Erik Azulay is a technology commercialization expert and serial entrepreneur specializing in small business startups and international market strategies. He has managed commercialization and incubation projects in 12 countries around the world, and launched and sold two logistics companies based in the United States and Russia.
Mr. Azulay's experience includes overseeing the creation and running of the National Technology Commercialization Center in Kazakhstan. Under his leadership the Center incubated Kazakh start-ups to bring their innovations to market and created a multi-million dollar small business commercialization grant program which continues to this day.
As President of the Alliance for Commercialization and Innovation Research, he currently runs the Nexus Innovation Hub and Incubator. The Nexus Incubator is funded by the U.S. State Department and showcases best practices in incubation and entrepreneurship from India and the U.S. In just over two years of operation, Nexus startups have raised over $5.6 million in outside funding.
Saquib is an experienced professional with a specialization in innovation, technology development, and public advocacy. He has worked with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and NITI Aayog, Govt. of India, to promote innovation and entrepreneurship across India in multiple domains. Saquib has assisted startups and incubators in developing business strategies and supporting them from the ground up through various initiatives.
During his tenure, Saquib was part of a MoD delegation to the UK to explore collaboration areas between the two government innovation agencies. He also formulated a budgetary scheme of $64M to support defense startups and MSMEs in India. Saquib was the founder of Adavor Labs, a health-tech startup that utilized IoT and machine learning to monitor indoor air quality. He also has experience running an e-commerce business.
Saquib has been recognized for his contributions towards achieving the Prime Minister's Award for excellence in Public Administration '21 and enjoys helping startups with technology development and refining their pitch decks.
Preksha is a graduate in commerce from Delhi University. She has worked in the field of auditing and assurance with one of the biggest global consultancy firms for three years. She has experience of working in a fast paced and challenging environment. During her tenure with the firm, she has gained professional experience in variety of statutory audit assignments over a large selection of industries. She is proficient in Microsoft Excel.
Preksha is a keen learner and likes to explore new things. She has an eye for designing and was also the creative head for her college’s commerce department. She is a self-taught, passionate baker.
Vikas is an industry professional with over 25 years of experience across various organisations like Alcatel, Tata Communications, Nokia and Spice Mobile. He has also been an entrepreneur for over four years and has managed two startup ventures – Future Minds Consulting and Awethentica Fashions. After exiting his ventures he joined Amity Technology Incubator as “Entrepreneur In Residence” and worked for over three years at Amity mainly helping startups to grow to the next level. Vikas holds an engineering degree in electronics and an MBA in marketing from SP Jain Institute of Management & Research Mumbai.