Meet the Angels
Abhishek Agarwal –Director, Fortune Interfinance Ltd
Abhishek is an active angel investor and have invested in more than 20 startups, exciting startups like Loginext, 6 Degree, Truckola, Wellness Forever, One Way Cab, Vista Rooms, Xprime, Smartvizx, BetaOut etc.*
He An investment experience of +10 years full time in Equities. Regularly featured in National Business News Channels like CNBC Tv18, CNBC Awaaz, NDTV Profit and BloomberUtv from 2012 – 2015.
Abhishek Bhagat –Yes Bank
Abhishek has been an Investment Banker for 10+ years now with over 30+ VC / PE fund raising, M&A, Capital Markets and Capital restructuring to his credit. He led Elara Capital in India as Director- on-Board & Country Head, Investment Banking. Prior to this, Abhishek was part of Leadership Team at Yes Bank since its inception and led Corporate Development & Strategy . Immediately prior to starting Chryseum, Abhishek was part of Top Management team at YES BANK leading Strategy & Sector-focused Banking Initiatives. Abhishek also advises and mentors startups in the field of Payments, Internet & Financial Services.
Abhijeet Birewar –Managing Director,Multi Organics
Abhijeet has 21 years of business & entrepreneurial experience founding & running companies across 3 verticals, namely Specialty Chemicals + Materials, Mobility & Telecom Software, and Renewable Energy. In addition to his current role as the Managing Director of Multi Organics, Abhijeet Birewar is the Founder of an emerging technology company, Sustainable Sciences.
Between `99-`03, Abhijeet founded and sold a Indo-US hi-tech telecom & mobility software start-up with 5 US patents. Recently, Abhijeet ramped-up a renewable energy start-up, successfully bidding in JNNSM.
Abhijeet is now focusing on identifying hi-tech, disruptive & sustainable technologies that can help India drastically improve its resource efficiency. He is an active Angel Investor & Mentor to hi-tech emerging technology start-ups in India, US & Israel.
Abhijeet is currently on the CII’s National Committee of Science & Technology and also a jury member for Tata Innovista. He was also a part of the prestigious global Carbon War Room.
Anand Ladsariya –Everest Flavours Pvt Ltd
Mr. Anand Ladsariya is the CEO and Director of the Company. He is a Commerce Graduate, topper and gold medalist from Bombay University and Post Graduate MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad. He is also involved in various social activities. He is presently Chairman of CHEMEXCIL (Basic Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics Export Promotion Council) which is a premium export promotion organisation established by Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India, for promotion of exports.
Mr. Anil Jain
A veteran of the industry, Anil Jain is a Co-founder at Venture Catalysts, India’s first seed investment and innovation platform. He has been deeply involved with the financial services and real estate industries for most of his career and has gained extensive knowledge of these market segments.Leveraging his in-depth understanding, Anil has driven his own businesses to great success. He co-founded Wallfort Financial Services Ltd and established it as one of the largest institutional broking firms in India. In 2002, he moved to co-found Wallfort Properties Ltd which has subsequently evolved into a leading real estate company with over 10 million sq ft in development in Chhattisgarh and 1 million sq ft in Mumbai, one of the largest metropolises in India.
Mr. Anirudh Damani –Artha Venture Partners
Mr. Anirudh Damani brings over eight years of energy experience and procuring energy customers. He owns Artha Energy Resources, an energy consultancy firm and is responsible for adding over 2 billion kWh worth of energy. He has set up a consultancy firm for facilitating investments into power projects across geographies and asset classes like wind, solar, hydro and bio-power. Apart from energy projects, Mr. Damani is an active angel investor at 25 startups including OYO Rooms & Exotel.
Mr. Ankit Jain –Associate Vice President, Venture Catalysts
Being a young and ambitious Chartered Accountant, Ankit started his career with Venture Catalysts. He is responsible for handling the legal and financial matters of VCats. He has also shown keen interest in taxation and auditing in Banshi Jain & Associates during his articleship tenure. He has graduated from H.R College of Commerce & Economics
Mr. Anuj Golecha
An active angel investor himself, Anuj Golecha is a Co-founder at Venture Catalysts, India’s first seed investment and innovation platform. He is a certified Chartered Accountant and is also a 2nd Generation Partner of Banshi Jain & Associates (BJAA).Anuj is a seasoned professional with invaluable cross-industry experience. He has been actively involved in building businesses such as real estate, financial services, manufacturing, gold & diamond jewellery around the world into multi-million dollar enterprises. He has channeled this experience to establish BJAA as a one-stop financial solutions provider. Under his leadership, BJAA provides Advisory, Audit & Assurance Services to over 1200 corporate and non-corporate clients across 25 industries.
Apurva Chamaria –Corporate Marketing Head, HCL Technologies
Apurva Chamaria is global sales and marketing leader, author and an investor with existing interests in Instafeez, Chqbook, Innov8, ProctorEdu, Simulanis, PlayYourSports, Funlockar, Filmwallahs, SponsifyMe, A World Alike etc. GoI last year appointed him as an advisor to Invest India.
Arihant Patni –Hive Technologies
Arun Diaz –Advisor, Aavishkaar Venture Management Services
Arun Diaz is a consultant, entrepreneur, mentor and an advisor to a Venture Capital company.
Following a degree in Mathematics and an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur Arun worked with Standard Chartered Bank for 28 years in all areas of banking with assignments in India, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific Region.
Thereafter, he had a brief stint as Head, Reuters Consulting South Asia before taking up freelance consulting assignments in Banking with assignments in Indonesia, Thailand, Laos and Seychelles among others.
He has also had some experience as an entrepreneur in the healthcare sector with two ventures in healthcare delivery; one of which is still operational in Thane, Maharashtra.
Arun is on the boards of several private limited companies; both in his personal capacity and as a nominee of Aavishkaar Venture Management Services Pvt. Ltd. where he is an advisor. Specifically, he has been on the boards of Equitas Microfinance Ltd. and Suryoday Micro Finance Ltd. and has seen them through their growth and eventual conversion to Small Finance Banks. In both companies he has advised them on Operations and Technology, including the process of conversion to banks.
Arun is also an active member of TiE-Mumbai (The Indus Entrepreneurs, Mumbai Chapter) and enjoys mentoring new and upcoming entrepreneurs whilst also doing some Angel investments.
Ashish Mody –Owner, Trade Syndicate
Mr.Ashish Mody ,a businessman with 23 years of experience in the chemical and intermediate industry, International agencies and trade. Has an agriculture venture around 130 km from Mumbai since last 6 years. Interested in value investing and developing a angel portfolio with special interest in technology and analytics
Daud Ali –Peacock industries
Mr. Daud Ali is Managing Director of Peacock Industries Ltd – one of the major manufacturers of plastic lifestyle products in India. He has experience in manufacturing of plastic processing line and finance activities. He is an active angel investors & primarily invests in BFSI, Consumer Internet, E-learning, E-commerce, Healthcare, Manufacturing & Logistics.
Dharmesh Dalal –Antique Limited
Mr. Gaurav Gandhi –Director
A commerce graduate with a Masters of Business Administration from Boston University, Mr. Gandhi’s young protégé has accumulated a wealth of experience in all of his 26 years. Before his MBA at the Boston University he did a stint with Citibank and was crucial to raising $800 million in an international fund for the HDFC Property Fund till as recently as January 2008. He is indeed a true value addition to the flourishing Essgee conglomerate.
Mr. Harsha Vardhan –Founder, Medachievers
Harsha Vardhan is a first generation promoter and founder of multiple healthcare companies in India, USA, Finland and Australia. He has also founded India first global healthcare leadership base MedAchievers (www.medachievers.com) that hosts leader from all spheres of life including Bollywood and none other than Mr. Amitabh Bachchan.
Harsha Vardhan has invested in multiple healthcare venture including genome analyst (high end global molecular diagnostics – www.genomeanalyst.com ), H R Biocare (clinical and healthcare trading platform), healthyraho (digital preventive care platform being launched soon), Valo- MedArchitect (Finland), a healthcare virtual realty company and APKL (Australia).
He is actively looking to invest in healthcare and health related technology ventures.
Mr. Jayesh Shah –
A Chartered Accountant with an impressive record of over 25 years in the Capital Markets, Jayesh Shah has been a professional member of the Bombay Stock Exchange since 1995. He was the Co-founder and Whole Time Director with Joindre Capital Services Limited and a Whole Time Director with Sunidhi Securities & Finance Limited. Greshma is the result of his dream of setting up a professionally run finance shoppe, providing, simple yet intelligent and innovative solutions to investors.
Kawal Kapoor –Partner, RivoliA commerce graduate, born and brought up in Mumbai, living at Bandra in Mumbai’s suburbs.Running an export business of textiles and garments since the last 30 years. Also a partner at an investment firm closely held by the family, in the name of Rivoli. Besides the above I also invest in equities and other debt instruments, Joined an angel network by the name of Venture Nursery about a year and a half ago; also made some angel seed and a round funding through them.Keen to back promising start-ups not only by investing in them but also sharing the experiences earned along the years.
Mr. Kapil Puri –Chairman & Managing Director, Spanco Group LtdMr. Puri is the Chairman and Managing Director of the Spanco Group Ltd. He started Spanco in 1995 as a Telecom System Integrator and today diversified in various service segments and areas.Under his guidance, Spanco today has a focused “Government Transformation Services” vertical which works with various state governments and the central government assisting it to become more efficient by the use of information Technology. A graduate in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University, Mr. Puri is a visionary in true sense and responsible for sculpting a unique business model for Spanco and contributing to the sustained growth over years.
Mr. Kishoreji Bang
Neeraj Mutha –Mutha Industries
Neeraj Shah –Founder, Titan Masterminds
An entrepreneur for more than 2 decades is currently the founder of Titan Masterminds and a former National Director for BNI India where he built a referral network of 10,000+ entrepreneurs across India . He is also a mentor, speaker, writer and angel investor. Besides he is a contributing author to the #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller – Masters of Success.
Nirav Choksi –Chairman, HHC Holdings
Nirav is Chairman at HHC Holdings Pte. Ltd, a fund based in Singapore and Mumbai. He is a sector and region agnostic investor focused specifically on seed and angel stage investments. He is also an LP in Kae Capital and actively involved early stage investments across India. Some of our common portfolio companies are Inc42 & Innov8 etc.
Nirav is also Co-Founder and Executive Director at Equentia Natural Resources Pte. Ltd, one of the One of India’s largest trading and resource company specializing in seaborne coal, spread across India, China, Pakistan, Srilanka, Malaysia, Thailand and Korea.
MR. Nitin Agarwal –MANAGING PARTNER, N M FASHIONS & CEO AND PROMOTER DIRECTOR OF DEVESH AGRIEXIM
Mr. Nitin Agarwal is the Managing Partner of M/s. N.M. Fashions which is into Manufacturing Textiles for Exports as also he is the CEO and Promoter Director of M/s. Devesh Agriexim Pvt. Ltd. a company into Exports of Agri Products. He is a Graduate from Mumbai University and a Chartered Accountant by education.He is been very active in the field of investment since last 25 years and has deep exposure to various investments/assets classes like Equity, Real Estate, Venture Funds, Mutual Funds, Debt etc and continuously views options for sound investments with suitable risk return profiles.He is an active Angel Investor and in the last four years invested in more than 30 start ups directly as well as through Mumbai Angels and Indian Angel Network. He actively mentors and guides the promoters to reach the next level.
MR. Pratapsingh Nathani –Founder & CEO, LoanXpress.com
Pratapsingh is an active angel investor with portfolio of TalentServ, SoccerTrac, LikeMyDress etc. He is also the founder & CEO of LoanXpress.com , which is a digital loan platform that acts as an loan aggregator, with annual turnover of over INR. 100Cr.
He is an industry veteran in Debt Capital Markets & Loan Syndication landscape. He setup ING Vysya Bank’ Debt Capital Markets desk in India during in 2008 and managed till 2015.
Mr. Rajesh Mane –Associate Vice President, Venture Catalysts
Mr. Rajesh Mane is head of sourcing startups & coworking facility at Venture Catalysts. He holds degree from University of London and studied engineering at VJTI, Mumbai. Post that, he Co-founded Airpix – India’s first drone company focused on civilian applications. Before joining Venture Catalysts, he cofounded Weekend Ventures – a community driven platform for early stage tech startup that supported over 500 startups over span of 3 years
Mr. Rajesh Sehgal –Managing Partner, Equanimity Investments
Rajesh is well known seasoned angel investor in Mumbai, investing since early 2000. He is an ex- Senior Executive Director at Franklin Templeton Investments, with over 20 years of experience in private equity and public equity funds.*
He is also Managing Partner at Equanimity Investments – fund that invests in startups and early stage businesses across sectors and geographies.
He is a Wharton alumni in addition to being an XLRI alumni, CFA Charter holder & PGD in Securities Law.
Mr. Ritesh Malik –Cofounder & CEO, Innov8
Dr Ritesh is the Cofounder and CEO of Innov8 – a VCats & YCombinator-backed company. He was the founder at Guerilla Ventures, an angel fund that acquired by Scale Ventures. He is one of the leaders from Forbes 30 under 30 Asia.
Ritesh also actively collaborates with the Government of India to help build college entrepreneurship ecosystem in the country to champion ‘Startup India Standup India’ in the north regions. Ritesh is an active angel investor, he has invested in over 26 companies that include RHLvision, Wigzo, AddoDoc, Mashinga, and Flipmotion, among others.
Sachin Tagra –Times Group
Sachin is a management graduate with sixteen years of prolific business experiences and deep understanding of consumer and retail businesses. He has driven P&Ls of large businesses and made significant contributions in various organizations from the start-up phase of the businesses to profitable scaling up.
Currently he is the Associate Vice President in Brand Capital, strategic investment arm of Times Group and focused on driving investments in Fintech and consumer services and is also leading Incubator Capital, the start-up initiative of Brand Capital.
Before Times Group, he had the opportunity of managing and driving businesses with Reliance Retail and The Friedman Group (US based world’s largest retail consulting and training organization) as India Business Head. Also lead team size of 90 people including all business functions.
He strongly believes in the data driven approach and analytics for understanding and driving consumer behavior to build businesses.
Sachin has keen interest in Business simulations for training purposes and is the founding and youngest member of IndSAGA (Indian Simulation & Gaming Association). Lead investors
Saket Agarwal –Founder, Onnivation
Saket is the founder of Onnivation, a cross border innovation accelerator which helps innovators across the globe scale to international markets. He is an active Angel Investor in startups and mentors them to grow to the next level.
He is a mentor and Venture Partner at Edugild, India’s first Edtech accelerator, where he is mentoring startups. Saket is a partner at K. Agrawal & Co.a 3rd generation Chartered Accountancy firm and his area of expertise is Cross border Mergers and Acquisitions.
He is currently investing & working with some of the most innovative companies in Israel and UK and helping them expand to Indian markets and vice versa. His work has been well recognized by the Government of UK and Israel.
Sameer Shah –Sattva Investment
Mr. Sameer Shah is a finance professional with 26 years of global experience. He currently advises on the investments of the Sattva Funds and is an active investor in Indian companies. He is a founder Director and was the Chief Investment Officer of the Sattva Asia Opportunities Fund, which invests in listed assets and unlisted assets in Asia across asset classes, with a primary focus on India. Prior to forming Sattva in 2004, Mr. Shah worked as Executive Director in the Fixed Income Currency and Commodities Division at Goldman Sachs Asia.
Sanjay Mehta –MAIA Intelligence
Sharan Aggarwal –Director, Skyline Group & Taterworld
MR. Siddharth Kothari –Promoter, Om Kothari Group
Siddharth Kothari is the third generation promoter of the Om Kothari Group (www.omkotharigroup.com) Founded in 1971, the group has interests in Engineering Construction, Infrastructure, Automobiles Dealerships, Manufacturing and Real Estate Development. Their flagship company is listed on the NSE and BSE with a market cap of ₹500cr. He personally manages their family office investments of stocks, start ups, and philanthrophy.
MR. Siddharth Raisoni – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SGR ADVISORS & FUND MANAGER SGR ACHIEVERS KNOWLEDGE FUNDMr. SiddharthRaisoni has five years rich experience in the field of Management, Marketing and Brand Building with a first-hand experience in creating brand value for new ventures. Siddharth joined the family business in March 2010 and has contributed for organic and inorganic expansion of the group through new business ventures and mergers & acquisitions. He was also instrumental in handling PRO job with statutory bodies while completing formalities, and obtaining LOI from four state governments for opening autonomous universities there. Siddharth has independently handled and created a PAN India servicing brand in network services. Currently, Siddharth is playing the lead role in setting up a domestic sector agnostic private equity fund.Before taking up the role of group director, Mr. SiddharthRaisoni went to USA for higher education and to learn corporate functioning. Mr. SiddharthRaisoni has completed his Masters degree from University of Southern California in 2007. Mr. SiddharthRaisoni has worked with eBay as a solution architect. His assignment included process simplification and management while creating solutions for complex problems. Subsequently, Mr. SiddharthRaisoni joined VMware where his assignments involved customer management, laying out plans for scaling of business and brand building. Before his return to India Mr. SiddharthRaisoni obtained his professional certification on Strategic Innovation and Risk Management at Stanford University in 2010.
Mr. Siddharth Somaiya –Marketing Head, Somaiya Group
Siddharth Somaiya* is taking care of marketing in his family business
*Somaiya Group. Founded in 1939, the group has interests in Manufacturing Sugar, Speciality & Bulk Chemicals, Ethanol, Power, Rural and Urban Education. Godavari Biorefineries, their flagship company is a closely held company and has a sales turnover of ₹1,200cr. Siddharth Somaiya manages a portfolio of speciality chemicals used in the personal care and flavor and fragrance Industries. He also is also an invitee member on the governing council of the K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering and Information Technology and also a governing council member of the Somaiya Sports Academy.
Dr Tejinder Singh –Founder, 360 Nautica
Tejinder, an entrepreneur and internet visionary is a founder of 360 Nautica and a serial entrepreneur, A start up champ for many ventures in India and GCC region. With over 25 years of experience in inception & turn around of many ventures in Back-office, voice, non-voice, E-BPO, Tech, ITES, B2C, E-Commerce, Ticketing & many other projects.
At present he is Founder / Investor at BPO+, Q-Tickets, Qatar Day, 360-WiFi, Atpik, 360 Bytes & 360 Nautica. He has been responsible to generate employment for more than 9000 people in GCC till date.
He is also a Board Member: EO Qatar Chapter (Entrepreneurs’ Organization) & on board of IBPN Board (Indian Embassy Qatar Chapter). He also has to his credit the Inception & creation of 1st onshore BPO of India named “Sparsh” way back in 2003-2005, creating an employment opportunity for 10000+ people. Sparsh was the 1st onshore Indian BPO and also the first ever to get listed at BSE and acquired. Beside Sparsh, he was also founder for 3 BPO Startups for USA based healthcare industry and Godrej.
Besides being recognized at various platforms for his work :
1. Tejinder has also been consecutively listed thrice by Forbes Middle East (2014, 2015 and 2016).
2. In early 2017, he was also a warded by Govt. of Qatar (Ministry of ICT) for Q-Tickets.
3. He was also recognized by Indian Embassy for his contribution to IBPN in Feb 2017.
4. Tejinder was listed by Arabian business as TOP50 movers and shakers for Qatar.
5. He was also awarded a special mention by ID word Congress in Milan, Italy
6. Tejinder was also listed twice in Indian power list by ITP group.
7. ITP bestowed Tejinder with an award for Entrepreneur of the year 2016
Ms. Urshilla Kerkar –Cox & kings
Mr. Vikas Bagaria –Serial entrepreneur & Angel Investor
Vikas Bagaria, a serial entrepreneur and a seasoned business man with more than 19 years of experience in setting up and successfully running businesses from scratch. Vikas Founded SafetyKart.com in 2013. He is also the MD of two companies he had started two decades back, VR Forklift and SRV Controls.
Vikas has invested in many start-ups by women entrepreneurs, especially Dibz, EdgeFX, besides investing in technology startups like ASADELTECH®, GrowTech Innovations etc.
Mr. Vikas Kapoor –Partner, Rivoli
A commerce graduate, born and brought up in Mumbai, living at Bandra in Mumbai’s suburbs.Running an export business of textiles and garments since the last 30 years. Also a partner at an investment firm closely held by the family, in the name of Rivoli. Besides the above I also invest in equities and other debt instruments, Joined an angel network by the name of Venture Nursery about a year and a half ago; also made some angel seed and a round funding through them.Keen to back promising start-ups not only by investing in them but also sharing the experiences earned along the years.
Mr. Vikram Lakhotia –Managing Director, Standard Transport Corporation & Co-founder, HeyTaxi
Mr. Vikram Lakhotia has pursued MSc. in Logistics & Supply Chain Management from SIM Global, Singapore. Having hailed from a logistics background he set shop operations across the globe for Importing, Exporting, Stocking various agro and non-agro commodities making the entity a 3PL service provider.
He is currently the Managing Director of Standard Transport Corporation (STC), an end-to- end logistics service provider that has 54 branches across India with a fleet of 300+ heavy motor vehicles and manages 125+ agro and non-agro warehouses with collateral management services.
An active Angel investor with a keen interest in the logistics startup space. He focuses on supporting start-ups by mentoring them to compete in this dynamic market. This has also led him to drive his own startup, a co-founder of ‘HeyTaxi’, a tech enabled two wheeler taxi and on-demand instant delivery service provider.
Mr. Vikram Lakhotia is a stock market enthusiast and also holds a Private Pilot License.
Mr. Vinayak Nath –Founder, Vinayak Nath Foundation
Vinayak Nath has been a Serial Entrepreneur and an Active Advisor and Mentor at several Angel Firms like, IAN, VN, etc for almost a decade. He has business interests in the ares of Education, Consulting, Telecom and IT. He is based out of Lucknow and Delhi.
He also has an NGO Vinayak Nath Foundation whose program NAUKRI MAHAKUMBH has been awarded by many state governments for its work in the field of employment generation as India’s Biggest Mega Job Fair Organisation.
Mr. Vishal Maheshwari –Yahoo India
Mr. Vishal Maheshwari is an experienced Telecom, Mobile ,Media ,Consumer Internet & CPG Business Professional with 22 + years of strategic & operational execution experience. A large part of the first decade of his career was spent on classical Brand & Product Marketing roles, dealing with positioning & launches in the CPG space with leading Indian & MNC organisations. Some of these were rated among the top 3 in their categories for Marketing Excellence. At Yahoo he headed Monetization for Yahoo India , the largest revenue market in APAC for Yahoo.