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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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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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.

Leadership @ SME – Challenges in scaling-up - 6th Feb 2016, Le Meridien, Coimbatore.

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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PC Musthafa - Founder & CEO, ID Fresh

From a school drop out to an IIM graduate, and later to a successful entrepreneur, PC Musthafa’s journey is a testimony of sheer hard work and passion. A computer science engineer with an MBA from IIM – B, Musthafa gave up his globe-trotting career, to pursue something on his own. His friend’s idea of home-made batter was just the spark he needed to embark on his ambitious entrepreneurial journey. Today, ID Fresh has grown from a dosa batter manufacturer to a household brand in the ready-to-eat food staple.

Rajeev Banduni - Co-founder and CEO, GrowthEnabler

Rajeev is a visionary, entrepreneur, start-up leader and a strategist. He has been instrumental in successfully growing and scaling numerous companies, both within India and globally. With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and having seen companies through start-up, survival, turnaround and growth modes; Rajeev has been instrumental in building growth strategies, raising capital, and thereafter ensured flawless execution and successful exits for leading tech Start-ups.

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Seema Nayak Head - SME, National Stock Exchange

Seema Nayak heads the SME team at the National Stock Exchange. In her 15 years stint at the NSE, she has handled wide spectrum of functions including membership, surveillance and business excellence. She has in-depth knowledge of securities market. Seema started her career with the OTC Exchange of India before joining the NSE.

Hemalatha Annamalai - Founder & CEO, Ampere Vehicles

Hemalatha Annamalai is the Founder and CEO of Ampere Vehicles, a company spearheading India's E-bike revolution. Ampere products range from E-cycles to E-scooters, E-trolleys, and special purpose vehicles for the differently abled. In a short span of 3 years, Ampere has carved a niche for itself as an innovative technology creator in the nascent Indian Electric Vehicle Industry, contributing to environmental sustainability.

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Sivarajah Ramanathan - Founder & President, Nativelead Foundation

Sivarajah Ramanathan is the Founder & President of Nativelead Foundation and its investing arm Native Angels Network (NAN). Nativelead is a platform to bring in powerful resources like mentors, investors and other relevant entities to help young entrepreneurs establish meaningful ventures in small towns. This movement is built based on co-creation principles by engaging native people to promote their native regions by sharing mutual strengths.

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Aftab Malhotra - Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer at GrowthEnabler & Chairman, WOW Talks Global

Aftab is an inspiring leader, energizing communicator and an emerging thought leader in the world of Start-ups and Business Growth. With over a decade of experience as an investor and advisor, Aftab holds a diverse portfolio of investments, skills and related expertise, in growing and scaling global businesses. Aftab is a regular public speaker on key topics including; Global Entrepreneurship Trends, The Startup Economy in Emerging Markets, Leadership Decision Making, Cross-Cultural Communication and Investor Pitching Strategies.

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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.

Ananda Kumar - DGM, Bank of Baroda

Ananda Kumar is a qualified chartered accountant with a graduate in Law. After serving in various companies in accounts & finance divisions for more than 6 years, he started banking career with BOB Ananda Kumar has worked in various capacities at the bank in India and overseas. He is successful corporate banking having headed biggest Corporate Finance Service Branches of BOB over a period of 6 years.

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P Dhinakaran - Deputy General Manager, Business Development – Voice Services, Tata Docomo Business Services

Dhinakaran has over 15 years of experience in telecom with domestic and international markets. His work exposure includes addressing SME, Medium & Large enterprise markets on consultative selling. He has been awarded by the client for setting up the largest telecom infrastructure to address their adverting needs.

Devika Ramesh - Executive Director of RMP Group of Companies.

Devika Ramesh is the executive director of RMP Group of Companies. She was instrumental in setting of RMP Compressors when her husband Ramesh founded the company. After the demise of her husband, Devika took over the mantle of the company and today is spearheading the Group’s business growth. RMP is one of the oldest and leading manufacturers of air compressors in India, highly recognized for its product quality and innovation.

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