Artha Programs

The primary goal of all our programs is to accelerate the journeys of entrepreneurs in scaling their ventures

Three Biggest Learning Challenges For Founders

Time Constrained
Founders are keen to learn but are caught up in solving the here-and-now problems and do not have the time to step away from work for an extended period of time for learning.
Busy Reinventing the Wheel
Founders do not have access to structured expert help with some of the difficult problems that have already been solved before by others.
Content is Pedantic and/or Tactical
Content and input available tends to be either too academic or too tactical. There are limited high impact tools and frameworks that can be used/reused in multiple contexts.

A Program that is Designed around your Real Needs, Expectations, and Constraints

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20 intense problem-solving workshops, around 9 key themes of scaling, conducted over weekends

High quality online content that includes original instruments and in-depth podcasts

Access to a network of seasoned mentors and domain experts

20 intense problem-solving workshops, around 9 key themes of scaling, conducted over weekends

High quality online content that includes original instruments and in-depth podcasts

Access to a network of seasoned mentors and domain experts

Our framework for accelerating your scale journey

World-Class Faculty

Those who have built & scaled start-ups successfully and have a passion for giving back to the start-up community

Aashish Chopra

Vice President-Content Marketing - ixigo.com

Best-selling author of ‘Fast, Cheap And Viral’ featured in LinkedIn’s official B2B marketing playbook, he is an award-winning viral video marketer & has been featured on Forbes.

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Abhishek Bansal

Co-founder & CEO - Shadowfax

An alumnus of IIT Delhi, he has deep working knowledge about the logistics and supply chain industry. He is skilled in Business Development, Entrepreneurship, Job Analysis & Analytics.

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Ajith Pai

Chief Operating Officer - Delhivery

An alumnus of NIT Surathkal & IIM –B, he was also CFO at Delhivery. A strong advocate of using technology & data science to drive logistics efficiencies he played a key role in shaping and executing Delhivery’s vision.

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Anand Rao

Founder & MD - Chaitanya Microfinance

He believes in being understated and letting his work speak. Chaitanya, which he Co-founded catered to low-income families and received a rating upgrade from CRISIL during the peak of the pandemic.

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Anish Achutan

CEO & Co-founder - Open Financial Technologies

He has co-founded startups like iFuturz Wireless, CashNxt, Neartivity Wireless and Zwitch besides being the erstwhile VP of PayU India. In 2017 he co-founded Open Financial redefining neobanking in India.

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Ashish Gupta

Co-founder - Artha School of Entrepreneurship

An IIT Kanpur and Stanford alumnus, he co-founded Helion Ventures & is on the boards of Naukri, HUL, Skit, Urban Company, Gupshup & WhatFix. A Kauffman Fellow, he advises funds & startups.

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Ashish Kumar

Partner - Fundamentum

An alumnus of IIT-K he is a technologist, tech entrepreneur and investor. A prolific angel investor with a portfolio with exceptional returns he has founded multiple companies many of which had successful exits.

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Avanish Mundhra

Founder & CEO - Cantilever Labs

An alumnus of VTU, he is well versed with Recruitment, Conversion & Retention. His company ties up with reputed professional educational institutions having impacted 27,500+ students from 152+ colleges pan India.

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Bala Srinivasa

Managing Director - Arkam Ventures

An alumnus of BITS Pilani, he is a VC. He used to be a partner at Kalaari Capital backing start-ups across multiple industries. His last start-up, Amba Research, was acquired by Moody's (NYSE: MCO) in 2014.

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Balaji Bhyravbhatla

Managing Director - HyLasCo Bio-Technology (India) Pvt. Ltd.

As XTAL CEO he made it a multimillion-dollar self-funded company with Fortune 500 clients. Helming Hylasco, his vision is to bring down the cost of drug discovery for the Indian Pharma and Biotech sectors.

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Chaitanya Ramalingegowda

Co-founder - Wakefit

An alumnus of ISB, he has deep expertise in entrepreneurship, management consulting & marketing in global markets. He currently advises start-ups on various aspects of a product, marketing, growth & funding strategies.

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Debleena Majumdar

Advisor - Content & Curriculum

With a strong background in Strategy, Research & Education, she is the Co-founder of Kahaniyah. A regular contributor to financial & business publications in India, she is also a published author.

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Deena Jacob

CFO & Co-founder - Open

Winner of the Best Start-up CFO by Business World in 2021 & CIMA most influential CFOs award in 2016 & CFONEXT 100 in 2013, she is a dynamic leader with significant experience managing large teams. She is a qualified CA

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Deep Kalra

Owner & CEO - MakeMyTrip

He founded and led MakeMyTrip, one of India’s leading online travel companies. An alumnus of St. Stephen’s College and IIM-A, he is also one of the founders of Ashoka University.

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Dharmil Sheth

Co-founder - API Holdings

An alumnus of IMT, Ghaziabad, he is the President and Founder of Ekagrata which aims to make India corruption and poverty-free and also remove inequalities.

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Ganesh Krishnan

Partner - Growthstory.in

An IIM –C alumnus and a serial entrepreneur, he is also a Trustee at Bahaar Foundation, an NGO that is focused on micro-entrepreneurship as a means to empower the poor.

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Gautam Kumar

Co-Founder & COO - FarEye

A KIIT graduate, he received ‘Social innovator of India under 35' award by MIT in 2011. A keen speaker & believer in free flow of knowledge, he invests personal time in mentoring young start-ups.

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Hari Menon

Co-founder & CEO - BigBasket

An alumnus of BITS, Pilani and Carnegie Mellon he had also co-founded Fabmart, India's first ecommerce portal. He has worked in different capacities - as CEO of Indiaskills and as a business head with Wipro.

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Jayant Paleti

Co-founder - Darwinbox

An alumnus of IIT-M and IIM-L, the company he co-founded is considered the preferred HCM solution by Gartner in APAC. He has previously worked with EY and Deloitte.

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Kapil Raizada

Co-founder - IntrCity

IntrCity RailYatri serves over 20M travellers/month. An alumnus of IIT-K & IIM-B, he has strong expertise in enterprise, product services, mobile/consumer VAS and consulting.

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Karthik B. Reddy

Managing Partner - Blume Venture Advisors

An alumnus of IIT Roorkee, IIM-B & Wharton, he has shaped Blume’s investment approach and philosophy over the years and overseen investments in some of Blume’s leading portfolio companies.

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Khadim Batti

Co-founder & CEO - Whatfix

An entrepreneur at heart with an engineer’s mind, he has been giving back to the start-up community by sharing his passion, knowledge, and mentorship with an aspiring talent for over a decade and a half.

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Kushal Nahata

Co-founder & CEO - Far Eye

A Btech from KIIT, he is a logistics frontman. Far Eye focuses on the digital transformation of logistics & enables thousands of small & medium businesses to provide Amazon Prime like delivery services.

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Mabel Chacko

Co-founder & COO - Open

An alumnus of IIM-B & a serial entrepreneur in the fintech space, her strengths lie in Product, BD, Strategic Alliances and Marketing. In 2019, she won the “Startup leader of the year” award hosted by MEITY and Nasscom.

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Madan Padaki

Founder & CEO - 1 Bridge

A S.P. Jain alumnus & a serial entrepreneur, his first start-up was MeritTrac, a Testing and Assessments company. With a deep commitment to giving back, he is on the advisory boards of many non-profits & foundations.

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Manish Gupta

Co-founder & CEO - Indigene

He conceptualizes solutions addressing current & future challenges for global healthcare industry. Recipient of the Young Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship from IIM-A & Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT-BHU.

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Mayank Kumar

Co-founder & MD - upGrad

He has extensive experience in operations, investment and consulting in the education space in India, China, Southeast Asia and Latin America. He is an alumnus of the IIT-D and ISB.

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Meena Ganesh

Co-founder and Chairperson - Portea Medical

She is MD and CEO of Portea Medical co-founded, in 2013. One of the most influential women business leaders in India, she received the Kempegowda award for her contribution during Covid-19 pandemic.

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Mekin Maheshwari

Founder - Udhyam.org

Mekin is the Co-founder at GAME, Founder at Udhyam.org and Co-Founder for Social Change at Act Grants. He was the CPO at Flipkart. Mekin is driven by impact & scale, is an engineer at heart and loves solving problems with technology & people.

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Mohandas Pai

Chairman - Aarin Capital and Manipal Global Education

A Padma Shri, he is also the co-founder of Akshaya Patra, the world's largest midday meal program & works actively with government and regulators. He is a Board Member of NSE and a qualified CA.

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Mukul Arora

Partner - Elevation Capital

An alumnus of NSIT and IIM-L, he focuses on early-stage investments in consumer tech and SaaS. His enviable portfolio includes FirstCry, Meesho, Spinny, Swiggy, Unacademy and XpressBees.

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Naiyya Saggi

Founder - BabyChakra

An alumna of the National Law School & Harvard Business School where she was a Fulbright & Tata Scholar, she is a big believer in women shaping tech & is an inspiring role model for hundreds of women entrepreneurs.

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Nandan Nilekani

Founding Chairman - UIDAI

A ‘Padma Shri’, he is the co-founder & Chairman of the board at Infosys. In the past, he was also the Chairman of UIDAI. He joined 20 global leaders on the World Economic Forum Foundation Board in 2006.

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Niraj Singh

Founder & CEO - Spinny

An IIT -D alumnus, he is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He also co-founded TechMonkey, an internet media company and is a founding member of Outbox Ventures.

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Paresh Shrivastava

Country Director, India - Planit Software Testing

An alumnus of IIM-B, Paresh is a seasoned IT Services professional with extensive experience in Consulting, Business Development, Client Relationship Management and Delivery Management.

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Pavan Vaish

Co-founder - Artha School of Entrepreneurship

An IIT Kharagpur and Stanford alumnus, he is an entrepreneur, angel investor & actively involved in the start-up and investor community. A TIE charter member, he guides startups through their scale challenges.

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Peyush Bansal

Co-founder & CEO - Lenskart

An alumnus of McGill University & IIM-B, his dream behind Lenscart was to of provide vision at affordable prices. Winner of the 2013 Red Herring Top 100 Asia Award he has appeared as a judge in Shark Tank India.

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Pramath Sinha

Co-founder - Artha School of Entrepreneurship

An entrepreneur, institution builder & philanthropist, he is an IIT-K and a UPenn alumnus. He is the Founding Dean of ISB, the Founding Provost for Anant National University, Founder and Trustee of Ashoka University and many more.

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Prateek Jain

Principal - The Fundamentum Partnership

An alumnus of IIT-KGP, he was the Founder of Stayglad.com (acquired by Quickr). With extensive Product Manager experience his core capability is around technology, digital marketing and customer-facing products.

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Raghunandan G

Founder - Zolve

An IIM-A & NITK Surathkal alumnus, he is an avid reader & an encyclopedia in his own rights. After a successful 3-year stint as a Consultant with Feedback Ventures, he followed his heart to become an entrepreneur.

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Rahul Chandra

Managing Director - Arkam Ventures

One of the earliest tech VCs in India he Co-founded Helion Ventures and Arkam Ventures. An alumnus of BITS Pilani & UC Berkeley, he is the author of "The Moonshot Game - Adventures of an Indian VC".

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Rajesh Yabaji

Co-founder & CEO - BlackBuck

An IIT-K alumnus, he headed ITC’s Leaf Tobacco biz supply chain business before BlackBuck. An inspiring leader he is passionate about building the world’s largest trucking network and bringing out the best in people.

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Ramamoorthy R

Finance Director (CFO) - Tesco

A CFO & business partner to CEO with 21+ years of experience at Fortune 500 companies across multiple geographies, he has re-build finance functions, driven strategic cost management, asset ROI improvement programs and led high value due-diligence.

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Rashmi Daga

Founder - FreshMenu.com

An IIM-A alumnus she worked in several industries - education, jewelry, IT and cab aggregator services before she founded the online kitchen FreshMenu. She also bootstrapped Afday.

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Ravi Venkatesan

Chairman of the Board - GAME-Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship

He is UNICEF’s Special Rep for Young People & Innovation & the Founder of Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME). An alumnus of IIT-B & Harvard Business School & and author, he serves on multiple boards.

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Sahil Barua

Co-founder & CEO - Delhivery

A prolific angel investor & an alumnus of IIM-B, his vision has made Delhivery the largest & fastest growing fully-integrated supply chain platform and logistics operations player in India by revenue.

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Sairee Chahal

Founder - SHEROES

An alumnus of IMT, she is on the board of multiple for-profit & social ventures. An Ananta Aspen Fellow & a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network, she has used technology to solve gender disparity related issues.

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Sanjay Purohit

Strategic Advisor - The Fundamentum Partnership

An alumnus of NIT Srinagar he was the EVP at Infosys. He is an advisor to social platforms covering multiple domains - education, healthcare, urban governance and sustainability.

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Sanjay Chaturvedi

Chief Financial Ofiicer - Helion Ventures

He has deep working knowledge of MNCs and start-ups. An alumnus of SRCC - DU, and a qualified CA, he has built & led successful teams globally.

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Sanjeev Bikchandani

Co-founder - Info Edge

An alumnus of St. Stephen’s College and IIM-A, he is a reputed mentor and investor. He is one of the founders of Ashoka University.

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Sanjeev Aggarwal

Co-founder - Artha School of Entrepreneurship

Co-founder of Helion Ventures & the Fundamentum Partnership, he helps shape the journeys of several category creating enterprises in India across sectors. He had also co-founded Daksh (acquired by IBM).

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Santanu Paul

Founder, CEO & MD - TalentSprint

An alumnus of IIT-M & University of Michigan, he is a technocrat, op-ed writer & entrepreneur with multiple scholarships & inventor of 2 US patents. A member of YPO, he serves on the board of various reputed companies.

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Satej Sirur

Founder & CEO - Rocketium

An alumnus of Cornell University & ISB, he is passionate about startups, technology & the positive impact startups create with technology.

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Saurabh Agrawal

SVP - Analytics & CRM - Lenskart

An alumnus of IIFT Delhi, he is an industry recognised speaker, mentor, coach. With 2 decades of experience, he loves building businesses powered by IOT, AI & Cloud & has mentored multiple start-ups to scale-up & grow

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Shradha Sharma

Founder & CEO - YourStory Media

She strongly believes stories have the power to transform, connect & inspire people. YourStory is one of the most loved brands in India & she is one of the biggest contributors to India’s entrepreneurship success story.

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Siddharth Shah

Co-founder - PharmEasy

An alumnus of the IIM-A, Shah's PharmEasy has made healthcare more accessible to all Indians. Currently, it is one of the largest online healthcare platforms for medical care and has acquired Docon, Medlife & Thyrocare.

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Smeer Chopra

Chief Financial Ofiicer - Lenskart.com

He has worked across multiple industries with brands like Wal-Mart, Airtel, Coca-Cola & McDonald's. Besides being a CA, he has a deep understanding of corporate governance and risk management.

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Sri Charan Lakkaraju

Founder & CEO - stuMagz

Passionate about training in different areas of entrepreneurship, aptitude & recruitment skills, he has trained more than 150,000+ students till date on soft skills, interview skills & recruitment tests.

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Srikant Sastri

President - TiE Delhi-NCR

An alumnus of IIM-C & IIT-K with expertise in strategies covering digital transformation, innovation, incubation & intrapreneurship, he is transforming universities into Hubs of Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

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Srikanth Iyer

Co-founder & CEO - HomeLane

An alumnus of RV College of Engineering, he is a 4x Entrepreneur and a Venture Partner with Unitus Ventures, an impact fund focused on India.

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Srinivas Madhavam

Founder & CEO - Exprs

A first-generation entrepreneur, he is focused on growth, value, wealth creation and results. He is an alumnus of Sri Venkateswara University.

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Subramanian MS

Mentor - NASSCOM

Ranked among the Top 50 Influential AI Leaders in India and Top 10 Data Scientists in India, he is a mentor in NASSCOM’s DeepTechClub (DTC). An alumnus of IIM-A & MIT, he is also an author.

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Subramanya SV

Co-founder - Fisdom

An alumnus of IIM-A, he is an operator, a venture capitalist and a founder. He has earlier been on boards of Snapdeal, TaxiForSure and BharatMatrimony.

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Suruchi Maitra

Co-founder - Artha School of Entrepreneurship

With a deep understanding of scaling start-ups in a global arena and cross-border cultural nuances, she led the Human Capital function at start-ups like UnitedLex and Exclusively.in She started her career at Daksh and was the CHRO of Lenskart.

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Tejas Vyas

Head of Product, Program & Design - Bigbasket.com

An alumnus of INSEAD and Concordia University, he founded ‘Hidden Reflex’ which developed ‘Epic’ a browser for the Indian audience. Since joining Bigbasket he has been the life behind the Bigbasket product story.

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Thirukumaran Nagarajan

Co-founder & CEO - Ninja Cart

A serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience, he has also Co-founded EduRaft, an education classifieds startup & Shout App, a location-based social network app. He is an IIM–K alumnus.

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T. N. Hari

Co-founder - Artha School of Entrepreneurship

An angel investor, advisor to VCs and founders, mentor to start-up accelerators, author & columnist he is an alumnus of IIT-M & IIM-C. He has been a part of 5 successful high growth start-ups and exits including an IPO on NASDAQ

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Vamsi Krishna

CEO & Co-founder - Vedantu

An IIT Bombay alumnus, he also co-founded Lakshya. An Edupreneur, Teacher & a Tech enthusiast, he believes teaching and learning need to be reimagined. He loves photography, playing the flute & poker.

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Vani Kola

Managing Director - Kalaari Capital

With 22 years of entrepreneurship experience in Silicon Valley, she advocates India’s digital opportunity to create next-gen large scale companies. She enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs and fostering women's leadership.

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Viiveck Verma

Chief Impact Officer - Recykal Foundation

Viiveck wears multiple hats. He is an investor, mentor, philanthropist, ICF certified coach, board member across reputed firms & co-organizer of TedXHyd. An LLB & PDGBM, he brings 30+ years of leadership experience across industries.

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Vijay Madduri

Co-founder & CEO - Aimlytics

An exponential tech & sports enthusiast, he comes with 25+ years of diverse experience in thought leadership, business development, client services, delivery & people management. He co-owns Hyderabad FC.

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Vipul Parekh

Co-founder - BigBasket.com

An Alumnus of IIM –B, he was the Investment Director at Peepul Capital Advisors & Co-founder and VP at Fabmall. He is an experienced angel and PE investor across multiple sectors and built investee companies.

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Vishal Gupta

Managing Director - Bessemer Venture Partners

An alumnus of IIM-C & a CA, he focuses on investments in consumer internet, fintech & healthcare tech. He has helped establish a PE fund for Reliance Group which invested in Celebrity Fashions, Adlabs among others.

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Vivek Subramanian

Co-founder & Executive Director - Fourth Partner Energy

An avid sports enthusiast and marathon runner, he is an alumnus of SPCE Mumbai. Prior to his entrepreneurial journey, he has been a management consultant and worked as an investor in private equity.

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Vivek Sunder

CEO - Cuemath

Erstwhile COO at Swiggy & ex country CEO at P&G, he is a member of the Forbes Technology Council. He has vast domestic and international experience in different leadership roles.

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Vivek Chopra

Strategic Advisor - Multiple Organizations

He has 40+ years of experience in transformative technologies & is a Board member & Sr. Exec Council of reputed organizations. An IITD alumnus, he has a degree from the Kellogg School of Management.

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Vivekananda Hallekere

CEO & Co-founder - Bounce

He founded Bounce in 2018 as India’s first smart mobility solution to make daily commute quick, stress-free, reliable & convenient. He graduated from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

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Underlying themes of all our programs

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Strategic Themes Of Scaling

We have carefully curated workshops for our Fellows around the 9 strategic themes of scaling. These themes address the most complex challenges founders deal with at different points in their scaling journey.

Founder Growth and Evolution

Two Workshops:

  • Evolving as an Individual
  • Evolving as a Leader

Organization and Culture

Three Workshops:

  • Culture and Capacity Creation
  • Hiring & Choice of Structures
  • Performance Excellence – OKRs & Business Planning

Funding and Capitalization

Two Workshops:

  • Telling Your Story & Preparing for a Fundraise
  • The Art of Deal Making

Building a Sustainable Business

Two Workshops:

  • Leadership, Values and Governance
  • Strategic Clarity and Operational Excellence

Great Customer Experience

COMING SOON

Winning your Markets

COMING SOON

Product Excellence

COMING SOON

Technology Excellence & Analytics

COMING SOON

Making the Winning Strategic Choices

COMING SOON

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Artha Scale Program

Who is this meant for?

Founders and co-founders of early stage startups. The startup could be either bootstrapped or angel funded.

Cohort size

20-25 participants

Objective

Help the founders get a practical, in-depth, and nuanced understanding of the most important enablers of scaling that are agnostic to the context and domain

Program method

In-person weekend sessions for chosen cohort. City-wise dates would be announced in advance on the Artha website and social media handles. Once a cohort is full in a particular city, other applicants will be given the choice of participating on a fresh date that will be communicated to them.

Artha Fellowship

Who is this meant for?

Founders and co-founders of Seed/Series A/Series B funded startups

Scaling to the drumbeat of institutional capital is not just difficult but also lonely. And yet it’s the chosen path for many hyperscale startups.

Cohort size

8-10 people

Objective

Help the founders to diagnose their high-priority scaling challenges and to find pathways to solve them

Program method

A curated 6 month program including both in-person practical group workshops and personalized 1:1 virtual follow ups. All participants would be founders of startups in a similar stage of growth. Peer learning would be an important element of learning.

The program dates would be announced in advance across key cities and startups need to have a clear time commitment to address their prioritized challenges.

Who Could Be An Artha Fellow

WhoCouldBeAnArthaFellow
You could be a founder of a start-up that has achieved some degree of product-marketing fit and have ambitious scale ideas.
You run a start-up that has at least been seed funded.
You and your founding team are open to learn elements of scaling organizations.