Our Team
Varun Chawla

Magna Cum Laude from Cornell Univ; 5+yrs of Investment Banking experience with Goldman Sachs in U.S. and India; 4+yrs of fundraising experience; Founder of myguesthouse.com, acquired by MakeMyTrip in Nov ‘11.

Anand Vemuri

MS in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University; 4+ years experience working at a medical device start-up (Caldera Medical) in Southern California, working on implantable devices for soft tissue repair.

Anuj Pulstya

MBA from Carnegie Mellon University; MS in Computer Science Engineering from USC;Worked as an Independent Business Consultant, helping businesses streamline their processes (Financial, marketing, internal);
Founded Mute Health Bar and Co-invested with CIIE (IIM-A) for 3 years.

Pranay Gupta
Co-Founder 91springboard, Incubation, Startup Enthusiast, Acceleration

PGP from IIM(A); B.Tech & M.Tech IIT Delhi; Worked with Lehman Bros & Nomura; Joint CEO at CIIE, IIM Ahmedabad; Established iAccelerator, Power of Ideas and MentorEdge; Involved with over 80+ startups; Led 40+ investments in startups across many domains.

Deepak Sharma

Deepak was the Global Chairman, Citi Private Bank, till 2014 when he left Citigroup. His 35+ years career at Citibank/Citigroup included various Senior Executive roles including a member of the Citibank Operating Committee , member of Senior Leadership Team of Citigroup, various regional CEO roles across different businesses and geographies , including CEO International ,responsible for the Citigroup”s Wealth Management businesses across Asia, LATAM & EMEA. Deepak was recently appointed as the Co-Chair of International Society for Stem Cell Research Global Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Management Board of Middle East Institute. He Co-Founded Indiapore Trust, an organisation dedicated to Children’s education in Asia. Deepak has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahemadabad.

Dr. Susan Lim

A pioneer surgeon, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Edinburgh, PhD in Immunology from University of Cambridge, UK, robotics researcher, and co-chair of the Global Advisory Council for the International Society for Stem Cell Research. Entrepreneurial, with a dare to challenge the status quo spirit, huge love for music, nature and the outdoors, a family person, feeling and appreciating the special moments in life!

Sunil Kushwaha
Hub Orchestrator

MBA from IMS-DAVV; BSc, Allahabad University; 5+ years experience in academics, market research and startup ecosystem; Worked with Indian Angel Network handling incubator operations and community building.

Pushpendra Thakur
Venture Partner

B.Tech, MBA –Symbiosis Pune; Worked with Rocket Internet, iYogi, Tyroo; Lead Digital Marketing – FabFurnish.com, Consultant- Shopatplaces.com; Member – Insight Alpha, Consulting (Digital Marketing) – 17 startups.

Vipul Garg
Community Orchestrator

BBA (Marketing & Sales) from Amity School of Business. Founder and Organiser of The UnConference – an active community of change makers in India consisting of people from fields like entrepreneurship, design, journalism, policy making and social activism, to help ideate social movements.

Rabani Kharbanda
Marketing Associate

BBA (Finance) from NMIMS, Mumbai. Founder of Pink Guilt – A startup that researched markets to find suppliers of reasonably priced female clothes and accessories. An avid Piano and Drum player.

Nakul Verma

Computer Science Engineer from GGSIPU. 2 Years of experience in web development with both start ups and MNC’s. Has worked for Gigstart and Inoxapps after breaking free from his first job at Cvent Inc.

Ritika Gupta
Central Orchestrator

Electrical engineer from VIT university, CEO at ngoFuel.org;Worked at Pravega Racing- Formula SAE Team as marketing and operations manager which involved developing marketing strategy to prospective supporting companies and business case for FSAE Italy.

Anil George

Young India Fellow (collaboration with University of Pennsylvania); B.Tech – IT from PSG College of Technology; 3+ years experience in Strategy, Consulting and Business Development; Core Team Member of The History Project (working on Indo-Pak conflict resolution); Worked at Mu Sigma and eBay; Strategic Consultant to Delhi Ultimate.
At 91springboard, headed PRAISE Program and start-up acceleration activities in the past. Currently, handling central activities and operations.

Harkesh Kumar Mittal
Honorary Advisor

Advisor and member Secretary at National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board(NSTEDB); Secretary for Technology Development Board (TDB) of Indian govt; Alum IIM-A (1984). A key instrument in innovation and entrepreneurship development in India. Provides financial and institutional assistance to technologists for commercializing their tech/research.

M.S.(Kuki) Chawla

He is a qualified CA from UK (1975). Created four ventures to date, in the areas of: Pharmaceuticals and soya meal export, operations and management of a travel agency, creation of one of India’s largest travel consortiums and representation of a foreign bank for risk management ops and advisory services.

Siddharth Talwar

Founded Evolv, an India focused Training Company, in 2001. Received first round funding from Singapore Technologies in 2002. Sold Company to NIIT Ltd. in January 2008. NIIT Ltd is the largest Training company in Asia.

C Parthasarathy

Mr. C Parthasarathy, a leader in the financial services industry in India is responsible for building KARVY as one of India’s truly integrated Financial Services Provider; he is a fellow member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a graduate in law.

Manoj Jain

Founder and CEO of Flat Globe Capital Partners ; Founder & Chairman of Pipal Research in 2010. He was the Senior strategist at McKinsey before which he worked as the analyst/certified cash manager at JP Morgan. He was also a researcher at Bhabha Atomic Research Center. He did his Engineering from Institute of Technology, India (Digital Electronics) and MBA from University of Illinois; Post Graduate studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard Business School

Prasad Vanga

Stanford Executive Program from Stanford Graduate School of Business, Entrepreneur – Valdel Xtent , a mail order catalog BPO built to a $25MM and 600 people company, sold to Essar and now called Aegis. Angel investor & advisor to Medplus, Ben Franklin and Any requirement; Vice President & Global Change Management leader at Genpact.

Siddhant Bhansali

Computer Engineering from University of Illinois (UIUC). MBA from Indian School of Business(ISB).11+ years in technology sector. Worked at Microsoft on Outlook Express, Windows and Internet Explorer. Helped transition Indlaw.com to Thomson Reuters. Manager for project between United Nations and Ministry of Commerce.

Rajiv Nair

PGP from IIM Ahmedabad,
B.E (IT) from Mumbai University;
5+ years of strategy consulting experience across 9 countries;
Worked with 20+ clients (spanning multiple sectors) on strategy formulation and implementation projects

Apurv Agrawal
Founding Member

IT engineer from VIT University; founded ngoFuel.org at 19; founding member & VP Business Development at What’s up Bharat; President – Kairos Society India; among 2 Indians selected for the World Foresight Forum 2011, the Hague.

Anuraag Gutgutia

Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur;Evolving Entrepreneur. Worked with Bombay Stock Exchange, Deutsche Bank, ITC ltd and WorldQuant. Represented India on several forums at Global Level- Hult Prize, United Nations COP11 ; Boutique investor in some growing start-ups in the Indian market like Coherendz and adviser to several other start-ups-BuyHatke,Intugine,Zaaika, etc.

Ramesh Jain

An expert in legal, financial and operations for different kind of business.
Chartered Accountant with over 26 years of post qualification of experience. Co-founded Pipal Research, scaled the operations from a 2 team members to over 300 and then sold the business to Crisil, a S&P Company. Advisory and investor member of StrongBox Ventures.

Pranav Savlani

B.com (honors) graduate from Bhagat Singh college Delhi University. He has worked for 3 years with Ernst & Young as a risk analyst. His work involved understanding each process, analyzing the risks involved at every step and providing a solution to mitigate the risk. He is now pursuing his MBA from Esade.