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Technology Transfer and Innovation Forum Series 

Subject: Think Like a Startup

Presenter: Aparna Sain; Executive Director of Conscious Capitalism – DC Chapter


A former Obama Fellow from Silicon Valley, Aparna Sain, advocates that if think like a startup, you too can conquer giants, slay dragons and change the world just like in Silicon Valley. Why is it that startups are tasked with changing the world while the big companies are busy protecting the Golden Egg? Ms. Sain takes a deep dive into how the startup community has shifted the mindset of business all around the world and how we can use startup wisdom to break the mold and be more innovative with technology.

The Speaker:

Aparna Sain is a senior executive with 15 years of Business experience with corporations, governments and entrepreneurs. She was running a successful venture business for Gartner when the financial market crashed in 2009, her business came to a screeching halt; this resulted in several health issues leading her to return to her Indian roots and study in an Ashram in India the Ancient Art of Ayruveda, Yoga and Kriya-Meditation. She bridges Eastern practices in the Western World to provide deeper connection.

Her experience includes serving as a President Obama Fellow, with the US Department of State, Global Entrepreneurship Program. She was Founder of the European Commission Startup Accelerator (EIT Digital SV) which served to bring European startups to Silicon Valley, as well as VP of Gartner Invest VC Practice in Silicon Valley, Venture Capitalists.

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