VCs on Panel
Karan MohalaPartner, 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.
Shailesh Vikram SinghManaging Partner, Massive Fund
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.
Hemendra MathurVenture Partner, Bharat Innovation Fund
Hemendra has over 23 years of experience in venture capital, private equity, management consulting and investment banking.
Hemendra in his career has invested in several early stage agritech and mid-sized companies in the agricultural supply chain. He is a mentor, investor and board member in many food and ag-tech start- ups working on innovations in agri-inputs, market linkages, mechanization, food nutrition and farmer financing.
He is working as Venture Partner with Bharat Innovation Fund –investing in deep-tech start-ups across sectors. Hemendra is also co-founder of ThinkAg – a platform for accelerating the adoption of innovations in agriculture space.
In his previous assignments; he has worked with SEAF, Yes Bank, Rabobank, KSA Technopak and ORG- MARG.
He has authored many papers on the subject and speaks regularly at conferences pertaining to food and agribusiness sector as well as start-up ecosystem. He is a management graduate from IIM (Ahmedabad) and Agricultural Engineer from Rajasthan Agricultural University.
Akarsh ShrivastavaSAIF Partners
Sameer SoodVenture Highway
In addition to being the founder, 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 an MBA from the University of Chicago, Graduate 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.
Mukul SinghalPravega Ventures
Mukul Singhal is Co Founder and Managing Director of Pravega Ventures – an early stage venture capital firm. Mukul focusses on investments in Internet, Mobile and Software Products. Mukul has been investing in India since last 12 years. Prior to finding Pravega, he was with leading venture firms like SAIF Partners and Canaan Partners.
He has led investments and served on board of several internet companies in India like Proptiger, UrbanClap, Zovi, IndustryBuying, Travel Triangle and NoBroker. At present, he is on board of Pravega portfolio companies – Workex, Grubox, CroFarm.
Dhruv KapoorSistema Asia Capital