Innovators share their tips for start-up success

28 February 2017

What impact will digital disruption have on industry, and how do start-ups navigate the tide of change? Four UTS graduates share their learnings and experience in the Indian start-up scene.

UTS graduates from across India gathered to hear from some of the country’s most passionate entrepreneurs as they explored the future of entrepreneurship and digital disruption – and what it will mean for tomorrow’s start-up ventures at unique discussion panels held in Mumbai and New Delhi in February.

The two events brought together UTS graduates, UTS staff, future students and industry partners, including UTS Insearch, to connect and learn tips and tricks for start-up success from some of India’s most interesting and innovative entrepreneurs.

In Mumbai, entrepreneur Parth Desai (Master of Engineering Management, 2010), co-founder of photography app and founder of Indian e-commerce portal Dubuk Deal and Emily R Menon, Executive Director and founder of corporate social responsibility firm Innovaid shared their passion, achievements and challenges faced in the start-up scene in India.

Menon, whose Innovaid organisation advises corporations on philanthropy and corporate social responsibility in India, works with charities including The Steve Waugh Foundation, Brett Lee’s “Mewsic” Foundation, as well as corporates like telecommunications giant Vodafone Hutchison and Mumbai-based property developer Omkar Realty.

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From left, moderator Jane Westbrook, and speakers Parth Desai, Emily R Menon and Dr Priyadarsi Nanda, share their insights on innovation, digital distruption and opportunities for entrepreneurs at the UTS Alumni Reception in Mumbai. 

In New Delhi, Anubhav Jain (Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, 2005) co-founder of GoDoctor, the world’s first global medical collaboration platform connecting health professionals, and Managing Director of Natural People, Anukirti Health Products, and Vindhya Tripathi (Master of Arts in Journalism, 2004), co-founder of Ahana Organics shared key insights on their start-up journeys and predictions  on how technology has the power to change the way we live and work.

Academic Dr Priyadarsi Nanda, a senior lecturer at the UTS School of Computing and Communications joined the panel discussion, sharing how UTS is ‘future proofing’ graduates with the skills to successfully prepare them for the jobs of the future.

“The UTS international alumni events are one of the highlights of our alumni calendar each year, and we were delighted to be able to meet with and hear the stories of so many of our India-based graduates. Our alumni in India are doing incredible work in industry and community organisations. Building connections with one other has been an extremely rewarding experience,” said Jane Westbrook, Director of UTS Advancement.

“Many attendees travelled long hours to be with us to hear the advice of these outstanding graduates – from Emily’s commendable work with in CSR to Anubhav’s groundbreaking work using technology to connect the medical profession – it shows the truly entrepreneurial spirit of UTS graduates and how they are committed to making change for the better,” Westbrook said.


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