Experts behind the Program:
Dr Anant Koppar with around 35+ years of industry experience is a Serial Entrepreneur.Anant Koppar was awarded the prestigious Karnataka Rajyotsava Award 2008, the highest civilian award instituted by the Karnataka Government for outstanding contributions to the growth of the IT Industry in Karnataka, India. Dr.Koppar currently is a Professor in the Computer Science and The engineering department of PES University, Bangalore. He is also the Director for Healthcare Research Center at the PES University. Dr.Anant is also the founder Chairman of KTwo Technology Solutions, a company focused on innovative health care products and solutions. Anant has a doctorate in the area of Use of Information Technology in providing affordable and quality health care to the rural population in India and other countries under the aegis of Mysore University in 2012. With a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, he started his career in Wipro. He further went on to be a part of the teams that set up Tata Elxsi and BFL Software.
He was the Founder President of Kshema Technologies, one of India's first venture capital-funded software services companies. He worked as the President of the Technologies Division of MphasiS BFL Limited post the acquisition of Kshema by MphasiS. A certified "Project Management Professional" by PMI, Anant Koppar was the first CEO in India to get this certification. He was also recognized as the "Entrepreneur of the District" by the Gadag District Chamber of Commerce in the year 2000. He was also recognized as "Entrepreneur Extraordinaire" at the Asian Conference for Young Entrepreneurs in 1999. Dr.Anant with a team of academicians has been instrumental in setting up a group of educational institutions under the aegis of Maharaja Education Trust, Mysore (MET). MET runs around 13 different institutions including an engineering college, MBA institutions for Food & Agri-Business and Corporate Social Responsibility. MET provides quality education to around 20,000 students per year.
He is also a past President of Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce and past President of PMI Bangalore Chapter.
Prof. TVP Chowdry is associated with the Centre for Sustainable Technology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore as Project Scientist. His current interests are Entrepreneurship, start-ups, Bio-Energy, Sustainability, Environment protection, Waste Management, Wetlands etc. He is in the process of implementing a rural bio-energy led livelihoods project in a remote village sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
He is a graduate in Mechanical engineering, Postgraduate in Marketing Management, Industrial Design, & Applied Computer Science. He is an alumnus of Industrial Design Centre (IDC), IIT Powai, Mumbai.
Prof. TVP. Chowdry has 30 years of work experience both in Industry and academics (research, consulting, guiding, teaching and program/project management), worked with following companies -HAL, CMC Ltd., Godrej & Boyce, HOPE Technologies, NIIT, dot com startups and other software development companies spanning the areas of Manufacturing, Start-ups, Software Development, Product Design Development, & Project Management.
CMD, Infopace Management Pvt Ltd, Strategic Change Management Specialist, Start-up Mentor, Angel Investor.
Kishor is a Serial Entrepreneur and Innovator. He Co-founded Infopace Management Pvt Ltd in 1999 to cater to the industry with holistic support in Strategic Management Advisory Services. He has over 24 years of rich industry exposure working with global fortune 500 companies in the Energy, IT-ITES, Education, FMG, Manufacturing sectors
He has led change management on business models, innovation and organization climate in mergers, acquisition and also for the Government in the Energy sector. Has delivered 8000+ workshops in India and internationally especially in ASEAN region & promoted numerous Start-ups & social micro-enterprise. He has personally mentored over 100 Start-ups and invested in over 27 ideas.
He has led change mgmt on business models, innovation and org climate in mergers, acquisition and also for the Govt in the Energy sector. Has delivered numerous workshops in India and internationally especially in ASEAN region & promoted numerous Startups & social micro-enterprise
Kishor is a Member- National Start-ups Council - ASSOCHAM India 2019, Member - Executive Board of the India Japan Global Partnership Summit (IJGPS) 2011, Committee Member of the Innovation Initiatives by FKCCI & Chairman Start-up and entrepreneurship 2018-2019, IEEE PES Core member, AIMO, member OISCA Tokyo & MSME Karnataka regional Committee FICCI, CSR Council BCIC.. <
Namratha Vijaykumar is a lifestyle entrepreneur who has carved a niche for herself by setting up several ventures, over a span of two decades. A B.A.L, L.L.B graduate from the University Law College, Bangalore. She began her career with a manpower consultancy firm whilst pursuing her law degree. After that she started and managed several businesses; start-ups as diverse as a Corporate gifting firm, establishing production houses, organising rallies and corporate events, a bridal consultancy firm, eCommerce store and online magazine. she has conducted outbound & corporate trainings for Multinational companies like Robert Bosch, Tata teleservices , SAP labs, ACC cements and few other blue-chip companies.
With over 20 years of rich experience, she has hands-on knowledge in conceptualizing Startups and bringing them to a mode of self-management. Being a passionate action-oriented person Namratha brings a perfect blend of ideas for organizing and coordinating startups, setting up of companies and executing high profile events that range from weddings, commercial events, corporate seminars, etc. Her out of the box thinking and innovative methods for finding solutions has made her a problem solver. She is a certified leadership and executive coach, a certified wellness coach with a passion for perfection and finesse, her core area of expertise lies in the sphere of conceptualizing, planning, organizing, Goal setting, execution, management and trainings. Her tenacity and ability to overcome hardships makes her a resourceful person and a go-getter, she is also a qualified Reiki healer and a certified Life Coach.
Avneep Mehta is a Chartered Accountant having experience in his domain for around 15 years with specialization in Audit services having an illustrious stint with Ernst and Young(E&Y). He has extensive exposure in rendering assurance services to large corporate accounts. He had won accelerator award for consecutive years in E&Y.
Avneep handles clients in the fields of aviation, hospitality, pharmaceutical, E-commerce and software. He has expertise in the professional practice namely assurance, business valuation and risk advisory through being partner in a Chartered Accountant Firm 'M O J & Associates' having offices in Bengaluru and Mumbai. The firm is also part of Global Advisory Network 'Antea'.
His clients are based in India, USA, Singapore, Thailand, Brazil, Sweden, Netherlands, etc
He is also a certified "Registered Valuer" with IBBI on Securities / Financial Assets.
He has been supporting start-ups to accelerate their business in compliances focussed on financial and related regulatory frameworks.
Srihari Bhat is the CoFounder and CEO of Pace Wisdom Solutions Private Limited, a deep-tech outsourced Product development company based out of Bangalore and now having operations in California.
Srihari started his career with one of the World's largest Analytics and BigData firms and contributed as a part of their Data Science team, for US based Retail and Insurance Clients. He then Cofounded Pace Wisdom in 2013 where his team works closely with Enterprises and Startups to build niche software products and create real-time business impact.
Srihari is very passionate about Technology and he is committed to helping fellow Entrepreneurs to overcome their business challenges using the right innovative solutions.
Sriram Sundaravadanan is a finance professional with around 25 years experience having worked in Financial Services and Banking companies. After his last assignment in Nov 2014 as Corporate Relationship Banker in The Royal Bank of Scotland, Sriram established Multi Portfolio Business Ventures Pvt Ltd (MPBV) and provides financial advisory services and helps in loan funding for SME companies.
He is also an investor and has invested in startup companies in the Technology sector and provides CFO services including mentoring to help these companies achieve financial discipline and financial compliances, thereby enabling moving towards profitability in operations.
Sriram is a Commerce graduate with an MBA Degree in Finance and has also completed a Graduate Program in Advanced Corporate Finance from The Australian National University, Canberra. He has worked with the Birla Group, Tata Group as well as with ICICI Bank in his earlier assignments.
Raghavendra Rao is an ex-banker with nearly 25 years of experience. He has held senior positions in HSBC Bank Middle East and Rakbank in Dubai, U.A.E.. His areas of interest are Project Management, Regulatory Compliance, Skill Management and Operations Management.
Ramesh is an entrepreneur, mentor and angel investor across industry sectors.
Ramesh has co-founded and held leadership positions at three technology startups and one social enterprise in the US and India. Earlier, he was a lead software developer with Honeywell-Bull in Boston, followed by several software development and consulting engagements across the USA with IBM, Verizon, Ameritech, Washington Water Power and others. Subsequently, he established one of India's earliest cutting edge, software consulting and development firms (that merged into HCL-Perot), founded Component Insights Inc (an enterprise software integration platform, merged into interWoven inc) and was part of the leadership team at NetDevices Inc (an embedded software and hardware devices company, acquired by Alcatel-Lucent). Following this, Ramesh spent the next few years as an entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) in Bangalore, with a Silicon-Valley based venture capital firm and more recently, has been an advisor, acting CEO, and consultant to startups in the social and for-profit space
Ramesh is based out of Bangalore and has a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Masters in Computer Science from the US.
Nanjunda Pratap Palekanda, is an entrepreneur, a Distributed economy evangeliser and a Startup ecosystem influencer. He is an alumnus of Bangalore University and IIM, Bangalore.
He has been an Entrepreneur across the Internet (Media)/ E-Com, Retail tech, Analytics, HR and HealthTech. He has had an early success of Positive Exits and a few BIG falls. He has a decent experience in raising funding for ventures where he has collaborated and has been instrumental in getting funding for Ventures have collaborated with. Currently, he has invested in Media and Entertainment StartUp, BlockChain Technologies venture, F&B in social impact, Vernacular Media and a Fashion Venture with Social impact. He continues to engage with Entrepreneurs across various Products and Services space in multiple capacities, as Mentor, Collaborator, Coach, Advisor and Consultant.
He has been very actively involved in Organising Hackathons (with IISC) to develop new Technology Solutions in the Medical device space, which are further lead towards becoming sustainable Ventures.
Nitin Sood, co-founder at GreenCoir Technologies, He is a Bangalore based Management Specialist with over 20 years deep domain experience across various verticals, applying big data and analytics and software solutions to solve challenges. He introduces and enhances process transformation to startups, international business and government clients. Focusing on customer acquisitions in existing and new geographies to increase market share, competitive analysis along with process improvement, policy documentation, policy formulation and process re-engineering for successful project delivery.
Previously, He has spent 14 years at Dell Technologies managing large scale transformation projects. He is an Agile and PMP project management professional, business process (BPI) green belt and holds SQL data qualifications amongst others. A double graduate in Commerce and Business Administration, He also holds a certification in Business Management from IIM-B.
Mr Gopal Rao has had a long career of over 30 years of International experience working in California in USA, Singapore, Lagos in Nigeria and in India. His experience covers, Corporate & Project Finance, M&A, and Business Development and Business Strategy. He was involved in setting up a chemicals plant in Malaysia, Business Development in S.E.Asia, and in Business Acquisitions in USA. He worked in various CXO positions in USA, Singapore and Nigeria.
An alumnus of IIM Bangalore, he holds PGDM (MBA) in Finance from IIM Bangalore and Chemical Engineering degree from Annamalai University Tamilnadu.
Gopal Rao Addanki is a "Mentor-in-Residence, Start-up Ecosystems" at NSRCEL in IIM Bangalore and is involved in Mentoring and providing advisory services to Start-ups.He is deeply involved in various programs of NSRCEL as Mentor, evaluator and Jury for various programs like Mobility, Women Start-up Program, 10K Women program, New Star-ups... etc. He is also freelancing as a "Venture Catalyst" and a mentor for SME businesses.