Madan is an entrepreneur working at the intersection of transforming youth, enabling entrepreneurial journeys & empowering social changemakers. His vision is that every youth is an empowered youth, every empowered youth is an entrepreneur & job-creator and every entrepreneur is a social changemaker!
An engineer from NIE Mysore and an MBA from SPJIMR, Mumbai, Madan has worked with Wipro, Infosys and Mphasis (Japan) – before being bitten by the entrepreneurial bug in 2000 when he co-founded MeritTrac as a pioneering idea in skills assessments. MeritTrac is today one of the leading Skills Assessment companies in the country – FastCompany recognized MeritTrac as the Top 10 Innovative Companies in India in 2009. MeritTrac was acquired by Manipal Global Education Services, one of India’s largest education services company. In 2011, he moved to Manipal Education to head up Strategy, Innovation and International Partnerships, and transitioned out in March 2013 – listening to his heart to embark on a journey as a changemaker.
With a vision of transforming rural youth to be entrepreneurs, he founded 1Bridge, a platform that empowers rural entrepreneurs to accelerate abundance of access, choice & convenience to rural citizens by leveraging technology. Today, 1Bridge is present in 50+ districts across South & East India and has over 3000+ rural entrepreneurs engaged in delivering services to rural consumers.
He is also the Managing Trustee of Head Held High Foundation, a non-profit that stands for human dignity. HHH focuses on initiatives for poverty eradication like Make India Capable, where a rural youth with no schooling is transformed into work-ready professionals and Global Action on Poverty (GAP) a platform that builds and supports Changemaking communities to eradicate poverty.
He is the co-founder of Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME), a network that aims to catalyse large-scale job creation by bringing together Government, Businesses & Civil Society organisations to work collaboratively on igniting a mass entrepreneurship movement
Partnering with other education leaders, Madan is also a Co-Founder & Director of Sylvant Advisors. Sylvant invests and supports education entrepreneurs, and has a group of 20+ ed-tech companies like Lodestar, Littlemore, PALGenie GuruG, EntLogics, KopyKitab, etc.
He currently serves as a Strategy Advisor to UNICEF India and is helping to launch a large initiative on youth empowerment called Generation Unlimited, in India.
He is a member of the FICCI National Committee on Rural Development, member of the CII National Committee on Women Empowerment, member of Governing Council of TiE Bangalore and Advisory Board Member of Youth for Seva . He had also served as a Senior Advisor to Tata Trusts between 2015-2016.
Madan is a sought-after speaker at various conferences around the world and has shared his innovative ideas & thoughts at prestigious forums like TEDxGateway, INK Conference, etc. A Bangalorean by birth & heart, he resides in the heart of the city – Basavanagudi with his wife & two children.