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The 42 Most Active Indian Angel Investors Of The Year

The 42 Most Active Indian Angel Investors Of The Year

From unicorn founders to corporate honchos, India's leading angel investors come from all sectors and backgrounds. Here are the leading ones that have made a mark on the Indian startup ecosystem

This article on the most active angel investors in India compiled by Inc42 based on investments made between January 2014 and October 2019. It is not meant to be a ranking of any kind and is simply a list of angel investors that are the most active based on the deals announced. For a look back at the major talking points of the year, check out the Inc42 2019 In Review section.


The angel investment landscape in India has significantly changed over the last decade. The number of deals and the average ticket size has improved tremendously, along with the ease of investment for both startups and angels.

From less than 50 angel investors a decade back, the Indian startup ecosystem has recorded angel investments from more than 2,000+ angel investors.

An earlier analysis of DataLabs by Inc42 based on 2014-2017 funding data showcased that the total number of angels who participated in the Indian startup ecosystem during that period i.e. 1,777, over 1410 made just a single deal and about 192 have made two. This figure came along with 175 angels who participated in three or more deals.

Thereby taking the list of active angel investors that have backed more than 10 startups to a few hundred in number.

With the rise in the number of startups, availability of resources to smoothly sail the startup ship, Indian ecosystem is growing like never before. Here are the some of the most active angels in the Indian startup ecosystem.

    • Sanjay Mehta

      No. of Startups Funded: 103
      Key Sectors: Sector Agnostic
      Location: Mumbai
      Key Investments: LogiNext, Wow! Momos, FabAlley (exited), Box8, OYO (Exited), PrettySecrets, FabAlley

      Founder and Partner at an early stage venture fund 100X.VC, Sanjay Mehta is an entrepreneur and angel investor, who has angel invested in 103 startup companies spread across sectors. He has also been a part of Mehta Ventures Family office and a director at CORE (Centre of Recognition and Excellence).

      Mehta was an active member of Indian Angel Network, Mumbai Angels, B2B 1K Ventures & CIO Angel Network, Venture Nursery. Now, Mehta invests exclusively through the iSAFE note (India Simple Agreement for Future Equity). Mehta recently funded 20 startups through 100X.VC using iSAFE notes. Mehta’s portfolio also includes OYO, where he got 280 times the returns while exiting.

    • Abhishek Bhatewara

      No. of Startups Funded: 9
      Key Sectors: Real Estate, Enterprise Services, Online Travel, Enterprise Application, Entertainment Tech, AI and Big Data
      Location: Bengaluru
      Key Investment: FalconBrick, Meetingsandoffices.com, LegitDoc, TravelShelf, Giscle Systems, rePurpose

      Abhishek Bhatewara is currently the business head of Bengaluru-based Rohan Builders and the director at cleantech Clique Solar. He has previously served as a managed at MacquarieBank, based in Sydney. As an investor, he is a part of Mumbai Angels — an Indian angel investment network.

    • Anand Govindaluri

      No. of Startups Funded: 55
      Key Sectors: Enterprise Services, Online Travel, Enterprise Application, Entertainment Tech, AI and Big Data
      Location: Singapore
      Key Investment: LegitDoc, TravelShelf, Giscle Systems, rePurpose, Minocular

      Dr Anand Govindaluri is the founder and CEO of Govin Capital, a Singapore-based early-stage investment company. He has also founded Govin Capital, a technology accelerator focused on digital health and technology. He has had over 22 years experience in healthcare and over 19 years of experience in investment management in the healthcare and technology sectors. Govindaluri has had 17 exits till now, and 2 unicorn exits.

    • Anoop Mathur

      No. of Startups Funded: 8
      Key Sectors: Consumer Services, Enterprise Services, Online Travel, Enterprise Application, Entertainment Tech, AI and Big Data
      Location: Mumbai
      Key Investment: Aadhaar API, LegitDoc, TravelShelf, Giscle Systems

      Anoop Mathur is the president of CORE Media (Centre of Recognition & Excellence). Anoop has also founded CIO Angel Network and B2B 1K Ventures to boost and invest in early-stage tech startups. He has had professional experience in the healthcare, insurance, financial services, BPO and IT-enabled services business verticals. Mathur has held senior positions in organisations such as Prudential, Capita, ICICI OneSource and United Healthcare.

    • Bharat Banka

      No. of Startups Funded: 8
      Key Sectors: Ecommerce, Enterprise Services, Online Travel, Enterprise Application, Entertainment Tech, AI and Big Data
      Location: Mumbai
      Key Investment: Faaya, LegitDoc, TravelShelf, Giscle Systems, rePurpose, Minocular

      Bharat Banka is a founder and CEO of the Aditya Birla Group and has also set up Aditya Birla Private Equity (ABPE) in 2009. Bharat has is currently working as an Advisor at Sterlite Technologies ltd, a digital technology multinational company. He has a diverse experience of working over 23 years in running businesses, strategy, principal investing, post-merger integration and capital market. Bharat has also served as an advisor at TVS Capital Fund for a brief period.

    • Devesh Chawla

      No. of Startups Funded: 7
      Key Sector: Ecommerce, Enterprise Services, Online Travel, Enterprise Application, Entertainment Tech, AI and Big Data
      Location: Mumbai
      Key Investments: Faaya, LegitDoc, TravelShelf, Giscle Systems, rePurpose, Minocular

      Devesh Chawla is a mentor and investor, who has worked with hundreds of startups including crowdfunding platform Catapooolt, pre-sales platform Strike, digital trading app Market Pulse and many more. Chawla also runs entrepreneurship programs across colleges and startups along with Ajeet Khurana, former CEO of IIT Incubation centre SIN. Devesh is also the founder and CEO at Chatur Ideas.

    • Dishit Shah

      No. of Startups Funded: 7
      Key Sectors: Ecommerce, Enterprise Services, Online Travel, Enterprise Application, Entertainment Tech, AI and Big Data
      Location: Mumbai
      Key Investments: Faaya, LegitDoc, TravelShelf, Giscle Systems, rePurpose, Minocular

      Dishit Shah is working at Artha India Ventures as an Investment associate overlooking 60 portfolio companies and scouting for early age investment. The company’s aim is to expand its portfolio to 100 companies in 3-5 years. Previously, Shah has worked at the Bank of America as an Analyst with the Mergers and Acquisition team. Dishit has over seven years of experience across various segments like early stage investing, equity research, strategic advisory, accountancy, statutory and internal accounting and tax.

    • Gagan Gupta

      No. of Startups Funded: 7
      Key Sectors: Real Estate, Enterprise Services, Online Travel, Enterprise Application, Entertainment Tech, AI and Big Data
      Location: Hyderabad, Telangana
      Key Investment: Meetingsandoffices.com, LegitDoc, TravelShelf, Giscle Systems

      Cofunders, Kyt Ventures, Gagan Gupta is an angel investor and a serial-entrepreneur. He has been deeply involved in the startup ecosystem for 16 years as an expert panelist, jury member, mentor and advisor. Gagan also provides his expertise to various institutions, incubators and accelerators. Currently, he is also a venture investor at Rajasthan Angel Innovators Network (RAIN) and member of TIE Rajasthan.

    • Sharan Aggarwal

      No. of Startups Funded: 8
      Key Sectors: Ecommerce, Enterprise Services, Online Travel, Enterprise Application, Entertainment Tech, AI and Big Data
      Location: Mumbai
      Key Investment: Faaya, LegitDoc, TravelShelf, Giscle Systems, rePurpose, Minocular

      The CEO and cofounder of Delta3D, Aggarwal is a Cass alumni and has been associated with Lead Angels and Mumbai Angels Network. His investments are known to be sector-agnostic and recent deals involve SaaS, fintech, healthtech, and F&B among others. His startup Delta3D manufactures clip-on 3D glasses for cinemagoers, targeting those who wear powered glasses.

    • Siddharth Ladsariya

      No. of Startups Funded: 100+
      Key Sector: Ecommerce, Enterprise Services, Online Travel, Enterprise Application, Entertainment Tech, AI and Big Data
      Location: Mumbai
      Key Investment: Faaya, LegitDoc, TravelShelf, Giscle Systems, rePurpose, Minocular, Symphony, Shunya O/S

      Siddharth Ladsariya started angel investing in the year 2008. Today, he has a portfolio of over 100+ startups in India, Singapore and the USA. He believes that startups should concentrate on team-building, continuous fundraising and aim to become self-sufficient through growth and sales. He is also a founding member of YVO -Young Volunteers Organization (www.yvorg.in). YVO’s objective is to make a difference by collecting a significant corpus of small donations on a monthly basis in a time-efficient and effortless manner So far, YVO.org has donated over INR 1 Cr to over 43+ organisations and sustainable causes.

    • Tufail Khan

      No. of Startups Funded: 7
      Key Sectors: Ecommerce, Enterprise Services, Online Travel, Enterprise Application, Entertainment Tech, AI and Big Data
      Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra
      Key Investment: Faaya, LegitDoc, TravelShelf, Giscle Systems, rePurpose, Minocular, Symphony, Shunya O/C

      Tufail Khan is the cofounder of online auto classifieds platform Carwale, which was acquired by its competitor CarTrade for somewhere around $90 Mn in November 2015. Tufail is a marketing professional and has worked in online and offline advertising in firms like Automotive Exchange and Veracious Solutions. He also business development and operations.

  • VC Karthic

    No. of Startups Funded: 7
    Key Sector: Ecommerce, Enterprise Services, Online Travel, Enterprise Application, Entertainment Tech, AI and Big Data
    Location: Mumbai
    Key Investment: Faaya, LegitDoc, TravelShelf, Giscle Systems, rePurpose, Minocular, Symphony, Shunya O/S

    As serial entrepreneur, VC Karthic has so far launched six ventures — two folded, two sold, while two others are on hold. Currently, the founder of Buzzworks, a contracted payroll & contact centre technology services platform, he is looking to solve hard problems at scale using technology.

    As Karthic has said earlier, “Along with innovative technology and good market opportunity, the quality, commitment and integrity of the founders and the team was among the factors that struck a chord with all the investors.”

  • Binny Bansal

    No. of Startups Funded: 27
    Key Sectors: Edtech, Hardware & IoT, Entertainment Tech, Healthtech, Real Estate, Ecommerce, Consumer Services, AI and Big Data, , Fintech, Logistics, Enterprise Services
    Location: Singapore
    Key Investment: Ather Energy, Inshorts, Roposo, Unacademy, Purple Style Labs, GreyOrange

    After Binny Bansal exited from Flipkart under controversial circumstances in 2018, he has taken to angel investing more aggresively. Bansal continued his entrepreneurial journey along with former McKinsey consultant Saikiran Krishnamurthy to launch his new venture — XTo10X.

    As a parting gift from Flipkart, he got $100 Mn as part of an early exit deal with US-based retail giant Walmart. In June this year, he reportedly sold more of his Flipkart stake to Walmart for almost $76.4 Mn. Seems like we can expect Bansal to invest more in 2019.

  • Sachin Bansal

    No. of Startups Funded: 25+
    Key Sectors: Edtech, Hardware & IoT, Entertainment Tech, Enterprise Application, Healthtech, Real Estate, Transport, Consumer Services,
    Location: Bengaluru
    Key Investment: MadRat Games, Ather Energy, Inshorts, NewsInShorts, Tracxn, trueHb, Plabro, SigTuple, Intelligent Interfaces, Unacademy, Ola, Ola Electric, Milkbasket

    Former Amazon executive, Sachin Bansal, had partnered with Binny Bansal founded Flipkart in 2007. Just like Binny Bansal, Sachin Bansal also turned to investment more aggressively after Flipkart’s acquisition by Walmart.

    In December 2018, Bansal along with his friend Ankit Agarwal registered BAC Acquisitions Pvt Ltd (now Navi Technologies) in Bengaluru with the vision of developing platforms which can optimise business automation and enable digitisation of processes across sectors.

    A few months ago, Bansal announced the acquisition of Chaitanya Rural Intermediation Development Services Private Limited (CRIDS), a non-banking finance company (NBFC) in a deal worth $104 Mn. With this, Bansal took over as the CEO of CRIDS.

  • Kunal Shah

    No. of Startups Funded: 27
    Key Sectors: Ecommerce, Entertainment Tech, Enterprise Application, Healthtech, Consumer Services, Fintech, Edtech, Real Estate,
    Location: Mumbai
    Key Investment: Flyrobe, DailyNinja, Unacademy, CrownIt, Innov8, Cred, TapChief

    An MBA dropout from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Kunal Shah comes from a business family and was naturally inclined towards startups. Shah founded Freecharge in 2010 along with Sandeep Tandon and in April 2015, Freecharge was acquired by Snapdeal for around $400 Mn. Meanwhile, Shah also had a small stint and Sequoia. Since 2018 then Shah has been working on credit card rewards app Cred and has been one of the busiest angel investors in India.

  • Ritesh Malik

    No. of Startups Funded: 48
    Key Sectors: Sector agnostic, but focuses on content, robotics, nanotech, health tech, real estate tech, SAAS
    Location: Delhi
    Key Investment: MyChild, Babygogo, PumpKart, WittyFeed, Leverage Edu, StyleDotMe, Dockabl

    Doctor by profession, Ritesh Malik has founded innov8 coworking in 2015, which was later acquired by OYO for INR 220 Cr in July this year. Ritesh has also founded Woodapple Hospitality and ThinkPot, and co-founded AdStuck Consulting and Harvin Academy. In terms of investment experience, he has been investing in indian startups from more than 5 years. In 2015, Malik started Project Guerrilla, a startup accelerator, based in Delhi.

  • Mekin Maheshwari

    No. of Startups Funded: 12
    Key Sectors: Entertainment Tech, Enterprise Application, Edtech, Enterprise Services, Online Travel, Healthtech, Ecommerce
    Location: Bengaluru
    Key Investment: Aisle, Hansel.io, Docwise, Purple Quarter, Crio, TapChief, Urban Clap

    Founder of Udhyam.org and CoFounder of Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME), Mekin Maheshwari has taken up the role of an angel investor since three years. Through, Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) Maheshwari plans to 10 Mn mass entrepreneurs to create 50 Mn Mn jobs by 2030. Previously, Mekin had joined Flipkart in 2009 has the Head of Engineering and later he became the Chief People Officer of Flipkart in 2013. However, he quit the company in 2016.

  • Rajat Gupta

    No. of Startups Funded: 4
    Key Sectors: Logistics, Consumer Services, Enterprise Services
    Location: New York
    Key Investments: Rivigo, Zappka, Teamonk Global, Dockabl

    Gupta was most famously the first foreign-born managing director of McKinsey & Company from 1994 to 2003. He has continued to back tech startups even after stepping down from McKinsey amid insider trading controversy. Premium tea brand Teamonk Global raised $1 Mn in Pre-series A funding round led by Gupta and Roots Ventures in April this year. He also invested in the pre-series A funding round of $1.26 Mn in employee experience platform Dockabl.

  • Ramakant Sharma

    No. of Startups Funded: 10
    Key sectors: Consumer Services, Logistics, Ecommerce, Enterprise Application, Real Estate, Fintech
    Location: Bengaluru
    Key Investment: Zooty, TruckMandi, Pitstop, Fynd, Shop101, BuildSupply, ZunRoof

    Ramakant Sharma has over 11 years of experience in software product development, product management, entrepreneurship and online marketing. He has cofounded two platforms — Bengaluru-based Zing Ecommerce and online interior design and renovation platform Livspace.

    Zing Ecommerce was incorporated in 2011 and Livspace in 2015, along with Anuj Srivastava. Previously, Ramakant has also has served as an operating partner Jungle Ventures and the vice president of engineering at ecommerce website Myntra.

  • Ravi Garikipati

    No. of Startups Funded: 4
    Key Sectors: Healthtech, AI and Big Data, Edtech, Ecommerce
    Location: Bengaluru
    Key Investment: CareonGO, VideoKen, Crio, Rapawalk

    Ravi Garikipati started his career in 1988 and is a software industry veteran. He has served as CTO and head of fintech at Flipkart and an on the advisory board at ICICI Lombard. Currently, he is also an investor and an investor at Emergent Ventures, and the cofounder and CEO at an NBFC, Davinta Financial Services.

  • Alok Mittal

    No. of Deal: 16
    Key Sectors: Consumer Services, Edtech, Transport, Healthtech, Fintech, Online Travel
    Location: Gurgaon, Haryana
    Key Investments: Bite Club, Cuelearn, Drivezy, Baxi-Fresh, Wysa, LifCare, Touchkin,

    Alok Mittal is the CEO of Indifi, a platform to expand access to debt financing for SMEs. Mittal is also a founding member of Indian Angel Network. In his previous stints, he was the managing director at Indian operations of US based venture capital firm Canaan Partners. During his tenure, Canaan Partners invested in AdNear and WibiData.

  • Anupam Mittal

    No. of Startups Funded: 50+
    Key Sectors: Edtech, Enterprise Application, Consumer Services, Entertainment Tech, Ecommerce, Logistics, Online Travel, Transport, Fintech, Healthtech, Hardware & IoT, Adtech, Real Estate
    Location: Mumbai
    Key Investments: Flintobox, ZapStitch, Whatfix, InstaLively, InnerChef, DailyNinja, @(AT)

    Anupam Mittal started his entrepreneurial career with People Group, which manages businesses such as Shaadi.com, Makaan.com and Mauj Mobile. The group is recognised as one of the most innovative enterprises in the country. Previously, he has also worked as a product manager at MicroStrategy. He is an active angel investor with over 50 investments in companies like Ola Cabs, Druva and Pretty Secrets.

  • Girish Mathrubootham

    No. of Startups Funded: 20+
    Key Sectors: Ecommerce, Enterprise Application, Fintech, Enterprise Services, Edtech, Entertainment Tech, Consumer Services, Transport, Real Estate, Logistics, Online Travel
    Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    Key Investments: LetsVenture, MadRat Games, CrownIt, Innov8, The Ken, Whatfix, Josh talks, FactorDaily

    Girish Mathrubootham founded SaaS unicorn Freshworks in 2010. Previously, he has worked as the Vice President of Product Management at ManageEngine, a division of Zoho Corp. There, he used to oversee product marketing, product management and customer support. As an investor, Mathrubootham has had 6 exits from companies like coworking and shared space provider Innov8 Coworking, cybersecurity platform Shield Square and marketing software startup Zarget.

  • Kunal Bahl

    No. of Startups Funded: 29+
    Key Sectors:Online Travel, Consumer Services, Transport, Ecommerce, Enterprise Services, Edtech, Enterprise Application, Logistics, Fintech, Healthtech
    Location: New Delhi
    Key Investments:CredR, Bewakoof, UrbanClap, LetsVenture, Fynd, Snapdeal

    Kunal Bahl cofounded ecommerce website Snapdeal in 2010. He has worked in companies like Deloitte Consulting and Microsoft in the US. Till now, he has had 4 exits. These companies include data analytics firm Zenatix, ecommerce platform Gigstart, fashion shopping platform Fynd and content production platform Betaout. Kunal, along with Snapdeal cofounder Rohit Bansal, set up an investment vehicle Titan Capital, earlier this year.

  • Ratan Tata

    No. of Startups Funded: 30
    Key Sectors: Mobility, Cleantech, Consumer services, Fintech
    Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Key Investments: Urbanladder, Paytm, Ola, LetsVenture, UrbanClap, ThePrint, Ola Electric

    Ratan Tata has been a part of the Tata Group since 1962. He became the chairman of Tata Industries in 1981. He started Tata Trust in 2017 both as a social impact fund as well as a business incubator. The fund has invested in more than two dozen companies across businesses.

  • Vijay Shekhar Sharma

    No. of Startups Funded: 50+
    Key Sectors: Fintech, Consumer Services, Media & Entertainment
    Location: New Delhi
    Key Investments: Flintobox, GOQii, BetaOut, InnerChef, Intelligent Interfaces, Tapchief, FactorDaily, Remitware Payments, Unacademy, Innov8, The Ken, Nurturing Green

    Vijay Shekhar Sharma founded One97 Communications and Paytm in 2010 He was ranked as India’s youngest billionaire in 2017 by Forbes. He has previously worked as the CTO Startec Global Systems and Tech head at India Today.

  • Sonali Thapar

    No. of Startups Funded: 20+
    Key Sectors: F&B, Education, Energy, Gaming, FinTech.
    Location: New Delhi
    Key Investments: GetMyParking, Carbon Masters, Witlinger, Innov8, Cubical Labs, Inc42, Biryani by Kilo

    Sonali Thapar took charge of the investment arm of the Thapar Group — Thapar Capital — in 2015. As the Director, Sonali has made strategic investments in both debt and equity, stocks, mutual funds and real estate. Prior to this, Sonali has worked with the Ministry of External Affairs. Sonali believes in mentoring and funding startups that could align with the Thapar groups’ business interests, and also address a need in the ecosystem.

  • Apurva Chamaria

    No. of Startups Funded: 20
    Key Sectors:
    Location: New Delhi
    Key Investments: Inc42, Innov8, Chqbook, Josh Talks

    Apurva Chamaria is currently working as the Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) at SaaS company RateGain and Charter Member at TIE Delhi. Previously, he was the Vice President and head of corporate marketing at HCL Technologies and business managers Ranbaxy Laboratories. Apurva has written two bestsellers “You are the key- Unlocking doors through social selling” and “Master Growth Hacking: The Best-Kept Secret of New Age Indian Startups.”

  • Abhishek Rungta

    No. of Startups Funded: 25
    Key Sectors: SaaS, Enterprise software, Digital, Analytics
    Location: Kolkata, West Bengal
    Key Investments: Plivo, CropIn, Aureus Analytics

    Abhishek Rungta is the founder and CEO of Indus Net Solution. He founded the company back in 1997 and it a digital strategy consulting and offshore outsourcing company, which provides its services to digital agencies, enterprises and governments. He has also set up Indus Net Academy to bridge the gap between academic education and professional demand. He has also cofounded EnergyTech Ventures.

  • Rajesh Sawhney

    No. of Startups Funded: 77
    Key Sectors: SaaS, Health Tech, Consumer
    Location: Kolkata, West Bengal
    Key Investments: Little Eye Labs (acquired by Facebook), Whatfix, Daily Rounds, Instalively and Docsapp

    Rajesh Sawhney is a serial entrepreneur, who founded (and cofounded) Times Internet, Reliance Entertainment, GSF Accelerator and GSF Superangels and InnerChef. GSF is a tech-startup accelerator programme founded in 2012. Moreover, Rajesh had introduced private radio, Times FM, to the Indian audience in the early nineties. He also led the biggest investment deal between Hollywood and Bollywood, Dreamworks.

  • Rohit Chokhani

    No. of Startups Funded: 30 (in last five year)
    Key Sectors: B2C & Services Industry, Financial Impact, Food & Beverages, AI Deeptech, PropTech, Media & Content
    Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Key Investments: Drivezy, Aisle, Routofy

    Rohit Chokhani is the managing director of Easy Home Finance and Nominee Director at Azuro.in. He is also a shareholder in real estate company Lakshachandi Group, public-private Revelador India and foodtech Swadeshi India food. He has an extensive educational background with masters a bachelors’ degree in Finance and a masters in construction management, from Europe. He also has an experience of working in UK’s financial service sector.

  • Mridul Upreti

    No. of Startups Funded: 16
    Key Sectors: Prop-tech, News & Media
    Location: New Delhi
    Key Investments: StayAdobe, FalconBrick, NewsBytes

    Mridul Upreti defines himself as a “Real Estate, Technology Evangelist and Investor”. He has served as the SEO of the segregated fund group and Jt. Managing director at JLL. Real estate, asset management, and portfolio management are some of his areas of expertise.

  • Anuj Munot

    No. of Startups Funded: 65
    Key Sectors: Agnostic
    Location: Mumbai Maharashtra
    Key Investments: NewsBytes, Inc42,

    A Chartered Accountant (CA) by qualification, Anuj Munot is currently the commercial director at real estate developer Kalpataru limited. He joined Kalpataru in 2002 and his inclination towards business helped the company explore more avenues and sectors. He is also a member of the Built World Technology alliance, Venture Catalysts, Inflection Point Ventures, LetsVenture, Startup Network and Indian Angel Network.

  • Anand Chandrasekaran

    No. of Startups Funded: 50
    Key Sectors: Agnostic
    Location: San Francisco, US
    Key Investments: – Khatabook, EkAnek, Upekkha (accelerator), Dealshare.in, Oye Rickshaw, InVideo, Fiddler.ai (US)

    Anand Chandrasekaran is currently working in EVP (engineering, procurement and construction) position at Five9. Anand has also worked on five lease products globally with over 10 Mn users across omni channels of various sectors — communication, commerce, financial services and content.

    Previously, Anand cofounded Aeroprise Inc, which was acquired by BMS software in 2009. Later, he served as a director of a platform for Messenger at Facebook and CPO at Snapdeal.

  • Hiro Mashita

    No. of Startups Funded: 50+
    Key Sectors: Fintech, Healthtech, Agritech, Consumer Service
    Location: Singapore
    Key Investments: Faircent, Healofy, Ninjacart, Silverpush, Cashify, Primaseller, GigIndia

    Hiro Mashita is the founder and director of M&S Partners, which is a Japanese Investment firm. The company has recently invested in India-based women and parenting-focussed social networking platform Healofy. As an angel investor, he forces on startups based in India, Japan, China, Singapore, US, and other Asian countries.

    Hiro has played different business roles in his work life. He has headed startups, venture capital, internet businesses, corporate planning, distribution channel in Japan and New York, US.

  • Aniruddha Malpani

    No. of Startups Funded: 12+
    Key Sectors: Healthtech
    Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Key Investments: AllizHealth, Plus91 Technologies, VdoCipher, MultiBhashi

    Doctor-turned investor, Aniruddha Malpani is a director and founder at Mumbai-based Malpani Ventures, which specially focuses on early stage startups. He has also served as a director at venture capital firm Solidarity Investment Advisors and was a member at TIE Mumbai. In terms of angel investing, Aniruddha has been on Bengaluru-based Evobi and Mumbai Angels. As a doctor, he is an In vitro fertilisation (IVF) specialist.

  • Amit Gupta

    No. of Startups Funded: 30
    Key Sectors: Agnostic
    Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka
    Key Investments: Healthifyme, Razorpay, Wooplr, MyChild, BharatBazaar

    Cofounder and CEO of Yulu, Amit Gupta also cofounded InMobi in 2017. Previously, he has worked at Mobile Marketing Association, Analyticsworks and Citifinancial India. InMobi was one of the “50 Most Disruptive Companies” according to MIT Technology Review. In addition, it was named as the “Outstanding Startup of the year” by Forbes India Leadership Award, 2014. Outside of InMobi, Amit is an angel investor and mentors entrepreneurs on the various aspects of running a startup.

  • Amit Ranjan

    No. of Startups Funded: 10
    Key Sectors: Agnostic
    Location: New Delhi
    Key Investments:Tracxn, Wishberry

    Amit Ranjan is currently working as an architect with the National Digital Locker Project, under union ministry of information technology (IT). He has also worked on the OpenForge Project, an Indian government’s initiative to build a national software source code sharing platform. Previously, he has worked at PepsiCo, Asian Paints, and Godrej & Boyce. As an entrepreneur, Amit cofounded Slideshare in 2004. The company was acquired by LinkedIn in 2012.

  • Bhavish Aggarwal

    No. of Startups Funded: 10+
    Key Sectors: Agnostic
    Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka
    Key Investments: Avail Finance, OfBusiness, Tork Motorscycles

    IIT-Bombay graduate, Bhavish Aggarwal is famously known to have cofounded Indian cab hailing service Ola in 2010. He started his career with Microsoft. In March 2019, Bhavish set up a new electric vehicle service called Ola Electric Mobility. By July, the company managed to enter the unicorn club, with $4.2 Bn SoftBank investment.

  • Aneesh Reddy

    No. of Startups Funded: 9
    Key Sectors: Agnostic
    Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka
    Key Investments: Skillenza, Whatflix,EasyEcom, JustLikeNew

    Aneesh Reddy is the cofounder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at a SaaS solutions company Capillary Technologies. Previously, he has also worked with ITC limited and is an IIT Kharagpur graduate. Aneesh is a featured expert in various segments — global retail, marketing, and technology forums. With the aim to create a sustained product ecosystem in India, Aneesh works closely with acclaimed institutions.

  • Ankit Nagori

    No. of Startups Funded: 5
    Key Sectors: Agnostic
    Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka
    Key Investments: Groww, Doubtnut, Blinge, Rapido

    Joined in 2010. Ankit Nagori quit Flipkart in 2016 along with Mukesh Bansal. In 2016, Ankit and Mukesh Bansal founded health and wellness startup Cure.fit. Previously, Ankit has worked for social media startup Youthpad and ESCP Europe.

  • Arjun Rao

    No. of Startups Funded: 20
    Key Sector: Tech and tech-enabled businesses
    Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka
    Key Investment: Murdex, Vogo (exited), CheckGaadi (exited)
    Other key investments: Mudrex (YC backed)

    Arjun Rao is a general partner at Speciale Invest, a seed stage micro venture capital investment firm. He has more than 15 years of experience in the technology and internet startup ecosystem in India. He has cofounded TravelYaari and has worked in product development, product management, digital marketing at growth stage companies such as ibibo Web and Yahoo Inc.