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iStart Valley, a leading Business Accelerator, is pleased to announce the appointment of Vish Madhugiri as the “Executive Entrepreneur in Residence” to focus on Youth Entrepreneurship and Leadership Programs and provide strategic guidance to the Human Capital Accelerator. Besides Vish, Dr. Anwesha Banerjee is appointed as the Executive Director of Human Capital Accelerator and Chetan Unni as the Director. Vish in his role, will be working with Dr. Anwesha Banerjee and Chetan Unni for driving the strategy and roadmap of programs under the Human Capital Accelerator.

iStart Valley launched the “Human Capital Accelerator”, geared towards helping the workforce transition their careers to new and emerging Industries. And similarly help Entrepreneurs, Innovators, Startup enthusiasts learn to take advantage of these technologies. Primary goal will be to help prepare the workforce and entrepreneurs alike, for the fourth Industrial Revolution. Besides learning new and necessary skills, the programs offered through this accelerator will provide a holistic assessment of personal and professional goals, and leverage individual strengths for commencing a transformation journey.

Vishwanath-MadhugiriNewly appointed Executive Entrepreneur in residence, Vish Madhugiri, is the Head of strategy and business at SAAZ Technologies, a digital imaging innovations company. Vish held positions in the past such as Chief Innovation Officer at Lycamobile, world’s largest Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). Vish has engaged in international commercial/research collaborations, and incubated start-ups in the UK, USA, India, Europe and Australia. Vish believes that most future innovations will occur at the intersection of technologies/disciplines; especially at the intersection of AI, genetics, big data, autonomous systems, blockchain, healthcare, VR, and deep learning. He is passionate about interdisciplinary innovation. As a notable accomplishment, Vish was honoured to be invited by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to Buckingham Palace in 2014, in recognition of his decade-plus work and contribution to the UK Trade and Investment.

Anwesha NewDr. Anwesha Banerjee, Executive Director of Human Capital Accelerator, is a trained Neuroscientist who has completed her doctorate from University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and is currently working at Emory University, Atlanta. Her other degrees include a Masters in Biotechnology from Bangalore University and a Masters in Neuroscience from UTD. Anwesha holds certifications in Business of Science from University of Pennsylvania. Anwesha has authored multiple publications in prestigious journals, and presented at national and international conferences around the globe. Her recent and active interest involves research and development in the world of artificial intelligence, and how concepts of neuroscience can be applied to develop improved next generation AI.

ChetanChetan Unni, Director of Human Capital Accelerator, will be working closely with Dr. Anwesha and Vish. He is a Technology Consulting Professional with proven record of successfully delivering IT Solutions with the ROI to customers, through combining industry best practice processes and Emerging technology. He is a Practice Lead with Quantum Integrators Group, LLC., with strapping exposure to Enterprise Resource Planning, Business process re-engineering, and Implementation of business process and solutions for various industry sectors. Chetan's recent focus is on the latest developments in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning concepts, and exploring the impact of these emerging technologies.

MJ Charmani, Founder and Chair of iStart Valley says “We are excited about the opportunities ahead with the support of this leadership team, and fortunate to have them join us, in iStart Valley’s journey to offer experiential learning opportunities to foster workforce readiness for the 4th Industrial revolution, and develop the next generation leaders”

Programs will be launched and announced as they become available in the area of Artificial Intelligence. For more information, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

iStart Valley, a leading business accelerator for the emerging technology based startups is excited to announce the winning startups from the Third batch of its Accelerator Program. Top seven startups were selected for the six months Accelerator program that underwent an intense and rigorous immersive experience. During the program startups evaluated their Product-Market Fit, gained traction on customer development approach, validated the addressable market and utilized the growth hacking tools. Besides gaining access to the number of free resources, Startup teams received coaching and mentoring by iStart Valley’s Entrepreneurs in residence and several other seasoned serial entrepreneurs.

Top 3 winning startups were chosen from the Final Pitch held at the end of the program based on the criteria such as traction, disruptive power of the Startup, Feasibility, Team Effectiveness etc. Winner of the First place is ProjectMQ, the global discovery platform exclusively for independent video games. Project MQ team has finalized a partnership with Kinguin, the "Ebay of Video Games", to support independent video game developers (indie devs) worldwide. As a top influencer for independent video games (indie games), and Project MQ hand-picks the best indie games from around the world. Project MQ has also been selected for the Tampa Bay Wave's new startup cohort for TechDiversity Accelerator, a first of its kind in the world. Marcus Howard, CEO and Co-founder of Project MQ sharing his experience said “iStart Valley Accelerator program has a one-of-a-kind schedule flexibility that's perfect for bootstrapped and early-stage startups. Their structure helped me fit the meetings and online assignments around my day job, family, and other responsibilities. It covers all the best practices you need to validate your startup solution, and prepare your business for an investment!”

Runner-up is Amazity, an innovative platform that Transforms Smart City into Amazing city. Amazity is built on the emerging concepts of Internet of Things, Big Data and leverages the industry leading platforms such as Tridium from Honeywell and Service Now. Amazity was also short listed as top 500 Startups in India and competing for the Smart-Fifty. MJ Charmani, Founder and Chair of iStart Valley said “We are pleased with the progress of these winning Startups from the current batch. It’s impressive that startups across the border have been able to participate and collaborate with the rest of the startup teams. iStart Valley will continue to work with the startups that have successfully graduated beyond the program to help them accelerate their growth”. Startup Team – Cycloid was awarded as the “The Most Innovative Startup” which utilizes the combination of the built in data of the On Board Diagnostics forecasts about individual vehicles. Cycloid was also a Semi Finalist at the MIT pre-accelerator program. Startup “Root”, an Artificial Intelligence driven Healthcare market focused job portal was chosen as the “The Most Promising Startup”.

Next batch of the Accelerator will begin starting Mid-September and the startup teams can apply at -

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