Murugavel Janakiraman

Murugavel Janakiraman is the Founder and CEO of whose flagship brand is Bharat Matrimony. Twice he was nominated by The Economic Times for the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. Besides being awarded Digital Entrepreneur of the Year by WAT, he was also Chairman Emeritus of the IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India).

Maheshwer Peri


A passionate entrepreneur, Mahesh is a qualified CA, CMA and ACS. He started his career as an investment banker with SBI Capital Markets. He was associated with the Outlook Group for 17 years, and headed it for over a decade. CAREERS360 is the result of his deep understanding of student issues, and the information gaps that need to be filled to help students take an informed career decision.

C.K Kumaravel


Destined to be an entrepreneur with a difference, Mr C.K Kumaravel is the co-founder of "Naturals" , India’s No 1 salon chain. Together with his wife Ms.Veena, he has revolutionized the salon and franchising industry with over 550+ salons spread across India. Naturals has created 350 women franchise partners and trained over 8000 staff. Thanks to the 30 lakh customers of Naturals!

Jessie Paul


With over two decades of experience as a marketer Jessie was Global Brand Manager of Infosys, headed marketing for iGATE (now a part of CapGemini) and was Chief Marketing Of-ficer of Wipro Technologies. In 2010, Jessie Paul founded Paul Writer, a marketing advisory firm that works with clients to build sustainable client and prospect outreach programs.



Being a practitioner of Yoga and Spirituality for the past 25 years, Mithreshiva founded ‘Dakshina Foundation’ a non profit non religious organization, to devote fully in empowering individuals to realize their fullest potential which was his life’s dream, and hence the birth of ultimate transformation program "ULCHEMY"

Akhila Krishnamurthy


A freelance journalist and the founder of Aalaap, an arts management company based in Chennai. Akhila founded Aalaap after a 16-year career in journalism where she worked across leading publications in India, including The Times of India, as Editor for all the Supplements of The Times of India Group in Chennai. As a freelance writer, Akhila contributes essays and features across leading publications in India. People pique her interest and collaboration she is convinced is the way forward. She is a long distance runner and a new mother.



An Indian film director, screenwriter, and film producer, who works in the Tamil film industry. As of 2016, he has won four National Film Awards and one Filmfare Award. Vetrimaaran made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Polladhavan (2007). His second feature film Aadukalam (2011) won six National Film Awards. He produces films under his production company, Grass Root Film Company. His movie Visaranai (2016) has been selected as India's official entry to Academy Awards.

Mahesh Balani


Mahesh is a Partner with Anthill Ventures, a Speed Scaling platform. He manages several corporate innovation programs at Anthill. He 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.

Mahesh’s entrepreneurial journey began in 2006 when he co-founded one of India’s early home delivery solutions in the B2C space. He then went on to playing a more active role on the investment side, first on the stock market and subsequently in angel investing and advisory.

Mahesh is now a Partner with Anthill Ventures where he manages innovation programs bringing startups and enterprises together to co-innovate. He conducts a number of workshops focused on helping startups scale, and is active in coaching & mentoring entrepreneurs. He is an active speaker and writer on Corporate Innovation programs.

He is an avid automobile enthusiast and loves to travel.

Sudhir Rao


Sudhir Rao is the Founding Managing Partner of IndusAge Partners, an Enterprise Innovation & ScaleUp Advisory & Technology Venture Fund Manager. He is a Chartered Accountant (ICAI) and a Chartered Management Accountant ( CIMA ).

IndusAge Partners through their Funds in the USA and India currently manage over USD 65Mn targeted at Early and Growth Stage IP – led enterprises.

Their investments thus far include Security & Surveillance Drones, Telecom Network Optimization, 5G Carrier Grade WiFi Networks, IP Asset Management, IoT for Supply Chain, SoC for Wearables & IoT etc. and Enterprise software.

IndusAge Partners with its presence in India and the Silicon Valley seeks to scale up and invest in USA-India centric technology ventures that are seeking to accelerate monetization of their IP led Technology products and platforms globally.

Since 1999, IndusAge has been associated with over 25 companies in India, as an active catalyst focusing on enhancing Customer & Organization capital to deliver superior returns to all stakeholders.

Between 1989 and 1999 he was Founder Director of Karvy Investor Services Ltd. and Karvy Stockbroking Ltd. involved in scaling up their Investor Services, Merchant Banking and Retail Financial services portfolio. Karvy then managed over 20 Mn Shareholder Services Accounts for over 250 Corporate & Mutual Fund clients with over 4000 colleagues across India.

He is a Non-Executive Director on several Boards including Aditya Birla Money Ltd., RBL Bank Ltd. and Radhakrishna Foodland Pvt Ltd.

He lives in Chennai with his wife Sadhana, an Arts & Music Writer, Curator & Educationist and Arnav, a trained Lawyer & StandUp Comedian. He's a Founding Member of Terroir – The Madras Wine Club and a Charter Member of TiE ( The Indus Entrepreneurs ) Chennai and The Chennai Angels.

Mathivanan Rajendran


Mathivanan Rajendran is a Actor, Theatre Director, Media Producer and User Experience Researcher.

An Industrial engineer from Virginia Tech specializing in Human Factors, he has consulted on User Experience and Design projects across the globe for Best Buy, Macys, Standard Bank, Caterpillar, Vodafone, Motorola etc. Through Stray Factory an entertainment company which he founded in 2010 his plays have been performed at festivals in South Africa, USA, Singapore, Malaysia and Sydney. He was awarded the 'Emerging Artist Award' at the Short and Sweet Festival in Los Angeles last year. In 2014 he started Rascalas a Youtube Channel for South Indian content and created 'Black Sheep' one of South India's first Web Series on the channel. Finding a point of convergence between Content and User Experience he recently started his journey as a Producer. Marrying his interests in Technology, Arts and Business, now, he engineers experiences on stage, digital and film at Stray Factory.

Mathivanan believes Stories and experiences are the greatest tool we have to help people understand people and themselves.

K A Srinivasan (KAS)


K A Srinivasan (KAS) brings over a decade of experience in entrepreneurship, corporate finance and business development. Prior to Ventureast, KAS had set up a Finance and Accounting Outsourcing (FAO) business which he later sold to the Aditya Birla group. He was also a Global Finance Controller for Sutherland Global Services, a US based BPO and has also, held several senior positions in A V Thomas group (AVT), a leading business conglomerate in India. At Ventureast he focuses in Fintech, Eductech and food tech sectors. He also helps in fund structuring, due diligence, documentation, valuation and fund administration. KAS is an Associate member of The Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI) and Graduate member of The Institute of Cost and Works Accountant of India (ICWAI).

Ms. Bina Sujith


Bina Sujith is the editor of JFW – a leading women’s magazine and Club Class and Co-Founder of Option Media – a luxury lifestyle magazine published under the aegis of Option Media Limited. She has been instrumental in taking JFW and Club Class across South India to make it the only magazine of its kind in both the genres with a very wide section of readers. Bina along with her team has created successful annual events such as JFW Women Achievers Award which has completed 7 editions.

The JFW Women Summit is another worthy initiative under her leadership. Started in the year 2014, the summit brings together the most powerful, inspiring and distinguished minds to raise questions find solutions and change perspectives so that women can continue their march towards progress.

Mr. Govindaraj Avasarala

Mr. Govind

Mr. Govind joined Vodafone in September 2011, and is responsible for managing and driving Customer Propositions. The mix of telecom, consulting, and Enterprise IT experiences makes him a well-rounded professional to understand enterprise customer's business needs and to build customer friendly propositions. Mr. Govind holds a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications from NIT, Warangal and PGDM from IIM, Ahmedabad.

Mr. Arijit Roy

Mr. Arijit

He is a salesman by heart and profession and has an immense contribution to Happay's over 3000 customers base. He is an avid follower of technology and keeps a constant track of its development. He believes in fulfilling customers' needs and claims this as a success mantra for businesses. He hates filing expense reports and is on a mission to get all companies automate the expense management process.

About the company: Found in 2012, Happay is a one of its kind, business expense management solution that streamlines expense workflow from end-to-end (expense reporting to reconciliation) and gives real-time visibility and control over business spends.

Happay expense cards help in tracking and approving expenses. It has over 3000 customers and is expanding rapidly.

Mr. Mohammad Nassar

Mr. Mohammad Nassar

Z Mohamed Nassar is the Co-founder and Director of E2E – Excite Marketing and Training Services that provides business consultancy on growth strategies and building world class systems. His clients have ranged from small entrepreneurial organizations to international corporations. Nassar has assisted over 150 clients globally in diverse sectors. Many of his strategies are focused on helping companies to communicate effectively to its stake holders using time tested and proven methods.

Mr. Vinit Srivastava

Mr. Vinit Srivastava

Vinit has over 17 years experience of successful business leadership in the ITeS space. He has founded the preschool chain ‘Little Einsteins’ in India, Nawaab Sheikh in QSR space and DriversKart, an on-demand chauffeur service firm.Previously, he headed the Healthcare ITeS division of Technosoft. Technosoft Corporation is a leading IT and IT enabled services and professional staffing organization founded in 1996 and headquartered in Southfield, MI. In his tenure with Technosoft, Vinit has successfully launched two new lines of business in the company’s ITeS portfolio of services. Prior to that, he has worked with Apollo Health Street, a healthcare outsourcing firm based out of Hyderabad, and was managing their player vertical. Vinit is a member of The Chennai Angels.

He co-founded Little Einsteins, a chain of preschool based on Multiple Intelligence, along with his wife, Kopal. In the years 2012 and 2016, Little Einsteins ranked as top 10 preschool chains in India. He is involved with Little Einsteins as a mentor, advising them on growth and expansion strategy through franchisee network in India.

He led DriversKart to scale sustainability in 5 cities within few months of its launch and became the largest national player in its segment in short time.

Vinit graduated from IIM Calcutta.

Mr. Karthick Iyer

Mr. Karthick Iyer

Karthick Iyer has over 20 years of classical carnatic experience, starting from the age of 8, captivating audiences with his soulful voice and emotion-led violin pieces across 'sabhas' and other venues.

Seeking to broaden his horizons, he started playing in the Indian film industry, with AR Rahman, Imman, Devi Sri Prasad and other notable music directors. He composed a song for a Bollywood movie along the way, as well as jingles for multiple TV ads.

Karthick then spent a few years performing across the world, in stages like Glastonbury (UK), Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts (US), WOMAD (Spain), One Movement (Perth), BBC’s 'Later with Jools Holland' and MTV Coke Studio - collaborating with internationally renowned artists The Raghu Dixit Project, Susheela Raman and Indo-acoustic band - Emergence

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