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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.
(19 Feb 2018) Half-day Seminar on Patent Filing and Prosecution in USA: Tips and Pointers for Startups and Inventive Companies (including Get-together of the Pune Inventors Network) by Arjun Bala, Managing partner, Metayage IP Strategy Consulting LLP New
(19 Feb 2018) A seminar on Recent Developments in EP and UK Patent Law and Practice by Ms Punita Shah (Patent Director , HGF Intellectual Property Specialist) New
(9-10 Feb 2018) 2 Days Workshop on Taking Med-Tech Startups Beyond Prototyping:Regulations, IP monetization & Funding New
(22 Jan 2018) Interaction with CTO of PATH.org (International Health NGO): Praveen Raja, PhD, Vice President for Technology Development and Introduction
(20 Jan 2018) The Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG) Awareness Talk on Understand more about funding schemes and incubation facilities
Archives Events Dashboard
(16 May 2017, BioVoice) A HEALING TOUCH FOR IGNORED WOUNDS ! New
(13 May 2017, Dainik Jagran) CSIR - IITR: Technology Day New
(6 May 2017, Pune Mirror) Pune-based startups win big at Startup Bio event in Bangalore | Sakaal | Sakaal New
(29 April 2017, Pune Mirror) ENTER IRON MAN ORIGINAL
(March - April 2017, BCIL Newsletter) Workshop on Technology and Innovation Management: Key to Effective Commercialization
Archives Incubatee News
(1 Jan 2018) NIDHI Seed Support Scheme at Venture Center, Pune - Round 1 New
(1 Jan 2018) Current & recent openings New
(6 Dec 2017) BIRAC SEED Fund at Venture Center, Pune - Round 3
(5 Aug 2017) BIRAC SEED Fund at Venture Center, Pune - Round 2