The COVID-19 crisis thrust the world’s biggest economies into mayhem and economic uncertainty. Businesses, big and small, are struggling in the wake of disappearing demands. Even a strong product, right positioning and a capable team has not saved some startups from reaching the very brink of bankruptcy and AI startups are no exception. Even as AI becomes ever more relevant in the contact-less future, drying funds is a real struggle that has hit the ecosystem across technologies. In such volatile times, raising funds for a startup can turn from a challenge to a near impossibility.

You cannot push pause on your company’s existence while the world gets back in order. To help startups foot through the door INDIAai (India’s National AI Portal) and Ktech CoE D S& AI hosted an online investor pitch event on June, 20th 2020 for the Indian startups with AI as their core offering. Startups registered and got a chance to pitch their product to multiple investors online.

  • 10 AI startups were shortlisted by an empaneled jury across domains
  • 10 member Investor-panel
  • Each startup g 8 t with the investor panel to pitch simultaneously to the panel members, followed up with 10 minutes Q&A.

Meet Our Investor panel

Raman Roy

Raman Roy

Chairman and Managing Director Quattro

Raman is widely regarded as the Pioneer and fondly referred to as the “Father of the Indian BPO Industry”.

Anurag Bhatnagar

Anurag Bhatnagar

Co-Founder ShiftAltCap

Anurag is the Co-Founder of ShiftAltCap, an Investment Bank working with companies in the early stage and Series A.

Dewang Neralla

Dewang Neralla

CEO Atom Technologies Limited

Dewang is an Angel Investor and CEO of Atom Technologies, an end to end payment service provider. He has 30 years of experience in the

Yagnesh Sanghrajka

Yagnesh Sanghrajka

Founder and CFO 100x.VC

Yagnesh is the Founder and CFO of 100x.VC a seed stage Fund which uses iSAFE as a unique instrument to invest in startups

Rajiv Vyas

Rajiv Vyas

Founder R V & Associates

Rajiv Vyas is the Founder of R V & Associates, an investment banking firm actively working on several equity funding as well as institutional

Vinish Kathuria

Vinish Kathuria

Managing Partner SenseAI

Vinish has been involved with the Tech ecosystem as a Business Leader, an Entrepreneur, an Investor and an Advisor. A startup person at

Mitesh Shah

Mitesh Shah

CO-Founder IPV

Mitesh is a Finance Expert with 15+ Years of Experience in Startups& Angel Investment.

Digvijay Singh

Digvijay Singh

COO Indian Angel Network

Digvijay is a professional with 20 years of experience in leading companies across sectors. Digvijay has continuously built sales /

Premal Mehta

Premal Mehta

Founder Wealth First Advisors Pvt. Ltd.

A veteran finance professional with over 30+ years of experience in the capital markets. Prior to founding Wealth First in 2001,

Snehanshu Mitra,

Snehanshu leads the AI initiatives at NASSCOM. He heads the CoE for Data Science & AI – in partnership with Govt of Karnataka and the Telangana AI Mission in partnership with GoTS. He is responsible for creating, nurturing, and scaling up a vibrant AI ecosystem that involves driving AI adoption, accelerating AI startups, leveraging AI for societal good, work with enterprises to co-innovate and promote applied research and AI skilling.

In his two decade long career, Snehanshu has advised enterprises on driving business transformation and delivering impact through data science & AI. His core experience lies in developing strategy, creating & nurturing world-class capabilities, driving innovation, delivering value proposition to global clients, research and managing P&L.

Snehanshu has worked with several organizations across the globe – multinationals, GCCs and startups across sectors such as Technology, Telecom, Hospitality, Retail and Banking. Prior to joining NASSCOM, he was part of Vodafone Shared Services, Zyme, Dell Global Analytics and Accenture.

Madhav Bissa

Madhav brings more than 20 years of experience in Strategy Consulting, Research & Analysis and Executive Search.  He has advised Fortune 500 and FTSE 500 and leading Indian organizations on the topics of Corporate Strategy, and M&A. He has worked at global organizations like Arthur D. Little, Heidrick & Struggles and Accenture.  He has been a founder of two start-ups wherein he provided business support services to organizations in the areas of strategy, fund raising, recruitment and documentation.

Madhav is also a visiting faculty at various academic institutions and from time-to-time delivers lectures and workshops on Strategy and Business Analytics.

Currently Madhav works at NASSCOM’s Centre of Excellence for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence as Program Director.  In this role, he helps organizations adopt Data Science and Artificial Intelligence solutions and assists DS&AI startups to connect with investors.

Supriya Samuel
Branding & Marketing Manager – CoE, DATA SCIENCE & AI NASSCOM

Supriya Samuel has more than 14 years of work experience across many profiles in Sales, Branding, Campaign Management, Digital & Product Marketing, Channel Enablement, Event Management and Account Based Marketing.She holds a Client Centricity and an Agile Explorer Badge from IBM and is also a Certified Digital and Product Marketer from Udemy.

During her stint with IBM for more than a decade, she has been a part of the ISA (India-South Asia) Inside Sales and worldwide teams to drive Marketing efforts for the Global Alliances, Industry, Product and the Account based Marketing Teams. She played a crucial role in setting up the MDF process for Pan Europe to leverage the SAP Funds to run demand generation activities and created a new digital experience like Oracle Virtual University for the IBM Sales Teams to help them navigate a wide range of enablement materials. She also drove the end-to-end planning of IBM’s Cloud presence at the world’s premier Banking Event- Sibos in 2018 and was instrumental in conceptualizing the VIP Framework for IBM’s Top Integrated accounts in 2019.

As the Marketing & Branding Manager at NASSCOM – CoE DS&AI, Supriya leads and drives the Integrated communication plan for promotion and dissemination of various NASSCOM’s CoE DS&AI Programs which includes Events, Webinars, Technology workshops and Marketing content to the NASSCOM Teams and the DS&AI ecosystem. At present ,she is spearheading activities such as driving & engaging conversations across various social media handles of CoE DS&AI. She has worked very closely with the Government of Karnataka for the CoE’s participation in Asia’s largest Summit (Bangalore Technology Summit) creating a strong brand presence in the DS&AI ecosystem.

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              Krishna Prabhu,

              Currently Technical Director at NASSCOM CoE DS & AI, play pivotal role in National initiatives like Open Data Platform, AI HPC Labs, AI – Technical mentoring, help accelerate AI adoption in Industry with initiatives like Innovate to build, Data and AI Policy frameworks

              Over 23 years experience in Leading and delivering Analytics engagements and Solutions across Industries. Played key roles
              Strategizing Analytics Solutions and Leading Advanced Analytics Centre of Excellence. Delivered Advanced Analytics engagements
              in Cognitive, Data Sciences, IoT, Predictive Customer Intelligence (PCI), Predictive Maintenance and Quality (PMQ) across
              Domain areas

              A Senior Data Scientist, AI specialist and practitioner

              Have lead Concept to roll-out of Advanced Analytics solutions for Fortune 500 companies across USA, UK, SE.Asia, Africa

              An alumni of IIM Bangalore specializing in Business Analytics & Intelligence
              Background in Bachelor of Engineering from Bangalore Univ and holds a Diploma in Management & Economics

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                Sudeep Kumar Das,
                PROGRAM MANAGER

                Sudeep with over 17 years of experience in Customer Management, Account Strategy, and Partner Management. Having spent around a decade in technology companies like CISCO & Oracle in business development and customer success roles. Sudeep always had a keen interest in organizational development as a subject and hence took up an Executive PG course on Organisation Development and Change in the famous Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

                Currently, the go-to person for anything on the AI Startup Ecosystem and driving State level Skilling initiatives for the CoE. Driving key initiatives like the Advance Acceleration Program and Faculty Development Program for the CoE

                He is a Go-getter and hustler in chief. Sudeep is an avid swimmer and runner; and believes in the learnings from sports in our daily lives.

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                        Raj Shekhar
                        Lead – Responsible AI KTECH COE Data Science & AI NASSCOM

                        Raj is driving NASSCOM’s efforts at defining a roadmap for an extensive roll-out and adoption of responsible AI in India. Before joining NASSCOM, Raj served as Consultant (Data, AI) at International Innovation Corps (IIC) of The University of Chicago, supporting operations of the Open Data Working Group—an initiative by IDFC Institute and IIC to advance India’s open data aspirations, and IIC’s engagement with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India—aimed at building capacity for data and AI innovation through policy and program implementation. Raj also is the Founder & Executive Director at AI Policy Exchange, an Affiliate at The Future Society, and sits on the Founding Editorial Board of Springer Nature’s AI and Ethics Journal.

                        Tarun Kumar
                        Consultant – Evangelist, Data Strategist, Knowledge Asset, NASSCOM

                        Tarun is currently leading the Data Strategy Initiatives for CoE – Data Science & AI at NASSCOM. During his 20+ years of work history, he has led multiple teams with a focus on the application of machine learning and cloud-native across various sectors such as Telecom, Digital and GIS & IT.

                        An avid learner, Tarun is passionate about creating an impact on society, environment, corporates and developer communities with the adoption of emerging technologies. He is a B Tech graduate from IIT Mumbai and holds various other certifications as well.

                        Tarun is currently engaged in key COE initiatives like Telangana AI Mission, Responsible AI (RAI), MLOps and AI Pathshala.