Innovations from the Indian Startup Ecosystem


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Innovations from the Indian Startup Ecosystem

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2024

04:30 pm - 05:50 pm

Please join us for our 2024 Spring seminar series on “Entrepreneurship in Asian High-Tech Industries.” Each year, this series surveys the most recent trends, patterns, and challenges of entrepreneurship in Asia and their relevance to Silicon Valley and the U.S. Guest speakers include entrepreneurs, investors and mentors, and other experts on the current entrepreneurial ecosystems of major Asia economies.

Our seminars are being offered in a hybrid format. 

To attend in-person, please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovations-from-indian-startup-ecosystem-tickets-862664933037.

Zoom registration: https://stanford.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsf-GrpjsjG9E0Dn6064S7fgf6zPDLT6So. This will register your for the entire series. You may cancel at anytime.

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Competitiveness, India



  • Stanford University, Bishop Auditorium, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford, CA 94305 [Google Map]

Parking options:

  • Memorial Way, Stanford, CA 94305 [Google Map]
  • Lasuen St. and Roth Way, Stanford, CA 94305 [Google Map]
  • Please check parking signs carefully to ensure that permitted parking (A or C) and metered spaces are free after 4:00 pm. Paid parking is enforced around The Oval until 6:00 pm.


Paula Mariwala

Founding Partner, Aureolis Ventures & Co-President, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs India

Paula is a physicist by training, but she dons many hats: technologist, businesswoman, investor, mentor and philanthropist. Her previous investments have been in the areas of technology, sustainability, social impact, women empowerment and education. A Stanford alumna, she was actively involved with the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India at a time when entrepreneurship was not considered “cool.”

With an experience of over 25 years, Paula strongly believes in mentoring and working hand-in-hand with the founding teams to create a win-win proposition. She has led investments in several early-stage companies and has a portfolio of more than 35 companies with experience of exits in companies such as Tapchief, Tread, Browntape, Thinklabs, RedBus, Carwale, etc. She is well-versed with the entire VC cycle of sourcing, evaluation, due diligence, closing deals as well as working with portfolio companies over their entire life cycle of scaling, fund raising and managing exits.

Through Aureolis, Paula is continuously seeking to invest in innovative companies that create impact in education, gender equality and entrepreneurship, and use technology for sustainable solutions.

Sonam Motwani

Founder & CEO, Karkhana.io

Sonam Motwani headshotSonam Motwani is the founder of Karkhana.io, a digital platform that simplifies manufacturing for businesses of all sizes so that new products can go from prototypes to production at blazing fast speed. Before starting Karkhana.io, she worked with Procter & Gamble in engineering and manufacturing roles across different business units.

Sonam studied Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

She enjoys conversations around technology, building teams, leadership, and decision making.

Laina Emmanuel ​

CEO, BrainSightAI

Laina Emmanuel headshotLaina Emmanuel has 15 plus years of experience in healthcare management, policy and consulting.

She has an MBA in healthcare from ISB, and has used her learnings in consulting for the Government of India, and some of the highest impact organization like Clinton Health Access Initiative.

She has also a deep technical knowledge, having worked in product teams building products affecting millions of people at Netapp and offshore development centre of Cisco at Infosys.

Dr. Rimjhim Agrawal ​

CTO, BrainSightAI

Dr. Agrawal received her PhD from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in how AI can advance the field of psychiatry and neurology.

She has over 5+ years of experience in neurosciences, published patents, and has 10+ published papers on topics such as computational psychiatry, machine learning algorithms for analyzing, classification and regression on neuroimaging (structural, functional MRI, and DTI) and dermatoglyphics.

Her latest paper published in a Nature publication pushes the edges of schizophrenia diagnostics.


Seminar Slides

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