Scaleup Summit of SME & Startups | The Westin, Hyderabad | 26 Aug 2016

Mahesh Murthy, Founder, Pinstorm & Seedfund

Mahesh Murthy is one of the most renowned faces among the Venture Capitalist in India. He is the Founder of Pinstorm and Managing Partner in Seedfund Ventures.

Mahesh has spent 30 years helping brands with marketing and branding input, and the last decade in helping startups with funding.

Pinstorm is one of South Asia's leading digital brand management firms, creating award-winning work on the region's largest telecom, banking, FMCG and retail brands, including Airtel, Cadbury Kraft, Nestle, ICICI Bank and Wipro.

His updates are avidly followed by over 100,000 folks across Twitter, Facebook, Quora and LinkedIn.

Anisha Motwani, Advisor, Max Group & World Bank

Anisha Motwani is a brand and digital strategist with an experience of over 28 years in diverse industries - advertising, auto-manufacturing, financial and health services.

She has been the architect of several well-known consumer brands and is known for her exceptional ability to turn fresh insight into actionable consumer propositions. Anisha also comes with a rich, holistic digital experience ranging from building connected digital eco-systems to running E Commerce channel & innovative digital marketing strategies across a range of categories.

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Anisha is currently an advisor with the World Bank on Swachh Bharath programme and also the Max Group of companies.

Anisha is the author of Storm the Norm.

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Venkatesh Vijaya raghavan, Bharti Airtel, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana


Venkatesh Vijaya raghavan is the CEO of Bharti Airtel – Andhra Pradesh & Telangana. Fondly called as Venky, he is one among the youngest and successful Circle Business Heads in the Telecom industry across the country, handling one of the largest circle operations from Bharti Airtel.

He has held several key portfolios in Airtel like that of Marketing Head of Karnataka circle, Head of Usage & Retention for Indian Operations, Head of Sales & Marketing of the joint Circle of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Prior to moving to AP and Telangana Circle as the CEO in Feb 2014, he was the CEO of Maharashtra Circle.

Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary, Dept. of IT, Govt of Telangana

Jayesh Ranjan is the Secretary for the Department of IT, Telangana government. He is actively involved in identifying opportunities of utilizing IT in various government processes, attracting new investments, and promoting digital empowerment of the citizens.

Jayesh Ranjan supports many social, cultural and charitable causes, and is on the Boards/Advisory committees of United Way, Sparsh Hospice, Hyderabad 10 K Foundation, Vijaya Foundation Trust, and many more.

Jayesh Ranjan hails from the 1992 IAS batch.

Ranjan Malik, Innovation Specialist, Speaker & Writer

Ranjan Malik is an innovation specialist, speaker & writer. He devised the methodology for various innovation credits like the Innovation for India Awards, Forbes Global Innovation Awards and Rural Innovation award of NABARD.

He has led and facilitated innovation initiatives in a large number of organizations across the world including Apple, Bausch & Lomb, Castrol, Glaxo SmithKline, Honeywell, Microsoft, Mahindra Auto, Nestle, Novartis, Pepsico, Tata Group and Unilever

He has also created the innovation methodology in the book STORM the NORM.

Suresh Reddy, CMD, Lycos

Suresh Reddy, Chairman & CEO of Lycos , is an entrepreneur with a commitment to build high-value businesses. He is responsible for promoting success of the group, and its worldwide functions.

Suresh founded two successful companies USAGreetings and Ybrant Technologies. He consummated, completed and integrated ten major acquisitions for Ybrant Digital (presently Lycos), coupled with fund raising. The group under his leadership has raised $100 million in equity and debt over a period of seven years.

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He maintains a global network of trusted relationships with peer entrepreneurs, corporates, partners, institutions and the media.

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Prasad Vanga, Founder, Anthill Ventures


Prasad Vanga is a successful entrepreneur, angel investor and a business transformation coach. He has over 18 years of extensive experience in building new product offerings, scaling startup companies and managing large transformation initiatives. As an investor he was involved with several Startups that have scaled their businesses with speed like Tynker, Medplus and Manage my Spa.

Vanga has consulted for some of the top companies across the world like Nike, Starwood, Symantec, Google, Kraft and GE.

Krishna Lakamsani, MD, iPay


Krishna Lakamsani is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and technology advisor. He founded his first business in telecom & e-commerce at the age of 23. At the age of 27 he founded Infovision, which was recognized as the 16th fastest growing company in IT Services category across USA.

iPay is a retail aggregation company with the largest branded network of neighbourhood online shops with the brand name Dukanline.

Pradeep Mittal, Executive Chairman, Goose Technologies Pvt Ltd


Pradeep Mittal is an investor, mentor and executive director of Goose Technologies. He has the credit of founding Magna Infotech India, largest IT staffing company in the country which was acquired by Thomas Cook in 2013. In his capacity as director TiE Hyderabad, he is actively involved in mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals. He is also the director of, and

As a member of Advisory Board of Truth Labs, he helps creating awareness about affordable & quality forensic services to the victims of crimes and injustice.

Shakti Sagar, Strategist & Consultant


Shakti Sagar is a strategist & thought leader. He has forty years of cross-functional experience in the Office Automation & IT/ITES industry. All through his professional journey he has worked with start-up organizations in India like Microcomp – Omron, Microsense Computers, Intergraph India, D.E. Shaw India & ADP Pvd Ltd. He had played a vital role in the success of these start-ups with his experience & immense knowledge of the industry. He is one of the founding leaders of the Hyderabad IT industry.

Shakti Sagar is very passionate of creating the right Life - Life balance rather than the traditional Work - Life balance & is a strong believer in IoT (Internet of Teams).

Ramganesh, National Sales Manager, SME Loans, Reliance Capital Finance


Ramganesh is the National Sales Manager of SME Loans at Reliance Commercial Finance. Having worked with leading financial organisations such as HDFC Bank, TATA AIG GIC collectively for over 21 years in retail loans, insurance and SME finance, he is quite an authority in understanding enterprises and their financial requirements.

Ramganesh is a keen learner and has expertise in forging and maintaining result oriented goals & healthy relationships with partners, clients & all stake holders of the organization.

Radhesh Kanumury, Country Lead, Global Entrepreneur Program, IBM India


Radhesh leads the Global Entrepreneur Program, for IBM India and South Asia. He has steered the Global Entrepreneur Program of IBM from scratch to one of the companies to be reckoned by the Startup ecosystem in India.

Radhesh mentors Startups to see how their Business Models can be enhanced, identifying areas where technology can play a role and lastly guide them if IBM would have a role to play in Technology and Go to Market. He has been working with Large Enterprises such as ICICI, UST Globlal, Edelweiss in assisting them in identifying the next generation innovations through joint Hackathons and Startup Challenges. Known for his innovative approach, he has also organized World`s 1st Video based Startup challenge called IBMStartupStar. Oman and Saudi Arabia.

Hema Balakrishnan, Founder, Color D Earth


Hema Balakrishnan is a social entrepreneur and founder of Color D Earth, an Eco Socio Enterprise, which works towards the sustainable and economic growth of the Terracotta Artisan community. Color D Earth was one of the 12 selected enterprises at Facebook's first India SME Council.

Hema is also a passionate speaker, story teller and mentor at several forums, and conducts workshops to mentor women entrepreneurs. Recently Hema was speaker at TedX IIM Raipur.

Sailaja Kiron, MD, Margadarsi Chit Fund, Ramoji Group


Sailaja Kiron is the managing director of Margadarsi Chit Fund, the flagship company of Ramoji Group. An astute business woman, she brought transparency and professional integrity in business which resulted in manifold business growth. Under her leadership, the company’s turnover spiraled from Rs.100 crore in 1991 to a whopping Rs.7750 crores in the year 2015 with 105 branches and 4000 employees.

Sailaja Kiron is the executive director of Kalanjali, an ethic store that promotes crafts and handloom.

Mohammad Nassar, Co-founder & Director, E2E Excite Marketing & Training Services

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.

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