Judges Panel


  • K Srinivas K Srinivas

    Bio: K Srinivas is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and a PGDM from IIM Bangalore (1987). Srini joined Bharti Airtel in Nov’02 and as a CEO, led the operations of mobile services in Andhra Pradesh and Delhi. During this period, he led Airtel to a leadership position in Andhra Pradesh and laid out a strategic blue print for significantly scaled up operations.

    In Mar’06, he moved as the Executive Director for Mobile Services for the Eastern Hub comprising of the newly rolled out operations of West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar and North East. During this tenure, Srini helped Airtel achieve a huge scale and led the brand to a dominant leadership position, overtaking all key competitors. In Jun’08, his portfolio was expanded to include the operations of Gujarat and Maharashtra & Goa. Simultaneously, he led the launch of Airtel’s first 100% venture overseas by successfully translating the unique business model of Airtel beyond the shores of the country. Of his 22 years of rich working experience, Srini spent his early years in Britannia Industries Limited, then a subsidiary of Nabisco, and Hindustan Lever Limited (HLL) a subsidiary of Unilever. During these years, he worked in various sales, marketing and business development roles across different profit centers. His last assignment in Hindustan Lever was that of a Business Manager-New Ventures, where he was responsible for developing a new rural business model for HLL using micro credit and micro financing through banks.


  • Edgar Hardless Edgar Hardless

    Bio: Edgar is the Managing Director for SingTel Innov8. Based in Singapore, he has over 17 years of telecommunications experience. Prior to SingTel Innov8, Edgar was VP of Strategic Investments responsible for coordinating and executing all M&A activities undertaken by SingTel. He has been with SingTel for close to 10 years, having joined the company’s International Group in June 2001 as a Director of International Finance and Operations.

    During his tenure at SingTel, Edgar also set up and headed SingTel’s first ever Group Innovations unit which was tasked with identifying new technologies and innovations that had the potential to have an impact on the telco industry and SingTel Group. Before SingTel, Edgar spent almost 7 years with British Telecommunications (BT), the UK’s largest telecommunications service provider, working in a number of strategy and corporate finance roles across the BT Group both in the UK and Asia Pacific. Edgar is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Administration from the University of Bath in the UK.


  • Abhishek Mitra Gupta Abhishek Mitra Gupta

    Bio: Abhishek is currently heading TLabs, Accelerator. An IT-BHU Computer science graduate Abhishek has spent most of his professional life as a technologist and architect till the Entrepreneur bug bit him in Late 2006. Since then he was responsible to setup the India center of an MNC where he built and sold two internet businesses and founded an education venture that got shut down prematurely. At TLabs, Abhishek is responsible for finding and funding startups in Technology, Internet and mobile and helps them in execution by advising and connecting them to mentors, advisors and investors from the industry.


  • Nishant Verman Nishant Verman

    Bio: Nishant Verman has 8 years of operational, finance and entrepreneurial experience across Asia and the US. Prior to Canaan, Nishant was co-founder of Groovebug, a personalized music platform for the iPad. Nishant was part of team since inception and focused on multiple aspects including product development, venture funding and launch. Previously at Microsoft, Nishant was a Senior Business Development Manager for the APAC Online business.

    Nishant focused on strategic partnerships in India and China, including Microsoft’s partnership and investment in Affle, a mobile ad platform. Nishant joined Microsoft in their Corporate Development team in Redmond where he was involved in acquisition of aQuantive and Tellme. Nishant started his career in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking group in Silicon Valley, where his clients included Google, eBay and Zappos. Nishant has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University and Bachelors in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


  • Wong Meng Weng Wong Meng Weng

    Bio: Wong Meng Weng recently returned to Singapore after three years in Silicon Valley, ten years in Philadelphia, and three years in Vancouver. During this time, he founded two Internet dot-coms, led the SPF opensource standard to successful worldwide rollout, and learned several painful lessons about the operational aspects of early-stage entrepreneurship. His two previous ventures, pobox.com and karmasphere.com, explored the email security industry and developed reputation systems.