Padmaja Ruparel

India | Co-Founder - Indian Angel Network

Padmaja Ruparel

India | Co-Founder - Indian Angel Network

Biography

Padmaja Ruparel is nationally recognized as a key player in the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem and has helped co found many of the relevant institutions, besides being an active Angel investor herself. Her operating experience spans large corporates, M&A, and startups/early stage companies. She has been awarded as one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune India for 2017 & 2018, listed in Forbes India s W- Power Trailblazers and “30 Most Powerful Women in India” by Business Today. She is Co-Founder & President of Indian Angel Network (IAN), India s first and now possibly one of the world s largest group of business angels, comprising the who s who of successful entrepreneurs and dynamic CEOs from India and overseas. She built IAN from inception, making it within 10 years a unique institution globally, with close to 500 investors across 10 countries and a portfolio of 140+ companies in 7 countries, spanning 17 sectors. She has operationalized IAN s international operations in London – making it the only angel group in the world to set up operations outside of its home country. Padmaja has been nominated as Co-Chair of Global Business Angel Network (GBAN). She is a member of the National Expert Advisory Committee on Innovation, Incubation and Technology Entrepreneurship. She also established a unique model of an incubator, in partnership with the Indian Government, which leverages 400 mentors to provide mentoring & domain expertise to around 50 young fledgling incubate companies. Padmaja is the Senior Managing Partner of the IAN Fund, a uniquely differentiated Fund which along with IAN, is set to create the largest horizontal platform in India for investing in seed and early stage ventures. She is a member of the Governing Council of EM3 Services, a nation building venture seeking to create a paradigm shift in the Indian agricultural sector by improving productivity. She helped the company raise funds from an international Venture Capital fund and is actively involved in its strategy and growth. Padmaja is widely recognized for her significant contribution to the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem. Apart from co-founding IAN, she also set up and operationalized the Delhi chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE) the world s largest organization focused on entrepreneurship with 15,000 members in 60 chapters across 14 countries. TiE Delhi has been ranked as the Number One chapter globally for the last 4 consecutive years. She played a key role as Executive Director in building the Indian Venture Capital Association, India s oldest and largest association of VC and PE firms. In addition she helped the creation of Lankan Angel Network in Sri Lanka. She contributed actively in the Planning Commission’s Committee on “Angel & Early Stage Investing in India” which resulted in a seminal report: “Creating a Vibrant Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in India”. She is on the Committee of Telecom Centre of Excellence, Selection Committee of MSME and is actively engaged with the various committees of the Ministry of Finance, SEBI, etc.

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