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Founders Talk - 10 | Wadhwani Foundation: Supporting 1000+ Entrepreneurs in India
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Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 06:30am - 07:30pm
Founders Talk Series

Founders Talk - 10 | Wadhwani Foundation: Supporting 1000+ Entrepreneurs in India

Wednesday, 17th February, 2021 | 6:30 pm-7:30 pm IST

Ankit Machhar | Head - Ecosystem Development, NEN India, SEA and Mena

" Wadhwani Foundation, a billion dollar foundation with a global impact, is creating a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem at academic institutions/incubators across India to support early stage founders and create high potential ventures.
In this session, Ankit will share some student entrepreneur stories and various offerings that Wadhwani Foundation has for early stage ventures. "


Speaker Profile

Ankit heads the entrepreneurship ecosystem development vertical for NEN India, South-East Asia (Philippines & Indonesia) and Mena (Egypt) regions at Wadhwani Foundation (a US based philanthropic organisation) and works closely with top Institutes/Universities, Incubators/Accelerators, Investors, Mentors, progressive Governments and Ecosystem Stakeholders, across these geographies with an objective of creating high value jobs, mainstreaming entrepreneurship education and creating large number of entrepreneurs. Ankit has over 10+ years of significant experience in creating & supporting technology entrepreneurship ecosystem, fostering innovation & startup culture and its related activities, program management, setting up incubation spaces & processes, supporting early stage entrepreneurs with fund-raise and increasing revenues, and is currently working very closely with 50+ startups at different stages as a mentor.

Ankit is on-board with several organisations as Mentor/Advisor. He is a Mentor at Startup India Hub and also a Mentor of Change at Atal Tinkering Lab. He is also on the Mentor Board of prominent Institutions/Incubators such as CIIE-IIM Ahmedabad, AIC RNTU Bhopal, iB Hubs, MIT AoE Pune, IIC - PDPU Gandhinagar and Swarnim Startup and Innovation University. In his previous role, Ankit worked as Manager – Ecosystem Development at iCreate (a Government of Gujarat’s Technology Business Incubator) and was leading the strategic alliances, partnerships, reach-out programs, scouting startups, branding & promotion of iCreate. Ankit was part of Executive Committee at Vibrant Gujarat Startup & Technology Summit 2018 and 2019. He was also invited by Government of Gujarat to be part of the Co-Design Team of an Action Seminar on ‘Startups, Innovation and Entrepreneurship’, held during Vibrant Gujarat Global Investment Summit 2017. He was also the Executive Committee Member of Vibrant Gujarat Startup Summit 2016 and spearheaded national level Grand Challenge and conducted 25 roadshows in cities across India. Ankit is a Gold Medalist in MBA (FB&E) from Nirma University (Ahmedabad) and holds a BE in Electronics & Tele-Communication from Pune University.