Since 2018, Dhanaj has been a Valuable contributor to Kerala Startup Missions Operations Team, which manages the strategic & new programs, Fab & Future Labs, CoEs, Accelerators etc. He Leads the Accelerator programs vertical , and engages with Corporates & Partner Organisations to design & run Accelerators for startups in Scaleup / Revenue stage . He also loves working with ideation stage Startups and budding entrepreneurs , who lies in the extreme left side of the spectrum compared to those startups gunning for a Series A investment, through Accelerator programs. Dhanaj is someone who is always fascinated by new ideas, both in terms of developments in fields he is already familiar with, and when new subjects come along. He began his career at BAIF Development Research Foundation, a non-profit organisation, where he spent his time serving the Rural Community to adapt technology to enhance their Standard of Living and Quality of Life. The project he handled varied from Renewable Energy, to Water & Sanitation in locations across Maharashtra , Gujarat and Rajasthan. The career switch to KSUM was a conscious choice to work with Startups , which are in constant development, shifting, presenting new angles, new approaches and also pushes ones boundaries. Dhanaj has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from MA College of Engg and Master’s Degree from the IIT, Bombay. When not designing programs at KSUM, Dhanaj can be found in the Library or book houses nearby, binge watching Netflix series or Cricket matches, fighting the urge to eat Biriyani, and enjoying his time traveling and exploring new destinations.
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