Other Eminent VCs at the Summit
Sunil JainManaging Partner, Sprout Capital Advisors LLP
Sunil Jain is a veteran Investment Banker with more than 17 (seventeen) years of experience in Investment Banking and Asset Management and is currently the managing partner at Sprout Capital Advisors LLP, a leading boutique Investment Bank which has been acknowledged as Top Ten Investment Bank in India in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 as per VCCEDGE / VENTURE INTELLIGENCE rankings.
Sunil also runs Sprout Investment Advisors LLP, which is the Investment Manager and Sponsor of SPROUT VENTURE PARTNERS FUND a Category I MicroVC fund which will look to invest USD 100-500K in startups.
Jain has worked extensively across consumer enablers, infra enablers and real estate sectors and has crafted, lead and closed transactions worth USD 1.5bn. He has vast and rich experience in deal sourcing, deal making, deal structuring and creating exits for clients through acquisitions and mergers.
Prior to founding Sprout in 2012, Sunil has worked for JP Morgan and MAPE Advisory Group in their investment banking divisions.
Jain is an active angel Investor and has invested in companies like DesignCafe, Lodestar Education, Gapoon, Rupeek Fintech, etc.,
Jain was also recognized in the inaugural list of 40 UNDER 40 Alternative Investment Professionals in India y AIWMI.
He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a MBA in Investment Banking from SP Jain Centre of Management.
Vishesh RajaramManaging Partner, Deep Tech Businesses
Vishesh Rajaram is the Managing Partner of Speciale Invest a seed stage vc firm investing in deep tech businesses. Vishesh has over 12 years of investing experience across enterprise technologies and industrial hardware. He has been actively involved across the life-cycle of venture capital investing from deal sourcing, building networks, investing, monitoring and creating value and exit engineering.
Vikram GuptaPartner, Endiya Partners
Mr. Vikram Gupta is the Founder & Managing Partner of IvyCap Ventures Advisors Private Limited that manages around INR 800 Cr. (USD 110 mn approx..) across two Funds that have been raised almost entirely in India. Started in 2011, IvyCap has now become the largest homegrown Venture Capital Fund in India. IvyCap has also launched its first Venture Debt Fund of about INR 500 Cr (USD 70 mn approx.) and an Angel Fund of around INR 60 Cr. (USD 8 mn approx.). IvyCap has made substantial investments in the Indian Startup ecosystem and has a sector agnostic investment approach. The portfolio includes Biryani By Kilo, Lendbox, Leixir, RML AgTech, Aujas, Vinculum, Sokrati, FTCash, FieldEZ, Clovia, eShakti, Bluestone, Purplle & GrabOnRent and has also exited from some of its portfolio companies.
IvyCap Ventures is anchored by the IIT Alumni Trust, a Trust represented by the network of the IIT’s through its Dean / Faculty / Former Directors. The Trust also connects the fund with the entire eco-system of the 400,000 IIT Alumni around the world.
Mr. Gupta has over 20 years of experience in Venture Capital, Business Consulting, M&A, Strategy and Technology across multiple sectors. Majority of his experience has been in the operating, consulting and investing areas in Healthcare industry across the domains of Pharmaceuticals, Clinical Research, Technology Consulting, Hospitals, Healthcare Insurance. Mr. Gupta is known for setting up India’s First Healthcare and Life Sciences Venture Capital Fund (USD 100 mn in size) where Ajay Piramal was the sponsor. Previously, he also managed the Clinical Genomics practice for IBM’s Healthcare and Life Sciences vertical in the US. He has also been an entrepreneur himself in the areas of technology and healthcare.
Mr. Vikram Gupta has completed his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi and has an MBA degree in Strategy and Finance from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Anil ChhikaraChairman, Startup India Foundation and Anchor Judge in India's First Startup Reality TV Show
Anil is a serial entrepreneur at heart and believer in the power of dreams. Anil loves mentoring budding entrepreneurs and innovative startups on building business plans, successfully pitching to investors, go-to-market strategies & scaling up businesses.
Anil is founder of Bluebolt Accelerator, a B2B deep tech startups accelerator. Anil founded Startup India Foundation, a non-profit initiative by a group of successful and experienced entrepreneurs to help grow the early stage startup ecosystem in India. Anil is a well-regarded startup mentor in the Indian startup ecosystem and a TEDx speaker. Anil was the anchor judge for Haywards 5000 Haunslay ki Udaan, India's First Startup Reality TV Show and the official startup coach for The Vault Show, India's answer to Shark Tank. Fondly known as Katappa of the Indian startup ecosystem, Anil is admired for his outspoken no-nonsense views about the startups and the ecosystem. He is most sought after judge for startup pitching events and hackathons. He has judged over 1000 startups in the last 12 months.
In 2001, Anil founded 24x7 Learning and led its growth over a decade to become India’s largest e-learning implementation company besides successfully raising multiple rounds of investments including $4m from Network 18. Prior to founding 24x7 Learning, Anil had successfully setup and launched businesses for two large multinational companies in India.
Besides his engineering from NIT Kurukshetra, he has studied sculpting at New York Academy of Fine Arts and about art markets at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London.
Dinesh GoelPartner, Siana Capital
He is a partner with Siana Capital, a deep tech-focused early-stage venture capital firm. He is an active angel investor and mentor to deep tech/science startups: IoT, Cold chain management, AI /ML driven Fraud Detection, Deep data sciences for behavioral insights, cyber security, cyber insurance and 3D printing of human organoids. He has a rich experience of 25 years in strategic leadership and operational management.
Alok GoelManaging Director, Saif Partners
Alok leads investing practice around SaaS and Social at SAIF Partners. Prior to this, Alok was CEO of Freecharge (acquired by Snapdeal) and COO of RedBus (acquired by Goibibo). Prior to his startup stints, Alok spent 5 years at Google in Bangalore and Mountain View in various product roles. Alok holds an MBA from India School of Business and a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering. He has 3 patents and was listed in the Fortune India 40 under 40 lists for 2014.
Arpit MaheshwariVice President, Stellaris Venture Partners
Arpit believes that startups will use technology to solve uniquely Indian problems and create large world-class companies as a result. As a VC, he is looking forward to working with, and learning from, great entrepreneurs from the early stage of their journey. Prior to VC, Arpit donned many hats - he was a management consultant with BCG, ran product management for automotive and education startups, and corporate innovation for a large manufacturing house.
Rajiv RaghunandanManaging Partner, Arali Ventures
Rajiv has over 20 years of experience across business consulting, outsourcing (BPO), technology and corporate finance. Rajiv has spent the dominant portion of his career at Infosys BPO where he participated in the journey of Infosys BPO from 50 to 30,000 employees & zero to USD 500 mn. He has also had stints at Andersen consulting in India & Arvind Garments where he began his career as a Finance Professional. He has also been an angel investor and currently also supports a couple of Not-for-Profit organizations focused on primary education & senior citizen care in both an advisory & operational capacity
Rajiv did his post graduation (MBA) from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and is also a qualified Cost and Management Accountant.
In this current role, Rajiv is an early stage fund manager focusing on helping scale early stage B2B tech companies in their journey. Arali provides product build and early scale capital for entrepreneurs focused on building enterprise tech businesses and creating deep enterprise value.