About Us

Helm of Eight is an ecosystem – equal parts a playground and a movement to better the human condition.


We are a troop of entrepreneurs, designers, humanists and storytellers, coming together – to build and sustain safer, braver communities. We create space to engage with every identity of an individual and the collective.


We collaborate with artists, curators, resource persons and organisations to create meaningful experiences.


As an incubator, our role is to identify and nurture conscious projects at the intersection of our core domains of Arts & Culture, Human Resource Development, Holistic Living, Design & Technology, Social Enterprise and Civic Engagement.



The Team

Kiran Reddy

Founder & Managing Director

Kiran is the Director for Startup Grind India (Mumbai Chapter), aiming to bridge entrepreneurs and events & media from the startup ecosystem. In his professional career Kiran co-founded Risevertise Media, providing simple and effective design strategies for brands across digital and tech platforms. He is passionate about Human Resource Development, enjoys unraveling stories of people, travelling, loves string instruments and believes he could be a percussionist some day.

Shivani Gupta

CO-Founder & CXO

Shivani is a published researcher with an M.Sc. in the Psychology of Individual Differences. She currently works as a Behaviour Architect at Final Mile Consulting, before which she was a Design Researcher at Studio 5B – the Design and Innovation lab at Dr. Reddy’s. Equipped with the study of Behavioural Economics, she strives to apply her skills to finding simple solutions to complex problems. She is also a trained dancer, page-poet and spoken-word artist.