Nurturing Your Ideas

Advisory Committee

Sri. M.M.K. Sardana
I.A.S. (Retd.) Chairman
Sri.Sardana was formerly a Secretary to the Government of India. He has immense interest in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He was closely associated with this initiative during his stint as the Joint Secretary in the Department of Science & Technology and later as the Secretary, Ministry of Company Affairs, Government of India. He was also a Member of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and Monopolies and Restricted Trade Practices Commission (MRTP). He is a visiting faculty to the Institute of Studies in Industrial Development and is currently engaged in teaching and research. He brings an enormous amount of administrative experience and diverse knowledge.
Padmasri Dr. Y.S. Rajan
An eminent Scientist, Technologist, Administrator, Organisation Builder and Leader, Academic, Writer and Poet, Dr. Rajan is currently a ‘Dr Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professor’ at ISRO. In addition to that, he also handles numerous other assignments. After working with ISRO for 30 years, some of the other key roles in which he contributed to the development of Science & Technology were Advisor to CII; founder Director – TIFAC, Principal and Scientific Secretary to Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India.
Sri. H.K. Mittal
An alumnus of the National Dairy Research Institute and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmadabad, Shri Harkesh Mittal is currently the Adviser, Member Secretary, National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) and Secretary, Technology Development Board (TDB), Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. He has been instrumental in giving a new and vibrant shape to the S&T entrepreneurship, incubation and innovation in India.
Dr. P.K.B. Menon
Formerly Advisor, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and Member Secretary, National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Government of India, Dr. Menon is currently the Managing Director of Global Incubation Services. He played a key role in the establishment of Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Parks (STEP) and Technology Business Incubators (TBI) across several locations in the country and developing an entrepreneurial culture in the technical institutions. He has a deep understanding of entrepreneurship, innovation and start-up ecosystem.
Sri. K.S. Vishwanathan
Currently the Vice President – Industry Initiatives at NASSCOM, Mr. Vishwanathan has had an illustrious career in the IT industry having worked with several top companies such as WIPRO, DELL and Hilleman Laboratories. He is an alumnus of BITS Pilani and PSG College of Technology. He brings with him a wealth of experience in strategic management and leadership in the IT sector.
Mrs. Sucharita Eashwar
She is currently the Executive Director for India, WeConnect International an organization dedicated to the development of women entrepreneurship. Prior to this, she has worked in NASSCOM, UNESCO, Ogilvy and Mather, RK Swamy BBDO, Sistas and MAA Bozell. A graduate in English Literature and post graduate in Mass Communications, she is passionate about entrepreneurship and empowering underserved communities.
Sri. Manav Subodh
Manav joined Intel in January 2005 and today works as a Global Manager -Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Higher Ed at the Corporate Affairs Group. He has over 12 years of experience in the IT, Software and Telecom sector. Prior to joining Intel, Mr. Manav worked as a National marketing manager at Hughes and before that, he was a Business Manager at QAI. He is passionate about youth employability and creating solutions using technology for people in rural areas.
Mr. Seshadri Shankar
An Instrumentation Technologist and alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta by training, Sesh has insight from scaling large business lines as well as working with creative startups. He has experience scaling companies and meeting investor's transaction case in his role as Director with Baring Private Equity Asia.  He has also spent a decade with IBM in multiple executive roles including as the VP Strategy and Business Development for the India South Asia market and running a Global business line.  Sesh comes with strong experiences in Operational Excellence and Transformation and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. from GE. He has also successfully founded and exited two startups early in his career and currently works with a number of exciting startups as an investor and mentor.