Rightfully as their name suggests, angel investors were probably sent by the heavens. Extremely affluential, these people provide capital for needy but deserving business start-ups in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity. These days many of them are investing online through equity crowdfunding. Organizing themselves into angel networks to pool their capital and provide advice to portfolio companies.

However, the ground zero for active angel investors has been dynamic as the startups have been evolving and riding the tumultuous wave over the years. There have been few new additions, few losses in the angel list. But who are the ones that you and your startup should be looking for right now?

Here’s a curated list of some of the most active angel investors in India in 2018 – in no specific order:

 

1. Rajan Anandan

Managing Director – Sequoia Capital

Managing Director of Google India and an MIT graduate, Rajan Anandan has been one of the most active angel investors in 2017. Currently investing in startups spread across India and Sri Lanka, Rajan is also the co-founder of Blue Ocean Ventures, the first seed fund in Sri Lanka. By his own admission, Rajan prefers to invest in B2B startups owned in partnership. However, he doesn’t rule out serendipity at play either! So try your luck pitching to one of the most promising investors (and an active angel investor at that!) in the country. 

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Major Domains He Invests In: Big data, Analytics, Online health care, Mobile commerce, Consumer internet, Digital media

Past Investments: Instamojo, Travelkhana, Explara, Social Cops, Letsventure, LBB, PopXo

2. Anupam Mittal

Founder & CEO – People Group

active angel investors Anupam Mittal

The name behind the Founder People Group and the one to bring revolution in the Indian arranged marriage market. With his very successful venture Shaadi.com, Anupam Mittal has become a prominent name in the angel investors’ network. Backing up almost 50 startups, including the very lucrative Ola Cabs, Anupam Mittal’s portfolio has jumped 10-old in the last couple of years. What works for one of the most active angel investor here? A big market potential, sustainability, and scalability. 

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Major Domains He Invests In: Technology, Consumer Internet, Mobile, Healthcare and SaaS

Past Investments: HackerEarth, Drivezy, Kae Capital, Letsventure, Ola Cabs, Truebil, myHQ

 

3. T.V. Mohandas Pai

Chairman – Manipal Global Education, Former Director, Infosys

A former chief financial officer of Infosys, Mohandas Pai is a prolifically active angel investor. His focus has mostly been on early-stage investments in technology startups. With a conscious choice to make relatively small investments, his strategy has been that of an opportunistic investor. He is also one of the biggest supporters of women entrepreneurs. No wonder, Shraddha Sharma’s Yourstory got in the right way! Currently, Pai has direct and indirect investments in more than a dozen companies.

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Major Domains He Invests In: Technology startups, Consumer internet, Media

Past Investments:  Zoomcar, Zimmber, YourStory, FairCent, Kaaryah

 

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4. Girish Mathrubootham:

CEO – FreshWorks

A self-confessed enthusiast of customer support, Girish Mathrubootham is the founder and CEO of India’s most successful Customer support software provider, startup FreshWorks. He is said to have an eye for the right products and is known to have built highly user-centric products.

If you have an idea that falls right in this niche and are looking for an angel investor in India, then we’d suggest getting along with him somehow.

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Major Domains He Invests In: SAAS, customer support, Enterprise Softwares, Consumer Internet, Education, Content & Listing Platforms 

Past Investments: Whatfix, The Ken, Innov8, GoBumpr and iService, Unacademy, Factor Daily, Inkmonk, The Ken, Zarget

 

5.  Anand Chandrasekaran:

Director – Facebook

active angel investors Anand Chandrasekaran

He is the former Product head of Snapdeal and currently the Director at Facebook. Yahoo!, Bharti Airtel and Wynk are few of the big names he has worked with. A Stanford graduate, he made six angel investments in 2017 and twenty in 2016.

As of now, he has made a total of 30 investments in the marketplace, bringing him credibility and recognition as one of the most active angel investors in India.

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Major Domains He Invests In: Consumer internet, B2c and p2p Marketplaces, Fintech and SaaS

Past Investments: LetsVenture, Fynd, InnerChef, Instalively, NoBroker, Wooplr

 

6. Dheeraj Jain

Director – Redcliff Capital

Dheeraj Jain is the director at London-based Redcliffe Capital and made some value investments last year in almost 7 startups.

With no interference from any other angel network, his strategy has been to go deep into existing portfolios and monitor their growth up close instead of writing a lot of cheques.

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Major Domains He Invests In: AI, Internet of Things, Virtual reality, Big data analytics, Healthcare, Biotechnology

Past Investments: Mappr, Burger Singh, Shaadisaga, Qdesq, JustRide, Deyor Camps, Yumlane

 

7. Sandeep Tandon:

Co-founder – FreeCharge

Alumni of Harvard University, Sandeep Tandon is the Co-founder of mobile wallet FreeCharge and the managing director at Tandon Technology ventures and Infinix Healthcare.

In 2017, he invested in 23 startups including in online lending platform ZipLoan and fashion and store discovery platform Fashalot.

Quite an active Angel Investor in the community, he also serves as a mentor to various technology start-ups.

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Major Domains He Invests In: Internet Services, FinTech, Healthcare, Education

Past Investments: Razorpay, Inc42, Tablehero, Unacademy, Fabelio, Remitware Payments, Pocket Aces, Ziploan

 

 

8. Anand Ladsariya:

Founder – Everest Flavours

Founder of chemicals maker, Everest Flavours, Anand Ladsariya is as an ex-Chairman of CHEMEXCIL.

He holds a reputation in the Indian chemical market and holds dominance to tap Mumbai Angels and Indian Angel Network in search of a disruptive idea.

While making decisions and investments, he mostly looks for a strong team while making any additions to his portfolio of more than 90 startups. With such a wide list of investments in his kitty, he’s an applauded angel investor among.

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Major Domains He Invests In: location-based services, customer support tools, content discovery, social media, games, web design sectors

Past Investments: Asiatic, Oyo Rooms, Myntra, Appsdaily, Tonbo Imaging, Uniphore, and Assured Risk, Mobiquest

 

9. Sanjay Mehta

Founder, MAIA Intelligence

active angel investors Sanjay Mehta

MAIA Intelligence’ founder Sanjay Mehta is an investor member of Indian Angel Network, Venture Nursery & Mumbai Angel network groups.

With a core interest in technology, thanks to his background, Sanjay’s area of interests have been social, mobility, analytics & cloud. He admits that he mostly invests in any startup for 5-7 years, before looking for exits. Sanjay assists his portfolio companies to help make a connection with the CIO, CTO community and also advises them about advertising, PR, branding & marketing. 

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Major Domains He Invests In: Clean technology, Enterprise Softwares, Consumer internet and Healthcare

Past Investments: Loginext, Lawrato, OYO, Box8, Orange Scape, Fab Alley

 

10. Gokul Rajaram

Caviar Lead – Door Dash, Founder – Chai Labs & Flight.vc, Ex-Product Director- Facebook

An ex-product director at Facebook, Gokul Rajaram is the founder at Chai Labs and Flight.vc while.

Currently a Caviar Lead at Square, Gokul is rightfully known as a consummate product and technology stalwart. A graduate from MIT, University of Texas and IIT Kanpur, he has been consistently investing and advising since 2008  in early-stage technology startups. Nonetheless, the caliber and vision of the team is the single-most determining factor for his investments

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Major Domains He Invests In: Saas, Internet Services, Analytics & AI, Media & Entertainment

Past Investments: LivSpace, Edu Fire, Daily.co, Buffer, Loop, Flipora, Whatfix

 

11. Ratan Tata

Ex-Chairman – Tata Industries

Chairman- Tata Industries, and a vivacious industry leader, is also an active angel investor in India.

He has mentored and profiled a number of startups, ventures and businesses with investments, advice and much more.

With names like Urban Clap, Xiaomi, Moglix and Snapdeal under his hat of expertise, he is touted as one of the major players in angel investment community.

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Major Domains He Invests In: Technology Sector, E-commerce, Affiliate Sectors, etc.

Past Investments: Xiaomi, Urban Ladderm NestAway, One97 Communication, Snapdeal, UrbanClap, YourStory, Tracxn, Abra, niki.ai, Moglix, Teabox, ClimaCell Inc., GOQii, Lybrate, Crayon Data, MadRat Games, Cashkaro, Qikpod, Bombay Hemp Company, DogSpot, Invictus Oncology, Bollant, MUrgency, Idea Chakki, Printline Media(ThePrint).

 

12. Amit Somani

Managing Partner, Prime Venture Partners

Amit has more than 20 years of experience in technology and internet industries and is also deeply engaged with the early stage ecosystem in India. In his previous role as the Chief Products Officer for MakeMyTrip, Amit led the entire online product portfolio. He was a part of the leadership team that took the company public on NASDAQ in 2010. He has also been the head of various teams focusing on search, mobile and advertisement products at Google. Making him a perfect folio for those who seek angel investments for their budding ventures and startups in India.

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Major Domains He Invests In: Travel Industry, Consumer Internet

Past Investments: Qikwell Technologies India, Advises Phone Warrior Inc, Ixigo.com,
HotelTravel.com, and MindTickle.

 

13. Vijay Shekhar Sharma

Founder & CEO, Paytm

Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the Founder and CEO of Paytm. He holds a degree in Electronics & Communications from Delhi College of Engineering and knows everything about building great mobile companies. He’s super-connected and given the prospect of angel investment, he will be as passionate as you are about building your business. Highly recommended as an advisor and investor, his expertise, industry knowledge and resources can scale your enterprise with new ideas and capital support.

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Major Domains He Invests In: Consumer Internet, FinTech, Ed-Tech

Past Investments: Unacademy, GOQii, Flyrobe, sourceeasy, InnerChef, The Ken, Milaap

 

14. Sachin Bansal

Co-founder, Flipkart

Sachin Bansal served Techspan for few months before joining Amazon.com India as Senior Software Engineer in 2006. Sachin & Binny initially thought of starting a comparison search engine, but soon realised that the market for E-commerce in India was very small. Hence, after leaving Amazon in 2007, they founded Flipkart as an E-commerce company. Coming from a similar phase of struggling for investments, his role as an angel investor was no surprise to the world. In the days ahead, he invested in more than 14 startups and budding firms. If you’re looking for someone with a passionate approach to turning your idea into reality, then Sachin Bansal can be the hand you need.

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Major Domains He Invests In: Saas, Internet Services, Analytics & AI, Media & Entertainment, Online Commerce

Past Investments: Tracxn, Unacademy, Inshorts, Ather Energy, Sigtuple, SpoonJoy, Plabro Networks

 

15. Kunal Bahl

Co-founder & CEO, Jasper

Kunal is the co-founder and CEO of Jasper, India’s largest couponing company which runs the leading group buying portal in India, SnapDeal. He graduated from Wharton School of Pennsylvania. Among his other passions towards handling operations and keeping a tab on prevailing market trends, he loves backpacking through remote parts of the world.  Savouring and studying development politics in India, he’s been an ardently active angel investor all this while.

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Major Domains He Invests In: Fintech, Consumer Internet, B2C Marketplace

Past Investments: Ola, Bira 91, Snapdeal, UrbanClap, Razorpay, Rapido, Belong, Supr Daily

 

16. Binny Bansal

Co-founder, Flipkart

Binny along with his partner and associate Sachin, initially thought of starting a comparison search engine after realising that the market for E-commerce in India was very small. Hence, after leaving Amazon in 2007, they founded Flipkart as an E-commerce company. Utilising this acquired expertise in the startup culture, they took it to the market and mad investments in a number of worthy ideas. Coming ahead in the race, he had made more than 30 investments till date.

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Major Domains He Invests In: Online commerce, Health Tech, Consumer internet

Past Investments: Flipkart, CureFit, Avail Finance, Roposo, Nymble Labs, Sigtuple

 

17. Kunal Shah

Founder & CEO, CRED

Kunal Shah graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Wilson College in Mumbai and briefly pursued MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies before dropping out. He started his career as a junior programmer at a business process outsourcing startup. Kunal Shah’s first startup venture was a company named Paisaback, which provided cash-back promotions for organised retailers. His profile as angel investor has been prolific and dynamic all this while. His ability to understand and foresee market trends ahead of the eventualities made him a perfect connoisseur of ideas.

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Major Domains He Invested In: Coworking Spaces, Consumer Internet, Education Tech, E-commerce

Past Investments: Inc42, Razorpay, Unacademy, Innov8 Coworking, ShaadiSaga, Pianta, Cookifi, Bharat Bazaar.

 

18. Naveen Tewari

Founder, InMobi

Naveen is the founder of InMobi. His philosophy of constant innovation and disruption is embedded deep into the DNA of InMobians and resonates in the nook & cranny of InMobi. His dream is to re-imagine advertising in a truly ‘user-first’ way and unlock the true potential of the mobile ecosystem. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Using first-hand experiences and knowledge, he can understand the limitations and prospects of angel investments in any given startup.

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Major Domains He Invested In: Coworking Spaces, Online Games, Technology

Past Investments: Wooplr, Springboard, Razorpay, LetsVenture, Indus OS, Mettl, Zimmber,
ZAPR, Mango Games.

 

19. Zishaan Hayath

Co-founder, Toppr.com

Zishaan Hayath is the Co-founder of Toppr.com and an emerging name as an Angel Investor of Startups in India.

Prior to this, he worked as VP Product at Futurebazaar.com. and was also the Co-founder and VP Product of Chaupaati Bazaar.

He served as Associate Consultant at Opera Solutions. He also served as Assistant Manager at ITC Limited.

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Major Domains He Invests In: Ed Tech, SaaS Products

Past Investments: Shadowfax, SquadRun, Wealthy, Qyk, AdPushup, Orobind Fitness
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FAQs:

Q. Where can I connect with angel investors for our new venture in India?

A. One can simply browse through social media channels like LinkedIn, or specialist apps like Angelist, Lestventure, etc.

 

Q. Which are the most active startup angel networks in India?

A. There a number of active startup angel networks in India, to state a few, you can start your search with Venture Catalysts, Indian Angel Network, etc.

 

Q. How does one get angel investment in India?

A. Well, there’s a wide range of investments that are usually made according to the specific venture it’s being put in. From anywhere between 60,000USD to 500,000 USD for equity percentages.

 

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