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Here are the GSW 2016 Fellows. These leaders at the Global Startup Workshop 2016 Conference have worked hard to develop entrepreneurship in their communities and are being recognized by the MIT organizing team!


Tripti Somani
MIT GSW 2016 Outstanding Fellow
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Tripti is a first class graduate in Commerce from Delhi University (Shri Ram College of Commerce) and is a fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. A Post Graduate in Business law from National Law School, Bangalore, Tripti has a wide experience in business and financial advisory for various multi-national organizations such as PwC, Grant Thornton (GT), World Bank (on behalf of GT) etc. She has written articles and conducted seminars organized by Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Tripti is also a member of Institute of Internal auditor, Florida and Association of Certified Fraud examiner. She is currently heading her venture KGS Advisors LLP which is a financial advisory firm provides one stop solution for domestic companies starting up & foreign companies planning to establish presence in India.
Tripti is also active in social sector. She is a secretary of Gvriksh, which is a non-profit organization for promoting tree plantation. She is a Chairperson of Confederation of Women Entrepreneur, Delhi. Besides holding important positions in these organisation, Tripti’s contribution has been immense is not only in setting up of these organisation but also in making them a success. She is also a governing council member of NIESBUD - Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneur & Indian Council of Human Relations.

Shiv Raj Aryan
Student, BML Munjal University
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Shiv Raj Aryan is a student of Computer Science and Engineering at BML Munjal University, Gurgaon, India.
Although he has taken an engineering major, he aspires to be a successful entrepreneur and have been teaching himself business for many years.

Shiv is an ardent reader and has interest in a varied range of fields, with the most prevailing ones being Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Having an International Mathematics Olympiad gold medal, and two research publications in his name, this 18 year old now plans to venture in the internet industry, and bracing himself for it.

He believes entrepreneurship offers unlimited opportunity to create an impact on the society, while letting one realize great dreams and create his own destiny.

Aakash Bansal
Student, Maharaja Surajmal Institute of Technology, New Delhi
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Aakash is an undergraduate engineering student from Electronics and Communication Division of Maharaja Surajmal Institute of Technology, New Delhi. Being a technical enthusiast and an innovator, he has been guiding many students in the field of electronics, embedded technology, wireless communication and robotics. He has been serving as a volunteer for IEEE at different levels. He is associated with the Intel's K-12 Education Campaign as a mentor to guide school students in the field of embedded technology and IoT. Because of his interests in innovating, he has been working with makerspaces and co-working spaces in Delhi. He has worked for Digital India Initiative with the testing of different products for the launch. He has been a part time visitor for different government schools in Delhi to discuss practical physics and mathematics in daily life with the students.

Harshit Jaiswal
Student, UIET, Panjab University
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A visionary at heart, Harshit is always curious how to use emerging technologies to design innovative solutions with social impact. He is currently a final year engineering undergrad at UIET, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and is leading his edtech startup Flow, together with his technology and design mentors from MIT and Microsoft. Flow envisions a world where everyone attain a career (read life) wherein they could realize their full potential, using state of the art personalisation techniques to provide quality career development resources and opportunities. Harshit also works as an education design associate at Project DEFY, a Bangalore based radical learning organisation and previously served as a summer associate in the business development, and ORA team of a venture backed MIT Sloan startup, CivicUp. He was a Project Intern at IIT-Bombay, designing machine learning models for real time traffic monitoring system.

Harshit strongly believes in value driven innovation and holds skills and expertise in human centered design, owing to learning from diverse experiences and interactions including MIT Media Lab Design Innovation workshop, MIT Media Lab -Tata Consultancy Services ‘Innovating For Billions’ initiative. Harshit supports free and open education and is a strong advocate of the collaborative learning movement. He loves to call himself an educator, an uber-connector, a community builder and a lifelong learner.

Gayathri Sivakumar
Student, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
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Gayathri Sivakumar is pursuing her Chartered Accountancy course from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She has done her industrial training from Bharat Petroleum Corporation. She is fluent in three languages, English, Hindi & Tamil. Having come from a family with a rich cultural background, she was professionally trained in Dance & Music for 8 or more years. She also knows to play the instrument Veena.

She is a budding Entrepreneur, with great Leadership, motivation and Optimism & she believes that she can reach great heights and mark a place for herself in the history of the world’s Greatest Entrepreneurs. Beginning her Journey as an Entrepreneur with a start up in the food industry and later on entering into the field of Oil & Gas for beginning her start up where she believes her experience gained in the Industry will help her reach great heights.

Kushagra Srivastava
Student, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
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Kushagra is a third year undergraduate student at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi majoring in Textile Technology. He is expected to graduate in 2017. He has been an entrepreneurship enthusiast right from the start of his student life and is currently doing his second venture, Chakr
His first venture was Excelsior INDIA, a social venture which made innovative furniture for school kids upto class fifth. These furniture products were multi-purpose, environment friendly and affordable designed exclusively for government schools with very less or no infrastructure. They reached over hundred thousand kids with their innovative products.
His current venture, named Chakr, deals with the problem of uncontrolled emissions from combustion engines and factory furnaces. His team has developed a product which captures more than 80% of the particulate matter through these sources. This captured particulate matter is repurposed into a variety of products like inks for textile printing, paints for metals and walls and printer cartridges. They are currently experimenting with converting this particulate matter into activated carbon and for using it in batteries for electric cars.
Kushagra also loves soccer, having represented his state twice at the national level and is a frequent traveller. He has also represented India at Asia's biggest case study competition organised by HSBC in Hong Kong.

Amit Vaidya
Postgraduate Student, A J Institute of Medical Sciences
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Amit is a final year postgraduate student in Orthopedic Surgery.I have been a mentor in "Global TFF Challanege" , Berlin, 2013 and guided two teams from IIM Ahmedabad in that competition. I am a founder of website - Thepunchin.com which i have founded in 2011 in my MBBS days and was aimed as medical social networking site. Right now i am working on a healthcare start up that is aimed at making costly medical surgeries affordable and available for poor patients In India. As i come from a small town called, Palanpur in Gujarat state of India, i have seen so many patients of knee arthritis suffering from severe pain but cant get operated for total knee replacement because the surgery is costly. I have taken this as a challange to make total knee replacement and like that other costly surgeries affordable for poor patients of India.