gyan parida (Ph.D, MBA)

USA Finalist, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award
Kauffman Supporter of Entrepreneurship Award

Dr. Parida is a policy thinker, with interest in startups, entrepreneurship, innovation, venture capital, private equity, and investment.

Dr. Parida is one of the most highly connected professionals with a network among thousands of investors, C-level executives, Nobel Laureates, and political leaders. He is often credited for creating the tech startup hub in New York City.

Dr. Parida is currently the Managing Partner of SAEC Venture Advisors and an Adj. Professor at Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, where he teaches the MBA, Entrepreneurial/Venture Finance program.

He has focused the last 16 years of his career in entrepreneurship and innovation. His interest covers a wide spectrum of fields such as Technology, Social Media, Mobile, E-commerce, Sharing Economy, 3Dprinting, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Biotech, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Drug Development, Medical Devices, Alt-energy, Clean-tech, and Space technology.

He has advised political leaders, states, cities, and universities across the globe on empowering entrepreneurs and in setting up startup eco-systems and accelerators.

He is the former Chairman of Technology and Life Sciences Global Venture Congress, an International Conference held twice at Madison Square Garden, New York.

He 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 bankrolled most of the SAEC operation since its inception in 1999, providing "free" help to entrepreneurs. His passion for helping young entrepreneurs runs dip.

For his work at SAEC, Dr. Parida was chosen as 1 of 3 US National Finalist for the 2002 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year award, Winner, Kauffman National Supporter of Entrepreneurship Award.

Long before technology accelerators were hot, he developed and used the first such model in 1999 while building SAEC.

Dr. Parida has evaluated more than 2,000 business plans and presented many companies to investors that led to more than $300M in funding. He has advised start-up companies in all aspects of business development and funding issues.

Dr. Parida, is the Program Director of “Ideas-to-IPO: The Startup Master Class”, the first such program offered anywhere in the world, and is offered in New York and Los Angeles.

Dr. Parida was a Task force member of Sustainable Transport Ecosystem at World Economic Forum, charged with developing a policy document for the world’s energy future, which was presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

He is a futurist and believes in a world full of abundance. The challenge the world faces is allocation of growth, fairly among the stakeholders who are responsible for creating global wealth. This will offer huge business opportunities.

Prior to working in the startup and investment space, Dr. Parida was one of the key IT executives of the team that developed the $150M trade management system at New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), New York.

Prior to working at NYMEX, Dr. Parida was an academician, scientist and a researcher at various US universities. He has worked on scientific research projects in fuel cells, batteries, environmental pollution protection on oil spills, liquid propellant for rocket launchers, non-linear dynamics, chaos theory, corrosion protection, and implant development of prostate cancer, biochemistry and biomedical engineering.

Along with Dr. Robert Tucker of University of Iowa, Dr. Parida, was one of the directors of research that developed an implant for minimally invasive treatment for prostate cancer. Along with Dr. Mark Schell of Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at SMU, Dallas, Dr. Parida discovered the first multiple cyclic Voltammograms in electrochemical system. He has published peer-reviewed scientific papers in international journals and is a member of reputable association.

Currently, Dr. Parida is the Chairman of “The Fair Market Project” – a US based think tank, whose objective is to address the underlying issues of wealth and inequality, the biggest challenge the world faces today. The Project will helps corporations in devising strategies for growth by empowering all stakeholders, including employees.

Dr. Parida is also a private pilot, who resides on both coasts splitting his time between New York and Los Angeles.

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