Hottest 100 Tech Startups - 2016

Startups Jury 2017



10 Plus Jury Member VC Panel | Special award for the best pitches  | Televised show of the event 


Venkatesh PeddiANANYA BIRLA, Founder, Svatantra Microfinance; Ace Musician

Ananya Birla is an entrepreneur and an artist. The daughter of Kumar Mangalam Birla and wife Neerja Birla started her first entrepreneurial venture in her teens. She foresees herself as an angle investor as startup ventures excite her. Ananya started Svatantra Microfin Pvt Ltd, a microfinance institution in 2013. She is also the founder of CuroCarte and cofounder of Mpower. Birla has received awards for her work and entrepreneurship, including the ET Panache Trendsetters of 2016 award for Young Business Person. In 2016, Birla made her music debut with the international release of her single ‘Livin The Life’.


Ananya birlaVENKATESH PEDDI, Vice President, IDG Ventures India Advisors

Mr. Venkatesh Peddi is Executive Director at IDG Ventures India Advisors. He has over 15 years of industry experience, including 9 years of venture experience. Peddi was previously with Reliance Venture Asset Management as deputy vice-president and at IDG is focused on internet and cloud companies. He is a CFA charter-holder from the CFA institute, the US and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from VJTI, Mumbai and a master’s in Management Studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS).


Rehan Yar KhanREHAN YAR KHAN, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Orios Venture Partners

Rehan Yar Khan is Co-founder & Managing Partner of Orios Venture Partners, an early stage India technology venture capital firm, currently investing from its Fund II predominantly in consumer focused startups. Orios’ portfolio includes Yumist, PrettySecrets, IntelligenceNode, PharmEasy and ZipGo. Rehan has previously led investments in OlaCabs and Druva. Rehan has been an entrepreneur since 1992 building 3 companies and was also closely involved in the establishment of Indian Angel Network and Harvard Angels. He is a TiE Charter Member and on India Venture Capitals Association’s executive committee.


Niren Shah - Exhibit startups JuryNIREN SHAH, Managing Director, NVP India

Niren brings to NVP India 16 years of operational, finance, investment banking and entrepreneurial experience from leading consumer oriented companies and global financial institutions. Niren serves as an advisor on India-based investments across a wide range of sectors and across various stages – from early and mid-stage venture to growth equity. Prior to joining NVP India, Niren was the Senior Director of Strategy and Ventures at eBay Inc. in California, where he helped drive the worldwide strategy across eBay’s Global Marketplaces. Niren was also part of the Marketplaces Ventures leadership team, where he was responsible for considering new business opportunities, acquisitions and potential investments across the Global Marketplaces.


Gopal ModiGOPAL MODI, Operating Partner, Orios Venture Partners

Gopal Modi is the Operating Partner at Orios Venture Partners, an early stage India technology venture capital firm, currently investing from its Fund II predominantly in consumer focused startups. Gopal leads investments in non tech consumer brands for the Fund. His investments include Yumlane, Country Delight, ZoRooms & Taskbob. Gopal also leads the post investment support function and is the go to specialist for all marketing & branding needs. Gopal has 20+ years of combined entrepreneurial & professional experience. Gopal was part of the founding team of India’s first parallel LPG marketing company in 1995, which he exited in 1997. Prior to Orios, he was Business Head with J Walter Thompson (WPP Group) where he managed the marketing & communications needs for several large global and Indian clients. Gopal holds an MBA from Loyola University, Chicago and has been a commercial art student.


Pankaj RanaPANKAJ RANA, Business Head, Panasonic India (Mobility Div), a Sharp negotiator

Pankaj Rana, a highly accomplished Operations Manager is a sharp negotiator with 14 years of experience. He forged alliances with re-sellers in USA and Australia and leveraged online marketing channels, resulted in the acquisition of the business from Fortune 500 companies and SMBs. He acquired customers such as Nokia Siemens Network, Tata Teleservices, Amity Global Business School, American Tower Corporation, Thomson Reuters, and ZTE Telecom (China).


ramesh_sirRAMESH SOMANI, Founder and CEO – Exhibit Technologies

Counted among the youngest and most successful entrepreneurs in the country, Ramesh Somani is the founder of Exhibit Technologies. He is also the man behind the concept and foundation of associated names like,,, along with various IPs like Exhibit Tech Awards, Tech fashion Tour and the Hottest 100 Tech Startup which he has initiated and grown over the years. With a keen interest in everything about technology and a sharp eye on marketing strategies, he has gained 12 years of experience with cars, technology and watches to name a few.





Kumar Shiralagi

Kumar Shiralagi has been managing high-performance investments and exits in technology companies for more than a decade. He has been a part of the Indian venture capital ecosystem since 2003 and has nurtured over 25 companies-serving on their board, helping them grow and managing exits. When evaluating prospective investments, he looks for crucial elements of a promising opportunity and analyzes current realities and proof in detail.Kumar currently serves on the board of 10 companies. He has a PhD and an MBA from Arizona State University and holds 23 US patents.

Portfolio: NanohealVakilsearchVisionary RCMVyomeGerminaitBasizUnilog  and Robosoft


NirenShahNiren Shah: Managing Director – NVP India

Meet the investor who thinks like an entrepreneur. Niren has been an achiever all through, he has traded shares on the Bombay Stock Exchange while he was still in college and then worked at KPMG, and eBay before joining NVP. Niren brings to NVP India 16 years of operational, finance, investment banking and entrepreneurial experience from leading consumer oriented companies and global financial institutions. Niren serves as an advisor on India-based investments across a wide range of sectors and across various stages – from early and mid-stage venture to growth equity. He is a trained chartered accountant and has been involved with startups and entrepreneurs for most part of his professional life.

BL25_IT_NASSCOM_GU_2025719eRavi Gururaj: Managing Director – Nasscom

Ravi Gururaj is a serial entrepreneur with 5 ventures and 2 public exits, an angel investor, a mentor to numerous entrepreneurs, technology executive, and ecosystem evangelist. Ravi is a member of the NASSCOM Executive Council, chairs the NASSCOM Product Council and co-hosts the NASSCOM Product Conclave. Ravi Gururaj has over twenty four years of technology product development, management and marketing experience. Ravi is a mentor to numerous startup founders across all stages, and is an active community member across a range of industry and community forums and associations.


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Neeraj Gupta: Co-founder and Director

Neeraj is Founder & CEO at FormulateIP based in India and USA. Applying his business and echnical background, Neeraj assists clients in protecting and expanding their domestic and international knowledge-based businesses using IP protection, licensing and strategic planning.

Neeraj is Co-founder and Director at Excubator which provides guidance and support needed to entrepreneurs for building a successful entrepreneurial practice. Neeraj is CEO at IIT Roorkee’s startup incubator called TIDES. Neeraj is Co-founder of PanIIT Mentors which is a Nation Building Initiative under PanIIT. Neeraj is Executive Council member and Treasurer for IIT Alumni Centre Bangalore . Neeraj is founding EC member of Federation of Indo-Israeli Chamber of Commerce (South).

Neeraj holds Bachelors of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Metallurgical and Material Sciences. Neeraj completed his M.S. in Mathematics from KTH in the year 2004. Neeraj is Chairman for KTH Alumni India Chapter. Neeraj is senior mentor and visiting faculty in several engineering and MBA colleges. Neeraj also serves on the board of advisors of several organizations.

Mohsin Memon: Founder and CEO – Memcorp Learning and Performance Solutions

Mohsin is a gamifier, design thinker, an L&D professional and a TEDx Speaker but at the heart of it all; he’s an entrepreneur – founder of Memcorp Learning and Performance Solutions (US,India & Malaysia). Having worked with multinational companies like Walmart Inc. and Delta Airlines, he’s able to bring the best of both worlds in his approach. The author of The Preparedness Equation, he believes in the idea that people have the potential to be great if they know how to truly prepare themselves to take advantage of the opportunity when it does come. 

Please find some of his recent work –

Being Truly Prepared | Mohsin Memon | TEDxJaiHindCollege : Watch

Mohsin’s TEDx talk that got published : Being Prepared

A reference to his upcoming book : The Preparedness Equation.

For more insight and info log onto Company profile : Memcorp

10a02e7Nitin Sharma: CEO – Lightbox

Nitin has had the rare fortune of having been in venture capital investing as well as startup operations, and doing both across the US and in India. Nitin started his career in technology investment banking at UBS in San Francisco, and worked on cross-border M&A transactions involving companies in the US, Japan, France and India. He was an early employee and head of BD at EverFi during the startup’s initial hyper-growth phase. Inevitably, a brief stint at InMobi and the excitement of building world-class startups in India led him to move here to help launch Lightbox.

2d9edeaRajinder Balaraman: Early Stage VC – Matrix PartnersAt Matrix, Rajinder aspires to enable entrepreneurs to create valuable companies. Rajinder has worked with some fantastic entrepreneurs and business leaders over the last decade at Matrix, Unilever and Booz. In addition to his operating experience, he brings humility and intuition to support founders in turning their vision into reality. He strongly believes that the Indian digital opportunity has just begun, and that the next few years will see multiple billion dollar companies being created.


Ruchir Lahoty: Director – NEA India

Ruchir joined NEA’s India office in 2008 and is a MD based in Mumbai. Ruchir co-manages NEA’s investment in FSS, Naaptol, MEdRC EduTech, Naaptol, RezNext, IDfy, ValueFirst, GOQii etc. Prior to joining NEA, Ruchir was with ICICI Venture where he covered sectors such as retail, consumer, FMCG, media, telecom services, payment services, technology products/services and education. Ruchir has worked with Thomas Weisel in India as a lead equity research analyst and with TATA Consulting Services (TCS) in delivery roles as well as in their in-house M&A group. Ruchir has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad and a B.Com (Honours) from Delhi University.

Viraj picViraj Malik: Managing Director and CEO – PK Online

Viraj is an entrepreneur, angel investor and social activist, After successful career in sales and marketing with Infosys Viraj founded PK Online Ventures in 2007. PK Online bootstrapped to create various successful and profitable digital media products like Adchakra- an Adnetwork, HelloTV – an OTT mobile TV service, Cinecurry – a network of more than 100 YouTube channels. PK Online Ventures is one of a few organizations to have incorporated a culture of meditation at workplace via ‘Power Within’ program, thus contributing to a happier and healthier working experience for employees. Viraj is a mechanical engineering graduate from MIT Manipal.Viraj is one the early adopters of internet in the country (no 100) and has seen it grow to the current level. He is bullish on the power of internet to change the face of India. In 2014, Viraj founded a NGO called Smart Village Foundation to work on creating sustainable technologies for rural development. Viraj is also an active angel investor and has invested in many successful ventures, few of them include Netvision- a cable and broadband venture in the state of UP based on Fibre to Home technologies, Vapour Bar Exchange- A microbrewery and app driven pub and a co-working office space startup and many other in stealth mode.

Dr-srikanth-Sundarajan1Dr. Srikanth Sundararajan: Venture Partner

Dr. Srikanth Sundararajan has 25+ years of international experience in the software product and services space. He has worked at HP, Informix, and was part of the executive leadership team at HCL, the world wide CTO at Cognizant and the COO at Persistent. He had also successfully founded his own start up, Pretzel Logic Software Inc., which was subsumed into BEA, now Oracle. He is also a visiting faculty of computer science at IIT Bhubaneswar and has taught at several US universities. He also serves on national committees on technical education, an initiative of MHRD, India. He has several publications and is the holder of patents, jointly with HP and BEA.

Raj RathiRaj RathiManaged IT Hardware distribution company having 20 branch offices across India for more than 15 years. Authorised Distributor for IT Hardware Companies like Dell, Acer, Fujitsu, Panduit, Hitachi, Creative, Ricoh, Watchguard, Panda etc.




Mr. Ramesh Somani: Founder & Managing Director – Exhibit Group
Ramesh Somani is the Founder & CEO of Exhibit Group , having had bootstrapped the whole entity in its early days. Exhibit magazine, and, , and various IPs like Exhibit Tech Awards , Tech fashion Tour to name a few & the Hottest 100 Tech Startup and among the youngest entrepreneurs of the country.  





Exhibit 100 Hottest Startups 2015

Vinod Keni

Mr. Vinod Keni

Founder/CEO of Peachtree
Management Advisors
Zeus Associates.

Mr. SAHIL SANI Chairman, Sahil Global Ventures.

Mr. Sahil Sani

Chairman, Sahil Global Ventures.

Mr. Arvind Vohra

Mr. Arvind Vohra

Country Head, Gionee Smartphones







Mr. Kumar Shiralagi

MD, Kalaari Capital


Mr. Niren Shah

MD, NVP India

Rahul Chowdhri

Mr. Rahul Chowdhri

Director, Helion Venture Partners


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