As a part of our series Indian Startup Hubs, our focussed city this time in Mumbai, we have already covered some of the awesome growth stage startups, startups that have made the Mumbai city proud and also talked about some of the Mumbai based startups that got acquired.
This time we bring to you comprehensive list of the ecosystem builders of Mumbai startup scene. The article consist of Mentors, angels, investment firms, accelerators etc that are based out in Mumbai, thus make this article a must read for all the entrepreneurs/starup founders who are based out in Mumbai.
An Entrepreneur-turned angel investor, Ajeet Khurana, has been an active angel investor in the Indian startups with a number of investments being done. Few of them include Rolocule Games, ShepHertz, Avaz, Carveniche Technologies, Maximojo, United Mobile Apps, Karmic Lifesciences, Carve Niche Technologies Pvt. Ltd., PickMe eSolutions. He is a graduate from University of Mumbai in Computer Engineering (1987-1991) and has also done an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in Business (1991-1993). Based out in Mumbai, Ajeet primarily invests in education, ecommerce, software, internet & internet-enabled services and mobile startups. He is known to invest about ten thousand dollars in eight startups every year.
Co-founder and CEO of MAIA Sanjay Mehta, is a well known entrepreneur as well. This is his third venture; his first venture Bespoke Software Consultancy was a successful business in software but later he ventured into various other areas. He also founded app development firm Globalware System & Software Solutions and steel trading exchange firm ispatudyog.com. He is an investor member with Mumbai Angels and VentureNursery. Sanjay is a graduate from Shah & Anchor in Electronics (1988-1993) and is an alumnus of Indian School of Business. Some of his investments include OYO Rooms, PrettySecrets, Klip.in, Talview, Unbxd, OrangeScape, Consure Medical, FabAlley, EcoSense Sustainable Solutions, Poncho.in
IIT Bombay graduate, Zishaan Hayath is a tech entrepreneur from Mumbai and is also a co-founder of Toppr.com which is backed by SAIF Partners and Helion Ventures. He an angel investor in a few Indian startups including Ola, Housing.com and Shopsense and also runs an angel investment group called Powai Lake Ventures. Prior to this, He co-founded Chaupaati (2008), a phone commerce marketplace, that was acquired by FutureBazaar in 2010. Earlier, he worked with management consulting firm Opera Solutions in Delhi and New York and FMCG major ITC Ltd in Bangalore.
Anupam Mittal is the founder and CEO of People Group which owns businesses such as online matrimonial service Shaadi.com, real-estate portal Makaan.com (acquired by PropTiger), Mauj Mobile and produced films like Flavors, An NRI cult-classic and 99, 2009’s biggest Bollywood summer hit. He is a Graduate from Boston College (1994-1997). Known for his business acumen and an eye for detail, Anupam is an active angel investor with over 20 investments done till date, few of them includes, Tushky.com, Olacabs, PrettySecrets, Sapience, Druva Software, Zepo, Peelworks, Taxspanner, Cafe Zoe, Interactive Avenues. In 2014 he invested in around 8-10 startups alone. Industries: Clean Technology, Consumer Internet, Mobile, Healthcare and SaaS.