#FinimizeCommunity: Funding your growth story

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43 Residency Road

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Come down to this series of events decoding early stage start-ups in India.

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You are an entrepreneur and you have big dreams. You took the leap of faith and went all-in on your idea. Your MVP is out there in the market and the early adopters are already buying it out. Now comes the phase where you have to hustle to make it big – to go beyond your garage space to a full-fledged office. And it is here that you are looking for the helping hand – the golden cheque.

The theme above encapsulates the journey of most entrepreneurs. As India looks to these leaders to lay the seeds of future economic development, the startup ecosystem must also make it easier to back such hustlers based on their merit. The Finimize India Community aims to address this by having conversations focused on the funding roadmap for startups. Additionally, Finimize wants to gain and share insights from experienced entrepreneurs and active investors in the eco-system so that those waiting to take the startup plunge start sure-footed.

We would like to cover two broad perspectives during the panel discussion:

  1. Investor perspective - Key investment criteria, Due diligence parameters, Cap table dynamics, Founder skill set
  2. Company perspective - Timing the fund raise, Debt/Equity mix basis existing cash flows, Caping Dilution, Investor selection criteria

Speakers

  • Priya Mohan: Startup Sensei @ Venture Highway

Priya Mohan co-founded Vidyartha in 2012, an educational technology platform for students which she exited successfully to Byju’s - an Indian edtech unicorn. Prior to her operating role at Vidyartha, Priya spent 9 years working as a sell-side investment banker and equity research analyst, where she helped high-growth companies raise private equity, structure and execute complex transactions. Priya is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from the Indian School of Business (ISB). She was also invited as a state guest of the United States for the coveted IVLP program (International Visitors Leadership Program) along with edupreneurs from 18 other countries.

  • Vinit Bhansali: Vice President, Orios Venture Partner

Vinit is a serial entrepreneur turned investor and the Vice President of Orios Venture Partners. Vinit founded CopperSpiral in 2007, and then Buildkar in 2014. Prior to CopperSpiral, he was a Partner at New Jersey and Florida based Adeena. Buildkar was acquired in 2018 and Adeena in 2007. An alumnus of New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, Vinit spends weekends building Lego spaceships with his kids, walking his dog in Cubbon Park.

  • Revathy Ashok : Angel Investor, Co-Founder Strategy Garage , Former MD Tishman Speyer

Revathy is the Co-Founder of Strategy Garage a strategy and growth consulting firm for start ups, mid and early stage companies. She is an active Angel Investor, a member of the Indian Angel Network and VCats investing platforms with investments in over 18 start ups (such as Druva, Jigsee(exited), FlipFlop Hub , Pi Beam, Wishberry, Xprime, GoCoop).

Previously as Managing Director, Tishman Speyer, PE Fund (USD 53 Bn AUM), she set up the India operations, oversaw investments of USD 150 Mn over four years. Revathy also served as a CFO for Syntel, a US based Nasdaq listed IT services company; during her tenure the company doubled its market cap from $600mm to $1.2bn.

In 2011, Revathy was nominated by CII as one of the top women achievers in Business in South India and is a gold medalist from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Agenda:

  1. Introduction to Finimize / Panelist
  2. Panel discussion
  3. Networking session

Venue Partner:

WeWork Labs is The We Company's global platform for early-stage start-ups and forward-thinking enterprise companies. We empower inventive humans and organisations to shape the present and influence the future. We start with thoughtfully designed spaces that inspire our global community of entrepreneurs to experiment, collaborate and grow. Within these spaces, we foster meaningful connections between start-ups and the educational, mentorship and financial resources needed to drive their businesses forward.

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