As the world’s 3rd largest startup ecosystem, India’s angel investment network has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade. An angel investor generally helps in the early stages of deserving startups by putting in the required funds. These highly affluent individuals provide the needed capital in exchange for ownership-equity or convertible debt.
Recently, the Indian Government has done away with angel tax, and SEBI classifies angel funds separately now. These steps have allowed even small individual investors to invest in angel funds units.
If you’re looking for someone who can help you take your startup to the next level, an Angel investor is your best bet. With that in mind, we have listed the most active angel investors in India you can approach for your startup funding.
Active Angel Investors in India
1. VC Karthic
VC Karthic is a successful serial entrepreneur with investments in six ventures so far. He also founded Buzzworks, which provides a platform for contact center technology and contracted payroll services. Karthik believes that the integrity and commitment of the founders, along with great market opportunities and innovative technology, are some of the things that most investors look for before investing in a startup.
2. Sunil Kalra
He is, without a doubt, one of the most affluent names in the angel investment networks. As an experienced and independent investor, Sunil Kalra has invested in numerous successful startups. Besides funding, Sunil also mentors the founders by sharing his experience, business knowledge, and insights.
Some of his investments are Instamojo, Exclusively. In, Uttkarsh Micro Finance, Innovise, Viavya Labs, Sapience, Kwench, BuythePrice.com, Stelae Technologies, Unbxd, OrangeScape, SkoolShop, Hasti Dry Port, Mobilewalla, Cherish Maternity, Druva, Goonj, Airwoot, Crayon Data, and Consure.
3. Binny Bansal
After exiting Flipkart, Binny Bansal founded XTo10X with Saikiran Krishnamurthy – a former consultant at McKinsey. Binny’s entrepreneurial journey is nothing less than extraordinary. Right now, he’s one of the most visionary and passionate angel investors in India. By selling his stake to the US-based Walmart for nearly $76 Mn and with $100 Mn he received for his early exit, Bansal is likely to make more investments this year.
4. Siddharth Ladsariya
Siddharth Ladsariya has come a long way since he jumped into the bandwagon of angel investing back in 2008. With over 100 startups across India, the USA, and Singapore, Ladsariya advises that budding entrepreneurs should focus on team building, putting consistent efforts into fundraising, and improving sales and growth to become self-sufficient.
5. Sanjay Mehta
The founder of MAIA, Sanjay Mehta, is an active member of Mumbai Angel Network, Venture Nursery, and Indian Angel Network. Sanjay has a keen interest in technology-based startups, including areas such as analytics, mobility, social and cloud, among others. Sanjay mentors his startup founders on things like PR, branding, advertising, and branding.
His investment areas include enterprise software, clean technology, healthcare, and consumer internet. Some of his prominent investments include OYO, loginext, Box8, Lawrato, Fab Alley, and Orange Scape.
6. Anupam Mittal
‘People Group’ founder Anupam Mittal is a well known early-stage investor. People Group owns and manages companies like Makaan.com, Mauj Mobile, and Shaadi.com.
Mittal’s areas of interest have been consumer internet, marketplaces, SaaS, and mobile. Some of his prominent investments include Interactive Avenues, Drivezy, Ola Cabs, Sapience, Druva, Café Zoe, and Pretty Secrets.
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