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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
Mr. Nitin Monga
Founder & CEO
WE Excel Software Pvt. Ltd.
Co-founder, Appworx IT Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Vice President, Startup Accelerator Chamber of Commerce (SACC)
Co-Chairman, Start Ups/Entrepreneurship & IT & ITES Committee- Assocham
An entrepreneur and a businessman par excellence, Nitin Monga has had over 17 years of impressive success in the IT sector, running country wide operational functions and leading large scale projects, especially in the government sector. Passionate about e-governance, his vision has always been focused on building a bridge between the government and the citizens. He has been working tirelessly to uplift the existing systems of governance by introducing innovative and largescale “real” solutions, which are aimed to positively impact millions of people.

Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
In 2014, Mr. Monga co- founded Appworx IT Solutions with a vision to transform the Education Industry through the use of technology and to contribute to the Prime Minister’s Skill India Mission. The organization has multiple training centers across the country and works at the grass-root level, focusing on the youth among the lower income group. Its mission is to train these young minds and enhance employability.
He also serves on the board of SACC (Startup Accelerator Chamber of Commerce), as the Vice President, a Startup centric body with a prominent base in North India. He is positive that the only way to fight poverty is by strengthening the startup ecosystem, thereby, strengthening society. He is skilled in funding and raising startups from inception and is currently supporting the profile of four such startups.
With historical and strategic tie- ups of SACC with Progressive Punjab and Happening Haryana events, he has fulfilled his dreams of helping rural kids to Dream Big and Dream Right.

Areas of Impact
Business Development | Profit Growth | Product Development | Leadership | Team Building
Mr. 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" www.startupinabox.in

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.

Associations:
  • - 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.
Mr. Pradeep Prem
CEO (International Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Centers)
Appworx IT Solutions Pvt Limited
Chief Mentor, Startup Accelerator Chamber of Commerce (SACC)
Pradeep Prem is an ex man in uniform with highest integrity, moral uprightness, transparency and probity blended with extensive experience in managing challenging situations. Pradeep has track record of successful project implementations, his functional expertise in achieving strong results spanning both operations and business development he believes that “Hard work and adaptive attitude” is the key word to climb the pyramid of the corporate ladder. Graduated from AFTC Bangalore In Aeronautical Engineering and studied management from Bangalore University, Pradeep Prem has more than 35 years of experience in Reputed Educational Institutions and Industry in India in varied verticals like Organizational Development, HR, Academics administration Strategizing new business ventures, building New Private Universities, Skill Development in multiple domains enhancing Corporate Interface, Project Planning & Implementation, Foreign Relations specially focusing to revamp Indian Education system and create skilled manpower pool. Pradeep has a unique leadership style that creates positive environment and brings out the best in the team for achieving organizational goals and is the one who is hands-on, can visualize the future, and articulates it to colleagues in a lucid manner. His leadership style is results-driven, collaborative, team-oriented and based on strong internal and external partnerships. He has to his credit close to 3000 Training programs in the fields Entrepreneurship Development, Soft skills and other personal skills, He has Trained/ Counselled people of multiple domains like Teachers, Professors, Corporate ( Mid and senior levels), Students and Parents.

Currently he is serving as CEO ( International Skill Development and Entrepreneurship centers) in Appworx IT Solutions Chandigarh, Appworx in his command is heading to bring a sea change in the skill arena in India. The country will witness a huge contribution from Appworx in next decade in various skills needed nationally and internationally.
Mr. 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. Govind Saini
Community Manager @ www.startupinabox.in
Mr. Govind Saini is a seasoned professional having experience of more than 8 years in the corporate world, to his credit he Holds a Diploma in Engineering, a Degree in Bachelor of Technology and a post graduate degree in Management with HR and operations as the core specialty.

He has a proven work record with leadership abilities to work as a team player, as a Community Manager - currently managing the entire gamut of activities , including mentoring and handholding of young entrepreneurs and taking the ownership of revenue at Startup in a box – Punjab’s first coworking he proudly manages a community of 150 people in his coworking space at Sebiz Square , Sector 67 Mohali.

Prior to this assignment he has handed multiple responsibilities during his span of 8years in serving multinational organizations, in his career he has been instrumental in using his Human Resource capabilities to maintain and enhance the organization's human resources planning, execution of strategies for evaluating employee relations and human resources policies, also is having experience of handling Public Relation, Media, branding and marketing.
Ms. Isha Handa
Community Manager at SACC
Being a self motivated individual, she strongly believes that the golden rule for every start-up company is to keep going despite the challenges coming its way. Furthermore, she feels that knowledge coupled with correct vision has extreme power to shape the future of any organization. Having got an opportunity to work with a few start-up companies in the US, she feels the need of a better ecosystem for start-up companies here in India. Making a start-up friendly environment by education young individuals about the different opportunities is her utmost priority.
Mr. Atul Gupta -Chief Mentor
Chair- Education and Youth Development
SACC, Co-Founder & Director – Pugmarks
Design / RedAlkemi Chandigarh, India
A passionate mentor, a startup specialist, Atul started an advertising, corporate branding and marketing services company – Pugmarks, in early 1986 and catered to prominent business houses in the north India. In early 1996, he started offering web development and hosting services, the first company in India to do so, well before Google, Bing, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, WikiPedia and 99.98% of the sites you see today, were even born. By 2001, his company served over 3,000 corporate clients, including almost all the publication groups of India, which his company helped launch online. Most of India’s top corporate groups have been his clients. His company has won awards from STPI India. He has been invited to speak and chair at various industry seminars and conferences and is a highly respected figure in the field of IT. He is also a moderator of Social Media Marketing Group on LinkedIn, the third largest group on LinkedIn with over 700,000 members.
Dr. [Col] SPS Bedi
An amazing administrator and human resource manager, Col Dr. Bedi has a wide and varied experience of serving the Indian Army for 26 years, a MNC for 5 years and education sector for past over 12 years. He has held various prestigious Command, Staff, Instructional and Diplomatic appointments while serving with the Army. Dr [Col] SPS Bedi holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and General laws, Masters in Business Administration and Doctorate in Personnel Management.

Dr. Bedi has also served as Director of three reputed and leading Business schools at Bhopal, Ghaziabad and Mohali. Known for his vision and administrative acumen, he is well recognized and respected in Academic and Business parlors because of his competency.

Dr. Bedi is a voracious writer and has authored 5 books besides writing a number of research papers published in reputed National and International journals. He has organized and attended a large number of Conferences and Seminars in the field of Business Administration. He has delivered 18 International lectures at UK, Turkey, Italy, Belgium and Malta.
Mr. Manvir Randhawa
Entrepreneur/Investor/TIE Charter Member-Silicon Valley
SACC GC Member-Co-Founder – Agylist
An Incubation & acceleration specialist, Manvir is a successful entrepreneur, a technologist in the field of Information and Technology. He has been a true example of a young and a dynamic entrepreneur who at a very early age exited out of a successful business venture that employed over 1500 employees in Chandigarh and Punjab region. Manvir loves to guide and mentor new start ups and he aims at setting up successful Incubation centres in Chandigarh and Punjab region.
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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