Nexus organized an interactive panel discussion titled “The Investor’s Perspective” on 15th November 2017 at American Center. The panel included Sandro Stephen from Indian Angel Network (IAN), Arpit Agarwal from Blume Ventures and Kartik Desai from Asha Impact Venture. The panel was moderated by Rajneesh Kumar, Director, Nexus.

The focus of panel discussion was to share the investor’s perspective from the eyes of an Angel Investor, a Venture Capitalist and an Impact venture. The expert group of panelists help entrepreneurs at different stages of growth, to understand what investor look for while investing in a business, their expectations while analyzing the business plans, what ideas are most likely to receive funding during the current environment, how the environment is changing and how to reach the investors.

Sandro Stephen, who heads the North India Operations at IAN, discussed the philosophy of investments at IAN, how Angel investors select the startups for funding, and why entrepreneurs should not dilute high equity at early stage. Arpit Agarwal, who manages a portfolio of 15 companies as a Principal for Blume Ventures, shared his insights as a venture capitalist on how the investors ecosystem is evolving in India and what should be the focus of entrepreneurs before going for investments. Kartik Desai is Executive Director at Asha Impact venture, an India focused impact investment platform focused on increasing impact venture funds in India. He spoke about how impact investing works for social enterprise and the misconceptions of impact investing within the startup ecosystem. He shared some practical experiences on the best methods to approach the investors and how innovations are evolving within India.

The panel discussion was followed by Q&A where the expert panel answered the specific queries of the audience. Nexus Innovation Hub is proud to host these highly interactive sessions at the American Center including panel discussions, pitching sessions, interactive webcasts, masterclasses etc. for the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. These events are open to the public and provide unique opportunities to startups. Stay tuned to all our upcoming events by following us on Twitter at @nexusdelhi.