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Board of Advisors
Venture Center has the valuable support of a Board of Advisors, whose members include:
Dr. Shailendra Vyakarnam
Dr. Shailendra Vyakarnam started his working career in small companies, leaving to complete his
MBA and PhD at Cranfield School of Management, where he stayed on the faculty for ten years, before taking up
a Chair in Enterprise at Nottingham Business School. In April 2001 he was appointed Teaching Programme Director
at the University of Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre and has been made a Senior Fellow of Darwin College,
Cambridge. He is presently the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at the University of Cambridge
and Visiting Professor at Nottingham Business School and University of Reading. He has published several books and
journal articles and is on the editorial board of two academic journals.
Mr. R. R. Abhyankar
Shri R R Abhyankar is a Pune-ite and a champion of individual innovators, technopreneurs and industrial research. He retired in as the Head of RDI and TPDU at Department of Scientific
Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. Currently, he serves as an international consultant for government organizations on scientific and industrial research programs. The DSIR
is the Government of India arm that aims to promote research and technology development by individual
innovators, technology start-ups as well as large companies. The DSIR runs several activities to
promote/support industrial research including a program of grant/loan support for technology
entrepreneurs and official recognition of R&D centers of companies.
Mr. Harish Gandhi
Harish Gandhi is currently Director at AIF Capital -- a private equity firm. Previously he was an Executive Director at Canaan Partners, a global venture
capital company focusing on early stage investments in the technology, telecom and services sector in India.
Harish is a recognized thought leader in the international telecommunications sector and has over 15 years of industry and
operating experience in both India and the U.S. Prior to joining Canaan, Harish spent 12 years in the U.S.
in various engineering, product marketing and business development roles – and has spent the past few years
guiding the strategic development of next-generation services at some the world’s largest mobile companies.
Ms. Nehal Bhojak
Ms. Nehal Bhojak is currently Director, Strategic Life Science Initiatives at Idea Foundry which is an economic development organization based in the U.S. that invests in and provides crucial business development assistance to early stage innovations. In this role, she has been deeply involved in all aspects of technology commercialization including technology transfer, licensing, company formation and strategy related to taking early stage companies to the next level. Prior to Idea Foundry, Ms. Bhojak held positions as Senior Consultant at i2 Technologies and Whittman-Hart in the areas of technology strategy and management.
Ms. Bhojak holds a Masters from the Heinz College of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. She also holds a Master of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her undergraduate education in Architecture and Design was completed in Mumbai, India.
(29 Aug 2018) 8th lecture of the Innovation and Technology Enterprise Lecture Series (ITEL) on Scalable Functional Nanocoatings for Technological and Societal Applications New
(3-4 Aug 2018) Two Days Intensive Workshop on Advanced Thermal Analysis – DSC, TGA & DMA (Emphasis on Polymeric Materials) Wave 1 New
(21 July 2018) Book Launch event Let's Talk About Guys, Girls and Sex by Dr. Swati Shome New
(10 Jul 2018) 15th SIL series presents: Collaborating for Global Competitiveness: Insights for Entrepreneurs and Ecosystems by Prof Anil K. Gupta (Founder, Honey Bee Network, SRISTI, GIAN, National Innovation Foundation)
(21 Apr - 29 Sep 2018) Startup 101 Series:A Launch Pad for your Entrepreneurial Journey
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(18 Apr 2018, ToI) Regional bioinnovation centre set up at Venture Center New
(17 Apr 2018, ToI) Bioinnovation centre in Pune for biotech, medtech New
(20 Mar 2018, ToI) An idea is all it takes for change
(20 Mar 2018, ToI) 2 city-based startups among 'ET power of Ideas' winners
Archives Incubatee News
(1 Jul 2018) 1Crowd and BIRAC invest in healthcare startup SynThera Biomedical New
(2 May 2018) Pune's Venture Center wins Asian Incubation Award New
(15 Apr 2018, Press Release) Pune's Venture Center to host Government's Regional Bioinnovation Centre
(12 Apr 2018, Press Release) Dr Satya Dash joins the Board of Venture Center
(1 Jan 2018) NIDHI Seed Support Scheme at Venture Center, Pune - Round 1
(1 Jan 2018) Current & recent openings New