An Entrepreneur by heart and an investor by profession. Adith’s experience as a PE investor and as an Entrepreneur has given him unique skill sets to understand businesses better.
His last assignment was as VP – Investments at Motilal Oswal PE fund where his responsibilities were across the investment cycle from deal sourcing - due diligence - negotiation - execution - monitoring - exit. He was the Board Observer on 3 portfolio companies of the Fund.
Adith also founded 'Crepeteria"" - a chain of Quick Serve Restaurant operating in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Pune from 2007 till 2011. This consumer business gave him an in depth understanding of franchise development, operations, marketing, supply chain and other aspects of running a startup
Adith started his career with ICICI Bank, as a product manager for PE in the International Private Banking division. Assisted a couple of PE funds in fund raising from ICICI Bank's network of relationship managers and clients based outside India.
He is a foodie, amateur photographer and loves traveling, music and movies !
Principal, Unicorn India Ventures
Amit is a Principal with Unicorn India Ventures managing equity and debt investments in early and growth stage startups. He brings hands-on experience scaling startups and helping them raise institutional funding. He is also an experienced Management Consultant with over 12 years experience advising Fortune-100 companies in India, US and Europe across Corporate Strategy, Turnaround and Restructuring, Post Merger Synergy realization, Cost Optimization and Investment Analysis. He has written extensively in various reputed publications, magazines and blogs.
Prior to this, Amit was based out of Chicago where he managed $1.5B spend for Exelon, the largest electric Utility in US. He was responsible for maximizing share-holder returns. His job entailed analyzing investments, managing relationships with credit rating agencies and understanding impact of debt in various operating cash-flows. He was the driver in post-merger integration and financial re-structuring during Exelon’s acquisition of Pepco Holdings Inc.
Amit was also a key member during American Airlines’ Chapter 11 restructuring effort that looked at reorganizing its $30B debt working with creditors and restructuring employee contracts. Post-restructuring, he was engaged in combining the restructured entity with US Airways to create largest airline in the world.
Amit has also worked with Deloitte Consulting where he led management consulting assignments across Industry verticals like Power, Energy, Oil & Gas and Telecom. He was also engaged in hiring team members from some key west coast schools like Stanford and Berkeley.
An alumnus of MBA from Duke University and London School of Economics, Amit is active in their alumni networks in India. He is on the interviewing panel for Duke MBA and undergrad in India. Amit has judged several startup competitions and is frequently sought as speaker at various startup events. He holds the CFA charter and is an active member of Indian Venture Capital Association (IVCA) and Indian Association of Investment Professionals (IAIP). In his initial years, Amit held Product Development roles at Amdocs & Capgemini and did his Bachelors in Computer Engineering with Distinction from Mumbai University.
Founding Partner, ThinQbate
Arjun Madhavan is a founding partner at thinQbate. A London School of Economics graduate, he has worked with Deustche Bank’s investment banking division in London. Along with that, he was part of the commercial, strategy and business development team at Genel Energy, under the tutelage of former BP CEO Tony Hayward, and Nat Rothschild. With 6 years of experience, he currently heads the strategy & business development at Assemblage Entertainment.
Private equity professional
Dinesh is a private equity professional with over 25 years of experience in investing in Emerging markets, predominantly India-related businesses with significant years of Partner/leadership roles. He has been the founding member of 3 early-stage private equity franchises – India business of Standard Chartered Private Equity, Alcazar Capital and Multiples and worked with established funds like Actis and ICICI Venture. He has a strong understanding of Indian corporate/taxation regulations in the context of equity transactions.
Prior to Broad Peak Capital Advisors LLP, he was a Partner at Multiples Alternate Asset Management, an India focused private equity platform with US$ 1 billion under management. At JP Morgan, he led the India business for the US$750M Private Capital Asia group where he sourced several equity and equity related investment opportunities in India, and supported many transactions in SE Asia. He also managed the existing investment portfolio of US$ 450M and developed exit opportunities. Prior to JP Morgan, he was a founding Partner at Alcazar, an emerging markets private equity business in Dubai, where he conceptualized and launched a US$ 200M India focused fund on infrastructure services and logistics. Before Alcazar, Dinesh was with Standard Chartered Private Equity where he was part of the founding team of the India office and helped establish the private equity franchise in India.
Dinesh has led transactions through the entire life cycle, including origination, strategic analysis, financial valuation, negotiation, documentation structuring, portfolio management and exit. His past roles have also involved managing investment and operations teams, supporting legal/ Compliance and LP reporting. He has been an early stage investor in businesses that have gone on to become established names in their domains.
He has made investments across sectors (ranging from US$ 10 – 50 mn) including technology, telecommunication, agriculture, consumer and infrastructure services and sourced/evaluated over a thousand investment proposals across sectors and brings a strong network of relationships in the Indian private equity ecosystem, across investment funds, promoters, consultants and investment bankers. He has successfully exited investments through IPOs and strategic sales, especially in the technology sector. As an investor and board member, he has advised companies on organizational building, financing options, M&A, restructuring and IPOs.
In his spare time, he teaches courses on private equity and entrepreneurship as a guest faculty at various management institutes. Dinesh has a Bachelors degree in Physics and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.
2nd degree connection 2nd,Entrepreneur | Early stage investor,India Quotient
Gagan is a Partner at India Quotient. He loves discussing technology disruptions with founders. He is well known in Indian startup ecosystem as an accomplished entrepreneur, active angel and founders buddy.
He built one of the most innovative ed-tech companies in India that he successfully exited in 2015. One of his fulfilling accomplishments is creating the passionate and high-energy work culture that let to the development of an innovative and IP-driven product that customers loved. Gagan won several accolades and has been featured among the top 25 entrepreneurs in Asia by Businessweek and among the 35 young achievers in India Today.
He is an active angel investor in about 2 dozen well known startups and has 5 positive exits to date. An IIT Bombay graduate, excited about business around consumer hardware, technology, and learning. He would love the startup world to be more frugal, more efficient and more sane.
CEO - Brittman India Pvt Ltd.
Mahesh, a startup enthusiast, growth consultant & an angel investor, is currently the CEO of Brittman India Pvt Ltd., that offers complete corporate services from staffing services to payroll processing and handling all compliances.
Mahesh is also the Co Founder of Rapidloans.in, that provides complete financial solutions.
Prior to these, he was the VP & National Sales Manager - Personal Loans at Barclays Finance.
With the NBFC Arm of Barclays Bank in India, he handled a Branch Network of 120 Branches, 560 Branch Employees, 124 Channel Employees, 2000 Feet on Street and over 200 DSAs. Cross Sell Insurance Penetration of 70+, running a profitable portfolio of 1200 Crores.
Founding Partner, thinQbate
Pranav is a founding partner at thinQbate. A lawyer by qualification from the University of Warwick, he has a postgraduate in sports management. Leading business development for a fourth generation family-run real estate investment and advisory focused company, he has been building a sports facility infrastructure company for the last 2 years - whilst the primary outlook at thinQbate has been focussed on helping create processes, go to market strategies and maximising the creation of value. His core areas of interest and expertise are sports, marketing and realty tech.
VP, Nexus India Capital Advisors Pvt ltd
Graduated from IIT Bombay with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering. After graduation, I started my career with Morgan Stanley as a quant analyst/algorithmic trader working on building mathematical models to hedge risks in Japanese Mortgages and trading US Equity ETFs. Post Morgan Stanley, I worked at Blackstone Private equity where I evaluated deals in restaurant, financial technologies, education and consumer electronics products in India. Prior to joining Nexus, I spent three years working on start-ups in social e-commerce and content platforms where I experienced first-hand the challenges of building a company.
Partner, Ankur Capital
Rema Subramanian is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Ankur Capital - a New Age India fund investing in companies that are solving important problems for India, supporting the growth and development of the country and improving the quality of lives across income segments. The major sectors of Ankur investments are Agriculture, healthcare and education and have done 10 investments till date. Rema cofounded Ankur with a vision to use her multi decade CXO and entrepreneurial experience to bring the tools to young startups to become game changers. She has worked across education and IT/ITES, taking young companies from scratch to midsize ventures.
Sachin is an investment professional with an experience of over 13 years in stock markets having worked as a Research Analyst at various domestic and international broking firms, Bank Treasury and then as a Fund Manager with 2 insurance companies – first managing investments for HDFC Ergo General Insurance and then with Star Union Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. Ltd for over 7 yrs as an Equity Fund Manager. Here he was managing over Rs.1,000 crs of Equity and Mutual Fund investments and was also their 1st Fund Manager to be recruited.
Having been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug he ventured out to start Blue Sapphire Capital where he manages his personal and family investments. His investment philosophy is to focus on consistency of returns with an aim of creating long term wealth for investors. He is also a cryptocurrency enthusiast and an investor having understood the potential of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies during their early stages.
Sachin is keen to make investments in good ideas which have the potential to bring about positive change in the society.
SVP, Indium Capital
A seasoned Corporate and Investment Banker with a cumulative experience of 15 years spread across Mumbai and Singapore
10 years in Standard Chartered Bank - Instrumental in building the Middle Market business in Mumbai and deepening engagement with numerous key Corporate Clients across South East Asia
Has delivered over 100 deals across industries, geographies and functional areas
Co-founded a FinTech startup called PayDeck.in, which has a novel idea to solve the complex payments problem in India
Director, Marketing - Roambee Corporation
Roambee is an IoT company that helps enterprises stay on top of their supply chains and assets using real-time visibility and analytics.
Prem is an entrepreneur, marketer, and business strategist; he is passionate about technology and travel.
He holds a Master of Science from the University of Florida and is also an alumni of Anna University.
Head - Merchant Services, Digital Payments and Loyalty - Worldline by Atos
Having worked with large MNCs in FMCG, Oil & Gas industry and Payments Domain, Vishal has gained immense experience in Strategic Planning & Execution, Sales Management, Business Development and Channel/Team Management.
Vishal has the ability to think laterally and implement innovative approaches in business management, delivering results in a competitive and stressed scenarios.
Apart from his profession related activities, he also engages himself in many social and philanthropic activities.
Business and Sales coaching is something he feels passionate about.
He holds an MBA in Marketing & Cooperative Management.
Executive Vice President, Digital Marketing, YES Bank
A proven planner cum strategist having 16 plus years of strong experience in creating and implementing predictable revenue & sustainable business models.
Proficient in Business & Product functions with key domain expertise across Banking, Government and Education sectors.
Recognized proficiency in spearheading business with an aim to accomplish corporate goals successfully, has also successfully led small to mid size teams from diverse backgrounds spread across different geographies.
A mission oriented leader specializing in product management, innovations, presales, sourcing mandates and planning complex project execution. Result oriented, easy to get along professional, is good at negotiations and has work experience across Indian and Australian markets.
Payment Solutions: Designing Innovative Payment solutions, Money Transfer business, Semi-Closed Digital Wallets, Open Loop Prepaid Cards, Hybrid NFC + Magstrip based solutions, Cashless Campuses, Government Subsidy disbursements, Card not Present (CNP) solutions, Mobile App based solution, Nodal / Pool A/c led solutions, Payment Aggregation, Merchant Payments, IMPS, AEPS, APBS, NACH, UPI led solutions
Sourcing Mandates (direct & through channels): E-Commerce Start Ups ecosystem, Government & Public Sector EOIs/RFPs, BFSI domain FFMC/MTSS/NBFC/MFI/Co-operative, Corporate sector
Pre-Sales & Consulting: Requirement gathering, Vendor identification, Solution designing, Bill of Quantities, designing EOIs & RFPs, bidding for EOIs & RFPs, creating Project P&L, Project Management, MIS & Analytics, Market & Competition analysis.
Chief Customer ,ficer, SAP Indian Sub-Continent
Sunil Kharbanda is the Chief Customer Officer, SAP Indian Sub-Continent. In his current role, Sunil is responsible for driving customer management strategies, which revolve around strengthening SAP’s relationship with customers, quality of engagement, customer advocacy, adoption, of SAP’s innovations and increasing SAP’s footprint in customer organizations.
Sunil joined SAP in 2008 as the leader for license sales to large enterprise. He later transitioned to leadership roles in the services business. His career spans over 23 years’ experience across diverse sectors and businesses, including leadership positions in sales and business cycle. He brings in a strong business track and network of relationships within and outside the industry.
Prior to joining SAP India, Sunil was the responsible for Support Services business with Oracle India. Over the years, Sunil has been building, growing, managing large complex business portfolios and transforming them into a structured organization to execute long term and profitable business for the company.
A prior winner of one of India’s distinguished “Relationship Building” contribution Awards by CEO India, Sunil was also recognized by Fore School of Management Alumni for his contribution to Executive Leadership within the industry.
Sunil holds a master's in business management from FORE School of Management, New Delhi. A passionate sportsman, he enjoys playing cricket and he has been instrumental in establishing SAP’s F-15 Cricket, a tournament initiated by SAP for SAP customers and ecosystems.
An entrepreneur at heart, Sumit Chhazed is an IIT Bombay graduate with a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering.
He co-founded his first startup, Enelek Power - an energy saving solutions provider during his undergraduate days.
His next venture, Coursewave aimed at disrupting engagement in online learning, has been successfully acquired by a Silicon Valley Company.
The entrepreneurial bug bitten IITian launched his last tech startup in 2015, CredR, with his co-founders from IIT, Nittin Mittal and Nikhil Jain.
The only omnipresent platform for buying and selling of pre-owned two-wheelers, CredR received a funding of $15 million in 2015 and Sumit has been featured in Forbes 30 Millennials Under 30 in Asia who are Changing E-commerce and Shopping.
Saurabh Mundra co-founded Infinite Student, a comprehensive communication and learning platform for school.
It later got acquired by Think & Learn Pvt. Ltd (Byju's).
He’s currently on board with Byju’s.
Prior to this, he worked with Merrill Lynch.
Saurabh is an alumni of Carnegie Mellon University.
Founder & CEO, WHEYBETTER Foods & Beverage Ltd
Saumil Thanawala - Founder & CEO - WHEYBETTER Foods & Beverage Ltd, a modern retail chain in India for protein and probiotics foods across health, wellness, grocery.
Prior to this, he had been a co founder & director of marketing with Pelican Farm & Dairy. There, he initiated the project & negotiated and brought in Foreign Collaboration from USA & MEXICO, Product & Recipe Development, Product Trials across USA/EU.
The brand was awarded more than 8 awards for the best new launch of 2015 at the Goafest marketing awards. It quickly built national marketing properties like the “Food Challenge” sharing space with other cult brands like Harley Davidson etc.
At Pelican, Saumil focussed on Fundraising, Financial Modeling, Go to Market Strategy, Pricing, and Brand Positioning & Communication. He also initiated the export market launch and rolled out across Dubai and UAE. Also managed to get international QSR chain tie ups like PepsiCo Yum Restaurants for product development for continuous bulk supplies.
He has also been a co founder & director of marketing with KEYA, a range of Condiments, Seasonings, Spices, Instant Soups, Cooking pastes, Frozen Foods, non-veg pickles. What started as a small turnover business in year of 2007 to an approx 5 million USD brand, today KEYA enjoys market leader position in the brand segment.
KEYA was also recognized by Economic Times as the top emerging home grown brands in the year 2014 along with 3 other brands.
WYO is an e-commerce platform that helps people express their passion, hobbies, likes, dislikes through merchandise.
Prior to starting his own venture, he was working as a consultant with KPMG Advisory, where he was responsible for end-to-end business process analysis, product interaction, risk management for key division within a global financial institution.
Rajveen holds an MS in Information Management from Syracuse University, New York.
Director,Telecoms, Internet and Media,HSBC Securities and Capital Markets(India) Private Limited
Rajiv Sharma is an analyst covering India telecoms, internet and media stocks.
Prior to joining HSBC in January 2006, Rajiv worked in business and revenue planning at a leading Indian wireless telecom operator.
He is a two-time recipient of both the Wall Street Journal Asia’s Best Analyst Award and the ET Now - Starmine Analyst Award.
Rajiv is a chartered accountant and holds a PGDBA degree in finance (gold medallist) from IBS-Hyderabad.
Aditya Mehta, Founder of Edgytal, a full-service digital marketing agency, and TipStop, India's first app-based marketplace for capital market research. He is skilled at identifying new business opportunities, evaluating viability and bring them to life. He has experience in setting up departments from scratch, establishing processes and guidelines and scaling them up. A stock market guy, Aditya started his career so far working for his parents' financial services business. He has a practical know-how of several functional areas such as Sales, Business Development, Operations, Customer Service, Human Resources, Research, Product Development, Marketing, Management, Strategy, Channel Management and Leadership Development. He holds an MBA degree from London Business School.
Chairman, US INDIA Investors Forum
He is a Professional Trainer & Speaker and has spoken at various forums International Forums and regularly conducts programs / workshops for Corporates & Leading Institutions . He is known as a Networking Guru & his passionate subject is Art of Effective Networking and Communication.
Harmeet Singh Arora
Country Head - India,Telr Payments
Harmeet is a Digital Media Professional turned FinTech Entrepreneur.
He was also the Co-Founder & COO of MobiSwipe, a convenient Mobile Payment Service that enables Merchants to Accept Credit & Debit Card Payments.
Mobiswipe was successfully sold to a Dubai based company recently.
Harmeet has significant experience in the Internet, Online Gaming and Mobile Domain, having worked with companies like Rediff.com, Zapak.com (Reliance ADAG), SMS GupShup and NetworkPlay.in with cross functional expertise in Sales, Marketing, Strategic Alliances and Business Roles.
He led the Sales Team at Rediff.com, increasing Annual Revenue from Media Sales from $4 million to $20 million during his tenure. Additionally, he had signed up Large Channel Partnership Deals for Rediff.com with ICICI Bank, Citibank, BharatMatrimony.com, etc.
He had also signed a Major Strategic Alliance Deal with Domino’s for Zapak.com to enhance Brand Visibility and New Customer Acquisitions.
Since Aug-16, Chandrashekhar Bhide works with startups across industries as a mentor, advising them on their idea validation, product roadmap, product-market fit, go-to-market strategy, business planning, regulatory compliance, strategic alliances, investor connect, etc. He also does business consulting, as the Leader for Banking, Financial services & Payments at Praxis Global Alliance, a management consulting firm.
Some relevant startup related experience:
Nov'17: Mentor to semi-finalists at IIT-Bombay's Eureka!
Oct'17: Mentor & Jury Member @DCB Bank Innovation Carnival Hackathon
Mar-Jun'17: Mentor to a top-12 FinTech startup @YesFinTech
May'17: Mentor & Jury member at TiE StartupCup for shortlisting top 25 startups
Nov-16: Jury member @T-Hub Hyderabad - helped find top 10 promising startups for Intel IFDI 2.0 (Innovate for Digital India challenge 2.0).
He is also associated (as a mentor), with incubators & accelerators like IIT-Bombay SINE, 91SpringBoard, Barclays Rise, StartupBootCamp, ZoneStartups, etc.
Till July-16, he was working with DBS Bank as Vice President-Digital Banking, and was instrumental in the launch of digibank - a truly paperless & completely digital, app-based consumer banking solution using AI-driven chatbots & biometric authentication.
Over the last 16 years, he has been a key player in the launch of multiple businesses right from idea validation & licence application stage to post-launch operational activities, for the following:
- digibank (purely digital consumer banking app by DBS Bank)
- IdeaMoney (mobile wallet by Idea Cellular)
- IdeaMyCash (Business correspondent based solution in partnership with Axis Bank)
- DirecPay (payment gateway solution by TimesofMoney)
- MoneyMonitor (Personal finance management solution by YesBank)
- Internet Banking & Mobile Banking solutions by YesBank
In his previous avatar as a Program Manager/Software engineer in India & USA, he had managed delivery of key projects for Sapient & created enterprise applications at SpinCircuit & Aditi Technologies. His educational background includes
- MBA/PGDM from IIM-Ahmedabad,
- B.Tech (Computer Science & Engineering) from IIT-Bombay &
- LLB from Mumbai University
He has been an invited Speaker & Panelist at various international & domestic conferences on Payments/Mobile Financial Services/Money transfers since 2007. He has also conducted guest lectures at some top educational institutions in Mumbai like IIT-Bombay, IIM-Indore (Navi Mumbai campus), SPJIMR, WeSchool, SIMSREE, KJSomaiya, OIM, etc.
Banking and Insurance Professional with 15 years of hands on experience in setting up and developing key business projects & partnerships, formulating corporate, distribution and sales strategies, driving large sales and cross functional teams across pan India geographies, managing independent profit & cost centers, and planning & executing entrepreneurial and enterprising projects
Entrepreneurial in collaborating with all stakeholders and defining new business models and priorities, visualizing and implementing desired strategies, managing people through coaching and empowerment and fostering a work culture and ethic based on values, respect and meritocracy.
Regional Spoke - Western Region Operations, Indian Angel Network
Has 10+ years of cross - functional experience across diverse sectors ranging from Manufacturing, Human Resources and Education to Financial Services with leading organizations like Sharekhan and Financial Planning Standards Board.Anu is currently the Regional Spoke- Western Region at Indian Angel Network(IAN) handling the western region operations.
IAN is India's first and the world's largest angel investor group with over 400 investors from 10 countries, over 100 company portfolio and growing spread across 7 countries and 17 sectors.
It has been labelled as the Top Funder in India and providing perhaps the highest returns to seed / early stage investors.
Anu leads deal origination for the Western Region as well as drives the operations for the region.Prior to joining IAN Anu helped set-up and ramp up quickly the business of entrepreneurial ventures being part of the core team leading the marketing and operations of the ventures. Comes with a deep understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset and challenges faced by the fast growing start-ups. Exposure to investments in addition to operational roles.
Sr. Associate, Matrix
Anirudh was most recently part of the senior investment team at Matrix Partners, one of India's leading VC firms. Anirudh has operating experience across a wide variety of functional areas, including business strategy, general management, digital marketing and entrepreneurship.He is extremely passionate about the Indian internet ecosystem and has a deep understanding of what it takes for an internet business in India to achieve sustainable growth.
Prior to joining Matrix, Anirudh was leading digital marketing and user growth for Snapdeal, India's largest e-commerce marketplace.Under his leadership, Snapdeal saw a 25X growth in mobile app adoption, massive transaction growth, and a steady increase in customer retention.Being at the forefront of the e-commerce revolution in the country, Anirudh got a ringside view of what it takes to be successful in a fast-paced, dynamic and ultra-competitive industry.
Before that, Anirudh was head of strategy at RadixRegistry.com (a business unit of the Directi Group).He led the $30 million application process for the firm under ICANN's new gTLD program, helping secure many valuable TLDs (domain extensions) such as .online, .press and .website.This experience of business planning and strategy, managing operations, strategic partnerships and technology gave Anirudh a deep understanding of the skills required to build and successfully scale internet businesses.
Anirudh started his career with McKinsey & Company, post which he setup and successfully ran a bootstrapped internet services business focused on the US real estate and e-commerce sectors for close to 3 years.
Anirudh is an MBA from the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad and a graduate in Economics from University of Delhi.He enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, and playing the latest titles on his Playstation Console, and a little bit of poker.
Ambrosia Infotech Ltd
With offices in US and UK and having development centers in Mumbai and Hyderabad in India, Ambrosia is focused on providing Product Engineering and Consulting services across different verticals like Telecom, Internet, Healthcare and Retail.
Ajay also founded AppsDaily Solutions Pvt Ltd, a leading phone protection company in India, that develops and markets mobile applications in India and abroad.
They have raised $3.75 million successfully.
A serial entrepreneur, with having founded three companies, Ajay is a man with excellent leadership qualities.
A very people and process oriented entrepreneur who gives freedom to his entire team to try out new things.