The ThinkStartup program team consists of seasoned entrepreneurs who have been through the startup process themselves and have built successful companies. The program has been designed in collaboration with experienced educators who understand how students think and learn.

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Shivani Kapoor

Founder of ThinkStartup is an entrepreneur and educator. She is an engineer from IIT Delhi and has done her executive management studies from IIM Calcutta. She has 20+ years of industry experience. Her corporate career spanned multiple continents, business functions and industry verticals. Armed with this multi disciplinary experience Shivani then launched herself into the world of startups and entrepreneurship and her last venture went through a successful acquisition. With deep domain knowledge in building a startup from the ground up and a firm belief that entrepreneurship can be taught Shivani is passionate about inspiring the next generation of Indian students to become the job creators of tomorrow.

Sanjeeva Shivesh

Sanjeeva Shivesh

Sanjeeva Shivesh is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and the Founder of The Entrepreneurship School. In his previous avatar, he served as civil servant with Government of India. Subsequently, he worked as Strategy Consultant with Booz & Co. at their London Office and as Executive Director of Investments at a private equity firm. His passion lies in teaching Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Design Thinking. He has been Adjunct Professor at MDI Gurgaon, FMS and TERI University, besides teaching at Singapore Management University, IIM Rohtak, IIM Kashipur and IIT Delhi. He is an active panelist on economic affairs and policy on CNN News, India Today TV, Doordarshan and AIR. Sanjeeva is a B. Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and MBA from Cranfield School of Management, U.K.

Payal Wahi

Payal Wahi

Payal Wahi has 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and educator. She has designed and managed learning frameworks of design thinking and progressive learning practices for students. She possesses a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts. Payal believes in nurturing creative potential among young minds.

Our Advisors

Our advisors are hugely accomplished individuals who guide us and mentor us on our journey of changing the world one student at a time. They are people who have themselves changed the world for the better in their own ways and inspire us to constantly deliver value to all our stakeholders.


Harish Chaudhry

Harish Chaudhry is an Associate Professor with the Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi. He did his schooling from The Doon School, Dehradun, B-Tech from IIT Kanpur and PGDM in IIM, Bangalore. He has worked in companies like Dunlop India Ltd., NIIT and RAAG Systems before joining academics with the Department of Management Studies, IIT, Delhi.
He has taught courses in the area of Marketing such as marketing research, advertising and sales promotion, product management, sales and distribution, etc. Mr. Chaudhry has conducted more that 100 training programmes in areas such as expert systems, Information technology, behavioural sciences and technology management. He has been a trainer for organizations like Godfrey Philips, ITC, Network Ltd., PCL, IRCON, RITES and STC. He has carried out a number of sponsored research projects for the erstwhile Planning Commission of India, National Knowledge Network amongst others.
Harish Chaudhry has organized a number of conferences for school leaders at IIT Delhi and IIT Madras. He has conducted over 100 training programs for school principals and teachers in India and abroad and led delegations of school principals to schools in Australia, Finland, UK and USA. He has conducted numerous researches into school education including a research on “assessments effectiveness” funded by IBM under their Global Faculty award scheme. He has been a part of the organization team of numerous national and international conferences and presented research papers in a number of national and international conferences.