These are some of the the mentors, coaches and facilitators who would be working with the Accelerateam cohort.
Shoaib Ahmed is an Indian Software Evangelist. He is founder of Catalystor and a fellow and founder-member of the iSPIRT Foundation. Until recently he was President of Tally Solutions, the leading Indian Financial ERP system with over 1 million clients and a worldwide presence in 100 countries. Shoaib started as an entrepreneur by co-founding Vedha Automations in the early 1990s, which developed a unique Point of Sale (POS) retail product – Shopper. The business was acquired by Tally in 2005. Shoaib was nominated by his peers in the Indian retail industry and received the Economic Times Now ‘Retail Leadership Award’ in February 2013. Shoaib is actively involved in mentoring technology products businesses and entrepreneurs in India. He has been a member of the Regional Council of NASSCOM, and a Fellow of iSPIRT, the Indian Software Products Industry Round Table, the think tank for the Indian Software Products Industry. Shoaib has also acted as an angel investor in the last few years. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Josephs College, Bangalore, and his post-graduation from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
Ronald van het Hof has a broad retail experience in design, sourcing, sales, supply chain management, multi-channel management and change management. He has worked as CEO for a number of leading retail-chains in the Netherlands, and has received several Retail Awards. Ronald has been working for Women on Wings since 2008 and supported many enterprises in their growth with his broad management experience. Early 2013, Women on Wings established an office in India with the aim to build up a strong Indian organization and partner-base to achieve its goal: create 1 million jobs for women in rural India. Women on Wings strongly believes that if you create a sustainable job for a woman, it will benefit her entire family, the community, the next generations and thus breaking the cycle of poverty. Since early 2013, Ronald is Managing Director of Women on Wings India.
Nitin P Khanna is an innovator and an entrepreneur since 2001 and has been actively involved in conceptualization and creation of two companies in the field of training and skill development. During this period he invested in an energy & infrastructure startup and also founded a not-for-profit organization focused on education. He regularly engages with organisations and entrepreneurs as a consultant, corporate trainer, and leadership & development coach. Nitin specialises in entrepreneurship, growth and design of strategic learning & development initiatives. He has pioneered training and educational films in India. His film based teaching methodology, FBTM®, has been a breakthrough innovation in achieving quality and access in education and training.
Subinder Khurana has successfully taken several enterprise analytics and mobile platforms to market. He most recently founded BankSmarts, an analytics platforms company. He was earlier President of marketRx India, which he helped grow into one of the largest analytics companies globally, and was acquired by Cognizant in 2007. Subinder was Founder and CTO of EZPower systems, a Philadelphia-based product company acquired in 1998 by Docucorp International (now a part of Oracle). He has been on the Advisory board of several emerging companies. Subinder is a member of the TiE Delhi Board, Chairman-Emeritus of NASSCOM-Gurgaon, member of NASSCOM Product Council, and was earlier Chair of TiE Entrepreneurship Nurturing Program and a NASSCOM-Emerge Mentor. He has a B.Tech from IIT Delhi.
Prajakt Raut is the founder of Applyifi, an online platform that helps startups create a comprehensive pitch deck, and provides startups and investors a 36-point scorecard and assessment report on the startup’s investment readiness. Prajakt personal goal in life is to encourage and assist a 100,000 people to become entrepreneurs. Before starting Applyifi, Prajakt was the head of operations at IAN, founding member of a leading incubator, and the Asia-Director for TiE (2004 – 2007). Previously Prajakt had co-founded Orange Cross, a healthcare services company, and was part of the founding team of Idealake, a CRM solutions company. While in college Prajakt had founded a printing business and has spent over 10 years working in leading advertising agencies.
Abhinav Sahai is a founder of Niswey (a Digital Marketing Services company) and Irayo (SEO automation tool) with over 8+ years experience in technology, startups, marketing, blogging and web analytics. He has previously co-founded Moneno, which was voted ‘Top 10 upcoming products in India’ at the Nasscom Product Conclave. Abhinav is an active speaker on topics related to Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship and has been covered in the media by The Week, Careers360, The Telegraph, SocialSamosa, Indipreneur, IndiaPost and others.
Digbijoy Shukla has over 13 years of wide ranging experience across diverse sectors. He started his career in education marketing and then joined the advertising and events industry to execute several projects including a state election campaign for a national party, conceptualizing and running a restaurant chain in Delhi and others. Subsequently, Digbijoy worked with the Delhi chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE Delhi) and drove various key initiatives like mentoring, deal flow, marketing, sponsorship’s etc. Thereafter he had entrepreneurial forays with techTribe (Career Networking platform) and TenMarks (an online supplemental education start-up later acquired by Amazon). He then worked with Ennovent, a social enterprise accelerator, that has worked with around 60 clients to accelerate over 250 innovations in 15 countries. Currently he is engaged at Amazon Internet Services to drive adoption of cloud infrastructure for VC/Angel/Accelerator backed companies in India.
Arjun Surya is the founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Curadev Pharma. He has more than 25 years of research experience and has held leadership positions of increasing seniority in the industry for more than a decade. He has extensive experience in the assessment of drug molecules against several target classes across a range of therapeutic areas and specializes in building high performance research teams. His past organizations include SmithKline Beecham, Ranbaxy, and TCG Lifesciences (Chembiotek). Arjun has an integrated Masters in Physics from IIT Kanpur and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Syracuse University, (USA).
The initiative also pulls together the experience and efforts of several other professionals with exposure to entrepreneurship and innovation.