People

    • 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. 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.

    • Dr. Apoorv Sharma

      A doyenne in the field of early stage investment and start-up incubation, Dr. Apoorv Ranjan Sharma is the Co-Founder of Venture Catalysts, India’s first Seed Investment & Innovation platform.
      In his role, he is responsible for driving the strategic planning and overseeing the overall functioning of the organisation. Dr. Sharma holds a PhD in Incubation with an MBA, B. Tech. from reputed institutions. He also holds credit of a Diploma in Mentoring Studies from UC Berkeley offered by Intel-DST Scholarship.
      Having been involved in early stage investment since 2002 and established almost 10 Incubators & accelerators including Somaiya Incubator, IAN Incubator, VentureNursery, Amity Innovation Incubator, JSS TBI ( Best Incubator Award,2005), EDII, Mata Vaishno University, Jammu to name a few.
      He was also actively associated in establishing Angel Networks- IAN Mumbai and Pune, and Venture Nursery Angels as a key catalyst. Prior to this, he has played a vital role in establishing JSS Seed Fund, Amity Family office fund, IAN Seed fund and more.
      Overall, Mr. Sharma led and mentored more than 50 early stage investments with high success track record including OYO Rooms, Invenzone, Talview Apnacircle.com, Circuit Sutra, Jigsee, Birdseye, Webkliper, confirmtkt, siftr and etc.

    • Mr. Gaurav Jain

      A new-age entrepreneur, Gaurav Jain is a Co-founder at Venture Catalysts, India’s first Seed Investment & Innovation platform. He has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from IIT-Roorkee, and is currently completing his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
      Gaurav brings a unique integration of technology, finance and a deep understanding of the start-up culture to VCats, and has significant experience in advising early stage start-ups as well as C-level executives. He has previously been associated with Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco in Silicon Valley and Reliance Industries in India, and was a founding member of GenNext Ventures, an early stage VC fund based in India. In his role at GenNext, Gaurav was deeply involved with investments in disruptive start ups across US, Israel and India. He has also been associated with leading global financial services company Credit Suisse as an investment banker.

    • Mr. Ankit Jain
      Associate Vice President

      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 this firm. 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.

    • Ms Komal Shah
      Program manager & analyst

      Ms Komal Shah is a  Program Manager & Analyst at Venture Catalysts. Prior to this, she was working with VCCircle for 3 years as Senior Research Analyst for events division. She has also worked with leading stock broking companies for 5 years and completed her CFA from ICFAI University.

    • Ms Liberata Rodrigues
      Communication Manager

      Ms Liberata Rodrigues is in-charge of Venture Catalysts overall communication activities with Mentors, Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists and Startups. Prior to joining Venture Catalysts, she worked with VentureNursery (VN). Also she has gained a work experience of 10 year including gulf legal secretarial expertise.

    • Mr. Rajesh Mane
      Associate Vice President

      Mr. Rajesh Mane is head o f 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.

    • Abhishek Bhagat –
      Managing Director
      Chryseum Advisors

      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.

    • Anirudh Damani –
      Managing Partner 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.

    • Ankush Tiwari –
      CTO Mobilia

      Mr. Ankush Tiwari is the Head of Engineering at AgreeYa Mobility. He has more than a decade of experience in software for mobility, having served as the Lead Architect for Azingo (acquired by Motorola). Mr. Tiwari’s stand-out leadership at Motorola involved the development of application software for Motorola mobile phones, He was the Tech Lead for Motorola Mobility, where he led teams in creating declarative UI and development for iDEN devices shipped to Sprint/Nextel.

    • Daud Ali –
      Managing Partner 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.

    • Sameer Shah –
      Managing Principal Sattva Investment

      Mr. Samir 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.

    • Mr. Vishal Maheshwari –
      Country Head Vulip India Pvt Ltd

      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.

    • Devang Dave –

      Devang has over 10 years of professional experience in the areas of IT, ITES, Social Media, Branding, Reputation Management and Technical consulting. He has been a pioneer in the successful execution of major social media campaigns across India . He started his career in 2007 with a computer software and hardware business along with Event and Brand Management. Since 2009, he has been involved with IT enabled services viz, various product development as well its branding using technological help. Devang has experience of more than Seven years in “Social Media Branding and Reputation Management”. His vision is that of “changing the way brands connect with their audience” while his Goal is to bring the audience and brands on a personal connection in India. Devang holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University and pursuing his Masters. He has been a motivational trainer, speaker and has addressed various seminars on Social Media and Reputation Management. He has been leading and is a part of various popular campaigns in this field.

    • Dharmesh Dalal –
      Head – Strategy & Business Development, Antique Finance

      Mr Dharmesh Dalal heads the Strategy & Business development at Antique Finance. A Chartered Accountant by profession, he joined Antique in 2008 with few of his Key members from HSBC. He is responsible for opening new doors besides strengthening existing relationships and scaling up the business to a greater level.
      Dharmesh, breathes equity and is extremely passionate about equity as an asset class which is reflected in his decision of joining Equity markets in 1992 from his comfortable position at Reliance Industries Ltd. He has rich experience of over two decades with multinational financial organisations like HSBC and Credit Agricole’s W I Carr & marquee home grown financial houses like PLPL and ENAM, bringing with him the right blend of innovation, ethics and discipline. His financial acumen and business understanding has been very well recognized and appreciated by India Inc. He has been associated and has facilitated many Indian corporates raise funds through IPOs / QIPs from Indian financial Institutions / Mutual Funds & Foreign Institutional Investors.
      Dharmesh, is a disciple in the path of self realization , plays badminton and enjoys listening to music. His positive attitude and friendly disposition has won him many friends within and outside his professional circle.

    • Harsh Gadia – Co-Founder, Klip.in

      Harsh has been a Digital Entrepreneur since the past 10 years. He started his career with co-founding a full service Digital Agency, Smursh Media which served some of the biggest multinationals such as Viacom, Walt Disney, Future Group amongst others. Using his digital experience of building brands online, Harsh co-founded Klip in 2013 as one of the first fashion discovery platforms in India. Over the past couple years, Harsh has been running Klip which has raised a couple of rounds of funding from Angel investors and HNI’s at Mumbai Angels and Venture Nursery. His experience of running and scaling digital businesses is something which he looks to share with early stage startups through the Venture Catalyst platform.

    • Mitesh Shah –

      Born on 19th June 1980, I am a commerce graduate from Mumbai University 2000 batch. I am also a Chartered Accountant – 2001 batch and then pursued a Diploma in Information Systems in 2002 conducted by ICAI.
      Began my career with Mandhana Industries Limited – An apparel manufacturing company in 2001. Headed Finance for 11 years with the same Company and during the tenure, handled various projects successfully including the Initial Public Offer of the Company in 2010 and also the exclusive global license deal with Salman Khan promoted brand – Being Human Clothing in 2011. Was also instrumental in expanding Being Human Clothing Footprint across both online and offline sales channels.
      Joined Ola as CFO in Dec’13 and have been part of the core management team driving the Company to the position of India’s largest cab aggregator with more than 70% market share in a span of less than 2 years. Have been instrumental in setting up Finance Function for Ola and attracting marquee investors on board to become one of the Top 3 Technology Platforms in the country. Have spearheaded various new Tech-enabled initiatives for the Company across finance, business and operations domain of the Company. Also driving corporate governance for the Company in line with best practices followed across Tech Companies Globally.

    • Neeraj Shah –

      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.

    • Prakash Advani – Regional Director,Sales & Alliances – India & SE Asia, Canonical & Founder, Mentorprising.com

      Mr. Advani runs Mentorprising.com, which offers mentoring to startups in areas of Business strategy, venture capital and marketing.He is Jury member with INSEAD Venture Competition. NASSCOM Product Conclave and Dewang Mehta IT Awards.He is also a mentor with Reliance GenNext.Prakash currently works as the Regional Director, Sales & Alliances — India & SE Asia, Canonical – the company behind Ubuntu Operating System. Prior to this, he helped several new age technology companies set-up businesses in Asia Pacific. Prakash is a frequent speaker and his articles have been published in Times of India, Economic Times, Deccan Chronicle and several others. He attended the Asian International Executive Program at INSEAD, Singapore and did his BA (Economics) from Bombay University.

    • Radhesh Kanumury –

      “Radhesh leads the Global Entrepreneur Program, for IBM India and South Asia.
      He has been responsible for steering the Global Entrepreneur Program of IBM from scratch to one of the companies to be reckoned by the Startup ecosystem in India.
      He mentors Startups to see how their Business Models can be enhanced, identifying areas where technology can play a role. And lastly guide them if IBM would have a role to play in Technology and Go to Market. He is mentor to several Accelerators and Startups. He is responsible for conceptualizing and executing the biggest B2B Startup challenge in India called the IBM India Smartcamp.
      Prior to this he has been a Software IT Architect in IBM Software Group for over 12 years. He has developed complex architectural solutions involving a broad array of technologies including: Portal, J2EE, Content Management, Business Integration, Security, Database, Analytics, Smarter Cities, and Infrastructure Monitoring leading in many key wins for IBM.
      Radhesh also writes articles on technologies which are published in YourStory and Swarajya Magazines.”

    • Revathi Roy –

      Revathi Roy, social entrepreneur and pioneer of Asias 1st womens taxi service. CEO of Zaffiro Learning Pvt Ltd, a skill development company training women to empower themselves with a skill and empower themselves financially. Designated Partner of Zaffiro Angel Investment LLP, a company formed with Mr Jagdish Gothi which invests in student projects. Have already invested as lead investor in 3 companies ranging from food to technology.
      Prior to starting these companies Revathi has been associated with multiple sectors and turned around businesses. She was the 1st person who started the womens taxi service and took India on the global map. She has trained more than 1000 girls to become taxi drivers. Her mission is to train a lak of women to be empowered with a skill.
      Revathi is an alumni of St Xaviers College Mumbai holds a Masters degree in Economics from the Mumbai University. Her passion is Rally driving. She loves travelling and reading and networking. Setting up new businesses and mentoring young startups is her passion. She is recipient of multiple awards for her innovative business ideas and is very active on the speaker circuit as a speaker in B schools and corporates. A 30 minute film has been made on her called RAGS TO RICHES which was anchored by none other than Anurag Kashyap

    • Ronita Mitra –
      Marketing Professional

      Ronita has had more than 2 decades of experience in building businesses and brands across multiple industries, including FMCG, financial services and telecom. The organisations that she has worked in include Johnson & Johnson, Bestfoods, Marico, Castrol, ICICI Bank, Vodafone. The brands that she has built include Johnson’s baby care, Knorr, Parachute, Castrol, ICICI Bank, Vodafone. Her experience included working with diverse teams in different countries, giving her significant global exposure. Having launched, re-launched and nurtured brands, she has gained experience in strategic as well as operational aspects of marketing.

      Her core expertise lies in the ability to identify trends at an early stage and leveraging them for brand and business transformation. An example of this is that of being among the early adopters of digital as a core element of marketing plans from driving brand engagement through social media to driving online business performance through sharp use of analytics and insights and for ORM.

      A few highlights in her career are:
      – reviving the reputation of the brand ICICI Bank post the crisis in 2008 by launching immediate, medium and long term actions culminating in the launch of the new brand identity of ICICI Bank articulated as Khayaal Aapka. This resulted in ICICI Bank being the only Indian brand to enter the list of the Top 100 Most Valuable Brand in Brand Z in 2010 at rank 43.
      – developing communication at Vodafone following a recasting of the brand blueprint, thereby winning several awards within Vodafone and in the industry. Vodafone continued to be voted as the Most Admired Marketer in 2014 by Brand Equity and 3rd rank among the Most Exciting Brands in 2015.

      Have regularly contributed to the industry through participation industry forums such as MRUC, ISA and presentations/ panel discussions at industry events. Ronita has been recognized as being among the Top 50 influential women in Marketing for 4 years in a row. Her last role was as the head of Brand at Vodafone and has been on a career break for the past few months.

    • Santosh Kanekar –
      Founder, Belive Corp

      The Author of Stop Reset Start, Growth Rocket Launcher, and Leadership Coach, Santosh Kanekar founded BeLive Corp, which advises many Global Hedge and Alternative Funds based in New York, London, Singapore and Hong Kong. He regularly advises Startups on Business Planning and business acceleration. He has coached hundreds of individuals and businesses to deliver high performance results and launch their own Growth Rocket.

    • Sapan Kadakia –
      Cofounder, EasyRewardz.com.

      Sapan Kadakia is marketing/OPs cofounder at EasyRewardz.com. It’s a 5 year old startup and have been interacting with 50+ Brands Pan India on the operational Part of Loyalty platform and the Marketing/Strategy required to run the same.

      There is a rewards catalog in the site easyrewardz.com which is processing orders on a daily basis we are connecting with Market place vendors, listing and ensuring the TAT for delivery.

      Prior to this he was a co-founder in India’s Leading Deal Site www.cityoffers.in . It was Nominated as India’s top 100 Smes for the year 2010-2011. Sapan is a graduate from Mudra Institute of communication Ahmedabad, one amongst the top rank communication schools in India. He had been nominated as the Global student Entrepreneur for the year 2011. He represented India in at NYSE in USA and stood 3 rd in the Graduate category.

      Also have been actively Teaching at Digital Vidya on the topic Email Marketing.

    • Vishal Shah –
      Brand Head -The Kraft Heinz Company

      Mr. Vishal Shah is the Head of Brand at The Kraft Heinz Company. He is a senior management leader with more that 14 years of experience across sectors. Rounded exposure across functions from sales to marketing strategy, leading in brand management & development, and managing profit centers. Adept in establishing & managing effective marketing strategy and operations, and leading large cross-functional & geographically disperse teams. Has received various accolades and awards through his career in marketing strategy and brand management. Vishal also invests and advises start ups in marketing and brand strategy.