(current and former mentors, speakers & judges)
Rajesh Vellakkat Technology and Media law Fox Mandal
Rajesh heads Fox Mandal & Associates Technology practice. His core areas of practice are IP and Technology Laws (including Data privacy and E-Commerce). Over two decades of professional practice, Rajesh has advised clients on Intellectual Property law, Franchising, Trademark Portfolio Management, IP infringement actions, Outsourcing, Data Privacy Laws, Technology contracts, Technology and IP transaction advisory and Litigation. He previously founded and managed White Forest Law Offices (which was absorbed by Fox Mandal & Associates in 2014). Prior to that, Rajesh was one of the Founding Partners at a boutique intellectual property practice firm based out of New Delhi. He has advised on PE and M&A transactions related to technology companies. He is interested in how Social Media, Mobility and the Internet are impacting business and society and writes extensively on the need for laws to ensure governance in an increasing digital world. He writes regularly on the intersection of law and technology
Mentor since August, 2017
Aaron Sandoski Venture Capital/Medtech Norwich Ventures
Aaron is involved in all facets of the investment process and draws from a broad background in healthcare and start-up operations to advise and support companies throughout their growth. Aaron currently serves on the Board of Directors for Daktari Diagnostics, Pelvalon, Podimetrics and Vaxess Technologies. Previously, he served on the board of Intelligent Bio-systems (acquired by Qiagen) and was actively involved in Rhythmia Medical (acquired by Boston Scientific). As the Managing Director, Aaron is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the firm. Prior to co-founding Norwich Ventures, Aaron worked for DEKA, the engineering think tank of Dean Kamen, where he helped develop partnerships and formulate business plans for emerging technologies. Aaron has also worked in start-up operations where he helped launch a subsidiary of Express Scripts and helped launch a venture-backed payments company. Both companies were acquired in transactions totaling over $500 million. Aaron began his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he advised healthcare clients ranging from leading medical device companies to a rural hospital system. In other healthcare related activities, Aaron serves as a board member of MedTech IGNITE, an initiative of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC) for nurturing early-stage medical device entrepreneurs. Aaron earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a double A.B. in Chemistry and Economics. During graduate school, Aaron was a Teaching Fellow for introductory micro- and macro-economics at Harvard University and was awarded the Allyn Young Teaching Prize at the end of the year. The experience sparked a life-long passion for education and teaching. These days he can be seen guest lecturing on medical technology, innovation, and finance at MIT and Harvard. Aaron is also co-author of How the Wise Decide, a book on decision-making in business (Crown Business, 2008), which has been translated into 11 foreign languages.
Mentor since June, 2014
Aashish Bhinde Investment Banking Avendus Capital
Aashish Bhinde serves as Executive Director of Avendus Advisors. Mr. Bhinde served as Head of European operations at Avendus Advisors Private Ltd. He is a Senior Member of the Avendus Advisors's IT practice. He has a unique combination of investment management and operations management skills. Prior to joining Avendus, he managed the India office of VIEW Group, an international private equity firm headquartered in Boston. Prior to the VIEW Group, he founded Audiovortex, a services company that facilitated e-commerce transactions in the audio equipment and component industry. Mr. Bhinde previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Peerless Audio, India's largest exporter of high fidelity loudspeaker systems and components. Mr. Bhinde began his career with Colgate Palmolive in the sales and marketing function. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta and a BE from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani.
Mentor since June, 2014
Aditi Shrivastava Product Development Intellecap Impact Investment Network
Mentor since February, 2015