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Nikhil Kalyankar, Associate Director

Phone: 212-618-6667

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Nikhil Kalyankar is the Associate Director of the Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab). Nikhil plays the role of a mentor and a guide to students interested in entrepreneurship. He helps students fashion their business strategy and implement technology. He leads a team of student assistants to create and organize events including Annual Pace Pitch Contest, Speaker Series and Workshops.Nikhil has worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Management Department. He played a key role in organizing the Seventh Annual Pace Pitch Contest. Nikhil is tech savvy and started programming at a very young age. He has worked for Capgemini India as an Associate Consultant which involved developing an Enterprise Application Software. Nikhil holds an MBA degree in Entrepreneurial Studies from Lubin School of Business, Pace University and Bachelors in Engineering from Osmania University, India.


Qiwei Qin, Graduate Assistant

Qiwei is a graduate student from Lubin School of Business, majoring in MBA in Entrepreneurship. He had a Bachelor degree of Mathematics in Harbin Institute of Technology and a Master degree of Finance in University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is currently running his own business in Whitestone, Queens. He is a very hospitality person and eager to contribute his time helping others to grow together.



Qianwen Chen, Student Assistant, Digital Media Production and Publication

Qianwen is a graduate student from Seidenberg School, majoring in computer science. Before that, Qianwen got her bachelor's degree on mass communication at Shenzhen university, China, focusing on video production. During university, she mastered different types of skills like filming and editing videos and designing posters. Those helped her participate on various kinds of contests such as IBM 2013 Smart Planet Challenge Competition, and won first prize in China. After graduated from Shenzhen university, she worked as an executive producer for Shenzhen Vweed Media Co., Ltd Shenzhen China, produced a series of viral videos for high tech companies like HUAWEI and Uber. In addition, she also had some internship experiences on Internet industry. Those gained her the interest about computer science. With strong background and sensitiveness​ of creative arts like film and design,Qianwen wants to work on High-tech industry as project manager/ UX designer in the future.


Srikanth Bandaru, Technology Specialist

Srikanth is a Computer Science graduate student at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems. Srikanth co-founded a web development company ‘Color Layers’ to help his clients bring their ideas to life through design-oriented solutions. He played the role of a web strategy consultant specialized in Front-End Development. He is an Oracle Certified Professional Java Programmer and is also an expert in video and photo editing using software like Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Audition, etc. Srikanth is tech blogger, an avid sports fan and also enjoys travel & modern art.  


John Harrison, Graduate Assistant

John is a Graduate Assistant at the eLab and recent began pursuing his MBA at Pace University.  Having graduated Lehigh University with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Finance in 2005 John chose to pursue his professional interests as part of Johnson & Johnson’s Financial Leadership Development Program.  After two years in the program John graduated with a CMA, CFM, and Six Sigma Green Belt, and was promoted to the position of Senior Analyst.  Over the next six years John took on increasing levels of responsibility rising to the position of Senior Manager before leaving J&J in 2013.  As a GA John hopes to utilize his MBA at Pace and professional experience at Johnson & Johnson to be a valuable resource for the eLab and its associates in the coming years.  Outside the office John is an avid fan of the Yankees and New York Football Giants, fantasy sports fanatic, and also enjoys spending evenings with his wife out in Hoboken.


Andrew Morales, Dezer Event Fellow

Andrew Morales is a research fellow working on the FreshBiz project. He is pursuing a Marketing degree with a concentration in Advertising and Promotion. Andrew is one of the founders of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Pace University. He is also Director of Events of the Advertising Club. Andrew grew up in England and Italy and is fluent in Italian and Spanish. He enjoys travelling, exploring new places, participating in competitive soccer and playing guitar.



Preyash Vora, Dezer Research Fellow, Content Editor, Eco-Fusion

Preyash Vora is a full time graduate student at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. He will graduate in the year 2017 with a major in Finance. He is currently a Board member at the Lubin Graduate Society. After graduating with a Bachelors in Accounting and Finance from India, he worked at HDFC Asset Management Company as an investment analyst and market researcher. He has been a part of Model United Nations, heading the research team and has been an integral part in the event organization committee for inter school festivals and other events in high school. He loves doing photography, traveling and reading in his free time. His future aspiration is to be an Investment Analyst and a Venture Capitalist.


Wei Xia, Dezer Technical Fellow

Wei is an enthusiastic, diligent, outgoing student completing a Master's degree in Computer Science and Mathematics at Pace University. He looks forward to working in the field of Computer Science and Software Development. Currently, He is a web developer in the Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University. This position requires not only excellent technical skills to develop and maintain the school website, but serious thinking and planning skills as well. Working as a web developer has taught him how to build and create beautiful and user-friendly websites. Naturally good at mathematics and algorithms, He also has a strong educational background in Mathematics and Computer Science, and He knows how to apply one to another.


Alexa McKenna, Dezer Research Fellow – Market Research, Financial Analysis and Strategic Planning, Voiceitt

Alexa McKenna is a Pace University student in the graduating class of 2017. She is majoring in Entrepreneurship. Alexa is the winner of the Eleventh Annual Pace Pitch competition with her EaTcard Application. Currently, she is developing the EaTcard App and implementing her business plan. In addition, Alexa has participated in the Pace App Hackathon and is an active member in eLab events. On campus, Alexa is the President of the Fashion Marketing Club, ProFASHIONals, and a member of the Pforzheimer Honors College. In the future, Alexa aims/aspires to manage business operations at a global tech company.



Virali Jhaveri, Dezer Research Fellow – UX Designer, EcoFusion

Virali Jhaveri is a Graduate Assistant to the interim dean at Seidenberg School of CSIS. She is studying Information Systems and have 3 years of experience as a software developer from working on various technical platforms. She completed undergraduate in Information Technology back in India, and is also a diploma holder in Computer Technology. She said ‘Global exposure to the world of technology has always been my area of interest. I like to utilize my time in learning new things. Currently I am studying Drupal, Data Analysis and CRM in order to understand the amalgamation of both technology and business’. She worked as Business Technology Analyst intern summer’15 at OppenheimerFunds. She likes travelling and eating chocolates.



Vidur Bhatia, Digital Marketer

Drawing my bout of inspiration from a dictum by Reggie Leach, “Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire”, since childhood I strived for bigger challenges in life. My hitherto individual, academic and professional success singularly rests on one fundamental principle, self-worth. Instituting a positive change and constant improvement in my work, I consistently aim to become better at what I do. To transform challenges of today into opportunities of tomorrow, an MBA is essential. As a young professional and MBA candidate at Pace University, New York with 4 years of experience in the digital marketing industry, I focus on delivering impeccable service & performance. Well versed with online media and driven by passion for marketing & advertising I am motivated to overcome challenges thrown at me.



Paul Artemou, Graduate Assistant

Paul is a joint JD/MBA student at Pace University, expecting to graduate in August, 2016.  He is the Business and Social Media Editor for Pace International Law Review at Pace Law School. Most of Paul's experience was acquired working as an in-house legal intern for Westcon Group, Inc. and Akorn, Inc. Additionally, Paul has worked as a Summer Legal Intern for Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLP. After admission to the New York State Bar, Paul plans to work with start-ups, advising them of their legal responsibilities and consulting them on their corporate strategies.  Paul obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science in 2012 from Queens College, City University of New York.