About ink innovations
Wondering if you should finally take the plunge on that start-up idea? Wishing you could give wings to that entrepreneurial dream? Wondering how to get started on the first big leap? Seeking some inspiration to kick-start your innovative ideas? Well, INK Innovations is right here to address all your entrepreneurial queries. So all you wannapreneurs, young entrepreneurs and professionals out there looking for a new professional direction, here’s a never before opportunity! It’s a platform where innovative minds who chose a new path share their success journey. Indeed, INK Innovations is where successful entrepreneurs share their experience, their challenges and milestones, as their ideas have transformed into tangible products and services. So be there!
The speakers at INK Innovations are young, dynamic and enterprising. They are people from diverse backgrounds, trail-blazers who combined their professional aspirations with a zeal to make a difference to the community or society at large. They will all take you through their extraordinary journey and make you realize that it just takes passion, hard work and self-belief to convert dreams into reality.
Alok Shetty Principal Architect Bhumiputra Architecture
Alok Shetty is the first, and also the youngest, architect to win the prestigious title of ‘Young Global Leader’ by the World Economic Forum. ...
Dr. Rajalakshmi Gold medalist (MDS), National Award Winner Chairperson of SJ Foundation (Trust)
Dr. Rajalakshmi is a well-known name in the field of dentistry ...
Irina Ghose Country Lead Microsoft
A seasoned leader, with over 22 years of experience, Irina has worked hard in enhancing a productive society.
Meena Ganesh MD & CEO Portea Medical/ Partner with Growthstory
With three decades of experience in the field of healthcare, consulting, technology, outsourcing, education and e-commerce ...
Ritu Soni Founder and CEO Obino
A successful entrepreneur, with over 16 years of experience, Ms. Ritu Soni is working towards delivering the right solution to healthcare in India.
Sanjay Poddar Managing Director Accenture Labs, India
Mr. Sanjay Podder is a technology enthusiast who is implementing his passion to build and create solutions for the business environment ...
Zain Memon Creator of India’s First Virtual Reality Platform
Zain Memon is a millennial based out of Mumbai and Goa who is implementing his unique ideas and concepts into reality. ...
Ashish co-founded Urban Ladder with Rajiv Srivatsa in July 2012 with the aim of making it India’s largest online furniture destination. Today, Urban Ladder is fast becoming the preferred choice for shoppers looking for reliable furniture with great aesthetics. An IIT- Mumbai graduate and MBA from IIM- Bangalore, Ashish joined McKinsey & Company as Engagement Manager and led project teams across banking, healthcare and real estate clients for over four years. He then went on to serve as Managing Director of India Book House and Chief Operating Officer at Amar Chitra Katha Media where he worked on developing a portfolio of products that use innovative technology and India-centric content. He played a key role in expanding ACK’s reach by strengthening distribution in India and key foreign markets, launching online services, and partnering with TV, film and other mass media.
Dinesh Malkani is an industry Veteran with 26 years of experience, who has held key leadership roles in MNCs including AT&T, Lucent, Avaya, Jabra and Cisco. As President of Cisco -- India & SAARC -- from 2014 to 2017, Dinesh led the company’s growth and grew the business to over a billion USD. Dinesh has held key positions in the APJC business, having been the MD for Collaboration at Cisco, President for APJC at Jabra and Country President at Avaya (Korea and China). An engineering graduate in Computers from Pune University with an MBA degree from SUNY Buffalo, US, Dinesh has also spent three years in R&D, having built India’s First Public Voice Mail system. He has also held key positions in industry bodies, being on the NASSCOM Executive Counsel. He is currently the Learning Chair of YPO Bangalore Chapter.
Gautam Vazirani, Fashion Curator at IMG Reliance, is one of the leading voices today in sustainable fashion from India. Concepts initiated by him at the Lakmè Fashion Week (an IP owned by IMGR), including #CraftIsCool, Restart Fashion, Sustainable Man, Artisans of Kutch and #IndiaCollective, among others, have garnered endorsements from diverse stakeholders in the fashion industry as well as from the Government of India for promoting sustainability. His work has been lauded by the media and industry bodies. An MBA from Bristol Business School -- UK, Gautam, has worked in diverse creative and management roles with leading Italian fashion and luxury labels such as Versace, Corneliani and GAS, among others, during the last 13 years.
Lakshmi Pratury has behind her a diverse experience that spans for-profit enterprises, venture capital initiatives and non-profit organizations. She brought TED to India in 2009, when the first TEDIndia conference was held in Mysore. In December 2010, she curated and hosted the first INK Conference, in association with TED, which carried forward the momentum created by TEDIndia. Featured in the list of ‘100 Most Powerful Women’ by Forbes Asia in 2010, Lakshmi has set many professional milestones. As a social entrepreneur, she was instrumental in raising over $30M in five years to channel towards development activities in India as part of the American India Foundation (AIF). She was also the founder of the Digital Equalizer program, which brought technology education to over 100,000 children and 2,000 teachers in India. Prior to AIF, Lakshmi was a partner at the venture capital firm Global Catalyst Partners, where she established relationships between GCP, the development community in India, and key executives in India. Lakshmi has also worked at Intel Corporation, where she played key a role in marketing communication, advertising, and evangelizing the developer community.
K.S. Radhakrishnan is one of the most notable among the new generation of sculptors, credited with bringing about a resurgence in Indian sculpture. A figurative sculptor, Radhakrishnan prefers modeling and bronze casting over new materials, which sets him apart from his peers. Giving a new sensibility to age old sculptural practices, Radhakrishnan is essentially a modernist. He is also an artists who celebrates sensuality, a recurrent theme in his works. His works are at once both intimate and universal in their appeal and that’s what gives him the edge. It is not surprising that his works have found a permanent home in a number of public collections all over the world.
An IIM Ahmedabad alumnus, Rashmi Daga believes in constantly exploring new options and that is how she founded FreshMenu, her cloud kitchen venture which delivers world cuisine in well-packaged meal boxes to food lovers in India. She started her online kitchen in Bengaluru in 2014, which has now expanded to Delhi/NCR and Mumbai with 29 operational kitchens (and another one opening soon). Like many successful women, Rashmi has mastered the fine art of balancing her home and work. Rashmi began her career as a Business Manager at IBM in 2003 and then went on to complete a successful tenure at LifeScan and TutorVista. She has worked with segment leaders such as Bluestone.com and Olacabs and started her entrepreneurial journey with Afday.com, an online business which focused on selling curated art and craft products. Her rich and diverse experience helped her build a formidable brand - FreshMenu.
Sharad Devarajan is a superhero creator and media entrepreneur. His venture, Graphic India, aims at showcasing Indian superheroes and stories to a global audience. Sharad founded Graphic India with leading media investors, The Chernin Group and Start Media. He produced ‘Chakra The Invincible’, an Indian superhero he created with the legendary icon Stan Lee for Cartoon Network. He also co-created, “Monkey Master” a new Chinese-Indian superhero which is being developed as a live-action film for China, besides the award winning animated series, “Astra Force”, which airs on Disney Channel India and was created with icon, Amitabh Bachchan. He also co-created the animated series “Baahubali: The Lost Legends,” which launched on Amazon Prime Video. He was earlier the CEO of Virgin Comics, which he co-founded with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. In 2004 he worked with Marvel to create “Spider-Man: India,” transforming “Peter Parker” into “Pavitr Prabhakar,” an Indian boy growing up in Mumbai.
Somdev is a former professional tennis player, who started his career playing tennis in the NCAA, representing the University of Virginia. He made it to three consecutive finals at the NCAA, winning back-to-back finals in junior and senior years. His 44-1 win-loss record in 2008 is tied for the best in NCAA history. In 2011, he received the Arjuna Award from the Indian Government. In March 2017, he was appointed as the national observer for tennis by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. When Somdev hit stardom in 2009, he had a dream of starting a movement to create a healthier and happier India through sport. That sowed the seeds for his initiative ‘Life is a Ball’, which positively impacts 15000+ kids through sports programs, providing a platform through to underprivileged kids.
Co-founder, Ink Innovations.
An environmentalist at heart, Adhya Menda’s vision for ushering in an era of change is driven by a unique outlook towards creating social impact and a desire to learn, enlighten and inspire. This unwavering passion has enabled her to collaborate with INK, giving rise to INK Innovations, an event that brings together renowned thought leaders from different fields to facilitate engaging discussions about their extraordinary experiences.
The essence of Adhya’s pioneering vision can be seen in WeRise, a social enterprise revolving around sustainable communities. With housing shortages affecting a large percentage of the marginalized population of India, the need for sustainable housing grows more urgent with every passing day. To address this growing concern, the initiative focuses on individuals who have land, but cannot afford to build homes, often falling beyond the realm of organized finance.
Built on a sustainable model based on five pillars - Technological Empowerment, Financial Inclusion, Sweat Equity, Sustainability and Communities, WeRise has a simple, yet impactful philosophy – Build. Inspire. Educate.
The goal is to Build sustainable social communities through the use of green technology, financial education and a distinctive associated development method.
Inspire individuals to think beyond the norms and encourage an entrepreneurial outlook, through projects where new innovations can be implemented and platforms where ground-breaking ideas can be shared and discussed, thus unlocking exciting perspectives.
Educate young minds to fulfil their aspirations of being at the forefront of the sustainability movement and enlighten individual house owners about green practices that will pave the way towards a sustainable way of life.
Extending this philosophy into diverse aspects, INK Innovations presents the ideal setting for spreading awareness on a wide array of sustainable topics, marking the beginning of a journey towards a new paradigm and unexplored possibilities.
"INK is India’s foremost platform for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and inspiring stories. Known for the annual INK Conference, INK Asia, INK Salons, INK INNOVATIONS and programs such as INK Fellows and INK Makers, we are a community that accelerates the journeys of game changers.
We strive to be a springboard that enables the launch of ideas, ultimately resulting in creative action. Acting as an accelerator for ideas and individuals, the INK network brings together people through different, impact-driven programs and engaging events to help turn ideas into reality.
Our vision is one of global conversation and action among cultures, economies, and great thinkers."
Elegant Classical Emblazonment
For Charles Ma, ‘Bharatnatyam’, a classical dance style, is his true calling. He believes that neither religion, race nor colour can persuade the intrinsic form of any dance. With 15 years of professional experience, Charles has proven that elegance doesn’t always have to define women. Men too can carry the right grace while performing. He even defeated the narrow minds of people who discouraged him by telling him that he could never perform Bharatanatyam the right way. His striking performances are still fresh in the minds of the people. His first show was at ‘Saarang’ in IIT Chennai’s cultural festival. Today, he is a teacher to many students who wish to follow in his footsteps. For Charles, ‘Bharatnatyam’ isn’t just a dance form; it has transformed him into a better being, physically and spiritually.
I invite you all to witness his magical exposition.
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Here’s a short recap of last years’ events with a glimpse into some of the talks, performances, interviews, and interactions given by eminent speakers and members of our board that have enlightened and empowered wannapreneurs and young entrepreneurs with renewed confidence and vision.
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