Team — HBS Startup Studio

Avani joins HBS with years of experience in the startup world in various capacities including as a founder, advisor, mentor and investor. Most recently she founded TrendSeeder, the first fashion-focused accelerator in NYC, which has a deep educational focus described by Women’s Wear Daily as a “mini-MBA program taught by industry experts.” TrendSeeder also boasts a highly curated list of over one hundred mentors recruited by Avani from the executive levels of the most highly regarded fashion companies around the world. In her work with TrendSeeder and other organizations, Avani has advised over five hundred entrepreneurs. She has also traveled the world, including to Oulu, Finland for the Midnight Pitch Fest to share her entrepreneurial expertise. Avani was also named a Role Model by Carrie Hammer and graced the company’s runway at New York Fashion Week in 2015. 
Prior to founding TrendSeeder, Avani had a career as a corporate attorney where she worked on multi-billion dollar mergers. However, TrendSeeder wasn’t Avani’s first foray into the fashion world. She founded a men’s and women’s contemporary clothing label when she was in law school which was featured in a fashion show at Lollapalooza. 
Avani also finds the time to give back and has worked with organizations like the Tory Burch Foundation, the Girl Scouts and the Athena Center at Barnard College.