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Board of Directors
Venture Center is governed by a Board of Directors, whose members include:
Prof. Ashwini Kumar Nangia
(Chairman Venture Center)
Prof. Ashwini Kumar Nangia, School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad took over as the eleventh Director of CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune. He obtained M.Sc. in Chemistry from IIT Kanpur in 1983. He worked under Frederick E Ziegler at Yale University for his Ph.D. on the total synthesis of sesquiterpene natural products via a stereoselective Claisen rearrangement route.
Shri. H K Mittal
(Director & Representative, DST-NSTEDB)
Mr HK Mittal currently heads the National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Board, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
Shri Mittal has over two decades of experience in technology based entrepreneurship development; skill development; trainers training and faculty development; establishment of entrepreneurship development institutions like institutes of entrepreneurship development at the state level, Technology Business Incubators, Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Parks, Entrepreneurship Development Cells in the educational institutions; development of micro-enterprises; working for income generation activities for underprivileged sections like: women, scheduled castes/tribes, physically challenged etc.
Mr Mittal is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management , Ahmedabad. He has previously worked with the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India - Ahmedabad and also served with UNIDO.
Shri. Pramod Chaudhari
(Executive Chairman, Praj Industries Limited)
Pramod Chaudhari, is Executive Chairman of Praj Industries Ltd. Praj Group is global provider of
end-to- end Technology and Engineering solutions for Bio-Energy, Bio-Chemical and Bio-Pharma
industry, with strong backing of world-class state-of- the-art R&D Center called, Praj Matrix.
As a first generation techno-entrepreneur, he founded Praj in 1983. He dreamt and developed
Praj into a world-class engineering company specialized in Agri-processing opportunities. With
strong belief in principle of triple bottom-line, his business model is inherently scalable, replicable
and sustainable. Praj fostered the emergence of advanced technologies in certain Bio-Energy
and allied space. As India's biggest Biofuel Technology company, Praj has in excess of 750
footprints in over 75 countries, across five continents. Under his leadership, Praj has successfully
launched India's First Integrated Bio-refinery Demo for Renewable Fuels & Chemicals, based on
indigenously developed 2nd gen technology.
Deeply passionate about environment, Pramod is committed to develop clean and green
technologies. As a champion of the powerful premise that 'Innovation and Entrepreneurship can
change the world for better', he has been a tireless crusader in propagating spirit of
entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.
Pramod Chaudhari is a 'Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Bombay (1971)' and an alumnus of
Harvard Business School (AMP 1995). He has been associated with many eminent organizations
holding responsible positions from time to time. He has received many awards and recognitions
for entrepreneurship and excellence.
Shri. Anand T Kusre
Mr Anand Kusre has over 30 year's experience in commercial and development banking. He has been responsible for formulation and implementation of national and international programmes aimed at development and commercialisation of new technologies. He has been associated with more than 250 companies and technology institutions engaged in development of innovative products and processes including large number of first generation entrepreneurs. Currently, Mr Kusre is Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. In addition, Mr Kusre is Chairman, MITCON Consultancy Company Limited. Mr Kusre is actively engaged in the fields of Innovation and Entrepreneurship being Member, Governing Board, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India and Member, High-Powered Committee, New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative.
Dr. K N Ganesh
Dr. Krishna N Ganesh did his Ph.D (1976) in Chemistry at Delhi University (Guide: Prof GBV
Subramanian). He was awarded a Commonwealth Fellowship to pursue higher studies University of
Cambridge, UK which resulted in a second Ph.D degree to him in 1980 (Guide: Prof JKM Sanders). In
1987, he moved to National Chemical Laboratory, Pune to establish a Bioorganic Chemistry research
group. He became the Head of Organic Chemistry (Synthesis) Division in 1994. During his tenure at
NCL till 2006, he was involved in policy development, resource generation and design, execution and
evaluation of institutional research programmes in Organic Chemistry. Currently he is the Director of
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Tirupati. He was previously the director of the
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune.
Dr. V Premnath
(Founding Director & Secretary)
Dr. V. Premnath holds a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He has also been a Chevening Technology Enterprise Fellow with the Centre for Scientific Enterprises, London Business School and Cambridge University, UK. He brings with him considerable experience in technology development and commercialization (two successfully commercialized families of products), working with start-up companies (in Cambridge-UK and India) and engaging with large corporations on research and consulting projects as project leader.
(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