Venkata Gandikota has more than 14 years of engineering, research, ideation, strategy and business modeling experience. Based on his experience with the Indian market and also realizing the need for affordable & sustainable solutions for Finland and other European markets, he started the non-profit association The Nordic Frugal Innovation Society in late 2013 with 2 colleagues. By organizing ideation workshops and events involving Businesses, Cities and Universities, he started to mainstream the frugal innovation concept in Finland and the Nordics.
He is the lead organizer for InnoFrugal- a 2 day innovation and thought leadership conference held annually in Finland since 2015. InnoFrugal conference is now expanding to other countries with new editions coming up in September 2017 in San Francisco and in early 2018 at Cambridge University. Venkata is a proponent of circular economy and impact investing as enablers of frugal innovation. Venkata has also written several articles focusing on frugal innovations in the Finnish media. He has also been helping Finnish businesses in India as CEO of Indianeer Consulting and gives guest lectures at JAMK University of Applied Sciences. He has a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from India and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from USA.