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Inside Veggie Grill with Co-Founder T.K. Pillan '96
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Veggie Grill Irvine Crossroads (map )
3972 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA

Ticket TypeRegularRegistration
Alumni:$10.00BUY TICKET
Student:$10.00BUY TICKET
Others:$10.00BUY TICKET

Spaces Available: 7 - See Who’s Coming
Contact: Office of Alumni Relations (310) 825-9448

Join Veggie Grill co-founder and Anderson alumnus T.K. Pillan ’96 as he shares his entrepreneurial voyage from engineer to successful fast casual restaurateur. After a conversation with T.K. , attendees will enjoy lunch and networking.

Veggie Grill lets veggies shine brightly at the center of every plate. They see every season as an opportunity to celebrate the vegetable, the fruit, the grain and the nut.

Viva la #Vegolution!

T.K. Pillan (“Pillan”)
Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Veggie Grill
Managing Partner, Powerplant Ventures

T.K. Pillan is the founder of successful companies in widely disparate industries. In 1995, Pillan co-founded Guidance Solutions, one of Los Angeles’ first e-commerce development and e-business incubator firms. The company was one of LA’s 15 fastest growing technology companies three years in a row, grew to $24 million in revenue, and raised $40 million in private equity investment during his active time there.  Pillan subsequently co-founded Veggie Grill in 2006, a category-defining fast-casual restaurant chain that serves innovative, craveable and convenient veggie-centric food. As of April 2016, Veggie Grill has grown to 29 locations across the West Coast. Most recently, Pillan co-founded Powerplant Ventures, a VC fund that invests in emerging growth companies that leverage the power of plants to promote consumer wellness and sustain the planet.

Pillan received a B.S. in engineering from MIT, an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and is a member of the Santa Monica Bay Chapter of YPO. Pillan currently resides in Manhattan Beach, CA, with his wife and two daughters. When he is not helping to advance a plant-centric future, Pillan enjoys playing beach volleyball and trying to reclaim his glory days of playing collegiate baseball and basketball at MIT.