With an intent to build a strong ecosystem that is conducive for the growth of startup businesses, to drive sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities, we at MGC have scheduled an event -Startup Challenge.
We believe that our initiative would help us in building an ecosystem in which startups can innovate and excel under proper guidance and infrastructure. Startup ideas are invited from members of Maheshwari community spread across the globe for further appraisal, shortlisted ideas by our esteemed jury would be exhibited at MGC platform and the best idea would be awarded.
Founder, Udhyam Learning Foundation
Mr. Mekin Maheshwari who is now founder of Udhyam Learning Foundation, has been Advisor of Flipkart Online Services Pvt. Ltd. since October 2015.
Mr. Maheshwari served as Chief People Officer at Flipkart Online Services Pvt. Ltd. until October 2015, where he was earlier heading PayZippy, eBooks and engineering division. He served as Chief People Officer of Flipkart Online Services Pvt. Ltd. January 17, 2014.
Mr. Maheshwari served as President of Technology at Flipkart Online Services Pvt. Ltd. He is responsible for overseeing Flipkart's technological operations. He started his career with Yahoo! and then went on to joined Ugenie where he created weRead, a successful social network around books.
Mekin is graduated with a bachelors in B.E. Information Science from PESIT, Bangalore.
Director - Global FMB Program at S. P. Jain School of Global Management
Prof. Parimal Merchant is the Director with S P Jain School of Global Management in-charge of the Global FMB – a distinctive 12 month management program for participants from business families. He has over 24 years of association with Management education with specialized focus on the context of Family Managed Business.
Over the years by interaction with over 3,000 family businesses, he has developed matchless insights into the family business culture of Asia. He has given various conferences on issues of Family Managed Business.
He is advisor to the Asian Institute of Family Managed Business. He has been involved in profit improvement consultancy projects for nearly 30 years and has been involved with nearly 100 + companies. He has coordinated projects for Development of Corporate Citizenship (DOCC) guiding students to provide consultancy to over 300 + NGOs. He has been actively involved Humanist Movement for more than 35 years working in global co-operation for better society and better personal life.
He graduated from Mumbai with Bachelor in Commerce and Law and completed his ICWA in 1982.
CEO at Network18 Digital
Manish leads Network18 Digital, which is the mobile and internet arm of Network18 Group, India’s leading media and entertainment group with over 225 million television viewers and 40 million unique digital visitors per month. Key group properties include moneycontrol.com, Firstpost.com, BookMyShow, HomeShop18, Burrp, CNBC-TV18, CNN-IBN, ETV, Colors, MTV India, Comedy Central, Nick, Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Forbes India.
Outside of work, Manish mentors consumer- and SME-focused tech start-ups as India lead of Ivy League Alumni Angel Network (ILAANET) and is part of India’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Previously, Manish headed Flipkart’s Seller Business and Ecosystem and grew its marketplace by 10x to create a significant lead as India’s #1 digital commerce player. Prior to Flipkart, Manish co-founded txtWeb and made it the world’s largest marketplace for text-based apps. txtWeb won several innovation awards e.g. mBillionth, NASSCOM. Prior to txtWeb, Manish was the Head of New Markets at Intuit, which is NASDAQ-listed world’s leading provider of software products for SMEs and consumers with brands such as TurboTax and QuickBooks.
Prior to this, Manish worked at McKinsey in New York, where he advised Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and government bodies. Previously, he worked at Procter & Gamble (P&G), starting his career in Mumbai and then in the Philippines, China and Singapore.
Manish holds an MBA with honours from Wharton Business School, was elected Co-President of the Asia Club and won Shils-Zeidman Award. He also served as an Economic Development volunteer in East Timor under the Wharton International Volunteer Program.
Group CFO – Avenue Supermarts Ltd
Mr. Ramakant Baheti has been Whole-Time Director of Avenue Supermarts Limited since January 02, 2006 and served as its Chief Financial Officer until May 5, 2018. He is a Group Chief Financial Officer of Avenue Supermarts Limited since May 5, 2018.
Currently, Mr. Baheti is as a chartered accountant is also a Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and on the board of 7 other companies.
Prior to joining D-Mart, he was with Bright Star, a company promoted by the Damanis. He has also worked with Damani Share & Stock Brokers, the stock broking arm of Damanis.
Mr. Baheti received an undergraduate degree from Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University. He is a chartered accountant, has 19 years of experience in finance.
Chief Promoter - Orange City Water (OCW) Chairman & Managing Director Vishwaraj Group
Arun Lakhani, (Chief Promoter of Orange City Water (OCW) & Chairman & Managing Director of Vishwaraj Group (Vishwaraj Environment Pvt Ltd)) has been appointed as “Advisor to Central Government’s “NITI Aayog” (National Institution for Transforming India) for Urban Water Supply Projects & Wastewater Treatment and Reuse PPP projects. In addition, being a leader in water and waste water sector, the dynamic and versatile Arun Lakhani is also attached with various social, sports and cultural organisations like he is member of National body of Bharat Rural livelihood foundation (BRLF) – a Government of India funded Social Organisation.
Arun Lakhani has been appointed as Vice-President of National Badminton Association. He is President of Maharashtra Badminton Association. He is President of Runadhar Trust – an organization working in skilling the suicide affected farmer families in vidarbha. He is President of Laxmanrao Mankar Trust – an organization operating 500+ single teacher schools in remote adivasi areas.
He is founder of SEA Foundation – promoting – Sustainability, efficiency and accountability. He is an also an active member of all leading Indian industry bodies including CII, FICCI and ASSOCHAM.
Anil Bang is a Co-founder and key shareholder of Moneyfront - “a new age Fintech and wealth management platform” which has been pioneer in popularizing the concept of investing in “direct plan of mutual funds” in India. At present it is one of the largest platforms in India with AUM of 700crores. Recently it has also sold big stake to a listed NBFC in India. Besides this he has financial investments in multiple startups in diverse industries.
As a professional, Anil has been doing extensive research on financial sector companies (both Indian and global) for more than 15 years – from the view of imparting investment advice or actual investments for his firms. He has been working with a Global Hedge fund Marshall Wace (AUM 30bn$) for last 10years in their HongKong and India office. Before this he was at Morgan Stanley researching on Indian Banks.
Coming from a business family of Jodhpur, Anil has had academic focus from beginning and has been a gold medalist in senior secondary, university and even In his MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai.
SVP, Head – Operations, Myntra – Jabong
e-Commerce leader with a strong passion for creating customer delight and long-lasting impact for business – delivered with technology at the core.
With over 15 years of operations & management consulting experience, I am currently building next-gen Digital Supply Chain at Myntra & Jabong to create personalized & differentiated customer experience and drive towards overall profitability
Prior to this, at A.T. Kearney, I have advised consumer and retail clients across US, Japan, China, SE Asia, ME and India; With an expertise in Strategy, Operations & Large Scale Transformations, I have led both business development and project execution across topics like market entry strategy, growth strategy, due diligence, operations transformation, value creation, working capital reduction, business turn-arounds for both large and small scale clients Specialties: Business Strategy, Operations, Digital Supply Chain, Large Scale Transformations, Profitability Improvement, Value Creation, Working Capital Reduction
He is an expedite entrepreneur and an investor into the startup ecosystem since last 4 years.
Mr. Malpani currently serves as an Executive Director at BookBySlot, Investor relations at Leher, Advisor at Modvey, Settlrs, Treatup.io and also have incubated around 25 startups till date.
He have been a seasonal speaker and moderator at India's premier Institutes and various startup events including IITs and IIMs.
Chairman of Everest Industries Ltd
ADITYA V SOMANI is the Chairman of Everest Industries Ltd, one of India's fastest growing building products companies.. Aditya has 15 years of experience in the business of real estate development and construction, textiles and information management. He set up a textile weaving unit in 1997. And co-promoted Compareindia.com, subsequently sold to CNBC Web 18. As an undergraduate student, he assisted in his family-owned businesses which included a travel agency and a Pepsi distributorship. In addition to business, he is deeply involved in various educational and social causes. He is associated with Mahesh Shikshan Sansthan, Jodhpur (8 institutions with 7,500 students from Primary to B.Ed), International Business Council (Advisory board at University of Pittsburgh, USA), Praja (works with Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation towards more transparency and accountability in governance), Salaam Bombay Foundation (Advocacy platform for Health and Education which runs India's largest life-skills program for students in 30,000 middle and senior schools in Maharashtra), Inner Courtyard (promotes classical performing arts and supports upcoming artistes) and Rotary Club of Bombay. Aditya is an MBA from University of Pittsburgh, USA (1997) and also has a PG Diploma in Business Management from S P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai. Prior to that he graduated with a Masters and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Sydenham College, Mumbai. On weekends, Aditya loves music, books, theatre and traveling with his family. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Manoj Gattani, Ph.D. is an Energy Engineering design specialist and innovated many Products and Processes like Crack Gel for Roof top Seepage, Efficient Wood Stove for cooking, Solar Hybrid Cooling Device, Bio Waste to Energy Device and few more. He Invented GOPI Engine, a Fuel less Magnetic Engine for Mechanical and Electrical Power Generation. He developed theories on Permanent Magnet Engine which is first of its kind and received his PhD Degree on this topic only. He has 14 Patents at various stages. He received many prestigious awards from national and international organisations; few of them are Young Scientist Award, Promising Innovator, Best Technology, and Best Research Award. He is mentoring and heading 3 Startups and Business ventures and authored bestselling Book “The Journey from Idea to Organisation” on entrepreneur eco system. He is founder member of the IGET, an Education Society which provides a great eco system to support youth who loves to be Research & Design Specialist and Entrepreneurs.
ADITYA BIRLA GROUP
SMT. Rajashree Birla is a Director on the Board of all the major Aditya Birla Group of Companies; viz., Grasim, Hindalco, Aditya Birla Nuvo and UltraTech Cement Ltd. As Chairperson of the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development, the apex body responsible for development projects, Mrs. Birla oversees the Group's social and welfare driven work across 30 companies. In the ten years that she has been spearheading the activity, the Aditya Birla Group has enlarged its scope of activities, based on an intensive assessment of the needs of the communities. These encompass innovative projects such as providing the rural youth with a chance to shape their future through sustainable employment schemes, education and training, making safe drinking water easily accessible and women empowerment programmes.
SHRI Radhakishan damani refferd Mr white and white because of incredible low profile simple life and always wearing a white trouser and white shirt. He is a person who speaks very less and listens with utmost attention. He doesn’t believe in social media, keep distance from media and public appearance. Even when he donates a big sum to a charity, he still hides his identity.Nevertheless his actions are louder enough to make him go unnoticed. Due to his Midas touch, he has successfully earned the reputation of being one of India’s finest value investors and founder of most profitable retail store in India.
Shri H.M. Bangur is a Chemical Engineer from IIT, Mumbai and he brings to the board technical insights which are a driving force of the technical excellence achieved by the Company. Shri Bangur is President of Rajasthan Foundation Kolkata Chapter. He is also Executive Member of FICCI. Shri Bangur was the president of the Cement Manufacturing Association (CMA) during 2007-2009
Kishore Biyani is the founder and Group CEO of Future Group. Widely credited as the pioneer of modern retail industry in India, Kishore Biyani is a mentor and role model for many Indian entrepreneurs and a thought leader in Indian business.Over the past two decades he has created and led some of India's most popular retail chains like Big Bazaar, Central, Brand Factory, Foodhall, fbb, among others. Over time, various retail chains like Nilgiris, Aadhaar, Easyday, Heritage, HyperCity and others have also become part of Future Group. These retail chains are present in more than 250 cities across India and attract over 500 million customer footfalls annually. Simultaneously, he has also led the creation of a wide portfolio of consumer goods brands in fashion, food and electronics space, that are distributed through the group's retail chains and various other modern retail networks in the country. The group has also made substantial investments in technology, analytics, food processing, logistics and warehouse networks, provides mentorship and investments to many Indian entrepreneurs and brands and operates joint ventures with Fonterra, Clarks, Generali Group, Hidesign, among others.
A self-determined visionary, Mr. Tribhuvan Prasad Kabra, the Chairman of RR Global has come a long way from the early stage of life when he joined the organization to change its fortunes in the most commendable manner.A master strategist, his expertise in the management of people as well as the operations & functioning of the organization helped the group succeed. From sales and purchases to finance and manufacturing he maintained the highest standards business ethics resulting in the establishment of immense trust of his clients. His association with the organization and laudable efforts saw the Group gain recognition in India and abroad. Over the years, Mr. Tribhuvan Kabra has worked hard to bring all the goals to fruition and is chiefly responsible for the Group’s foray into the electrical, wires & cables segment. Also noteworthy are his pragmatic decision-making skills that led him to venture into the retail business which he turned into a profitable unit within a very short time of six months true to his words “To succeed in business, you need to be in retail”
Mr. Vishnukant Chaturbhuj Bhutada, B. Pharm. serves as the Managing Director of Shilpa Medicare Limited. Mr. Bhutada joined Shilpa Medicare Limited in November 1987. He serves as the Director at Maia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He has been a Director of Shilpa Medicare Limited since November 20, 1987. He is basically a pharmacy graduate and main guiding force behind the progress of Shilpa Medicare Limited. He holds a B.Pharm.
SOLAR EXPLOSIVES LTD
Mr. Satyanarayan Nandlal Nuwal is Founder of Solar Industries India Limited (formerly Solar Explosives Limited), a company for manufacturing explosives in the name and under the flagship of Solar Group of Companies. Mr. Nuwal started his career by trading in explosives and explosives accessories. He is the Promoter of Solar Group of Companies. He serves as the Chairman of Solar Industries India Ltd. He serves as the Chairman and a Director at Economic Explosives Limited, Solar Capitals Limited, Solar Components Private Limited, Solar Industries Limited, Solar Processors (P) Limited, Mahakal Projects Private Limited, Mahakal Infrastructure Private Limited, Somi Steel & Power Limited and Navbharat Coalfields Limited. He is Founder Director at Solar Group of Companies. Mr. Nuwal has been a Non-Executive and Independent Director at Ind Synergy Ltd. since May 31, 2006. Mr. Nuwal served as an Independent Director at Malu Paper Mills Ltd until July 18, 2011.
MALPANI GROUP SANGAMNER
EO of Family Managed Malpani Group of Industries.Took group to new orbit with infusion of modern technology and diversification in Renewable energy (581MW in Wind & Solar projects spread in 8 states).Amusement & Water Parks (India’s largest Water park in Lonavala). FMCG Products like Tea, Tobacco, Namkeen.Real Estate, Construction and development. He is also President – Maharashtra Tobacco Association (Represented Association in pre-budget meets with Hon. Finance Minister at Delhi.),Secretary- Smokeless Tobacco Federation of India, Delhi, Member of Central Excise Regional Advisory Committee, Aurangabad, Nasik Since 12 years, Ex. Chairman and Director – Sangamner Merchants Bank, Treasurer – Dhruva Academy, Ex. Director – Sangamner College, Director – Sangamner Merchants Association, Ex Vice President – Sangamner Lions Club
Mr. Mahaveer Lohiya as the Managing Director has been instrumental in bringing in radical changes to the company after its inception, through his innovative and progressive initiatives.With a Masters in Business Administration and his outstanding exposure to the delicate subtleties of successful businesses, Mr. Mahaveer Lohiya’s profile sparks astute business intelligence and perspicacity. An expert in Marketing, Finance and Purchase, Mr. Mahaveer has been to some of the most developed nations globally to study and acquire the knowledge and the technology which after being replicated in the company’s plants and management system have tremendously improved the group’s performance.Mr. Mahaveer’s keen sense of discernment and his modern and scientific management skills have given a fresh impetus to the growth of the Lohiya Group. With a focused vision and his exceptional business strategy Mr. Mahaveer has demonstrated stunning and unique approaches to leverage the company’s success with the obvious result that the company has now forayed into a much larger spectrum.
SMITA CONDUCTOR LTD
He was born on 5th August, 1946 at Jaipur in the House of his paternal grandfather who was the revenue minister at that time in the princely state of Jaipur. After completing his studies from Mumbai, he entered business in the year 1971 and starting from scratch has built up a business conglomerate of six privately held companies having diverse business with a combined net worth in excess of Rs. 1000 crores. Mr. Taparia’s real passion however is managing Bombay Hospital Trust in which he was inducted as Deputy Chairman in the year 1984 by his uncle late Shri M. P. Birla. Shri Taparia believes that charity and the pursuit of excellence are the two fundamental ideals which provide the impetus to focus on the well being of the patient. His vision is to provide the best possible treatment, delivered most efficiently in the shortest span of time and at minimum cost.
IXOREAL BIOMED INC
Kartikeya Baldwa is the C.E.O at Ixoreal Biomed, the maker of KSM-66, the highest concentration full-spectrum root extract of ashwagandha available today. Ixoreal is part of the "Baldwa Group", a consortium of companies diversified into logistics, chemicals, power, textiles, real-estate, agriculture and jewelry, with $350 million in annual revenue. Mr.Baldwa spearheaded the development of KSM-66, all the way from assembling the initial team of scientists, to the acquisition of farms and capital infrastructure and to market launch and product validation by regulatory bodies. KSM-66 Ashwagandha is the best-selling ashwagandha on the world market today and appears in more than 600 finished products of major dietary supplement companies across the globe. It has brought Ayurveda to a wider global recognition. Mr.Baldwa has made ashwagandha widely visible and has it beyond capsules and tablets into foods and beverages and other delivery mechanisms. He worked in the Information Technology practice for a year at Deloitte Consulting before starting Ixoreal. Mr.Baldwa studied chemical engineering at Osmania University in India and then business management at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in California. He has also attended advanced management programs at Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and Anderson Business School in Los Angeles. He has delivered several guest lectures and is the recipient of "Young Entrepreneur Award 2015" by iCOVE.
Porter provides mini truck services for intra-city pickups and deliveries in India. The company also provides a platform for logistics support solutions, such as order management, real-time tracking, logistic management, fleet management, and capacity utilization. It helps clients with relocation, construction supplies, perishable supplies, event management supplies, e-commerce supplies, and other logistic services. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is based in Mumbai, India.
Sonali is currently working on incubating an InsureTech startup proposed to be funded by top Indian financial services conglomerates. As one of the co-founders she is focussed on multiple business perspectives including financial, operational, legal, strategic, risk and product etc., in her role of CFO / CBO for the proposed venture.
With 13+ years of experience, Sonali specialises in transaction structuring, valuation & financial analysis, mergers & acquisitions, fund raise and listing.
Until recently she was handling the Investor Relations at HDFC Life Insurance. She led the HDFC Life’s IPO including business analysis & positioning, preparation of offer document and related documentation, interaction with multiple intermediaries and regulators, to ensure seamless coordination and flawless execution. She also led the investor identification and interaction process for the IPO and ensured successful completion of the offering in less than six months.
Sonali was also actively involved in proposed Max Life acquisition, stake increase by Standard Life and Premji transaction at HDFC Life.
Prior to her stint at HDFC Life she was in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley. She had diversified industry and transaction experience, during this stint of 9+ years, including pre IPO placements, IPOs, QIPs, private placements and cross border M&A transactions.
Sonali is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Cost & Works Accountant with Masters in Accounting.