Who are the jury members of Northeast Launchpad?

Northeast Launchpad is a landmark initiative of Instamojo that provides a platform for all aspiring entrepreneurs of the region to work towards achieving their dreams. Northeast Launchpad is the biggest online B-plan event in the Northeast.

If you are thinking about building your eCommerce venture or a food delivery venture, the event will help you realise your dreams. Win Rs 50,000 in cash grant and up to Rs 10 lakh in benefits.

Check out the jury profile of the B-plan competition.

Dr Tej Chingtham, CEO of AIC-SMUTBI

Prof Tej Chingtham is an accomplished academician and has played exceptional role in building the startup ecosystem in North East India. An alumnus of IIT Guwahati with 22 years of experience in various domains, Prof Tej Chingtham is currently the CEO of AIC -SMUTBI which is the first Atal Incubation Center in North East India. He is instrumental in setting up this first world-class incubator which is housed inside the campus of Sikkim Manipal University in Sikkim. He has patents and multiple publications including in Forbes to his credit. He has completed his Startup School from Y-Combinator and is also AIM iCREST certified with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Wadhwani Foundation. He is also part of the GINSEP tour of Germany organized by GIZ, Germany. He is also a mentor of change selected by NITI AAYOG and is on Board of advisors of many companies. He has also served as experts for the Tata Endowment Fund under Tata Trust.

Lairenjam Niranjan Singh, Founder of Imphal Business Incubation Centre

Lairenjam Niranjan Singh is the Founder of Imphal Business Incubation Centre (IBIC) and a board member of Imphal Angels. He is also the Founder Director of JCRE Skill Solutions, JCRE Home Solutions, JCREmeds, JCCS (JCRE Career Consultancy Service) and JCRE Global College. He is an alumnus of Australia-India Youth Dialogue (AIYD). He is a member of the Committee of Start-Up Manipur initiated by the Government of Manipur and a member of Rotary Club Imphal. He is a mentor to “Project Her & Now” and Educentre School of Business (ESB) in Nagaland. He has an MBA from ENPC Paris and Post Graduate Diploma in Retail Management from the University of Surrey, UK. He seeks inspiration by running ultra trails & racing Ironman.

Akash Gehani, COO and Co-founder of Instamojo

Akash is the COO and co-founder of Instamojo, India’s largest on-demand payments and growth platform that allows anyone with a mobile number, internet and an active bank account to start an online business. Akash is one of the co-founders of Instamojo along with Sampad Swain and Aditya Sengupta.

Prior to this, Akash has worked for General Electric, WNS Global Services, ICICI Lombard and WanaMo. He worked at these companies in various roles ranging from Engineering to Business Development to Marketing. Akash has a degree in Information Technology from Thadomal Shahani Engineering College and an MBA in finance & marketing from Management Development Institute. During his time at Instamojo, Akash has overseen the introduction of many new products and it is his vital technical knowledge that has helped the company witness a growth of 178% in the last year alone.

A Mumbaikar at heart, Akash is enthusiastic about building great teams and believes that great leadership is about creating more leaders. He hopes to build education and mutual respect in people so they can achieve their goals and in turn build a better India. He loves a good challenge and likes to shake things up as far as business is concerned. In his free time, Akash likes reading and travelling. He’s also a huge football fanatic.

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