About Us

Everything you need to know about us.


Because we believe technology can help us go beyond our limitations and solve today's problems
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IIIT Hyderabad started supporting startups in 2008 with the vision of commercializing the cutting edge technologies developed in its research centres. Department of Science & Technology, Gol, recognised the incubation facility as a TBI in 2012, following which, the Foundation opened its doors to the startups outside the institute as well. The foundation has supported 104 startups till date and has made seed investment in 15 start-ups. Our portfolio startups have gone on to raise 23 crore INR external funding from various sources.

From being a sector agnostic ICT incubator, the foundation has changed its focus onto startups working on deep learning technologies and machine intelligence. Currently we support startups working on computer vision, natural languages and speech recognition, with future expansion plans into the AR/VR and gaming domain.


Our Board Members who have contributed immensely to our Growth
PJ Narayanan

PJ Narayanan

Chairman of Board, IIIT-H Foundation
Director, IIIT Hyderabad

He is currently Director at IIIT-H, did his B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur and Ph.D from University of Maryland, USA. He was a research faculty member at the Carnegie Mellon University, USA till 1996 and worked in DRDO till 2000. His areas of research interest are in Computer Vision, Graphics and parallel computing.

Vasudeva Varma

Vasudeva Varma

CEO IIIT-H Foundation
Dean R & D, IIIT Hyderabad

CEO of IIIT Hyderabad Foundation, and Co-founder of SETU Software Systems Pvt Ltd, Prof. Varma has pursued his PhD in Computer Science at University of Hyderabad and MCA in Computer Applications at Goa University. He also heads Search and Information Extraction Lab (SIEL) at IIIT.

Mr.Srikanth Sundararajan

Srikanth Sundararajan

Founder, Pretzel Logic Software Inc.

He has 25+ years of international experience in the software product and services space. Among numerous positions he held, the world wide CTO at Cognizant and the COO at Persistent. He had also successfully founded his own start up, Pretzel Logic Software Inc., which was subsumed into BEA, now Oracle.

Y. Raghu Reddy

Y. Raghu Reddy

Head of Software Engineering Research Center

He worked as an Assistant professor with the Department of Software Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. He did his Phd., from Colorado State University. He has also worked on numerous projects with industries and governmental agencies.

>Mr. Ramesh Loganathan

Ramesh Loganathan

COO, IIIT-H Foundation & Prof Co-Innovation, IIIT Hyderabad

Ramesh leads CIE@IIITH and Outreach for IIIT Hyderabad. Prior to this Ramesh was VP(Products) & Center Head, at Progress Software-Hyderabad. He comes with 23 years of experience in distributed systems engineering and R & D leadership, the Progress Hyderabad Offshore Development Center transformed to a Center of Excellence. He is a passionate technology evangelist.


Meet the Team



COO, IIIT-H Foundation & Prof Co-Innovation, IIIT Hyderabad
Lakshmi Misra

Lakshmi Misra

Head, Incubation & Community


Manager, Administration and Facilities



Community Manager

Abhinav Ganesh

Investment Manager

Anubhav Tiwari

Manager, Community Operations & Outreach