A peek into the 4 month enablement process, from the time you apply, through the time spent in the program
How We Do It
The four fundamental pillars that define our program
Our Mentor Team
Understand the business mantras as the mentors guide, support and counsel you through your startup journey
Functional Expertise: Wholesale banking, consulting
Sector Expertise: Sector Agnostic
Entrepreneur and Social Change Professional
Ajay has over 24 years of global experience in starting and growing businesses and social organizations, mentoring entrepreneurs/start- ups, policy advocacy- working with government and industry associations, education quality and assessment, building technology- based companies, quality and process improvement, organization and leadership development.
Functional Expertise: Consulting, Business Strategy, Process Consulting, Leadership, Vendor Management, Business Development, Knowledge Management Outsourcing, Employee Relations, Training Delivery
Sector Expertise: Policy advocacy, Technology-based companies, Quality and process improvement
Mentor at Mentoredge, initiated by the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), IIM Ahmedabad; Amarendra has worked with start-ups at Delhi and Mumbai Mentoredge sessions, as jury and mentor at the Economic Times' Power of Ideas 2010; and Jury at i2i Business Plan Competition 2011 of IIM Calcutta.
Functional Expertise: Business Coaching, Business Process Transformation, Executive Coaching, Organizational Development, Management Consulting, Business Process Re-engineering, Program Management, Strategy, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Start-ups, Software Requirements Engineering, Product Management, Implementations, SQA, Release, Executive Coaching; Learning, Training & Development; Career Transition Coaching and Human Resource Management (Competency Mapping, Hiring, Talent Management, Performance Management)
Brand Sales Head
Marketing and communications leader with over 21 years in diverse industries like IT, Auto components, Hospitals, Consumer Durables, Education and building materials - go to market strategy, brand positioning, brand building, crisis communications, marketing campaign (digital and offline) management including budget management. Key areas of expertise are long term brand building and sales enablement programs. Arundhati Mukherjee has worked in these leadership roles at TCS, Accenture and CK Birla Group and has advised chairmen, CEOs and MDs, on the approach to a market, brand positioning and brand building.
Functional Expertise: Marketing and Communications
After managing a gamut of commercial, finance, accounts, audit , taxation, regulatory areas, across various industry verticals namely hospitality, retail, service , manufacturing etc., possess special skills of business process re-engineering , formulating appropriate business architecture , operation design and sop , system integration , internal controls and MIS. Start-ups and execution of initial phase of business. Enterprising leader with flexible and detail oriented attitude, effective communicator and team leader with skills in crisis management, troubleshooting, team building and planning and managing resources.
Functional Expertise: Strategic planning and execution, Organisational growth and profitability, Leadership and team building, Staff development and performance measurement.Development of financial policies, guidelines, Sop’s , internal control systems and continuous process improvement.
Ashish works at Growx, an early-stage investment firm that helps Start‐ups scale-up, by investing time and money in their businesses. It works closely with the investee companies at a strategic and operational level. Prior to this, he was, CEO- Zolijns Designs and Vertex India.
Functional Expertise: Strategy, Team Management, Business Strategy, Management Consulting, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Start-ups, Process Improvement, Business Development, Project Management, Program Management and Business Analysis
HR and CSR
Bharat has been in HR and general management for over 35 years in the public and private sectors including family-run large business houses, government-run large public sector enterprises and reputed MNCs.
Functional Expertise: People Management General Management, Executive Coaching, HR Strategy, Coaching, Customer Relations, Performance Management, HRIS Leadership, Personnel Management, Management
Sector Expertise: HR and CSR
Functional Expertise: M&A, Corporate Strategy, Deal Structuring, Debt Syndication, Commercial Modeling, Organizational Restructuring, Fund Raising, Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions
Sector Expertise: Technology, Real estate and Manufacturing
Entrepreneurship Development Expert
Devangshu has been helping to clarify minds, crystallise direction and implement decisions across disciplines, industries and countries and is actively involved in entrepreneurship development through venture investment and advisory support for seed-stage and early-stage companies in areas including renewable energy, life sciences and technology, among others. He is an active advisory board member and guest faculty at various educational institutions.
Functional Expertise: Strategy, Branding, Marketing, Sourcing, Buying, Merchandising, Retail, Consumer Goods, Distribution, Research, Consulting, Business Strategy, Fund raising, Joint Ventures and Product Development
Sector Expertise: Retail
Entrepreneur, Blogger and Evangelist
Digbijoy has over a decade of wide ranging experience across diverse sectors, including education, advertising, event management, hospitality and so on. Digbijoy regularly contributes to entrepreneurial blogs and publications and works as an evangelist TM for selecting start-ups.
Functional Expertise: Marketing Strategy, Business Strategy, New Business Development, Business Planning, Marketing, Start-ups, Strategy Program Management, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Partnerships, Business Development and Venture Capital
Sector Expertise: Social Entrepreneurship, Education and Retail
Transcend Biz Mentors
Functional Expertise: Sales, Business Operations Management and Customer Service Operations, HR and team/organizational building
Sector Expertise: Consumer, Industrial and Service sectors
Dr. Charles Chow
East West Group
Dr. Charles Chow
Before joining a private enterprise, Dr. Chow, was a member of the military, police and a bureaucratic services. As the first Singaporean to be trained by the German Navy, he was put in command of the Singaporean navy ship and later helped set-up the Singapore Police Coast Guard. After 15 years in uniform, he joined the Singapore Trade Development Board, where he drafted Singapore’s strategy for doing business in India. In 1996 he became an entrepreneur to secure the strategic interests of high potentials in India with German enterprises, to be based in Singapore with focus on education and the environment. In 2000 he founded the East-West Group that promotes social innovations based on the application of The Bhagavad Gita to business for management efficacy in corporate leadership and strategy implementation, especially in the ASEAN Economic Community. This group assists, accompanies and commits a share in what they put together as management angels.
Functional Expertise: Business building and Leadership, Strategy and Internationalization of Business.
Sector Expertise: Core Sectors-‐ Health, Education, Governance
HR Re Engineers
Functional Expertise: Customized HR solutions, Defining Organizational Structure
Sector Expertise: SMEs
Head Of #GoDo Entrepreneurial Spark, UK
Jim has worked with over 450+ start-ups and growing ventures, Clocking over 10,000 hours, he’s got first-hand, real-time experience of what actually goes on in start-up growth and scale in the UK and India. With a keen focus on an entrepreneur as much as on the Start-up, Jim is extremely focused, result- driven and committed to the growth of the Startup ecosystem.
Functional Expertise: Entrepreneurial Coach, Leader and Startup specialist
J L Anil Kumar
Intellectual Property & Patents
J L Anil Kumar
Executive Coach and Mentor Excalibre
Mr. Ahluwalia has over 30 years of business experience across sales, operations, logistic and retail, publishing, consulting and management roles. His forte is organization development, leadership assessment, skill enhancement and performance management.
Functional Expertise: Sales Management, Team Leadership, and Executive Coaching, Organizational Change, New Business Development, Scalability, Leadership Development, Operational Excellence, Mentoring, Work Force Optimization, Change Management, Force Development, Coaching, Management Leadership
Sector Expertise: Insurance, Pharma, Medical, Education, Financial, Banking & Insurance, Education, Retail, Manufacturing, IT & ITES, Travel, Tourism, Oil and Power
Business HR Leader and Coach
Education & Certifications - PG DBM, PG DHRM, PG DT&D, Certified professional in Competency mapping, assessment & development. Certified practice Coach (life & Career). Certified Lean Six-sigma GB. Certified training facilitator.
Functional ExpertiseHuman Resources enabler, Change Leader, Organisation Development, Talent Development, Culture Stewarding, Competency mapping, assessment and development, Training & facilitation, Coaching and start up Mentoring.
Manish has over 20 years experience in E-Learning and Edtech space. As an Edtech advisor, he supports the team at Central Square Foundation, with goal of creating impact in the education space. He is also a part of core committee of EDUGUILD - an exclusive Edtech accelerator and has also been a mentor to many startups from Business World Accelerator and NEN. Manish has written for leading publications like Routledge, Bloomsbury and Been a judge at CLO Elite and SIIA's CODiE awards. He is also a member of FICCI’s education sub-committee on MOOCs.
Functional Expertise: Education technology
In his 20 years of work life, Manu has worked across functions and companies with a common goal- deliver growth. His background spans strategy, marketing, and sales across industries. Currently working as Executive Director, Business Development with Viridian RED, he has also worked as the Head of Sales and Marketing and Business Development for Jaypee Greens, the real estate division of the Jaypee group. Prior to that he was the Head of Marketing, South Asia for Hyatt Hotels International. Manu has a postgraduate degree in finance from Delhi University’s Department of Financial Studies and a graduate degree in business from College of Business Studies, Delhi University.
Functional Expertise: Marketing, Sales and Business Development
Sector Expertise: Cross Industry
Pitchfork Partners Strategic Consulting
Pankaj has a cumulative experience of 18 years in leadership positions in Indian and multinational corporations. He has developed marketing and sales strategies and led large teams at corporations like Adani Group and MSLGROUP. As head of MSLGROUP CREATIVE+, a global creative, design and digital development team that maintained 24x7 operations in India, he set up and managed a team of more than 100 people offering content development services for print, web and video mediums.
His work includes significant global exposure, working with teams in international locations and servicing corporations such as PandG, UL, Mexico Tourism, MEC, Imation, United Soybean Board, Kimberly Clarke and SITEL. His Indian client roster included GE, Home Credit, Sony PIX, Adani, Torrent, Shree Cement, FACOR, Radisson and Microsoft.
Functional Expertise: Crisis Management, Corporate Development Strategy and Strategic Profitability Management, Marketing, Corporate Communications, Branding and International Trade
Sector Expertise: Sector Agnostic
Punit is a seasoned payment enthusiast, E-commerce evangelist and an Intrapreneur with proven track record of "Go-getter", who gets things done with cross-functional teams. He has bootstrapped and executed ideas of more than 8+ start-up’s/E- commerce validations and consulted 30+ Start-up companies for payment gateway, infrastructure, cross-border business.
Formerly in his international experience with PayPal, he has consulted more than 80+ E-commerce merchants in AU, SEA, IND and has mentored and defined product feasibility for more than 23 Verticals. Punit is passionate about validating business ideas with Startup Incubators and e-cells. He has been a key-note speaker on E-commerce and a tech mentor in prominent B-Schools of India.
Functional Expertise: E-commerce Strategy and Consulting, Vendor Negotiations, Technical know-how, Conversion, Payment Strategy, Payment Product, General Business Management, Product Management, Manage Partners, Project Management, Business Strategy, Emerging Payments, Negotiations, Cross-border Commerce and Payments
Sector Expertise: Sector Agnostic
Entrepreneur, Investment Banker, Social Change-maker
Functional Expertise: Rajeev’s current focus is on Global Sustainable Development, Technology, IPR and Innovation. With Project Agastya & RKF, he is working towards to bringing together a network of NGOs, Educational Institutions, corporates, etc. that are working on Sustainable Development, Environment & Ecology, Learning for Sustainability, etc.
Specialties: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Information Technology, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Environment Development, Urban Development Technologies, Sustainable Architecture & Green Buildings, Clean Technology & Cleaner Production, Sustainable Development, Investments Banker, Investor, Venture Capitalist and Agile Manufacturing
He is also the director on the Board of the National Small Industries Corporation Ltd. (NSIC), a Government Of India undertaking under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
Functional Expertise: Manufacturing, Business Planning, and Lean Manufacturing, Engineering, Team Management, Entrepreneurship, Capacity Building, Business Development, Leadership Training, Negotiation Management, Automotive, Management Consulting, Business Strategy
Sector Expertise: Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing
Vice President, Mobile and New Business at Meritnation.com Computer Engineer, MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, Entrepreneur with 9 years of experience in Education, Mobile, Social Media, Food and Beverages, Branding and Sales. Currently, Rajjat heads all Mobile initiatives; covering Application Strategy, App Portfolio and Design, and is responsible for all new business initiatives; covering new products, new channels and new geographies. Own the entire conceptualization, strategy and execution of plans.
Functional Expertise: Business Development, Technology, Mobile, App development
Sector-Expertise: Food and Beverages and Education
SAR Global Advisors
Mukund & Rohit
Rohit is a Chartered Accountant with over two decades of experience in management consultancy, finance and international business.
Functional Expertise: Management Consulting, Business Planning, Business Strategy, Auditing, Financial Analysis, Internal Audit, Strategic Planning, Mergers, Accounting, Corporate Finance, Due Diligence
Sector Expertise: Cross Industry
Functional Expertise: Venture Financing, Cloud Computing, Start-ups, Business Strategy, ERP , Business Planning, Entrepreneurship, CRM, Virtualization, Data Center Management, Managed Services, Storage, Leadership
Sector Expertise: IT and Technology
Leadership Coach, Senior Consultant
Erehwon Innovation Consulting
Functional Expertise: Business Strategy, Marketing, Branding & Identity, Consumer Research, Communication Strategy, Project planning & monitoring, Leadership & Team Coaching
Sector Expertise: Telecom, Broadcast Media, Consumer Durables, Airlines, FMCG and various other sectors
Strategic Marketing Consultant & Startup Mentor
Subinder specializes in analytics and platform-based solutions. He has built businesses, sold and delivered products and consulting services, and developed software products, both in India and globally.
Functional Expertise: Start-ups, Management, Business Analytics, Software Development, Data Management, Venture Financing, Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Consulting, Marketing Strategy, Business Strategy, Product Management, Operations Management, Business Intelligence
Sector Expertise: Banking Solutions
Selectronic Equipment & Services
With immense experience in entrepreneurship, Veer Sagar is the chairman at Electronic & Computer Software Export Promotion Council of India.
Functional Expertise: Training & Development, Workshops for Top Management, Team Management, Start-ups, New Business Development, Entrepreneurship, Team Building, Business Planning, Telecommunications and Software.
Sector Expertise: Information Technology
Vibhuti has 25 years experience, covering on-ground fieldwork and central level operations, in leading business operations, marketing and strategic roles. He has worked in India and South East Asia across the FMCG, durables and luxury industry. He has worked across start up, mid size and large companies. Delivered consistent results across start-ups and turn-around situations. Holds multi-function experience in Distribution and Marketing. Built high performance teams and strong businesses and relationships across multi‐cultural environment.
Functional Expertise: Distribution and Channels, Marketing, Business Insights and Development
Sector Expertise:FMCG, Consumer and Luxury goods
Director- Kolkata chapter
Founder Institute, Unitus Seed Fund
Mr. Vikram Duggal represents US based Founder Institute and Unitus Seed Fund in Kolkata. Unitus Seed Fund (with offices in Seattle and Bangalore) is one of India's most active seed-stage venture capital fund, that invests in startups innovating for the masses in India. Recently Unitus has launched another fund of $50 million.
Vikram has 18 years experience heading sales and marketing functions for brands across India in various verticals. During his career, he has successfully launched and revamped brands nationally, implemented large-scale on-ground consumer activations, set up new business verticals and alternate revenue channels, scaled up operations, optimized break-even and profitability timelines for new businesses.
Functional Expertise: Go-to- Market Strategy, Building Traction, Alliances, Growth Hacking, Media Buying and Planning
Sector Expertise: Retail, Media, Durables, IT and Banking
Founder Elixir Consulting and Elixir School of Recruitment
A serial entrepreneur, innovator and business creator, Vipul specializes in recruitment. He has managed several other ventures in 2011 and was recognized as one of the top 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurs of India by Cyber Media.
Functional Expertise: Recruiting Industrial Sector, Business, RPO, Telecommunications, Research, Healthcare, Talent Acquisition, Executive Search, Technical Recruiting, Talent Management, Employee Engagement and HR Consulting
Sector Expertise: Social Entrepreneurship and Manpower management
Vertical Delivery Head
Vishal is a seasoned management professional with a strong IT background, interested in challenging assignments in overall organization strategic planning and execution.
Functional Expertise: Strategy Planning, Execution, Integration, Telecommunications, ERP, Marketing, Project Planning, Vendor Management, Human Resources, Management Analysis, Pre- sales
Sector Expertise: Telecommunications & IT
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Throughout a startup's journey at Espark-Viridian, our team guides and challenges the startup. They brainstorm with the startup teams and work as support systems to fall back upon at all times.
Senior Executive –Accounts and Finance
Senior Entrepreneurship Enabler
Nisar Malik Hamid
Senior Manager- Solutions
Nisar Malik Hamid
Dy Manager - Marketing
Associate – Compliance
Associate – Investments