Prashant K. Gulati

Position and Company: 
Entrepreneur and Investor

Prashant K. Gulati (PK), is an entrepreneur, angel investor, mentor, idea accelerator,
and writer with interests in innovation, startups, entrepreneurship, technology,
mobility, wireless, intelligent buildings, online media and more.

PK has served in numerous leadership capacities, including, as:
• Trustee on the Global Board of TiE – the largest organization fostering
entrepreneurship in the world
• President of TiE Dubai – the Middle East Chapter of TiE
• Founder of The SmartStart Fund, an early stage ‘misfit’ fund for innovation
• Founder of The Assembly, the unique first-of-its-kind innovation workspace,
smart lab with a focus on interdisciplinary use of exponential technologies like
IoT, Material Science, UAVs, Robotics etc.
• Steering Committee Member of in5 Innovation Hub, a benevolent incubation
initiative of TECOM/`Dubai Internet City
• Founder of Mobile Monday Dubai, Dubai Chapter of the industry pnetwork of
mobile professionals.
• CEO of Optimistix Ventures, a regional venture catalysis company
• Chairman of Gulfcom Group, Prokraft Group, with interests in Retail and
Education in UAE and India
• Board Member for Indian Documentary Foundation, which supports and aids
the making and distribution of documentaries
• Secretary General, Indian Business & Professional Council Dubai, under the
auspices of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Board Member of Dubai Enterprise Centre, an entrepreneurial support
initiative of Dubai Airport Free Zone.

He has been associated with some startups like Customer First Services (now Aegis
BPO), Communicate 2 (now a part of Aegis-Dentsu), PairGain Technologies (later ADC,
now TYCO), YouPlus Inc., Swageasy, GOQii Inc., EdCast Inc., Signals Technologies,
Habitera Inc., CloudAppers, GapJumpers, Lensbricks,, Umundo
Corp., among others.