Pyur Solutions was founded on a simple idea: naturally-grown food free of harmful agents should be available to everyone. Through their years learning and working in the agricultural industry as agripreneurs, co-founders Nandeet and Akhil became increasingly frustrated with the ubiquity of harmful, artificial, chemical solutions in and around our food system. That idea sparked from there as the team pushes for a stronger, healthier, greener future for everyone.
Nandeet Mehta has been called a competitor by Forbes, and “The Youngest Venture Capitalist” by Huffington Post for starting his career in Venture Capital at the young age of 18. Nandeet has experience in the VC world being a Partner & Co-Founder of Prototype Capital. He was previously at Anthos Capital, Space Angels Network, and Science Inc. He graduated UCLA with a B.A. as an Edison Scholar in 2017. During his time as a student, he had his first successful exit with Third Eye Technologies, acquired by TheBlindGuide. He was named to the University of California Office of the President 2016 “30 Under 30” for his work in Agricultural Innovation with Pyur Solutions. Nandeet was also awarded as a Kairos Society Fellow for Pyur Solutions and is the most recent addition as an Executive to Kairos Society. Nandeet serves on the board of Wanderset. Mehta has also spent time at a myriad of Fortune 500 companies and startups including Lyft, T-Mobile, Ubisoft, Dell and Samsung.
An agripreneur with several grassroot experiences (ITC-echoupal, NAIP, SABMiller-FAO, PepsiCo-HeadSCM), gained across organizations that put societal value creation at the heart of business strategy. Most recently, Akhil serves as a Director for Blockchain and formerly was the Corporate General Manager for Global Consumer Products. Akhil has an MBA from MANAGE in Agribusiness as well as an MBA from Stanford as a Sloan Fellow.
Jessica Huang brings in research experience across a variety of scientific disciplines including microbiology at the UCLA Hill Trypanosome Lab, clinical research at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, and community health science research at the Fielding School of Public Health. Jessica regularly collaborates with various organizations including the Menus of Change University Research Collaboration and the United Nations Foundation. She was selected as a 2016-17 Fellow for the University of California Office of the President’s Global Food Initiative to continue her work on Pyur Solutions. Jessica formerly led clinical research at RITUAL, a women’s health tech startup in Los Angeles. Jessica will graduate with a B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA.
DAN BELDY is a partner at Powerplant Ventures. Dan has spent the last 20 years in technology and finance as an investor and venture capitalist. Previously, Dan was a managing director at Steamboat Ventures, the venture capital affiliate of The Walt Disney Company, where he led the U.S. venture team. Dan has been involved with several successful companies as an investor and advisor including Method, acquired by Ecover; Playdom, acquired by Disney (NYSE: DIS); FreeWheel, acquired by Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA); Greystripe, acquired by ValueClick (NASDAQ: VCLK); upLynk, acquired by Verizon (NYSE: VZ); Employease, acquired by ADP (NASDAQ: ADP); and Starmine, acquired by Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI). Dan received a BS in computer science as a distinguished graduate of the US Naval Academy in 1986, and received an MBA in finance from The Wharton School in 1998.
EDDIE LIN started his career in New York where he worked at UBS Investment Bank and Goldman Sachs. He transitioned into marketing at Adobe before switching to the entertainment industry at Live Nation/Ticketmaster, where he led partnerships in corporate concert strategy and marketing. Eddie has since founded NexusEdge, an AI-driven virtual career services platform helping students identify and succeed in their careers. Eddie served as student-body president of the University of Southern California MBA program, and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
OM MARWAH is an Indian-American cognitive scientist who is currently Global Head of Behavioral Science at @Walmartlabs. Marwah was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list in enterprise technology in 2015. He is applying his academic background in cognitive science and geography to online marketing. Marwah has given speeches to audiences ranging from academics at UCLA as a lecturer of his developed class, Self-Innovation Lab, to attendees of the Innovation Summit and World Future Summit. He, presently leads an award-winning lean startup team of devs, designers, marketers, and strategists.
GREG SELKOE has a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard University. Selkoe started his career as an Urban Planner for the city of Boston (Boston Redevelopment Authority) before he started Karmaloop.com in 2000, at one point was the largest online streetwear retailer in the world, with $150mm in annual revenue, and 5 years of $100mm+ animal revenue and selling in over 45 countries. In 2012 Selkoe was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the E-commerce Category for N.E. In 2009 Selkoe was selected as one of the top 25 most influential entrepreneurs under 35 in the United States. Selkoe recently co-founded Wanderset, a men’s fashion site that fuses traditional online shopping with the power of cultural influencers.