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.


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.


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.


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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