Investment Tips for entrepreneurs : Approaching an Angel Investor by Apoorv Sharma, Indian Angel Network

30th Aug 2010
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“Simple but killer proposition, innovation and passion” are the mantras to attract investment by Angel Investors, viewed Mr. Apoorv Sharma, Asst. vice president, Indian Angel Network. Mr. Sharma was speaking on “Approaching Indian Angel Network”, organized by TiE Nagpur chapter on 21st August at Hotel Pride. On Indian Angel Network (IAN), he elaborated that eminent personalities engaged in global businesses are part of the core investment team and that their years of business experience benefit the budding entrepreneurs. Angel investor is a new asset class and addresses the gap for funding early stage companies.


TiE Nagpur chapter is organizing host of programs to foster entrepreneurship development in the region. Last year to inculcate entrepreneurship spirit in Nagpur, TiE Nagpur has organized 22 different programs, where eminent speakers, successful entrepreneurs, have expressed their thoughts, views and wisdom. TiEcon, the flagship event of TiE global and Nagpur was also a grand success.


Mr. Jay Chopde, chartered member who conceptualized the program on Angel Investors, introduced Mr. Apoorv Sharma and Mr. Prashant Godbole, President TiE Nagpur welcomed the guest. Associate members and aspirant entrepreneurs were present in large numbers to gain insight from eminent speaker. Mr. Apoorv Sharma informed that 125 investors from different business class are involved in IAN. Detailed information of policies and procedures to attract investment from IAN were also discussed by him.

Mr. Apoorv Sharma added that IAN is committed to money as well as time and expertise for scaling up or startup entrepreneurs. According to him for aggressive growth professional investors change your life and company. IAN help in team building, assist in refining product, develop overseas market strategy, brand building, next round investment and mentoring by virtue of years of experience.


Case studies of successful investments by IAN also mesmerized members. Mr. Sharma tried to solve the queries from Nagpur entrepreneurs. In his concluding remarks Mr. Apoorv Sharma assured that IAN, in association with TiE Nagpur will arrange Pre-screening workshop to educate members of TiE Nagpur to secure Angel Investment.


Mr. Mahendra Kamath, secretary TiE Nagpur proposed vote of thanks. On the occasion all TiE chartered members also present.


TiE Nagpur


TiE was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently more than 11,000 members and over 2,500 charter members in 55 chapters across 13 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing next generation of entrepreneurs. TiE Nagpur has over 1000 Associate Members community with many charter members.


Indian Angel Network


Indian Angel Network(IAN) is India's first angel investment network and looks to invest up to US$ 1 mn, though our sweet spot is between US$ 200 to 400K. Apart from funding, the Network also seeks to provide mentoring, strategic thought leadership and leverage the Network's network for the investee companies. The Network has met with early successes and has already invested in 22 companies across multiple sectors. IAN currently has over 125 members drawn from across the country and some from overseas, including leading lights from diverse sectors . Members include people such as Jerry Rao, Saurabh Srivastava, Pramod Bhasin, Raman Roy, Rajiv Luthra, Pradeep Gupta, Sunil Munjal, Arvind Singhal and institutions such as IBM, SIDBI, Spice Televentures, Intel, etc.

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