Start-Up Committee

The Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI) is pleased to launch its first ever Start-Up Committee as part of the 40th year of its successful establishment in India.

The objective of this committee is to create a platform for start up heads from to network and discuss best practices as well as exchange views on current industry trends on a quarterly basis.

The members of this committee are as follows.

AMIT PRABHU K - Sneed Technologies Pvt Ltd (Co-Founder)

Amit is the co-founder of Sneed, an online marketplace for alternative workspace formats. He was previously the CFO at Puma India, and has worked with GE Capital and A F Ferguson & Co early in his career. He is Chartered Accountant by qualification and keenly follows cricket and Formula 1.

Sneed is an online marketplace for all forms of temporary workspaces aimed at promoting shared office spaces, thereby reducing cost for entrepreneurs and start ups and optimizing the use of office infrastructure. We aim to be the largest providers of such alternative workspaces, integrating user verification and payment infrastructure to validate users and digitise payments and enable on-demand booking of meeting rooms, training spaces etc.

AZAAN FEROZ SAIT - The Hub Bengaluru (Founder & Chief Happiness Officer)

Prior to The Hub, Azaan co-founded Youth for Youth when he was a Junior in high school.The initiative was to work towards promoting the well-being of underprivileged youth of the city. It was done by sustaining a network that connects similar people at different ends of the 'fortunate spectrum'. Youth for Youth got registered as a recognised non profit organization in Bangalore, Karnataka.

The Hub Bengaluru is a co-living space located at Safina Plaza. We are a hub for creative youngsters to come live, work, and play.

JYOTIKA RAOABC Consultants (Executive Director)

Over 24 years of experience in the Executive Search industry across varied industry segments, Jyotika has authored and been part of several success stories. From co-founding Spearhead InterSearch (a globally top ranked consulting firm) to driving the Leadership Search practice at ABC Consultants (pioneer of organized recruitment services in India), there are several more such initiatives and achievements demonstrating her resourcefulness, drive, ambition and tenacity to deliver the best possible outcome.

Currently, Jyotika is working with ABC Consultants, a premiere recruitment firm in the Indian landscape. ABC is the preferred recruitment partner to multinationals and leading Indian businesses and has offices spread across 12 major Indian cities and an international presence in Dubai.

MANISH KUMAR - Kredx (CEO)

KredX is India’s leading invoice discounting marketplace helping businesses gain quick access to collateral-free working capital in 24-72 hours while providing investors with an opportunity to earn high returns with low risk through a unique short-term investment. Invoices that are raised to blue chip companies are discounted via KredX for a short tenure of 30-90 days through our network of High Net Worth Individual & Institutional investors thereby, helping businesses maintain a healthy cash flow and giving our investors lucrative returns. What sets us apart is our uniquely adaptive business model, proprietary 360° state of the art risk modelling along with comprehensive due diligence techniques, great credit assessment process and our technologically integrated platform that ensures fast, hassle-free, and secured transactions.

Prior to Kredx, Manish has 14 years of experience in Banking and Financial Services with jobs across different product, function and geographies.

PRATIK PRADIP HAKAY - Greetude Energy (Founder & Director)

Greetude is a next generation energy efficiency services provider that leverages fintech and IoT to provide scalable and flexible solutions at minimal cost.

Pratik worked with Schlumberger & Capillary before becoming a serial entrepreneur.

PRAVEEN KUMAR D K - Multi Recruit (Co-Founder & Managing Partner)

DK Praveen Kumar is an accomplished Management Professional with approximately 20 years of experience in domestic & international market (UK) worked in Digital, Print Advertising and FMCG Market. Associated with companies KK Food Products, Loot (UK) and TotalJobs.com. Specialized in building new markets with extensive exposure to both product & services market. Leadership experience in managing large sales teams. Have extensive knowledge of strategic market planning, building and managing new markets and business processes.

Multi Recruit, online Recruitment Solutions provider, headquartered in Bangalore is in the industry since 2013. Multi Recruit is the brainchild of D.K. Praveen and Shashank. A. V who having identified the woes of start-ups and SMB's who have tight budgets and who do not have a resourcing team due to cost factors and various other reasons. Multi Recruit has been immensely successful in creating a network of a highly adept intelligent workforce that can help a company achieve their mission-critical projects and goals.

PUNEET PRAKASH - City Link Portal Pvt. Ltd. (Director)

Puneet has 19 years of Supply Chain experience, leading multiple business within the group including warehousing, Trucking and Freight Forwarding. He has built Warehousing & Distribution business from scratch to 1.5 million sqft pan India with 60 warehouses across 26 cities contributing about $ 12.5 M in revenue. he has also set up In-city trucking as a logical extension to Warehousing. Scaling it up to 3 cities, 500+ trucks and $3.75 M. in revenue.

City Link is a technology start up focused on the intra city trucking space. They are disrupting the traditional way of engaging trucks be it on demand or on contract. Through our automated marketplace platform, they match the supply and demand of trucks, optimally. They’ve aggregated supply of vehicles on our platform ensuring higher utilization and increased earnings for vendors. Customers are provided various modes (web/app/call center) to request for vehicles instantaneously. Customer request is matched on various parameters and vehicle is allocated ensuring optimum efficiency. They use advanced analytics and data science techniques to improve efficiency.

RAKESH KUMAR MISHRA - IIT Mentors (Global Co-Chairman)

Rajesh runs a PAN IIT nation-building organization called 'IIT Mentors'. He regularly engages with various IIT institutions and IIT alumni groups to support their entrepreneurship development initiatives. This is probably the only organization that has insights of entrepreneurship developmental evolution across years across IITs. He has co-founded, built and managed the end-to-end operations of one of finest startup incubators (Excubator) over 3.5 years with 9 technology startups in his portfolio. He specialises in setting up effective startup incubator operations. He has mentored more than 1000 startups in his personal capacity and is on the advisory board of 10+ startups. He has been an advisor to SIDBI, one of core pillars of startup India program, to build and architect their nation wide startup platform "SIDBI Startup Mitra" (www.sidbistartupmitra.in).

Currently, he is leading an initiative with Karnataka government to setup an incubator for IIT Kanpur alumni association and IIT Kanpur institution. He has 2 decades of industry experience that cuts across wide spectrum of industries, technology platforms and geographies. He has led large service and technology innovation R&D portfolios since last 10 years at my previous organisation (Infosys Technologies). He currently works with various startup ecosystem players including startups, incubators, government and enterprises. He takes a specialised workshop for startups with his copyrighted framework called “Venture DNA profile’. He is an experienced life-coach and runs a specialised life-rebuilding program called “Master Your Life with me” for senior corporate executives. He is a startup incubation and angel investment expert and works with end-to-end startup ecosystem, both within India as well as with international startup ecosystem players.

SANTOSH KUMAR G - Californium Tech Pvt. Ltd. (Founder & CEO)

With 12 years of experience in the BFSI & IT domain, Santosh has mastered Pre-Sales and Global Project Management. He gets his thrill in the form of cycling – he is an International Cyclist, with an envious distance of 30,000 kms covered including Paris to London Bike Challenge. Also, he was the co-founder of the e-commerce handle Panache Silver.

Currently, leading ASSOCHAM's Startup Cell as Co-Convenor, Santosh is helping the entrepreneurial community through Global platform Startup Leadership Program (SLP)'s India chapter.

SpotPlay (product by his start-up) is an out-of- the-box facility to add a bit of entertainment on the go. Using its Patent pending technology, it gives the passenger an access to stream or download videos – movies, documentaries, music videos and what not – without spending a penny on network usage, irrespective of network being spotty, non exitent. SpotPlay’s Wifi Kit on board makes the streaming possible – on cabs or buses. SpotPlay doesn’t just add value to public transport, but also gets customers excited about the journey.

SIDDHARTH BANERJEE - CosineLabs Pvt. Ltd. (Co-Founder)

Having an experience of upto 11 years in software and hardware development, Siddharth has worked in various roles in established companies as well as startups. CosineLabs is a home automation company that works on an intelligent platform that constantly learns and improves the user experience.

CosineLabs is a home automation company that has created a solution for smart living. With intuitive interaction methods and intelligent learning algorithms, it is bringing the next generation home automation and smart living products to India.

VIJAY H. MADHUSUDAN - Enfrien Innovations LLP (CEO)

Vijay, Founder & CEO of Enfrien, graduated from IIT Madras in 2007 with a B-tech in Engineering Physics. During his stint with Global Analytics, he developed systems to detect fraudulent usage of credit card in real time and decline such transactions, developed systems for predicting real estate prices using neural networks and developed systems for employee attrition by predicting the likelihood of employee leaving a company. He started Enfrien to pursue his passion towards entrepreneurship in sustainable technologies, is a qualified Energy Auditor under Bureau of Energy Efficiency and a certified Business Manager for managing international business under Indo-German Manager training program conducted by the Government of Germany. His strengths are in developing strategies, innovative financial modelling and structuring, data analytics and new product development.

Enfrien, a clean-tech company, is based in Bangalore to make an impact in sustainable technologies and reduce emission of greenhouse gases. Enfrien specializes in solar PV solutions, innovative lighting solutions and energy efficiency services for lighting.

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