Prasad Balakrishnan Nair is an Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and holds a Bachelor Degree in Engineering from Calicut University. He has got over 24 years of experience in leadership roles covering Strategic Planning, Business Development, Concept-to-Commissioning Project Management, Fund Facilitation& Management. He has a Track record of Entrepreneurial abilities in diverse domains, parading proven ability for Initiation and Implementation of Innovative Business Models. He has got a unique blend of Public and Private sector experience. He has got a long stint with Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited, Kolkata at its various subsidiaries and units across the country with cross functional responsibilities Currently he is heading Maker Village, the Electronic Incubator funded by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and piloted by Government of Kerala, as its Chief Executive Officer. He is piloting the creation of a host of partnerships and network of associations, both Domestic and International, with Industries, Accelerators, Suppliers, Investors, Academic Institutions, Market Developers and other related agencies as part of the creation of a vibrant start up eco system. He is focusing on offering the hardware incubation facility to a pan-Indian audience and is in the process of conducting innovative evangelisation outreach programmes to create a strong pipe line of quality start-ups. With the current strength of 57 start up companies, Maker Village has become the largest hardware incubator in the country in terms of the facilities, number of start ups and the quality of the start ups
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