Saravana Mani

Global Head - Innovation/Accelerator, Kmart Group

  • Saravana Mani is the Global Head - Innovation/Accelerator, Kmart Group Australia (Kmart, Target, Catch)
  • He has trained 7000+ people in various aspects of Sales (Including training 2500+ people online in the last 6 months)
  • He was also heading Open Innovation at Future Group, India’s Leading Retail Conglomerate with listed entities – Future Retail, Consumer, Lifestyle, and Fashion, Supply Chain & Future Enterprises Ltd.
  • He is actively involved in educating, mentoring, consulting various Academia, Associations, and Startups from across the world. Academia
  • He is a part of the Board of Studies for National Institute of Engineering, I&P, mentor/speaker at NIT Trichy, mentor at RVCE, Bengaluru, mentor at NMIMS, speaker for GSSS Mysuru, mentor at IIT Roorkee.
  • He trained close to 3000 entrepreneurs, corporate professionals, and wannapreneurs on topics -Go to Market Strategy, Innovation, Open Innovation, Entrepreneurship (& Intrapreneurship), Disciplined Entrepreneurship (MIT Program), Entrepreneurial basics - Team Building, Vision building, Soft Skills, Idea Validation, Strategy canvas, Fundraising, Career options after Engineering, the transition from working professional to an entrepreneur.
  • He is the mentor for SAARC (South Asian Assn for Regional Cooperation), Ivycamp Ventures, Sandbox startups, Founders Institute, Inq Innovation, Kerala Startup Mission, Goa Startup Mission.
  • He is the mentor/advisor in various startups in the domains of Retail, Hospitality, HR Tech, SCM, and Consumer Products. Primary Offerings to startups are in GTM (Global and Enterprise sales), Product Positioning, Ecosystem connect, Fundraising, Technology Canvas, Strategic/business modeling using the spirit of Disciplined Entrepreneurship (MIT)
  • Prior to his current stint, he was Heading South India Region, NASSCOM Product Council leading three key pillars – NASSCOM Deep Tech Club, Skill Enablement and Product connect.
  • He spent his first professional experience for a decade with a career in Infosys, followed by a stint in Cognizant Technology encompassing Software Development, Business Analysis, Consulting, presales, solutions, and Program Management.
  • He also carries a passion for entrepreneurship and aims to instill entrepreneurship into the general society’s DNA.