Dilip is one of India's pioneering Telecom entrepreneurs, launching Spice Mobile, India's first cellular telephone services company. He led the company through a successful and oversubscribed IPO in July 2007. He was the youngest ASSOCHAM President in 2011 and also the youngest COAI president in 2004 - 2005.
Dilip is currently the Chairman of S Mobility Limited, the emerging digital innovation company offering mobile internet products. Inspired by Sandbox approach from Hubballi he founded Ek Soch Sandbox to create the entrepreneurial culture in the eastern Uttar Pradesh region.
Naveen has been associated with the Hubballi Sandbox since its inception, and has been an architect in transforming it into a vibrant ecosystem for innovators and entrepreneurs to experiment with their ideas of social relevance. He has launched several initiatives within and outside the Sandbox.
Under his leadership, the Sandbox concept has gained wide acceptance in India and is now helping other stakeholders replicate it in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Telangana. He is the Co -Founder of Kakatiya Sandbox in Telangana and Ek Soch Sandbox in Uttar Pradesh. He was also one of the founding members of TiE Hubballi chapter and served as its President from 2010-13. He is an advisor to Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Karnataka and a board member of various profit and not-for-profit enterprises.
Pursuing his deep interest to make a difference in society, Ajay has implemented various new programs that enhance students' experiences in LEAD. The LEaders Accelerating Development (LEAD) program strives to build problem solving and entrepreneurial aptitudes among university students. Ajay has helped scale the program to 5 states of India, motivating over 25,000 students to execute local leadership projects.
Ajay has been instrumental in establishing the Ek Soch Sandbox as a vibrant social innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem to boost socio-economic growth and livelihoods in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
With over fifteen years of experience in the development sector across different states of India, Neelam leads the livelihoods and micro-entrepreneur verticals at Deshpande Foundation. She enables NGOs and social enterprises to test and develop prototypes for scalable community development. She also plays a key role in forging relationships with various partners. With a Ph.D. from SUNY at Buffalo, Neelam is a strong advocate of women empowerment through entrepreneurship. She founded Women Entrepreneurs wing at TiE Hubballi.
As Director of Navodyami program, Neelam uses her expertise in scaling micro-entrepreneurial ventures. Under her leadership, the Foundation has trained over 4000 micro-entrepreneurs, helping them increase their revenue by 50-300%.