Li2-Innovations is a venture committed towards empowering education through experiential learning solutions for schools and colleges. Li2 is the national leader in applied training on Robotics, Embedded Systems and Mobile Computing for K-12 students, Engineering graduates and professionals. The idea of starting Li2-Innovations germinated from the fact that Indian academic system is predominantly focused on rote classroom learning with little scope for the application of theory thus creating a huge gap between the academia and current industry needs. Li2 is committed to fill this void in technology education through its innovative products and training services thus playing a significant role in our nation’s strive to be a technological super power.
Having started operations in 2008, Li2 has successfully reached in excess of 50,000 students across 20 cities and established association with more than 150 schools and colleges. With the constant support and guidance from eminent advisors having vast industry and academic experience, Li2 owes its continuing growth to its young, passionate and highly motivated team of designers, developers, trainers, and the student community.
To be a constant force in bringing about positive change among today’s students by motivating them towards scientific thinking and empowering them to build a better technological tomorrow
To be the largest and best partner in providing practical training, experiential learning tools and product solutions for schools, colleges and the student community in India by 2014.
Arvind Nadig is Co-Founder & Managing Director and currently spearheads the Business Development and Strategic Operations of Li2. He is a 2005 B-Tech graduate from MSRIT, Bangalore. Prior to Li2, Arvind has worked with Cognizant Technologies after graduation and moved to the US, where he handled the IT operations of one of the largest insurance firms. Arvind is a second time entrepreneur, who before founding Li2-Innovations, started and managed FOSSI, a technical and management consulting firm catering to the needs of the micro, small, and medium enterprises. He has expertise in design and done numerous projects related to automation of conventional machines and manufacturing process optimization while running FOSSI. He has strong passion for innovation and is a proponent of open source. Since his college days Arvind has been involved with social activities, NGOs and actively follows politics.
Dr. Shyam Vasudev – Chief Advisor
Dr. Shyam holds a doctorate in Real Time Embedded Systems, specialising in Parallel Computer Architecture from Indian Institute of Science (gold Medal) & has been with CG Smith, Ericsson, Tata Consultancy Services and as Director of Technology at Philips. He was instrumental in devising one of the first hardware based antivirus solution in 90s.
In his illustrious career Dr. Shyam has established university relationships for joint research programs to work on wireless technology and medical electronics with IISc, IIT Mumbai & Alborg University. While at Philips he has established the innovation framework for Consumer Electronics and Medical Systems division. He exponentially grew the patent portfolio of both the above divisions and established working relationships with best known academic institutions.
He currently holds the posts of President & CTO at Forus Health (P) Ltd, CEO at MYMO Wireless Technology (P) Ltd at SID – IISc, Bangalore and Technical Director at Maastricht University in Netherlands. He is also in the Academic Council of renowned Engineering colleges such as PESIT Bangalore, SJCE Mysore, ATMA Mysore, T John Institute, East West Engineering. He is in the board of studies of Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), MSRIT Bangalore to name a few.
His innovation at Forus has won several laurels like DST-Lockheed Martin Gold medal, Perimal Award, Sankalp Award, CNBC TV18 Award, Samsung Innovation Quotient Award, NASCOM Innovation Award and Anjani Mashelkar Inclusive Innovation Award for 2011.
Dr. Subba Shankar is the Chief Mentor of Li2. Dr. Shankar received his PhD in Neuroscience and MS in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Shankar is an inductee into the NASA Space Technology Hall of Fame and the recipient of the Nortech Innovation Award. Dr. Shankar has more than 10 years experience in developing medical devices with 5 commercial products to his credit. He is based out of the US and currently holds the posts of Chief Technology Officer of Vasolux MicroSystems, LLC and Clear Image Technology, LLC.
Nikhil Velpanur is a serial entrepreneur, innovator and a TED Fellow. When he was 20, he started a magazine called Strange Brew, which led him down the rabbit hole of entrepreneurship. He went on to start another company called Strange Labs and has since launched ground-breaking ideas like letshead.to, which is a marketplace for food and drink, 140verses.com, which makes poems out of random sentences from twitter. He sits on the boards of Paradigm Shift foundation, fightbonecancer.org and advises a few early stage companies. He is Director – Fellows Program for the INK conference in association with TED, and oversees development of inktalks.com. He is a finalist of the Economic Times Power of Ideas and is a passionate advocate of entrepreneurship.