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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Guru Mithreshiva,Founder Dakshina Foundation


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"

Dr. Arunachalam Muruganantham ,Social Entrepreneur and Inventor


From a small village in Coimbatore, INDIA came a man who revolutionized menstrual hygiene. Mr. Arunachalam Muruganantham is a household name in many villages and among youth. In a country where Menstruation is a taboo and only 12% of women use sanitary pads, he came forward with an innovation to break the taboo. He is the inventor of world’s first Low Cost Sanitary Pad Making Machine. It all started when he found his wife using unhygienic rag cloth during Menstruation. He wanted to provide a hygiene product for her and rest is history! He tried the pads himself and he is called as Menstrual Man. He works with women groups and self help groups across the world. His model is for the women by the women.

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Mr. Rajeev Banduni, Co-Founder & CEO, GrowthEnabler

Rajeev Banduni

An entrepreneur, a startup leader, a strong strategist and a master at execution, Rajeev has successfully started, grown and scaled numerous companies, both within India and globally. Rajeev has been a prolific business leader and an enabler of growth for companies including Ilantus Technologies, Computer Associates (NASDAQ:CA), Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) and IT&T Enterprises (now Igate Technologies), and Gartner Inc (NYSE:IT). Today Rajeev is considered a global expert for Start-Ups, leading tech startups - building growth strategies, raising capital, and thereafter ensuring flawless execution and a successful exit.

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Mr. C.K Kumaravel, Co-founder of Naturals & Founder, CK Angels

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!

Ms.Shoma Chaudhury, Award-winning journalist, Political commentator, curator and moderator

Shoma Chaudhury is an award-winning journalist, political commentator, curator, and moderator, who has hosted more than 500 live conversations on stage. In 2011, Newsweek in the US picked her as one of 150 power women "who shake the world”. In 2018, she was invited to deliver the Gandhi Oration in Sydney, the first Indian to do so ( Among a slew of other journalistic accolades, she has been awarded the prestigious Ernest Hemingway Award for Political Journalism, the Mumbai Press Club award for political journalism, the Ramnath Goenka award and the Chameli Devi Award for Best Woman Journalist for -- in the words of the citation -- "going where angels fear to tread”. She co-founded and was director of Algebra - the Arts and Ideas Club, (, a unique forum for critical conversation, constructed to spark new ideas and challenge perspectives. Over the past two years, she hosted over 100 live stage events, 4 a month in 4 cities, and more than 200 topnotch speakers at Algebra, from every discipline that impacts human affairs. Earlier, Shoma has been the managing editor and co-founder of Tehelka, a highly acclaimed investigative and public interest newsmagazine, where she wrote and reported extensively on issues of justice, social equity, human rights, environment, the media, law, and the fight over resources. Several of her stories, in defence of human rights workers falsely accused by the State, were instrumental in getting people out of jail.

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She also founded and was the editor-in-chief of CatchNews, a digital newsplatform. Apart from her career in print journalism, Shoma is a virtuoso speaker, both on television and stage, and has been invited to address many forums both in India and abroad, including America, Britain, Edinburgh, Italy, France, Spain, Australia, Morocco, Singapore and Indonesia. She has also interviewed the most cutting edge minds globally on politics, policy, economy, business, science, civil society, cinema, literature, sports and media. Shoma also co-founded and was director of THiNK, a cutting-edge conference of ideas, where she hosted and interviewed people like Robert De Niro, Tom Friedman, Louise Leakey, George Schaller, Gary Kasparov, Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan, former chiefs of the CIA and Mossad and the Taliban together on the same platform along with a galaxy of politicians, artists, corporate czars, scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, farmers, dalits, tribals, and activists from India, Africa, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan, China, Russia, Pakistan and Europe and America. Shoma has also guest curated conferences at the Royal Society of Arts in London and Asia Society, the YPO, EO, and the prestigious India Today group. Tina Brown – Director, Women in the World and former editor of the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Daily Beast and Newsweek -- says: “Shoma Chaudhury is a powerful instrument of challenge and persuasion in India’s public life and the best convener of conversations in the world.” Pratap Bhanu Mehta -- political scientist, Chancellor Ashoka University, and former director of Centre of Policy Research -- says of her: “Shoma Chaudhury has a capacity to bring together people on opposite sides of the political divide in ways that is almost miraculous."

Mr.Sivarajah Ramanathan - Founder &CEO , Nativelead


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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Started in Madurai in the year 2012, the Nativelead model is now  looked upon by many cities and towns all over the country for replication. Nativelead is currently operating in Madurai, Coimbatore,Trichy and planning to start chapters in Erode, Salem, Vellore, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin in the year 2016.

Mr. Z Mohammad Nassar,Co-Founder and Director of E2E - EXCITE


Z MOHAMED NASSAR is the Co-Founder and Director of E2E - EXCITE Marketing and Training Services India Pvt. Ltd. providing services like Brand Activation, Event Marketing, Customized Stall Designing & Execution for trade fairs having offices in Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore and Qatar.

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Mr. Shyam Sekar S, Chief Mentor and Strategist at Startup Xperts


Shyam Sekar, a catalyst leader with over 24 years of experience is the Chief Mentor and Strategist at Startup Xperts, a business growth consulting and digital marketing firm aimed at accelerating the growth of Startups and Small and Medium Businesses (SME). Featured under the ‘Emerging Company of the Year’ in 2014. He has been recognized as ‘Most Promising Business Consultants’ & Top 25 Digital Marketing Consultants in 2016, and as Distinguished Digital Leader in 2018.

Mr. Anmol Garg, Founder, Sales5X

Anmol Garg

Anmol Garg is the founder of Sales5X, a sales training and consulting organization. His vision is to help SMEs grow into large corporations by helping them solve the 'sales problem'. He's currently consulting 4 companies on sales and has helped 1200+ sales professionals and entrepreneurs crack the sales game! He's a professional speaker having hosted 700+ corporate events.

Ms. Poonam Bafna, Director at Mount Housing and Infrastructure Limited


Director at Mount Housing and Infrastructure Limited Mount Housing and Infrastructure Limited is amongst Coimbatore’s renowned Real estate Companies. Best known for their prodigious residential and commercial properties across the span of the metropolis. The company has its presence in Chennai and Coimbatore.

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Ms. Swathy Rohit, Founder CEO of SchoolBasix

Swathy Lakshminarayanaswamy

Swathy Rohit is the proud descendent of two doyens of industry in Coimbatore - PSG Naidu and Kuppuswamy Naidu and on her paternal side she belongs to the SNR Sons Family – a well-known family for philanthropic deeds. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, one of the best public Universities in the United States. She is a multifaceted personality as a qualified engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and sports enthusiast. Swathy Rohit is the Chief Business Officer (CBO) of SNR Sons Trust . The Trust was found in the year 1970 and till date has the following institutions under its banner and runs the renowned 1000 bed NABH accredited Sri Ramakrishna hospital and

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Ms.Ranjana Singhal, Managing Director at CAFÉ TOTARAM PVT. LTD


PRESENT OCCUPATION: 1. Partner, The Terra Co (That’s Y Food, On the Go &Café Totaram ): A fine Dine, a Casual Dining Restaurant and a cafe , Coimbatore. 2. Managing Director at CAFÉ TOTARAM PVT. LTD PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 1. Setting up, operating and growing the Fine Dine restaurant business since 2002. 2. Designing creative business ides for marketing,, promotions and remaining unique and re innovated in the industry. 3. Designing and curating menus and food festivals. 4. Training

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Mr.Jose Charles Martin, Director, Future Gaming


A second generation billionaire inheriting the empire spread across realestate, gaming and hospitality with a strong sense of business acumen and the moral responsibility to serve. A strong believer in growth strategies that has helped every vertical he took charge grew steadily even during difficult economic times .

Mr. Prabhu Dhamodharan ,Convenor, Indian Texpreneurs Federation (ITF)


Convenor Indian Texpreneurs Federation (ITF) India’s most dynamic textile entrepreneurs association with the member base of 600 textile manufacturing units with the combined yearly revenue of rs 40000 cr Managing Director of Smartmind Industrial Products distributors for Mitsuboshi Japan beltings , Mobil brand of industrial lubricants

Mr.Arvind Chawla, Managing Director at ZAHORANSKY Moulds and Machines Pvt.Ltd


Arvind Chawla, is managing Director at ZAHORANSKY Moulds and Machines Pvt.Ltd, moved from Mumbai to Coimbatore to start the manufacturing plant for ZAHORANSKY in 2008. This is the only manufacturing unit out of Europe.

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Mr. Karthik Pichai ,CEO, Augusta Hitech


Karthik Pichai brings over a decade of management, international business development, technology consulting, product management and software engineering experience to Augusta. An entrepreneur from an early age, Karthik combines his technical expertise, innovative ideas, and passion to build successful companies from the ground up. As the CEO of a high-growth technology services company, Karthik emphasizes team-oriented approaches to delivering custom software solutions that ensure every member not only excels at but also enjoys the work they are doing. He is also heavily invested in drastically minimizing his organization’s carbon footprint. Karthik holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras, India and an M.S in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Southern Illinois University.

Mr.Kaarthick, CEO, Cultiv8


The number one reason why startups fail, which accounts for 42% of failures, is because there is no market need, for the product or service developed. (CBInsights). To address this, we at cultiv8 harbour a design-centric vision that has helped us build an ecosystem for Early-stage Start-ups. The journey of the incubator began in 2016 as a Technology Business Incubator, powered by DST,GoI. Our original focus was on Internet of Things, but we soon built a thriving portfolio of Startups encompassing different domains like IIoT, Education, Travel and Entertainment. At cultiv8, we've consciously imbibed design thinking in our philosophy and promoted a continuous cycle of building, measuring and improvising against an outcome. Using a 'Founders First' approach, we work closely with our entrepreneurs to identify their core challenges in business and help them validate their business. The Incubator platform also provides its Startups with Seed Fund and access to a vibrant global network of angel investors, venture capitalists and mentors. We have incubated 47 Startups till date and Seed funded 18 Startups.

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Prof. Arvind Subramanyam ,CEO & Dean of Firebird Institute of Research in Management, Coimbatore


CEO & Dean of Firebird Institute of Research in Management, Coimbatore Former CEO & Dean of Woxsen School of Business, Hyderabad Professor of Operations Management at S.P. Jain School of Global Management, Dubai First generation entrepreneur: promoted one of the largest publishing houses in south India; sold the business in 2006 Former Country Head of Xerox Corporation for Qatar

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