Meet the many faces and passionate people behind the Zone Accelerator who are dedicated to helping each team of the Zone achieve success.
Director–BD,Ryerson Futures Inc.
Ajay has 10-years of work experience in market strategy, international business development consulting and key client accounts relationship, across varied sectors and within a multi-cultural work environment. Ajay maintains extensive industry contacts, within India and Canada. Ajay holds a B.Com (Financial Management) and an MBA (Marketing & Finance).
MD, Ryerson Futures Inc
Alan Lysne has been a co-founder, CEO, CTO, and COO of a number of technology businesses, and has been working with startups for well over a decade. Previously, Alan was the CEO of a Canadian venture-backed mobile company that was acquired by Grapple Mobile, an award winning design and development company based out of London. After the acquisition, he served as COO and led the Toronto office.
Prior to that, Alan was co-founder and CTO of Davinci Technologies, one of the first web based bill presentment companies with a global customer base of mobile operators. Davinci was acquired by CSG Systems (now Comverse Technology) where Alan served as an Executive Director and led a global team of over 80 people based in the U.S., Canada, France, India and China. Alan started his career as a consultant with Accenture, and holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University.
PM,Ryerson Futures Inc
Ankur Khera has 7 years of work experience and has worked with top notch companies like Sapient, Adobe,makemytrip.com. Ankur holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from IIT Delhi and a Bachelors Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering. Ankur holds a Statement of Accomplishment in Algorithms from Stanford and a Certification in Embedded System and Application in Telecom and Multimedia from IIT Delhi.
He is the Research and Innovation Director at Tickzo Pvt Ltd. When not following the latest technology trends, Ankur enjoys working out in the gym, spending time with friends.
President, Ryerson Futures Inc
Matthew oversees Ryerson Futures Inc. (RFI), an accelerator for early stage companies connected to the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University. RFI, through a fund it manages called DMZ Investments, invests seed capital into companies with exceptional founding teams and helps them develop and take their products to market through an extensive global network.
Matthew was a founder and co-CEO of NRG Group which he ran between 1997 and 2001. During this period, NRG raised over $30M in financing (including NRG’s IPO) and invested in several startups and early stage Internet-based operating companies.
Matthew has an undergraduate degree in Marketing and Management, and an MBA from Northeastern University.
Business Operations & Marketing
Rittika joined RFI in Feb 2014 as an Administrator or marketing or public relations personnel and she is currently over viewing operations of India’s office and advocating the accelerator. She is an Electronics and Communication engineer and an MBA post graduate with majors in Finance from Symbiosis International University. She also has 19 months of work experience in Infosys as a Systems Engineer across verticals like Manufacturing and Banking & Financial Services. During her 1.5 years of stint at Infosys, she took part in many CSR initiatives along providing assistance and quick resolution to her clients at onsite.
While pursuing MBA, she also operated as an Equity research intern and made sector level analysis for Carborundum Universal and its competitors. She was also the marketing manager of western zone in India for Tickzo and created its business plan, pricing strategy, acquiring new customers through social media marketing. She enjoys organizing and coordinating events as well as participating in national level competitions.Rittika has Benchmark Six Sigma RABQSA Green Belt certification.
She was felicitated with 3rd prize by Rishra Municipality for Academic Excellence in 2006. Her strengths are never-say-die attitude and a passion to excel in whatever she does. Her interests include reading books and watching movies.Rittika is fluent is English, Hindi, Bengali and Spanish.