THE FOUNDERS’ PATH




Dr. Shivananda (Shivoo) Koteshwar

Founder

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 a change bearer surfaced, and Shivoo started working towards this goal. He learnt more and more through all his endeavors to give back to society, doing, failing, and retrying persistently.

He is a dedicated and passionate teacher who works with schools, undergraduate, engineering and MBA colleges, to bridge the gap between academia and corporate. He serves as visiting faculty in leading colleges/universities across India in both engineering and management. He is the Executive Program Partner in The Aurinko Design Preparatory College. Shivoo also serves as a Board of Studies Member in Mount Carmel College, BMS College, Indian Academy Degree College, and Dr. MCET, Pollachi and serves as an Advisory Board Member in Aurinko Academy and Vyasa International.

Shivoo is a Mentor of Change – ATAL Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, Government of India and SIG Member, ESSCI – Electronics Sector Skills Council of India. Shivoo is extremely active in mentoring start-ups catering to EdTech & learning space. Shivoo is an accomplished entrepreneur and angel investor.

Shivoo is the founder Trustee of “”Belakoo Trust”” focusing on rural education and skill development. Belakoo has started a free weekend school in Malavalli, Mandya.

Shivoo in his day job is currently the Group Director of R&D at Synopsys, a leading EDA company . After two successful decades in the Semiconductor industry, Shivoo took a break for 2 years and setup 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). In the past, he has worked in Synopsys, Intel, Arcus Technologies and MediaTek.

Shivoo has received a doctorate in Management and is an alumnus of IIM, Bangalore. Shivoo has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from OGI, USA, and BTech in E&C from Mysore University.

Write to Shivoo: shivoo.koteshwar@gmail.com

Smitha Hemmigae

Founder

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, in her day job is the Head of Marketing at ThoughtWorks India. She is their chief story weaver.

She is also part of the leadership team of Bangalore Chapter of Singularity University. She is part of the Academic Council at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore for the BBA program.

Smitha is the founder Trustee of “”Belakoo Trust”” focusing on rural education and skill development. Belakoo has started a free weekend school in Malavalli, Mandya.

Smitha holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Bangalore University.

You can contact Smitha at smitha.hemmigae@gmail.com

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