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.
Director, Nexus Startup Hub and Incubator
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.
Sameer is an innovation expert, whose core experience is in designing and implementing innovation
programs for early-stage ventures, corporate, and universities. He has designed and led start-up
programs as an organizer across India, and South Asia. He also led innovation programs as a trainer
in Dubai, Germany, U.S., and most recently in China where he was a facilitator for Unleash, an
innovation program for 1000+ entrepreneurs working on SDGs.
Sameer is also a business generalist, with a unique combination of work experience. He has worked
as an entrepreneur, a corporate employee, a U.S. government employee, mentor, incubator director,
and most recently as an independent contractor. As an independent contractor, he led AISEA, an
accelerator program for social ventures by IIT Hyderabad, a renowned institution in India.
He spearheaded Nexus as its first employee, for the U.S. government for two years, before starting
up on his own again. Prior to Nexus, Sameer was the co-founder and managing partner of Galaxy
Exports, a manufacturer of home décor products. The startup currently clocks over $500k in yearly
Sameer is a post-graduate of Delhi School of Economics, and a qualified Company Secretary (CS).
Administrative Program Manager
Malika is a Chartered Accountant by profession. She worked with one of the leading global consultancy groups for six years in the field of auditing and assurance services and has experience in the energy, manufacturing, pharma and services industries.
She is the co-founder of the Labhya Foundation, a non-profit organisation working with children from low socio-economic backgrounds to provide them with social and emotional skills, so as to improve their decision-making ability and future quality of life.
The Labhya Foundation proposed, designed & is ensuring the effective implementation of
the world’s largest social and emotional learning interventions, namely the ‘Happiness
Curriculum’ and ‘Anandam Pathyacharya’ with the Governments of Delhi and Uttarakhand
respectively. In her free time Malika likes to doodle and volunteer for different projects.