Product Prototypes

Past Speakers

  • Mr Harsh Mariwala, Chairman, Marico Ltd.
  • Mrs. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairperson, Biocon Ltd.
  • Mrs. Zia Mody, Founding Partner, AZB Legal
  • Mr. Richard Rekhy, CEO, KPMG
  • Mr. Kunal Shah, Founder & CEO, FreeCharge
  • Mr. Amit Chandra, India Head, Bain Capital
  • Mr. Ronnie Screwvala, Founder UTV Group
  • Ms. Radhika Aggarwal, Founder Shopclues
  • Mr. Rajkumar Hirani, Bollywood Producer & Director
  • Mr. P.S. Jayakumar, CEO, Bank of Baroda
  • Mr. Sahil Barua, CEO, Delhivery
  • Mr. Craig Johnson, Head of School, American School of Bombay
  • Mr. Deep Kalra Founder & CEO, MakeMyTrip
  • Mr. Sunil Munjal Chairman, Hero Corporate Servic
  • Mrs. Sara Pilot Founder, NGO CEQUIN
  • Mr. Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Co-Founder, Info Edge India Ltd.
  • Mr. Mukesh Bansal Founder, Myntra
  • And many more...!

Past Judges

  • Mr. Harsh Mariwala, Chairman, Marico Ltd.
  • Mrs. Roopa Nath, Angel Investor
  • Mr. Sean Sovak, Co-Founder, Lighthouse Advisors
  • Mr. Pravin Gandhi, Partner, Seedfund
  • Mr. Amit Chandra, India Head, Bain Capital
  • Mr. Noshir Kaka, Managing Director, Mckinsey India
  • Mr. Sandeep Murthy, Partner, Lightbox Ventures
  • Mrs. Aditi Kothari Desai, Head of Sales & Marketing, DSP BlackRock
  • Mr. Samonnoi Bannerjee, Managing Director, Bain Capital
  • Mr. Sanjay Nath, Partner, Bloom Ventures
  • Mr. Kapil Bharati, CTO, Delhivery
  • Ms. Tanvi Dubey, India - Lead, YourStory Media

YEA! Team

Satyajit Chakraborty

Satyajit Chakraborty is a financial services professional who helps entrepreneurs raise capital and advises shareholders of companies on value creation strategies in his role as an investment banker in Nine River Capital. Satyajit holds a Bachelors in Engineering from India and a Masters in Digital Signal Processing from the UK.

Hitendra Singh

Hitendra has 15 years of post IIM-Ahmedabad experience and currently divides his time between running the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme at a Pune-based policy think-tank and doing preparatory work for his next entrepreneurial venture. His prior work experience includes being a Fund Manager working out of London & a turnaround CXO working out of Dubai.

Shrey Mishra

An Engineer by education, a Digital marketeer and Gamer by passion, Shrey started off Gaming Central in 2014 today it is India's most popular and social gaming community committed to promote gaming as a positive sport and lifestyle in India. Shrey is also a keen explorer of tech and deliver innovative and interactive brand solutions with Gamification, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality their parent company GC Interactive.

Anand Agarwal

Troubled by increasing lifestyle disease cases in the country which were linked to inappropriate eating habits, Anand embarked on his entrepreneurial journey with a vision to improve the health quotient of our country. The facts he discovered along the way led him to found a healthy & honest consumer food brand called ‘By Nature’. Prior to this, he has managed an e-commerce venture dealing with organic food. Anand has also been a successful technologist and is an alumni of IIT BHU and ISB, Hyd.

Manoj Kulkarni

A pharmacist with post graduate in management, was associated with multi-national and large Indian pharmaceutical companies heading marketing and sales and with world's leading advertising agencies. Bitten by the bug of being an entrepreneur, Manoj runs his own talent acquisition company - Shodh along with his social media marketing venture and sports tourism firm.

Garima Jindal

Garima is a Chartered Accountant by qualification. She has strong corporate experience in banking with Citibank and Kotak Mahindra bank prior to her teaching career. She is currently teaching Economics and Accounts.

Vasu Raghavachari

Vasu has been an entrepreneur in the media & real estate space. His current venture is in the automotive apparel sector. In addition he guides various startups with their marketing and sales strategies. Vasu is a post graduate from ISB, Hyderabad.

Sahaj Nalgirkar

Sahaj Nalgirkar is an engineer who is passionate about music (plays 6 instruments & writes music) & hence he founded GetSetGig which is a booking platform for live performing artists. Today it is a community of more than 2000 artists across the nation and has done over 500 gigs. He is a Startup Leadership Program (SLP) graduate & enjoys teaching & mentors entrepreneurs.

Meenal Chaturvedi

Meenal works with the Indian Angel Network. Her role at IAN has brought her in close proximity with the dynamic & exciting world of start-ups. Her previous stint in the corporate sector was with ICICI Securities, Mumbai where she managed projects in marketing, branding & online product management. Meenal is an alumnus of Gargi College, Delhi University where she pursued microbiology (Hons.) & an MBA in Marketing from IMT, Dubai.

Aditi Agrawal

Aditi currently works as a Consultant with the United Nations. She holds an MSc in International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics (LSE). She has extensive international experience in the areas of Human Resources, Change Management and Project Implementation in the development sector as well as private organisations. She also holds an MBA in Marketing/HR and a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Commerce.

Shyamala Swaminathan

A computer graphic animator by training , Shyamala switched to marketing, her first entrepreneurial outing. She built, trained & led marketing teams globally in about 7 countries (mostly South-East Asian & African), for about 10 years. Currently she runs her own event management company The Bo Tree.

Alok Singh

He is an MBA from the Indian Institute Management (Lucknow) and an Engineer from the IIT - Banaras Hindu University. He has 25 years of work experience in Real Estate, IT/ITES and Automobile industries. He currently works with Azure Capital.

Sneha Shah

Experienced Investment Advisor with an experience of 15 years in this Industry and specializes in Mutual Funds. She is an AMFI Certified Advisor. She has done her MBA, PGDBM from SCMHRD (Symbiosis)

Tanya Raheja
Program Manager, Student Liaison

Jennifer Christian
Program Officer General Admin

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