AIC NITTE mentors empower startups and the ecosystem by providing mentorship in domains of their expertise, including market research, investment-readiness, designing business models, product development, team building, brand building, Go-to-Market strategy, acceleration, and scaling of a startup. Join our esteemed pool of mentors to extend your expertise as a service to build your personal brand, be recognized as a sector-specific expert, and get connected with the ecosystem, peers, and leaders.

  • Relevant expertise
  • Enthusiasm to share knowledge
  • A can-do and respectful attitude
  • Eagerness to invest in others
  • Ability to give honest and direct feedback
  • Empathetic and reflective listening

Strategic Planning Experts

K. Ullas Kamath


Shankaran Nair

Slingshot Accelerator LLP

Tridib Bhattacharjee

Founder & CEO
Astramind Consulting

Thiyagarajan Maruthavanan

Managing Partner

Financial Experts

CA S.S. Nayak

Past chairman
ICAI- Mangalore

Dr M G Anantha Prasad


Sonakshi Pratap

Co-founder & CEO Director, KAPSO

Vinod Mehra

Angel Investor
Inflection Point Ventures

Project Planning & Business Development

Kesava Reddy

E2E Networks Limited

Ganesh Rayala

Head Of COC

Shylaja Rao

General Partner
Ventana Ventures

Simi Joshi

Founding member & JAPAC Lead
Oracle for Startups

Innovation, R&D, Product Development, Quality asurance

Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi

HiiiH Innovations

Shashidar Bhat


Pooja kadambi

HoI & ClinicalResearch

Dr. Sangmesh B

Assistant Professor
Dept. of GET

Organization Development (HR, Team Management, Leadership Development)

Dr. Sachidananda Benegal

Visiting Assistant Professor
IIM Indore

Dr. Rajkumar Phatate

Professor & HOD
Centre for E&I, Mahindra Univ

Dr. C. V. KAmath

Founder & MD
VNP2S Consulting LLP

Venkatesh Dyamappa

Futuretronix Inc

Digital Transformation & IT Infrastructure

Nitin Jain

Senior Vice President
Kalpataru Power Transmission

Saurabh Jain

Fun2Do Labs

Madhusudhan Mendu R

VNP2S Consulting LLP

Pawan Kumar Gowda

AVP & Head
AI Lab

Markating, Sales & Branding

Nishitha Rohatgi

Vice President
Zeebu LLC

Nikhil Mehra

Integra Micro Systems

Cany Mendonsa

LAND Trades Builders

Farheen Sayed

Founder & CEO

Digital & IT

  1. Please fill out the linked form
  2. After the initial screening, you will be invited for an interview with the mentoring desk at AIC NITTE
  3. After qualifying, the next level of interview shall be set up with one of our existing mentors in order to understand your role with AIC NITTE better

Apart from the startup engagements, mentors will also work with the program managers of Lab32, T-Angel, Trestle, etc., to design better outcomes for the up and coming cohorts.

Mentor Engagement is crucial to build a stronger community through ideas and expertise stemming from a rich industry experience. It helps nurture and sustain a vibrant, dynamic, and flourishing innovation ecosystem.

Mentors will be engaged on an as-needed basis and as much as possible based on their availability and interests. Mentors also have opportunities to represent AIC NITTE as speakers, panelists, judges at community events, AIC NITTE events, and partner events, including WeHub, TSIC, etc.

The mentoring relationship, acting either as a mentor or a mentee, may present you with a number of issues or dilemmas.  Often, there are no easy or obvious solutions and there may be no clear-cut sense of ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.

These simple guidelines highlight a set of behaviors that might impact the mentoring relationship or, indeed, when using mentoring/coaching techniques in other situations.

  1. The mentor’s role is to respond to the mentee’s needs and agenda; it is not to impose their own agenda.
  2. Mentors will agree with the mentee how they wish the relationship to work, while adopting the most appropriate level of confidentiality
  3. Mentors will be aware of and adhere to any current legislation relating to activities undertaken as part of the mentoring service.
  4. The mentee should be made aware of their rights and any complaints procedures.
  5. Mentors and mentees will respect each other’s time and other responsibilities, ensuring they do not impose beyond what is reasonable.
  6. The mentor will ensure the mentee accepts increasing responsibility for managing the relationship; the mentor will empower them and promote the mentee’s autonomy.
  7. Either party should not dissolve the relationship at any time throughout the period of the mentoring relationship without discussing it with the mentoring team at T-Hub regarding the same.
  8. The mentor will not intrude into areas the mentee wishes to keep private until invited to do so. They should, however, help the mentee to recognize how other issues may relate to these areas.
  9. Mentors will be open and truthful with themselves and their mentees whilst participating in the mentoring relationship
  10. Mentors will share the responsibility for the smooth winding down of the relationship with the mentee, once it has achieved its purpose – they must avoid creating dependency.
  11. The mentoring relationship should not be exploitative in any way, nor may it be open to misinterpretation.
  12. Mentors should never work beyond the bounds of their capability, experience, and expertise to the point where they do not feel confident in providing the mentee with proper support. Where appropriate, mentors should seek advice or refer mentees to another point of contact or enterprise support professionals.
  13. The confidentiality of the mentee remains paramount at all times. At no time will a mentor disclose any part of the relationship to any person whosoever, without the explicit agreement of the mentee. Any notes or other records of mentoring sessions shall remain, at all times, the property of the mentee. They may, for convenience, be retained by the mentor but may be requested by the mentee at any time.
  14. Mentors have a responsibility to highlight any ethical issues (such as conflicts of interest) that may arise during a mentoring relationship at the earliest opportunity.
  15. Mentors should not attempt to do the mentee’s job for them ‐ the mentee has the ability and the potential, the mentor’s job is to help them realize it.
  16. Mentors will maintain their professional competence through participation in continuous professional development
  17. Download Mentor Handbook for guidance through your mentorship journey  

Supply Chain & Operations

Thaneshwar Singh


Hareesh Shankaranarayan Belawadi

Business Consultant

Dr. Niranjan N. Chiplunkar

NMAM Institute of Technology

Dr. Mousumi Mondal

Mallipathra Nutraceuticals

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