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A dreamy eyed small village boy armed with nothing but an enormous passion and an unrelenting attitude set his sights high. He never gave up though all he did was work in a petrol bunk. After years of toil, he went on to create the biggest business empire ever. His vision now carried forward by his two sons was conceived wholly by his entrepreneurial ingenuity.


This year at Kurukshetra, we celebrate this spirit of entrepreneurship - the one that makes one embark on an adventure akin to cruising on the high seas. With eminent and experienced entrepreneurs sharing their story, we welcome you to learn before you storm the world with your ideas.



Gopal Srinivasan
Chairman and MD, TVS Capital Funds Limited

Gopal is the Chairman & MD of TVS Capital Funds Limited, that has launched an India focused growth private equity fund. The vision is to develop and nurture India’s mid-cap businesses into world class companies. The fund will make investments in companies that are at the intersection of high growth consumer consumption driven opportunities and a developmental theme, such as organizing the unorganized/inefficient sectors. Gopal, a member of the TVS family, is the founder and Chairman of TVS Electronics Limited, Director in Sundaram-Clayton Ltd., TVS & Sons Ltd., Sundaram Industries Ltd. and several other TVS Group businesses. Gopal was the Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Tamil Nadu State Council for the fiscal year ‘07-‘08. He is currently chairing CII National Committee for Private Equity & Venture Capital. He has also served as the President of Manufacturers’ Association for Info. Technology (MAIT). Gopal has incubated over eight businesses, and has over twenty five years of operational experience in India, along with a wide network of relationships across the world. Gopal earned a B.Com from Loyola College, Chennai and an MBA from University of Michigan, USA. A passionate entrepreneur, he is also actively involved in the promotion of Entrepreneurship as an angel investor as well as through organizations including TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), Great Lakes Institute of Management, IFMR.

Ashish Rajpal
Co-founder & CEO, iDiscoveri Education

Ashish Rajpal is the co-founder and CEO of iDiscoveri Education. Ashish quit an international corporate career to work in education. Apart from managing iDiscoveri's growing organization, he creates and facilitates programs on teacher development, leadership, and organization culture. A former student of Howard Gardner, his areas of interest include "doing classrooms", self-esteem of children, and non-authoritarian leadership. He has personally led the creation of an NCF based experiential primary school curriculum cum teacher training program, called XSEED that has now reached over 230 schools across the country.Ashish has an M.Ed from Harvard University and an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur. He enjoys reading and writing, sufi music, running, the outdoors, and making up children's stories. He also teaches Grade 4 science. In 2008, he was identified by Education World magazine amongst the 50 top leaders changing education in India.


M Venkata Subramanian
Founder, Matchbox Solutions and eFarm

Venkat is the founder of Matchbox solutions , a social entreprenural firm based in Chennai, India which is  involved in several projects involving the BOP segment. One of the key ventures which is generating lot of momentum is eFarm. eFarm is an agri supply chain made up of a network of farmers, transport operators and buyers linked through a unique, technology driven supply chain system . eFarm is creating India's first common, shared platform for the unorganised sector in the vegetables and fruits trade using a unique combination of several business paradigms which work in an Indian context. More details are available at their website : www.efarm.in. eFarm also provides consulting, training and technology implementation support for entrepreneurs and  organizations involved in agri trade.
Venkat is also a visiting faculty at MOP Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai and has given guest lectures at TNAU, Coimbatore , IFMR , LIBA and ICFAI. He is also an agri sector columnist for ‘Beyond Profit’, a leading social entrepreneurship magazine and blog. Venkat also runs the ‘Agri India’ blog in LinkedIn which tracks the various issues, solutions and events related to agri business, supply chain, BOP, and entrepreneurship in India.


Murugavel Janakiraman
Founder & CEO,BharatMatrimony

Murugavel Janakiraman served as the Chairman of IAMAI, an association of Internet and Mobile companies in India during 2007-08. He became one of the youngest businessmen to be a SIGARAM – 15 Business Icon. His service recently received funding from Canaan Partners and Yahoo. BharatMatrimony officially entered the Limca Book of Records for the highest number of online marriages. He is an MCA degree holder.


Arvind Kaul

Managing Director, Vestas India

Arvind Kaul is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Vestas Wind Technology India Private Limited.
Arvind, a Mechanical Engineer, Green Belt in Six Sigma has extensive experience in growing companies from a nascent stage to world class organizations. A well rounded Manager with exposure in Sales, Service, Operations, Project Development and Business/P&L leadership.  His experience has been grounded in India, Europe, and the United States.
Arvind is a keen sportsman, a people person and believes that it is all about “People’s Passion & Motivation” that makes a company successful.  
 Thomas Xavier

Founder and Chairman, Orchard Advertising

Thomas Xavier is Founder and Chairman of Orchard Advertising, a part of the Leo Burnett group in India. A postgraduate in management from IIM Bangalore, Thomas has spearheaded the advertising for brands such as IBM, Toyota, Fiat, Coca-Cola and Cinthol. But what gives him more pride is his association with entrepreneurial brands such as Air Deccan, Subhiksha, Himalaya Drug Company and CavinKare. By the way, Thomas is an alumni of CEG. He did his B.E. in mechanical engineering from here, in 1985.


Activity - Elevator pitch 

This activity will engage the participants to render a good elevator pitch.

In this session, we will have a fun-filled and innovative activity to improve this very vital entrepreneurship skill.

  • The participants have to register online.
  • On registration, an e-mail will be sent to you with two case study questions. All paticipants who wish to be considered for selection must mail their replies to: workshops [at] kurukshetra.org.in on or before 15th January with 'Entrepreneurship Workshop Case Study' in the subject line.
  • The final selection of participants will be done based on the replies and the selected participants will be sent a confirmation mail by 17th January.
  • The registration fee for the workshop is INR 200 that has to be paid by the participant on the day of the workshop.
  • The selected participants are requested to bring the following on the day of the workshop:
    • College ID card
    • A copy of the confirmation mail

Click here to register

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