“A great idea is a wonderful thing, but without vision, it will remain just that. I do not subscribe to the notion that one is either born with an ‘entrepreneur gene’ or not. I believe Entrepreneurship can be learned and should be taught.”
– Ronnie Screwvala
We at India Accelerator aim to create a bridge where students can innovate and interact with the entrepreneurs that have graduated from the IA Program. IA intends to help students validate their ideas and accelerate the same to growth. Keeping this in mind we have joined hands with IIT BHU, to create a more welcoming and inclusive entrepreneurial environment.
Investor & Mentor Network
“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” At IA, we firmly believe that mentoring is the key to scaling the incubated start-ups. We are a strictly face-to-face, a relationship & mentorship driven program. Meeting with the mentors, Wednesday lunch amongst the founders, and IA staff, mentoring sessions – all are conducted religiously.
iAngel is a collaborative network of active angel investors from diverse professional and industry backgrounds looking to invest in early stage, high potential startups.
It is intended to be a group of highly selective, curated group of startup investors with value proposition beyond funding. It’s one of the rare networks backed by a world class Accelerator, thus enabling an inclusive startup ecosystem. IA shall ensure the funds are channelized in the right way, for the right reasons.
Both iMentor and iAngel are an integral part of India Accelerator. They are the pillars that support our endeavours in helping make a more holistic environment for the startup community. Being a startup mentor and a startup investor involves supporting and advising someone, delivering that support in a way that makes sense to the startups, and always keeping that person’s best interests in mind. It is good karma to give back to the ecosystem and it is an even better investment opportunity!
Senior IT executive turned entrepreneur & consultant with significant experience in Agile & DevOps, program & project management, delivering business value with high performance IT software, client & stakeholder management and building high performing teams in globally distributed onshore-offshore centres. Have developed diverse set of skills in enterprise architecture, agile methodology, devops tool-chain, software development, IT Governance, CMM processes and IT service management. Experience spans across the IT delivery life cycle including development, support, architecture, program management and consulting.
I started my career as a finance professional, building up a consulting organization from a scratch. The exciting part of that era was the diverse work that came our way. This included advising & consulting clients not only on finance, tax and compliance but also on the various aspects of business problems that they were challenged with. This phase helped me grasp the nuances of statutory and regulatory requirements in the country, at the same time giving a good understanding of what it takes to resolve business problems.
Dhianu Das is a businessman par excellence with a mission to empower entrepreneurs & start-ups with investment, mentoring and capacity building to enable business development. With an extensive investment, operation, strategy & development experience he has mentored many startups into successful businesses and has effectively led majorbusiness turnarounds as well as set up new businesses all across India. A mentor with exceptional clarity and a strategist who can plan and help execute – Dhianu Das is the perfect combination of a dreamer, a mentor, a businessman, and a true Visionary. Das is an active angel investor in many startups that are involved in inventing and developing problem-solving products. He invests both his money and trust in the companies and people with idiosyncratic business ideas and the passion to change the world.
Over 20 years of rich multifunctional experience of handling a wide spectrum of Investment Banking, Business Development, Strategic Alliances, Mergers for faster growth. Specialties : Good network of Business Owners almost in all verticals in Delhi/ Chandigarh/ Punjab & Haryana Network of PE & VC funds.
Sanjay is a Technology & Management Consulting Professional with corporate experience of more than twenty five years . Sanjay’s areas of expertise include Market Study, Business Development, Key Account Management, Business Management, Bid Management, Procurement Practices and Business Process Improvements. In his Business Management Consulting career, Sanjay has advised couple of Market Research companies in the area of best procurement practices for their multinational clients.
Prajakt is the founder of Applyifi – a platform that helps startups refine their business plans and investor pitch deck. Prajakt is also the founding partner of The Growth Labs, a platform where growth-stage companies get sharp, incisive advice from senior professionals and experienced entrepreneurs. Before starting Applyifi, Prajakt was the head of operations at IAN, founding member of a leading incubator, and the Asia-Director for TiE (2004 – 2007).
Palash is a Management Consultant who used to rent a bicycle for just Rs. 1 ($0.1) around 1980 and went on to become a Director in World’s No. 1 company in 2007. At Google, he was Head of Gurgaon(India) office- responsible for 5 business functions- Analytics, Product Strategy/Support, Talent/OD, Core Operations & QA/Planning and also learned Google’s proven OKR approach for practical, positive results.
Industry veteran with over three decades of experience. Extensive experience of working in a global multi-cultural environment and possesses diverse experience of growing and managing large teams for delivering services to global clients. Former Partner/Managing Director at Accenture – held several cross-functional leadership positions across Technology Delivery, Sales and Operations for large business group across APAC geography. Served on the board of few Accenture acquired companies.
Gaurav has helped number of enterprise and start-up teams understand and adapt LEAN start-up principles combined with XP and DevOps practices. A forever learner, he is passionate about delivering exponential value to the users of products that his teams create. An avid reader, he can be found engrossed in a book those few times he is not working on another unique idea.
Versatile and effective delivery lead with 15 years experience in outstanding project planning, execution, monitoring and resource balancing skills. Ability to support multiple simultaneous projects in matrix organizational structure.
Sanjay is the Managing Partner of the Firm. With an experience of more than 2 decades, he has been advising on and representing clients on a wide variety of matters in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, various High Courts, District Courts and Tribunals and Forums including Competition Commission, National Consumer Disputes Reddressal Forum, and State Consumer Forums. At the Firm, Sanjay advises clients on various aspects and issues relating to The Trade Marks Act, The Indian Copyright Act, The Design Act, The Patents Act, The Geographical Indication Act, Sales of Goods Act, Competition Act, and Consumer Protection Act.
Brand Solutions and Brand Marketing expert with more than 11 years of experience. Consulting multiple companies for holistic marketing solutions. Consulting various companies and institutes on training and brand strategies.
Esha is a lawyer turned entrepreneur with focus on increasing accessibility to quality legal and compliance solutions for both individuals and businesses. After her long journey in the legal field, she is now specially focusing on legal products and services around making safe, gender neutral and gender diverse workplaces with UNGENDER.in. Her previous stints include her venture Cliklawyer, where she has advised 50+ organizations on several innovative legal solutions around business structuring.
GULRAJ S. SHAHPURI
As a Marshal Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach Gulraj has helped leaders succeed by bringing about effective, guaranteed and measurable changes. He has informed, challenged, inspired, and entertained audiences for 20 years from boardrooms of large multinational corporations to meetings rooms of thousands of local companies.
Paritosh Pathak is an expert Strategic Networking Coach. His Networking journey started off with Setting up BNI (Business Networking International) in Delhi after having fallen in love with Networking from accidentally attending one of it’s meeting. It was a challenging task to bring the Franchise to Delhi and after what seems like a life time of effort, he succeed.
I enable buying and selling of profitable businesses & Franchisees. I also assist in creating Business alliances, partnerships, shareholding, strategic investments. I look forward to help you with Business Acquisitions and Investments.
Experienced Vice President with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Business Process, Project Governance, Software Sales, Requirements Analysis, and Sales.
I am a firm believer in the power of possibilities. As a Business Advisor, I combine strategy with execution and believe in working with the clients to help them achieve desired results. Have worked closely with Fortune 500 Organizations, Autonomous body of Govt. of India and with C&D suite executives in the UK, Dubai and Egypt, helping them identify growth opportunities or solving complex business problems, As a startup Mentor/Incubator, I help entrepreneurs transform ideas in to sustainable business. Have mentored and incubated startups in Hospitality, Education and Tech Industry as Excellence Coach I work with individuals, teams, startups and organizations across diverse set up, helping them realize their true potential and rise in excellence.
We believe, world is not going to be the same. The future lies in powering people what they do the best, from wherever, whenever. Keeping that vision in mind we are building an platform that enables companies to hire and collaborate with people from across the globe. And maybe Mars (When Elon Musk takes us humans there).
Nikhil has 14+ Exciting Years in Creating New Products, enabling Business Models and Fixing Broken Ones. He has served as Product Management Leader who drives Strategy and Growth. Expertise: Product Management, Marketing, Agile Practice, New Product Dev, Hi-Performance Teams.
Puneet is well traveled with diverse cross-cultural exposure through consulting, entrepreneurial, research and teaching engagements across Europe, North America, Asia (Indian citizen) in Healthcare, Telecom, Technology, Banking & Insurance, Education, Sports and Public Government sectors. The present set of inculcated skills are humbly attributed to organizations he has worked for/with (both India & Overseas) and co-founding teams in his ventures.
A passionate and adaptable business professional with a diverse industry experience of over 14 years and scaling from an individual account handling role to driving pre-sales and now heading business growth in both established corporates & fast-paced startups.
Ekshita is a strategy and operations consultant with prior experience as an ed-tech entrepreneur. She has a robust problem-solving toolkit to help companies of all sizes narrow in on the strategic vision, and can help in translating them to actionable insights (especially in industries such as tech, automotive, and advanced electronics). In her time off, she’s an avid reader with an ever growing list of management and organizational books that tackle some of the most basic challenges businesses face.
Christina is a corporate communications professional, working in the US, Canada, and India. Focusing on startup growth, she has worked with companies ranging from Unicorn status to Pre-Seed. Her passion lies in helping entrepreneurs fuel their products into the market through brand activation, media relations, investor relations, business development and strategic partnerships.
Pat is an Experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of working in the venture capital and private equity industry. Skilled in Management, Start-ups, Leadership, and Business Management. Strong business development professional with a Masters focused in Business Administration from University of Colorado at Boulder – Leeds School of Business.
Digbijoy has over a decade of wide ranging experience across diverse sectors, initially started his career in education marketing with reputed educational institutes and then subsequently joined the advertising and events industry to execute several projects including a state election campaign for a national party, conceptualizing and running a restaurant chain in Delhi and several other projects. Currently, he leads the startup BD function at Amazon Internet Services to drive adoption of cloud infrastructure for VC/Accelerator/Angel Investor backed companies in India.
Anur is the Founding Partner at Globevestor.VC, investing in highly promising early-stage startups in India, US & Singapore. He is an Early investor in 27 startups, including Zoomcar, Springboard, Flintobox, Chakr Innovation, Doxper & MyMandir. Involved with the Boards of Flintobox & Growisto. Portfolio firms have raised $135M in follow-on funding from Sequoia, Accel, Kalaari, 500 Startups, MSDF, Ford, Nokia, etc. and collectively valued at $385M now.
Nandan Mishra is the Founder and CEO of Algo8 and Prithvi.ai. He has the experience of working on over 50+ DS/AI projects, differentiate between AI hype and practicality of projects.
Addison Appu is the VP at ThinKuvate. He has experience in Mergers & Acquisitions, Advisory, Private Equity Infusion & Valuation within the Diversified Sectors. He is involved in Investment Banking advisory, including M&A, IPO, LBO, debt restructuring.
His key sectors covered include Automotive, Chemicals, Cement, Infrastructure (Ports, Toll Roads, & Airports), Transportation, Real Estate and Clean-tech (Solar). He has worked on both Indian and global transactions.
Prashant Pansare is an Entrepreneur, Problem Solver and Go-getter. He has built multiple profitable startups grounds up. He is an expert on bootstrapping, growth hacking, business growth. He has been the force behind Startup Leadership Program in India with over 4 years through diverse roles in execution of accelerator program.
A Senior Information Technology Leader with 20+ years of business and information technology experience in software development, project management, change management, and process improvement. Saby have assisted multiple diverse clients in their business transformation through project successes, bolstering communications across various departments, and assisted customers in creating effective solutions to complex problems. An international speaker, trainer and mentor on leadership and technology, his speech engagements are energetic, lively and engaging. An enthusiastic speaker leader with an uncanny ability to engage and inspire his team and audience. Saby will be handling the International chapter for iAngel network.
Over 28 years of successful Leadership roles in managing business P&L, Sales & Marketing, Training and HR and Board Level Experience in the Financial Services industry spanning across Insurance, Banking (Private & Consumer), Asset Management, Retail Lending, Real Estate and VC funded ventures ( Hotel Management Company, Education, Green energy and Healthcare ).
Have worked with global organization such as Aviva Life Insurance, BNP Paribas, American Express Bank, SARE Homes ( Duet Private Equity) and Bedrock Ventures and have an excellent track record of building new businesses to a large scale organization and driving them to significant success.
Lorenzo Espinosa is a tech executive and Product leader with experience in Asia, Europe and the US. He has been innovating products and scaling multi-billion technology platforms across multiple industries for the likes of Amazon or American Express. He is currently focused on designing and growing Data platforms for startups in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Lorenzo’s specialities include product management, scaling operations and venture capital. His varied experience can help you quickly identify a viable idea, iterate on it using lean methodologies and guide you through the fundraising stage. Given his varied experience, Lorenzo can advise on methodologies to de-risk your startup journey and ensure you think about the most critical aspects from building an A-team to shipping customer-centric products.
Jasrita heads Brand, Marketing and CSR for Fortis Healthcare group presently.
She has worked in the services sector throughout from Hospitality to Healthcare with a short stint in Media. Cause-based marketing or Purpose-led communication is after her heart.She started her professional journey as a Direct Marketing Executive with Procter & Gamble and then moved to frontline Sales at Radisson & The Oberoi, New Delhi. Marketing Communication & Public Relations roles furthered her career graph at Max Healthcare and finally, she transitioned to a Brand & Marketing Leadership position at Fortis Healthcare, with additional charge of CSR.
A history enthusiast and a poet at heart and a Public Relations consultant by profession, Pawan has been associated with a varied list of clients, ranging from lifestyle, luxury, art, education, media, hospitality, health, and real estate. In his 15+ years long industry experience, Pawan has had the privilege to work with some of the most amazing lists of clients across the country.
From corporate biggies to retail giants; from niche hospitality players to e-com stalwarts; and from NGO’s to independent artists, Pawan has tried to bring an element of novelty in each of their PR campaigns.
He aspires to position WishBox Studio as a PR Consultancy that not only fulfils its client’s desire of generating media visibility but also work on the various nuances of brand building.
With over fifteen years of leadership experience, Rohit helped maximize transformational success, ensure profitability and achieve operational performance. With a track record of delivering successful outcomes during times of crises and uncertainty within the most challenging environments, Rohit has served as a trusted advisor and confidante to board executives, management teams, partner networks and regulatory authorities.
We are witnessing a tectonic shift in business, society and life at large; technology is changing the way we live and work and digital experience is becoming all pervasive. As a technology enthusiast and passionate leader, he has led the following initiatives in my career journey:
– Driving digital transformation for 200,000 people through a superlative experience, alignment with the Board’s objectives through Zero Trust Security
– Helped integrate acquired Entities into the company driving a common culture and experience
– Leading Wipro HOLMES™ Artificial Intelligence (AI) Platform and Automation Ecosystem driving the new paradigm of Economics, Efficiency and Experience and making AI and Automation all pervasive
– Being an Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) evangelist he is driving water sustainability and a circular economy.
With a personal value system of social responsibility along with integrity and empathy, he has championed a compassionate and socially relevant face of AI. He is a part of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council collaborating with platforms, initiatives and communities on inclusive, forward-looking and complexity-conscious responses to AI’s most pressing challenges.
Looking forward to sharing experiences with a focus on people, planet and profitability.
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“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires”.
-William Arthur Ward