Rajeev Roy is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at XLRI and is the CEO of its incubator XCEED. After completing his PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad, he was an entrepreneur for about 9 years and he spent the next 14 years as an entrepreneurship educator and startup mentor. Over 1000 startups have attended his workshops and he has been involved in entrepreneurship development in 14 countries across the world. He has also helped set up 6 incubators in 4 different countries. He believes in open innovation and has worked with several large companies in their open innovation programs.
Vivek Sharma, Core Team member of Piramal Pharma Solutions, is the program director of the Gandhi Fellowship. Mr. Sharma was previously the program director of Pratham. He had facilitated the establishment of learning enhancement programs in many government schools in Punjab, Himachal and Uttarakhand. Mr. Sharma has been a part of Indian media as a trained journalist. He has also been part of some businesses, IT and Telecom startups.
Dilnawaz is the Founder and Chief Evangelist at Codesign Labs. He is also a Consultant & Mentor to a lot of technology start-ups wherein he enables them to go from zero to critical mass by helping them with technology, branding and marketing.
Anand is founding team member at Z3Partners, a $100M early growth stage (Series B) fund that invests in technology and digital companies. TIll recently, he worked as an Investor at IvyCap Ventures, focusing on early stage investments in consumer and technology enabled businesses. He was a Board Member / Observer at Bluestone, GrabOnRent and Purplle.com. Before starting his career as an investor, he headed up Category Management (P&L) for Pepperfry’s Home Business. Prior to this, he headed up the Strategy function, where he worked with the founder to raise $170M across 3 rounds of fundraising, apart from helping to launch a large item distribution network and managing retention marketing.
Mr. Anay has been in the business of design, development, manufacturing, and marketing of industrial valves for extremely corrosive, extreme erosive, extreme Pressure, obnoxious gas services for the last about 12 years which is his family business. For the last 4 generations, he has experience teaching entrepreneurship and innovation at various institutions including IIM Ahmedabad, NIT’s, IIT mandi, S. P. Jain Institute of Management, Nirma University, CEPT university; Ahmedabad university to name a few in India. His international academic exposure includes teaching students at Hiroshima University, Keio University Japan, and working closely with faculties of the center for design. He has been invited by the Ministry of Education and Technology Government of Japan for consulting them on how to develop SMEs in their country. He has been awarded the “best entrepreneurship faculty” by the National Entrepreneurship network in 2016. He is currently involved as a coach at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University Innovation and incubation center where he spends 1-day week coaching startups. His education includes a degree in mechanical engineering; MBA in entrepreneurship, Degree in law; Asnt level II in rt, ut, mt, pt & iso 9001 2015 lead auditor apart from various other international certifications.
A trained software engineer by qualification, he has always been more fascinated in combining technology with creativity. He quit his IT job and started whyIT Solutions – a one-stop-shop for all things digital and soon was working with corporates in India and internationally as well. He is now a founding partner at Siriti, an agency championing richer living through ideas and innovation. Over the last 10 years in the industry, he has worked with brands like Complan, Horlicks, Omron, Coca Cola, Nestle, Hiranandani Group, Mahindra, Jet Airways and ACUVUE to name a few and seen success at international award shows like the Effies, Clios and the Globals.
Vishwanathan S has been serving India-based startups as a Startup coach and consultant offering business advisory, strategic planning, and execution support in the areas of Business, Product, Marketing, and Investments. He received his PGDM majoring in strategy, entrepreneurship, and marketing from IIM-Bangalore in 2011, and his BE degree specializing in electronics and communications from CEG-Chennai in 2000. He is the co-founder at Coimbatore Innovation and Business Incubator (CIBI) and presently leads strategy, program planning, and ecosystem operations.
Apoorv is a curriculum architect and a serial Entrepreneur. He is also a Community Council Member at Silicon Cape and Co-founder at Mashauri. He has previously founded Startup Safari (Acquired by WeeTracker) & Human Circle. He is also a public speaker and guest lecturer with previous talks at platforms such as PechaKucha, Graduate Women International Global Conference, Ashoka University, University of Cape Town, Ghent University, Bertha Centre of Social Innovation among others.