PK Gulati

The Assembly | SmartStart Fund
Prashant K. Gulati is an entrepreneur, idea accelerator, angel investor, mentor and writer with interests in innovation, startups, entrepreneurship, technology, mobility, intelligent buildings, and more. PK is an active Angel and Early Stage investor in startups and fresh ideas. Actively involved in providing mentorship, guidance and advice to such companies at various levels, he has an active startup portfolio in the US, Middle East and India. PK has also been an influencer in the technology community for more than a decade., and is a respected voice and a trendspotter for leading edge technological innovation. He is closely connected with the latest in technology and innovation around the world. PK has served in numerous leadership capacities, including, among others:
• Founder of SmartStart Fund, an early stage ‘misfit’ fund for innovation
• Founder of The Assembly, the unique first-of-its-kind innovation workspace
• CEO of Optimistix Ventures, a regional venture catalyst company
• President Emeritus of TiE Dubai – the Middle East Chapter of TiE.
• Trustee on the Global Board of TiE, the largest organization fostering entrepreneurship in the world.
• Senior Advisor, UAE Prime Ministers’ Office
• Senior Advisor, Dubai Future Foundation & Dubai Future Accelerators
• Senior Advisor, Hub 71 – the startup program by the Government of Abu Dhabi and Mubadala, the sovereign fund.
• Steering Committee Member of in5 Innovation Hub, Dubai
• Member, NASSCOM Product Council
• Member of the Board, Investor – Chalo, Remitr/Truly Financial, Marax/CustomerGlu
• CoFounder, Dubai Angel Investors
• CoFounder, Dubai Blockchain Council – formed in 2015, under the Government of Dubai, first formal organization supporting blockchain technology in the region, leading to the vibrant Web3 economy in Dubai
• Chair, Tech Talks at GITEX, the largest technology conference and exhibition in the region.
• Board Member for Indian Documentary Foundation, which supports and aids the making and distribution of documentaries and the art of documenting life on film.
A post graduate with Honours in Computer Science and Management, PK resides in Dubai for more than 20 years.
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