Entrepreneur Forum

An Entrepreneur Forum that consisted of many experienced Angel/Venture Capital investors, was launched at IIT Roorkee Alumni 2012 N.A. Reunion in Chicago. As a first step to a longer-term engagement, the Forum hosted a Venture Pitchfest that was highly successful and generated a lot of excitement with nearly a dozen start-ups/prospects pitching their ideas for funding or networking or other needs. Keep tuned for more on it.

The mission
of IIT-R's Entrepreneur Forum is to promote entrepreneurship through networking, education, and mentoring.

The objectives of the panel in 2012 Annual Reunion are:
  • Help refine venture pitching skills and obtain feed-back from a seasoned panel comprised of Angel/Venture Capital (VC) investors
  • Provide/obtain constructive feedback on new projects/business ventures/ideas
  • Connect entrepreneurs with Angels/VC investors, with the eventual goal of obtaining funding
  • Create momentum for entrepreneurship; and
  • Develop a local and global network of experienced angel investors/VCs that mentor and promote new entrepreneurs
A panel of experts judged the Venture Pitchfest and was led by Manoj Goel (profile). A Co-founder of Internet Junction (acquired by Cisco), and Mobilspan, Manoj is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who has served as an advisor to many startups with business strategy, strategic alliances, and venture introductions. Manoj is a Charter member of "The Indus Entrepreneurs" (TiE)– a global non-profit organization focused on entrepreneurs, and a Board member of IIT Roorkee Heritage Foundation.

Other Panelists:
  • Shantanu Agarwal, Partner - Energy Venture profile
  • Bill Houston, Chicago area serial entrepreneur and angel investor in over three dozen companies profile
  • Ray Mehra, CEO – Artha Investments profile
  • Aditya Nath, CEO - Nexvu APM, LLC profile
  • Sanjiv Sinha, Ph.D., Board Member – Augment Ventures & Corporate Director - ECT Inc. profile