Niraj Bora is the founder of Surmount Business Advisors Private Limited, a company he set up in 2013. Bora, a member/investor with Mumbai Angel Network and a working committee member of JITO Angel Network, is a hands-on investor, working actively with startups he invests in. He is on the board of quite a few startups and has served on the jury panel of fund-raising events held to evaluate new startup ideas. Over the last seven years, he has invested in several interesting startups, from tech-forward agri company Farmpal to Myturf Hospitality, which runs the premium student accommodation, Tribe Stays. Bora, who began his career with Haribhakti & Co (then a member of BDO International), hails from a private equity background. Among his significant stints were the ones at Ernst & Young's Transaction Advisory Practice and has worked with Reliance Group, M&M, Axis Bank, Piramal Group, Essel Group and HCL on deals up to $2bn.