Adam Torres and Dr. Apoorva Ranjan Sharma discuss India start-up ecosystem.
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India’s startup ecosystem is growing rapidly. With new advancements come opportunity. In this episode, Adam Torres and Dr. Apoorv Ranjan Sharma, Co-founder Venture Catalysts & 9 Unicorns, explore India’s thriving start-up ecosystem.
About Dr. Apoorva Ranjan Sharma
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Dr. Apoorv Sharma is cofounder & president of Venture Catalysts – Asia’ first integrated incubator and No. 1 Early Stage Investor in 2017 rated by leading national media. He is also a Board Member at TiE Mumbai. Dr. Apoorv Sharma is one of the founding fathers of the startup ecosystem in India, he has been instrumental in developing the startup ecosystem since early 2000. He has been a pioneer in establishing incubators in India. He has established over dozen incubators & accelerators, incubation funds and family office funds i.e. VentureNursery, Amity Innovation Incubator, Somaiya Incubator (RIDDLE), Mata Vaishno Devi University Incubator, Indian Angel Network Incubator. He is recipient of the prestigious Best Incubator Award given by President of India, for outstanding performance of JSS Incubator.
Dr. Apoorv Sharma is PhD in Incubation from Amity University, Noida and graduated in Engineering from HBTI, Kanpur and diploma in Mentor Studies of Berkley Institute of Management, University of California, USA. Dr. Apoorv Sharma is one of the top 10 angel investors in India, rated by VCCircle 2016. Over last two decades; he has curated, incubated & led seed investment of 100+ startups. OYO Rooms is the biggest success story of accelerators in India, followed by Beardo which is a recent acquisition by Marico Ltd. Both the startups were curated, mentored and seed sourced by Dr. Apoorv Sharma. Today, Dr. Apoorv Sharma has become one of the most influential figure in Indian startup funding space. His leadership & passion has motivated thousands of investors to take a plunge into startup investments.
About Venture Catalysts
Venture Catalysts is Asia’s largest & No. 1 Integrated Incubator. It provides investment of $500K to $1MN per startup with incubation support for 1 year. It was established in year 2016 and in a short span of just two years, it boasts of successful incubatees like Fynd, Beardo, PeeSafe, Innov8, vPhrase, Supr, DSYH etc., which are today category leaders. It is one of the largest early stage players in India with 3000+ angel investors spread across 11 cities in 3 countries – India, Hong Kong & Qatar. Globally, marquee investors such as YCombinator, Greenoaks, Axis Capital, Alpha Capital, Rocketship, FJ Labs (investors of Airbnb, Uber, Facebook) have co-invested with Venture Catalysts.
With its focus on developing startup ecosystem in Tier II, III cities in India, Venture Catalysts has launched its incubation program in cities like Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Raipur, Surat and Nagpur besides metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata. These centres not only offer incubation support to startups but also organise regular investor education sessions for potential angel investors viz. HNIs & industrialists.
Besides raising seed stage and Series A investments for startups, Venture Catalysts is known for its startup building capability, strategic guidance, generating business leads, leveraging its network across the globe through its partners and providing phenomenal returns to its investors. It is evident from the fact that more than 10 incubatee companies of Venture Catalysts have raised Series A investment in the last two years especially when the market had not been very upbeat. Today, Venture Catalysts has taken the leadership position in startup investments and incubation and has been rated as India’s top Early stage Investor by leading national media.
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