Our Mentors


Dr Aravind Chinchure
Dr. Aravind Chinchure is a renowned academician, a corporate strategist and an innovation leader. He is an expert in the formulation of corporate and governmental policies that influence innovation and research. He holds a PhD in Physics, and has an experience spanning 25 years in R&D, innovation, intellectual property, startup venture investment, policy, social development and teaching.
Dr. Chinchure has worked with many global innovation thought leaders and Nobel laureates on projects of national and regional significance. He credits these associations for shaping his perceptions and expertise around results-driven innovations. He was part of Indian and global research organizations, and large multinational and Indian companies in diverse technology areas, driving innovation in technology as well as leading intellectual property-driven assets creation at workplaces.
He is credited with designing and implementing India’s first two-year residential and experiential MBA course on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Pune. Currently, Dr. Chinchure is the Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Symbiosis International University, Pune, India.
Dr. Chinchure has filed four patents mostly in the United States, and in countries like Japan, China, and Germany. He has authored 28 research articles published in international journals in the area of condensed matter physics, and has filed four patents as lead and co-inventor in different geographies including US, Europe, Japan in the area of fuel cells.

Dr Anant Koppar

Dr. Anant Koppar, with around 33+ years of industry experience is a Serial Entrepreneur. Anant Koppar was awarded the prestigious Karnataka Rajyotsava Award 2008, the highest civilian award instituted by the Karnataka Government for outstanding contributions to the growth of IT Industry in Karnataka, India.
Koppar currently is a Professor in the computer science and engineering department of PES University, Bangalore. He is also the Director for Healthcare Research Center at the PES University. He is also the founder Chairman of KTwo Technology Solutions, a company focused on innovative health care products and solutions.
Anant has a doctorate in the area of Use of Information Technology in providing affordable and quality health care to rural population in India and other countries under the aegis of Mysore University in 2012. With a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, he started his career in Wipro. He was the Founder President of Kshema Technologies, one of India's first venture capital funded software services companies. He worked as the President of the Technologies Division of MphasiS BFL Limited post the acquisition of Kshema by MphasiS. 


Mr. Vivek Pawar
Vivek Pawar is the Chairman and Founder of Sankalp Semiconductor Pvt. Ltd. He has 30+ years of industry experience in varied functions of Management, in Semiconductor Chip Design and High-Tech Industry.
He founded Sankalp in 2005 and over a span of 10 years he has established multiple centres across India and world such as Germany, Canada, California and Texas, USA.
Currently Sankalp has 600+ engineers is the largest independent Analog semiconductor design service provider company in the world.
Vivek has 3 patents and multiple international publications to his credit.
Vivek has enabled a first in India/world model of creating world-class products from Engineering
campuses by enabling Technology start-ups ecosystem and education transformation. He was
instrumental in creating unique incubation model in campus leading to 50+ start-ups emerging from BVB College, KLE Tech campus and creating 600+ Tech engineering jobs in Tier II city.
Vivek completed BE (E&C) from the College Of Engineering, Pune (COEP) and MTech at IIT Kharagpur.
He is currently serving as CEO of Deshpande Foundation, Hubli.

Mr. Gireendra Kasmalkar
Gireendra is General Partner of Alacrity India and Founder Director and CEO of Ideas to Impacts Innovations Pvt. Ltd. promoting innovative ideas that can create significant positive impacts for both customers and the small towns of India.
India’s leading software testing entrepreneur, Gireendra exited from his earlier venture, VeriSoft (now, SQS India) after being in global and Indian leadership positions at SQS, where he grew the India operations to over 2000 people. Before that he worked in the CAD-CAM space with Tata Consultancy Services and then independently.
Gireendra is active on industry forums with leadership roles as a Founder Director at Inter-Institutional Inclusive Innovation Centre, TiE-Pune Governing council chapter member, and previously at SPIN-Pune, CSI-Pune and MCCIA.
He is a Mechanical engineer from IIT Mumbai and University of South Carolina, USA, with management programs at IMD and Columbia University.

Dr Sham Gurav
He completed M.Tech. in Aerospace from IIT Madras and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He did Postdoctoral Research at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA on a project for NASA in collaboration with Lockheed Martin Co. Pvt. Ltd. He has worked in the Aerospace Industry for about 10 years and academic institutes for 4 years. He is currently working now as an Adjunct Professor for Entrepreneurship Development at Technology Business Incubation at RIT, Islampur.
He has also started a company recently, Epipheny Healthcare Innovations Pvt. Ltd, for developing innovative products in the area of Healthcare.

Mr. Srinivasulu Reddy

Srinivasulu Reddy is an Electronics and Communication graduate, and has entrepreneurial experience in varied technology-oriented fields. He is currently founder and CEO of SkyKrafts Aerospace Pvt Ltd, which specializes in building solutions using a combination of Drones, IoTs and Blockchain applications in Agriculture, Survey, Forestry, Emergencies, Research. He has also built India’s first ever production ready 5 litre spraying drones called Kisan Drone.
He has filed 5 patents on drone and drone applications.
He has built India’s largest spraying drone which is delivered to University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad (UASD). He is also building an infrastructure for drones which would bring reliability, accountability and security in the civil UAV domain.

He is the inaugural winner of ELEVATE-100 held in 2017, an annual initiative taken by the Government of Karnataka to recognize and promote startups across Karnataka.


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