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National Finalist Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award
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Instructor Bio

Gyan Parida (Ph.D., MBA)

Gyan Parida, is the Managing Partner at SAEC Venture Advisors. He has over 18 years of experience including more than 10 years in VC and start-ups in Technology, Web2, Social Media, Biotech, Life Sciences, Medical Devices, Healthcare, Alt-energy, and Clean-tech space. Gyan was also the Chairman of Global Ventures Congress in technology and life sciences . He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University where he teaches the MBA Entrepreneurial Finance course. He is also a Task Force member of the World Economic Forum's Sustainable Transport Ecosystem program.

For the last few years, he has been primarily focused in the technology social media investment space. Long before technology accelerator was HOT, he developed and used the same model in 1999 while building SAEC.

Gyan is the founder and President of Silicon Alley Entrepreneurs Club (SAEC) of New York, which he grew from 1 to 44,000+ members making it the largest such organization in the country. He personally financed more than 95% of SAEC operating expenses since its inception in 1999, providing "free" help to entrepreneurs. His passion for helping young entrepreneurs runs dip.

Gyan has evaluated more than 2000 business plans and presented many companies to investors that lead to more than $200M in funding. He has advised start-up companies in all aspects of business development and funding issues. Gyan is an educator, speaker and moderator for entrepreneur/investor conferences. Gyan has also advised international government agencies to attract and access US private equity funds.

Prior to working in VC/Startup space, Gyan was a scientist/professor at various Universities including Rutgers University, University of Iowa, and Southern Methodist University. He discovered the first multiple cyclic Voltammogram in electrochemical system. He is also one of the directors of research that led to the development of a minimally invasive treatment of prostate cancer. He has published peer-reviewed papers in international journals, and member of reputable associations. He has worked on various scientific research projects in fuel cells, batteries, environment pollution, pollution protection on oil spills, liquid propellant for rocket launchers, non-linear dynamics, chaos theory, corrosion protection, implant development for prostate cancer, biochemistry and biomedical engineering. He was one of the senior executives at New York Mercantine Exchange to develop and deploy the $180M state-of-the-art trade management system.

Gyan has a Ph.D in Chemistry and MBA in investment and MIS. He has also completed a program on International Business from University of Manchester, England. In addition, he has completed executive management programs from MIT on M&A and Strategy. For his work at SAEC he was chosen as 1 of 3 US National Finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Kauffman National Supporter of Entrepreneurship Award.

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