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StartupYou

Creating Life Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow

Are you future-ready?

Startup You is a unique future leaders program that prepares K–12 students to become lifelong learners and be future-ready in an uncertain world. 

Here they thrive to learn, unlearn, and relearn, as well as to upskill, reskill, rediscover, and reinvent continuously.

StartupYou

We prepare students to become lifelong learners and be future-ready. ​

Learners will develop a growth mindset and entrepreneurial competencies through our online experiential learning modules.

Enhance your learning through direct interaction with industry mentors, entrepreneurs, and internship opportunities.

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Who is a Life Entrepreneur?

To survive in the future, which is very Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA), students need to develop an entrepreneurial mindset such as being Goal-Minded, having a Purpose in Life, Problem-Solving Attitude, being Creative and Innovative minded, Risk-taking and Coping with failure.

When one applies principles of entrepreneurship to life, they become a Life Entrepreneur

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Transforming One Life at a Time

Our Courses

Most Purchased

15 Hours

Beginner (~ 5 Weeks)
2 Classes/ Week

Basics of Goal Setting

Time Management techniques

Introduction to Design Thinking

Business and Leadership skills

Live Faculty Session (60 min) (Monday to Friday, post 4pm)

Benefits/Outcomes

FUTURE SKILLS

CREATE PORTFOLIO

RECEIVE FEEDBACK AND FEED FORWARD

EXPERIENTIAL PROJECTS

VIRTUAL INTERNSHIPS

5,000

MOST POPULAR

36 Hours

Intermediate (~ 12 Weeks)
2 Classes/ Week

Everything in Beginner +

Goal Achieving Techniques

Deep Dive into Design Thinking

Understanding Startup Ecosystem

Generating Business Ideas

Building Network

Live Faculty Session (60 min) (Monday to Friday, post 4pm)

Benefits/Outcomes

FUTURE SKILLS

CREATE PORTFOLIO

RECEIVE FEEDBACK AND FEED FORWARD

EXPERIENTIAL PROJECTS

VIRTUAL INTERNSHIPS

10,000

BEST VALUE

45 Hours

Advanced (~ 15 Weeks )
2 Classes/ Week

Everything in Intermediate +

Setting Vision and Team Goals

Prototyping through Design Thinking

Building a Business Plan

Incubation Support

Strengthening Networks

Live Faculty Session (60 min) (Monday to Friday, post 4pm)

Benefits/Outcomes

FUTURE SKILLS

CREATE PORTFOLIO

RECEIVE FEEDBACK AND FEED FORWARD

EXPERIENTIAL PROJECTS

VIRTUAL INTERNSHIPS

15,000

Feature of our courses

Testimonials

SUY Mentors

Manoj Anchan

Founder of HQGPL

Manoj Anchan, ‘Manny’ brings a vast wealth of global management & business leadership experience. He has worked, studied and lived in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America and istruly a global citizen.

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Pooja Kapoor

Expert Marketer

Pooja Kapoor has been associated with Indus International School, Hyderabad as a parent since the year 2013 and with the Start Up School since its inception in 2020. Originally from Delhi, she graduated from Lady Sriram College for Women followed by a Masters Degree in Advertising & Marketing...

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Sanjay Kulkarni

Founder Genesis Solutions (India)

Sanjay Kulkarni is a Symbiosis alumni and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing & Finance. He's the Founder of Genesis Solutions (India) - An ISO9001:2015 Company with Business Verticals of Consulting, Sourcing & Technology. Acheson & Henkel GmbH as Business Partners..

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Prasad Savarapu

Business Strategist

Prasad is an accomplished Business Strategist, Technology Visionary and Entrepreneur focused on building effective Finance Technology Innovation, Operational Strategies, and Investment Portfolios. Having led over $1.7B scalable revenues, he has a proven track record of building and venturing in finance and technology transformation with global teams.

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Rajarshi Moitra

Chief Commercial Officer

Working with Bridgestone as their Chief Commercial Officer for India and SEA, as well as a member of the Indian management committee, Raj provides invaluable leadership expertise and insightful consumer centric approaches.

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Prabhash Nirbhay

Founder & CEO Flipcarbon

Prabhash Nirbhay is a senior HR professional, VC and Mentor for new entrepreneurs with 20 years of experience in various facets of HR across blue-chip companies.

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Natarajan Gopalan

Global Head of PMI Business Solutions

Natarajan Gopalan an alumnus of IIM – A in Finance and Institute of Cost Accounts of India, a seasoned high performing C – Suite Finance executive with a successful track record over 2 decades with Unilever in country, regional and global roles.

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Uday Saxena

Co-founder & Chief Ideator, Reagene Biosciences

Uday Saxena is a Pharma scientist executive engaged in discovery of new medicines. He was associated with the Team at Parke-Davis/ Pfizer which discovered Lipitor/atorvastatin the largest ever selling drug for cholesterol lowering.

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Dr. Ashwin Naik

Founder Manah Wellness

Dr. Ashwin Naik is the founder of Manah Wellness, India's leading emotional wellbeing platform helping organizations and individuals with emotional wellbeing support in an ever-changing world.

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500+

Life Entrepreneurs

200+

Hours of Live Interaction

50+

Leadership Sessions

Meet our Life Entrepreneurs

From unlocking their own potential, our SUY students have decided to unlock the potential of other kids their age.

Y2C projects aim at uplifting lives and providing them with the confidence to live in the VUCA world.

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SUY students, Sarthak Sangare and Vedika Agarwal (Grade 9 at IISP) have founded a community service initiative called 'Opening Doors' - For the Students, By the Students.

Covid 19 Immunization Drive was organized today, 29th March '22 by Sarthak and Vedika for students of government school, Hutatma Balveer Shirishkumar Vidyalay, Shivajinagar, Pune.

Corbevax vaccine was given to 80 students of 12 to 14 years age group, while Covaxin vaccine was given to 113 students of the age group of 15 to 17 years. In total, 193 students were vaccinated today in the school premises.

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On 5th June '22, World Environment Day, SUY students, Sarthak Sangare and Vedika Agarwal (Grade 9 at IISP)1 through their community service initiative 'Opening Doors' have raised INR 1,26,000/- through online crowdfunding to provide two Bio Toilets to Grade 1 to 4 students of government school in Lodhungwadi-Pait, Taluka Khed, 63 kms from Pune. The students of this school had no toilets and were using open ground for urination and defecation.
Tiger Toilet System is used in this project for the process of vermifiltration, which efficiently treats toilet waste, as compared to septic tanks and pit latrines.
A special kind of earthworms, called Tiger worms, are used as culture in the subterranean Bio Digester on-site to convert the solid waste into vermicompost.
This process does not generate any odour or flies and is highly sustainable.
This vermicompost is rich in NPK (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium) and suitable to be used in agriculture and gardening.

StartupYou's student influencer, Maanya Singh, is the founder of Incuba-Naari, a non-profit organization providing a platform that incubates Indian women-owned businesses and amplifies their entrepreneurial journey. In phases 1 & 2, Incuba-Naari created an online community of over 500 Indian women entrepreneurs and has amplified over 50 women-owned small businesses. Maanya's vision is to incubate 100 women-owned businesses to empower 100 communities across India by December 2023. She is the recipient of the MYP Student Innovators’ Grant for 21-22.

Anaya Jethanandani, student influencer of StartupYou is the founder of FINWIN, a not-for-profit initiative. The initiative began with her StartupYou journey, where she was asked a big question, “ What is that you can give to this Life and Community?” a path towards recognizing her Tikun Olam. This journey allowed her to indemnify her strengths, develop competencies aligned to her goals and discover the need for a solution in the community. Her vision is to bridge the gender finance gap in our society by holding financial literacy workshops and providing mobile financial services for women from lower socioeconomic strata, making them independent decision-makers on their finances. She is the recipient of the MYP Student Innovators’ Grant for 21-22.

FAQs

The StartupYou (SuY) program is structured not only to develop competencies to be business ready but to make each student life ready and market ready, to build a mindset that will make them ‘life entrepreneurs’ who are lifelong learners regardless of any environment they are in, and will succeed in any career they choose to pursue.

Children aren’t required to spend excessive amounts of time on-screen, encouraging learning at their own pace. Classes consist of brief sessions curated by specialized faculty members, with an emphasis on fun, engaging, interactive learning.

StartupYou focuses on building and developing an entrepreneurial mindset within students and its key outcomes/main deliverables include:

a. Creative confidence - in other words, inculcating a specific set of skills and innovative competencies which can be used throughout personal journeys.

b. Enhancing problem solving skills by developing a designer’s mindset.

c. Individuals who are both pragmatic and morally sound. That is, versatile young leaders who are also able to add value to society through their entrepreneurial ventures.

d. Guide students on how to design their future in order to remain relevant in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous [VUCA] world.

e. Development of critical leadership and associated competencies like purpose, vision, anti-fragility, empathy, adaptability, risk-taking, growth mindset, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and persuasive communication.

Experiences can be direct and indirect. In terms of the former, i.e., hands-on experience, the following are some of the opportunities:

a. Design thinking projects

b. Virtual Internships

c. Business Challenges & Hackathons

d. Pursuing goals to achieve one’s Vision.

StartupYou programs are online and open to all students from Grade 7 onwards. The sessions are after school hours and feasible for students to attend after their regular day. Every student will have 1 hour of a live faculty session (batch slots are 5.30 to 6.30 pm and 7 to 8 pm from Monday - Friday) and 1 hour on a Saturday morning to interact with Industry experts/ entrepreneurs and collaborate on their ideas. The curriculum is designed to develop leadership, business and innovation competencies and is structured based on the levels - Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
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Manoj Anchan

Founder of HQGPL

Manoj Anchan, ‘Manny’ brings a vast wealth of global management & business leadership experience. He has worked, studied and lived in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America and istruly a global citizen. An alumnus of Harvard and Columbia business school, he is at ease amidst multicultural, multiethnic & multinational environments. Manny is a haptech entrepreneur, best selling author, global motivational speaker, social scientist and a happiness maverick. Manny is a TEDx speaker and also a United Nation’s ‘Gross Global Happiness Summit’ presenter.

He studied happiness concepts namely Ikigai from Japan, Hygge from Denmark, Lagom from Sweden, Sisu from Finland and Gross National Happiness from Bhutan. Passionate about drivingout a positive change in society through happiness, his focus is on bringing about a positive transformational societal impact in the pertinent space of Mental Health. In his quest formental peace and positivity, he has developed various hobbies that assist in achieving a positiveand happy mindset. He has interests in travelling, fitness, photography, reading and gardening. All of these hobbies play a vital role in his life as they help in his search for happiness.

During his academic experience in Harvard business school, he was introduced to positive psychology and it piqued his interest, which led to founding an exciting ‘Happiness technology’ venture revolving around the visionary concept of teaching HAPPINESS QUEST framework incorporations and educational institutions globally.

The haptech venture has a global alliance with a leading edutech company from Finland and adiverse distinguished advisory.

Pooja Kapoor

Expert Marketer

Manoj Anchan, ‘Manny’ brings a vast wealth of global management & business leadership experience. He has worked, studied and lived in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America and istruly a global citizen. An alumnus of Harvard and Columbia business school, he is at ease amidst multicultural, multiethnic & multinational environments. Manny is a haptech entrepreneur, best selling author, global motivational speaker, social scientist and a happiness maverick. Manny is a TEDx speaker and also a United Nation’s ‘Gross Global Happiness Summit’ presenter.

He studied happiness concepts namely Ikigai from Japan, Hygge from Denmark, Lagom from Sweden, Sisu from Finland and Gross National Happiness from Bhutan. Passionate about drivingout a positive change in society through happiness, his focus is on bringing about a positive transformational societal impact in the pertinent space of Mental Health. In his quest formental peace and positivity, he has developed various hobbies that assist in achieving a positiveand happy mindset. He has interests in travelling, fitness, photography, reading and gardening. All of these hobbies play a vital role in his life as they help in his search for happiness.

During his academic experience in Harvard business school, he was introduced to positive psychology and it piqued his interest, which led to founding an exciting ‘Happiness technology’ venture revolving around the visionary concept of teaching HAPPINESS QUEST framework incorporations and educational institutions globally.

The haptech venture has a global alliance with a leading edutech company from Finland and adiverse distinguished advisory.

Sanjay Kulkarni

Founder Genesis Solutions (India)

Sanjay Kulkarni is a Symbiosis alumni and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing & Finance. He's the Founder of Genesis Solutions (India) - An ISO9001:2015 Company with Business Verticals of Consulting, Sourcing & Technology. Acheson & Henkel GmbH as Business Partners..

Nilanjan Banerjee

Curious at heart, Nilanjan likes to tinker with objects and ideas. With a professional background in Video and Graphics, and a Master's Degree in Visual Communication from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, design thinking is integral to his workflow. A student of literature and design, Nilanjan is drawn to visual narratives. He inculcates an interdisciplinary approach in his research and practice. When he is not doodling cats or obsessing over grids, he hangs out in mountains and valleys.

Abhiir Bhalla

Keynote Speaker

Over the past 8 years, I've worked extensively as a youth environmentalist; independently as well as with several organisations, such as the Centre for Science and Environment, WWF, and the Delhi Metro. In 2018, I worked alongside the UN in India as a part of the team of volunteers that planned and participated in the World Environment Day Celebrations in New Delhi. My key work has been around air pollution and waste segregation, but I was also felicitated by the National Tiger Conservation Authority of India for being a 'Friend of the Tiger'. One of my noteworthy projects was 'Swachh Chetna', where I single-handedly brought together private, public and NGO schools to conduct cleanliness, awareness and plantation drives with the Delhi Metro, which signed an MoU with my initiative as our partner.

For over a year, I led a team of 40+ volunteers at Care for Air, an NGO working to combat air pollution in India. as their head of Operations and Community Engagement. At Care for Air, my primary focus was on conducting awareness sessions on air pollution with schools, colleges, Residents' Associations and retirement homes. We positively influenced over 700+ individuals and reached institutions spanning across India, emphasising and building awareness around the air pollution problem. UNICEF and UNEP India recently identified me as a 'Climate Warrior'.

Mohammed Azmathulla

Keynote Speaker

Mohammed Azmat: Mohammed Azmat is a visionary and highly motivated individual. He has vast experience from being an IT professional to being an entrepreneur to being a powerlifter. He has over 20 years of experience in EMEA in Enterprise Project Management. He has been Co-Founder – of Relentless Strength Training Systems & Academy for grooming athletes of strength sports and strength transfer to sports. Coach to over 20 athletes who represent India at Asian and World Championships

Co-Founder of The Movement Fitness Center, a facility-built ground up for strength and conditioning for one and all. Co-Founder – Relentless Strength Line of Implements such as calibrated barbels, loads, power cages, and accessories. He has been actively practicing strength training for 27 years.

He is a 4 Time World and 3-time Asian Medallist in Raw Powerlifting, won awards at State & National Level Wins in Powerlifting. He currently is the Head of WPC Karnataka and part of the team selection for representing India. Coach to many Under 13 Athletes in Powerlifting including his own kids.

His purpose goes beyond that of an entrepreneur, he has dedicated his life to supporting people and society by being an active 'Covid Warrior'. He supported 1000 lives during the difficult time during all covid waves. According to Mr. Azmat, one should be aware of their 'WHY' and work towards it. Your WHY will take you all the way and will help you stay focused and achieve your purpose.

Dr. Anjana Vinod Kumar

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Anjana Vinod Kumar: Dr. Anjana Vinod Kumar brings along 3 decades of experience in large MNC in operations, Training and Development, Human Resources, Support functions. She have developed business acumen & strategy overview on execution challenges organizations face.

Dr. Anjana holds a Bachelor’s degree in commerce and have gone through rigorous management development program at IIM Bangalore. This management cap helps her to think out of the box especially during trouble shooting. Her Specialties: Training, Recruitment, Negotiation, Manpower management, complete HR function, Certified in Thomas Profiling & TIA , GIA assessment by Thomas International

Ms. Rasika Prashant

CMO, Tata Consumer Soulfull

Ms. Rasika Prashant holds a master's degree from the Welingkar Institute of Management. Rasika is the Chief Marketing Officer of Soulfull Foods which is now a part of Tata Consumer Products.

Rasika firmly believes that success is all about solving problems and there is no substitute for common sense & decision making when it comes to problem solving. She set off on the journey of being the Marketing Director for SOULFULL and endowed it with all the various marketing experiences that she had gained and created her perfect formula for a successful brand.

Dr. Arun Sacher

Director Sachar Consultants

Dr. Arun Sacher is a Management Consultant, Educationist and Author with a blend of over 30 years of academics & industry experience in senior management positions at various top education institutes of India like Amity, SRM, GD Goenka , LPU and top multinationals like Glaxo and Ranbaxy.

Dr. Arun has Designed, Developed and Conducted more than 80 Training Programs for many MNCs, PSUs and provided consultancy to many top organizations of the world. Many of his research works are referred in top Institutions of the world like Stanford, Columbia, Yales, Liverpool, Melbourne University and others.

Indrani Ghosh Choudhary

Keynote Speaker

Indrani is an alumnus of 2003 batch of Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune. A certified NLP Practitioner from American Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Indrani extensively uses NLP patterns in her sessions. She is also a Certified Balanced Scorecard Professional from the Balanced Scorecard Institute, USA. She has over fifteen years of experience of working with renowned corporates in India and abroad in the marketing and HR domain. Indrani has been actively involved in carrying out various People and Organizational Development intervention in Corporates and Educational institutes in India and abroad and has mentored and coached various individuals and groups from various walk of life.

Over a decade and among the various hats that she donned in the corporate sector and the education sector in India and abroad, the one that she enjoys the most is that of a Coach, Educator and Trainer. She is passionate about the process of learning and believes that theoretical fundamentals if internalized through practical learning creates a permanent and impactful change in Organization and Individuals alike. Indrani runs an organisation ‘Speaking Hat’ and is passionate about facilitating and studying behavioural development amongst individuals across different spectrums of the society.

Lt. General Arjun Ray

CEO & MD, Indus Trust

A soldier-scholar of the Indian Army, Lt. General Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM (Retd.) has a wide range of experiences in matters of defence and conflict management and at the same time, deeply rooted in social transformation. He graduated from the prestigious Staff College at Camberley, UK, and served as the country's Deputy Military Advisor in London. On his last assignment, he commanded the newly raised 14 Corps in Ladakh. In recognition of his services in nation-building, he was awarded the Param Vashist Seva Medal, the highest honour in the armed forces for distinguished service.

General Ray is the CEO and MD of the Indus Trust and provides vision and strategic direction to all Indus International Schools and Institutions. Under his leadership, fourteen institutions including the three IB Schools, the School of Leadership, the Indus Training and Research Institute, eight Early Learning Centres and the International Community School, which is the world’s first equal opportunity school have been set up.

General Ray is of the firm belief that the purpose of education is to prepare students to be Start-up Ready, i.e to make them future ready where they are outliers, exponential leaders, innovative individuals and lifelong learners who succeed and thrive in a VUCA + environment. In the post COVID-19 era, which has brought with it great disruption, everything will and must change for the better. In this regard, individuals must seek out opportunities from the challenges that the new normal presents and be leaders who inspire hope and positivity.

In this regard, the role of the teacher is to teach the child and not the subject alone and hence, they must focus on the development of competencies of the heart and mind and not of the head alone. Having a higher purpose, vision, challenging goals along with competencies such as creativity, adaptability, innovation, critical thinking, resilience, self-efficacy, positivity, and volition should be the focus of the curriculum along with concept and relevance.

The Start-up School is yet another moon-shot idea from General Ray. It is based on the belief that the Indus legacy will be founded on innovation but not at the cost of academic excellence. It is the first of its kind in the world in K-12 education, where students of Grades 9-12 will pursue a twinning/dual programme, both their IB as well as the Start-up School curriculum.

IB World has acknowledged General Ray to be one of top six IB World School Leaders for rethinking education and making high-quality education affordable to the underprivileged. Education World who names General Ray as one of the fifty game-changers in the education scenario also awarded him the Lifetime Achievement in Education Leadership in 2014.

Mrs. Sarojini Rao

Principal of Indus International School, Bangalore

Mrs Sarojini Rao has been the Principal of Indus International School Bangalore since July 2005. She has exceptional academic credentials. She ranked first at the University of Pune in B.A. Economics and holds three postgraduate degrees in Economics, Education and Business Administration from the University of Edinburgh. Trained in all the three IB programs (PYP, MYP, and DP), Mrs Rao is also a graduate of the Principal’s Training Centre for International School Leadership, USA.

Mrs Rao has been instrumental in constantly raising the bar by setting new benchmarks in the curriculum standards at Indus through planning the curriculum and inter-curricular strategy, defining academic and non-academic objectives for the school, and in training teachers. The structured leadership curriculum that includes every student setting themselves challenging goals, practice deep reading and servant leadership has gone beyond the mandate and helps prepare students for a successful life in an extremely VUCA environment.

Mrs Rao has played a critical role in building the culture of innovation at Indus. Under her leadership, the design thinking process and experimentation, both of which that focus on building innovation competencies such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, resilience have been introduced in the curriculum. Students are encouraged to pursue projects that have social relevance and come up with ideas that are both innovative and transformational. Reflection, introspection and writing (applied) research papers on their design projects and experiments are integral components of the teaching-learning process at Indus.

With an emphasis on holistic education without compromising on academic excellence, has been the highlight of Mrs Rao’s conviction and under her leadership, her strong team of committed educators work together in unlocking the potential of every student. This has resulted in Indus International School Bangalore being ranked the best international school in India for eight consecutive years.

Ms. Srividhya Swaminathan

Director - StartupYou

With a philosophy to inspire, nurture and empower life-long learners, Srividhya envisions to craft a culture of a growth mindset through an experiential learning environment where learners develop mindfulness and are encouraged to think critically, creatively and innovatively.

She joins StartupYou as their Director. Prior to this she was with Indus Training and Research Institute (ITARI) as their faculty for their PGDEi and as a Programme Leader for their CIDTL programs.

With a highly enterprising drive, she has created global programs, systems, processes and had lead HR digitalisation as a Human Resource Professional in various Global IT organisations. She is internationally minded with exposure to working with professionals in over 15 countries. She enjoys exploring cultures and learning new languages with Japanese as her recent language acquisition.

As a self-directed learner, she ignites her curiosity through reading and connecting with professionals from diverse fields. She practices and is a firm believer of continuously re-skilling and upskilling herself to stay relevant in the 21st Century.

She is a certified Montessori adult and practices the Montessori way of life. Her interest and training in Indian classical and Hindustani music, and as a voice over artist for various media platforms showcase her talent in performing arts.

She is a Postgraduate in Business Administration in Human Resources and Marketing from Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship and a PGDEi from Birmingham City University, UK.

Sushma Juttukonda

Sushma is an illustrator and designer who is interested in curriculum design that encourages learning through making. She has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University and a Masters degree in Visual Communication Design from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. She has previously worked as an educator and content designer at Paper Crane Lab.

Darpan Shukla

An avid videogamer and sci-fi/fantasy geek with a Masters degree in Creative Arts from the Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Darpan specializes in Interactive Media. Looking at design through the lens of play in all its varied forms is something he's very passionate about.

Rhyma Hussain

Rhyma is a visual designer and a photographer. She specialises in content curation for social media platforms and brand identity. Her passion as a photographer lies in documenting cultures, especially of the Northeast of India. She pursued her undergraduate in psychology Symbiosis College of Arts, Commerce and Technology. Thereafter, her master's in design practices from Srishti Manipal Institute of Arts, Design and Technology. Design for her is present in the way we live, construct ideas and overcome challenges. It is a continuous process that facilitates growth and reinvention on both personal and professional spheres of life.

Priyam Guha

Gallup Top 5 Strength : Maximizer | Activator | Communication | Empathy | Positivity

A certified Design Thinker and Leadership Coach, with over 15 years of experience and a focused involvement in People Development and Capability Building. Her scope of work and interventions are in the field of Learning and Development, Design Thinking , Leadership Coaching and Personality Enhancement, Adaptability to Change , Competency Mapping and Building , Strategic HR Consulting. She has worked for diverse sectors and skillsets i.e Education, Publishing ,Travel & Aviation, Telecommunication, Life Sciences R&D, Information Technology, Para Military, BFSI, E- commerce, Energy & Sustainable Power, PSU’s, FMCG, Insurance, Media and Film Making School, Automobile, Infrastructure, Automation, Foreign Consulates.

Design Thinking is just not a problem solving tool but a mindset towards building culture. Once Design Thinking becomes a part of our DNA we think and perceive things around us differently.

A Subject Matter Specialist in Design Thinking she has curated entire Learning Journeys including modules and content for E-learning and facilitator lead platforms.

She has recently completed a 3+ month project in Ladakh specifically designed to develop sustainable local tourism and generate employment opportunities for the locals in the villages to arrest the alarming rate of rural urban migration in the trans Himalayas. The high rate pf rural urban migration will pose a serious threat to the sustainable culture and practices followed in these fragile mountain ranges. She has creates case studies and also proposed solutions and designed tailormade products.

She is also a Tibetan Mediation practitioner, a trained Kathak Dancer and an avid traveller, she believes in sustainable lifestyle and passionate about new age travel ideologies she happens to write blogs for her readers with similar interests.

Pooja Kapoor

Ms Pooja Kapoor has been associated with Indus International School, Hyderabad as a parent since the year 2013 and with the Start Up School since its inception in 2020. Originally from Delhi, she graduated from Lady Sriram College for Women followed by a Masters Degree in Advertising & Marketing from Leeds University Business School (U.K.). A goal oriented professional, she has had a successful career at the Coca-Cola Company for over 7 years across North & South India in the Marketing Operations role for both the Bottling Organisation and the Company. In her last role, Ms. Pooja worked as the Marketing Operations Manager for South India. She was selected by the Company to be a part of the 2 member inaugural team to represent the India operations at the Global Leadership Expedition in Antarctica, an initiative spearheaded by Sir Robert Swan O.B.E. It aimed at bringing together over 60 minds from across the globe spanning various industries and managerial levels to understand how corporates and individuals could contribute to climate change and associated issues in a positive manner. This year, Ms. Pooja received her certification in Design Thinking from The Stanford Graduate Business School, and she looks forward building capability and thought leadership in the creative problem-solving field. Her desire to work for the differently abled students is reflected in her association with organisations such as the National Association for the Blind (NAB) in Delhi and the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute Rehabilitation Centre here in Hyderabad in the capacity of a reader, content editor for braille, and voice recorder for students ranging from high school to the U.P.S.C. Entrance Examinations. Her leisure interests include reading, playing the keyboard, connecting with people and travelling.

Prasad Savarapu

Business Strategist

Prasad is an accomplished Business Strategist, Technology Visionary and Entrepreneur focused on
building effective Finance Technology Innovation, Operational Strategies, and Investment Portfolios. Having led over $1.7B scalable revenues, he has a proven track record of building and venturing in finance and technology transformation with global teams.

Prasad’s strengths lie in FinTech innovation, commercial products, and new avenues of revenue growth in Capital Markets and Investment Management space. In his career, he successfully held executive positions at Deloitte, Capgemini, Cognizant, and Indus Ventures. He has been a trusted advisor to Banking and Financial Services firms. At Avana Capital as SVP & Country Head, he is committed to organization’s success in building global offices and finding investments to preserve and grow investor capital. He is also spear-heading ‘Invexify’ to nurture economic growth in India.

Prasad is graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Management School as MBA Sloan Fellow. He is certified by Harvard Business School in Leadership and Management Essentials. He earned his Master of Computer Applications degree from Andhra University. He was Summa cum-Laude in under-graduation with gold medal and other exemplary awards at Loyola College. Prasad also is ‘pro bono’ business advisor to organizations in India and the US that empower sustainable transformation and SME growth.

Prasad in a nutshell
• Devoted husband and father
• Continuous learner
• Cricket fanatic
• Motor magnet and Outdoor enthusiast

V Padmapriya

Project Manager

Miss V Padmapriya is an IIM Ahmedabad alumni with rich experience in the Project Management & Solutions Delivery space. She's had over 10 years of experience in working for various tech giants like Reliance, Infosys & Microsoft. Her work cycle evolved from supervising safety practices and vendor training to end-to-end solution delivery from consulting, to due diligence and creating great value proposition for core operations.

Her outstanding achievements include:
• Executive planner for TEDx - Garden City on social enterprise in collaboration with E4SI, Bangalore 2010
• Received 'Best Solution Provider' award from Johnson Controls Inc, USA
• Outstanding academic performance at IIM A

Monica Khanna

Program and Relationship Manager

Monica brings her vast experience of 14 years of pedagogy and andragogy to the SUY team. She believes in inspiring students through her work and experiences. From being a passionate educator, her day end with being an aspiring powerlifter.

Her quote "Insipre Before you Expire" defines her truly.

Ravi Narayan

Member of Board of Trustees TiE

Ravi is a pioneer in the Venture Catalyst/Startup Accelerator space. He has worked for the last decade in building institutions for supporting entrepreneurship globally. He has advised corporations and governments in implementing startup and innovation programs. He has also pioneered a Digital Transformation Program that leverages innovative and disruptive technologies from startups globally.

He has helped Microsoft build the Accelerator Program for China, Israel, Europe, India and US startup ecosystems for later stage startups. He is currently focused on taking startups to market globally through the Startup co-sell program, that Microsoft announced with a investment commitment of $ 500M.

He is a seasoned entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience building high performance teams that collaborate across various functions to execute for consistent results. He has taken several companies from startup through growth to exit, both in the US and in India. He is a founding chair of PAN-IIT in Washington DC, TiE Entrepreneurial Summit (TES) in Bangalore and the NASSCOM's Product Conclave in Bangalore. He is passionate about building best practices and methodologies for training entrepreneurs in different stages of their journey.

Ravi is the Member Board Of Trustees at TiE, Member of Board at AssisTech Foundation (ATF) and NICEorg - Network of Indian Cultural Enterprises and Managing Director and Co-founder, Mentor Partners.

Having seen entrepreneurship from the inside and outside in different parts of the world, he is exploring ways of applying age old wisdom from scriptures and classics for a balanced, successful and fulfilling entrepreneurial life.

N Senthil Kumar

Senior Director - Global University Systems

Mission-oriented, adept at strategic negotiations, sales & business planning, Senthil's work canvas spans 22 years. He specializes in business development & institutional building. He is highly proficient in marketing management, partnership & networking, education management, education administration, enrolments, international & strategic alliances, project management, business implementation, mentoring, admissions, outreach and CRM.
In his current role, his responsibilities comprise business development for UPES and Pearl Academy, including strategy, planning & execution. He is also responsible for international sales for UPES, handling key Relationship Management with Channel partners. Senthil is also a strategic contributor to innovative strategies for business implementation.
Senthil believes in giving back to the community and has put his energies into building a rural school for underprivileged students in Tumariya Ghat, UP (India). Colleagues appreciate Senthil for his positive attitude, high integrity and transparent work style.
Senthil has been instrumental in spreading legal education awareness in India, also featured in ISB – IDIVA for helping a brand become a Cult. He was piloting the planning and implementation of the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) in India. He also received recognition from the Governor of UP and the Governor of Goa for his contribution to Higher Education. He is inboard of advisory for several organisations.

VIVEK SHUKLA

Director & CEO, Afairs Education & Advisory Group

An accomplished entrepreneur, adept in the education space, a leader with strategic insights, an international market advisor, Vivek has spent the last 26 years building the brand AFAIRS from an Education Fairs Organiser to key player in knowledge dissipation, mentorship, edtech, head hunting, talent management in K12 - Higher Education.
An astute International Business Advisor with a key focus on accelerating growth in the Indian Education sector, Vivek’s key competencies lie in applying intelligent thinking to business ideas, global partnerships & alliance building, networking across the education fraternity and global market expansion. A noteworthy contribution of Vivek has been in promoting India as a destination for education in over 15 countries through effective associations between foreign career counsellors, foreign students and their parents with India’s leading universities and residential schools.
He has been successful in expanding the outreach of Indian education and mobilizing students from South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Mongolia, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka to travel to India for a school or a higher education. Vivek steered AFAIRS into forging lasting relations with eminent people in the world of academics, policy makers, educationists, career counsellors, Psychologists. Vivek has held key positions in his career as Director & CEO, Afairs Education & Advisory Group & Afairs Exhibitions & Media Pvt. Ltd. and Advisory Board, Mindler Education Pvt. Ltd.

Rajarshi Moitra

Chief Commercial Officer

Working with Bridgestone as their Chief Commercial Officer for India and SEA, as well as a member of the Indian management committee, Raj provides invaluable leadership expertise and insightful consumer centric approaches.
Being a business leader with over 18 years of diverse experience in the fields of end-to-end Profit Centre Management, Business Strategy, Sales and Marketing and several others, Raj is passionate about building leaders, mentoring younger generations, leading complex transformations and driving operational excellence. He is also part of a volunteering programme that works with persons with disabilities, a journey that he thoroughly cherishes.
Raj is an avid reader, budding traveller, a foodie and loves to spend time with our kids and our pet.

Prabhash Nirbhay

Founder & CEO Flipcarbon

Prabhash Nirbhay is a senior HR professional, VC and Mentor for new entrepreneurs with 20 years of experience in various facets of HR across blue-chip companies. Prabhash has a proven track record and ability in conceptualizing, designing, and implementing Strategic Employee Communication interventions that foster a high performance, high engagement culture.
A Post-graduate in HR from XISS, Ranchi where he topped his batch of 2002, Prabhash started his career at ACC Ltd as a Management Trainee IN 2002 and across various stints, he played roles ranging from Talent Management, Talent Engagement, Performance management, Talent Optimization to Industrial Relation.
Prabhash started Flipcarbon in 2015 to realize his passion for and belief in the power of HR to transform organizations and accelerate growth.

Natarajan Gopalan

Global Head of PMI Business Solutions

Natarajan Gopalan an alumnus of IIM – A in Finance and Institute of Cost Accounts of India, a seasoned high performing C – Suite Finance executive with a successful track record over 2 decades with Unilever in country, regional and global roles.
Natarajan is an astute negotiator and a leader who builds relationships across functions and influences across cultures. His experience spans across Finance, Treasury, tax, Accounting, Operations and Supply chain.

Uday Saxena

Co-founder & Chief Ideator, Reagene Biosciences

Uday Saxena is a Pharma scientist executive engaged in discovery of new medicines. He was associated with the Team at Parke-Davis/ Pfizer which discovered Lipitor/atorvastatin the largest ever selling drug for cholesterol lowering.
He was also a V.P of drug discovery at Atherogenic Inc in Atlanta. He then became the CSO of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories in the US and India. He is currently co-founder of a start-up biotech Reagene Biosciences in India working on COVID drugs and diagnostics. He has over 30 patents to his name is globally recognised as an Industry leader.

Dr. Ashwin Naik

Founder Manah Wellness

Dr. Ashwin Naik is the founder of Manah Wellness, India's leading emotional wellbeing platform helping organizations and individuals with emotional wellbeing support in an ever-changing world.
He has authored two books- The Healthcare Gamechangers, which profiles innovations around the world that have the potential to change the way healthcare is delivered, and #ChangeStartsYoung, a book about young changemakers who are starting as early as 11 years young.
Dr. Ashwin is the recipient of multiple recognition including TED fellowship,Ashoka Fellowship and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

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