Gilda 360 is a comprehensive 360 degree training program for startups. Envisioned by serial entrepreneur C.K Sharma, the program intends to make global mentorship, investor, corporate, and government support accessible to startups worldwide. Gilda boasts of a strong local presence and has forayed into the startup ecosystem in India and the Middle East. We are additionally supported by Gilda Enterprise, a UAE-based conglomerate established by C.K Sharma in 2012. Mr. Sharma has initiated various startup enablers to provide crucial support during the various stages of a start-up’s journey.
Managing Partner, Dubai and Bengaluru
Mr. Sharma is an extraordinarily accomplished corporate leader who has been building global businesses in the electronics and digital solutions industry for the past 30+ years. He has enjoyed an illustrious career with stints at Philips,Voltas, Electrolux and Jumbo Electronics and made him take on his entrepreneurial debut with Gilda Enterprises. From modest roots as a small consumer electronics company, it has exploded into a large conglomerate boasting a turnover of $240m in 2016-17 with offices across USA, Hong Kong, India, Turkey, Poland and several countries in Africa.
Today, Mr. Sharma takes comfort in actively engaging with startups and has invested in 15 early / growth stage technology companies and is actively mentoring many of them.
Kishore is a former successdul corporate executive who spent 16 years working for telcos in various positions across IMEA. Thereafter, he built two businesses, formed solid teams, these teams took businesses from idea to market-fit and then to growth, brought in investors and serviced many customers. He has directly invested, or have overseen investments in over two dozen startups across technology, health care, media and hyperlocal sectors.
He loves meeting young teams who are pursuing solid ideas by building services of the future.
Member of the Board of Advisors
Asher Siddiqui is a senior executive with ~20+ years of experience in mergers & acquisitions, venture capital, growth capital, portfolio asset management, capital raising, re-structuring, and technology start-ups.
Asher was previously a Managing Partner, and part of the global leadership team (and Investment Committee), at 500 Startups, dividing his time between Dubai and San Francisco, leading the global flagship mid-to-growth stage fund to double down on promising growth-stage portfolio companies. Prior to 500, Asher was Head of M&A and later Head of Venture Capital at Etisalat Group (c. $43bn market cap, c. $14bn revenues) where, for 10 years, he was part of the management team that led the transformation of Etisalat. He led over 36 advanced stage deals valued at approximately $34bn and closed 20+ transactions valued at c.$7.5bn (10 M&A transactions and 12+ VC deals).
Asher is also active in non-executive roles, such as being an board member, advisor or member of the board of advisors of: the Applied Innovation Institute (a Silicon Valley-based non profit think tank), ADFG (UAE Private Equity firm), Algorythma (Technology Venture Holding Company) and several VC firms, such as Proof of Capital in Silicon Valley & Lumikai Ventures in India, among others.
Asher started his career in the late 90’s and founded several startups in the U.K. and in the US. Asher has a BA with Honors in Business Administration and an MSc in Software Development.
Head of Accelerator
Kris is a management professional with corporate and startup experience. He has been part of the growth of 3 early stage startups in India and the Middle East
Head of Finance
Chartered Accountant with experience in Statutory Audits, Internal Audits, Due Diligence and special assignments like Finance and Taxation Consultancy services focusing on early stage Startups and SME based in India.
Community and Portal Lead
Nesar provides valuable insights on evaluating and onboarding the startups thereby helping them in the fundraising process.
Young marketing professional with the zeal to leverage high-quality content for organic brand reach.