Dr. A. Velumani - Creator and Chief Executive Officer, Thyrocare


A visionary and an able business administrator, Dr.Velumani proves clearly to industry that, “focus gives success”. Born in a small village near Coimbatore, South India, to a landless farmer, today he owns and operates Thyrocare. The chain of diagnostic centres and pathology labs is worth over Rs.2000 crores. Dr.Velumani began as a mathematician and acquired his PhD in Thyroid Biochemistry from BARC/Mumbai University.

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Mr. Janardhan Prasad , Head Of India Operations, Knowlarity Communications.


Janardan is an entrepreneur who loves solving problems using technology, right from his college days at IIT Kanpur. Immediately after graduation he joined Media Labs Asia and tried his creative skills in making animation films and computer games to make education interesting for rural kids who didn’t have access to quality education. He is still trying to make things better for underprivileged kids in his free time volunteering with an NGO (

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Mr. Viraj Kalyani, Founder & Chairman , Kalyani Studio


Viraj is an entrepreneur and business leader who is bringing High Strength Engineering and Design to the world, through his company, Kalyani Studio.His purpose is to create high-tech jobs in India through his venture and catalyse clients to design high performance products and push the boundaries of high performance. Viraj has had Engineering, Design Thinking and Manufacturing in his blood and is wants to bring new vigour to the Engineering, Research & Development (ER&D) industry.

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Mr. Paritosh Sharma, GM, Digital Desh, by NowFloats Author, Patanjalize Your Brand


He is on a mission to empower 100 million people in India with digital tools and technologies. He leads Digital Desh by NowFloats, taking small entrepreneurs across India into the digital future.

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Mr. Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director & Founder, Silly Monks Entertainment Pvt Ltd.


Sanjay Reddy is a Media Professional, Producer, Actor and known for leading some of the top TV Channels of India in the regional space.In 2013 he founded a digital company called SillyMonks Entertainment Pvt Ltd. He is known for his expertise in building teams and organization. Outside of his professional career he was also associated some of the wellknown Professional Organizations like,Core Committee Member of FICCI Entertainment Forum, South CII Hyderabad panel for Media & Entertainment (2010–11)

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Mr. Mahesh Balani, Partner Anthill Ventures


Mahesh is a seasoned business leader with a strong operations & business transformation background. He has spent over 20 years working with large global corporations across services and manufacturing. He has set up new business lines within these companies in true startup fashion. He is a GE certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

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Ms. Pranita Subhash, Actor & Entrepreneur


This multilingual actress from South of India had recently turned entrepreneur by picking up stakes in a hospitality company and now co-owns a restaurant called Bootlegger on Lavelle Road, Bengaluru, and plans to expand her food business to many other cities in India.

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Ms Vaishali Neotia , Entrepreneur , Speaker & CEO, Merxius


Vaishali Neotia is an engineer, entrepreneur, speaker and revolutionist. She is also the cofounder and CEO of Merxius, India's most awarded company working with Augmented and Virtual Reality technologies. Merxius is an Aegis Graham Bell award winner. It has also received honours from IBM, Tata Elxsi, IET, UKTI Tech Rocketship among others.

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Mr Ajay Jain , Vice President of Incubation & Scaling , thub


Ajay Jain is the Vice President of Incubation & Scaling at T-hub. He has about 15 years of experience in both corporate and start-ups. He has been in the education sector in the past 5 years and had worked in the semiconductor industry for about 7 years. He has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Indian School of Business (ISB) and Master of Science (MS) degree from University of Arizona (USA) in Electrical & Electronics Engineering.

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Mr Jagannath Samavedam , Partner , Ventureast


Jagannath Samavedam is a Partner with Ventureast and focuses primarily on their cleantech and healthcare portfolio. He has demonstrated competence in fund raising, early stage investments and mentoring start-up founders. Previously he had over 16 years’ experience spanning project finance, corporate banking and investment management.

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Mr Sainath Gupta, CEO, AnythingAI, Founder , AasaanPay ( Aquired)


Sainath have been into entrepreneurship from very early on. Started out by being part of family business at age of 11 as sales person for GLS bulbs in his family owned retail outlet. Few years later successfully helped in migrating the business from GLS bulbs distribution to Air coolers manufacturing. He became the founding member of a successful Electrical motors manufacturing company as well.

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Mr Abhishek Srivastava is a Director at Endiya Partners


At Endiya, Abhishek focuses on investments in technology, and comes with cumulative experience of 14 years in early stage investing, operations & engineering, consulting background. His investments include and Darwinbox. He also sits on the Board of Incnut (Stylecraze), India’s leading online Beauty & Wellness destination for women. Besides that, he has played a vital role in the exit of Little Eye Labs (Facebook).

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Mr Navneet S. Chugh is the Managing Partner of Chugh, LLP


He is an Attorney-at-Law, a Certified Public Accountant, and holds an MBA.Chugh, LLP provides corporate, tax, litigation, and immigration services.

Chugh, LLP has a staff of 300 employees with 145 attorneys and CPAs, and has offices in Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Edison, NJ, Atlanta, Reston, VA; Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Chandigarh.

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Ms Likitha Bhanu , Founder & Director , Terra Greens Organic


She​ started her entrepreneurial journey at 22, just fresh out of college, and is working with farmers to bring organic staples to our kitchens. Now at 27, Likhita Bhanu is the founder and Director of Terra Greens Organic ​ (​) an organic food company started by Terrafirma Projects company based in Hyderabad.

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Mr Aditya Nataraja is Senior Program Manager at Azim premji Philanthropic Initiatives, Bangalore


Aditya Nataraja is Senior Program Manager at Azim premji Philanthropic Initiatives,Bangalore where he evaluates and funds NGOs.

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Mrs Manju Latha Kalanidhi, senior journalist and Editor of City Express and Indulge


Manju Latha Kalanidhi, a senior journalist and currently Editor of City Express and Indulge, the Friday lifestyle magazine of The New Indian Express, Hyderabad, is also famous for conceptualizing #RiceBucketChallenge, a social initiative that has garnered over 1.9 lakh kgs of rice across the globe.

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Ms. Spriha Neogi, Co-founder, Amulet


Spriha is an Ex-Googler with over 10 years of experience in Ad-Technology, Programmatic Media, Marketing and Enterprise Sales.From launching Ad Tech companies like Sociomantic GmbH in India to working with Rahul Bose on the movie Poorna -she has been one of the most sought after growth hackers.

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Mr Karunakara M Reddy - Environment Visionary, Founder and Managing Director of Smaat India Private Limited


Founder and Managing Director of Smaat India Private Limited first Indian ISO: 9001:2008 and ISO: 14001:2004, SSI, DGS&D, NSIC Empanelled, NSF and CE Certified, CRISIL and CARE rated company to have introduced eco-friendly, user friendly, non-chemical technologies to the global market with 120,000+ satisfied customers around 33 countries. Specialized in water and waste water treatment and purification system with state-of- the-art technology and water harvesting and conservation systems.

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