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.
As a research scientist and teacher, he worked for 14 years in BARC and later ventured into business. An infecting motivator, he has succeeded in converting educated as employable, graduates as professionals, individuals as entrepreneurs, vendors as partners, family members as wealth creators and of course by his unique way of transforming intimidating problems into opportunities for prosperity.Read More
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"
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.
This brought him wide spread accolades that He was featured as one of Time Magazine's 100 Influential People of the world in the year 2014 along with Mr. Barack Obama, Mr. Narendra Modi, Mr. Vladimir Putin, Mr. Pope Francis, Ms. Hillary Clinton, Mr. Jack Ma and many leaders. He has helped over a million women to adopt hygiene method and is expected to spread to over 70 countries by this year. He's a frequent guest lecturer in Harvard, MIT, IIMs and IITs. He's one of most Sort after speaker and adviser that he was invited by a personal invitation from Mr. Bill Gates to discuss on Challenges in Innovation in Seattle. He was awarded Padmashri by Government of India for his relentless work for society. His biography was made as a movie called PadMan which starred Akshay Kumar and it got wide acclaims. He's on mission to empower 10 million women. To him, the journey has just begun! It is Sanitary Revolution!
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.
Rajeev received his Bachelors of Engineering – Computer Science Degree from University of Pune. He lives in Bangalore with his wife and two daughters. He is a passionate ultra runner, an avid reader, and yoga enthusiast.
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!
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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJql6qTpCT4). 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, (www.algebratheclub.com), 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
He is the Executive Director of BNI Coimbatore (Business Network International, USA) leading a team of 750+ Business Entrepreneurs in Coimbatore.
He heads the Excite Training & Consulting division which is into Corporate Training and Business Consulting focusing in growth strategies, building world class systems and processes to INCREASE REVENUE and proﬁts in organizations. He is an executive coach who helps business owners and executives in discovering their true hidden potentials and bring out extraordinary results by coaching them. His clients have ranged from small entrepreneurial organizations to international corporations. Nassar has assisted over 150 clients in different industries on a global basis. Many of his strategies are focused on helping companies to scale up using time tested tools and proven methods. Z Mohamed NASSAR
He is an ACC (Associate Certiﬁed Coach) and on his credentialing journey to be a PCC (Professional Certiﬁed Coach) from ICF – International Coaching Federation.
He is a highly acclaimed trainer having conducted over 1200 Training programmes in various corporates across India like Vodafone, Pepsico, Hyundai, Audi, Bosch, Nissan Renault, etc., and international corporates like Galfar, Oreedoo, Jaleel, Strabag, Bank Muscat etc., in UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman & Saudi Arabia.
He is a Certified Thomas Profile Practitioner and a Balanced Scorecard Professional.
He is a member of JCI – Coimbatore Cosmo, Past District Rotaract Representative RI District 3200.
Life Member of the National HRD Network and NIPM.
A Founding Member of the Coimbatore Toastmasters Club.
Indian JCI Awarded him with the OUTSTANDING Trainer of the Year Award in 2004.
Mohamed Nassar holds masters in Foreign trade, Masters in Business Administration, Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising, Post Graduate Diploma in Instructional Design and Certificate Programme in Management Consultancy from IIM-B.Read More
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.
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.
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.
Promoter of Dream Solitaire a Jewellery firm Synonymous with magnificence and grandeur, Dream Solitaire, has been weaving magic since its inception in 2015. Dream Solitaire is a brand where first-class craftsmanship, high quality, and excellent design come together, making it a one-stop-shop for trend-setting and authentic designer jewellery. Conferred with the Ambassador title under Swaach Bharat Mission by Coimbatore Municipal Corporation. Active member with Ladies Circle India Has been on the Area Board and Currently on the National Board of Ladies Circle India and has also received Awards and accolades there. Founder Vice Chairperson for Jain International Trade Organisation- Women’s Wing - Coimbatore Chapter
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
Sri Ramakrishna Dental College and Hospital § Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College § Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Technology § Sri Ramakrishna College of Arts & Science for Women § Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Paramedical Science § Sri Ramakrishna Polytechnic College § Sri Ramakrishna Rural Health Center § Sri Ramakrishna Matriculation and CBSE schools Mrs. Swathy is the founder CEO of SchoolBasix a platform for products and services catering to the K12 sector with an assisted commerce revenue model .She is also associated with Sri Jaganatha Ginning and Oil mills, established in the year 1952 and Sri Ramakrishna Yarn Carriers established in the year 2000. She is also the Director of Coimbatore Polytex Private Limited, which was established in the year 2003. She works enthusiastically with her husband Mr. Rohit Rajendran in Premier Spinning and Weaving Mills Private Limited – a vertically integrated manufacturer of apparel fabric with a long track record of success. She is the founder and CEO of Solid By Color Uniform and Supplies established in 2018 . She is a past chair of FICCI Ladies Organization - Coimbatore Chapter, Young Indians (2014-15)- Coimbatore Chapter . At Young Indians she launched a national initiative the Gift An Organ program in 42 cities and also set a Guiness Record for the maximum number of signups in an 8 hour period. In addition to FLO, Young Indians, Native Angels Network Swathy is also part of the Young Presidents Organization(YPO) and Crafts Council of Tamil Nadu. Launched Think Equal (an international program )a program for gender equality at 65 government schools in Coimbatore . Mrs. Swathy is a sports enthusiast and she is a hands on mother to her 14 year old son Rana.
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
RECOGNITION 1. Coimbatore has covered the success story of That’s Y Food and my growth as an entrepreneur through newspaper articles. 2. Invited to different Management Colleges to motivate, judge and interact with MBA students. 3) Recognition through coffee table book by Times of India and YI Coimbatore, THE YOUNG TURKS was highly appreciated. 4) Best Business plan at ISB GOLDMAN SACH program for women entrepreneur 5) Received woman entrepreneur of the year 2016 from FICCI Flo in Coimbatore 6) Best women entrepreneur award from CMA 2017 7) JCI Coimbatore metropolis women entrepreneur 2017 ”Jay cee udyam rathna puraskar” 8) Women entrepreneur of the year 2017 presented by EO Coimbatore chapter STEPPING UP 1. Today, Thats Y Food has stepped into outdoor catering. The segment that we focus on is high end outdoor catering orders for up to 300 pax. 2. New venture TRIBUTE TO MY GRAND FATHER CAFÉ TOTARAM: Café Totaram was launched in September 2014 experimenting fusion cuisine. 3. Café Totaram Pvt ltd (Frozen stuffed parantha and snacks) Launched in May 2017, currently available at café Totaram Coimbatore GROWTH PLAN 1. Café Totaram Dine in and cloud kitchen are ready for scaling up. 2. First QSR franchise “Café TOTARAM” outlet opened in September 2017 in Bangalore 3. Café Totaram opens in Tirupur in April 2020 4. Currently working on Cloud kitchen concept opened 2 cloud kitchen in Coimbatore and Tirupur The Journey I always wanted to be my own boss. I also had a flair for cooking good food, presenting it well, ensuring it was served to perfection in a very alluring ambience. But little did I realize that the two could be connected and that I would one day be running my own set of restaurants. I am very grateful for the opportunity that came my way to start a restaurant business in Coimbatore. It was a virgin market when we ventured into it as there was no fine-dine stand alone restaurants. The city was also not familiar with authentic North India cuisine. We conducted a survey which pointed out the people preferred to eat South Indian and Chinese cuisines. But I believed that I could serve such tasty and authentic north Indian cuisine that Coimbatore would soon relish and perhaps prefer this to other more traditional offerings. Special chefs were hired after a strenuous selection process; they were further trained in cooking with perfection and presenting the dish in style. From designing the advertisement, to designing the menu, the purchase of the glassware, crockery, the look and the feel of the restaurant, everything had personal attention. I wanted nothing but the best and this would help me to give nothing less than the best experience to each customer. It took us 3 years for us to understand the market in Coimbatore. In that three year our research helped us to continuously experiment on what kind of dishes were preferred. Our attention and our signature till date have been the quality and variety of dessert available at our restaurants. Today the Mud Soufflé is synonymous with That’s Y Food! Today Coimbatore is an evolved market. People were adventurous to experiment with world cuisine and therefore we launched On the Go which has on offer an international cuisine. Compared to That’s Y Food, On the Go is also a more casual dining experience with a more relaxed atmosphere. CHALLENGES 1. It seems very glamorous from far, but it is a demanding industry. 2 Managing Blue collar employees can be a challenge sometimes. 3) Tough to stay relevant in over evolved food market STRENGTH My strength is innovative business development. I love strategizing and following through to ensure that the plan on paper becomes a reality.
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 .
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
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.
In Mumbai he was working with Plastic Injection Mold making companies. Early 90’s was a boom for automobile market in India and technology was transforming from manual machine to CNC machines usage. Working in a French company opened the door for him to learn European technology and his Electrical, Plastic and CAD/CAM knowledge helped him to implement new ideas for optimizing the project time, quality of work and cost in a much better way. ZAHORANSKY name has stood for reliability, precision, and sophisticated technology. The foundation of the company was laid in 1902, by Anton Zahoransky , who produced the first devices and machines for automation and brush production in his small workshop in Todtnau, Germany. In 2008, plant in Coimbatore was started at a small rented place Moving to Coimbatore brought success and in 2013 they moved to own plant, Recently completed the expansion of plant with doubling the production capacity. It’s a “Platinum” rated IGBC Green Factory Building. First in TN and highest in rated in India. His focus is to improve the skill level of Indian work force.
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.
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.
As a technology and product evangelist with close to 16 years of experience, I currently lead the team at cultiv8, driving its design-centric vision and building the ecosystem to ensure its future relevance, credibility, and viability. My core competency is working closely with Entrepreneurs and Startups that leverage technology and advising them on areas of improvement from enhancing business outcomes to ensuring customer centricity. I was selected by DST, Govt. Of india to be part of the India Innovators Growth Program, a program that identifies the top 10 innovators of India. Was sent to the Silicon valley to understand the ecosystem of Silicon Valley and bring back the best practices of the Valley to the Indian Ecosystem. I am also an experienced Technology Consultant in Radio Frequency Electronics, Automation Solutions and IoT. I've previously worked with Startups like Transform Labs, DEEP Instinct, Ancit Consulting and Analog and Digital Labs and created Centres of Excellence with companies like INTEL and WIPRO. Fellow of the Stanford Entrepreneurship and Innovation program and Stanford Launchpad Incubation program- one of the most successful incubation programs of the Valley. Active member in WiMax forum & LTEworld. Inveterate Traveller, Compulsive Thinker and Voracious Reader.
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