Keywords: Frugal Innovation Evangelist, Engineer,Entrepreneur, Researcher, Consultant, Systems thinking, Design thinking, Circular economy, Impact Investing
Venkata is a change agent and frugal innovation evangelist. He helps organizations and individuals in changing their mindsets, adding new skillsets to realize the Sustainable Development Goals. Based on his experience with the Indian market and also realizing the need for affordable & sustainable solutions for Finland and other European markets, he started the non-profit association The Nordic Frugal Innovation Society in late 2013 with 2 colleagues. By organizing ideation workshops and events involving Businesses, Cities and Universities, he started to mainstream the frugal innovation concept in Finland and the Nordics. He is the lead organizer for InnoFrugal- a 2 day innovation and thought leadership conference held annually in Finland since 2015. This conference has now an annual UK edition at Judge Business School in Cambridge University and a soon to be annual German edition in Stuttgart with German partners. He is involved in developing the impact investing ecosystem in Finland with the 1st of it’s kind Nordicmade Impact Investment Day at InnoFrugal 2018 in Helsinki. Gandikota has also written articles focusing on frugal innovations in the Finnish media and on various online entities. He has also been helping Finnish businesses in India as CEO of Indianeer Consulting and is a guest lecturer at JAMK University of Applied Sciences (International Business), Jyväskylä University (Business Program) & Aalto University (MBA Program). He has a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from India and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from USA.
Contact email – venkata at tnfis dot org