For entrepreneurs, turning a passion into a business is the ultimate dream. But that dream doesn’t come easily. SP-TBI through its mentorship programme provides a chance to its Incubatees with access to the business knowledge and guidance of experienced professionals.
Joydeep is a senior Brand and Marketing Strategy & Operations professional with 16+ years of experience in driving Marketing Strategy, Advertising Communication, Media Planning and Execution. He is currently a Regional Lead for Brand Strategy at Brand Capital, the investment arm of Times of India Group, and based in Mumbai.
He has extensive experience in areas including Brand Strategy, Marketing Communications & Advertising, Media Strategy, result oriented Growth Strategy, GTM, New Market & Product Launches and P&L Management across a range of industries including Media & Entertainment, Telecom, ITeS and Consulting.
Having worked in varied organizations from large corporations to start-ups, across geographical locations in India - with Indian and International clientele and stakeholders, Joydeep is adept at engaging with people across various cultures and corporate environments.
He is an avid traveller and amateur photographer and blogger in his personal time.
Specialties: Brand Strategy, Media Strategy & Planning, Marketing Communications, Marketing Operations, Product Management, Strategic Operations, Business Development.
Ankita is an edupreneur and heads Digital Operations at Orange Health Digital, a strategic digital marketing firm, specialising in the healthcare sector working with clients such as Glenmark, Roche Diagnostics India, Abbott India, Sanofi, Jaslok Hospital, Gleneagles Global Hospitals (Network), Nanavati Hospital etc. among others.
Being a digital marketing & web analytics enthusiast, Ankita has been immensely passionate about delivering digital marketing training via an experience-based teaching methodology. She has trained more than 8000 students - across top B schools in India (S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, etc.) and large corporates alike. Ankita has also been actively involved as a Consultant Digital Marketing Mentor with education companies such as UpGrad, Edu Pristine, Zell Education etc. and business incubators such as SPJIMR Start-Up Incubation Center.
Ankita has over 10 years of experience in digital marketing across various industries and over 5 years in healthcare digital marketing
Rohit is a dynamic and passionate individual with an MBA in Marketing having over 21 years of experience working with iconic brands like Raymond, Videocon, AstraZeneca and The Times of India. With Advanced Strategic Management from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow, Digital Marketing & Analytics from IIM- Bangalore and various leadership courses from Indian School of Business (ISB) Hyderabad he believes in continuous knowledge upgradation. His expertise in Brand Building, Consumer Insights, Product Marketing, P&L Management, Brand communication and Advertising have resulted in achieving a proven record of conceiving & implementing ideas that have fuelled market presence and driven revenue.
During his tenure he has launched numerous new products in the market and established them as large brands. His experience working with large organisations as well as start- ups, enables him to leverage varying business challenges and convert them into opportunities. In his illustrious career, his work in consumer engagement has been registered in Limca Books of Record and his consumer campaigns and ideas have won the prestigious ABBYS awards.
Chandrashekhar is the - CEO of ZeroVir (offering automated contact-less sanitization for enterprises) & - Co-Founder at LithionPower (providing intelligent energy management for Electric Vehicles)
He also mentors startups across industries, advising them on idea validation, product roadmap, product-market fit, go-to- market strategy, business planning, strategic alliances, etc. He has been a mentor/jury member for startup challenges like IIT-B Eureka!, DCB Innovation Carnival, YesFinTech, TiE StartupCup, Intel IFDI 2.0@T-Hub, etc. & mentored startup founders at IIT-Bombay SINE, 91SpringBoard, Barclays Rise, StartupBootCamp, ZoneStartups, PalavaAccelerator, etc.
Over the last 18 years, he has worked at companies like DBS Bank, Idea Cellular, TimesofMoney, Yes Bank, Sapient, SpinCircuit & Aditi Technologies and has launched multiple businesses from scratch. He has also been a Speaker/Panelist at various conferences & has conducted guest lectures at top educational institutions like IIT-Bombay & others.
An alumnus of IIT-Bombay & IIM-Ahmedabad, he also has a Law degree from Mumbai University and has done a 12-week CopyrightX course from Harvard Law School. Detailed profile is at http://www.linkedin.com/in/cbhide
Rahul is a marketing, communications, and stakeholder engagement specialist with over 18 years of rich
experience. Prior to Adfactors PR, Rahul was at the helm of Corporate Communications for Varun Industries, AK Capital and Multi Commodities Exchanges (FT Group company). Rahul has successfully led overall communications campaign for multiple corporate and start-up clients through brand building, reputations management, investor relations, corporate PR, digital PR and campaigns, and Digital strategy. He has been advising and developing ‘Go to
Market’ strategy for many of new age tech businesses in fintech, edtech, wealthtech etc.
Rahul has been recognized as PR Professional 40 Under 40 by Exchange4Media and also bestowed with various
international and domestic recognition and PR awards for his contribution towards building award building PR
campaigns for clients like SpiceJet’s PR, ICICI Lombard, Itzcash, BankBazaar among others
Deepaq V Vartak is founder of King Consultants LLP. With more than 25 years of experience in Sales Vertical across segments, he is the best in the industry when it comes to Sales & Marketing Strategies & execution. Deepaq V Vartak is mentor to more than 70 start-ups across India. Have provided sales consultancy to more than 100 companies and coached several founders and directors on sales strategies, revenue generation, go-to-market strategies & building strong sales teams. Deepaq V Vartak is honoured to be on several advisory panels and also visits top business schools as a guest lecturer on his subject matter expertise.
Working at the intersection of B2B SaaS, IT and Telecom & Retail, Prabhat has had the opportunity to work with top organisations, focusing on driving Enterprise Sales, Business Development, Strategic partnerships and Alliances.
Currently Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer for an early stage Start-up, delivering compelling solutions in the Retail & Consumer domain\ focusing on AI, IoT, Video Analytics, and Unified Messaging platforms. Prabhat has held senior leadership roles at Intel, Nokia, Microsoft, Vodafone and Bharti Enterprises, managing Enterprise Sales, Strategic Alliances and Partnerships with a focus on Mobility, Infrastructure, Cloud Services, Digital Transformation, Big Data.
He holds a master’s degree in Business Management from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad and am currently based in Gurgaon.
Nitin is a management consultant with 35 years’ experience, 25 years as a career executive with Indian conglomerates / MNCs and last 10 years as a consultant
-a Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant & Company Secretary with business leadership experience
– former Managing Director of Solvay Pharma India Ltd., a BSE-listed pharma MNC for 2+ years
-former Member of the Board of Directors of a Speciality Polymers Company for 4+ years
-former member of the Executive Committee of OPPI (Pharma Industry Association) for 2+ years
-CFO & Company Secretary of a BSE-listed pharma MNC for 9+ years
-Worked with reputed organisations in industries such as Pharma, Steel, Industrial Engineering etc.
-Hands-on experience in a variety of areas like General Management, Business Development, Finance, Legal & Secretarial, Taxation, Supply Chain, IT systems, Insurance etc.
In 2011, founded management consultancy firm ‘saakav’
Veena is a qualified Company Secretary from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, Law Graduate from Mumbai University and PGDBM from Mumbai University. Veena is a Company Secretary and corporate and commercial lawyer.
Veena focuses on founders, start-ups and entrepreneurs
as they start up and scale up. We support business owners
on governance structures, compliance's, registrations,
fund raising, shareholder and board relationships,
commercial contracts, IP protection, employment
contracts and commercial property matters. We also deal
in matters including shareholder disputes and negotiating
In Dec 2018, Jayen co-founded Mavuca Capital Advisors Pvt Ltd. (www.mavuca.com) Mavuca is uniquely servicing clients’ needs for strategic & management consulting and capital – both equity & debt raising. Assignments range-
-Consulting and capital raising for several new-age businesses
– both venture equity and venture debt. The assignments include-
-Sports and fitness equipment retailer transforming towards E-comm & brands
-Reg-tech firm that specializes on digital KYC, background+ education verifications and fraud detection
-Branded cutlery, tableware, barware products company expanding markets and newer allied product categories
-Nano-technology based surface coatings R&D focused enterprise
With stressed corporates – survival strategy, implementation framework and fund raise. Companies in liquor, automotive components, agri-processing, etc.
Resources banking – buy side advisor-cum-acquisition finance raise for specialty chemicals sector & cyber-security sectors
Kash is co-Founder of MAVUCA Capital Advisors Pvt Ltd, which has promoted MAVUCA Labs. He is a
professional director in several companies. He was associated with Bajaj Auto and Kotak Mahindra for
about a decade, before embarking on his entrepreneurial journey. Kash has over three decades
of professional, global experience across BFSI, education, technology, pharma, medical equipment, hospitality, healthcare, mining and other sectors. He has been associated with start-ups since the turn of the century. Roles performed by Kash include Strategy Consulting, Investment Banking, Economist, Trainer, Writer and Mentor. He is a best-selling author and alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad. Kash is also a qualified Cost Accountant and Company Secretary.
Sandesh Hegde is a strategy, finance, and M&A consultant. He has consulted companies across several industry domains including technology, blockchain and fintech. He has also mentored several startups in various aspects of valuations, raising funds and product development process.
Aditya is Founder of Amorqa – India’s pioneer in MortgageTech. Amorqa is simplifying home loans for the borrowers and lenders using its proprietary robo- underwriting technology. Before this, Aditya was India head for Core Banking at TCS. Aditya holds a PGDM from IIM Bangalore.
Krishnakumar Devnally is Seasoned Technology Professional having 30 years of experience in the Industry
out of which 17 years with leading Telecom & IT Brands and 13 years as an Entrepreneur having founded 3 Companies till now. Currently he is-
- A Consultant to MSMEs
- A Mentor, an Advisor & an Investor to Startups
- Mentoring Early Stage Startups to build Scalable & Sustainable Business Model and helping them with a Fund Raise. 3 of his startups got funded this year
- On Mentor Panel of 4 Tech Incubators, 2 Atal Innovation Centres & 3 Virtual Incubators
- On an Advisory Board of Investment Bankers & Investors helping them do the due diligence on their Global Target Startups
- He is considered to be a bridge between the Startups & Investors
- His Mission is Creating a Global economy empowered by Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- His Vision is empowering people & helping them realise their Dreams
Tanushree Sharma is a well-known name in the startup and corporate sector. With 12+ years of experience, she left an immensely positive impact in all the places she worked. She
did her Masters, PG in International Business from WTC.
She's currently working on her dream project LoveActually.me - an initiative to make PWD (people with
disability) independent on various fronts, education, social,and employment. She’s also working with women entrepreneurs and mentoring
them. In 2019, she won Karmaveer Chakra Award (joint
initiative by REX and UN).
Popularly known as the 'Scholarship man of India', Ashutosh founded Buddy4Study in the year 2011. Having closely experienced funding problems for his/brothers’ education while he was in school in Dhanbad (Jharkhand), he dedicated his life on this mission to help students facing financial crisis in continuing their education journey. Ashutosh has worked towards expanding the universe of scholarships and encompassing corporations, foundations, institutes and individuals in its fold to offer one stop funding solution. His passion and vision of impacting the lives of millions of students forms the basis of all innovative products coming out from the organization’s armory. An alumnus of MERI, Kolkata and IMT, Ghaziabad, Ashutosh is the perfect amalgamation of technology, management & entrepreneurship. He led strategic collaborations and helmed Buddy4Study as a visionary and thought leader. Ashutosh is a prolific writer and has authored India's first scholarship guidebook for school students. He regularly contributes to leading publications on issues related to education, funding solutions for students.
Vivek is an Engineer, patent agent, advocate and strategist. Over 13+ years of experience in Intellectual Property domain Vivek had handled 2000+ patent applications and assisted innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, institutions and incubation centres in devising their strategies revolving around innovations, executing these strategies and monetizing in accordance with focused marketing plans. The business centric solutions provided by him enable stakeholders to maximize their return on investments.
Vivek has been working closely with aggregators and accelerators in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and helping his Indian clients in providing access to global market as well as investors.
Suraj is an astute and diligent Chartered Accountant, IFRS – Program & Finance Management Professional with 16+ years of experience Accounts in Strategy Planning, Financial Planning, Corporate Financing, Financial Closing, Taxation Matters (Direct & Indirect), Statutory Compliance's & Accounts Operations.
-Proficient in Project Finance, Working Capital Management, Credit Control, Loan and Debt Funding.
-Expertise in overall management, business planning, execution and proficiency in devising and implementing strategic plans to achieve organizational vision and strategic direction.
-Experienced in spearheading a wide spectrum of finance, investments, cost control, legal compliance and budgeting encompassing finalization of accounts and cash flow management.
-An excellent communicator with demonstrated capabilities in developing and managing accounting systems and implementing complex financial analytic s successfully and efficiently.
Dr. Haldankar is associated with SP-IT since 2010. Overall he has an experience of over 17 years inteaching. With an Master's in Electronics and Bachelor in Electrical Engineering; he has acquired significant knowledge in his domain. He would love to mentor startups in the core tech areas like Power Electronics, Instrumentation, Embedded systems, etc. Dr. Haldankar has published over 10 papers till now.
Dr. Sutar is associated with SP-IT since 2002. Overall he has an experience of over 20 years in teaching. He is Master's in Electronics and Bachelor in Electrical Engineering. Currently he is also serving as Dean Academics at SP-IT. Having publish 13 papers till now, he is interested to support startups in the domain of biomedical electronics, Artificial Intelligence and power electronics.
Dr. R. Shankarmani is the Dean- Quality Assurance and HOD Information Technology. With over 35 papers and 5 books published; she has immense knowledge in the filed of IT. She would love to work and contribute to startups in the field of Simulation & Modeling, Software Testing, Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Big Data Analytics and Software architecture.
Prof. Manish Parmar(Electronics & Telecommunication)
Prof. Parmar is associated with SP-IT as a professor of Electronics and Communication Having publish 20 papers and 2 patents till now, he is interested to support startups in the domain of Internet of Things, Computer Networking, Cyber Security, Embedded systems and Computer Architecture.
Dr. Kalbande has been serving SP-IT since 2000 in the department of Computer Science. Dr. Kalbande is also an entrepreneur with his startup Skinzy incubated at SP-TBI. Dr. Kalbande has published over 115 papers and 7 patents. He has completed over 6 research projects and 2 industry projects. Dr. Kalbande is happy to support startups in the core technology areas of AI-ML, Deep Learning and User Experience Design.
Dr. Y.S. Rao(Electonics & Communication Engineering)
Dr. Y.S. Rao is the Vice Principal at SP-IT. with over 30 years of teaching experience. Dr. Rao is associated with SP-IT for last two decades. Till today. Dr. Y.S. Rao has published over 61 papers and 5 patents. He has completed 7 research projects and 3 industry projects.Dr. Rao would love to support startups in the field of Embedded systems and IoT (hardware and software)..
Dr. Pooja is the professor and head of MCA department at SP-IT. With over 17 years of teaching and 5 years of industrial experience; her support for students and startups have been highly appreciated. Dr. Pooja has published over 26 papers and 1 patent. She has completed 2 research and 2 industry projects too. Dr. Pooja is here to support any startup in AI-ML and Data Sciences Technologies.
Dr. Reena Kumbhare(Electronics & Communication Engineering)
Dr. Reena Kumbhare is an associate professor at SP- TBI. She has over 19 years of experience in the teaching industry. Dr. Reena has over 51 paper published and 1 patent on her name. Her area of expertise are RF Antennas and Subsystems, Semiconductor, Device Modeling, Mixed Signal VLSI Design, Communication and Digital Signal Image Processing.
Dr. Rajendra Sawant(Electronics & Communication Engineering)
Dr. Rajendra Sawant is one of our entrepreneur professors. He is currently incubated at SP-TBI with his startup called ITEM-C Lab. He is a professor at SP-TBI with over 2 decades of experience. Dr. Sawant has published over 36 papers, 2 research projects and 6 industrial projects. Dr. Sawant is here to support any startup working in the field of Power Electronics & Industrial Electronics.
Dr. Sukanya Kulkarni(Electronics & Communication Engineering)
Dr. Sutar is an associate professor as SP-IT. She is into teaching since last 26 years. In her long career, she has published over 32 papers, 1 patent and 1 research project. She is interested to support startups related to core technologies in Microwave Engineering, Software design radio, communications etc.
Professor Talele is associated with SP-IT for last 25 years. He is one of the founding members of SP-
TBI. Prof. Talele has published over 62 papers, and 15 patents. He has completed 2 research projects in his field. Professor Talele is here to support startups in the
field of Machine Learning, Image Processing, Computer Vision and Edutech.