ah! Ventures is a startup focused growth catalyst that brings together promising businesses and investors by creating wealth creation opportunities for both. ah! Ventures unique model serves investors, entrepreneurs & enablers through a unique blend of customised services, skill, and industry & domain experience.
Founded in 2011 by Abhijeet Kumar and Harshad Lahoti, ah! Ventures has systematically disrupted India’s early stage funding ecosystem through its innovative approach toward startup investing. Their initiative ‘STARup’ launched last year received great accolades from startups and investors. This year, the STARup 2017 has over 500 startup and over 250 investors participating over a 2 day networking sessions along with top dignitaries from the corporate world.
Team NewsBarons speaks with Abhijeet Kumar about ah! Ventures, their STARup 2017 expectations and how a networking summit like STARup is helping startups and investors connect with each other.
NB: Explain STARup 2017 summit?
Abhijeet: STARup is a networking summit that is designed to make networking easier for startups, corporate, investors and government entities. STARup is the only platform in the country that connects them all with so that they can benefit from each other in long run. As they say, it all starts from networking. STARup is an initiative to create effective and powerful networking opportunities.
We had over 250 startups and over 150 investors engaged with STARup 2016 and this year at STAR 2017, we are expecting over 500 startups, over 250 investors and nearly 100 plus dignitaries from the corporate world who would share their experience and guide the young entrepreneurs. Unlike last year, this year STARup 2017 is a two day networking Summit.
NB: How will start-ups benefit from STARup?
Abhijeet: STARup 2017 is a networking summit that connects young entrepreneurs with investors and provides them all with an opportunity to network and explain their long term plans to the right audience. It is the only track driven summit and this year we have focussed on segments like FinTech, HealthTech, EDuTech, EmergingTech, CleanTech, FoodTech & Logistics, Platforms & aggregators and Robotics & AI. We would like to emphasize that we are not funding focussed summit but a networking focussed summit though few participants in our last summit did catch the attention of the investors and were funded.
NB: What is CLUB ah!?
Abhijeet: CLUB ah! was setup by ah! Ventures in 2012 and it is India’s first full-spectrum startup investment network & platform that comprises of over 1000 investors, including some of the renowned angels and early-stage VCs in India & abroad.
Today CLUB ah! has over 25000+ startups, 900+ seed/angel investors and over 100 VCs & intuitional investors registered with it. Last year the platform also secured its first profitable exit from within 2 years of its investment.
CLUB ah! till date has invested close to INR 120 Cr in over 32 startups spread across varied industries and domains.
Participating members at STARup 2017 become a member of CLUB ah! On accord of participation and get a chance to connect with and exchange ideas with a large number of investor base.
NB: What is ah! Angels?
Abhijeet: ah! Angels – Its part of CLUB ah, where investors invest at angel level.
[The Starup summit is a two day networking session to be held at Black Box, Whitefield Main Road, Mahadevpura, Bengaluru on My 06, 2017 and May 07, 2017.]
For registration, please visit: http://www.starup.in