The founding team represents a group of entrepreneurs-turned-investors interested in nurturing agitated India social entrepreneurs who aspire to build impact-oriented successful companies in India, and supporting them through financial capital and experience
Dr. Kumar Ganapathy, is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, with expertise in DSP, wireless and enterprise IT infrastructure. Kumar is currently the founder of Enterprise Labs (a new venture studio in the Bay Area creating enterprise cloud startups) and was a former CTO, CEO of VxTel and Virident, the two companies he co-founded and successfully sold for a combined $1.3B over the past two decades.
AGK Karunakaran, a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, and the CEO and founder of Multicoreware, Inc a leading software solutions company for Autonomous Vehicles, Automotive, Broadcast, Video analytics markets. AGK serves on the Board of Pratham USA Bay Area Chapter and Enacte Arts, a theatre company that delivers south asian content for Universal audiences, and is the President-Elect of TiE Silicon Valley.
Sanjay Kadaveru is the Founder & President of Action For India (AFI), an initiative to help social entrepreneurs in India overcome barriers to scale and achieve greater impact at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Prior to launching AFI, Sanjay managed investments at The Seven Hills Group, a family office based in the US, where he supported the deployment of $50M in capital across several sectors: energy, media, IT, infrastructure and education. Sanjay is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs, the world’s largest network of entrepreneurs, and served as a Co-Chair for TiECon East. Sanjay is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Ravi Mistry, a leader, entrepreneur, angel investor, educator and mentor experienced in several industries, including life sciences, technology, non-profits, and academics. He was a member of the founding team of a Silicon Valley-based technology startup that was acquired by HGST/Western Digital. He is the Former Chairman of Board, EPPIC Global Network. He was appointed as the first executive director of IIT Gandhinagar Foundation (IITGNF), a US-based Foundation that supports IIT Gandhinagar.
Shalini is a seasoned Banker with over 2 decades of experience and has worked with various domestic and multinational entities in Credit Risk Management. She has managed diverse portfolios through her career including Large Corporate, Inter-bank, SME, Financial Institutions including Mutual Funds and Insurance, Government / PSUs, and Structured Finance including Supply Chain Financing, Factoring, Securitisation, Inter-bank Participation etc.
Shalini is a graduate of College of Business Studies, Delhi University and post graduate from IIM Bangalore.
Chetan is a consulting associate for 3i Partners. A former mechanical engineer and researcher in energy, environment and deep technology commercialization, he has worked with various research and multilateral bodies including the World Bank and academic institutions such as Harvard Business School. Chetan is a graduate of IIT Delhi and holds a master’s from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Policy Program, where he helped commercialize a clean energy technology venture, gaining an enduring love for ‘meaningful’ technology entrepreneurship.