- People -

Chintan Vaishnav

Chief Advisor, Board Member

Senior Lecturer - MIT Sloan School of Management, Academic Head - MIT Tata Center

Andrew Ngure

Director of Outreach, Africa program

Graduate Student - Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Mona Vijaykumar

Research Associate

Graduate Student - SA+P, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Armando Moncada

Research and Product Development

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Shubham Deshmukh

Partnerships and Outreach

IRMA, NIT Nagpur

Sanya Verma


IIT Delhi, India

Anjani Bansal

Senior Advisor​, Board Member

Deputy Director - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Manohar Paluri

Senior Advisor, Technology

Director - Artificial Intelligence at Facebook

Ratna Mehta

Senior Advisor, Program Management

Global Head - Wadhwani Catalyst Program,
Wadhwani Foundation

Joost Bonsen

Senior Advisor

Lecturer, MIT Media Lab,
Founding Program Director - MIT Legatum Center for Entrepreneurship,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Barbara Bulc

Senior Advisor, International Relations

Founder and President, Global Development
Founding member - United Nations Innovation Working Group

Ishita Agrawal

Senior Advisor, Program Management

Program Director - Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, Govt of India

Jinesh Shah

Senior Advisor, Investment

Managing Partner - Omnivore

Piyush Verma

Founder and CEO

MIT Tata Fellow '20, Founding Head - MIT India Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Chief Advisor, Board Member

Mehra Chair Professor MechE, Head Department of Design - IIT Delhi

Diego Arenas

Research Intern

Sophomore MITII - Inclusive Innovation Grant Fellow, MIT

Paul Ihim

Tech and Product Development

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Arushi Jain

Partnerships and Outreach

Babson College, Massachusetts

Medha Agarwal


IIT Delhi, India

Padmanabhan Anandan

Senior Advisor​, Board Member

CEO - Wadhwani AI,

Founder - Microsoft Research India

Naveen Jha

Senior Advisor​, Board Member

Former CEO, Deshpande Foundation

Heramb Hajarnavis

Senior Advisor, Investments

Founder and Managing Partner, Sea Link Capital

Ex - MD at Goldman Sachs, Harvard Business School, MIT

Manish Misra

Senior Advisor, Innovation and Tech

Chief Innovation Officer - Panasonic

Madhav Chavan

Senior Advisor

Co-Founder and President, Pratham

Samir Sathe

Senior Advisor, SME

Executive Vice President - Wadhwani Foundation

Aarti Chandna

Senior Advisor, Impact Investment

Partner - Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, SV2

Ashwin Gopinath

Associate Director

Asst Prof. MechE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Co-founder - Palamedrix,
Ex- Google X, Moonshot Factory, Caltech 

David Maina

Operations and Strategy

Graduate Researcher - DUSP '20, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Aseem Saini

Research and Design

IIIT Jabalpur, India

Niharika Gupta

Partnerships and Communications

CEPT University, India

Yukta Kumari

Sr. Associate, Communications and Logistics

JIIT Noida, India

Mark Kahn

Senior Advisor​, Venture Capital

Managing Partner, Omnivore

Harvard Business School

Laurie Lane Zucker

Senior Advisor, Impact Investment

Founder and CEO - Impact Entrepreneur

Pradyumna Vyas

Senior Advisor, Innovation

Former Director - National Institute of Design, India.

Hemendra Mathur

Senior Advisor, Partnerships

Venture Partner - Bharat Innovation Fund, Co-Founder Think Ag

Venkat Maroju

Senior Advisor, Agri-Tech

CEO - SourceTrace

Ashish Khetan

Senior Advisor

President & CIO - Indigram Labs Foundation

Sudhindra V

Senior Advisor​, Innovation and Tech

Chief Design Officer - IBM India

Shalander Kumar

Senior Advisor, Agri-Tech

Principal Scientist - ICRISAT

Gururaj Deshpande

Founder, Deshpande Foundation

Let me congratulate you Piyush, You probably have one of the best startups. I mean it's amazing you started just a year ago and you've been able to curate such a great group of entrepreneurs and really help them get to this point. As entrepreneurs, It's thousands of bridges that we need to cross and we don't really know what all those bridges are. You've done a fantastic job of actually bringing these entrepreneurs together, connecting them to mentors, venture capitalists,  investors, and giving them the opportunity and the resources to actually pick the right bridges and cross them.

Geeta Goel

Country Director, Dell Foundation

Way to go Manush Labs! Congratulations, Piyush.
The role of incubators and accelerators cannot be undermined when we talk of a thriving start-up ecosystem. With US and China boasting 225+ unicorns, and India at 21, we have a long way to go. The need for structured support in initial phases is even more true for social startups, where the problems may be more complex and deep rooted and low margins is reality. But once you crack the code, the market size may be the largest possible, and of course, the impact may be most gratifying and sustainable.

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The journey has been incredibly good. The concept of fundraising was very new to us, and the support from Manush Labs truly helped us in both, designing a better pitch, as well as in pitching better. The guidance we received from our personal mentor is impeccable. The program is well-organized and I am happy I had a chance to be a part of the same.

-   Kirtikumar Tolani

     Co-Founder, Landwirt India

My expectations from the program were to have a chance to interact with people who are very insightful and experienced in the area they work in, and I would say that the same has been a success. I have received valuable feedback from mentors as well as investors, which pushed me to constantly improve.

-   Alekhya Boora

     Co-Founder, Ripsey

Nothing compares to being a part of the Manush Labs cohort. The investor connections are amazing. The execution of the program is beyond expectations and the management of logistics surprises me.

-   Deependra Solanky

     Founder, AgriDost

Multiple Pecha Kuchas were very helpful in making us realize the key areas to focus on when preparing our pitch deck. Our mentor was incredibly helpful and conversations with him were very stimulating. This program gives individual attention to every participating startup, which is rare in the incubator/accelerator space!

-   Vinoj Raj

     Founder, St. Jude Herbals

I really liked the transparency of this program. The program was helpful throughout its entire course, and not just the initial few weeks, like it usually tends to happen. I like how everyone in this cohort saw value in each other and was supportive of mutual growth. That for me is a big differentiator.

-   Rahul Ganapathy

     Co-Founder, Atsuya Technologies

Manush Labs is an impact ecosystem for underserved entrepreneurs of India. We attempt to solve deep-rooted problems of Indian society by empowering impact entrepreneurs with capital, knowledge access, and networks.

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