Shivananda (Shivoo) Koteshwar

Shivananda (Shivoo) Koteshwar


The inspiration for this platform all started with a slogan on a friend’s tee-shirt:

“Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts”

The hunger to be the change bearer surfaced. Shivoo started working towards this goal, by learning more and more by doing, falling down and getting up in all his endeavors to give something back to society.

Shivoo is a dedicated and passionate teacher who works with schools, colleges, engineering and MBA colleges to bridge the gap between what academia and corporate. He is a visiting faculty in leading colleges/universities in India in both engineering and management. Presently serving as a Board of Studies Member and Mentor, Entrepreneurship Cell in Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, Advisor Board Member in Vyasa International School and MS Engineering College, Shivoo also served as an Advisory Board Member in MS Ramaiah School of Advanced Studies. He has also created a fund where he encourages students with social ideas to harness their idea and create solutions that will be truly revolutionary.

With two decades of semiconductor industry experience, Shivoo in his day job is the director of engineering at a leading chip design company – MediaTek. After a successful 16years in Semiconductor industry, Shivoo took a break for 2 years and setup the India’s first college preparatory co-educational residential K12 School, “The Amaatra Academy”. Shivoo was the Founding Director of the school and also worked as a full-time Professor in E&C Department in PES Institute of Technology (PESIT). He has worked earlier in Synopsys, Intel and Arcus technologies.

An alumnus of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, Shivoo has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Oregon Graduate Institute, USA and BTech in E&C from Mysore University. Shivoo is also a 2012 Fellow in the Start-up Leadership Program for Bangalore Chapter. He is currently a Research Scholar, pursuing dual PhD from VTU and Bangalore University in VLSI and Management respectively.

You can contact Shivoo at any of the following or contact him directly at


Smitha Hemmigae

Smitha Hemmigae


Every human is extraordinary

That’s Smitha’s philosophy. Smitha thinks there is a silver lining in every cloud that passes overhead. She believes that stories have a mystical power; power to transform, to inspire and get more people involved in a cause. She likes to hear the stories of success, failures and emotional stories that can impact lives.

Smitha is passionate about wildlife conservation, e-waste and primary education and works closely with many organizations and NGOs in this area.

Smitha, in her day job is a Sr. Director, Marketing at CSS Corp, a leading technology support company. She is their chief story weaver.

Smitha is on the board of studies in Mount Carmel college and works with many schools and management colleges in Bangalore talking to students working with undergrad and school students on what industry looks for in emerging managers.

Smitha is a bachelor of engineering, from Bangalore University.

You can contact Smitha at any of the following or contact her at


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