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Lakshmi Shenoy is the CEO of Embarc Collective, Florida’s fastest-growing startup hub, located in downtown Tampa. Embarc Collective is currently working with a growing roster of nearly 100 early-stage companies. She was recruited by Tampa Bay Lightning owner and investor Jeff Vinik.
Lakshmi was recently recognized as a 2022 Tampa Bay Business Journal Businesswoman of the Year and 2022 Indo-US Chamber Businesswoman of the Year.
Before moving to Tampa Bay, Lakshmi was in Chicago and served as the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at 1871. Chicago's 1871, the #1 university-affiliated business incubator in the world is a very large tech hub that is home to more than 400 digital startups. Prior to 1871, she worked for several top global media and advertising brands at Prophet Brand Strategy, Time Inc., Procter & Gamble, and Leo Burnett. Lakshmi was recognized in 2017 as one of Chicago’s “20 Rising Brand Stars” by Ad Age. Lakshmi has been tremendously inspired by her father late Dr. Gopal K. Shenoy, an eminent physicist at the Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois.
Lakshmi has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She currently serves on the board for The Florida Aquarium, Junior Achievement Tampa Bay, and the University of South Florida Research Foundation.
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