Startup Accelerator
Chamber of Commerce
Nurturing human excellence
through entrepreneurship

The Core Team

Mr. Manipal Dhariwal
Chapter President-SACC India
Founder CEO, Sebiz Infotech & Netsmartz
Manipal Dhariwal is a first generation, globally recognized serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of Industry experience. He is responsible for creating a footprint of excellence in the IT business universally. In spite of business footprints in more than 4 continents and being a true Punjabi at heart, he moved back to the roots with an intent to see home region grow to its maximum potential. In addition to founding multiple state award winning IT companies like Netsmartz, Sebiz InfoTech, and APPWorx, he supports the portfolio of more than 10 startups from the region. He has successfully mentored over 50 IT oriented Startups in the last 10 years.

With contributing business investments of over 100 crores in the region, he has successfully created over 600 direct jobs and around 2000 indirect jobs in India, especially in the Panjab and Delhi NCR region.

Along with his ongoing business, he is also responsible for steering the SACC India Chapter as its serving President. SACC (Startup Accelerator Chamber of Commerce) is a Startup centric body with a prominent base in North India. His vision for SACC is "to improve the condition of mankind, through the medium of entrepreneurship" and he firmly believes in it.

In addition to SACC, Manipal Dhariwal is also collaborating with other like-minded institutions to foster the Startup culture in the region. Manipal Dhariwal is the Chairman of IT & ITES Entrepreneurship/Start-Up Committee (ASSOCHAM), a Charter Member of TiE, Member of CII and Member of IACC.

In addition to being an avid golfer, his philanthropic passions include:
- Promoting Entrepreneurship
- Social Causes & Campaigns
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Accelerating SMEs & Startups
- Improving Education Infrastructure
- Giving back to Society
Adv. Ekant Agarwal -Executive Director SACC INDIA
Founder and CEO Ekant Associates
He is a seasoned professional raised and educated in Chandigarh is an entrepreneur at heart and a visionary, who is also the founder and CEO of Ekant Associates (Leading Law Firm) ; he is an accomplished advocate with a history of promoting effective legal, finance and business solutions that foster sustainable corporate growth for domestic and international business operations. Broad-based transactional experience with private and public companies, which is complemented by an in depth understanding of the litigation process.

Before joining SACC India, Ekant has also served the Global entrepreneurial organization, TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Chandigarh Chapter as its Associate Director for Chandigarh and Panjab Chapter, for nearly 2 years. In less than 5 years he has mentored over 300 entrepreneurs and companies, he is associated with the entrepreneurial ecosystem since 2010 as a mentor and a guiding light.

Fostering entrepreneurship in the region is a kind of passion to Ekant and in this pursuit he is also managing the first ever co-working space for Startups in Panjab, named "STARTUP IN A BOX"

On a personal level he is a self-driven person who always like to uplift the society, he is a accomplished motivator , has been awarded many number of times for his contribution towards the growth of society. He is also a spiritual person always thriving to become a better human being, desirous to learn from every creation of almighty.

He also holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce, a Bachelors Degree in Law and a Masters in Business Administration.

  • - Member of Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association
  • - Member of District Bar Association of Chandigarh
  • - Member of Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana
  • - Core Member – Startup Accelerator Chamber of Commerce
  • - Member of TiE - The Indus Entrepreneurs Punjab and Chandigarh
  • - Member of Lake Sports Club Chandigarh
  • - Member – Meharban Fitness Center (MFC)
Mr. Maninder S. Bajwa
SACC INDIA-Executive Secretary
Ambassador and winner of UN Program
WSYA 2013
Maninder Singh Bajwa, is a first generation entrepreneur, building IT products and services in the Education Sector. After completing his Software Engineering from Monash University Melbourne, he floated his EdTech company, Espranza Innovations, at the age of 23.

It was in 2013 that one of his product, “iScuela” (K-12 self learning platform) got recognised, firstly at World Education Congress in Mumbai and then it went on to win “Overall Winner”, for addressing, UN MDG : “Education for all” at United Nation’s World Summit Youth Awards. Post the awards he was invited to become the Ambassador for World Summit Awards. iScuela today has reached more than 100,000 students across 450 cities and town across 22 states of India.

Recently Maninder and his team were chosen to work with Coca Cola India and NDTV for their Support My School Campaign, as knowledge partners. Under this campaign his team will take up schools in phases and look to implement solutions to improve learning levels in the rural government schools in India. The project has already taken off in Punjab and would be scaled to 600 schools leading to 1000 in the coming 3-5 years.

Maninder was selected in the Top 30 under 30 list of a leading Daily, Hindustan Times. He has also been selected to take part in World Economic Forum Event, Annual Meeting of New Champions, as one of the 50 young change makers across the world.
Dr. Satbir Singh Kadian
Chief Engineer – Irrigation and Water Resources Department – Haryana
Government of Haryana.
Dr. Satbir Singh Kadian, a distinguished name, an administrator, policy formulator, advisor on infrastructure and policy issues , an authority, a person with a vision, a person with right decision making and a person who is well respected in the entire State of Haryana – known for his honesty and contribution to irrigation and Water Resources Department.
Dr. Kadian a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in the filed of Functional ERP and Policy promotion , after completing his Ph.D he started serving Government of Haryana with his expertise in 1998 and after 20 years of his service and distinguished vision, he was able to get Central Board of Irrigation and Power Award 2018 for the Government of Haryana – this award was presented to him by Union Minister of Water Resources and Clean Ganga Mission (Honorable Nitin Gadkari ji) and he represented the entire state while receiving it.
Under the leadership of Dr. Kadian as the Chief Engineer of Irrigation and Water Resources Department, the Government of Haryana was able to carry water to all the villages, right up to the Rajasthan Border, after the span of more than 28 years.
Apart from his excellent thought, vision and various achievements he is person who likes to give back to the society and wants to raise the standard of all – with this though he helps the youth by promotion of entrepreneurship and now an board member and indispensable part of Startup Accelerator Chamber of Commerce.
Mr.Ashok Vashisht
Associate Director Outreach
A seasoned banker with more than three decades of experience under his belt. The journey has been completed across multiple verticals (Retail, corporate and Rural) within State Bank of Patiala (now a part of SBI). He also has rich experience managing community entrepreneurship with 3 years of experience working as a Director at RSETI. He believes in effective communication and usage of vernacular to drive the point across. He is passionate about mentoring budding businesses and is always ready to help.
Mr. Sanjay
Community Manager at SACC
Born and raised in Chandigarh, Mr. Sanjay holds to his credit a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Application from Post Graduate Government College sector -11, Chandigarh.
Besides being a computer applications expert, he remained as a Head / Captain in command for national level parades and represented the city beautiful Chandigarh for 3 consecutive years in a row 2013-16 with a holder of Certification in National Cadet Corp as the third line of defense i.e. C certificate, also an ardent shooter with Alpha grade in Weapon training.
Prior to his assignment with SACC as its proud community manager, he has handled Entire floor operations for TATA Business Support Services for good 2 years and is also having tremendous client/sales handling experience.
His motto of professionalism is “that learning at any phase of life from anyone can be done”. He can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Ms.Rupali Khanna
Community Manager at SACC
A corporate communication professional with over 10 years of experience, Rupali has a zeal to be a better person with each passing day. Born and brought up in Delhi, she is a certified Web Engineer, but aced in media planning, corporate and marketing communication because of her natural skill in connecting with people and taking them along. An avid reader, she firmly believes that knowledge is the most contagious thing, and prefers to use her proficiency and experience in helping new startups in their journey as entrepreneurs.
Adv. Ashish Sarup
Corporate Consul
Managing Partner
Ashish is a corporate lawyer and Managing Partner of ASA legal Corp. a premier Law Firm and brings with him an experience of 20 years in advising Indian and International clients on Corporate Commercial Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Pharma and Life Sciences, Real Estate, Infrastructure Development Industry, Asset Acquisitions, Power and other Energy Projects, Telecommunications and Cellular Telephony, Intellectual Property, Information Technology including Cyber Laws, Banking and Finance, Formation of Companies, Amalgamations, Liquidations, Foreign Investment Proposals, Joint Ventures, Collaborations and Corporate litigation. Has been extensively involved in advising Multinational Companies on their strategy and operations like AT & T, XL Group USA, J. Walter Thompson, India, DEL MONTE USA, AGA Medical Corporation USA, Endeavour Capital Fund LLP, Vornado Realty Trust (USA), Infosys India, Convergys India, Apollo Hospitals India, AMAZON INDIA, MENLOW, DLF DELANCO, EMAAR MGF, CARNIVAL MEDIA GROUP.
Mr. Hirdesh Madan -SACC GC Member
Founder Bulleye
Hirdesh Madan, (B.E, M.B.A., D.I.E.B.) Head Operation-North Bulls Eye, is a renowned speaker in Indian academic circles. He has trained thousands of students, teachers and corporate executives and is, according to many sections of the media, the moving force behind several pioneering initiatives in the education market.
Mr. Arnav Jain
SACC Student and Innovation Committee Member
Arnav is a student of class 12 in St. John's high School, Chandigarh. What makes him special? He was the youngest participant of the first batch of TYE (The Young Entrepreneurs) programme held in New Delhi in 2011. He was in Class 9 at that time and had to seek special permission to participate in the programme, as he was under age for the programme. Such was the drive in him, that he used to commute to Delhi every Sunday to attend the course! And he did justice to it too, as his team won the National level competition by presenting its business plan 'Lavacro'. His team went on to win the third place in the International competition held in the US.

An avid photographer, Arnav likes to shoot Nature at its best. While he is working hard to get admission to one of the coveted Schools for a computer programme, he relaxes by playing the occasional guitar. He's also been the Editor for his school magazine and expects his networking skills to hold him in good stead in his future life!
Mr. Mukesh Gupta -CA
SACC Auditor/GC Member
CA Mukesh Gupta is a well respected Charted Account from Chandigarh, practising as a CA and as an entrepreneur over last 25 years. He is a true philanthropist at heart and mentors Startups and wanna be entrepreneurs under the patronage of SACC India. He is in the core team of SACC India, and is a founding member. He will be mentoring the teams at Start-up weekend Chandigarh.
Mr. Yatin K Thakur -SACC GC Member
Founder Moonlighting and Startup India
Director UP Global-India
Yatin is a serial entrepreneur working towards developing the startup eco-system in India, which includes a common platform for innovators, designers, technical enthusiasts and aspiring entrepreneurs to be linked to a network of like minded people and angel investors. He has been actively involved in setting up a startup mansion in Delhi called "Moonlighting" and has been an active Startup Weekend organiser in New Delhi. He is also closely working with Farmers and bridging the urban rural divide.
Mr. Mukul Pasricha
Former Consultant Ernst & Young
Co-Founder & Director at Moonlighting Co working
Gurgaon, India
Mukul completed his education from University of Leicester, He Worked in the IT Risk & Assurance domain focusing on clients from the Technology, Communication and Entertainment industries. He is an official organizer at Startup Weekend.
Mr. Vineet Khurana -Online marketing strategist & advisor
Founder & CEO Viprasoft
Chandigarh, India
Vineet’s risk taking ability and desire to follow his passion, let him to quit his job at Infosys, Bangalore and pursue his entrepreneurial journey in 2010. Starting early at 22 years of age, he now leads the sales and marketing team at Viprasoft, a company he is the Co-founder.Vineet loves to study the consumer behaviour and accordingly provide customised IT & Social Media related services. Undoubtedly, Vineet is a specialist in online lead generation for his prospective and present clients, thus adding value to their business. He is also a part of the organizing team of Joomla Day India and an Open Source technology speaker.
Mr. Navdeep Singh
Navdeep Singh Kalsi with a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering and Masters in Animation has a unique amalgamation of art and technology. This special fusion enabled him to incept an!mate studioz, a branding and software development one stop solution. During the 5 years of existence an!mate studioz has served tons of clients worldwide. Navdeep always stresses upon “user friendly and return generating solutions”. Apart from putting in just time and effort into any product & service he likes to put in “Life”. His passion towards his work and a unique perspective to life has always been stimulating to his peers. He fosters high moral values in life and propagates the same to all.
Nitika Mishra
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
An excellent Team player, affluent with creative Ideas and Management skills, Nitika is a very dedicated, determined and a focused professional, who understands well, the nuances of a Creative Business. She is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of a Web based venture Viprasoft. An eye for detail and customer satisfaction remain Nitika's top priority. She truly believes that Service, Service & Service would win her customers and her Company the Horizons they wish to achieve. She has strong interpersonal skills, that makes her a perfect person for Operations and Sales. She handles the Cruise Sales and Cruise Planning section of Cruise RoveR.
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