Our Mentors

Salil Pradhan
Salil Pradhan
VC & Product Guy

Salil is a Venture Partner and early-stage investor with Draper Nexus Ventures. An advisor to corporate LPs on product strategy, partnerships with startups, and M&A, his current focus in on seed/early-stage startups in verticals including retail, healthcare, and agriculture with an emphasis on IOT (Internet of things).

Salil is also Chief Product Officer for venture-backed Webley Inc., leading product, engineering and ops teams. He successfully led the company’s product/market transformation from desktop/PSTN based unified communication to “mobile first”, focusing on vertical opportunities like healthcare and distributed enterprises.

Previously, Salil spent 10 years at Hewlett Packard in a variety of roles, including CTO of HP’s Enterprise RFID/IOT business where he helped create and grow the nascent IOT solutions business to $100m in revenue.

He serves on the Board of Momentfeed Inc., is a mentor at the Plug & Play Tech center and Cincinnati based Brandery and an advisor to a number of tech startups. Salil is also an advisor to Washington DC-based Govonomy, which helps technology startups growth into government markets. He has also served on the advisory boards of UCLA’s WINMEC and UCSD’s Center for Wireless Communications.

A founder of two startups, Salil’s all-around experience as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, product executive and corporate strategist makes him a sought-after panelist and judge at venture pitch events. He has been frequently quoted by leading publications. Salil has been issued 54 US patents, in areas related to sensors, IOT and computer systems.

Philippe Linus Petit
Philippe Linus Petit
Pitch.Boom.Bang. - Performance / Pitch Development

Philippe Petit is an expert in pitch delivery and performance training. His focus is on personal performance development for presentations, interviews, Q&As but above all: pitching!

After completing a degree in the performing arts, he has spent time in the theatre and film business. Working as a creative consultant for a Berlin-based startup specialising in contextual in-video marketing, he witnessed an ambitious startup fighting its way through the pitching hell.

At this point he had a game-changing epiphany: Enough bloody pitches! Let’s put a Boom into pitching and create a Bang on stage.

Pitch.Boom.Bang. was born. Philippe has since focused on what he knows best – delivering tailored on-stage performance support and training. His method of approach when it comes to pitching is simple, yet compelling: Every time we step in front of an audience it’s a one-time opportunity to make an impact. Thus, his work is a close personal and emotional journey that refines humour, energy, and personality on stage.

Philippe works with founders, evangelists, entrepreneurs, and startups, coaching them to bring their own personality into presentations and progress their pitch performance.

Nitin Pradhan
Nitin Pradhan
Co-Founder, ScaleUP USA | Obama Appointee | CIO, US DOT | Tech Executive, FCPS | MD, CIT

Nitin Pradhan has 25+ years of experience in delivering results-focused innovation, transformation, and expansion for organizations. Nitin is currently the Managing Partner of GOVonomy and the CEO of Launch Dream. The goals of these two initiatives are to improve the public and private sector through the introduction, integration, and assimilation of innovative and transformative products, platforms and services.

Roy Terry
Roy Terry
Founder and Chief Pitch Doctor at The Primal Pitch
Maren Lesche
Maren Lesche
Communications & Startup Expert - etventure Startup Hub

A communicator by heart. Love to find stories, to tell stories and to listen to stories. I am fascinated by new and innovative startup ideas and happy to support entrepreneurs such as MediLad, an eHealth startup from Germany/Hungary. India enthusiast and co-founding partner of YourStory Germany.

Jurgen Hase
Jurgen Hase
CEO UNLIMIT powered by Reliance

Hase is a telecoms industry veteran, having worked for over 25 years to develop, implement and execute new businesses in different global markets. he was the director, IoT / M2M at Qatar-based Ooredoo at the Group level, responsible for implementing the company’s IoT business in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, in multiple vertical segments like automotive, telematics, smart cities, healthcare, insurance, and energy.

Abhishek Gandhi
Abhishek Gandhi
CFA, Partner, Director and Head of Investment - ISFA

Management, Strategic, and Financial Advisory
– VC, PE, Capital markets Fundraising
– Value investing
– M&A

Anshu Prasher
Anshu Prasher
Principal at Saama Capital

Responsible for originating and executing venture debt transactions for high growth and innovative Indian companies. In addition to his role in leading debt transactions, Anshu has extensive experience in working with growing startups.

Amit Jain
Amit Jain
Board Member M&A Strategy

Having over 15 years of experience in M&A. Worked with big four companies and chief advisor and strategy builder with many startups in India and Silicon Valley.

Sunil Ranka
Sunil Ranka
BI | Data Innovation | Analytics | Entrepreneur | AI

Sunil is having 15 years of Hands on IT and Management experience in Pre-sales, software architecture, design, development, testing, customization, and integration, enterprise applications and data warehousing Application using Big Data and Business Intelligence Technologies. For his contribution to Oracle Technology and Community, he has been confirmed with Prestigious Oracle ACE Award.

Nilesh Jain
Nilesh Jain
Venture Partner - Z Nation Lab

Serial entrepreneur, strategic marketing advisor, having passion towards mentoring and consulting startups to grow exponentially on a global scale. A seasoned professional in sales management and business development have been transforming growth stories for multiple companies. Leadership experience spans from hardcore technology and healthcare industry to manufacturing, software products, supply chain companies and many more.

With over 20+ years of entrepreneurial and operational experience, have a proven track record of building and managing companies, revenue centers as well as developing strategies to improve businesses. Investor for over 10+ companies, CEO and Co-Founder of 5+ companies and have handled leadership and senior roles throughout.

Specialties: Medical, Manufacturing, Technology – Startup companies.

Ramachandran Gopalakrishnan
Ramachandran Gopalakrishnan
Promoter at Alchemy Life

A Qualified Chartered Accountant having 20 years of investment banking experience and 17 years of consulting with sweat equity for startups and turnarounds now a professional entrepreneur with 37 years of experience in diverse fields and sector agnostic including fitness ,wellness ,food retail app technology,real estate distressed assets as an alternative investment class for investors and law app in the legal field

Pushpamitra Das
Pushpamitra Das
CFO/ Advisor to The Board of Directors/ Mentor /Angel Investor

Finance strategy, Business transformation, Mentoring Startup business, Drive growth, profitability and maximise shareholder value.

Nimit Tanna
Nimit Tanna
Co-founder and Portfolio Manager, Chanakya Wealth Creation

Have worked on the sell side and buy side (with both a long only fund and a hedge fund) across Mumbai, London and New York. Moved back to India to set up Chanakya Wealth Creation (CWC) with the Trust Group.

CWC is a long only equity investment management venture set up by the Trust Group and Nimit Tanna in late 2010. CWC is focused on long-term wealth creation by building a concentrated portfolio of publicly listed Indian companies. CWC currently caters to domestic Indian investors. An offshore fund is being considered for overseas investors.

Piyush Goenka
Piyush Goenka
Partner, Tano India Private Equity Fund

Worked for over 15 years across private equity investing, investment banking, project finance and equity research. Has led investments across consumer, retail, financial services, pharmaceuticals, and engineering. Currently board observer Safari Industries.

Lloyd Pinto
Lloyd Pinto
Partner & Leader - U.S. Tax Services at Grant Thornton India LLP

Tax specialist with a focus on US Corporate & Individual Tax Advisory/Compliance. Vast experience in assisting Indian companies in setting up their US operations and managing the entire range of US tax compliance requirements.

Sachin Tagra
Sachin Tagra
Vice President & Head Capital18 Network 18

Brings in prolific business experiences and deep understanding of consumer and retail sector. Has driven P&Ls of large businesses and made significant contributions in various organizations from the start-up phase to profitable scaling up. He is also an investor in Allizhealth, Happy2Refer, Confirm Ticket, vPhrase, and Classboat.

Sandipan Chattopadhyay
Sandipan Chattopadhyay
Founder, Mentor Xelpmoc Design & Tech

On board of multiple companies. Founder at Xelpmoc, Mihup and Nectar consultancy services pvt. ltd. currently. Over 20 years of work experience having served as the CTO at JustDial for a brief period of 7 years.

Radhesh Kanumury
Radhesh Kanumury
Venture Advisor at Blume Ventures

He mentors Startups to see how their Business Models can be enhanced, identifying areas where technology can play a role. He has developed complex architectural solutions involving a broad array of technologies including: Portal, J2EE, Content Management, Business Integration, Security, Database, Analytics, Smarter Cities, and Infrastructure Monitoring leading in many key wins for IBM.

Ajay Sethi
Ajay Sethi
Venture Partner at Accel partners

Interested in: Startups, Product Management, Go-to-Market Strategy, Business Development, etc.
From an earlier life: Location-based Services, Geo, Mobile, Search, Big Data, Analytics, etc. And, from an even earlier incarnation: Data warehousing, Databases, Distributed Systems, SIMD/MIMD, Parallel Processing, Compilers/Interpreters, etc. Currently Venture Partner at Accel Partners.

Vishal Shah
Vishal Shah
MD, Strategic Partnerships, Group Retail and Business Banking at Standard Chartered Bank

An experienced and proven commercial, SME and retail banking leader. Has strong experience across Asia and the Middle East. Worked in multiple geographies in Asia including India, Singapore, Malaysia and UAE
His specialties: General Management, Product and Relationship Management in Commercial, Retail and SME Banking, Audit and Advisory

Viiveck Verma
Viiveck Verma
Co Founder - DiSRUPPt Thinking

Viiveck is an executive level; strategic thinker with a background of 28+ years in overcoming profit and growth challenges, leveraging entrepreneurial drive and market acumen for success in new market ventures/start-ups across Yellow Pages, Travel, Telecommunications, Office Automation, BPO, Insurance, Logistics, and Document Storage & Management. He is an expert in facing complex business challenges and taking high-risk decisions.

Neha Jain
Neha Jain
Co-founder at Z Nation Lab

Neha Jain is a co-founder and director of Z Nation Lab which is a successful hybrid model in the startup ecosystem. She has successfully led an exit from a home decor venture and has 10+ years of experience in marketing and relationship building. Apart from her entrepreneurial nature, she is known for her lobbying skills and is an outstanding leader. Up to date with tools and technology, she is keen to find startups who are disruptive and have a zeal to succeed.

Experienced Board Member with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. Skilled in Microsoft Word, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Public Speaking, Market Research, and Management. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor’s degree focused in Marketing/Marketing Management, General from Mumbai University Mumbai.

Sushil Solanki
Sushil Solanki
Principal Commissioner of Service Tax (Rtd)

Awarded Presidential award for meritorious work in 2001 by the Government of India. Part of various Committees set up by the Government for proposing improvement in the tax administration in the country. Member of the team introducing professional audit system in the Central Excise and Service Tax Department. Member of the team drafting Excise Audit Manual and Service Tax Audit Manual. Member of GST Team in the CBEC. He was Member of High Power Committee involved in Information Technology System Development for introduction of GST in the country.

Anurag Shah
Anurag Shah
CEO & Co-Founder - Aureus Analytics
Srini Chandupatla
Srini Chandupatla
Co-Founder & COO Manjeera Digital Systems

Srini Chandupatla is an angel investor and a serial entrepreneur with more than twenty years of global experience primarily building technology startup businesses. Srini is an experienced strategist, innovator, and a mobile technology expert recognized by TiE Hyderabad.

Srini was responsible for managing global operations, business development, sales engineering, product management and delivery teams in mobile startup companies such as Motivity Labs, JP Mobile, Defywire, and Antenna Software.

Srini is a mentor and advisor for several emerging technology startup firms. Srini’s accomplishments include enhancing top-line growth, ensuring market profitability, fundraising, and acquisitions. Previously, Srini has either worked in or sold to the technology and financial companies such as IBM, Sybase, Research In Motion, Moody’s Investors, Goldman Sachs, and New York Stock Exchange. Srini was the CEO of Innocore Solutions and successfully completed its acquisition.

Srini is a charter member of TiE Hyderabad Chapter and a member of Hyderabad Angels network. Srini earned his MS degree in Computer Science from NYIT, New York, U.S.A. and holds a BS degree from Osmania University.

Shashank Randev
Shashank Randev
Director at Z Nation Lab

Shashank brings entrepreneurial and investment understanding with 13 years of cross-functional experience. He has worked in large companies and an investment research-data product start-up.

In 2016, he joined Z Nation Lab as Director and Zsolt Capital as Vice President to lead India operations & early stage funding. Previously, Shashank was the founding member and Vice President at VCCEdge, the data platform of VCCircle.

He led revenue, product development and growth initiatives for close to seven years at VCCEdge. VCCircle was acquired by News Corporation in 2015 where he served as business head for the division till 2016. He has also worked with NIIT Ltd. and Zensar Technologies Ltd.

Shailesh Mehta
Shailesh Mehta
Vice President - Bank of America
Kranti Agrawal
Kranti Agrawal
Co Founded -Tushky.com

Co-founded Tushky.com – An E-commerce marketplace for activities/workshops/things to do.

Advisor at Marrily.in – Å new age matrimonial match discovery App that connects people using 2-way matching and helps them know their prospective life partner better.

Angel Investor in WeddingOnClick and couple of other SAAS/Consumer Internet Startup (Undisclosed)

Co-founded “Websoft” in the year 2001 and exited in 2003. Websoft was a Software and Web Services startup.

Operating experience across industries comprising 5+ years in Consumer Internet business & 5 in Software.

Honorary Ex Reporter and member of PRESS – Nagrik Jeevan – Registered with Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – Government of India

Sanjay Jesrani
Sanjay Jesrani
Founder & CEO, Go North Ventures, Mentor, Board member, Golfer

Sanjay, an active member of the Indian Angel Network, the premier national group of Angel Investors – has investments in startups across the Healthcare, Education, Impact, Consumer and Tech sectors.
A Charter member at TiE, Hyderabad (The Indus Entrepreneurs), he is also on the advisory board of Parampara Capital, an early stage fund and 50K Network, an emerging national investor network.
He was the Executive Vice President & Head, Global Delivery Center, Hitachi Consulting India.
As CEO and Head of the Global Delivery Center at India, he led the company’s global delivery team of 1800+ across the centers at Hyderabad, Pune and Bangalore.
As a member of Hitachi Consulting’s Exec Leadership Team, he was actively involved in the company’s Growth strategy and M&A programs targeted at reaching the $1B + size. He was a core member of the India and South Asia Hitachi group company CEO network.
Sanjay brings over 20 years of solid execution experience from his previous role at Sierra Atlantic, as the CFO – Asia & China.

Ekant Agarwal
Ekant Agarwal
Executive Director - Startup Accelerator Chamber of Commerce
Dhanpatraj Dhariwal
Dhanpatraj Dhariwal
Founder & CEO - Vision 2025

Excellent strategic thinking, analytical, interpersonal, relationship building and team building skills with proven ability in establishing quality systems and procedures and change management culture
Demonstrated abilities in enhancing the production operations, performance global benchmarking, optimising resource & capacity and escalating productivity & operational efficiencies.

Bhavesh Patel
Bhavesh Patel
Country Manager & CEO - Coface India

Seasoned and senior insurance professional With 28 years of Non Life Insurance experience across all lines, including Reinsurance. Specialisation in Liabilities, Aviation, Trade Credit and Political Risks, Project Insurances.

Raja Jamalamadaka
Raja Jamalamadaka
Board Director | Mentor to Startup CEO's | Neurosciences-Leadership Coach

Raja has worked in the Information technology space both in product and service delivery of mature organizations and startups. In the service industry area, Raja built application development practices for services’ organization from ground up to mature setups and and handled all aspects from strategic business planning and sales through client engagement, execution, and growth. In the product arena, Raja has been involved with various product organizations and startups from product conceptualization and viability analysis, investment pitches through funding, growth until product sunset. He has vast experience in all aspects of business in a CXO role (business strategy, legal, operational and strategic financials, HR, sales, operations) and serves as country head for leading organizations in India. Raja’s passion is in startups and he serves as a startup adviser to founders and sits on boards of startups.

Raja holds an engineering degree from College of Engineering, Pune (COEP), where he will soon start working with the Bhau Institute of Entrepreneurship. Raja is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School at Boston. He is a certified mentor and coach and mentors several industry professionals in Pune.

Raja currently is the country head of an organization specializing in using analytics and big data to solve complex business challenges. He also mentors founders of promising startups as the organizations grow from bootstrapping through seed and venture funding.

Raja is a thought leader in the field of organization effectiveness with a focus on organization culture and in the field of personal effectiveness. He is a regular contributor to discussions on these subjects, writes articles and consults organizations in these areas.

Basesh Gala
Basesh Gala
MD 39 Solutions Success Guru

Basesh Gala has significant global experience in strategy, risk & management consulting.

He has 9+ years of global experience. He has worked with investment banks and consulting organizations at different geographical locations including Wall Street.

Basesh has a MBA in Strategy and Financial Risk Management (Gold Medalist) from Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, USA. He has his undergraduate degree in I.T. from VJTI, Mumbai which includes a research project at IIT Bombay. He had acquired his CFA® charter (CFAI, USA) in 2014 (Active till 2014). He is a certified Financial Risk Manager (GARP, USA) professional.

Basesh is the Managing Director of 39 Solutions, a strategy, brand and business management consultancy firm. Basesh has completed more than 10,000 hours of training and wants to coach and guide Indian SME to the next level.

Ashok Shah
Ashok Shah
Chairman at V Trans India Ltd

Ashok is a person of many facets, coming across as an able Leader who steers his more than Rs 775 crore V-Trans Group with finesse. An exceptionally broad vision coupled with a deep bonding with people from all walks of life makes him a man for all seasons.

In 2014 Ashok has been featured as one of the leading personnel in a book published named as “Jewels of Gujarat”. His profile has been featured & book published & held in honor of Hon.Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in New York on September 28th, 2014 after his historic speech at the Madison Square Garden.

A deeply religious person, he completed his 40th consecutive “Aathai” in paryushan.
In 2015 Ashok has done “Mass Kraman” where he has done fasting for 30days only on the intake of warm water.

Ashok is an avid music admirer and believes that he would have been a musician had he not been in his current field of business.

Pradeep Prem
Pradeep Prem
CEO - Netsmartz

A  person with the highest integrity, moral uprightness, transparency and probity blended with extensive experience in managing challenging situations. I believe that “Hard work and adaptive attitude” is the key word to climb the pyramid of the corporate ladder. Pradeep Prem has more than 35 years of experience in Reputed Educational Institutions and Industry in India in varied verticals like Organisational Development, HR, academics administration Strategizing new business ventures, building New Private Universities, enhancing Corporate Interface, Project Planning & Implementation, Foreign Relations especially focusing to revamp Indian Education system. Pradeep has a unique leadership style that creates a positive environment and brings out the best in the team for achieving organizational goals and is the one who is hands-on, can visualize the future, and articulates it to colleagues in a lucid manner.