Sijo Kuruvilla George
PGPM Class of 2009
CEO, Startup Village, Leadership role of India's first PPP Technology Business Incubator; the initiative is jointly partnered with Government of India and Government of Kerala. Received "Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award"; Awardee of Rajeev Circle fellowship that aims to build an innovation and entrepreneurship corridor between India and Silicon Valley.
Invited as a speaker at Cannes, France; Mentor at IBM SmartCamp, Numerous citations in major news media publications in India; one of the thought leaders in the Indian tech startup ecosystem - invited for the first ever delegation of the India delegation of High Commission of Canada, invited as guest of honour for events hosted by Canadian High Commission & British High commission, hosted eminent personalities like US Consul General, Union Minister Sachin Pilot, Advisor to PM Sam Pitroda, Silicon Valley super angels Esther Dyson and Asha Jadeja at Startup Village.
Talking about one year at Great Lakes Sijo says, 21st century skills are the ones that are valued by the workplace today. Great Lakes provides a good platform and an environment to develop those skills. Only a handful of schools in India provide you with an opportunity to have such diverse group of people with industry experience as your batch mates. The knowledge and realization that there are no right answers, its all about perspectives, is a great learning that I took from Great Lakes.
The PGPM program at Great Lakes, helped shape my mindset and the perspective to leverage my skills and competence. It also provided me with the opportunity to work with PwC in a consulting role.
Personally for me, it was a fun-filled and interesting One year of my Life!