The StartAP Fest is the largest entrepreneurship convention in and for Andhra Pradesh where thousands of innovators, thinkers and doers from across the nation meet, learn and share. Scheduled to take place on the 4th, 5th and 6th of March, in Vizag, the StartAP Fest 2016 features workshops, talks, panels and maker sessions from some of the best entrepreneurs, visionaries and industry experts from all over India and the World.

Here are 20 Speakers to watch out for at the StartAP Fest 2016:

1. Shri Nara Chandrababu Naidu – The CM of Andhra Pradesh

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It was CBN’s start up vision that made it all happen. What started as an important part of the AP start up mission project the government of Andhra Pradesh is now on its way to establishing entrepreneurship hubs in the colleges; helping the students achieve their start-up dreams and become “Andhrapreneurs”.

2. Anu Acharya – Founder/CEO of Map My Genome


Mapmygenome is a molecular diagnostics company, founded in January 2013, Mapmygenome started as India’s pioneering Genomics Company with a vision to provide “Better Health for Indians using technology.” And the company has been the recipient of several awards. The Founder, Anu Acharya was awarded Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011.

3. Chandra Balani – Head of Business Development, Amazon


Chandra Prakash Balani is currently responsible for business development of Amazon Web Services. He works with startups closely helping them adopt AWS platform during development as well as scaling out phase to ensure high availability and scalability for their applications. He helps startups choose the most cost-effective pricing models to ensure they make the most effective use of their funds.

4. Anurag Batra – Chairman, BW, Business World


Mr. Anurag Batra is a much below average, MBA, serial entrepreneur, media mogul, a journalist and an eternal optimist rolled into one. He is a first generation entrepreneur and he is the Chairman of Businessworld, a 35-year strong media brand as well as most respected business publication in the country.

5. Lakshmi Potluri – Co-Founder, Jabong


With a strong technical understanding and experience in launching new businesses in emerging markets, Lakshmi Potluri has been a part of the core founding team of India’s largest online fashion/lifestyle destination Jabong.
She has been an integral part of the company’s establishment and growth.

6. G Phani Kishore – Secretary of IT ,E & C, Govt. of A.P

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An IAS officer of the 1992 batch, Mr. Phani Kishore was appointed as the secretary of Information Technology, Electronics and Communication department of the AP Government.

7. Birad Rajaram Yajnik – Author & MD, Visual Quest India


In 2009 he released his book -The Great Indian Yoga Masters-  with photographs by him across nine countries. This book presents to the world, India’s ancient connection with Yoga and currently is being translated in 8 international languages. His books – India – Colours east of Indus is a collaboration with 70 photographers from around the world, while Ancient Trade Routes is a tribute to the trade routes of the Spice, Tea and Silk that transported not only goods but also culture religion and customs in food, fashion and tradition.

8. JA Chowdary – Spl. Chief Secretary , Govt. of A.P


J.A. Chowdary is the IT Advisor to the Government of Andhra Pradesh and is responsible for generating new investments, creation of IT ecosystem and the growth of IT sector in the state.

9. Dr. Nikhil Agarwal – CEO, Innovation Society, Govt. of A.P


Nikhil Agarwal is working as CEO, Innovation Society, Government of Andhra Pradesh. In his prior avatar, he was the Professor of Policy, Strategy & Entrepreneurship. After founding many successful ventures, his latest muse is Entrepreneur Cafe – a global activity now in over 100 cities in 6 continents.

10. Palle Raghunath Reddy – Minister of IT, E & C, Govt. of A.P

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An educationist and a visionary, Palle Raghunatha Reddy is the Hon’able Minister of State for Information Technology, Electronics and Communication.

11. Ramesh Loganathan – MD, Progress Softwares

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An accomplished Technologist, has over 20 years product engineering and R&D leadership experience. He’s an Adjunct Faculty at IIIT-Hyderabad, and teaches courses on middleware technologies and distributed systems. He’s has been the Chair of ACM Hyderabad Chapter since Jan 2012, Regional council member at Nasscom & Managing committee member at ITsAP & TiE. He’s a part of the National program team for Nasscom Products conclave and ITsAP Hyderabad Software products showcase.

12. Pankaj Diwan – CEO of Uptec Labs


Pankaj Diwan is the Managing Director at UPTEC IDEALABS LIMITED, Hyderabad. He holds an engineering graduate with distinction from Osmania University. He has been worked and delivered large scale solutions to several Industry leaders like HP, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Quest and Verizon. He is very passionate about skill development and employment generation and has been the founder and chief mentor of IDEALABS programme.

13. Ramana Gogula – Music Director & VC ( USF )


Ramana Gogula is a serial entrepreneur and musician who  founded companies in areas of eLearning, Entertainment and Clean Energy. He has over two decades of international experience in sales, product marketing  technical support & product design in the Information Technology space. Having worked as MD of Sybase – South East Asia and as Founder/CEO of an eLearning Company called Liqwid Krystal,  he is currently the CEO and founder of Earthen Glow, a Clean Energy StartUp that focuses on developing Indoor & Outdoor Lighting Architectures for OFFGRID villages in India & Africa.

14.  Santosh Panda – Founder/CEO, Explara



Explara was conceptualized by Santosh Panda (CEO Explara) and co-founded by Ashok kumar. Having done his masters at Manchester Business School, Panda has worked for eBay, BBC Broadcast and UPCO. Ashok Kumar is the co-founder and VP operations at the company.

Panda conceived the idea while listening to a South Asian radio channel. An ad looking for venues for an event gave him the idea to tap the huge potential of online event ticketing and registration solutions.

15. Suresh Rayudu Chitturi – Chairman, CII A.P

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Mr. Suresh Chitturi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science Engineering from R.V College of Engineering, Bangalore, India and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Atlanta, U.S.A. He is the current Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry – Andhra Pradesh.

16. Vanitha Datla – Chairperson, CII Telangana; MD, Elico Ltd

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Vanitha Datla is the Executive Director & CFO at Elico Ltd, a 50-year-old company that is a pioneer in the Analytical Instruments Industry, ‘Innovating to connect Science with Lab’ and Managing Director Elico Healthcare Services Ltd, a service provider to the Health-Care Industry in countries like USA, Middle East etc. She is the current Chairperson of Confederation of Indian Industries – Telangana.

17. Naveen Asrani – Director, Microsoft Ventures, India

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Microsoft Ventures is a global initiative empowering entrepreneurs around the world on their journey to build great companies.

Naveen Asrani alma mater of University of Bangalore and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan is the Director – Marketing at Microsoft Developer Experiences and Evangelism Team where he is responsible for building the ecosystem across Startups, Developers, Academia, for Windows Platform, Cloud, Mobile & Internet of Things.


18.  Rajesh Misra – Technology Head, Wipro Ltd


Rajesh Ram Mishra is working with Wipro for the past 22 years. He is currently heading organizational initiative to set up a collaborative Center for Applied Research and System Design (CARD) to enable new products and solutions for the emerging market. Prior to this, he was driving a $250M industry vertical focusing on high tech customers of Semiconductor and Peripheral industry at Wipro Technologies.

19. Pulkit Srivastava – CEO, Shouut



Trained in Marketing and Communications, he has over 10 years of experience in successfully managing communications mandates for over 30 corporates, not-for-profit organizations and leading brands.Pulkit have contributed in strengthening brands and business during fair weather and protecting reputation during crises.

20. Shantha John – MD, JWT Mindset


Santha John, Managing Director, JWT Mindset, Hyderabad established Mindset Advertising with Ram Gadela in 1998. In 2011, JWT acquired a majority of stake in Mindset Advertising and the agency was rechristened as JWT Mindset. During her advertising tenure, John helped launch not just AP’s first cellular company, but also the first International school in India.

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