastava is one of the Founders of, an online real estate portal aiming to make property hunt a smooth and unruffled affair. She holds a degree in computer science engineering from Rajiv Gandhi Technological Universiety, Bhopal. Pankhuri was E-leader of National Entrepreneurship Network and started two campus companies. She also opened a chapter of NGO YUVA Unstoppable, promoting English and digital literacy in slums of Bhopal. After graduating, she decided to devote her skills and 2 years in working with Teach for India to eliminate educational inequity in India by changing students’ life paths. In this challenging leadership experience she honed her skills in critical thinking, resource management, project coordination and planning. She initiated community projects to improve living conditions of the low-income community. Finding solutions to real world problems became a habit in 2 years of fellowship. In Mumbai, a city strange to her, she saw that the biggest problem was housing. This sowed the seeds of Pankhuri is a voracious reader and travelling to new places delights her. She has an ear for music and holds a senior diploma in Indian classical music. She is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Pranay Srinivasan ,Sparkle Fashion

Pranay Srinivasan is the co-founder of eVitaran, a disruptive new Mobile Distribution Platform set to revolutionise distribution in the disorganised apparel market in India. Prior to starting eVitaran, he started Sparkle Fashion in February 2010 with a $600 loan from a client. He has since bootstrapped Sparkle Fashion into a profitable low-cost apparel manufacturing business. Pranay has over 14 years’ experience at starting, financing, managing, and expanding businesses in the apparel sector. He is passionate about creating a strong and scalable distribution network that enables sustainable competitive linkages between product and consumer in India. Pranay has a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences and Biotechnology from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai University. In his (almost non-existent) spare time, Pranay writes a blog at Pranay is a 2013 Fellow at the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Priya Parab ,Vihaan Natural Healthcare Pvt.Ltd

Priya Parab is the Founder & C.EO of Vihaan Natural Healthcare, manufacturer of 100% natural nutrition foods. Their first range of products for kids, active adults and diabetics, under the Brand Strombss+ is a delicious high protein-high fibre multigrain beverage mix in 4 natural flavours. Prior to starting out on her own, she worked for 15 years in the corporate world:- at Servcorp, where she was the Sales and Marketing Head for their India business, at The Times of India heading their magazine subscription business, at Fedex, at Axisbank and at Citibank. She is an expert in startup projects and natural health foods stemming mainly from the urge to give her kids tasty and healthy foods sans preservatives and a quick-fix mini-meal to suit her hectic corporate lifestyle. In 2011, Priya was selected to represent India at the ‘New Beginning Program’ for entrepreneurs from 31 countries, initiated by the U.S President Barrack Obama. Priya holds a degree in commerce and Masters in business management from Mumbai University and a certificate of Entrepreneurship from ISB-Hyderabad. After having gone through the grind of setting up a factory in Mumbai, she declares herself a Pro at handling government agencies, not having spent a single unofficial rupee for her factory licenses, approvals and certifications. Priya is passionate about solving the problem of mal-nutrition with her products. She is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai chapter.

Ravikant Verma ,SMART SAMPLE

Ravikant Verma is the Founder of SMART SAMPLE, a Mumbai based startup that gives consumer the ability to try products or services before they buy. SMART SAMPLE accelerates word of mouth to drive sales. Prior to founding SMART SAMPLE, he worked as a Trade Specialist in KOTRA (Korea Business center) and TAITRA (Taiwan Trade Center) and worked as Marketing Executive at Radhakrishna Foodland. He holds a Bachelor Degree in management and MBA in marketing from JBIMS, Mumbai. He was the President of Rotaract Club of Kalyan and awarded Best President in the region. He is passionate about consumer behavior, word of mouth marketing and flying in dream. He is 2013 SMART Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Sameer Parwani ,CouponDunia

Sameer Parwani is the CEO of CouponDunia, India’s most popular coupon code website and one of the top 400 most visited websites in India (according to Alexa as of Oct 2012). Prior to CouponDunia, he was a IT Security consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He began his entrepreneurial journey after leaving PwC by co-founding Tysam Networks in 2006 where he served as the CTO for the company till it was bought out by EQAL Inc. Sameer has a B.S. (Computer Science) degree from Cornell University. He was born and raised in the USA, but decided to shift to Mumbai to further grow CouponDunia. He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Sachin Ramje ,Hungry Goose

Sachin Ramje is the founder of, a Pay-as-you-fit Online Store with an aim of helping more people get fit. Prior to, he founded Hungry Goose, a multi-cuisine Snacks Company. and Co-founded Hot Frangoh, Fried-snacks kiosk company. He worked at State Bank of Group, where he was in Project Finance & Debt Syndication. Sachin has also worked as Investment Banker in his prior assignment. He is an expert in Project Finance & Debt Syndication. Sachin was awarded for Meritorious Scholarship for excellence in Academics during his Management Course and actively founded Entrepreneurship Cell at IBS Hyderabad . He holds a degree in MBA (Finance) and B.E.(Electronics & Communication). He is a fan of David Beckham & loves cooking. He has been tracking startup ecosystem for past 2 years and was an active member of Hyderabad Startup Saturday Group. Sachin is passionate about solving the problem of Fitness for all. He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Sandeep Mukhi ,Phenom Services Private Limited

Sandeep Mukhi is the CEO of Phenom Services, a training & development company catering to organisations and individuals; Phenom intends to make learning fun, interesting & creative backed by great customer service. Before co-founding Phenom, he has worked with companies like the Future Group, ING, Indiabulls & the Citi Group. He has risen the ranks from being an executive selling loans, to being a manager, to a trainer and now to an entrepreneur. He is an expert on training on sales & customer service. Believe it or faint, he has a degree in Masters in Computers Management, but has never worked in that field. He is a fan of Ratan Tata for his business acumen. Also, adores Kishore Kumar, is a decent bathroom singer, loves to travel and is a complete gadget freak! Sandeep is passionate about making a difference through training, taking people’s skills to the next level, thus enhancing their market value. He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Saptarshi Chatterjee ,Tata Sky Ltd.

Saptarshi Chatterjee is part of the technology product marketing team of Tata Sky, a new age digital media aggregator. Prior to Tata Sky, he worked at Robosoft Systems, where he was their Head of Strategic Alliance and MarkComm. Saptarshi has also volunteered at HeadStart Network Foundation, a start-up evangelist NPO. He is an expert in strategic alliance and product marketing for hardware based consumer technologies. He holds a degree in Automobile Engineering Degree from the University of Mumbai. He is a fan of home cooked food. Saptarshi is passionate about solving the problem of product based tech start-ups achieving profitability within a year from launch in a country like India. He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Saurin Gandhi ,Healthkare Linked

Saurin Gandhi is the Founder of Healthkare Linked, a startup that aspires to build one of the most comprehensive and transparent global healthcare portal. Prior to Healthkare Linked, he worked at Pharmalink Consulting in the U.S. as an Advisory Associate helping Pharma and Biotech companies such as Pfizer and Genzyme make regulatory and strategic business decisions. He has also worked at Verizon Wireless and Broadcom Corporation. He holds a master’s degree in Telecom Business Management from Northeastern University, Boston. During his stay in the U.S. he also participated in Startup Weekend-Boston, Mass Challenge and Startup events at Microsoft NERD Center. He also attended numerous conferences at MIT and Harvard Business School. He loves reading books, listening to music and to explore different places across the globe. He is passionate about increasing awareness about eye donations in India, where 1/3rd of the world’s blind population resides with 75% of those still being treatable. He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Yasser Ali ,Amore Gourmet Gelato

Yasser Ali is the Co-Founder and Director of Gourmet Gelato Company (which holds the brand Amore Gelato), a values-based premium Italian frozen dessert manufacturer and retailer. Prior to GGCPL, he founded RISE Foundation, a startup NGO focusing on Rebuilding dilapidated schools in India & providing supplementary curriculum to underprivileged students, where he served as Executive Director and Chairman. While studying at the University of California in Santa Barbara he also scooped ice cream at a local parlor, rehabilitated post operative patients at Alta Orthopedic & Physical Therapy and had his first venture as an entrepreneur when he decided to organize benefit concerts as an independent event manager. Those close to him know that he is an expert in making late night extravagant dessert concoctions! Although he holds a degree in Bio-Psychology, Yoga Instruction and Gelato Making he has chosen to pursue the endeavor that he is most passionate about. He is currently concentrating on solving the problem of establishing and growing a values-based business that is iconic, fun & profitable…all at the same time! He is a 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Archana S Lal, Bookstreet

Archana S Lal is the co-founder of BookStreet, a startup in the education space. BookStreet is “Slideshare” for solved exam papers. Prior to BookStreet, she was a Day Trader & freelance finance- tutor. Archana, has also worked at consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is an expert in business-processes, capital-markets. Archana was awarded distinction in college & 50th rank in MBA. She holds a degree in Chartered accountancy & MBA. She is a fan of Randy Pausch. Don’t be fooled by looks, Archana is a martial-artist & loves to kick-ass. Archana is passionate about education & believes access to information using technology, fundamentally changes the way we learn. She is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Arti Sanganeria,

Arti Sanganeria is a high-energy, self-motivated problem-solver who has had diverse experiences in healthcare ranging from biotech to insurance and geographically from New York to Mumbai. After working several years in healthcare finance and strategy in the US, she is now part of a healthcare- delivery entrepreneurial venture in India called Wellspring Healthcare. Wellspring seeks to transform healthcare delivery in the country by building India's first and most trusted chain of integrated primary care centres. Prior to this, in her role as Associate Consultant at Putnam Associates, Boston, she crafted innovative management solutions for top pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients on a variety of business problems across several therapeutic areas. Before Putnam, as an Equity Research Associate at Credit Suisse, New York, she was member of a two- person team that initiated coverage on the Specialty Pharmaceutical Sector. Extremely passionate about working in the healthcare industry at the confluence of business, policy, and innovation, Arti has a special interest in emerging markets' healthcare systems. Leveraging her technical knowledge and business acumen, Arti is ultimately striving to build and invest in impact- oriented businesses that develop and deliver better healthcare solutions resulting in dramatic improvement in quality of life. Arti strongly believes in giving back to the community and is a StartingBloc Fellow. She was a key member of the BOSTON+acumen founding team and led fundraising efforts for Acumen Fund. Prior to that, she was President for Asha for Education, Philadelphia chapter - one of India’s largest drives to address educational inequality. She graduated with honors from the Liberal Arts & Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia with a BSE in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and a BA in Economics. A Fellow in the 2014 Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai, Arti enjoys Indian folk dancing, playing basketball, designing jewelry, and spending quality time with friends and family around the globe.

Arup Soans, Give for Sports Foundation.

Arup Soans is the Managing Partner of QSport Media, a sports business consulting enterprise whose vision is to use sport as a catalyst to shape a better world. The company currently works with sports like golf, sailing and swimming; servicing clients in the corporate and education sectors. Arup is also Founder and Managing Trustee of a nonprofit initiative called Give for Sports Foundation; setup to help existing sports NGOs build awareness and raise funds. Arup is an expert in sports marketing and new media. He has 
worked at New York based Major League Soccer and Perform Group. Arup was part of the organizing committee for the Commonwealth Youth Games in India. He has also been part of the senior management teams at organizations operating in the IT, retail and marine sectors. Arup is an avid Calvin and Hobbes reader and ardent football fan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management studies from University of Mumbai and a master’s degree in sports business from New York University. Arup is passionate and committed to develop the sports industry in India and abroad based on quality, integrity and team spirit. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Ashish Gandhi, Postbox Communications

Ashish Gandhi is the Co-Founder & Director of PostBox Communications, a 360 degree digital & marketing agency which runs solely on creativity & Hard work. Prior to PostBox Communications, he worked at Intelligent Business Systems where he overlooked all operations as a COO. Ashish has also worked at Sadhrta Retail, Dimensional Excellence, tiDimensi, Déjà vu Solutions Limited, Arena Multimedia and St Xavier's College, Xavier’s Institute of Communication, to name a few. To name a few of his quality & traits, His core competency is his Creative Brain, he is an expert in conflict resolution & innovative solutions providing, Out of the Box thinking. He holds a degree in Zoology, designing, multimedia & Special Effects (sfx). He is a fan of Narendra Modi & ArnabGoswami. Ashish is passionate about solving the problems of road safety & road manners. Ashish loves his coffee, Black, with no sugar. A double Shot of Espresso in the morning, afternoon & Evening will give enough juice to his hyperactive brain and will bring the best of him on the table. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Bijal Kakka, BNB Infosolutions LLP

Bijal Kakka is the Cofounder of iAssist247 (BNB Infosolutions LLP), which focuses on providing an All-in-one marketing solution for local businesses. Prior to iAssist247, she worked at People Interactive Pvt Ltd (, where she played a role of a Sr. Product Manager. Bijal has also worked at Tickled Media Pvt Ltd and Zycus Infotech Pvt Ltd. She is an expert in Product Management and UX Consulting. Bijal holds a degree in MBA (ebusiness & marketing) and BSc (Computer Science). She is a fan of Arvind Kejriwal. Bijal is passionate about solving the problem of UX design. She is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Chaitanya Mehta,

Chaitanya Mehta is the founder of, a Start-up that facilitates the online sale of medicines at a discount. It also gives SMS Medicine Reminders, Cheap Generic Alternatives and Information such as uses, side effects etc for over 100,000 brands of medicine. Prior to working at Dawa, Chaitanya has worked as VP Digital Marketing of a Washington DC based start-up, He has a degree in Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University and an MBA in Technology Entrepreneurship & Venture Finance from George Washington University, a top 30 US School. He has also worked as a Growth Strategist for a Start-up, Prudent Energy, in Maryland that has received over $50 million in VC funding. He is passionate about start-ups and has worked as an Investment Associate for a boutique Private Equity firm, Blue Heron Capital, in Washington DC. He has worked at organizations such as Nielsen, Tata Strategy, Mahindra, Gate Group etc. He has worked in Management Consulting, Business Development, Market Research, Corporate Finance and Private Equity at Multi-Nationals in India and the US. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in the Mumbai Chapter.

Chirag Kumar, Healthier Foundation

Chirag Kumar is a co-founder of Healthier Foundation, a social enterprise working towards awareness, prevention and early detection of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Currently the focus is on Cancer (through unCancer India brand) and in next 2 years they would cater to other NCDs. He has experienced both the sides – working for MNCs and startups. He is admired for his passion to work on new and challenging opportunities. During his twelve years of experience he changed roles across different functions – Consumer Insights, Business Research, Data Analytics, Pre-sales and Operations. He spent most of his career in Consulting and IT firms (Accenture, Capgemini Consulting) and worked for a Global Food Manufacturing Company (General Mills) in his last role as a Consumer Insights Manager. He completed his B.E. in Elec. & Telecom from Gujarat University. From his college days he has worked pro-bono with non-profits by applying his business acumen to their respective issues. Along with his social venture, Chirag is working on other ideas to bring the benefits of new technologies (mobile, cloud, analytics) to the Indian Health Sector. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai chapter.

Darshan Lodaya, Meera Entertainment

Darshan Lodaya is Co-founding Director at Meera Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., a startup in the Entertainment and Animation industry. Darshan is also an Electronic Music Producer and Musician known as Bluesanova. Prior to this, Darshan has worked in Sales/Marketing for the last decade. He is an engineer and an MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS). His corporate experience includes Consumer Durables and Banking sectors. Darshan worked in companies such as ICICI Bank and Barclays Bank PLC. where he handled sales as a part of large sales teams as well as selling directly to Businesses. Darshan is a singer, songwriter and composer and has been associated with Bombay Rock Association, a social and music group. He has composed soundtracks and background scores for independent films and plays. Darshan is passionate about creating world-class content. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Faisal Khan, MotorBeam

Faisal Ali Khan is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of 'MotorBeam', a web portal that carries honest and accurate news and reviews of the Indian automobile industry. He is the co-founder of ‘College Affairs’, a website dedicated to colleges and college students and also the VP-Business Development at ‘Concept Interiors’. Besides contributing to various international automobile websites, he also writes for Yahoo and Rediff. He chose the road less traveled and took the path of entrepreneurship during his graduation days. He went on to pursue MBA when his brainchild was still taking a shape. He is more of a believer in practical knowledge than theory but even in his sleep, he only thinks about 'Porters Five Force Model'. He firmly believes that nothing is impossible as long as there is passion and dedication. A fitness freak since his childhood days, Faisal has won numerous medals in sports. He participates in the Mumbai Marathon (21 kms) every year, but that does not stop him from enjoying some of the delicacies at his favorite joints. When not working, he is either going long or short on equities. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in the Mumbai chapter.

Hardik Shah, Theek Kar Do

Hardik Shah is a Chartered Accountant by Qualification, Entrepreneur by Profession. He is the Co-Founder at Theek Kar Do – a one stop repair destination. He is also on the Editorial Board at Mentor Mantra, part of the core team of Google Business Group (GBG) Mumbai, a RodinHooder and is scheduled to embark on Tata Jagriti Yatra 2013. He is also a visiting faculty at ICAI and Professional Academy. Hardik is an all India Rank Holder at the Final and inter-CA levels. Before co-founding Theek Kar Do he was working with Ernst & Young as a tax consultant for almost 30 months wherein he was rated as one of the best employees for two consecutive years and recipient of the coveted EY Excellerator Award. He had also headed the student’s wings of the Western Region of ICAI – during his term the students association was awarded to be the best in India. He has also served on the board of certain college clubs and associations. He intends to go on a backpack trip as soon as work permits and learning photography and a music instrument is on his wish list. He finds reading, writing, listening to music and spending time with himself as major stress relievers. Hardik has been a regular volunteer of Mumbai Marathon for past several years. He had once directed a play and also represented his school for chess tournaments. Hardik is 2013-14 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Kaushal Raj, Neutro Logistics

Kaushal Raj is the Founder & CEO of Neutro Logistics, which caters to both Importers & Exporters by offering services of Road, Rail, Sea & Air Freight, Freight Forwarding, Customs Clearance, Warehousing & Distribution and SAD Refund claims. Prior to this, He worked as Sr. Marketing Manager for 4+ yrs and handled Pan India Market for Edutrotters Pvt. Ltd, an Experiential Learning organization. He is in the Core Committee of Google Business Group & also in Headstart Network Foundation for organizing Startup Saturday in Mumbai. Kaushal has also completed his Executive Program from IIM-C. He has won awards for Contingent Leader representing his college during graduation days. He has also represented Mumbai City in All India Scholarship Examination. Kaushal is passionate about travelling which makes him explore new cities with their unique culture and a mouth on variety of delicacies. He also loves cooking and tries his hands on different recipes. In near future, Kaushal is planning to start an NGO which will sponsor education for poor & needy children. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai chapter.

Lavin Mirchandani, Mirc Media

Lavin Mirchandani is the founder of Mirc media, a firm that helps businesses listen to relevant conversations on the web and derive actionable insights to achieve business goals. Lavin is also affiliated with The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) - Mumbai. As the Associate Director he helps drive communication and manage strategic alliances to help the non-profit organization achieve its charter of fostering entrepreneurship. In his previous avatars, Lavin founded - a social referral based shopping product; launched aTEEtude of Giving - a social-commerce cause marketing initiative with MTV, Inkfruit, Mithaimate and JoyofGivingWeek. He started his career with a short stint at the technology solutions vertical of Accenture. When he is not watching the Game of Thrones, he often found brainstorming with business owners over the adoption of new media and technology to hack growth and woo potential stakeholders. He is passionate about enabling early stage enterprises and inspiring students towards entrepreneurship. Lavin holds a bachelors degree in electronics engineering from Mumbai University (VESIT). He is a Fellow at the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Mehul Mukati, Axia Advisory Services

Mehul Mukati is a CA and a CFA with over 15 years of experience across industries from infrastructure to information technology to capital markets. He has been an exceptional performer and widely recognized for financial acumen. Mehul founded Axia Advisory Services Pvt Ltd in September 2010. Axia hand-holds start-ups and SMEs working with them on internal controls/systems, corporate finance, business structuring and funding options. Mehul teaches modeling, valuation, accounting and finance-related subjects over weekends. Earlier Mehul worked with Ambit and Emkay Global in equity research and investment banking where his financial acumen and knowledge of corporate laws was widely appreciated. He was rated as one of the best Capital Goods Analyst in India by Asia Money magazine in 2009. Prior to this Mehul was with Oracle India where he spear-headed a functional team to improve the MIS requirements and systems in the Oracle ERP suite. He has also worked with Torrent Power as the Executive Assistant to the CEO where, amongst other things, he led a profit improvement program, helped formalize the budgeting and MIS systems, tracked the regulatory environment and aided the CEO to create presentations and reports to be made to the promoters and Board. Mehul is passionate about working with start- ups and SMEs and helping them grow. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai, India.

Naresh Menghrajani, HomeIndiaHome

Naresh Menghrajani is the CEO of HomeIndiaHome, a company that provides authentic realty consulting for new home buyers. Prior to HIH, Naresh was involved in Students Publications, a pilot venture on his college campus. Naresh is a passionate person with a strong work ethic. He has a pleasing personality & possesses great interpersonal skills. On the course of his entrepreneurial journey, Naresh has acquired fine skills in the areas of business planning, sales & marketing &talent acquisition. Under his leadership, his company has won several awards from India’s leading developers for outstanding sales performance. Naresh is an avid reader. Furthermore, he surrounds himself with a great network of people; which he believes are hisgreatest source of learning and inspiration. He holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University. He is a big fan of the late Steve Jobs, and like Jobs he desires to build an organization that changes the world. Besides entrepreneurship, Naresh has keen interest in spirituality& total wellness. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai Chapter.

Niraj Singh,

Niraj Singh is a Process Engineer at Carbon Clean Solutions Pvt. Ltd (CCS). The startup had developed a novel and patented technology to separate carbon dioxide from industrially emitted gases. The separated carbon dioxide can be used in beverages, fire extinguishers, oil recovery from depleted wells etc. Prior joining CCS, Niraj was employed at Renmatix, a company with a technology to convert biomass to biofuel. He has been granted a patent on developing a novel and efficient process for cement production. He has graduated with Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering from University of Southern California that is ranked highly across USA for its academics and sports culture. Over the years, Niraj has gained immense experience in development of a technology from its inception to commercialization. He looks ahead to use his technical skills to solve some of widespread problems our world is facing such as air pollution, dependency on crude oil and water scarcity. He wants to go for a return trip to planet Mars and believes that his inspiration Elon Musk’s venture will help to fulfill his dreams. He is a 2014 fellow at Startup Leadership program in Mumbai.

Pareen Lathia, The Alumni Portal

Pareen is founder of The Alumni Portal, a SaaS application that helps institutes and corporate organizations create private alumni communities and manage them. Pareen also runs REDCOM - a Drupal development company which he started 4 years back right after completing his MBA from FLAME, Pune. He is a self-learnt techie and a marketer at heart. Pareen is currently a fellow in the Startup Leadership Program 2014 in Mumbai.

Perzen Patel, Bawi Bride

Perzen Patel is the Founder and Chief Tasting Officer of Bawi Bride, a gourmet catering service that offers dips, desserts and Parsi delicacies. She is also Communications Manager at Ennovent where she supports the strategic development and execution of Ennovent’s marketing activities. Previously, Perzen has also worked at AUT University in New Zealand as an Events & Marketing Co- ordinator. She has over four years of experience in event design, project management and corporate communications and is a passionate chef since her teenage years. Perzen holds a Conjoint Bachelor of International Hospitality Management and Bachelor of Business Marketing degree from AUT University and has won several awards and scholarships including the prestigious Dean’s Achievement Award while at university. During the week, Perzen is passionate about communicating, executing projects and writing. On evenings, nights and weekends, Perzen has a strong interest in all things entrepreneurial and is passionate about trying new dishes as well as feeding those around her. She has previously walked 100 km in 32 hours as part of the Oxfam Trailwalker, travelled to 10 different countries as well as skydived from 12000ft. Perzen is currently a fellow in the Startup Leadership Program 2014 in Mumbai.

Pranav Khanna, FashnConnect

Pranav Khanna is the founder of FashnConnect, a platform for conversations between Fashion Bloggers and Brands. He is also Co-founder in a Fan Merchandise Ecommerce venture focusing on Indian IP’s. Pranav has been running his Apparel Export business K.P.Clothing and now seeks to play in the emerging Fashion Tech scene. Self driven, enterprising with a focus on revenue growth, Pranav has experience across the Apparel Management function driving product, process and client relationship improvements whilst negotiating partnerships across the ecosystem. Having serviced the demanding Scandinavian Apparel Markets, Pranav is interested to work with online social and contextual discovery driving customer engagement. Pranav has been part of the Elite Fellows MBA programme at Nanyang Business School, Singapore with executive modules at Wharton and MIT, USA. He also trained as a garment technologist and holds a degree in Computer Engg. He loves running and storytelling. Pranav is passionate about the environment and believes in the gradual mainstreaming of Eco Fashion. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in the Mumbai Chapter.

Raghuram KS,

Raghu helps with revenue generation at Print Bindaas Pvt. Ltd., a startup aiming to disrupt the way enterprises and individuals source print and merchandise products. Prior to this, he worked at mChek and co-founded ScanCorner, an Indo-Swiss tech startup. He earlier did 7 years at large enterprises in various sales roles and completed the chore of BE+MBA, the societal passport for Indian middle class. He believes selling is fun and customers are the best investors at an early stage venture. He is proud of his excellent client relationship skills (including mother in law) and networking ability. Won countless awards for sales achievements and toured 20+ countries on incentive trips. He is an ardent fan of Guinness and wonders what stops them from being available widely in India. Raghu is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Rahul Dash,

Rahul Dash is Co-Founder of, India's first integrated online platform for Beauty and grooming products & services. He used to work as a Tata Administrative Services(TAS) officer earlier, a leadership cadre at the Tata Group. At the age of 25, he had already setup a rural supply chain for processed pulses, was in the core team which established India's first private sector aerostructure manufacturing facility, piloted low carbon fuel cells for replacing diesel gensets and rolled out sales standardisation for the India's largest selling light commercial Vehicle (TATA Ace). A multi-faceted individual with degrees from IIT KGP and IIM Ahmedabad, Rahul specialises in strategising and on-ground implementation of greenfield projects. He is passionate about using technology as an enabler in bridging gaps/divides. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai(India) Chapter.

Rajesh Batheja, QikChat

Rajesh Batheja is the Swiss Army Knife of QikChat, a platform to build awesome real-time web and mobile apps. Prior to QikChat, he was herding cats at Microsoft Bing's AppEx team until he went crazy defying all logic with his seemingly impulsive decision to quit Microsoft and return to India. Rajesh has also worked at Reliance Industries and couple of startups. He is an expert in Mobile Back-End-as-a-Service (MBaaS) and API economy and here’s how he got to it:Rajesh serendipitously landed at Xbox Sports amidst a sea of game developers being the odd man out with his lousy knowledge of North American sports. Left no choice (pun intended), he spearheaded the transformation of ESPN app which was akin to offline disc based game into an online service with bells and whistles to personalize sports viewing experience, in the process attesting to the quote "ignorance is bliss”. Rajesh has been awarded with patents for innovation in Online Advertising, parts of which are now adopted as industry standard. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering. He is a fan of Jeff Bezos. Rajesh is passionate about solving the problem of SMEs to better engage with their customers. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Sunny Goenka, Blynk Systems

Sunny (Sandeep) Goenka is the CoFounder of Blynk Systems Pvt Ltd, a company on a mission to mobilize the hospitality industry. Blynk makes digital concierge apps for hotels and restaurants. He is also the Director of Hemlines Textile Exports Ltd, a manufacturer and exporter of textiles goods to some of the world’s biggest retailers like Metro and Tchibo. He’s a geek, an early adopter and passionately follows the latest trends in the world of technology. He completed his Engineering from UK and did his MBA from SP Jain Institute, Mumbai. His current idol is Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. Sunny’s favorite quote is from the 1997 ad from Apple “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” He believes he can change the world by helping to solve the problem of achieving universal primary education. He strongly believes that technology can be the answer to achieve this. He is a 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in the Mumbai chapter.

Rashi Daga,

Rashi is passionate about learning new things (recent passion being classical music and French) and meeting new people, is an aspiring entrepreneur, works currently at a Bank as an Investment Advisor. She holds a Bachelors degree in business studies from Jadavpur University in Kolkata and also an MBA in Finance from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management in Pune where she was part of various initiatives including organizing the very first TEDx conference on campus, currently she also working towards a Business Law degree from National Law School in Bangalore. Rashi had been a part of the initial stages of 2 startups ​which were both in the Education space. She is interested in Education and Financial Services spaces. Currently counsels high school students in her free time. Rashi is very enthusiastic about sports especially Rowing and Tennis and has participated in state rowing championships. Also as a lover of adventure she dives in on every opportunity that sounds like one, and has done Trekking, Rafting, Aero-gliding, Para-gliding and Deep Sea walking. She loves to spend time reading fiction like non-fiction works, and loves travelling and writing. She is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Devanik Saha, Unnayan Learning Hub

Devanik Saha is the Co-Founder and CEO of Unnayan Learning Hub, an educational venture which establishes after-school learning centres to support girls in their school education. He was a Teach for India 2011-13 Fellow teaching 4th grade in a low income government girls school in New Delhi. He was also named as one of the Top 25 Educational Innovators in Delhi by STIR Education ( a UK based NGO) for his idea of a low cost maths model and sits on their Teacher Advisory Board. Previously, he was a member of the founding team of Youth For Policy & Dialogue, India's first youth think-tank. He is also a TEDx speaker and a mentor at National Entrepreneurship Network. Being an international writer, he has been published and featured in Forbes India, HuffingtonPost,Stanford Social Innovation Review,, MIT Entrepreneurship Review, Centre for Health Market Innovations, Deccan Herald, WomensWorldwideWeb, etc. He is 2014 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Aditi Talreja,

Aditi Talreja has completed her Bachelors in Finance & Accounting at New York University’s Stern School of Business post which she worked in Equity Research at Morgan Stanley in New York and London. In 2009, she moved back to India to launch, a web portal that enables users to order food online from their local restaurants and other food vendors. She is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Arnab Choudhuri,

Arnab Choudhuri is the Founder of, a gifting site which allows users to send real gifts to social friends. Prior to GiftSocial, he worked at Xanadu Software, where he helped companies adopt best processes and practices in requirement gathering, architecting and developing applications, designing correct business processes, implementing Management Control in IT, defining strategy and incorporate technologies such as application blocks and software factories in their applications and solutions.. Arnab has also worked at 123SiteSolutions,, First Global and The Statesman Ltd. He is an expert in requirements gathering, Unified Process and OOAD. He holds a diploma in Computer Aided Design and multiple certificates from IBM in various software architecture disciplines. Arnab is an autodidact with a ravenous appetite for knowledge and books and loves to travel. For fun he goes paragliding & scuba diving. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Chandni Sahgal, Hospitality Industry Startup

Chandni is a graduate from BITS Pilani, A Fisher Southam Fellow at University of Toronto(presitigious Massey College) and a Chevening Gurukul Fellow from London School of Economics. He is a a Charter Member TIE Mumbai, besides other trade bodies and associations, and speaks regularly in leading forums and schools. Chandni has performed strategic roles in corporates and headed a Boutique Consulting firm since 1998, and is in the early stages of another startup focussed on Hospitality Industry. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Dhiraj Khot, Eco Recycling and August Solutions

Dhiraj Khot recently took over the role of CEO at Eco Recycling, a BSE listed entity and India’s leading e-waste Management Company. Prior to this, in 2006, Dhiraj founded and led August Solutions, an IT company that built enterprise products in engineering and education verticals and provided services to hi-technology space. He led August Solutions through successful acquisition of his services team in 2011. In his earlier assignments, Dhiraj turned around dying CAD division (for Neilsoft), set up a new PLM practice (for Neilsoft) built enterprise solutions for semiconductor industry (Triniti). He started his career writing Math driven algorithms and software for Geometric. Dhiraj has a passion for starting and scaling up. He fuelled growth of Linsyssoft into HPC space and advised several companies into Food, Hospitality and Education sector. Dhiraj holds MBA from IIT Bombay and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pune. Dhiraj loves to cook, shoot photographs and listen to Ghazals and Urdu poetry. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Fahad Azad, Robosoft Systems

Fahad Azad is Co-Founder of Robosoft Systems, creating educational & mobile inspection Robots since 2008. Robosoft uses bots as tools to teach science and engineering to school/college students through experience based learning and exports Duct inspection robots used for cleaning air ducts from the inside. Robosoft was voted one of the Hottest Startups of India by Proto in 2010. Prior to his entrepreneurial venture, he worked as a design consultant for an IIT Bombay incubated startup, Thinklabs. Fahad is an expert in product management, product design, low cost manufacturing, sales and public speaking. He was awarded the MIT India Technology Review’s Innovators under 35 in 2011, won the International design challenge at IIT Techfest, received a Bronze Medal in Aerobatic Model, won the Young Achiever and Future Technocrat Award by SEWA, a Mumbai not for profit, and the Society Of Automotive Engineering design contest for designing a mobile phone. Fahad was close to dropping out from Automobile engineering in Mumbai University but did manage to complete it. Fahad is passionate about flying, couch surfing, & transforming the world’s educational system. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Gaurav Gupta, EcoSustainability, TCS

Gaurav is a part of start-up division, Eco Sustainability Unit (ESU) at Tata Consultacy Services (TCS). ESU is involved in developing IT based solutions to help companies reduce their environmental impact. Prior to joining TCS, Gaurav had co-founded an energy and environment company during second year in college. Gaurav completed B.E( Hons) in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from BITS-Pilani in 2010. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.


Jeevanand holds a B Arch degree from Anna University, Chennai and a M.Des degree from IIT-Bombay. Early working experience includes various startups like MyZus – Mobile VAS, JalvaMedia -Streaming Video and ExciteArabia – Online games, after which he cofounded ThoughtRains – Design and strategy. Currently works as Director, Projects at Over last 10 years he has taken over a dozens ideas from napkin to market in various areas like social networking, group buying, microblogging, ecommerce, mobile and tablet application development. Played various roles including User-centered experience design, Usability, Innovation, Product development, Project Management. Nominated for NID BusinessWorld Award ’04. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Manas Kumar Sampa, Unidesign

Manas is the founder/proprietor of, a company specialising in Institutional and Corporate merchandise including gifitng. Prior to Unidesign he has worked at Alexandre de Paris, a french luxury retail company as a Business Head, western region. Manas has also worked at Pantaloons, Raymonds, Crossbridge, Status Quo and Cotton Club. He is an expert in Marketing and Business development. Manas was awarded Best student award in overall performance category, Best retail project award during Retail Management. He also has won the Most Creative Collection Award during his graduation at NIFT. He is a fan of motorsports and is passionate about photography and travelling. Manas is passionate about solving the problem of reporting and talent search, he plans to start e-commerce based portals soon on these concepts. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Manish Singh, & Founder, Kudos Infomedia

Manish Singh is currently working on building a social network for Entrepreneurs, Investors and Service Providers. He also runs an online magazine called Prior to this, Manish founded a software services firm, Kudos Infomedia Pvt Ltd in 2006. He successfully led the company from a garage operation to its acquisition in 2009 by a US based Inc-500 company. Manish has also worked as a Subject Matter Expert for Amdocs Inc, a CRM and Telecom Solutions company. He holds a B.E degree in Information Technology from University of Mumbai. He believes that education is a great leveler and supports a non-profit organization – Aseema that works in education for underprivileged children. In his free time, Manish loves to collect and read about currency coins. He has in his collection many rare coins of modern India. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Mohit Garg, MindTickle

Mohit Garg is the Co-Founder and CEO of MindTickle, a Pune based startup that creates online social gaming products for collaborative learning and team engagement. Prior to co-founding MindTickle, worked as a Director in PwC’s management consulting practice at NY, USA. Mohit has deep product development experience and proven track record in silicon valley startups. He holds a MSEE degree from Stanford Univ. and MBA from ISB, Hyderabad. He enjoys running and travel, and is passionate about education sector. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Nishma Shah, Locochat

Nishma Shah is the VP of Engineering and founding partner of Locochat, a high tech product which is at the intersection of mobile, social and location based services. Prior to this, she worked at companies like Google and Cisco in the Silicon Valley, where she was responsible for building innovate, next-gen products. She has deep experience in building systems and mobile products and has also executed on several startup projects while in the valley. Nishma was awarded several performance and achievement awards during this time. She holds a M.S in Information Systems degree from Carnegie Mellon Univ. and has also taken several entrepreneurship courses at Carnegie Mellon and Stanford Univ. She returned to Mumbai last year with an intent to start her own company. Nishma likes adventure sports and loves to travel. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Pavan Hemdev, Contact Diaries

Pavan Hemdev is the Co-Founder of Contact Diaries, a social and location based mobile search app with listings of restaurants, shops & spas, movie timings, hotels, exciting offers & events and much more. Prior to Contact Diaries, he worked at Acturis, where he concentrated on providing Business Intelligence to Insurers and served as a Technical Business Analyst. He is an expert in Mobile App Development, Computer Linguistics and Data Mining. He is a fan of Motorsports and Music. Pavan is passionate about solving the problem of illiteracy and plans to open a school in the future. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Pradeep Prabhu, Zappme Media & Entertainment

Pradeep Prabhu is a Senior Associate and a founding member at Crescat Excolatur, S.A., a start-up financial services firm with significant focus on frontier markets like Angola and Cameroon. Pradeep usicalso co-founded ZAPPME Media & Entertainment, a media consultancy firm that owns the advertising commercial delivery platform KRATOS powered by Mosaic from Tata Communications’. Prior to this, Pradeep was part of INX Media’s Corporate Strategy Group providing the Board of Directors and Division Heads with analysis of markets, competitors and emerging opportunities. Pradeep holds an M.B.A. [Finance] from Satya Sai University. Pradeep is an avid trekker. loves Indian light classical & bollywood music. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai and the Founding Program Leader.

Ratnakar M, Birla Surya

Ratnakar is part of the start up team at Birla Surya Ltd. a solar photo voltaic manufacturing company. As a strategic planning professional, Ratnakar advises the top management on implementation and execution strategy and was instrumental in the groups expansion into renewable energy sector. Ratnakar raised $200 Mn in debt alongside group resources for the execution of this unit. Ratnakar holds an M.B.A. from Satya Sai University. In his free time. Ratnakar plays Tabla and enjoys Indian music. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Sachin Sharma, XStudio Technologies

After graduating from IIT Kanpur in Aerospace engineering, Sachin joined Synygy India as developer, a job that involved writing software for web applications. In mid 2010, Sachin and his colleague founded a startup i.e. XStudio Technologies, a company that is developing mobile applications and location based services. He is also a technology blogger at He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Sajid Fazalbhoy, Amedeo Software

Sajid Fazalbhoy is the founder CEO of Amedeo Software, a professional services technology company. Amedeo develops and delivers speech recognition applications and related applications using VoiceXML and other languages. These applications have primarily been used in the mobile value added services space and also contact centers and speech license developers. The company has rolled out several prestigious long term engagement projects for customers such as Alcatel Lucent, Genesys Telecom Labs, Reliance Communications, Nuance, Airtel, Infosys and several US customers. Additionally Sajid is also getting involved via investment and management in a VC funded IT contracting business. Early stage investing is something Sajid enjoys and is part of Mumbai Angels. He is also involved in the family real estate development business. He holds a undergraduate degree in business management from Regents Business School, London. Sajid is passionate about cars and aircraft and has a private pilot license. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Sandeep Patel, Lets Recycle

Sandeep Patel is a serial entrepreneur presently engaged in Let’s Recycle – a doorstep Dry waste management & recycling company offering money and rewards to people who recycle. Prior to Let’s Recycle he has experience of starting and running –Travel Agency/ IT Company / Chemical trading unit / taking over Sick Manufacturing unit, Sandeep has been involved in Waste Management industry since 6 years, He started – India’s only platform where you can find companies related to Environment industry, He is an expert in Environment Field and occasionally is a guide to students from CEPT University for Waste Management Topic. Sandeep has been awarded EMS Auditor from IIQM, Jaipur, Sandeep was awarded CPCB authorisation from IIT, Roorkee, Sandeep also holds Green Belt in SIX SIGMA. He holds a MBA degree in E-Commerce Strategy and Project Management from Leeds Business School, UK. Sandeep is passionate about making every household recycle more in India. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Shirish Pandya, Total Technology & Rediff

Shirish Pandya founded a start-up firm called Total Technology after spending 29 years doing the same old thing. Total Technology is currently working on two projects one is with government on infrastructure & Second project is in the field of online media industry. Shirish is currently working with as a senior manager finance. Prior to this, he was part of Bharti Airtel group. Shirish holds an Associate Membership of Institute of Chartered Accounts of India (C.A) and he is also pursuing actuarial studies. Shirish is funny by character loves adventure traveling, music and sports. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Suraj Goyal,

Suraj holds a B Tech in Electronics and Communications, from Institute of Technology, BHU and has studied MBA from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. Over 15 years of time span, Suraj has worked with Indian companies & MNCs like SAP, Wipro and NCR Corp in the Business Development and Partner Management space; and he is now exploring the realm of e-commerce and entrepreneurship. Observing the lofty amount of time, energy and money companies expended each year to promote themselves and their products, Suraj originated to provide effective yet affordable branding, marketing and printing solutions – all under one roof. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Taylor Jacobson, A Penny A Day

Taylor is founder of A Penny a Day, a platform connecting startup social ventures to crowd-funded capital. Taylor spent two years as a management consultant with Oliver Wyman, and a year and a half with Teach For India, playing a key role in the launch and subsequently managing development. In addition to A Penny a Day, Taylor does freelance consulting and writing (visit, having recently published in CNNGo and GQ India Online. He holds a B.S. in Economics and Public Policy Studies from Duke University. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

Vishal B. Shah,

Before co-founding, Vishal was a forensic auditor at Deloitte in the firm’s Atlanta practice. In his current position, Vishal works in the capacity of a CEO leading multiple facets of the start-up’s core operations and growth strategy. The start-up recently closed the angel round raising $500K from the Mumbai Angels. Vishal is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA from Cornell University. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Mumbai.

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