Nikhil brings over eight years of national (state government and private sector) and international experience in diverse areas of incubation and innovation management, start-up management, entrepreneurship development, and life sciences research. In his current position at XLr8 Andhra Pradesh as Cohort Recruitement Manager, Nikhil is involved in strategic, operational and project management roles to identify and recruit potential startups for the cohort, cohort formation, assistance in scaling-up, building strategic partnerships and enhancing visibility of XLr8 Andhra Pradesh and for the development of the startups.
Prior to XLr8 Andhra Pradesh, Nikhil was engaged with swissnex India/Consulate General of Switzerland in Bangalore where he assisted Swiss startups in market validation and entry through facilitation of meetings with KOLs and thought leaders. He has also handled flagship programs like Academia Industry Training Program (with SINE, IIT Bombay, NSTEDB, DST, Govt. of India) by curating the program, selecting and training 30 applied Swiss and Indian researchers to bring their applied research out of the lab. Previously, he was engaged with KIIT Technology Business Incubator, Bhubaneswar, where he led bioentrepreneurship related activities including sensitization, startup/incubatee pipeline creation, portfolio management, partnership building, business development, grant management and general administration of the life-science incubator.
Nikhil holds a Master of Research (MRes) in Bioinformatics from The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Biotechnology from The ICFAI University, Dehradun.