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Startups Club is all about heart and our people make this heart beat!



Salma Moosa

She is the heart of Startups Club and almost single handedly built the community during the early days. She specialise in the area of Marketing and Sales. If you want to know how to make the impossible happen, meet her!


Vivek Srinivasan

Vivek is a thinker, he knows a little about a lot of things. He is keenly interested in technology and believes that every startup should use technology as a differentiator. His strengths are in the area of finance and strategy.

Chief Mentor

Mahesh Bhalla

Mahesh Bhalla

He comes with a vast wealth of experience of having steered various companies in various capacities. He has played a key role in terms of helping shape the strategy for Startups Club and has been a huge pillar of strength for the Club and its team. His nudges have helped define the direction that we are taking.

Board Advisor


Michael Marks

Michael Marks has lived in Asia since 1997, and heads the Asia-Pacific practice of Innoventure Partners. He has been involved in several billion dollars of transactions in the Asia-Pacific region, including as a principal in his own businesses, as well as investor or advisor. Over the past sixteen years he has worked with several leading international and Asian companies and institutions on their investments and business development in Asia, particularly in China, as well as their strategic development, M&A, distribution, and capital markets programs in the international investment communities. Marks currently lives in Shanghai, China and speaks fluent Mandarin.



Mohammed Faraz

Faraz is the Head of Business. He gets stuff done and makes sure that all of the execution goes as per plan. He makes sure that the operations flow smoothly. He has been a pillar of strength for driving the Young Pioneers initiative as well.


Soumya Sthapak

Soumya is the Head of Sales at Startups Club. She was the first person to join the team and has built a strong team under her today. She instills energy in the office. LIIT flows in her veins and she has exceptional capacity!


Siddharth Jena

Siddharth heads the Strategic Alliances and has been engaging with companies to provide them the reach that Startups Club can offer. He has been building connections for Startups Club. In the past he has been engaged in building his body!


Mandeep Kaur

Mandeep is the General Manager of Startups Club handles operations. She handles talent acquisition, accounts and administration within the company. She also finds time to stay on top of all of the team members and get feedback from them.


Jyothi Shetty

Jyothi works as a part of the Operations teams and works along with Mandeep to ensure that all of the operations of the company are smoothly taken care of. She remains unusually silent but gets the job done!


Thirunarayanan Prasad

Prasad is our talented back end developer who pulls the weight to have all of the development done for Startups Club. He works under Khuzema to give our members the digital experience we wish to give. He stays quite silent, then suddenly delivers a killer one-liner.


Lakshmi Tulasi

She has a depth of experience in the area of digital marketing and SEO. She works under Siddharth in the Digital Marketing team and is responsible for the execution of projects. She is trying to perfect her Hindi.


Sreyanka Chowdhury

Sreyanka is the person responsible for all of the co-ordination, support and analysis surrounding the Incuration program and the related investments. She also has a national integrity program of her own that she dedicatedly runs. Kashmir to Kanyakumari; All bases covered!


Diksha Agarwal

Diksha is the newest addition to the Digital Marketing practice and she works on the Social Media Marketing projects along with Siddharth and Lakshmi. She like to run, we hope not from us!


Ishita Parikh

Ishita works on designs for the digital marketing wing of Startups Club and works with Siddharth. Although she was brought in to work on designs alone she is versatile and works on several media. She keeps sipping on a bottle that looks like it might contain liquor, she claims its water.


Nagarjun Hegde

Nagarjun, or Arjun as we all call him heads the community engagement and alliance management of Startups Club. He is a critical piece to making certain that we are able to better engage our members and deliver value to them. He is a kick-boxer.


Shireen Ghosal

Shireen is heading the PR department for Startups Club. She takes care of the content and other related activities necessary for making public relations possible for the company.


Abdul Akber Shaikh

We just call him Akber. Akber heads the Operations of the Young Pioneers (née The Blueprints Club). He used to hardly speak a word when we joined us a couple of years back in VIT. Today, he is a confident leader who drives a team of 4 under him.


Saadhiya Thabassum

Saadhiya heads the promotion for the Young Pioneers team and has a team that works with her at VIT. She drives people and gets whatever is given, done. A chemical engineer she gets her kicks out of making various chemical concoctions.