New Delhi Fellows
Aloke Bajpai, ixigo
Aloke Bajpai, M.B.A. is the Founder & CEO of iXiGO.com since 2006. Prior to founding iXiGO, he led business development at FinalQuadrant, a mid-sized startup in travel technology, and built products at Amadeus SAS, the world’s leading travel tech company. Aloke obtained an MBA from INSEAD in 2005, and exchanged to Wharton. He completed his Bachelors in Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 2001. Aloke has lived and worked in Kenya, France, UK, USA, India, is fluent in French & trying to learn Spanish. He is an avid swimmer and voracious reader.
Deepak Ravindran, Innoz
Deepak is the co-founder & Chief Executive Officer of Innoz Technologies (Pvt) Ltd, a leading mobile VAS company based in India. He started Swades Solutions, an offshore Web design/SEO firm in 2005 when he was still at college, and then launched Innoz Technologies,a privately incorporated firm located at Technopark,Kerala. He represented India in the finals of DFJ-CISCO Global Business Plan Competition 2009, and was chosen for iAccelerator’09 at IIM Ahmedabad. Deepak also recently received the Star Entrepreneurship Award’09 at the third Indira Innovation Summit, the Dell Idea League Challenge’09, has been short-listed for Red Herring Companies in Asia, as well as Nasscom Top 8 Emerging Companies for 2010. He holds a degree in Computer Science.
Mrigank Tripathi, Voicetap
An ex strategy consultant, Mrigank has over 13 years of experience in consulting, operations and sales. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and has over 8 years of experience in the telecom field – having worked with Mercer Management Consulting, Swisscom and Reliance Infocomm. He founded Voicetap in 2009 and has led it to many national and international awards and recognitions. Under his leadership, the company has operationally broken even after starting commercial operations in the same year.
Aditya Gabrani, TecPro Systems
Aditya is a graduate of DCE in Environmental Engineering is a Director, and leads selected projects at Tecpro Systems, a publicly traded company. Tecpro is a leading player in EPC, BOP and material handling sector in India. He is really interested in technology and drove the ERP implementation at Tecpro. He is looking after the new business in the steel and mining industries as his entrepreneurial ventures. He wants to leverage his skills as an environmental engineer and his immense interest in latest technologies to introduce the best practices in these industries, both regularly blamed for environmental degradation. As his other interest, he is also actively involved in skill development and employability enhancement where Tecpro is working with the Haryana government and IGNOU to introduce power sector specific courses to increase skills and employability in the power sector. He is passionate about music and adventure sports. He is an 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Delhi. .
Arpit Agarwal, Academic Ventures
Arpit Agarwal is the founder of Academic Ventures, a technology commercialization firm located in New Delhi. At Academic Ventures, he has been responsible for commercialization of technology with CII and establishing a private sector technology business incubator in Delhi/NCR. He is also a co-founder and Director of HeadstartNetwork Foundation, India’s leading startup ecosystem organization with initiatives in 9 top cities. Before starting up, Arpit was working for more than 4 years with Tata CRL (Pune) and Ittiam(Bangalore) in Product Development and Business Development roles respectively. At CRL he was responsible for closing enterprise cloud orders worth Rs.26 Million in first 14 months of his sales career. Arpit carries a B.Tech from NIT Trichy and an MBA from IIT Bombay’s SJM School of Management. He is also very proud of Pragyan, an event he started in NIT Trichy in 2005. He is an 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Delhi.
Gurleen Kaur, Zenith Leadership Programs
Gurleen is the Founder & Chief Program Leader at Zenith Leadership Programs for young people . She is a result-oriented professional with years of significant and progressive experience providing personal empowerment and expert career, self-marketing advice. She is an empathetic coach ,writer, author, gifted teacher, speaker, and workshop facilitator with more than 10 years of experience. She is a creative problem solver, helping empower people through a diverse coaching program with proven success rate. She has successfully created exciting and dynamic course materials and assignments. Zenith LPYP since its inception has carved a niche in the field of leadership programs for young people. Through participation in these programs the young people aged 6- 16yrs have made revolutionary transformations.These programs have been endorsed & appreciated by Dr Apj Abdul Kalam, Dr KiranBedi , Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Honorable Chief Minister of Delhi. He is an 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Delhi.
Harjit Singh, Zenith Leadership Programs & Tidepower Gensets
Harjit Singh is currently the Director at Zenith Leadership Programs for Young People and is Co Founder of Skills For Life Foundation. Zenith Leadership Programs is a Pioneer in the field of Education Life Skills. Set to establish itself as a National Model in the field of emotional literacy, Zenith has carved a niche for itself and has established its credentials with many premier educational institutes in Delhi NCR and is progressing fast to introduce their designed Curriculum across schools in North India and run in parallel with Academic Education. With various modules for versatile audiences like children of age group 6- 9, Adolescents of age group 10 – 15 and teachers through their programs under the Personal Empowerment Program , Zenith Leadership Programs is the only education company in India with their exclusive and extensive researched modules in collaboration with International Faculty to address this untapped market. Prior to Zenith Leadership Programs, Harjit was Director and Founder of Tidepower Gensets, a firm well established in the field of providing power solutions on turnkey basis. Tidepower Gensets has been a pioneer in bringing cutting edge technology to manufacture Acoustic Enclosures for D.G.sets and have been suppliers to major companies like Mahindra & Mahindra, Kirloskar, Caterpillar, and Ashok Leyland for the Telecom applications and retail markets. He is an 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Delhi.
Puja Arora, SchoolAdmissions.in
Puja Arora is the Founder/Chief Community Officer of SchoolAdmissions.in, India’s first and biggestcommunity portal for parents to get curated information regarding nurseryschool and senior class admissions in Delhi and NCR, soonexpanding all over India. It started as NurseryAdmissions.Com, founded with her husband Rajan Arora. It had been a firstsuch initiative in India, highly covered inthe national and international media both print and TV. She is a mother of 2sons, aged 7 and 2, and also drives community initiatives and plans as part oftheir venture.She is 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Delhi.
Rajan Arora, SchoolAdmissions.in
Presently Co-Founder/CEO of SchoolAdmissions.in, launched as NurseryAdmissions.com in Dec 2007. First such niche community initiative in India, which now has 30,000+ registered families from Delhi and NCR. Got the school admissions policy in Delhi changed couple of years back in tie-up with Center For Civil Society and SchoolChoice project.He is an 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Delhi.
Ravindra Agarwal, Reize Electrocontrols
Ravindra, Co-founder of Reiz Electrocontrols is a manufacturing company won the order of lighting the entire island in Maldives withLED lighting in 2010. The company has also made customized lighting for Novotel Hyderabad and won a bid for energy efficient lighting for the entire hotel. He is 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Delhi.
Siddharth Jain, SpotYourCorner
Siddharth is working as a Co-Founder with SpotYourCorner.com, which is India’s first dish based portal focussing on capturing information about various food dishes in different corners of cities, leveraging the user’s knowledge. Prior to this, Siddharth was involved with the development of a 3 dimensional social networking platform in his first startup. He has prior work experience with Accenture and holds a B. Tech from Mumbai University. He is an 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Delhi.
Tarun Matta, IIMJobs
Tarun Matta is the founder of iimjobs.com – an exclusive job board for MBAs from premier business schools in India. Now reaching over 200,000 job seekers and featuring some of the best jobs in Finance, Consulting, Marketing, HR, IT and Operations, iimjobs.com is the largest niche job board catering exclusively to the premium segment of market. Tarun holds BTech in Computer Science from IT-BHU and MBA in Marketing from IIM Indore. He is an 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Delhi.
Akanksha Shrivastava,, Rappo & Ekriti.com
Akanksha Shrivastava is Founder of Rappo, an online dating site in India. She is an accessory design graduate from National Institute of Fashion Technology. After NIFT, she joined Tanishq, India’s #1 jewellry and watch company as a core team member of the International Business Division. Here she honed her skills in market research, new product development and project coordination. Thereafter, she launched her own design consultancy firm and provided services to many clients in India and abroad, and also taught at NIFT in parallel. During the same time, she co-founded Ekriti.com , a social venture working towards preservation of local art. In 2011, she was chosen as a Young India Fellow from among 6850 applicants all over India and is currently pursuing a liberal arts program with YIF in association with the University of Pennsylvania. She also won the Weave the Future Challenge, by Marzotto group (a 175 years old company and a world leader in textiles) and was the only Indian to be invited to Italy for this. She is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Ankit Agarwal, Innovatiview
Ankit Agarwal , founded ‘Innovatiview “, a company that manufactures animatronic products in his final year of graduation. One of their products “Robotic Shera”, the robotic version of mascot for the Commonwealth Games in 2010, and became very popular among the masses. The mascot was appreciated and inaugurated by Chief Minister of Delhi. Ankit Agarwal holds a Bachelors in Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering. During college, he founded and leaded 2 teams for international level competitions viz “project sovereign” for DSTA , Singapore. and “Project AUV” for AUVSI , USA. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Ankur Singla, Akosha
Ankur Singla is the founder at Akosha, a startup which is trying to solve the problem of consumer complaints in India. Akosha is building relationships with large brands, helping them increase customer satisfaction and taking away the hassle of long phone calls/waiting time from customers at the same time. Ankur is a graduate from National Law School, Bangalore. He is an 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Delhi.
Apoorv Jain, TheWittyShit.com
Apoorv Jain completed his graduation from IIT Delhi in 2011. He’s one of the founders of thewittyshit.com which is a creative networking-cum-merchandising venture aiming at tapping traces of creativity from common man. They invite creative and original one liners from youth on their platform and give them incentives in terms of recognition and monetary in return. They do it through merchandising their products through ecommerce. They also intend to do brand positioning of companies through crowd sourcing. Apoorv handles the business end of the venture. Strategy, Marketing and Social Media Marketing being his specializations. Not having any managerial degree he is keen to learn and implement various fundamentals and concepts of management. He is also a devoted follower of Lean Start-up. Apoorv is a social enthusiast since many years. He’s been head of social club of IIT Delhi and was awarded as young social enthusiast of the year by an NGO named Sapna. He is an 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Delhi.
Ashish Mittal, Innovatiview
Ashish Mittal graduated from the Delhi College of Engineering, and co-founded ‘Innovatiview ” that manufacture animatronic products and Mobile Phone Jammers. One of their products “Robotic Shera”, robotic version of mascot for the commonwealth games 2010, became very popular among the masses and was appreciated and inaugurated by chief minster of Delhi. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Dhruv Gupta, Valuehire.com
Dhruv worked for eleven years in global IT project / product management across 6 industries primarily in New York and Singapore, before becoming an entrepreneur in 2010. He is currently the Founder of Valuehire.com, a SaaS / cloud-based offering for recruitment. His qualifications include BSc in Computer Science (National University of Singapore), MBA in Strategy (Hult International Business School), and PMP certification (Project Management Institute). He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Goonjan Mall, Bain & Company
Goonjan Mall pursued Electrical and Electronics Engineering at BITS, Pilani and graduated with ‘Distinction’. During college, he got involved in various fields ranging from core electronics such as VLSI designing, microprocessors, etc. to new and relatively unexplored fields such as ‘Micro Elctromechanical Systems’ (MEMS). He is currently working as a Senior Analyst at Bain & Company, where he works on developing strategies, go-to-market plans, marketing pitch books, industry benchmarks, etc. and contributes to solve CXO-level problems for various sectors like oil and gas, technology and private equity. He is also the Manager of Communications team of BITSAA International. He is currently the Secretary at Toastmasters Club in Delhi, and volunteers his time at ‘Umeed’, a second home for children who ran away from their home. Goonjan is an avid traveler, and if you will run into him at IHC or a cafe enjoying standup comedy shows. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Hamish Patel, Founder & CEO at a stealth mode startup
Hamish is the founder at a stealth mode startup set out to disrupt the mobile devices space where he works with a team of researchers on innovation around NUI, new media design/mobile devices etc. When he’s not working you’d ideally find him playing with his xbox or reading up on economists. He is an 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Delhi.
Harindar Keer, Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology
Harindar Keer has a multidisciplinary educational background. His research interests lie at the intersection of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Computer Science. Until recently, he worked at understanding the functioning of nerve cells. Previously, he led a project on improving the energy conversion efficiency of biological solar systems, he discovered principles to design nature inspired efficient solar systems. Harindar also contributed in designing of a unique material exhibiting the strength properties of muscles. His research career started at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany where he worked with Dr. Peer Bork, a pioneer in the field of Bioinformatics. He also worked as a scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin and the Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi. Harindar has published numerous articles in the fields of Text Mining, Machine Learning and Computational Biology. He held teaching positions at the University of California, Irvine where he taught undergraduate and PhD students and received accolades for his teaching. Harindar has a Bachelors in Engineering from IIT Kanpur, M.S. in Chemical and Material Physics from University of California, Irvine, and a PhD in Computational Biophysics from University of California, Irvine. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Ishmeet Singh, T3, Verostore.com & Illuminati eVentures
Ishmeet Singh worked as an Equity research analyst at The Smart Cube, India where he covered leading pharmaceutical companies in Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to this, he was co-founder and CEO of Verostore.com, a premier online grocery store based out of Gurgaon. He was also co-founder and Director at Illuminati eVentures, where he was heading the web application development and the web analytics division. Prior to starting Verostore and IeV, he worked as a Java/J2EE specialist at Wipro Technologies, India. Ishmeet holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance from Business India Institute of Finance, New Delhi and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. He loves to play chess, read fiction and design forex trading strategies in his free time. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Jitesh Arora, Ideation Soft Labs & HungrySquad
Jitesh is one of the Directors of Ideation Soft Labs, and is the Founder and CEO at HungrySquad, a startup focusing on offering technology-based solutions to the F&B vertical. Jitesh, has been instrumental in rolling out the HungrySquad concept from the drawing board to the execution, and currently handles operational, marketing and sales, and growth strategy for HungrySquad, besides the management and the finances. Jitesh, is a zestful individual, with great entrepreneurial spirit, and perhaps, due to this passion itself, he has rebound after learning a few lessons, the hard way, during his first venture. Jitesh, holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) with specialization in Marketing and Information Technology, along with Bachelors’ of Science in Information Technology. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Kartik Gupta, GMF Infotech
Kartik Gupta is the Founder of GMF Infotech which works with various educational institutions and other small SME’s to provide then online IT and marketing services. In the past 6 months the company has grown from 2 people and zero revenues to a 5 member team with revenues of 1 Lakh per month. He has also worked with ZS Associates (A global sales and marketing consultancy) where he single handedly developed an excel based, multi user media inventory management tool which is currently being used by one of the global market leaders in aviation. At the age of 20, still in his 3rd year at graduation, he Co-Founded Imconfuzed.com, which was covered by MTV India in June 2008 as an Extremely useful guide for students. He has also won various National and International Business Plan competitions for the same. He received his B.Tech degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Sceinces (BITS), Pilani in 2009. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Mohit Gupta, Essex Lake Group & Ekjaa Foundation
Mohit Gupta is a B.Tech in Industrial & Production Engineering from IIT Delhi, 2007 and PGDM (Finance) from IIM Calcutta, 2010. He started his journey as a Co-Founder of Ekjaa Foundation, a common platform for NGOs and MFIs for fund raising & fund monitoring. Currently he is working as a Consultant with Essex Lake Group, an US based profit enhancement firm. He is also a Core Secretariat Member of Hyderabad Angels Ventures, an Angel investors group for promoting entrepreneurship. Mohit played a key role in the planning and launch of TiE Buddies, a program for promoting entrepreneurship among children of Hyderabad. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Mohit has previous Management consulting experience in Mergers & Acquisitions domain with Deloitte Consulting, Strategy & Operations. He also worked as a Program Manager at Microsoft Corporation where he led the strategy making and development of a new product for SharePoint. Mohit comes from a business family and has deep interests in Entrepreneurial domain. He has been playing active role in the field and has also been awarded the incubation support from Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.He is an 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Delhi.
Pavitar Singh, UserRules.com
Pavitar Singh is Co-Founder & CEO of UserRules.com. Before UserRules Pavitar was Product Lead at iXiGO.com, India’s largest Travel Search Engine. At iXiGO.com Pavitar was responsible for leading technical team and developing scalable platform to support rapidly growing User Base. Pavitar is a hardcore techie at heart with strong penchant to solve business problems with technology. Pavitar obtained Executive M.B.A from MDI Gurgaon in 2011.He completed his Bachelor’s in Engineering from DA-IICT,Gandhinagar in 2005.Pavitar’s long term goal is to start an incubation centre in India to fuel entrepreneurship. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Prabhat Bhadauria, Delhi Food Adventure
Prabhat Bhadauria is the Founder of Delhi Food Adventure, which has brought the concept of Food Tourism to India. What started out as a hobby in 2010, has now become a full time setup. The concept is loved by travelers from around the world and has been profitable since inception. He loves to travel and is working to open similar chapters in cities within and outside India. Prabhat holds a bachelors (B.E) and masters (M.Sc) degree (BITS – Pilani), and has worked with leading technology companies – Intel, Fiorano and SapientNitro from 2007 – 2011. Prabhat was also the Founder of Project IM-Possible, a community project aimed at providing employment opportunities to Street beggars in Bangalore (2009-10). He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Rana Atheya, Dogspot.in
Rana Atheya currently heads the Product Management at DogSpot.in, India’s number 1 dog lovers portal providing a platform for dog lovers to come together and share knowledge. DogSPot also runs ecommerce section, primarily selling pet supplies. Prior to DogSpot, he was Dy Manager New Products and innovation at Aircel, India’s leading telecom company, he was responsible for social media product strategy at Aircel. He was listed on the cover page of Outlook Money Magazine in 2010. He has worked as product manager with ibibo and was instrumental in launching multiple products successfully. He is an MBA from Coventry University, UK. He is passionate about pet keeping and loves photography.
Rajat Luthra, Ecommerce (Diamond industry)
Rajat Luthra is a startup enthusiast and diamond industry professional, who has successfully managed jewellery projects and startups in India, US and Scotland. He has been on the board of several technology startups and consulted for startups for Scottish Enterprise, a govt. of Scotland agency. Rajat is currently working on an ecommerce startup for the diamonds industry in India. He is a graduate in computer applications from Indraprastha University, Delhi and an MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship from the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde, Scotland. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Sheila Maithel, Brillist
Sheila is the founder of Brillist, a staffing and collaboration platform for creative projects. Prior to Brillist, she studied behavioral economics at Dartmouth and worked as a brand analyst at Macy’s in New York. She’s a photographer, a marathoner, an artist, and an award-winning product designer. With Brillist, Sheila is intent on completely disrupting the current service marketplace industry by making it blissfully easy to do what you love. She is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Sumit Beniwal, ReviveResume
Sumit Beniwal is a co-founder of ReviveResume, a company which prepares students for the job recruitment process by helping them build resumes and conducting mock interviews, and facilitates them in completing their internship projects with NGOs and schools. He has a bachelor’s degree in technology (Computer science) from MNNIT Allahabad. He started his professional career in the field of Intellectual Property (IP) consulting and later moved to Business development in Evalueserve. Being from a village background, Sumit has also completed a crop production enhancement project in his village through soil replacement and pipeline installation for transportation of fresh water. The project increased the crop production by 200% and helped start fruit farming. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Surabhi Dewra, MeraCareerGuide.com
Surabhi Dewra is the co-founder and CEO of MeraCareerGuide.Com, is a graduate from BITS-Pilani. The year following her graduation (2007), Surabhi founded MITR – your friend, a scholastic student’s guide. The platform was utilized by numerous students to understand different careers and by professionals of various careers to help educate students about the diversity in career choices students have. And it was then Surabhi realized the need of a larger platform for young students to help them make right career decision, and thus was formed MeraCareerGuide.Com – an online platform for students, teachers and parents seeking guidance and assistance to make right educational choice. Before this endeavor Surabhi, when in college, had taken the opportunity to counsel students in schools of Hyderabad and Bihar. Also, she worked with educational NGO Nachiketa Tapovan (Hyderabad) and Damini (UP, Bihar, Jharkhand). Surabhi’s past experiences as a counselor and herself being a high academic scorer helps the organization understand student’s requirement in a right way. Before starting her own she worked with FreeScale Semiconductor as a Design Engineer. She is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Tarun Bansal, Sagacious Research
Tarun Bansal’s work experience is a blend of Intellectual Property (IP) Research, R&D in Biotechnology Industry, and Software Engineering. Prior to founding Sagacious Research, he was working as a Manager in the IP division of a leading KPO firm. He also worked with CDRI in the Microbiology Department as a Research Associate to complete a project related to M.tb genome. Apart from biotech, Tarun has experience of working in Software Industry at Infosys Technologies. At Infosys, he was involved in design and development of various software tools for biotech and health care providers using J2EE. He completed a Masters in Biological Sciences from BITS, Pilani with Distinction. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Udipi Ghosh, Grameen Foundation
Udipi Ghosh is currently a Program Manager with the Grameen Foundation. Prior to joining Grameen, he worked in management consulting forErnst & Young and Genpact-Axis Risk Consulting, Unitus, a leading not for profit accelerator and network organization in the microfinance industry, and also worked on independent social development projects with UNDP, World Bank and Ministry of Women and Child, Government of India. He volunteered more than 800 hours of community service in Sudinalay (Shelter Home for Homeless Women & Children) and Shramik Referral Centre ( AIDS Hospice). Udipi has a strong interest in Social Entrepreneurship and is sympathetic to economically disadvantaged and marginalized sections of the society. He is imaginative in creating scenarios for social change and committed to creating a catalytic change in the lives of the poor through innovative business models, education and inclusive financial growth. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Masters in Materials Management from the Indian Institute of Materials Management and a Bachelors in Economics from Hindu College, Delhi University. He is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Yogita Bhalla, Test prep company
Yogita has over 10 years of experience working in Product Designing and Development. Some of the products Yogita worked on are already very popular in the market and belong to Big Brands like Adobe Premiere Elements, Microsoft Dot NET 3.0, PSpice. Yogita is passionate about making products that solve the real pain points of people with really intuitive interfaces. Over these years Yogita had seen many growing children over burdened with the pressure of entrance examinations and killing competition resulting in sometimes dire consequences. This has been a driving force behind developing a product that does anything to reduce stress in test preparation. Yogita’s other interests include arts and crafts, Yoga and cooking. Yogita holds an MS in Computer Science with research focus on Human Computer Interaction from Virginia Tech and Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Delhi University. She is a 2012 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in New Delhi.
Ankur Agarwal, Advait Energy
Computer Scientist turned Business Strategy Consultant turned Renewable Energy entrepreneur. Ankur trained in Computer Science at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and then went on to do a PhD in Computer Science and Applied Maths at INRIA in France. He published lots of papers and presented his research several international conferences across more than 8 countries. He worked at Microsoft Research with a fellowship at Cambridge University for a while and then decided to move into business. Left scientific research to join the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in London and worked with senior management with Fortune 500 companies across multiple sectors. After 2 years at BCG, Ankur returned to India to set up Advait Energy, an innovative energy company that provides clean solutions to customers at the base of the pyramid in India and currently focusses on solar power.
Nikhil Agarwal, McKinsey
Nikhil Agarwal is the Joint Program Leader for SLP Delhi Chapter, Working as Business Analyst at McKinsey & Co., he has experience in Logistics, Infrastructure, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals sectors in Asia. Prior to management consulting , Nikhil has had internship stints at Altair Engineering & NASA CFD Lab and research experience in Algorithmic CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) . He holds B.E.(Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering from BITS Pilani.
Sanjeev Agrawal, Impetus
Sanjeev Agrawal Vice President Ð Operations, Impetus -Spearheading Finance, Administration, Corporate structuring & strategy, Infrastructure, Compliance, General Management and other critical issues for Impetus and group companies -joined Impetus in 1993, first as a Sales person, and then moved on to handling Administration, Finance and Operations. With a rich experience of over 17 years in these domains, I have been instrumental to the growth of the organization. I have worked with various external entities including; State and Central Government’s Departments and Ministries, Banks and Financial Institutions, Partners and Vendors Ð and handled all these associations with sophistication and panache. – have made significant contributions to set up our developments centers across Indore, Noida and Hyderabad. In the capacity as the VP-Operations, I handle critical strategic issues, structuring, budgets and financial planning. I work with clients for offshore operations and financial management and ensures 100% client delight on all counts. Simultaneously, I also ensure that all internal stakeholders are happy and satisfied with respect to the company facilities, policies and operational transactions. -follow the Conversational style of leadership and my philosophy is “”High thinking and simple living”". -earned B.E. (Computer Engineering) from GSITS Indore and an MBA in Marketing from IMS, Indore University , India
Rahul Arora, RICE Research
Rahul Arora is a founder of RICE-Research In Clean Energy, a clean-tech start-up with USAID Eco Asia its first client. Rahul is a general management and market transformation specialist and has worked in a wide range of roles in mentoring innovative energy projects and emerging technologies through his 17+ years of his career. He started with TATA Power – BP Solar joint-venture, moved on to Winrock International, consultant to several USAID projects and established global corporate centre of excellence for Honeywell International. He was also Country Director for Acara Institute – unique cross-border multi-functional entrepreneurship incubation program, founded by senior executives of 3M Corporation, United Technologies at University of Minnosota supported by Cargill. His last stint was as Head of Value Advisory Group of IT Power Ð a reputed consulting group headquartered in the UK being merged with Suzlon Windpower where he was responsible for policy, strategy and carbon solutions/CDM. Rahul holds M.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Science and Advanced Management from University Twente, Holland. He is Six-sigma Black Belt certified was awarded TATA Community Excellence Prize.
Rahul Batra, MyHealthMate
Rahul Batra has founded MyHealthMate, a consumer-centric mobile-based startup that enables consumers to track personal health data and provides 24/7 care to patients of chronic diseases through cellphones. Prior to getting the entrepreneurial bug, Rahul was Vice President, Orient Global where he led investing and portfolio management (including divestiture of US$ 100m of India investments. His experience includes Business Development at Rio Tinto in Australia and India and Consulting at KPMG Business Advisory and Hewitt Associates, where he successfully originated high-value engagements and pioneered a consulting offer on Corporate Governance for Singapore market. Rahul holds an MBA from INSEAD, and Masters in Finance and a Bachelors in Mathematics from University of Delhi.
Akhilesh Bali, MithaiMate
Akhilesh is a founder partner at MithaiMate.Com. MithaiMate is India’s first dessert gifting portal specializing in Indian Sweets and a delivery reach in more than 150 cities across the globe. Prior to MithaiMate, he was working with Accenture. He holds a B.Tech in Information Technology from Mumbai University and an MBA from ISB.
Tarun Bhalla, Bulo Educational Kits
Tarun has over ten years of experience in the fields of Entrepreneurship, Product Development, Marketing, Fund Raising and starting up companies. Some of the products that he has successfully launched in geographically diverse markets are BuLo Educational Kits, SimplyLearnt.com, BBIPS and Rhapsody.com. Further, he has had extensive experience in event management and fund raising (raising more than 60K dollars for miles for smiles, an annual marathon program for Asha for Education). Tarun is passionate about the development of today’s children into the model citizens of the nation. This goal has been his driving force to start this enterprise in the field of education. Further, Tarun holds a Masters in Business Administration from University of Washington, Seattle and Bachelors in Computer Science from University of Delhi. His other interests include running marathons, teaching Yoga to neighborhood kids and working for the socio economic change in India.
Uttiya Bhattacharya, D+B
An architect by formal training, his body of work ranges from architecture, exhibit design, entertainment, museum design & management, retail development, performing arts and technology. His professional pursuit is anchored in finding resonances between design and business, and establishing profit as a measure of success. He has worked in a consulting capacity on the Select Citywalk project (India’s largest and most prolific retail development in downtown New Delhi), the Mahabharata 360 degree project with Kaleidoscope Entertainment, The Sadhu Vaswani Museum project with Design Habit, strategic organizational development and growth of Design Habit into India’s foremost Museum Development agency, India market strategy and operations for Heartwood Studios San Francisco, and is the founding vice-president of 2nd Foundation Theatre Ð an organization of architects in operation from 2000, working on experimental theatre in the city of Delhi. In the summer of 2010, he incorporated his business portfolio and experience into Design Business Collaborative, LLP Ð with an aim of developing sustainable businesses operating within the intersections of design, culture and technology. [D+B]c is currently incubating a web-technology based enterprise [Hi!]Command, that integrates the best of militaristic command-and-control with non-linear human interactions to create efficient work-flows among remote participants, in real time.
Sahil Chalana, GetMyForm
Sahel is the Founder & CEO of GetMyForm, a company that is “”Simplifying Apping”" for students by proving them with a fast, easily accessible and a simple interface to manage their applications and the option of tracking them too. Prior to starting GetMyForm, he worked as an intern at INSEAD. He holds an MSc Tech in Information Systems from BITS Pilani.
Sachin Garg, upRack.com
Sachin Garg is the Founder and CEO of upRack.com, an upcoming online retail portal for Indian consumers. He is a seasoned professional with over 10 years of professional experience doing Category Management, Customer Experience Management, Online Marketing and Product Management at Amazon.com – US, Corporate Strategy at DHL – US, Consulting at TCS – Canada and India. Sachin holds an MBA from Yale University and a Bachelors in Technology from Kurukshetra University.
Ayush Ghai, Mindgrep
Ayush Ghai is the Founder & CEO of Mindgrep, a stealth-model company. Prior to this, he worked at iXiGo with the product team. Ayush started his career at Oracle, where he was a member of the technical staff. He holds a B Tech in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur.
Abhinav Goel, IndiaOffBeat
Abhinav Goel is a Chartered Accountant by training. Abhinav has always had the entrepreneurial bug. He has started and sold off a profitably run executive search firm in the past and has also had a great career record with organizations like Google, American Express and KPMG. However, travel and tourism has always been his first love and it is his intense knowledge of the Indian tourism sector that led him to launch www.IndiaOffbeat.com, a speciality and experiential travel firm focused on India. He was a 2011 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in Delhi.
Rajat Harlalka, Medin, Infogile & Sakshat
Rajat is a serial entrepreneur in the technology space, having founded three companies – Medin Services (BPO recruitment & training company), Infogile Technologies (mobile applications company) and Sashakt (a industry-institute interaction platform). He has extensive international experience in various technical and management roles in the hi-tech industry. He has previously worked with companies like Agilent Technologies, Marvell Semiconductor and Ericsson in North America, Europe and Asia. He is also involved as a speaker and writer in several entrepreneurship communities. Rajat has a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT-BHU, and also has a PGD in Marketing Management.
Neeraj Jain, Metalogos
A first generation entrepreneur, he started his professional career with Aricent, Gurgaon in the year 2000. He worked there till 2003 on different telecom related software products in various roles ranging from testing to software development to pre-sales. After his MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad in 2005, he worked with a startup KPO and a small IT-focused boutique investment bank for a year before starting his own business advisory firm, Metalogos. He also has interests in online technologies and education domain. He is currently working on a couple of online portals in education domain.
Vinay Johar, RChili
Vinay is the Founder and CEO of RChili, a company that analyzes and parses resumes in real time. Vijay worked with Tata Infotech and Systems America before he started Connoisseur Infotech in Chandigarh, a company that creates interesting products such as RChili. He previously founded eConn in year 2004 and receivved two awards from CII-EXIM bank and STPI. Vijay completed his graduation from PEC, Chandigarh and Post Graduation from IIT Kanpur.
Himani Mantri, Chicory Chai
After graduating from NIFT in 2003, she worked with a diamond export house catering to the American & European markets. In 2005, she was invited at my alma mater to be a faculty, researcher and project coordinator in the Department of Accessory design at NIFT, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The tryst with the handicraft sector began here when she started working hand in hand with various crafts in Rajkot, Surendranagar and Kutch areas. With a full scholarship for Masters in Arts at Creative Academy, Milan which was followed by an internship under the Creative Director of Richemont Group, Mr. Giamporo Bodino, I got an opportunity to work closely with various international businesses. Eventually, Chicory Chai was established as an effort to integrate these experiences and join the growing design fraternity of India.
Saurabh Sachan, KAnalysis
Saurabh is a geeky Civil Engineer with least interest in Civil Engineering. He worked with Evalueserve for 18 months in patent-related services and then decided someone had to use more technology to do a better job in providing value to the client, this led to his starting KAnalysis. He exited KAnalysis as steady incoming revenue from existing services dampened the innovative spirit in which the startup had been created. Upon exiting KAnalysis he started AquSkills with Kshitij Sharma in the Employability Enhancement segment. The AquSkills curriculum will be implemented in two colleges starting next month. Saurabh also strengthened his presence within this sector by starting ReviveResume, which provides resume building services for recent graduates. Saurabh is currently involved in two other startups that will emerge in coming year(s), one related to rural infrastructure and the other related to utilization of bamboo in everyday products.
Dipankar Sarkar, kwippy.com
Dipankar Sarkar graduated from IIT Delhi with a Bachelors in Computer Science & Engineering and worked at multiple technology companies including slideshare.com, kirusa, mpower mobiles before starting his own micro-blogging company in 2007, called kwippy.com. Kippy was briefly India’s largest micro-blogging platform. He is currently the CEO of Stratessence.
Yajuvender Singh, Impetus
Yajuvender Singh (Yaj) is Financial Services professional who is actively involved in simplifying financial information for end users. Yaj has 16 years plus experience in financial research, product development and people management. He has played key role in successful development of multiple patented and award winning financial information products and has worked with financial firms like Morningstar, Lipper, Newriver & VARDS among others in various capacities. Yaj is currently working as Sr. Director with Impetus Technologies, where he has set-up financial services division to conduct financial research and develop innovative products for financial services sector. He is an engineering graduate with MBA and a qualified CFA from India. Yaj is an avid self-drive enthusiast and actively drives to remote areas in Himalayas.
Amit Tiwari, Berkshire Hathaway
Amit Tiwari is currently Senior Manager in-charge of Products at Berkshire Hathaway. Prior to this, he was working with RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) Insurance in the capacity of Lead Analyst and Motor Insurance expert from its Gurgaon Office. He has been involved in selecting vendors, evaluating proposals and managing vendor relations with top 5 IT service providers for RBS technology group. He has extensive experience in strategic alignment of technology with business objectives and has worked for numerous European Insurance brands (Directline, Churchill, Green Flag, NIG). Amit has led strategic restructuring and regulatory projects with over £ 20 MM budget for wide range of insurance products including motor, home, rescue, travel, pet and fleet. Prior to RBS, Amit has worked with IBM for its client DBS (Development Bank of Singapore), primarily in IT delivery for Channels/Payment Gateways. Amit got his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay. He founded Startup Leadership Program in Delhi and was a 2011 Fellow in the program.
Shwetank Verma, Razi Healthcare
Shwetank is currently the acting chief operating officer of Razi Healthcare. Razi is a growing network of low cost, integrated out patient health centers that aims to transform primary care in India. Prior to Razi, Shwetank worked on the business development team at Rumi Education Pvt Ltd. In that capacity, he developed the business model for a chain of low cost primary schools. He was heavily involved in the early development of the company with responsibilities across all functions. Shwetank is qualified chartered accountant (UK). He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Nottingham.
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