Core Managing Team

Dr. Prachi Gharpure

Dr. Prachi is part of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan since last 33 years. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is a charitable trust of national eminence offering services in the field of education with Indian cultural ethos for almost seven decades. SP-TBI initiative was launched under her leadership.

She is associated with the Member Syllabus Committee for, Information Technology and Computer; Member Staff Selection Committee for Maharashtra State, University Selection Committee; and Convener of Several Mumbai University Committees related to Affiliation, Approvals and Fact findings.

Dr. Prachi holds a Ph.D from SNDT Women University and holds specialization in the field of computer engineering.

Mr. Vinod Sikka

Mr. Sikka heads Training and Placement Division at SPIT. A vast career spanning 38 years of industry experience with a modest beginning in a private company as a Marketing and Service Engineer, later he went on to join one of India’s largest Public Sector Undertaking.

His initiatives like Entrepreneurship Club (E Club) and placement assistance even after two years of venture creation created remarkable difference in the mindset of graduating students. He has inspired and motivated many students to pursue entrepreneurship during their first-second year of engineering life.

Mr. Sikka is also looking after Corporate Relations & Partnerships at SP-TBI.

Prof. Kiran Talele

Prof. Talele is an Associate Professor in Electronics Engineering Department at Sardar Patel Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India.

His area of research is in the fields of Signal and Image Processing; Computer Vision and Machine Learning; and Multimedia System Design. He has an overall of 28 years of teaching experience in his arsenal, too. He has filed 8 patents for registration at an Indian Patent office, and published 61 research papers in various refereed Journals and Conferences.

Prof. Talele is contributing as a facilitator, and is also taking care of the academic relations at SP-TBI.

Mr. Vikrant Potnis

Vikrant has experience across Venture Capital and Investment banking and has closed transactions totalling more than 500 Cr. Vikrant was the Executive Vice-President at Investment banks Intellivate Capital and Ourea Capital Advisors. He was closely involved in equity fund raising execution across sectors such as consumer, pharma, technology, healthcare etc.

Earlier, Vikrant has worked with JP Morgan in the Asia Pacific Investment Banking team. Vikrant has also worked with Mumbai Angels where he was involved in working on the entire seed funding cycle right from pre-screening startups, due-diligence to closing on funding. Vikrant conducts fund raising workshops at The Bombay Stock Exchange, ICAI, IIT Mumbai and is a visiting faculty at various B-Schools. He has developed a famous program –“Venture Capital De-Jargoned” which has been conducted over 100 times across 3 cities. He is also a part of Ah! Ventures – a startup investment network and platform comprising angels and early-stage VCs in India and abroad.