Director of netwrk.ai
Santosh Kotnis is a serial entrepreneur having co-founded technology companies, angel invested in unique business models, built/scaled-up start-ups, built a micro-VC fund, worked as Board Member, CEO and Business Unit Head in the span of last two decades. Strong change agent with focus on organizational transformation for success.
Global business executive with a solid track record of IT and business management experience that involves strategic planning, operations & financial management for the business units and organizations ranging from innovative start-ups to international leading organizations.
Managed a P&L of $25 Million while working as Offshore Business Unit head of leading Norwegian IT Services Company, EVRY. After this, as CEO of a small IT services company, Santosh achieved 38% CGAR growth and expanded into Europe and other geographies.
As CEO & Managing partner now, Santosh is spearheading SpringUp Capital into a Micro-VC fund and Scale-up Accelerator. Aimed to raise $10 Million in the first round, with an average investment of up-to $500 K.
In addition to this; Santosh co-founded and playing key roles in following start-ups;
• Factory Mind AS: Norway based, AI-IOT platform company, aiming to revolutionize the digitalization process of smart manufacturing by enabling AI modelling and optimization of industrial operation
• SpringUp Labs: US, Norway and India based Cognitive IT Services company focusing on helping customers to build dedicated offshore offices and enable them through successful product development.
Santosh has a Masters from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and MBA from University of Akron, OH, US and has a keen interest in teaching as Visiting Faculty at Geneva Business School, he covers subjects like International Business Strategy, Marketing Management and Strategy among others.
He takes keen interest in mentoring the start-ups; he is part of mentorship teams of Aggrator (Norway Based Accelerator), DigitalWell Ventures & SCAALAR IOT Labs (Sweden Based Accelerators), BIRD (Croatia Based Accelerator). Many other Indian start-ups as being part of their strategic advisory boards.
Along with this, Santosh Speaks at national/international conferences and writes to magazines on new technology trends and business strategies. Works very closely with academia to build student entrepreneurs and mentoring them.