Vikram Upadhyaya Accelerator Evangelist
Anurag Kapoor Executive Director

Mentor’s Panel

  • Masa Matsumoto Co-Founder & General Partner: World Innovation Lab
    • A native of Kobe, Masataka established the PIM Corporation in 1999, leading it as CEO until its merger with Yahoo Japan.
    • He then went on to serve as president of Yahoo Japan, handling strategic investments and the launch of the ISP Yahoo!BB. He also assumed the role of senior executive of Yahoo! Shopping.
    • Masataka was involved in Softbank’s acquisition of Vodaphone, served as the first director of mobile business development at Yahoo, and headed Softbank’s mobile products and consumer unit.
    • In 2008, as general manager of Yahoo’s R&D division, he managed front-end development for Yahoo services. Since 2011, he has led Yahoo’s new business development as Chief Incubation Officer.
  • Makoto Takano CEO, MT Partners K.K. / Chairman, linkties Co., Ltd. & Publisher of "Forbes JAPAN" / Founder & CEO, D4V
    • Makoto Takano is CEO of MT Partners K.K., Chairman of linkties Co., Ltd., and Publisher of “Forbes JAPAN”. He is also a Founding Partner and CEO of D4V (Design for Ventures), a Japanese venture capital firm formed by IDEO and Genuine Startups. Prior to joining linkties Co., Ltd., he was Managing Director and President of PIMCO Japan Ltd for 13 years.
    • Makoto has published extensively on the capital markets. In 1992, he was awarded Securities Analysts Journal Prize by the Securities Analyst Association of Japan. He has also given lectures on asset management at Waseda University, Kyoto University, Nagoya University and Kobe University. He holds master’s and undergraduate degrees in engineering from Waseda University.
    • He serves on the board of Japan Venture Capital Association, Asia Pacific Initiative, Endeavor Japan, and Human Rights Watch International Board.
  • Gen Isayama Co-Founder and CEO: World Innovation Lab
    • Gen has extensive experience in venture capital, finance, and entrepreneurship. He founded his first company, a web design consultancy, as a third year student at Tokyo University.
    • Before he co-founded WiL, Gen was a partner at venture capital firm DCM, specializing in Internet media, mobile, and consumer services. Then, at the Industrial Bank of Japan, he led efforts across multiple disciplines, including corporate finance and market risk management.
    • In addition to his work at WiL, Gen authors columns for the Techology section of the Nikkei Newspaper’s digital edition and the Toyo Keizai Online. He is also a popular speaker on venture and innovation.
    • Gen holds a BA from the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Law and an MBA from Stanford Business School.
  • Sharad Sharma Co-founder: iSPIRT – India
    • Sharad Sharma is a co-founder of iSPIRT, a non-profit industry think tank that wants India to be a Product Nation.
    • He has held a number of senior executive positions with leading technology companies. Most recently he was a SVP at Yahoo! and CEO of its India R&D.
    • Previously he turned around VERITAS operations in India. He also brought AT&T/Lucent R&D to India as an intrapreneur. He was given the R&D Visionary Award by Zinnov in 2008.
    • Sharad is one of the active technology angel investors in India. He is also an entrepreneur. He co-founded Teltier, now part of Cisco, and is currently the CEO of BrandSigma Inc. Sharad has an Electrical Engineering degree from Delhi College of Engineering.
  • Dr. Tomy Kamada President & Founder: TomyK Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan)
    • Dr Kamada graduated from the University of Tokyo, and received a Doctor degree in Computer Science from the University of Tokyo. He co-founded ACCESS Co., Ltd. (mobile browser and software) when he was a student, and has led its successful IPO on Tokyo Stock Exchange (in 2001).
    • He is also renowned as the inventor of “Compact HTML” for mobile phones, enabling successful mobile Internet services.
    • In 2012, Dr Kamada founded “TomyK Ltd.” – A Startup Booster, which actively supports young technology startups. One of his portfolio, SCHAFT Inc. (the winner of DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials 2013) was acquired by Google in 2013. He is especially interested in Robotics, Brain computing, DNA analysis, Life healthcare, Aerospace, and Internet of Things.
  • Uday Sodhi Executive Vice President and Head – Sony Entertainment
    • Uday has spent the last 13 years of his 23-year career in the internet business, and has led the Marketing & Business Development teams of companies before moving into strategic general management roles. He brings to the table a deep & insightful understanding of the internet, honed at organizations including Rediff.com, Net4India and Balaji Telefilms.
    • He has served as CEO of HeadHonchos.com, Balaji Telefilms-New Media Business, prior to which he led the subscription, e-commerce & mobile VAS business at Rediff.com, one of India’s leading online portals and a NASDAQ listed company. He has also been associated with Net4India, a leading B2B Internet services company listed on the BSE, that he joined at an early stage, going on to become its COO. Prior to jumping onto the Internet bandwagon he had worked with companies like Madura Coats and Bausch and Lomb.
    • Uday holds a post graduate degree in Marketing from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.
  • Rajiv Sodhi Country Head, Cloud and Server Business at Microsoft, Ex - Godaddy India
    • Rajiv carries 15+ years of experience in the IT industry, with a focus on Indian SMB Market and the Internet industry
    • His expertise includes Execution excellence and Business Strategy Formulation and Implementation
    • Evangelism across press, analysts, conferences and events
    • He has completed his Masters in Marketing & Finance, IIPM and BE (Computer Science), MIT Pune
  • NEERAJ KUMAR SINGAL Director: SEMCO GROUP – India
    • Neeraj has been an entrepreneur for the past two and a half decades, serving the Rail, Defense and Automotive sectors with his pioneering spirit. He is globally networked, widely traveled, and an expert at government Liasoning & contracting.
    • His major achievements include entering into a JV with Chinese Ministry of Railways for manufacturing which he has been successfully running for the last 10 years. He has helped various overseas companies establish foot in Indian Defense & Law Enforcement market. He is also an advisor/consultant to various foreign companies on Indian Market Strategy.
    • Neeraj is commerce graduate & Harvard Business School (HBS) Alum and exposed to the best global practices, he connects with youth very well.
    • Being a member of organizations like YPO, HBS Club of India (Harvard Business School Alumni), Indian Angel Network, TIE, Neeraj is well connected globally and he loves to connect people. He keeps meeting new global leaders as he keeps attending platforms like WEF (World Economic Forum), Leadership Summits and so on.
    • He just loves to discuss and brainstorm Ideas. In fact, he is very receptive to new ideas and loves to travel unchartered territories. He is also a fast learner.
    • He is always eager to connect with start ups. If the values and philosophies match, he is glad to invest too. He is always looking for investment in startups in any futuristic businesses. He is also incubating & mentoring various startups besides investing.
    • Member / Affiliations :- Indian Angel Network, HBS Alumni Angels, Mumbai Angels Young President Organization (YPO) HBS Club of India, Tie, FICCI, CII
  • Anurag Kashyap Managing Director at MTS Systems Corporation, India
    • Anurag is a multilingual global business leader and has lived in four countries and managed business in Asia-Pacific, Europe and Americas.
    • Anurag has rich experience in unique business models including Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS), subscription based recurring revenue, channel management, online portal and traditional B2B businesses ,Information Technology to Virtual Reality, Simulation, Media, Aerospace, Defence, Energy, Automotive and Additive Manufacturing.
  • Abhishek Gupta India Head - Atome Financials
    • Abhishek is currently acting as India Head for Atome Financials, which is part of Advancec AI group - a Singapore based Fintech backed by Temasek.
    • Previously, he launched and led India operations of Wecash - Fintech unicorn in Consumer Lending.
    • Prior to Wecash, he co-founded Goals101 - a Fintech venture providing AI/ML driven personalization platform to leading banks across Asia and Middle East.
    • Before his entrepreneurial stint, Abhishek was part of India leadership team for a Silicon Valley based firm – Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ: MENT), world leader in automation products for chipset design, serving Tier-1 customers such as Intel, Google, and Microsoft.
    • Abhishek is an active Angel investor and advises entrepreneurs building technology driven businesses.
  • Aditya Trivedi Director – Business Development AES (India) Private Limited
    • Aditya is a management professional and trained from Harvard in Building a Global Enterprise – India and a power sector professional with over 15 years of experience and leads the market development for the AES Corporation in India (a US-headquartered, global power company).
    • More recently, he has played a vital role in establishing and scaling AES' energy storage footprint in India. It included cultivating strategic partnerships, as well as negotiating and transacting in the latest technology. He is keen to introduce new technologies to the market and help in scaling them up. Aditya is also involved with a clean energy fund focused on investing in emerging technologies.
  • Vivek Jain MD- Action Tesa-
    • Vivek is a Gold medalist from NSIT (98 batch) and established the complete Action Tesa plant from greenfield, starting from buying the land, the technology selection, the supplier’s selection, the manpower selection, and have made it a great company from scratch. One of the largest wood panel industry in India.
    • He has also established the complete distribution network of Microtek Inverters in last 20 years with a network of more than 3000 distributors and more than 25000 retailers working.
    • He has a passion for learning new things and connecting with entrepreneurs.
  • Aditya Trivedi (SAP) Senior Director and Head, SAP Co-Innovation lab, India
    • Aditya has overall 20+ years of experience with a strong focus to deliver outcomes at the cusp of technology, business and design. Strong experience in innovation management, product management and consulting, Innovation consulting and product development.
    • Aditya has held various roles at SAP and has worked extensively with start-ups. He is currently an advisor in independent capacity to various start-ups and is advising along with hands-on engagement for Product Strategy, User Experience, Technology advisory and guidance.
  • Chanchal Sanyal Managing Director - QED Communications
    • Chanchal Sanyal is an entrepreneur in the live events and activation space of the advertising industry, currently based in Gurgaon.
    • He is the founder and Managing Director of QED Productions Pvt. Ltd – a through the line experiential marketing company with offices in Gurgaon, Mumbai and Bangalore.
    • He is also the lead investor and chief mentor in a full service Advertising Agency headquartered out of Mumbai.
    • Chanchal started his professional life as a lecturer at Hindu College, DU and then moved to advertising – where after working at JWT and TBWA – he was finally a Creative Director at McCann Erickson.
    • Then, he moved to the events and activation space. QED is his second venture, earlier he was one of the partners at TIC.