VCs on Panel
Sajith PaiDirector, Blume Ventures
Sajith is a long-time media executive turned VC. At Blume, Sajith supports investments in media, edtech, hrtech & agritech, while simultaneously helping Blume build a research and knowledge platform. Sajith is a prolific writer - his writings cover startups and ecommerce to culture and education, and have been published in Scroll, Quartz, Buzzfeed & The Times of India. He is based in Noida.
Sanjay MehtaFounder Partner, 100X.VC
Sanjay Mehta is the Founder Partner at 100X.VC. He has invested in over 100+ startups in India and US through his family office Mehta Ventures. Few of the portfolio companies are Block.One, Box8, LogiNext, Consure Medical Devices, RepUp, Wow Momo - Exited Oyo Rooms, Faballey, Unbxd, Instasafe, Talview, 47Line, Allizhealth.
Madhukar SinhaPartner, India Quotient
Madhukar Sinha is a Partner at India Quotient. An IIM Lucknow graduate, he loves networking and has a very strong inroads in entrepreneur circles. Before India Quotient, he was part of a microfinance & impact fund, Aavishkar as an Investment Manager. He viewed the microfinance revolution first hand.
Anil JoshiFounder and Managing Partner, Unicorn India Ventures
Anil is Founder and Managing Partner at Unicorn India Ventures an leading Venture Capital Fund focusing on early stage investments in tech focused companies. He has been one of the pioneers of angel investments in India as head of operations and President at Mumbai Angels and Bangalore Angels, leading Angel Investment forums in India. Anil’s experience includes corporate management functions in medium and large organizations, early stage investment in start-ups, project management, joint ventures and business development.
Anil has helped close over 100 venture-financing deals. Anil serves on the Board of 5 companies and is involved with various incubation centres as mentor in India as well as internationally. He is very well respected and valued in the start-up fraternity and is drawn upon by entrepreneurs for advice and strategic direction. Mentoring start-ups is his passion and he advices Governmental and industrial bodies on the same. Apart from investments, Anil is very active participant in start-up events as speaker or panellist, both in domestic and international circuit. Prior to joining Mumbai Angels, he headed new projects and investment in start-ups with Artheon Group, a Telecom, IT & Energy group. His early career started with heading a branch office at Century Rayon, an leading Indian textile conglomerate, after which he moved to Business Access India Pvt. Ltd. providing consulting services to Scandinavian companies from diverse sectors establishing their presence in the Asian markets. Then he moved to Transasia Biomedical Ltd., India’s largest manufacturer and exporter of bio-medical equipment. Anil graduated in Engineering and Post-Graduation in Management (Marketing) and PGDBM in Strategic Finance and Control.
Sushanto MitraCEO - Lead Angels
Shailesh Vickram SinghCo-Founder, Massive Mobility
Shailesh Vickram Singh is the Managing Partner - Massive Fund and founder - GoMassive - The Impact Investment Network.
Both the organizations have been set up to build ecosystem and promote investment in areas of Agriculture, Clean Mobility, Clean energy, Clean Water & Waste Management.
Shailesh has over 20 years of experience in Entrepreneurship / Venture investing with SeedFund (a $54 million VC fund based in India), GVFL, UTI and has been an angel investor as well. He writes extensively on Agriculture, Farmer income, Economics, Venture capital, and Entrepreneurship. His blog fringenotes.in has been regularly published in leading newspapers of India.
Shailesh is a regular speaker at various Industry forums both internationally & in India. He recently spoke in international event such as EIIES China, FT Climate Asia-Hong Kong, Transforming Asia Pacific Summit Bankok, Cleantech Forum Singapore, UN regional Climate summit- Bangkok, and in Indian events such as Sankalp Global Forum, UNEP World Environment Week- New Delhi.
Shailesh has done his MBA from IIM Lucknow and B.Tech from GB Pant University.
Karan MohlaPartner, Chiratae Ventures
Karan Mohla is a Partner at Chiratae Ventures (formerly IDG Ventures India) as well as the Head of Consumer Technology & Media where he heads the sector focus and strategy. He also leads fundraising and partnerships for the firm in the Asia region. Karan was recognised by BusinessWorld Magazine as one of the 40 under 40 leaders for 2018, as well as one of the 40 under 40 Alternate Investment Professionals by the Indian Association of Alternative Investment Funds (IAAIF).
Karan has been part of the technology and startup ecosystem since 2003 with experience spanning investment advisory, finance, portfolio management, fundraising and M&A. he has worked on investments in companies including Bounce, FirstCry, HealthifyMe, Xpressbees, Peel-Works, POPxo, LittleBlackBook, CropIn, Tripoto and Yatra.com (NASDAQ: YTRA).
Prior to IDG Ventures, Karan worked with QVT Finance LP, a US based hedge fund and was a founding member of their Asia-Pacific practice. He earlier worked in the TMT investment banking group at Jefferies & Company (formerly Broadview International) in Silicon Valley, where he advised several technology companies in Internet, Mobile and Enterprise Software on capital raising, M&A as well as strategic partnerships. Later, Karan helped start the India office for Jefferies where he advised and executed financing strategies for companies in the Technology, Media, Telecom, CleanTech and Education sectors. He has successfully completed over 20 transactions covering M&A and helped raised over $1 Billion in capital for corporates across India and the US.
Karan holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration (BBA) from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an EMBA from INSEAD, where he was the youngest graduate in the program's history.
Samir SoodFounder, Venture Highway
Samir Sood is the founder of Venture Highway . In addition, Samir has helped grow and diversify India Forge, a family run auto parts manufacturing business. Prior to this, Samir was the Head of South Asia, Australia - M&A and Investments for Google Inc., and in that capacity, he has led Google’s investments in several first time seed stage funds in India: Erasmic Venture Fund (Accel India), SONG (Soros, Omydiar, Google Fund), Seedfund, and Ventureast TeNet Fund II. Additionally, Samir was part of the team that coordinated the $750 million acquisition of AdMob. Earlier Samir was part of the Corporate Business Development team at Cisco Systems, Inc. where he led wireless acquisitions and investments, which included the $450 million acquisition of Airspace. Samir executed the first venture investment in India (India Games) for Cisco Systems, Inc. among many other acquisitions and investments. Samir has a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.