Mentee: Zero Waste
Prabhat Agarwal is founder & coach at Aravali Scholars wherein deserving students from low income neighbourhoods are mentored and provided academic resources to achieve their potential. Prabhat personally mentors these students in the centre at Sikanderpur, Gurgaon in India.
Prabhat also is a mentor and/or investor in several start-ups, most of which are in the social enterprise space. These include Janta Meals, eGramServe, Beat of India, InMotion Bachat Mitra, SmartRide, Micro Housing Finance Corporation, Altigreen Propulsion Labs, Impact Carbocuts, Lok Refrigeration. Pure play ventures include Global Discovery Academy, Sunshine Cinemas, Parsec Telesystems and Marketelligent
Prabhat is a cofounder of SafeInIndia initiative, Trustee of The Raahgiri Foundation; member of the NASSCOM Regional Council, Haryana; member of the Ennovent Impact Circle and Intellecap Investment Network; charter member of TiE; and on the advisory board of Sambhaavna Institute of Public Policy and Bhagta Bharat.
Prabhat has done his B. Tech. from IIT Delhi and MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. He has been conferred the prestigious Significant Contribution to National Development Award by IIT Delhi Alumni Association. Prabhat has been a serial entrepreneur and has co-founded Parsec Technologies, an enterprise communications venture and Whowhere, Inc. a global people search portal. He has worked with HCL, Feedback Ventures and RP Punj group in his early career days.
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Mentee: Kabadiwalla Connect
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, IDFC Alternatives
Mr. D’Souza joined IDFC Alternatives in 2007. He has over seven years of private equity experience.
At IDFC Alternatives, he has been involved in investments in consumer, food and agri business, industrials, and healthcare sectors. Mr. D’Souza has also been a part of two platform investments in the telecom and education space. Mr D’Souza has been involved in two exits for the firm.
Prior to joining IDFC Alternatives, Mr. D’Souza was part of the industrial engineering team at Siemens in India. During his tenure of about a year he was involved in process planning and project management assignments.
Mr. D’Souza holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon and Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), Mumbai.
Rochelle is currently a Principal at Lighthouse Funds, a mid-market private equity fund with roots in the US. She handles the food, lifestyle and pharma sectors at Lighthouse. She is responsible for deal sourcing, execution and monitoring of investee companies across these sectors. Prior to Lighthouse, she worked in the Investment banking division of SBI called SBI Capital Markets where she has successfully executed several capital market transactions that include Initial Public Offerings and Qualified Institutional Placements. Rochelle is an MBA from SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai and has earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication from RVCE, Bangalore.
Currently he is an active researcher in social entrepreneurship doing his doctoral programme and advise.mentor, few start ups in this field as well as tech entrepreneurship. He also invests in start ups.
Earlier he was CEO and MD of Wep Solutions Ltd( a Wipro spin off ) and held senior leadership positions in Wipro and Mindtree. He began his career with ITC after his MBA from IIM, Bangalore. He has handled supply chain, factory management, field operations, business development and strategy in his corporate career.
He is also a certified assessor for CII in Business excellence and Customer obsession frameworks for organisations. Trained to be an independent director on company boards by Institute of Directors.
With three decades over leadership experience in handling complex business challenges, he feels he can contribute in building institutions of credibility and high impact in the social sector.
Mentee: SMV Green Solutions
Venture Partner – Bharat Innovations
Hemendra is working as Venture Partner with Bharat Innovations Fund. Bharat Innovations Fund is a unique public-private-academia venture platform to catalyze transformational solutions through deep technologies for emerging sectors such as agriculture, cleantech and health care.
Hemendra has over 20 years of experience in venture capital, private equity, management consulting and investment banking. Hemendra has investing experience across sectors in the agricultural supply chain such as farm mechanization, enterprise-tech for agriculture, food ingredients, animal feed, fertilisers, seeds, organic foods, spices, wheat milling, restaurants and catering. He also holds board / advisory board positions in many early-stage companies in the food and agri sector. He is also mentoring many start-ups in the agri domain in sectors such as big data, farm automation, aggregation.
Hemendra has been championing the cause for adoption of innovations to bring in efficiency in the food supply chain. He is closely working with many entrepreneurs who are working on innovations for reducing food wastage, improving supply chain efficiency and increasing small famer holder incomes. He has authored many papers on the subject and speaks regularly at conferences pertaining to agricultural innovations.
Prior to his PE/VC stint, he has worked as management consultant to many Indian and multinational companies, government and multilateral organizations in the sectors pertaining to food processing, agribusiness, consumer goods and retail. He has extensive experience of working in India, South Asia, Europe and USA.
Hemendra in his career has worked with SEAF, Yes Bank, Rabobank, KSA Technopak, and ORG MARG (Nielsen). He is a management graduate from IIM (Ahmedabad) and Agricultural Engineer from Rajasthan Agricultural University.
CEO, Tardigrade HealthTech Private Limited
Best known for being a co-founder of Hector Beverages (Paper Boat, Tzinga) and, in some circles, for retiring at 35. Now having ‘walked the earth’ for a couple of years, he is back in the game. A ‘serial entrepreneur’ (he cringes at that term but he also co-founded ChannelPlay, India’s premier retail marketing company back in 2007), he left the corporate world relatively soon (Coca Cola, Nokia). He has an MBA from IIM Calcutta.
Mentee: The Shoemen
Founder, Influx Worldwide
[Digital technology, design and marketing agency]
Early at Haptik [Smartphone App]
The digital world and more specifically the internet has been a subject very close to Harish Anand Thilakan’s heartfor over17 years now. Evincing a keen interest inthe internet & it’s working from the ageof14, his teachers at Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan School, Chennai were extremely supportive of his setting up his own digital media business in class 10. Having enrolled into the School of Excellence in Law straight after school, Harish went on to formally set up Influx and further grow it into an interactive media agency to reckon with at a national level. Influx soonbecome the agency of choice for Reliance Communications, Kingfisher Airlines, Big FM, Royal Enfield, Apollo Hospitals & Vodafone amongst others. Influxalso managed to carve a niche inthe entertainment business as the online partner of choice of nearly every multiplex chain in the country. Today, Influx employs over 65 personnel and operates offices in India, the UAE and United Kingdom with Australia and Singapore on the horizon.
In 2012, Harish got together with Aakrit Vaish andSwapan Rajdev to start Haptik, a mobile app that helps you get things done! Launched in 2014, Haptik was seed funded by Kalaari Capital and recently received $11.2 million in Series A funding from Times Internet. At Microsoft’s launch of Windows 8, headed the adoption of the platform’s design language as a Design Evangelist to the community.
Harish likes to believe he’s a designer first, and then an entrepreneur. He also helps startups who are looking for incubation support from a design standpoint.