Panel discussions revolve around topics that are of key relevance to an entrepreneur today. These will help you understand multiple perspectives of the topics under discussion. You are also encouraged to ask the panelists pointed questions that you might have.
Funding Ecosystem in India
- Present Scenario of Investment/Funding in the country: Positives and Negatives.
- As a start-up, how important is it to pick the right investor? What research does a start-up need to put in before choosing an appropriate investor?
- Hottest Sectors that the panelists expect to see most growth in, in the recent future.
- How would an investor start the process of evaluating a start-up: The utmost basics and the blunders that teams make.
- What are the major areas of support that a start-up generally needs from an Investor and how does an investor provide them that (like - Network access)
Gaurav launched his fund, Epiphany Ventures, focused on investing in early stage companies in late 2008. He started his career working as a consultant at Diamond Technology Partners Inc. (DTPI), a strategy consulting company, headquartered in Chicago. At DTPI, Gaurav gained experience in a wide range of disciplines and sectors, including retail, e-commerce, knowledge management, merger integrations, etc. After his return to India, in 2004, Gaurav founded a business in the mining sector. He exited the business through a trade sale in 2007. He also serves as the Vice-President, M&A for the Facor Group, which has a turnover of over $250 million. Most recently, he has been actively involved in guiding Epiphany's portfolio companies: iLevel Solutions, a software company catering to large financial institutions, in which he has co-invested with Blackstone - and MotorExchange - an online auto auction and content business, which has sold Rs. 1000 cr worth of automobiles in its first year of operations. Gaurav is a Tie Charter Member, has a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania, and M.Sc in Finance from City University, London. Epiphany Ventures is a Mumbai-based venture capital firm, incorporated in 2008. It focuses on investing in early-stage businesses looking for value-driven and innovative enterprises with clear differentiators and scalable business models. Gaurav started his career working as a consultant at Diamond Technology Partners, a strategy consulting company, headquartered in Chicago. After his return to India in 2004, Gaurav has been involved in making proprietary investments in various industries. Gaurav has a B. Sc in Electrical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania, and M. Sc in Finance from City University, London.
Kaushal Aggarwal, IAN member, MD Avendus Capital
Co-founder and Managing Director Kaushal guides Avendus’ Institutional Equities business. He has over thirteen years of global investment banking experience. He is based out of Mumbai. Prior to co-founding Avendus, Kaushal worked with Kotak Mahindra, a leading Indian financial services firm. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore and a BTech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.
Rahul Patwardhan is the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of IndiaCo Ventures
Limited. He has over 16 years of experience in venture capital investments, general
and technological product management.He has invested, mentored and advised several
mid-size and large corporations.
He founded IndiaCo Ventures (P) Limited in 2001, one of the only Private Incubators to have received a grant from World Bank. He also founded India's first Nanotechnology initiative in India through IndiaNano (IndiaNano.com). He is the former Chairman of the Incubation Committee of the NIF (National Innovation Foundation) of4 India. He has been awarded by the Indian Economic Development Assosciation (IEDRA) for "Outstanding Contributions to National Development".
He holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Pune University and a Masters in Business Management.
This panel discussion is scheduled for 29th January.
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