Startup Team Profiles


Sathyanarayana B V

Senior Manager,
Startup Karnataka

Sathya is a management professional with over 15 years of experience in being an Entrepreneur, Mentor, Startup Evangelist, Team Builder and Coach for Startups. He is competent in setting up new initiatives, managing cross functional teams and business operations, creating strategic marketing plans & budgets, developing product campaigns, conducting market research, and organizing various state level events, Startup Ecosystem Management.

He is very passionate about heading the Startup Cell of Karnataka and manages the entire ecosystem for Government of Karnataka. He is involved in,

1. Planning & Strategy, Implementation of all Programs and Schemes under the Karnataka Startup Policy 2015-2020

2. Setting up and review performance of incubators, PPP (Public Private partnerships), Funding through events like Tourism Challenge, ELEVATE, IDEA2PoC Grant Funding Scheme

3. To evaluate and process the startup registrations with Startup Cell and subsequently for benefits, incentives and concessions.

4. Community Engagement – To conduct various outreach programs to publicize the policy to increase registrations.

5. Manage Startup Hotline and Social Media handles like Twitter, Face book and Linkedin to create awareness

6. Promotion of Ecosystem through Startup Portal, Organizing promotional events both in India and Abroad, Network with Startup Ecosystem, Industry Experts, Mentors, Investors, Academia and Associations to build strong partnerships for policy execution.

7. Formation of Policy Guidelines with regulations to promote ease of doing business for Startups in State.

His rich industry experience includes being an Entrepreneur (EdTech) for 8 years, handling Business Development & Strategic Alliances and handling Presales in IT & Banking Industry for 5 years.

With a PGCSM from Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, MBA from PESIT, Vishveshwaraiah Technological University and BBA from Bangalore University, he has been actively involved in creating a vibrant startup ecosystem for the state.

He has been awarded for “Achieving highest revenue growth in 2009 in zone”, by HCIL for “Being the Initiator of Corporate  Partnership”, and by Karnataka Small & Medium Business Owners Association (KSMBOA) for “Excellence in Market Strategy and Customer Relationship Management”


Aniket Vaidya

Relationship Manager, Startup Cell,
Government of Karnataka

Aniket is a Management professional with over 6 years of experience in Marketing Management, Management Consulting and Relationship Management in the Government as well as the Private Sectors. He is passionate towards Strategy Planning & Execution, Management Consulting, Product Development, Marketing Management, Design Thinking, Gamification and Digital Marketing. Besides being a co-founder of a startup, he has also worked for a Fortune-500 organization to have a blend of corporate and startup culture in the work style.

As a part of Start-up Karnataka, he has been involved in Start-up talks & events, Booster Kit Partnerships & Engagements, Vendor Management, Social Media & PR, Incentives Management, GoK-supported incubators management. He has also been involved in conceptualizing, planning, implementing and coordinating for events like Elevate100, Elevate Call 2, Speed Dating, Idea2PoC etc.

Aniket holds PGDM (Marketing & Management Consulting) from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS University). He has also completed certifications and courses from The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), Stanford University and Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B).

He takes immense pride in being able to make the positive impact on the country’s topmost start-up ecosystem


Sonali Ghosh

Relationship Manager, Startup Cell,
Government of Karnataka

Sonali has over 7 years of experience is implementing different grant schemes for Government of India and Government of Karnataka. She has expertise in the area of Bio-Technology and is passionate towards executing works in related areas.

As a part of Startup Karnataka, she has been involved in Startup Registration, incentive reimbursement management, Incubator management, funding scheme management, outreach activities and providing mentorship to startups.

She has completed her PG in Biotechnology from Vidyasagar University and holds a BSc. Botany Hons. From Calcutta University. She has been an integral part of conducting molecular biology research and executing GoI DBT funding schemes like SBIRI, BIG, CRSS, EDP- BEST and Student Training Program – BITP.


Ashwin B S

Relationship Manager, Startup Cell,
Government of Karnataka

Ashwin has an experience of about 6.5 years across different sectors of banking, business development, consultancy, talent acquisition as well as teaching as a professor. With this diverse experience across sectors, he is an integral part of the Startup Cell of Karnataka.

As a part of Startup Karnataka, he has been involved with policy implementation, outreach and promotion, encouraging entrepreneurs to register with the Government to avail various benefits under the policy, incentive management, building collaboration with industry, assisting startups with speed dating and pilot opportunity and working closely with other government departments.

He has expertise in IT/ITES domain, and has completed his BBM (Marketing) from Christ College, Bangalore University and MBA, CMRIMS (Finance & HR) from Bangalore University. He has worked as a Jr Trade Executive at ANZ Banking, Business Development Manager at Kruthi consultants, Asst. Professor at Karnataka College of Management and ISBR Bangalore and as a Manager-Talent acquisition at Span outsourcing.


Yesu Davies A A

Technical Consultant, Startup Cell,
Government of Karnataka

Yesu has over 14 years of experience in technical and project management consultancy. He has taken up work like optimizing the design and / or construction methodology for an installation, finding the most appropriate technological solution, optimizing the safety or reliability of a new or existing installation and auditing the failure of a system or unit (identifying causes, design errors, offering re-engineering proposals, etc.).

He has worked as a Technical Specialist, Process Trainer and Team Manager with companies likes Aditya Birla (Minacs), CISCO, HP & CGI.
Project Tech and Technical Consultant with the State Government of Karnataka (SWD & ITBT)


Prathap V

Executive Assistant,
Startup Cell, GoK

Prathap has over 3 years of experience in providing effective Customer Service & managing relationships with client. He has previously worked as a Process Specialist in AXA BS (Bengaluru).

He is currently involved in correspondence with the internal sections, customer service & managing relationships with clients, processing telephone calls and requests, maintaining calendars, creating and maintaining databases & client relations, designing and maintaining filing system for all startup’s, administrative support and coordinating audio conference calls