Aruna A.P. brings over twenty years of experience in senior management in university academics and business incubation to the XLr8 Andhra Pradesh Technology Business Accelerator. Her experience covers entrepreneurship education and management responsibilities in tech business incubation. She has held positions on a university academic council and board of studies for entrepreneurship education. She has won three Rural Innovation Awards from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, India, and has served as Technology Angel for the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India, as well as executive committee member of Indian STEPs and Business Incubators Association. She was a trainer for Sri Lankan faculty and mentor for women entrepreneurs under the Asia Foundation funded project with National Institute of Technology, Trichy and mentor in the CII-CSR Gateway Project. She serves as evaluator and mentor for the “Power of Ideas” competition jointly hosted by DST-CIIE-IIM A, and is a certified trainer with World Bank under its infoDev programme.
Ms. Aruna is currently Program Manager, XLr8 Andhra Pradesh in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India, assisting with management of startup recruitment, assessment, training and validation. She coordinates academic partnerships, student internships, boot camps and faculty mentoring.
Ms. Aruna holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Agriculture. She completed mentorship training at UC-Berkeley, an executive programme in Technology Commercialisation for Business Incubator Management and Advanced Incubation Managers Training at the IC² Institute at The University of Texas at Austin.