Ashwin represents the investors at Optrical 's board. Ashwin has been with Enterprise Ventures since 2008 and is responsible for a number of Enterprise Venture’s technology investments. He previously worked at IP Group Plc commercialising intellectual property from UK universities and at ITI Scotland analysing technology markets. He started his career as an technology entrepreneur and has authored a number technical publications and patents relating to electronic design automation tools for the Semiconductor industry.
Ashwin holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication from Bangalore University, an MSc in System Level Integration from Edinburgh University and was a Chevening Technology Enterprise Fellow in 2004/05. During his Chevening fellowship he was part of a business training programme, jointly run by London Business School, Cambridge University and Imperial College, focusing on taking early stage technologies to market.
Our Founder and CTO, was founder and CTO of Exxelis Limited, an optical films manufacturer with operations in UK and Taiwan since 2005. Before starting Exxelis, Navin was the Co-founder and Director of Materials at Terahertz Photonics, a Venture-Capital backed telecom start-up in Scotland. Navin also worked with a major currency producer De La Rue for around 2 years before starting Optrical. Navin holds Dr. Ing. and Master of Technology, degrees in Materials Engineering from Leibniz Institute of New Materials, Saarbruecken, Germany and Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur respectively. He has over 25 years’ experience of innovation, development and commercialisation of optical materials & systems with multiple patents and publications in these areas.