Top 40 Angel Investors of 2021 in India
Kunal Shah is one of the finest and most successful Entrepreneurs from India. He is the Founder and CEO of Cred.He is an active angel investor and has more than 200 investments under his belt , such as Innov8, Spinny, Zepo, Unacademy, and Bharat Bazaar.
Ramakant is a seasoned tech entrepreneur and active angel investor with over 15 years of experience in technology based startups (SaaS, consumer internet, deep tech), and early stage investments. His strong belief in description through technology and problem solving has been his true north throughout his career. He has been an immensely involved participant of the Indian startup ecosystem — co-founding notable companies such as Livspace — being an angel investor as well as mentoring over forty new startups.
Binny Bansal, the co-founder of e-commerce firm Flipkart, which is now part of the US retail major Walmart, ha said “may remain focused on mentoring and investing in startups more than being an entrepreneur”. Since his time at Flipkart, Bansal has made more than 30 angel investments. Some of his recent investments include a $12.5 million Series-B round in Mobikon, a seven-year-old software startup focused on restaurants and the food and beverage industry. Bansal has also invested in gold loan startup Rupeek and has also backed insurance platform Acko, image-processing firm Terraview, and health startups SigTuple, Niramai and Pandorum Technologies.
Varun Alagh is the Founder, Chief Dad and Get Stuff Done Officer at Mamaearth. Additionally, Varun Alagh has had 1 past job as the Senior Brand Manager at The Coca-Cola Company. Varun Alagh has made many investments. Their latest investment was in Nestasia as part of their Series A on December 12, 2021.
Mr. Anupam Mittal is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer at Shaadi.com. He is a Co-Founder and serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Mauj. He serves as the Board Member and StayAbode. He served as Investment Committee Member at India Quotient. He is the Founder of Shaadi.com. and also serves as its Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director. Valuations of companies where he has invested are hitting the roof as Indian e-commerce booms. With over 40 investments in Interactive Avenues, Ola Cabs, Druva, Sapience, Pretty Secrets, Café Zoe and others .
Sujeet Kumar is a co-founder of udaan. Prior to founding udaan, Sujeet was President of Operations at Flipkart where he built operations, supply chain and logistics which accounted for more than half of Flipkart’s sales. He was instrumental in setting up the backbone of the distribution network of ecommerce in India. Sujeet Kumar made 36 investments. Their latest investment is Series A – Third Wave Coffee on Dec 15, 2021. Sujeet Kumar invested $6M in Third Wave Coffee.
Jitendra is Founder and MD of Citrus Pay, a leading digital payments company in India. It was recently acquired by PayU (Naspers Group) for US$130m. He has more than 12 years of work experience in banking and financial services industry and considered an expert in payments industry. Prior to Citrus, he was working with ICICI bank for 7 years, wherein he was part of founding team of Retail cross sell and Investment banking division in the bank. Jitendra Gupta made 46 investments. Their latest investment is Seed Round – Zorro on Dec 9, 2021. Jitendra Gupta invested $3.2M in Zorro.
Lalit Keshre is a businessman and entrepreneur from India. He is the co-founder and CEO of the Indian investment platform Groww. Keshre and his colleagues created a unique business that helps people from India with a tool that is used to develop investment portfolios without being charged a fee for using the services. Groww has become a disruptor in the fintech and financial industry that is changing the way people view and make investments. Keshre has an interesting background that uniquely qualifies him for leadership of the company.
Sanjay is an experienced veteran investment banker with over 25+ years and over 150+ transactions under his belt. Over the years Sanjay has developed an expertise of concluding complex transactions that require a nuanced perspective of the client’s business, as well as, the macro environment impacting the client’s decisions .
Gaurav Munjal is Co-Founder and CEO at Unacademy and Founder at Flatchat, Unacademy, Indias largest learning platform. Gaurav holds a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from NMIMS University, Mumbai.Gaurav Munjal made 32 investments. Their latest investment is Series A – Trinkerr on Dec 9, 2021. Gaurav Munjal invested $6.6M in Trinkerr.
Sahil Barua is the Co-founder of the much required E-commerce logistics company – Delhivery. He have done his Mechanical Engineering and then completed his Post Graduation from IIM-B in 2008. He is a former consultant at Bain & Company. He invested in Opinio of worth $ 7M with Delhivery as a partner investment firm on 20 October, 2015. Thus, he serves as the Board Member at Opinio. He is an Angel Investor and actively invests in startups. The parent company SSN Logistics Private Limited launched the logistics firm, Delhivery. Moreover, it is backed by Carlyle Group, SoftBank Vision Fund, Tiger Global, and other investors. The venture received Startup of the Year Award 2019 and has a net worth of Rs. 333 crores.
Kunal Bahl is an Indian entrepreneur, investor, co-founder and CEO of the Indian e-commerce company Snapdeal. He graduated from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, earning two bachelor’s degrees in Entrepreneurship, Operation & Information Management from The Wharton School and Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He finished an executive marketing program from Kellogg School of Management. He has been an active early stage investor in technology companies and have invested in over 150 startups in India, US and South East Asia including unicorns such as Ola, Razorpay, Urban Company.
Ritesh Agarwal is an Indian entrepreneur and Founder, CEO of OYO Rooms. The 27-year-old entrepreneur, who belongs from a humble background, in Odisha, has been known as the youngest billionaire in the year 2021 in India. He has also received the Business World Young Entrepreneur Award. One of the striking facts of Ritesh Agarwal is that at the age of 25 only, he had seen everything- fame, success, and money. He have made many investments in early-stage startups working across consumer, technology and leisure infrastructure sector.
Dr Ashish Gupta is an entrepreneur, advisor and strategic angel investor. He co-founded Helion Advisors in 2006 and presently represents Helion Advisors, managing a corpus of $600 million across three funds. He also serves on the boards of several firms including Infoedge, Simplilearn and Workspot. Before Helion, he was a Venture Partner with Woodside Fund and before that, had co-founded two companies – Tavant Technologies and Junglee.com, which was later acquired by Amazon. He has also worked at Oracle Corporation and IBM. Some of his other investments include RedBus, Mu Sigma, Daksh (IBM), Upwork (UPWK), MakeMyTrip, and Flipkart.
Ashneer Grover is the founder and CEO of BharatPe, a lending and payments startup that is now valued at over $2.85Bn. He studied B. Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Delhi. He also went to the University of INSA-Lyon, France for one year. Grover is an active investor, whose portfolio includes at least 23 startups. He have invested in startups like LenDenClub, EasyRewardz, Recko, IndiaGold and many more.
Suhail Sameer is the CEO at BharatPe and will have all the CXOs report into him. Winner of Economic Times Most Promising Leader of Asia Award, Sameer has extensive experience of working with companies from the Consumer (FMCG, retail) and consumer technology sectors, and with Institutional investors. He has built businesses from scratch, as well as helped turn around and grow existing companies. He invests in early-stage companies across consumer, consumer tech, and SaaS spaces.
Pulkit Agrawal is the CEO and Founder at Trell, which is building the biggest stage for finding and purchasing a way of life patterns. He is an alum of IIT Bombay, he is the Founding Manager of its Finance Club. Preceding Co-establishing Trell, Pulkit worked at Qualcomm, where he even documented an innovation patent.He is an enthusiastic business visionary, he recently established Personify, a home mechanization arrangements startup that got into the finals of Eureka, E-Cell at IIT Bombay, and got subsidizing from a private supporter. He invested in startup like Toppersnotes.
Brijesh Agrawal is a graduate in business management from University of Lucknow and NIILM, Delhi. He is Co-Founder of Indiamart. Over the last 23 years, he has been focused on building an eco-system that powers the growth of MSMEs in India. He is a charter member of TiE-Delhi NCR & a Founder Trustee at Plaksha University. He have invested in Bengaluru-based business accounting startup Vyapar’s Series A round.
Ashish Goel, the 39-year-old CEO and co-founder of the Indian furniture brand Urban Ladder, has had an eclectic career trajectory. He went to IIT-BHU, Varanasi in 1996 and then to IIT-Bombay in 1997 for Dual Degree in Electrical Engineering. He has also done postgraduate program in Management from IIM-Bangalore .His latest investment is Seed Round – MoEVing and many more.
Gokul Rajaram is an Internet entrepreneur and Investor. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Pinterest and The Trade Desk. He studied for a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He later went on to receive a M.S. in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. He is an angel investor in startups like Router Protocol, Planet Spark, SalaryBox, Databento and more.
Girsh Mathrubootham envisioned and co-founded Freshworks (then Freshdesk) in 2010 to create a better way to service and delight customers. He has invested in over 60 startups and is a founding member of SaaSBOOMi, Asia’s largest community of founders and product builders shaping India’s SaaS industry. He also founded FC Madras, a grassroots youth football club in Chennai, India to promote talent and provide a positive outlet for local youth and teenagers through the sport.
Ankiti Bose is the co-founder and CEO of Zilingo, a multi-national start-up in the e-commerce space. She graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Ankiti brings significant experience and a knowledge network on the mobile ecommerce space. She has hands-on and analytical in her approach and is highly involved in all aspects of operational and strategic decisions. She is active investor in startups as zorro, durianpay, and more.
Ashish Hemrajani is an Indian Entrepreneur who founded India’s number 1 online ticket booking platform BookMyShow for concerts, movies, plays, sports and live events. In 1999, he launched Bigtree Entertainment, the parent company which owns the online ticket booking venture BookMyShow. He did his schooling from Maneckji Cooper Education Trust, Mumbai. He pursued graduation from Mithbai College, Juhu. He pursued MBA specialized in Marketing from College of Commerce and Economics, Syndenham. He has invested in startups like zorro, vokal, lysto, paz care and many more.
Ankur Warikoo is an entrepreneur, a teacher, a content creator and a mentor, based out of India. He founded nearbuy.com in 2015 and was the CEO until 2019. Prior to that, he was the founding CEO of Groupon’s India business from 2011 to 2015. He is a digital educator and conducts courses on entrepreneurship, career management and personal growth. Over 80,000+ students have attended his courses so far. He is a regular public speaker, social media influencer and angel investor.
Sachin Bansal is an Indian entrepreneur. He is best known as the co-founder of Flipkart. He attended Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and completed a degree in computer engineering in 2005. He have made 18 investments in local, early-stage startups where the deal size was $1–2 million. He invested $100 million in Ola Cabs and received a stake holding of 0.37 per cent. He had investments in Ola, Grey Orange, Ather Energy, SigTuple, IN shorts, Unacademic and Terminus.
Rajan Anandan is an Indian businessman, who served as the Vice President of Google India. His took up the role of Managing Director of Google across India and South East Asia in August, 2011. Currently, he serves as the Managing Director of Sequoia Capital India. Prior to all these, he also held leadership roles with the well known firms Microsoft and Dell. He is also an Angel Investor in early stage startups and invested in Buttercups, Pregbuddy, Druva, Capillary Technologies, Unacademy, TravelKhana, EasyGov., Instamojo, WebEngage, BOV Capital and more.
Mr. Zishaan Hayath runs his start-up company – Toppr.com, an online platform for subject learning which he started in 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Hayath co-founded a phone commerce marketplace ‘Chaupaati.com’ in 2008, enabling millions of phone users in India to buy home appliances, electronics, children’s products and books. He is also an angel investor in some of India’s hottest start-ups including Olacabs and Housing.com. He has backed 20 start-ups across Consumer Internet, B2B SaaS, Solar, Wearables and QSR sectors.
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T. V. Mohandas Pai is a Padma Shri Awardee and current Chairman of Manipal Global Education (Manipal University). He was a former director of Infosys. He is an ardent supporter of the Akshaya Patra Foundation and is one of the members of the board of trustees of Akshaya Patra. He is an active investor and important part of Indian startup community. He has over 50 investments including Zoomcar, Tripfactory, Online Tayari, YourStory, Licious, Justdoc, Mad Street Den, etc.
Ajeet Khurana is a leading name in the cryptocurrency industry. He is the former head of the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Committee, which as part of IAMAI is India’s foremost industry body for cryptocurrency. He started as CEO at Zebpay. He has worked as a business consultant for more than two decades and served as CEO for the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is an active angel investor and invested in more than 20 startups.
Gaurav Gupta was the Global Head of the Advertising sales of Zomato and was later promoted to the COO position of the company. He was elevated to the rank of the Co-founder of Zomato . However, after a brief stint of a little more than 2 years as the Co-founder and COO of Zomato, he resigned from the company on September 14, 2021. He is an active angel investor and have invested in multiple early stage startups.
Renu Satti—who first built a successful career as an HR professional before steering course to helm various businesses at Paytm—has relished professional success twice. There is more to her career than having made it big as an executive. There is a wider learning that after excelling in a career, one can reinvent in a new business role and outdo expectations once again. Today, Satti is part of Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s trusted army at One97 Communications, the parent firm of Paytm, India’s largest digital payments platform with over 180 million users. She heads Paytm Payments Bank, one of Sharma’s most ambitious projects. It is one of four (out of the 11 licenced by the Reserve Bank of India) payments banks operating in India, competing with Airtel, Fino and India Post Payments Bank to deepen access to formal financial services in the unbanked areas of India.
Shrishti is a serial entrepreneur, with a successful exit in the financial technology domain (previous company acquired by an NBFC in India). She has been working in the technology domain for the last 10 years, and has angel invested in several startups in diversified sectors including: logistics, financial services & e-commerce. Prior to co-founding Hustle Hard Ventures, Shrishti led partnerships for Facebook in India where she chalked out the regional strategy for how Facebook works with startups in India. Shrishti also worked at Lumis Partners – (A Private Equity Fund) where she was part of the fund’s Investment Team. In addition to her own experiences in Technology and Private Equity, Shrishti comes from a family-owned Business Conglomerate that is diversified across Hospitality, Automotive, Real Estate, Financial Services, and FMCG with a deep understanding of how these businesses operate at a macro & micro level.
Umang Vohra is Managing Director and Global Chief Executive Officer of Cipla. After gaining degrees in engineering, marketing and finance, Mr. Vohra worked with Eicher Motors, PepsiCo and Dr. Reddy’s. Through his previous roles in India and the US, he has built a distinguished career with experience in several businesses and functions such as generics, finance, sales and marketing, supply chain and operations, among others. Prior to his present role, Mr. Vohra was Global Chief Operating Officer and Global Chief Financial Officer of Cipla. Among his other achievements as CFO, was the successful integration of Cipla’s acquisitions in the US, thus paving the way for greater avenues of growth for Cipla in North America. He is credited with having revamped Cipla’s operations in Europe as COO thus enabling an improvement in profitability.
Arpan Sheth is a senior partner in our Mumbai and Washington, D.C. offices. He serves as the Global Capability Leader for our Vector Solutions Group, which supports our clients in their digital transformations. Vector Solutions Group is a portfolio of capability assets at Bain, including Product & Experience Innovation, global engineering, and other groups delivering digital capabilities to our clients. Arpan leads Private Equity and Alternative Investor practice in India and also leads a number of relationships with growth equity investors and digital native companies in India, the Middle East, and the United States. Over his career at Bain, Arpan has been a part of our New York, Sydney, and India leadership teams. He has more than 25 years of experience in the consulting and systems integration industry working with companies on the design and implementation of technology-enabled strategies.
Mr. Anuj Srivastava is a Co-Founder of Livspace and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He served as Venture Partner at Jungle Ventures. He served as Advisor and Board Member at Subtra. He heads product marketing (consumer, developers, merchants, mobile and payment partners) for Google’s commerce products including Google Wallet, Offers and Zavers platform. In this role, he and his team drive the product marketing strategy, launches and growth strategy for Google’s new and emerging commerce products. Previously, he led product marketing for Google Local, the Google Display Network and Google AdSense. Anuj was also a lead on the integration team for Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick. He holds an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from London Business School.
Dilip Kumar Khandelwal is Managing Director & Head-Technology Centres at Deutsche Bank AG. Mr. Khandelwal is also on the board of SSK Broking Services Pvt Ltd. and Venus Funds Management Ltd. In the past Mr. Khandelwal was Senior Vice President at SAP India Pvt Ltd
Nimesh is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and a Chartered Accountant with more than 18 years of experience in banking and financial services. Currently, he is president of LetsVenture Plus, a growth platform designed specifically for discerning investors to access exclusive investments across growth-stage private companies, unicorns and global funds. It is the first and only platform in India that provides wider access to private markets to HNIs and family offices with an innovative solution built on trust, transparency and technology. Prior to taking over at trica, a unified platform for HNI’s & Family offices to invest in startup’s, Nimesh led the Investor Relations function at Kotak Mahindra Bank, the 7th largest company in India in terms of market capitalization ($40 bn). Earlier, he was part of the strategy team that planned and analyzed new initiatives, alliances, partnerships and inorganic opportunities for Kotak Group. Some marquee transactions he has worked on include the Kotak Mahindra Bank merger with ING Vysya Bank, a 15% share purchase of MCX (India’s largest commodity exchange) and other financial and strategic stake purchases. He held various roles with the bank, ranging from proprietary investment desk, management and reporting to piloting expansionary projects. He co-founded Svasti Microfinance in Mumbai, with which he was associated for a couple of years. Before joining Kotak Mahindra Bank, he worked with ICICI Bank in their Finance department.
Sumant Sinha is the founder of ReNew India and has been ReNew India’s Chairman and CEO since 2011. Prior to founding ReNew India, Mr. Sinha served as President Finance at Aditya Birla Group and founder CEO of Aditya Birla Retail. He also held the post of Chief Operating Officer of Suzlon Energy Ltd from 2008 to 2010. Currently, Mr. Sinha serves on the advisory board of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
Anshoo Sharma joined Lightspeed Advisory Services India in 2009 and brings eight years of operating and consulting experience to his role advising the firm’s investment activities in India.
Prior to Lightspeed, Anshoo was a Senior Consultant at Bain & Company in Boston and New Delhi. While at Bain, Anshoo advised corporates on growth strategy, customer segmentation, go-to-market and performance improvement with a focus on the retail, telecom and IT sectors. He also provided extensive advisement to private equity clients on the business diligence of targets in a wide range of industries in India, including education, media, industrials, infrastructure, airlines, and financial services. Prior to Bain, Anshoo worked in telecom product development at Motorola and Hughes Software in India, where his focus was on converged/next-generation networks.
Giridhar Malpani is a prolific angel investor and the founder of Climber Capital. He is an investor with over 40cos to the likes of Brightchamps, Tranzact, FrontRow, toch.ai, Nxtwave, Phyllo, BimaPlan, Crejo.fun, Leher app, Hoopr, NFTically, ByteLearn etc .