An angel investor is usually a successful business person who wants to invest his personal funds into a potentially rewarding business. Since these investors have been through the startup phase themselves, they have the expertise and experience to identify good business opportunities and provide funding and/or mentoring to promising startups. If you are looking for an angel investor, here is a list of active angel investors in India to help you get started.
Undoubtedly, one of the most common names in angel investing, Sunil Kalra is an independent investor who helps startups with the required funds and also mentors them by sharing his experience and insights. He is sector agnostic. Some of his investments are: Hasti Dry Port, Uttkarsh Micro Finance, Exclusively.in (Acquired by Myntra), Jigsee (Acquired by VuClip), Viavya Labs, Innovise, Sapience, MyShaadi.in, BuythePrice.com (MyZingo, acquired by IBIBO), Kwench, Stelae Technologies, Peelworks, OrangeScape, Unbxd, Instamojo, SkoolShop, Cherish Maternity, Mobilewalla, Druva, Airwoot, Goonj (Graam Vani), Consure, Crayon Data and Sensibol.
Sharad Sharma is a passionate evangelist of the software product ecosystem in India. An ex-SVP at Yahoo! India R&D, his personal mantra is to lead big and small companies through orbit change. Some of his investments are: IntensAquatica, Koove, Vebbler, Team Indus, Apartment ADDA, Vayavya Labs, Ezetap, OrangeScape, Tech Fetch, Iken Solutions, Tax Spanner, Stayzilla, Birds Eye Systems, Peel-Works, Aurus Infotech Pvt. Ltd., Kwench Library Solutions and Consure Medical.
Rajan Anandan is a Vice President of Google Inc. and Managing Director of Google India. He has a comprehensive understanding of technology, an experience of investing in many sectors across technology as well as working closely with founding teams of startups. Rajan invests in early stage technology companies. Some of his investments are: StepOut, Capillary Technologies, Sourceeasy, 24/7 Techies, TargetingMantra, Instamojo, CultureAlley, Social Cops, MissMalini.com, Socialblood.org, Mobilewalla and POPxo.com.
Founder and CEO of TutorVista, Krishnan Ganesh has been investing in select startups in the internet and tech sector for many years. He along with his wife Meena, are invested in over 20 startups. Some of his investments are: mustseeindia.com , delyver.com, onlineprasad.com, silverpush, oximity, bookadda, littleyelabs, Browntape, HackerEarth, etc.
Founder of People Group which includes businesses like Shaadi.com, Makaan.com and Mauj Mobile, Anupam Mittal is also a prominent early stage investor. He explores markets in consumer internet, mobile, marketplaces and SaaS. Some of his investments are: Drivezy, Interactive Avenues, Ola Cabs, Druva, Sapience, Pretty Secrets and Café Zoe. There are over 6,000 angel investors in India as of today. They are on the lookout for promising and hard-working entrepreneurs to invest in and mentor them to success.
Best business ideas often fail to bear fruit due to the dearth of finances. These investors step right in when you need that extra push and help you fight competition. Look for investors who have the experience of the industry in which you are planning to commence operations as that can lead to more value addition than merely receiving the funds.