Angels on Panel
Ashok MittalCEO, Prest Loans
Ashok is a seasoned professional having a rich experience of more than 20 years in Capital and Commodities Market, Banking, Financial services and Foreign Exchange. He has been a part of a Harvard Business School executive program called “Managing and Transforming Professional Service Firms”. Ashok is a gold medallist commerce graduate from M.D.S. University, Rajasthan and has done Masters in Banking Management (MBM) and CAIIB. He was the CEO of an Agri Financing NBFC ‘Kissandhan Agri Financial Services’; prior to which he was heading commodities and currencies business at Emkay Commotrade Ltd as CEO and Karvy Comtrade Ltd as Country Head. He was the director in Karvy Forex and Currencies Pvt Ltd and Emkay Fincap Pvt Ltd. He has also had the experience of working with Union Bank of India and UCO Bank. Ashok has been a regular in business media channels for more than a decade now, providing strategic inputs while also having a strong presence & networking with print and electronic business media. He has conducted more than 200 public seminars on various financial services segments and has been an eminent speaker in many National Seminars of various organisations like PHD Chamber of commerce, FICCI, Assocham, Exchanges and ICFAI to name a few. He has been in the Jury for Best Market Analyst Awards conducted by Zee Business for three consecutive years in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Ashok has been awarded by eminent personalities like Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Mr. Narendra Modi, and Mr. Amit Shah. He is passionate about setting up and expanding businesses from scratch.
Vinish KathuriaManaging Partner, SenseAI
Vinish has been involved with the Tech ecosystem as a Business Leader, an Entrepreneur, Investor and an Advisor. A startup person at heart, he leverages his own startup experiences and learnings from corporate world (Microsoft, Ericsson) to guide & nurture startups. He is an Angel Investor in multiple global ventures and is also an Independent Director on board of Varroc Engineering.
Vinish is Co-Founder of RANK Software, a Canadian venture in CyberSecurity Analytics that leverages Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Having spent 15 years in USA and last 12 in India, he has a strong understanding of the nuances across different business environments. An alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Vinish received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, USA and MS from Case Western Reserve University, USA. He is a sports enthusiast with a passion for running, cycling and hiking.
Ashutosh Kumar GuptaDirector, Vapronix Web
A passionate Internet Marketer with seven+ years of industry experience. Currently, working as a Director of Vapronix Web Pvt Ltd & mentoring multiple startups, internet marketers to grow their business and team. Keen interest in user behavior according to their emotional quotient & identifying products that can attract millions of users organically.
Sunil WadhwaEx-MD, GE T&D India
Sunil was (until 19th Sept. 2019) Managing Director of GE T&D India Limited (erstwhile Alstom T&D India Limited), which is listed in Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE) under the name 'GE T&D'.
Sunil has over 31 years of rich experience in the areas of business operations, project management, finance and corporate governance. Prior to joining GE, Sunil has had a highly rewarding 25 years career in the Tata group and then 5 years in ILFS Energy. In his previous roles, amongst others, he is widely admired for leading successful turnaround of the Delhi Tata Power Discom. Sunil did his undergraduate studies at the Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, and is a rank-holder chartered accountant. He on an individual level was adjudged as the most inspirational CEO in the power sector across Asia by Asia Power (Singapore) for the year 2008 and has also received Udyog Ratan award from the Institute of Economic Studies, New Delhi.
Anirudh AgarwalDirector, Shree Sharda Group
Anirudh, a fourth-generation entrepreneur has helped diversify the family business. Shree Sharda Group has interests in retail and manufacturing of jewelry to real estate development. An active angel investor, who is constantly seeking business opportunities and investments in sectors where blue ocean strategies can be applied. He is industry agnostic and led deals that have successfully scaled such as Coolberg, Clensta, Strom Motors and ZiffyHomes.
Anirudh received his MBA degree from George Washington University and his B.Com (Honors) degree from Hindu College, Delhi University. He is an active participant in YPO, CII, FICCI, Indian Angel Network, TIE, and IIM Lucknow networks.
Sunil KalraVenture Partner, Stride Ventures
Sunil Kalra has been investing in startups since 2002. He is someone who is known for his determination and adaptability to venture into sectors, for which he might possess very little know-how. His first venture was in real estate sector and currently, his portfolio of 50 startups is spread across technology, education, healthcare, logistics, mobile, and e-commerce sectors. Indicating a “fairly sector-agnostic approach,” Airwoot, Orange Scape, Crayon, Culture Alley, Wooplr, and My Shaadi.in have all been funded by him. However, this is changing now as he points out in one of his interviews: “I am not from a tech background. However, tech-based companies have the ability to prove their concept with less capital. They are also leaner and far more scalable. Therefore, I am concentrating more on tech for now.”