The Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 witnessed the presence of some of the most eminent entrepreneurs of India who not only shared their life experiences and learnings but also made the sessions an interactive one for the students.
Ms. Pooja Dhingra
Founder, Le15 Patisserie
Pooja Dhingra, the Queen of Macarons is the founder of Le15 Patisserie, Le15 Cafe and Studio Fifteen Culinary Centre in Mumbai. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, she wanted to offer Mumbai a taste of classic French patisserie. She was selected by Forbes India for their ‘30 Under 30’ achievers list for 2014 and the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia List. Apart from donning the chef’s hat, she is also a talented author of the best-selling cookery book “The Big Book of Treats” and recently she launched her second book on healthy eating, called “The Wholesome Kitchen”.
Mr. Ajeet Khurana
Ex CEO, SINE
Ajeet Khurana, a University of Texas alumnus, is a seasoned entrepreneur and mentor who has been into start-us in India since 1993 and works with early- stage enterprises. He is one of India’s leading angel investors. Mr. Khurana earlier founded Corpos Collosum Learning Pvt. Ltd. and KITS. He is the former CEO of SINE, IIT Bombay’s business incubator, mentor, member of Mumbai Angels, and more. As an angel investor, he invested $10000 each in over half a dozen startups a year in areas like education, e-commerce, software, internet and internet enabled services.
Mr. Rajiv Dingra
Chief Mentor and Advisor, WATConsult
Rajiv Dingra is the Founder and CEO of WATConsult, the most awarded digital and social media agency of India, founded in the year 2007. An entrepreneur and a thought leader in the digital space, Rajiv started his journey in the digital space at a young age of 22 years. Currently he leads a team of 350+ people at WATConsult, which is headquartered in Mumbai, and has offices in Delhi and Bangalore. A great storyteller, Rajiv has been speaking globally at digital and social media seminars and forums across New York, Bangkok, Dubai, Amsterdam, London, Malaysia and Africa along with India. He is an active jury member across prestigious awards shows like Effies, DMA Echo, Smarties, Abbys, IDMA and many others.
Mr. Peshwa Acharya
CMO, Sterling Holidays & Ex P&G, RB, Pepsi, Vodafone, Ex CMO Reliance Retail
A Business Leader, Entrepreneur, Chief Growth Officer and Marketing Guru, Peshwa Acharya straddles many worlds of experience. Peshwa Acharya brings 25 years plus Senior Management, P & L expertise across FMCG (CPG), Telecom, Retail, Technology sectors across India and Asia. He has core expertise in Consumer Marketing, Brand Management, Sales & Distribution & Retail Management across Asia. Peshwa has the proven ability to lead businesses in key strategic and leadership roles (CEO/ Business Head / CMO) across multiple industries viz. FMCG, Retail, Telecom and Tech Start-ups etc. He’s been instrumental in building brands like Vodafone, Reliance Retail, Dabur, Pepsi, Housing.com in India.
Mr. Acharya is currently the CMO at Sterling Holiday Resorts Ltd (A Thomas Cook and Fairfax company)
Ms. Rahat Beri
Founder & MD, Blue Ocean IMC
A 22 year in the industry veteran, Rahat is the Founder and Managing Director of Blue Ocean IMC in India. Previously, she headed one of India’s Top 10 communications firm as their COO and worked across 100’s of Indian and global accounts. She specializes in corporate affairs and financial services, retail, lifestyle, banking, real estate and entertainment media. She continues helping India’s leading CEO’s with their overall market strategy.. Her work in taking several organizations through successful IPO’s speaks for itself and this experience has led to her forming long term associations with India’s top MNC’s and business forums. She is an active member of the Young FICCI Ladies organization helping build strong avenues for today’s women in their professional journeys.
Mr. Ketan Joshi
Author & Marketing Professional
He has an MBA from JBIMS and has worked as a Business and marketing professional in corporates and start-ups, lives and works in Mumbai when he’s not traipsing around the world.
He is also an author and has written well known books like ‘Three men on motorcycles’, ‘Keep Calm – and screw the boss’.
Apart from it all, he has also authored a textbook on marketing.