Mugdha Lele

Mugdha 2015-08-03

Mugdha is currently Sr. Manager – Social Innovations at Venture Center, Pune. She has done Ph.D from School of Health Sciences, University of Pune and has teaching and research experience in a State Government medical university. At Venture Center, she is responsible for driving the Social Innovations and related activities and is responsible for providing technical mentoring for incubatees at Venture Center. Mugdha has been a Fellow of the Chevening Rolls Royce Science, Innovation, Policy and Leadership Programme (CRISP) at the Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK in 2016. In 2018 she has also been part of the Aritra Accelerator Program for Leadership in the Social Sector at IIM Bangalore with Phicus Solutions and Dr. Reddy’s Foundation.

Manisha Premnath

manisha premnath

Manisha is COO and General Manager at Venture Center. She is Ph.D (Biotechnology), University of Pune; Post-doctoral training, University of Cambridge, UK. She has been a Chevening Rolls Royce Science, Innovation, Policy and Leadership Programme (CRISP) Fellow at the Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK during 2015 where she had the opportunity to study technology innovation ecosystems. She has research experience in biotechnology, microbiology, fungal biotechnology, molecular biology and molecular virology. She has experience in planning and setting up of advanced scientific facilities and program management.
Premnath VenugopalanV Premnath Premnath is Founding Director of Venture Center and Head, NCL Innovations. He is B.Tech (IIT-B), Ph.D (MIT, USA), Chevening Technology Enterprise Fellow (Centre for Scientific Enterprises, London Business School and Cambridge University, UK). He has experience in technology development and commercialization, working with start-up companies (in Cambridge-UK and India) and engaging with large corporations on research and consulting projects as project leader.

Aakash Baglane: B.Tech (Production Engg), College of Engineering, Pune

Aakash is passionate about trying new things and discovering himself. He has worked with a Social Enterprise called Nazariya working to revive and re-contextualize the dying and extinct art forms, cultures and traditions of India. He is an amateur photographer and a passionate cricketer.  A travel enthusiast at heart, who says: travel is my therapy!

Akash Singh: BE (Biotechnology),  Rizvi College of Engineering, Mumbai University

Akash has worked extensively on Biological Wastewater Treatment on projects including development of aerobic granules, developing programs for analysis of Wastewater plants etc. He is very passionate about learning different technologies and how they can make a difference at global scale. He is an avid reader, loves computers. A problem solver at heart, who says: if you have a problem, I’ll find a way to fix it!

Lakshay Sethi: BE (Mechanical Engg) and MSc (Biology), BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus

Lakshay has worked on developing bio-concrete using microorganisms and industrial wastes from various sources. He has a knack for problem solving by getting into others shoes, highly adaptable and truly believes that journeys are much more important than the end goals. An avid foodie who loves to party and play basketball in addition to enjoying online gaming.

Mohan Kumar S: MSc, PhD (Microbiology), Bangalore University

He has expertise in mushroom biotechnology and cultivation of mushrooms using agro-waste substrates and is keen on developing valuable products like Mycoleather and Biowax. He has been a Young Scientist Awardee from the Mycological Society of India and is also a BIRAC-GYTI appreciation awardee. He is passionate about science teaching, travelling, reading  and doing science research in an affordable cost.

Tushar Pawar: B.Tech (Production Engg), College of Engineering, Pune

M.Des (Product Design & Manufacturing), IISc, Bangalore

He is passionate about working on Waste to Value projects, where he has designed an Automatic Cashew Apple Juice Extraction Machine for farmers in Goa and an Automatic Poultry Cleaning Machine for broiler poultry farmers. He loves to explore life via his passion of poetry, Kayaking and believes in simplicity.

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