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The closed-door meeting lasted for over two hours; rather than . The IIT-Delhi graduate from the batch started his venture during the ninth . The founder of California-based Sierra Atlantic, an offshore enterprise. Photo, Alumni Name, Degree, Degree Year, Award Year Rajpal S. Sirohi, Ph.D , , Dr. T. S. Ramakrishnan, balamut.info, , Prof. Sanjay Puri. Nalanda House, IIT Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi Contribution to the IIT Delhi alumni Community / Interest Areas . Dr. Vinod Kumar PH.D. CM Asst. GM, Airports Authority of India, New Delhi She has wholeheartedly contributed to iit alumni association by organizing various events and.

Because he knows these entrepreneurs through his network, "it becomes easier for me to understand, and relate to them", adds Hayath, who is also the founder of Powai Lake Ventures, a Mumbai-based angel investment club that has most of its investments in IIT-Bombay startups.

Both met for the first time in during a college festival managed by Hayath. After that, they would sporadically bump into each other, but a bond had already developed. After college, they worked together in a New York-based company Opera Solutions for a little over a year. InHayath left the job and cofounded Chaupaati Bazaar, a mobile commerce marketplace in Mumbai.

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The duo stayed in touch. Saluja too soon moved on and in November launched Chaayos. In earlyHayath contacted Saluja. By the time his wife was ready with her makeup, Hayath had decided to invest some Rs 2 crore, along with his group of angels at Powai Lake Ventures.

Saluja believes that networking works only when it gets converted into a relationship. Abhinav Choudhary remembers the first time he met Snapdeal cofounder Rohit Bansal as a year-old student in March The IIT-Delhi graduate from the batch started his venture during the ninth semester but couldn't find an investor in spite of trying hard for several months.

Bansal has reportedly also made investments in three IITBombay startups: Shipler, TinyOwl and Bewakoof. When contacted, Snapdeal declined to comment. An email from a Snapdeal spokesperson said: Both knew each other since college days when Abhishek was working on his startup project Zumbl and Ronak was preparing the prototype of his future product.

They would regularly go out to watch movies and have frequent sleepovers at a common friend's home, resulting in an everlasting camaraderie. So when the duo decided to catch up over beer, Abhishek brought along his startup cofounder Nikunj Jain. The trio had a great time over eight bottles of beer, talked about their respective ventures and Jain asked Ronak to come for another meeting at his office in a week.

The next meeting turned out to be a formality. Ronak points out the investment is only the beginning; the advantage of having senior alumni as funders is that they can also serve as mentors.

Beer, it would seem, has proven to be a lubricant for many a deal — at least those involving Nikunj Jain. On a balmy Sunday afternoon, after a few mugs, both started talking about their common interest: Exhausted after discussing spiritualism for an hour, the conversation inevitably veered around to the materialistic path: Gupta started sharing his business plans about Tripoto; Jain was listening.

A Method in Investment Jain claims to have a method to his investment style.

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Jain is investing with his eyes open, aware of the likelihood of some of his money going down the drain. Sure enough, one of the startups he funded has all but failed.

But as he says, "Business is all about hits and misses, trial and errors. If you don't take risk, there won't be any gain.

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Like, for instance, IIT-Roorkee. When Prasoon Gupta, an IIT-Roorkee grad from the batch, decided to raise angel funds for his second startup Sattviko in February last year, he was flooded with offers. At least eight of them were IIT-Roorkee alumni, from different batches.

Overwhelmed by the response, the year-old closed his funding within four months. Sattviko has raised Rs 2 crore in angel funding till now.

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And it's not always the seniors who tend to be the investors. In Sattviko, for instance, Rahul Gupta, oneyear junior to the Sattviko cofounder, was the first to invest. An IIT Kharagpur alumnus, he is a theatre enthusiast and has also made several short films. Ashutosh brings great creativity and humour to the team. He has led Jagriti Yatra successfully for the last 4 years.

An Ayurvedic doctor by qualification, Suyog, is an entrepreneur at heart. He founded a chain of Ayurvedic clinics in Nashik and many youth based organisations in and around Maharashtra. Her dynamism and ability to engage with youth makes her crucial to the vision of the Jagriti team. Vaishali brings expertise from the education sector and has been a part of the core team since He has previously worked as Software developer and team leader.

Pankaj is passionate about body building, personal health and wellness. He has made his mark across various Startup Weekend events, and was awarded the best debutant from NEN e-week. He is a part of Strategy Chamber India. The entrepreneurial keeda, made him quit his first job, within 8 months of his joining, and led to the birth of his marketing agency Edgy Scribblers.

Post that she joined Yatra full-time, where she single-handedly executed Internet Saathi program across Purvanchal region, educating over 20Lakh women on the usage and uses of the Internet.

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Currently working with Jagriti as fund raiser. He loves being involved in social activities. He was born in a farmer's family and is inclined to involve himself in social activities.

Suresh Patil is an army veteran with lots of accolades, including Chief of Army Staffs Commendation Card, to his name. He has been the in-charge of train for the initial 7 Yatras, including the Azad Bharat Rail Yatra. He is founder of Green Thumb, a non-profit working for environment protection, and Justice For Jawans, a non-profit working for the welfare of war widows, ex-service men and service men. He is recently working on Khadagvasla Dam project which involves removal of silt from water tanks and lakes.

He has held various appointments and served in numerous locations. After an illustrious innings of 25 years of active service, Lt Col Kaizad B Bhaya Retd took voluntarily retirement in