Mr. Santosh Kotnis

Achiever's Success Story

“Mr. Santosh Kotnis, CEO & Managing Partner, SpringUp Capital”

Walt Disney has rightly said,” If you can dream it you can do it.” Meet one such man who dreamt of goal and worked hard to conquer it. Santosh Kotnis is a serial entrepreneur and has co-founded technology oriented companies, angel invested in unique business models, built/scaled-up start-ups, built a micro-VC fund, has raised money, worked as Board Member, CEO and Business Unit Head and grown the global business in the span of last two decades.

Mr. Kotnis is also a Global Business Executive with a solid track record of IT and business management experience that involves strategic planning, operations & financial management for the business units and organizations ranging from innovative start-ups to international leading organizations. He believes he is a strong change agent with focus on organizational transformation for success.

Mr. Kotnis ia man of excellence in every avenue he has been a part of. He has managed a strong P&L of $25 Million while working as Offshore Business Unit Head of leading Norwegian IT Services company, EVRY.

As CEO & Managing partner, Santosh is spearheading SpringUp Capital into a Micro-VC fund and Scale-up Accelerator. Aimed to raise $10 Million in the first round, with an average investment of up-to $500 K.

Strong accelerator program enables global technology start-ups to scale their business by providing expertise, ecosystem and capital for the growth.

In addition to this; Santosh co-founded and playing key roles in following start-ups;

  • Factory Mind AS: Norway based, AI-IOT platform company, aiming to revolutionize the digitalization process of smart manufacturing by enabling AI modelling and optimization of industrial operation
  • LeadX: Norway based, B2B SaaS platform that enables everyone in the organization to generate hot leads. Successfully built tech team of 45 engineers, building global sales team and raised close to $500K
  • Cognitive IT: US, Singapore, Norway and India based Cognitive IT Services company focusing on RPA, AI-ML and BlockChain technologies. Successfully built global partner network aimed towards customer delight.
  • iNexa Solutions: A cloud born company, focusing on Cloud based Digital Enablement and Cyber Security solutions. As CEO built sales & marketing and delivery channels.  

Along with this, Santosh speaks at national/international conferences and writes to magazines on new technology trends and business strategies. He even works very closely with academia to build student entrepreneurs and mentoring them.

Santosh has a keen interest in teaching and as Visiting Faculty at Geneva Business School. He covers subjects like International Business Strategy, Marketing Management and Strategy among others.

Santosh has a Masters from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and MBA from University of Akron, OH, US.

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