We are seed investors

We invest in disruptive enterprisetech and deeptech startups

Who are we

We have built & scaled enterprise-tech businesses before. We have sold solutions & managed stakeholders at Fortune 500 companies. We have also been angel investors before we turned entrepreneurs ourselves.

We have seen challenges from both sides; You will find us pragmatic and supportive as you build your business.

As a team, we have advised multiple early stage companies, helped raise capital, scale business, refine strategy and enhance performance.

What do we look for

We look for smart & mature entrepreneurs (Maturity btw is not about being older!) We value business acumen and resilience & like promoters who think customers first.

We like enterprise-tech, we believe that cutting-edge solutions for enterprises globally can be built from india. Application of Deeptech to solve problems of enterprise segments is an area of special interest to us.

We also believe businesses that bring tech innovation to Indian SMEs and those that cater to the emerging Indian digital consumer will create opportunities.

How can we help

We are fundamentally seed-investors. We provide product build and early-stage scale capital

We are active investors, we love to roll up our sleeves and help out. Whether it is the validation of an idea, creating access to initial clients or advice on financial & commercial management, we will leverage our network and experience to support our portfolio companies. You will find us to be our promoters’ most ardent supporters

We enable our promoters to do what they do best – innovate, build, and acquire customers.

Our Team

Rajiv Raghunandan

Rajiv’s career spans corporate finance, business consulting, outsourcing and technology. During his 17 year corporate stint, he has built and managed $100M P&L ; overseen M&A, consulted and sold to large enterprise clients. His career includes leadership roles at Arvind Garments, Arthur Andersen, Infosys BPO and Infrahedge, a subsidiary of State Street. He has been an active angel investor and advisor over the last 9 years. He set up and ran seedX – an advisory and consulting firm for early-stage ventures. He has been actively involved in mentoring startups from inception, helping them with strategy and execution, scaling their business, raising capital and building relationships with investor community.

He believes in the fact that startups should focus on creating value for customers and the rest will follow.

Arun Raghavan

Arun’s career spans technology, business consulting, sustainability and consumer internet. During his corporate stint, he has consulted large enterprises on outsourcing & transformation, developed new service offerings and managed market expansion into new geographies. He has program managed M&A and managed growth of acquired offerings during these stints. His career spans roles at Sonata Software, Deloitte, Infosys BPO and IBM. He was also instrumental in setting up Fairtrade – the global sustainability label in India. He has co-founded and invested in a sustainability focussed upcycling brand, RIMAGINED.
At seedX, he was actively involved in helping startups articulate and demonstrate value, building their sales engine and expanding into newer markets

Advisors

Rajiv Kuchhal

Rajiv is an experienced VC, a General Partner at Exfinity Ventures and a mentor at NSRCEL, IIM Bangalore. He is an active angel investor and works with multiple startups.

Rajiv worked briefly in the public sector before embarking upon a stellar career at Infosys. He went onto to be the youngest Business Unit head & also led the company’s foray into process outsourcing. He was also COO at Onmobile, prior to his VC career.

Rajiv has a Bachelor’s degree from IIT Delhi

Gautam Balijepalli

Gautam is an experienced entrepreneur, proven VC investor and a seasoned board member. he is currently the Head of Strategy at FoodPanda India.  He has been a Partner at Ojas Venture Partners and has led investments in various companies, that have collectively created market value of more than $1B. Most recently, he led the exit of CoCubes in an all-cash acquisition by AON. He has cofounded CartPerk, Warmoven and has worked with the venture capital team at Nomura.

Gautam has a Bachelor’s degree in Technology from IIT, Madras and an MBA from London Business School

Rangarajan Narayanan

Ranga is a co-founder of Exilant Technologies Pvt. Ltd and has played a key role in building Exilant from 0 to a 50+ Million USD business with over a 1000+ people. He last worked at Infosys during the period 1994 to  2004. He is also Founder & Partner at Newfort LLP a micro seed investment vehicle supporting early-stage ventures in India

Ranga holds a degree in Engineering from REC, Trichy.

Guru Prasad Makam

Guru is the founding member & partner of Guru & Jana, a 300+ person strong tax, advisory & accounting firm. A CA with over 25 years of experience, he sits on the board of over 20 companies as an advisor and watchdog of governance. He is the author of 7 accounting standards published by ICAI, author of two books & over 200 professional articles. He is also the founding partner of Pathway LLP, a Category I angel fund.

Guru is a qualified CA, has a Bachelors degree in Law and an Advanced Management Program Diploma from IIM, Bangalore

Srikanth Narasimhan

Srikant is a co-founder of Veda Corporate Advisors and has over sixteen years of experience in investment banking, private equity and corporate planning. He has invested in companies, been on their boards and successfully raised funds/acquired businesses for growth. His earlier roles include stints with Ernst & Young, ICICI Ventures, RelQ Software and Tata Motors.

Srikanth has an MBA from IIM Bangalore and holds an Engineering degree from BITS Pilani

Harsha Angeri

Harsha was the CEO of Tribetech a fintech startup. He was previously leading Strategy and M &A for Bosch in India. He has built multiple tech-based businesses like Retinal Eye care camera, non-intrusive energy management for SMEs and malaria diagnosis systems.  Prior to Bosch, he has worked at Honeywell & in Arthur Andersen business consulting.

Harsha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering and an MBA from the Indian Institute Of Management at Bangalore, India

Harpreet Grover

Harpreet is a Director at Aon-Hewitt. Over the last 10 years, Harpreet founded a HR SAAS company called CoCubes, raised funding, grew the business in the Indian market and delivered an exit through a strategic sale (all cash deal) to Aon-Hewitt.

Harpreet is an alumnus of IIT Bombay and a mountaineer.

Anup Pai

Anup is the founder of Fintellix, a leading provider of risk management & analytics solutions in the Financial Services space. The company raised multiple rounds of capital and recently delivered an exit for shareholders.

Anup is an alumnus of the National Institute of Technology Surathkal.

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Are you building the next-gen enterprise product or solution?

Are you creating solutions to bridge the digital divide for emerging digital consumers?

We would love to hear from you.

Mail us at

 contactus@araliventures.in