Nitin Pradhan

CEO and President

Nitin Pradhan has 25+ years of experience in delivering results-focused innovation, transformation, and business expansion for organizations. Nitin is currently the CEO of Launch Dream and ScaleUP USA. ScaleUP USA is a transformative program of Launch Dream.

Nitin was a first-term Obama administration appointee and the award-winning, nationally recognized federal CIO for the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) where he provided IT leadership, vision, strategy, policy, and oversight for US DOT’s more than $3.5 billion annual IT portfolio and for over 3,000 IT employees -- the 6th largest in the federal government.

Earlier, Nitin was the IT Executive at Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the 10th largest school district in the USA. Nitin has also been the Managing Director of the prestigious Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), which is focused on the technology-based economic development and the CEO of a wireless startup, TechContinuum.

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Rohan Pradhan

Co-founder and CTO

Rohan is the Entrepreneur in Residence at Launch Dream, where he focuses on helping instill transformative visioning, as well as strategic, disruptive, and continuous transformation within organizations.

Rohan is also the CTO of ScaleUP USA and the founder of HedQTR, online platform focused on helping local businesses grow revenues and profits and build thriving communities with companies, jobs, and competitiveness. These platforms will utilize cutting-edge deep learning techniques, like neural networks, to match supply and demand amongst businesses globally.

He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the top-ranked McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is following this with a graduate research degree in Computer Engineering from the world-renowned University of Toronto, where he is focusing his research on secure machine learning and robust artificial intelligence systems.

Rohan also authors publications for the McGill Student Business Review in the areas of Venture Capital, Technology, and Innovation.

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Janelle B. Moore

Business Growth Advisor

Janelle B. Moore is the 2018 Management Consulting CEO of the Year as named by CEO Today Magazine. Solutions-driven and resourceful, her clients receive dedication, performance, and customized support. Mrs. Moore wields 20+ years of C-level experience leading and growing business particularly in health and IT fields, supporting a variety of agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs and Centers for Disease Control. 

Her core strengths are strategic thinking, innovation, networking, and building enduring relationships. Mrs. Moore’s focus and expertise are facilitating adult education, coaching, counseling, and mentoring, as well as, leading change in diverse environments. 

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Sailee Kulkarni

Strategy and Product Management Advisor

Sailee has expertise in IT Product Management and Strategy, with a keen interest in Product Marketing. She has experience working in India, UK and US-based companies. She is also well versed in Agile methodologies and has CSM® and CSPO® certifications from Scrum Alliance®. She has previously invested in and run an India wide Bicycle and Bicycle accessories Import and Distribution business.

Sailee was awarded the ISB Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Women Entrepreneurs and completed a certificate program in entrepreneurship from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India. She was selected for the Entrepreneur Development Program (EDP) run by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India conducted by Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune. She has also been a finalist at the City University London City Spark Big Idea Competition.

She holds a  B.Sc. in Electronics from the University of Pune, an M.B.A. in Information Technology from I.S.M.S., Indira Group of Institutes, Pune, India, and an  M.Sc. in Business Systems Analysis and Design from the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering, City University London, U.K.

Pratap Basutkar

Federal Government Contracting Advisor

Pratap is a Business Consultant to technology companies helping them pursue contracts with the US Government. His background has been in the areas of Business Development, Pre-Sales & Capture Management.

He has supported small businesses win US Federal, as well as State & Local government contracts in the range of $50,000 to 150 million, either as a Prime or Subcontractor. Some of his wins have been with agencies like the Department of Justice, Department of the Navy, General Services Administration, Health & Human Services, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration to name a few.  

An interest in emerging technologies and a passion to help small businesses succeed in the US Government contracting space has driven Pratap to be involved in the Startup community & ecosystem, and eventually being a part of the larger global Startup Grind community as a Chapter Co-Director.


He holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and a Masters Degree in Personnel Management from Pune University.

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Arun Nair

Finance and Investment Advisor

Arun is a Finance and Foreign Direct Investment expert who has extensive experience in different industries like Banking, IT and Consumer Durable Industry. He has a fantastic track record of leading business units from scratch to high profitability.

Arun has experience in different regions and markets in India and also had a two-year stint in the UK. He currently runs a consultancy firm named Pro Start Consultancy which is into assisting foreign companies set up business in India. He is also a founder member of India Japan Startup Community a NGO which is working towards bringing Japanese Investors and Indian startups together for collaboration and expansion by conducting pitch events and facilitating meetings between Investors and Startups.

He holds a graduate degree from Madras University in business management and Post Graduate Diploma specializing in sales and marketing from EMPI business school Delhi.

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Christy Davenport-Everett

Marketing and Communications Advisor

Christy has built her career dedicated to the service of others. Her background in event planning and team building gave way to designing e-commerce marketing plans, consulting website design and end-user efficiency, as well as social media marketing, PPC campaigns, and email marketing. She has experience with drag & drop web builders, and multiple software including graphics, project managers, email marketing, virtual offices, event managers, and payment systems. 

Davenport-Everett’s focus is on creating verbal and visual messaging that matches her client’s culture and goals. Her strengths are client relations, creativity and fostering a symbiotic workplace where team members are cross-trained to provide efficient client services with minimal staff.

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Chantalle Walker-Brouwers

Federal Government Outreach Advisor

Chantalle assists in day-to-day operations, career support for potential governance employees, and development and outreach for educational programs. One of her employers garnered national recognition in 1997 from the implementation of the manual she developed. She went on to co-founded and served a decade as the operations officer for one of the first online, personal vehicle shipping companies that provided services state-to-state and internationally. 

While working with Junior Achievement, Walker-Brouwers helped more than 85,000 Fairfax County Public Schools students and their teachers complete the hands-on personal finance curriculum and trained more than 15,000 corporate and community volunteers. She is well versed in time management and finding solutions to complex problems. Her focus is on efficiency and stellar client relations.

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Kunal Sarpal

Contracts and Legal Advisor

Kunal is a nationally recognized leading lawyer and a Company Secretary specializing in Corporate and Intellectual Property law. He is also the Founder and CEO of White Collar Legal LLP, an award-winning boutique law firm started in 2013, grown to over 25 employees and 350+ clients with branches in Mumbai and Pune, India.

He is also a visiting professor with leading educational institutions such as Flame University, MIT, TISS, D Y Patil and others and is serving as a Director, Division D at Toastmasters International, District 98.

A Tedx Speaker, he regularly delivers keynote addresses and speeches at various MNCs, educational Institutions and other organizations to promote innovation and entrepreneurship and has been recognized by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs as its ambassador.

Silicon India recently recognized Kunal and his firm as one of the top ten upcoming Corporate Law consultants in India for 2017-2018.

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