Angels on Panel
Uday SodhiDigital Strategy Consultant
A Digital Industry veteran and Ex-Business Head, Digital at Sony Pictures, Uday has invested in over 35 tech startups in the last 7 years. His preferred sectors are Enterprise Tech, Deep tech, SAAS, Space tech and Automation.
Mitesh ShahCo-founder,IP Ventures
Mitesh began his career with Mandhana Industries Limited, an apparel manufacturing company in 2001, where he handled various projects including the company’s IPO in 2010 and its exclusive global licensing deal with Salman Khan’s Being Human brand. He joined Ola as CFO in December 2013 and played a pivotal role in the evolution of one of the biggest start-up stories of India. Then came Bookmyshow, where he spearheaded the finance department and played an active role in strategic business management.
Manu IyerCEO & MD, Bluehill Capital
Manu Iyer runs Bluehill Capital, an early-stage VC fund, focusing on hardware, clean-tech and deep-tech startups, through which capital has been deployed for 8 investments in the space to date. He is also Partner in Bluehill Retail, a retailing and distribution business that partners with several international and Indian electronics, lifestyle and apparel brands. He is a B.Tech Electrical Engr from IIT Madras and has completed his MBA from Duke University in the US. After working in Financial Services in the US, he had shifted base to India, to start off on his own. He is an active angel investor, through Indian Angel Network and Inflection Point Ventures, and a TIE Charter Member. He serves on a board of several startups and also works closely with various startups in the ecosystem to guide and mentor them.
Vaibhav KarnavatPartner, Karnavat & Co.
Vaibhav is a part of his family business, Karnavat & Co. since 2005. A CA by profession, Vaibhav has been an angel investor for over 5 years. Apart from this, he also oversees the family investment office which is invested in the domains of food exports and eCommerce. For 8 years he was the CEO at Jewelex International Pvt. Ltd. In this position, he was directing and monitoring the sales, manufacturing, product development, finance, operations and administration teams. Vaibhav got his degree in Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from Mumbai in the year 2002 and completed his CA from ICAI in the year 2004.
Vishal ChiripalPromotor/Director, Chiripal Group Of Companies
Vishal serves as the Promotor/Director at Chiripal Group Of Companies and is looking after the operations and Marketing activities of the group. Mr. Chiripal is a key person at Chiripal Group in developing new areas of business and exploring new markets. He is driving new initiatives in the Denim business of the Group. He has been instrumental in setting up several new marketing concepts and also spearheads the group's digital initiatives. He provides strategic leadership to Chiripal's CSR initiatives thereby making the Group the largest Corporate Blood Donor. He is the Chairman of Happiness Reserve Foundation (HRF), a non-profit organisation which conducts Robotex, India focusing on enhancing STEM education to children. He is also an angel investor, a member of Estonia Business Angel Network, Indian Angel Network and Mumbai Angels, with his widespread investments mainly in startups in the space of EV, Fintech, Edutech, Robotics, and Aerospace. He has experience of over 19 years in the textile Industry. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from K.S School of Business Management, Ahmedabad and Adelphi University, New York. He also holds a Master's degree in Business Management (Marketing) from Clark University, Boston. He is a fitness enthusiast with an interest in running and playing squash.
Vinod KeniGrowth Partner, Artha Venture Fund
Atul BalProtech Systems