Hitesh Malhotra is a management graduate from UC- Berkeley. From website communication strategy, design and UI and visitor level analytics at Levi Strauss in San Francisco, to best in class engagement practices with MakeMyTrip.com, Hitesh has served various roles in the industry. His experiences has helped him hone his skills in performance marketing, integrated communication and brand marketing.
Using innovative marketing tools, Hitesh has developed a good understanding of online consumer behavior, and therefore, has been a part of path breaking campaigns that have elevated the course of businesses.
In his current role as Chief Marketing Officer at India's premiere beauty portal - Nykaa.com, he heads digital, main line and customer inbound marketing - controlling 20% P&L at organization level.
With a rapidly growing business reaching out to over 1,00,000 customers a month via a unique combination of a strong online business as www.lenskart.com, uniquely designed physical stores, as well as a first of its kind 'home eye checkup' service, Lenskart is revolutionizing the eyewear industry in India.
Amit Chaudhary is the Co-Founder and COO at Lenskart. He is known for deriving innovative ideas and has a deep understanding and interest in technology, analytics and operations along with an expertise in organizational development which has brought in a revolutionary growth in the business.
He has done a Bachelors in Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology.
Nawneet Ranjan is the founder of Dharavi Diary: A Slum Innovation Project. He made a documentary film showing the grueling difficulties of everyday life through the eyes of its residents. In 2014, Nawneet launched Dharavi Dairy: the program uses technology to create products that ease life for Dharavi residents or inspire advancement in society
Nawneet is a firm believer in the power of technology to engage communities and mobilize their efforts to serve larger problems
He has also been actively organizing workshops that will help in empowering the community. His non-profit, Dharavi Diary, has raised almost Rs. 1 crore in funds to help him achieve what he set out to do.
An Economics graduate with a minor in International Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle, Jatin Varma is a true amalgamation of humor and intellect.
After completing his undergrad, he started his own venture in 2007 - a content services firm named Twenty Onwards media. The company published books, produced television shows & organized the Golden Kela Awards (2009). The award show celebrated the best of the worst of Indian cinema, inspired by the The Golden Raspberry Awards in Hollywood.
In 2011, Jatin Varma established the country's very own Annual Comics Convention in the month of February in New Delhi.
The brand has expanded to multiple cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad & Pune from last 6 years. Comic Con India is a unique entertainment event celebrating the very best of pop-culture, which brings together the whole comics industry and related fields such as Merchandise, Toys, Games, Films and Animation, along with fans of this culture from all age groups.
In 2014, Jatin escorted Comic Con India in a Joint Venture with Reed Exhibitions (Worldwide leader in exhibitions industry) to further expand the Comic Con brand in the country as well as introduce new pop-culture properties for the Indian audiences. Comic Con India currently hosts over 1.5 Lac fans across the country via its various properties.
Inspired from pod hotels across Japan and China, Mumbai has got its first brand in this segment under the name of Urbanpod. Hiren Gandhi brought this new resting place in the city where travelers can unwind at affordable prices.
Pioneering a new segment of smart hotels, catching up with global hospitality-trends, the Pod-concept is a GenNext, futuristic, smart accommodation at a convenient-cost and a great arena to network besides offering a unique experience.
With an initial investment of ₹10 crore, Urbanpod is targeting new age travelers and is strategically located in the heart of Mumbai’s business-hub and close to the domestic and International airports. It offers 140-Pods with various upgrades – Suite Pods, Private Pods, Classic Pods for men and an exclusive Ladies-only-Pod categories.
Mr. Gandhi is also currently heading Express Group of Hotels in the state of Gujarat. Under his leadership the hotels have received the “Energy Conservation Award” by FGI & “Environment Champion Award” by FHRAI, Best Restaurant Award (2008 & 2009) awarded by the Times Of India & Times Now (Television Network). Founded by Late Shri. Ramanlal Gandhi, the Express Group of Companies grew and diversified the business successfully, over four-decades.
Mr. Hiren Gandhi is a BA Hospitality Business from Michigan State University, USA. (1997) and a Post- Graduate in Family Managed Business from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai, India (2001).
India's first 24 hour food concierge, Foodama - a 24×7 delivery service that is winning for delivering especially hard to order food.
An alumni of Symbiosis University, Kanik Nagpal along with her batch mate Anmol Mahajan, founded Foodama- a unit of AMA online services.
With no minimum order on Foodama and placing all orders with one common telephone number (there’s no app to download), Foodama is surely winning hearts of residents of Delhi/NCR. Foodama has tied up with more than 5,000 restaurants and not only this, every time any order placed through Foodama, a hot meal makes its way to someone from underprivileged communities.
Early to rise does not suit well in the case of this 21 year old young and dynamic boy who came up with the idea of UpCart as a universal solution to all the luggage carriage problems.
The blueprint was presented at NASSCOM e-summit 2016 for the UpCart which has a vision to deliver a robust and innovative solution to the problem of luggage carriage and traverse stairs.
He has won the prestigious NASSCOM e-summit 2016 and also has been nominated as top 10 young entrepreneur of India. He has been ranked as the primary younger entrepreneur in India by using the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship for his invention.
Amit Agarwal is a second year BBA student of Inspiria Knowledge Campus, West Bengal.
In an age when boys are addicted to cricket and video games, there is Siddharth Mandala –playing with Science and Technology. A teenager from Telangana, Mandala has developed a rape-prevention footwear that electrocutes attacker, sends a signal to police, family. A senior high school student, Mandala has been participating in many rallies to raise the issue of rape and women safety.
Siddharth has been into coding and programming since an early age. He has always been toying with ideas for various inventions including one that could prevent car accidents. But, after the Nirbaya incident, Mandala determined to create something that would prevent rape and such crimes against women.
He has also set up an NGO to spread awareness about rape. Moreover, he went to a government school children to teach them basic coding and helped them in build their projects dealing with micro-controllers. Siddharth Mandala was even approached by an American organization, “Empower & Excel”, to be the team leader of their Indian unit. He has also been awarded with a letter of appreciation by the Education Minister and Deputy CM of Telangana, Kadiyam Srihari.
Hailing from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, Masha Nazeem is a serial innovator and has developed eight very interesting projects including the flameless seal maker, which won her an award in the IGNITE 2009 competition of NIF. She has done B.E in Electrical and Electronics from SSN College of Engineering.
She has received 2 international awards, (World Toilet Organization, Singapore and Anna university, Chennai) and 5 national awards which includes the awards at 97th Indian Science Congress, National Innovation Foundation and National Council for Education Research and Training. Besides this, Viswesariaya Industrial and Technological Museum Bangalore awarded her the Southern India Award whereas the Science City Chennai has given the state award for Tamil Nadu.
Masha Nazeem, one among the 8 selected from India, visited Google, Facebook, Auto Desk headquarters at Silicon Valley for a two week entrepreneurship program sponsored by Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation, California.
She is the only Indian school student to receive IGNITE National award for 2 Successive years for 2009(II Prize) & 2010(I Prize) from the hands of Dr. Kalam at IIM Ahmedabad. She has been selected for the prestigious Entrepreneurship Development Training Programme in the United States. She is one among the eight students selected for the Rajeev Circle Fellowship by the Motwani Jadeja Foundation (MJF), headquarters at California.
Some of her remarkable innovations are -
• Burglar Alarm
• Conveyor Belt System
• VIP Security System
• Hi-Tech Train Toilet (Hygienic Drainage Disposal System in Trains)
• Fuel Dispenser
• 3TK Box
• Flameless Seal Maker
• Mechanical Porter
• Anti-Sinking Alarm
• Paddy Transplanter
• Tea Plucking Tray
Amey Nerkar of Nashik city in North Maharashtra gained fame for developing a system whereby a motorcycle would start only if the rider wears a helmet.
“The helmet has been fitted with touch, heat and pressure sensors that can detect the body heat. The circuit will start only when the helmet is locked with its clip. So, the moment one removes the helmet or even unlocks it, a message is sent to the receiver, which is fitted on the bike and this will further send signals to ignition of the bike to stop the vehicle.”
The idea struck Amey after his father met with an accident while riding his motorbike and was injured. He was not wearing helmet at that time. Interestingly, Amey’s innovation was mentioned by former President APJ Abdul Kalam in his inaugural speech.
He has also applied for patent for this system and has also approached leading two-wheeler companies.
In 2015, he has received Zee Young Innovator Award for Innovations.
At the age of 12, Nasik-based teenager Shrusti Nerkar, got the idea to invent a water-saving smart shower that can save 65 liters of water per person. The idea for a smart shower came to Shrusti when she accompanied her father to a car wash.
She experimented with electric wire pipes and PVC pipes and created the prototype model using foldable pipes. She created a fully functioned showerhead and the showerhead uses only 15 liters of water as compared to an ordinary showerhead using 80 liters per person, thus saving 65 liters of water per head.
Coming from the family of innovators, Shrushti has gained much appreciation and motivation from her father Narendra, a professor of electronics at the government polytechnic college.
Shrusti has applied for a patent of her new invention and is planning to develop sensors for the showers so that it automatically shuts off when no one’s under it.
A former banker and now environmental warrior, Shilpika Gautam, travelled 2,500 km across the length of the Ganges, setting the record for the longest continuous journey by stand-up paddle-board by a female, to raise awareness about the state of our rivers and cleanliness. Shilpika broke the world record for the longest continuous stand up paddle boarded distance by a female in a single journey.
She started her expedition form Gomukh in Uttarakhand, where Ganges originates. The expedition was started with an aim to highlight water pollution in the Ganga and to spread the awareness regarding the same. Along her journey, she stopped from village to village, interacted with people and educated them about ‘Swachtha’.
Shilpika along with her team named entire expedition as Ganges SUP which covered 2,977 km over 101 days of continuous paddling. After completing her Ganges expedition, she also finished stand up paddle boarded descent of the river Shannon, the longest river in the British Isles.
She quitted a lucrative career in London and is now working with Water Aid to introduce practical toilets in the communities along the river, to not only eliminate open defecation but also to reduce the burden on the river.