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    ForStartups is an initiative of NSRCEL@IIMB

      Technology For Startups
    Saturday 04 November 2017 @ Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

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    Nand Kishore Chaudhary
    CMD and Founder, Jaipur Rugs Company
    Nand Kishore Chaudhary (NKC) founded the idea of Jaipur Rugs in 1978 founded the idea of Jaipur Rugs in 1978 working beside 9 artisans on two looms. He started his business on principles of dignity. Over the years his simple idea has grown into a network of 40,000 artisans across India and clientele across 40 countries of the world who subscribe to a common philosophy of responsible manufacturing. Today, Nand Kishore Chaudhary is globally renowned Indian social entrepreneur, social leader with great grassroots and artisan leadership skills.

     

     

     

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    S.Damodaran
    Founder, Gramalaya
    Sait Damodaran is the founder and director of Gramalaya – an Indian ngo that has recently led successful campaigns for total sanitation in villages and slums in Tamil nadu. Here, he argues that national government’s acceptance of new approaches will not work until it is backed by trained and committed government personnel at local level.

     

     

     

     

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    Nagaraja Prakasam
    Angel Investor, NSRCEL Mentor, Fund Advisor
     Nagaraja (Naga) Prakasam is a versatile and passionate leader with 2+ decades of global experience (decade in the USA and a decade+ in India). As a full time angel investor, invested in 18 start-ups and seen 4 exits. Spearheaded Impact thinking in Indian Angel Network and co-founded IAN Impact. His personal mantra is “Start-ups should focus on India’s strength – people, problems, Tech (PPT)”

    He believes in hands on approach and travels extensively in rural areas understanding the need first hand. Sought after as thought leader in Impact space and inspired many students as a motivational speaker in number of colleges. Delivered C.K.Prahalad memorial lecture at WorldCoCreationDay. Chaired “Green Revolution 2.0 – Food Security and the role of innovation” at 10th CII Innovation Summit. Spoke at launch of Bank of Innovations and Ideas (BII) by Ministry of Rural Development along with Dr.Abdul Kalam. Awarded “Successful Person 2015” by Sangam4, Chennai. Proud to join CM of Rajasthan, to unveil state startup policy.

    Partner at Acumen – New York based $100M impact venture fund and serves as an independent director in one of its portfolio company, Guardian – a micro finance venture working in Water and Sanitation.

    Founder Chairman of Native Angels Network (NAN) by Nativelead foundation (NLF) – enables entrepreneurship in non-metros of Tamilnadu, with the vision to Enable, Nurture, Incubate, Invest. NAN grown into 152 angels in Madurai, Trichy, Coimbatore, Erode with 2 investments in less than a year, touching 120 startups, 37 colleges.

    Mentor-in-Residence at NSRCEL, IIMB. Advisory Board member of Action for India. Mentor at CIIE, IIMA. Advisor – Change Alliance; VIT – TBI; CARE School of Business, Trichy; IIHR-Bangalore incubator for Agri-preneurs.

    Investments – Lumiere Organic, Guardian, SP Robotics, Saahas, Freshworld (raising series A), Uniphore (raising series B), GoCoOp (raised series A), Happy Hens, Rain Stock, Sattva Consulting, GramVaani (merged with OnMobile), Consure (raised series A) , Orangescape, Gamiana, Stayzilla (raised series B), UnBxd (raised series A), Druva (raised series D), Solaron (exited).

    Serving the board of GoCoOp – online market place for co-operatives, Uniphore – voice recognition for 60+ languages and 100+ dialects. Pushes valuable information to 45Lakhs farmers a day. Freshworld – Farm to Home vegetables using cleantech smart carts. Saahas – Zero Waste Management; recycling 30 tons of waste a day . Rain Stock – affordable RWH, Gray/Black water recycling in Madurai, Guardian, SP Robotics, Lumiere Organic, Sattva Consulting.

    Served as President of Atlanta and San Diego Chapters for the Association for India’s Development (AID). AID received Times of India Social Impact award in 2011 from the Prime Minister.

    Earlier in his career, as President of CDC Software (world’s 12th largest enterprise software company) South & Southeast Asia, managed sales and India Engineering Centre of Excellence. During the 16 years tenure, grew from Systems Engineer to President and involved in growing the company from $50M to $400M with ups and downs. At the age of 35, youngest executive to be given country head responsibilities. Intrapreneurial culture that he inculcated made the company to be shortlisted for prestigious NExT Practices Award for “Promoting Innovation & Entrepreneurship” by NASSCOM.

    Currently residing in Bangalore, Naga holds a B.E. degree from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, India and an MBA degree from the San Diego/Kennesaw State University, United States.

     

     

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    Vijay Sai Pratap
    CEO, Gram Vaani
     Gram Vaani is a voice based social media for the underserved population, it develops technology-based media platforms to share information relevant for the development of such communities. Vijay, prior to leading the Gram Vaani team, was heading the Life Impacting Services (LIS) and Mobile Governance business unit at OnMobile Global Ltd. and led award winning projects for customers during this period.