Startup India Foundation is founded by experienced entrepreneurs who have gone through the tough entrepreneurial journey themselves and understand what it takes for any first-time entrepreneur to build a successful startup.
Anil Chhikara, Chairman
Anil is a serial entrepreneur at heart and believer in power of dreams. Anil loves mentoring budding entrepreneurs and innovative startups on building biz plans, successfully pitching to investors, go-to-market strategies & scaling up businesses.
In 2001, Anil founded 24×7 Learning and led its growth over a decade to become India’s largest e-learning implementation company besides successfully raising multiple rounds of investments including $4m from Network 18 in 2007. Prior to founding 24×7 Learning, Anil had successfully setup and launched businesses for two large multinational companies in India.
Anil is a well-regarded startup mentor in the Indian startup ecosystem and a TEDx speaker. Anil was the anchor judge for Haywards 5000 Haunslay ki Udaan, India’s First Startup Reality TV Show and the official startup coach for The Vault Show, India’s answer to Shark Tank. Anil is admired for his outspoken no-nonsense views about the startups and the ecosystem. He is most sought after judge for startup pitching events and hackathons. He has judged over 1000 startups in the last 12 months.
Sameer Sortur, President (UAE & ME)
Sameer founded SquareCircle Tech that provides market entry and growth for B2B and B2G focussed growth stage tech companies across Middle East Africa, Asia Pacific and United States. It’s model is inclusive of Strategic Partnerships, JVs, Growth-Stage Investments and Technology Advisory for global corporations seeking digital transformation.
Sameer’s specialities include New Market Identification & Entry Strategies for Tech Companies, Entrepreneurship Development, Coaching and Mentoring, New Product Development (NPD), Positioning and Venture Creation Programs, Creating and Bridging entrepreneur friendly knowledge ecosystems & programs launch, Leading industry sales programs and teams to close enterprise deals, 15+ years of large enterprise IT buy and sell-side experience and Board Level Experience, Advisor.
Vikram Jhunjhunwala, Director
Vikram has vast Investment Banking & Capital Markets experience spanning over 25 years involving more than 175 deals valued at over $2 billion. It covers the full range of mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, private equity, debt placement, restructuring and business advisory across sectors such as Telcom, Media & Entertainment, Energy, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Services etc.
He became an entrepreneur in 2004 and since then has intensive experience in investment management which includes proprietary Investments in telecom, media, hospitality, agri-business and startup/ incubation funds. He has worked at senior positions with Coca Cola, Reliance, Ernst & Young, Star TV and ANZ Grindlays Bank.
As a Director in BusinessWorld, he played a key role in its acquired from ABP Group in October 2013. BusinessWorld is India’s largest business magazine with a strong presence in Print, Digital, Events and Business Verticals. As a Co-Founder of Vas Agri Ventures, an innovative startup involved in India’s 1st Hydroponics Agri venture in collaboration with VEK Technologies of Netherlands, he successfully raised $4.5 investment from Infraco Fund of Singapore.
Amit Kumar Mishra, Director
Amit empowers people at the top of the ladder – entrepreneurs, investors, influencers, senior executives and decision-makers – to take fact-based decisions and multiply their growth rate.
Widely known as “Techenveshi”, Amit founded Dazeinfo – India’s #1 Knowledge & Intelligence Platform – with a vision to disrupt the Tech Media & Research Industry. With data-rich deep-dive analysis of the latest industry developments, Dazeinfo helps leaders, entrepreneurs, marketers, strategists, and other business executives take informed decisions.
With more than 85,000 man hours of working experience with multiple global brands likes of LG, Polaris, ORG Telecom worldwide, Amit has learnt the art of being successful despite all odds. After serving renowned brands with best of his skills and potential, Amit jumped on entrepreneurship bandwagon in 2011. His passion for reading, participation in corporate debates, industry analysis, industry research and doing devil’s advocacy has given Amit wings to establish Dazeinfo Media & Research.
A profound speaker, aggressive explorer, tech enthusiast, columnist and mentor (only for few). A strong believer in the fact – You have to be in it to win it.
Md. Sirajuddin, Director
An entrepreneur since his college days, Siraj co-founded DesiredWings, a crowdfunding platform where irrespective of who you are, what you desire, how big or small your dream is, you will find equal access to funding opportunities. DesiredWings has already forged invaluable partnerships with brands like YouWeCan, Fever FM, f6s, BW Disrupt, Tie Delhi etc. Desiredwings.com has recently acquired Catapooolt – India’s oldest crowdfunding platform. With many diverse specialities including Crowdfunding, Strategy, Business Development, Business Deal Structuring, Sports Management; Siraj dreams of building an end to end ecosystem for start-ups which will be India’s biggest network of Startups, provide best possible support to them and have access to multiple forms of funding. He has already taken a step closer to his goal by co-founding Creator’s Gurukul, a chain of co-working spaces, with the first centre with 600 seats launching soon in Gurgaon. Creator’s Gurukul will be a nurturing space with an active network of mentors, investors and angels within reach for all.