About Us
Crowd funding is the new way to invest in startups! Ours is a unique equity crowd funding platform focused on connecting investors with a host of extremely promising Indian start-ups and early stage ventures, with an array of capital solutions and co-investment commitment. For a start-up, with an incredible business idea, we will not only help raise capital, but will also provide access to a pool of illustrious mentors and effectual partners who can help nurture the business to its potential.
What differentiates us from others is our unique ecosystem that has been built around “commoditized” fundraising. Our range of services includes deal origination and sourcing, structuring the capital raising, guidance on building business plans and financial models, screening proposals, carrying out due diligence, providing access to investor members and presentment, deal closure, mentoring, and post investment monitoring.We co-invest in companies that raise capital through our platform. We are also in the process of launching a suite of exclusive capital solutions for start-ups, early stage ventures and investors.
Anup Kuruvilla has 30 years of experience in arranging debt for corporate clients across emerging Asian markets with a primary focus on India, Indonesia and China. He has been based in Mumbai for 9 years, Singapore for 7 years, Hong Kong for 10 years and Jakarta for 4 years, working with Citibank, Chase Manhattan and ABN Amro / RBS. His last assignment was as the Managing Director and head of RBS’s Loan Syndication activities in Hong Kong (till Oct, 2014).
Anup has been involved in over 500 transactions (over US$ 100 billion in value) across the whole spectrum of debt ranging from short term trade financings, acquisition bridges and leveraged financings, medium term working capital / capex facilities and long term project as well as ECA finance through both the bank and bond markets. He holds an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Anil Gudibande has over 24 years of experience in Banking. He spent 17 years with Citigroup and was most recently with Royal Bank of Scotland - initially as Managing Director & Co-Head of the Investment Bank, and subsequently as Managing Director with the International Banking division where he led a team of bankers covering some of the largest corporate clients. He has also spent a year with AIG Private Equity.
Anil has worked on a number of marquee deals in M&A, acquisition financing, IPOs, loan and bond issuances. He was also a senior business approver with credit approval authority. Anil is an angel investor who mentors a few start-ups. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India. He holds a Master’s degree in Commerce from Bangalore University.
Parthasarathi Patnaik has over 20 years experience across banking and financial services. During his 17 years at ABN AMRO / RBS he has held leadership roles across several banking verticals from heading teams managing portfolio and credit risk, to building profitable businesses in corporate, commercial and investment banking for the bank in India. He was a key member of the startup leadership team involved in incubating and building a highly successful commercial banking business for ABN AMRO Bank in India. He brings with him extensive experience in structured and trade finance & debt capital markets, and a keen understanding of industry and corporates across geographies and client segments. He has also worked with Tata Steel and Crisil prior to moving to banking.
Parthasarathi is an alumnus from the Wharton School of Business. He also holds an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and has graduated with a B.Tech from IIT (BHU).
Amit Ratanpal has over 15 years of experience in areas of Private Equity, Capital Markets, Asset Management and Investment Banking. He has pioneered investments in the education space as part of a team that founded Kaizen Private Equity. He also set up a fund of funds business for ICICI Group, and led its investment strategy and processes. Amit has been on the board of directors of a few companies that Kaizen had invested in, and is an advisory member for AVPN and for Angel Xpress. He is also a board member of Thunderbird Private Equity Center.
Amit is a very active angel investor, and he mentors a few start-ups as well. In addition, Amit runs an investment company. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, and holds an Executive MBA from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies and has attended a General Management Program at Harvard Business School along with Private Equity and Venture Capital courses from the Indian School of Business.
Girichandra Kuchangi has over 13 years experience spread across Investment Banking, Software Engineering and Start-ups. Girichandra has advised a diverse set of corporates on their M&A and capital market transactions when he was part of Investment banking teams in a few multinational banks in India/HK. His transaction experience spans a range of deal sizes & sectors, including healthcare, financial services, industrials, energy & infrastructure. More recently, Girichandra has been part of leadership teams in a few tech-startups in Bengaluru, focusing on fund-raising and scaling of those businesses. Girichandra holds an MBA from IIM Calcutta and is a Computer Engineering graduate from National Institute of Technology, Surathkal (NIT-K).
Natasha Kothari has over 5 years of experience in Corporate & Investment Banking with the Royal Bank of Scotland. She has gained valuable experience in financial modelling, rating analysis and structured solutions. She has been a key member on various high value transactions in the infrastructure and chemical sector. Natasha has a sound understanding of business dynamics of the Investment Banking industry as well as the risks associated with them. She has done her Master’s in Business Administration from S.P Jain Institute of Management & Research with a specialization in Finance. She has a unique distinction of winning a silver medal for India in the Asian Roller Skating Artistic Championship at Akita, Japan.
Sheshank Verma has 4 years of experience across banking, loan syndication and engineering. During his stint at Axis Bank, he structured distinct financing solutions for clients across sectors and distributed syndicated loans to investors across Asia and Europe. Sheshank holds an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur where he featured on the Director’s Merit List for the graduating class. Prior to his MBA, he graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati with a degree in mechanical engineering and worked in aircraft structural design. Sheshank is passionate about travelling and backpacking adventures.
Prateek Goyal has over 3 years of experience in banking and private equity. During his recent stint at Bravia Capital, he worked on multiple private equity opportunities in the leasing, cold chain, shipping, transport and logistic sectors. Prior to Bravia Capital, he was with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as part of the Capital and Portfolio management team in Hong Kong followed by Corporate and Institutional Banking in Mumbai. At RBS, he worked on deal and portfolio analysis along with developing financing structures for clients across sectors. Prateek holds an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and graduated from National Institute of Technology Surathkal with a degree in civil engineering. He is a wildlife enthusiast.
Akshay Shenoy holds an MBA from IIM Bangalore and has worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland in the Corporate & Institutional Banking Division. During his stint at RBS, he worked on various financing structures and treasury offerings for large multinational and local corporate clients across diverse sectors. During his MBA, he spent a term at HEC Paris under their exchange program, and was awarded the prestigious Charpak Scholarship of Excellence by the French Government. Akshay has completed all levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM) programs. He is a recipient of the GARP Global Merit Scholarship for the FRM, and the Best Student Award for the B. Com. (Hons.) programme at the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. A capital markets enthusiast, Akshay actively pursues equity investing and security analysis.
Padma Rajesh has 10 years of experience in the Corporate and Institutional Banking division at The Royal Bank of Scotland. During her stint with RBS, she has worked on Structured Trade deals and Liquidity/Cash Management deals for large corporate clients across diverse sectors. She was nominated as a part of the bank's exchange program in Malaysia, where she got on the ground experience dealing with leading local clients. She holds a Masters in Management Studies (Major in Finance) from Mumbai University and Certificate in International Cash Management from Association of Corporate Treasurers, London. She pursues singing professionally and has performed at various stage shows in Mumbai.
Prateek Diwan has 2.5 years of experience in the startup ecosystem in the US and India. He holds an MBA in Marketing and MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from University of Texas at Dallas and has worked at the several Accelerators, Incubators and startups and a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University. Most recently, he worked at a Startup Consultant at the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship at IIM Ahmedabad where he worked with different stages of startups and help create a new incubation program called Innocity. During his stint in the US, he worked at Tech Wildcatters accelerator (then #1 B2B accelerator), as a consultant at University of Texas at Dallas incubator. He worked at a non-profit startup where he helped fundraise $50,000 on Rockethub (now part of ELEQT Group). During his MBA, he won numerous awards, including the annual B-School OWLIE (Outstanding, Worthy Leaders, Involved Exceptionally) Award for Best Student Entrepreneur for his work in the startup ecosystem and catalyzing student entrepreneurial projects. Prateek has won several awards including the Tech Mahindra Innovation Award and IEEE Kemet Design Award. Prateek is also a published photographer and an avid sportsman.
Haripriya Rajan worked with ABN Amro / RBS for over 10 years in the Corporate Banking division across areas of Management Information Systems, Process Control, Portfolio Management, Credit Appraisals, etc. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Stella Maris College (University of Madras). She is an avid sportswoman and was selected to the Indian women's basketball team. She currently spends her free time mentoring and coaching young women basketball aspirants.
Javan Kuruvilla has over 1.5 years of experience in investment banking for SMEs. While working as a Business Analyst with SMERGERS, he was involved in constructing valuation models for businesses, in addition to speaking with business owners and investors and getting them on board the platform. Javan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from the IESEG School of Management in Lille, France. He is a black belt in Karate and a bronze medal winner for Maharashtra state.
Anushka Agarwal recently graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. She previously interned at Edelweiss in the Venture Capital and Private Equity department. During her stint at Edelweiss she worked on the investment recommendation and the financial model for an opportunity in the defence sector. She has also interned at a startup, MBAMonk, where she assisted with core business activities and FoxyMoron Media in the digital marketing team.
External Board Members
Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is Executive Chairman and Founder of 5F World. He has two significant corporate success stories to his credit - APTECH and Zensar Technologies, a global software success story which he led as its Vice Chairman & CEO till early 2016. He was the Chairman of the NASSCOM Foundation and President of the HBS Club of India, and is a member of the National Council of CII.
M. A. Ravi Kumar alias MARK is a seasoned senior international banker who worked in SBI, StanChart and Citi for over 3 decades in Asia, Europe and the Americas. He then ran the American India Foundation as its CEO and President during 2012-2016 based out of New York. He and his wife Sudha Ravi have been early stage investors in many ventures including I-Flex, Mu Sigma and 1Crowd.
Nirav Jogani is the Vice Chairman of RSM Astute Consultech Pvt Ltd, where he leads the Gems & Jewellery practice, Technology Solutions practice and Gujarat operations. His key expertise lies in taxation, audit / risk management, operations consulting and IT. He is a senior Chartered Accountant and ISO lead auditor, and has undertaken advanced training on Japanese management practices.
What we do
Deal Origination
  • Originate and Source Deals
  • Help Prepare Business Plans
  • Screen Proposals
  • Provide Access to an Ecosystem of Mentors, Partners & Monitoring Processes
Capital Raising
  • Present Promising Opportunities to Investors
  • Facilitate Deal Closure
  • Co-invest Along with Other Investors