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Tarun Krishna Jayachandran
Digital & Community at Intelak Hub | Managing Partner at Trift | Start-up Incubators and Accelerators Vertical, Trift

I’m the managing partner and co-founder of Trift, a conscious travel planning start-up launched at Intelak in 2018 that creates bespoke online travel content for experiential and intrepid travellers and supports the economic growth of local communities.

I currently work with Intelak Hub, the first Aviation, Travel & Tourism Hub in the MENA region led by the Emirates Group, Dubai Tourism, Accenture and Microsoft where I facilitate digital storytelling, design thinking, and prototyping workshops to early-stage start-ups, manage the day-to-day operations and marketing activities of the incubator, accelerator and idea-lab programmes, to build the community for start-ups in the aviation, travel and tourism vertical.

For the past 3 years, I have been working under the umbrella of Techstars, a global platform for investment and innovation as an ecosystem community builder for one of their programmes, Startup Weekend (in partnership with Google for Start-ups) in the ME region, building idea-stage start-up communities which have seen over 1200+ participants and 60+ start-ups graduated till date.

In 2019, I received the Entrepreneur 20X Award by the hospitality group, HITEC and was the recipient of the Mantra Leadership Award – Entrepreneur of the Year by the BITS Pilani.

I serve as an active mentor and speaker on various start-up programmes and conferences in the region. I’m passionate about content creation, storytelling and building impactful ecosystems.

Let’s connect! Please feel free to drop me a line.

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