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 Peddi
ANANYA BIRLA – Musician, Entrepreneur & Mental Health Campaigner

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 angel 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’.


Manasi KirloskarMANASI KIRLOSKAR – Executive Director, Kirloskar Systems Ltd

Manasi Kirloskar is the sole heir scion of industrialist Vikram Kirloskar’s business empire (Toyota Kirloskar Motor and others) who’s been taking forward the 150 year Kirloskar Legacy forward. Trained at Toyota Kirloskar Motor and working there, she also has her own Real Estate projects as an entrepreneur. Including an innovation for rural healthcare, Manasi is also a social entrepreneur having set up her non-profit trust ‘Caring with Colours’ for Education through Art to lesser privileged children. Manasi is an exceptional painter and a graduate of the world reputed Rhode Island School of Design USA. She loves deep sea diving, mountaineering, food, travel and music.


G V Keshav ReddyG V KESHAV REDDY – Co-Founder, Reddy Futures Fund

Keshav is a third generation family member of the infrastructure major, GVK. Keshav works in the corporate finance division of GVK Airports. He started an early stage family office fund called Reddy Futures Fund in 2015 and has invested successfully in over 10 companies through various group companies. He has led investments into companies such as RKSV, Algorial, Deal on Trip, DocPlexus, The Indian Brand, and InvestRealty.



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.


Pankaj RanaPANKAJ RANA – Divisional Head for Mobility, Panasonic India Pvt Ltd

Pankaj’s journey started with Panasonic in the year 2010 as Category Head, VIERA wherein he established VIERA as India’s largest range of TVs in terms of revenue and increased the top line sales by $125 Million in 21 months. He played a major role in the share growth of LCD and Plasma TV by 24% and 6.6% respectively. With his hands-on experience in different business expertise, Pankaj has emerged as a growing professional with incredible business and leadership skills. Pankaj has been recognized as Outstanding Performer for the fiscal year 2010-11 at Panasonic India and Outstanding Leader and Performer for the fiscal year 2011-12 at Panasonic Global Level in Japan. He recently received Global President Excellence Award for Exceptional Performance in the fiscal year 2014-15.


Taranjeet SapraTARANJEET SAPRA –  Partner, Quarizon Fund

With a dream in her mind and originality in her thoughts, an entrepreneur at heart – Taranjeet  Sapra – started her first outdoor advertising venture 15 years back.  Henceforth, she has grown varied interests   in OOH, media /event planning and hospitality. She started angel investing two years back in QSR & Event planning. And now she is the youngest partner at Quarizon, an early stage investment fund. She mentors the startups and helps source and executes investment opportunities.  Taranjeet holds Master’s degree in International Marketing and has travelled worldwide to cater to international clients.


Dr. Apoorv Sharma, Venture Catalysts

DR. APOORV RANJAN SHARMA – Co-founder and President, Venture Catalysts

Dr Apoorv Ranjan is one of the top 10 angel investors in India and is known as ‘The Fund Manager with Highest Returns to Investors’. He built India’s first incubator – JSS TBI, for which he received President of India Award. He is involved in early stage investments since 2002 and has established almost dozens of incubators & accelerators. He was also actively associated in establishing Angel Networks – IAN and Venture Nursery. In his role, he is responsible for driving the strategic planning and overseeing the overall functioning of Venture Catalysts. In last 12 months, he has managed to grow the organization across 6 cities India and GCC globally, with 1800 angel investors on board. Dr. Sharma holds a PhD in Incubation with an MBA, B. Tech. from reputed institutions. He also holds credit of a Diploma in Mentoring Studies from UC Berkeley offered by Intel-DST Scholarship.


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.


Mohit GulatiMohit Gulati – Founder, Altius Ventures

Mohit Gulati is the Founder of Altius Ventures, a soon to be AIF Cat 2 VC fund. He’s a self-taught investor who has come a long way from being just another engineering graduate. He started his career at age 19 and stayed along with listed equity markets until 24. Post that he co-founded Oliphans Capital; where he spearheaded first round cheques and helped build marquee co’s such as ECom Express,,, Hugefly Tech, Wigzo Tech, TarusaWorld, Tangerine ORM and many more. Mohit is a Startup Builder/Serial investor, Full-time CVO (Chief vigilant Officer) for his portfolio companies and enjoys diving(CMAS), reading and writing his mind out on anything under the sun.


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


2d9edeaRajinder Balaraman: Early Stage VC – Matrix Partners

At 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 Rathi

Managed 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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