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.
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. Sunant Grover
Community Manager at SACC
Sunant Grover is a Mathematician by Education. Worked as Master Franchisee & Franchisee for various companies in the territory of Haryana. He has played a major role in network building, team management & marketing campaign. He has worked as Nodal Partner with Department of Distance Learning, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra for 5 years. He has managed his own institute having capacity of 350+ students pursuing Undergraduate & Postgraduate courses. He is having a 20+ years’ experience in teaching and training Mathematics, Digital Electronics, Computers, General Aptitude and Soft skills. He is voluntarily training students from various underprivileged segments of society in his domains of expertise. He has keen interest in ancient sciences and he is practitioner & trainer of sciences like Vedic Mathematics, Vaastu Shastra, Astrology, Numerology etc. He is also practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP), an Applied Section of Modern Human Psychology. Being in touch with student community he understands the needs and caliber of students. Therefore, encouraging student community to come forward to become Entrepreneur of future. He is writer, reader, trainer and learner by his nature.
Mr. Dharamveer Singh
Community Manager at SACC
With a background of Media and Entertainment and Entertainment. A vast experience in IT Skill Training and Management.
Presently Heading the Startup Incubator Centre of Excellence, Hisar.
Headed the Training Department of Sebiz Sebiz Infotech Pvt.Ltd (Mohali)(10 years and 10 Months (experience as Center Head(SFS) & Training Head( Project of Mahindra Swaraj).
- Worked as Center Head for 5 years in Arena Animation (Aptech).
- Worked as Placement Head for 1 year in Sebiz Finishing Schoool
- Worked for 3 years as Training Head and Mobilization Head for udaan (NSDC Project,).
- Also working from as Training Head for Mahindra swaraj Project (All over India training) with the team of 20 members with Sister company Netsmartz.
Ms. Smriti Sharma
Community Manager at SACC
Smriti Sharma is a communication expert by degree, a writer by passion and a community builder by profession. She grew up in a joint family and learnt her first lessons of community building at a young age. Having worked as a content, communication and community expert she believes in creating a difference through her work. Previously, she has headed the content of an outsourcing magazine, community of a co-working space having three branches and created advertising campaigns for several brands.

In the various roles played, she has been the face and voice of the organisation. Instrumental in organising events such as team building and skill building. Smriti has won various accolades such as Best Person and Change Maker. In her free time, she teaches English to the under privileged segment of the society.

She loves to read extensively, give soft skill training and nurture start-ups. Her mantra in life is to learn a new thing everyday.
Ms. Shilpa Arora
Community Manager at SACC
A graduate from International institute of Hotel Management, Kolkata which is affiliated to Edinburgh Napier University. From being a hotelier to switching my career in Co-working segment has been a major development phase. After having spent almost 7 years in Community management, customer relations, Operations, Administration, Facilities management etc has made me understand quiet a lot of aspects about a business model. A keen reader and enjoy her passion about cooking and loves interacting with people as I firmly believe that the more people you meet the more you learn every day.
Ms. Tanushree Chandra
Community Manager at SACC
An Enthusiastic Soft Skill and Certified Personality Development Trainer from Regional institute of English, Chandigarh. Possess a strong track record in improving Scores, better placements and teaching effectively. Ability to be a team player and resolve problem and conflicts professionally as an administrator. With an experience of 7 years in projects of Skill and Corporate Training has afforded me a well- rounded skill set, including first rate listening and counselling abilities .Skilled at communicating complex information in a simple and entertaining manner . Over the course of my career, have worked in several different areas, across different levels including Research & Development, Teaching in Colleges, Schools and Govt. Skill Training Centre across Punjab. Strong believer of ‘Arise, Awake, Stop not till the Goal is reached.

Being from Economics and Mass Comm. Background has good analytical and expressive Skills respectively. Passionate about Theatre and worked in some Bengali and Punjabi theatre Projects. Certified Yoga Instructor from SVYASA University of Yoga, Bangalore. Keen Social Worker. Love to Explore new things and endevours.
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
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