Abhishek Tiwari

Serial entrepreneur and investment professional Abhishek Tiwari is betting on micro-mobility becoming the next wave of urban transport in India
Abhishek Tiwari is a serial entrepreneur who has founded companies in the education, fashion, and hospitality sector. He founded apparel brand Salsa Tees and network group Indian Student Identity Solutions, and helped create and launch India Hostels, one of the country’s first branded hostel chains. He has also worked as an investment professional at Kalaari Capital, venture partner at Astarc Ventures, and advisor at education startup Edugild. Abhishek takes pride in being an active catalyst in the Indian startup ecosystem, engaging with early-stage companies and helping them build products and teams to gain early traction.


Awards and Recognitions
YourStory’s 100 Emerging Voices of 2019
Abhishek is excited about new ideas and solutions that can impact millions, and has written about micro-mobility (bicycles, skateboards, skates, mini-scooters, e-bikes, small electric vehicles) becoming the next wave of transportation in India. He believes micro-mobility is much more than just a short-term concept. His writing explains why the cost-effective mode of transportation could be one answer to the urban transportation crisis. Abhishek uses examples of Ofo, launched in partnership with Paytm, Yulu Bikes, Zoomcar’s Pedl, Vogo, Bounce, and other players in the space to build his case. He maintains that large pools of capital will be poured in to drive demand and invest in supply and product, and solve India-specific problems. He writes that global behemoths such as Ant Financial/Alibaba, Uber, and Didi, who have been active investors in global scooter companies, are still on the sidelines, waiting to find the right partner and time to get a piece of this pie.