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Born and brought up in one of the world’s fastest growing economies, we experienced change as the only constant in our young India. With that new road, that new policy, that first e-commerce site, that first app-based cab ride, that first moon landing, the world around us kept evolving at a breakneck speed. Moved by this wave, we started wondering what are those little things that add up to the big change? Who are the change enablers? And how can we contribute to their cause?
So here we are, a team of finance enthusiasts, researching, developing, designing and counselling to make financing and finance a tad bit easier for visionary entrepreneurs and courageous investors.

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Our Team

Ritwik graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata in 2018, majoring in Finance and has been practicing as a Chartered Accountant since 2019.

‘Building things’ and ‘Changing things’ encapsulate everything that I like to do. I started young with building houses with lego at age 6, moved on to building empires, playing Age of Empires on PC at age 14 to now, assisting Entrepreneurs and Investors to enable Change with the help of my expert financial guidance.​


Ritwik’s love for insightful conversations and humour rightly finds a place in our blog as well. He may be responsible for the tangy lines and the jaw-dropping number crunching in many of our posts.

Ritwik Khator

Ritwik Khator
Founder, Mumbai, India

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Kartikeyan Khator

Kartik-K graduated from St. Xavier's College, India, in 2018 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2019. His strong drive towards entrepreneurship led him to join practice at Chunder Khator right after qualifying. Harnessing the knowledge and experience gained from servicing businesses, he endeavors to support startup entrepreneurs at Startup Indian.

India’s Startup Ecosystem is like a kid who’s still learning to walk. The growth that some startups are witnessing today, have been witnessed by US and Chinese Startups over 5 years ago. Most of our Startup ideas are an adaptation of successful businesses in the West. So, now you know that our journey, as an ecosystem has just begun, and for it to bloom, information is key!

That said, I know you may not have the time to read through every new thing that’s picking up pace. So, leave the hard part to us. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy what we deliver. This is our contribution to India’s journey from Hindsight to Foresight.

Kartikeyan Khator
Founder, Bangalore, India
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Abhimanyu Gupta

Abhimanyu graduated from St. Xavier’s, India, in 2018, majoring in Finance. He was working with Bank of America with the Quant Trading desk for 3 years. He is currently pursuing Master’s in Financial Engineering from UCLA Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles. He is also a scholar at the Institute of New Economic Thinking.


I am a part of this initiative to further exemplify my interests in business models, organisation structures, disruptive technologies and other revolutionary projects. We realised that startups are very good at their domain of work and service, but may lack strategies to optimise their financial positioning. Startups have the potential to question the normal and revise proven business models redundant in the ever changing business landscape. The ability to revitalise the old but still follow the very basics to drive value is what intrigues me to write, research, learn, and share about startups.

Abhimanyu Gupta
Founder, Los Angeles, US
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Our Advisors

Sameer with over three decades of strategic expertise began his career in the UK with Touche Ross (now Deloitte). After moving to India, he established a corporate consultancy that offered a range of services such as India entry strategy, corporate and financial management, and M&A advisory across a wide array of industry sectors.


In 2006, Sameer founded WiseWays, a boutique corporate consultancy specializing in legalized gaming and sports entertainment. WiseWays provides services such as corporate strategy, legal overview, product, marketing, and operational planning. Sameer also plays a significant role in promoting the sector internationally, having advised Sportech Plc of UK for over a decade on a ground-breaking India JV. He also serves as the Global Representative for All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) internationally promoting the sector.

Sameer Nandwani
Advisor, India
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Startup Indian Advisor Vijay Maroo_1_edi

Maroo is a graduate engineer from BIT Mesra - class of '69. With a wide range of experience in various fields, and expertise in marketing, he offers consultancy to business enterprises. He is a former member of Board of Governors, National Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. He has also served as a Director of PSB Oriental Bank of Commerce, now merged with PNB, as well as the President of Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India.

Earlier engaged in the business of print and visual media, he later launched – a resource for Senior Citizens towards Nation Building. He is also the brain behind – a portal for positive news.

Presently, he is actively involved in serving the community as a volunteer with Ekal, Vidya Bharati, and Param Shakti Peeth.

Vijay Maroo
Advisor, India
Domain Experts

Sanjay brings over 35 years of experience in the domains of business strategy, acquisitions, deal structuring, corporate development, sales, marketing and supply chain in healthcare, media, telecom and consumer durable sectors with leading Companies including Medica Synergie (7 years), Times of India (6 years), Hindustan Times (2 years), Ananda Bazar Patrika (4 years), South Korea Telekom (3 years) and Godrej (5 years). 
He's presently the managing partner at Viva Healthcare, a healthcare consulting firm. In the past, Sanjay has served as the CEO of IQ City Foundation, a foundation promoting a medical college, a nursing college and a hospital and CEO of Medica Super speciality Hospital, a 350 bed super specialty hospital at Kolkata, promoted by Medica Synergie.

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Sanjay Prasad
Healthcare Expert, India


With over 11 years of cross-cultural, professional experience in the IoT and Agriculture Industry, Shailendra has worked in both India and Poland. He excels in interacting with customers, sales, and engineering teams to develop products that benefit agriculture. His field of expertise includes Precision Agriculture, Digital toolkits for farming, IoT, UAVs, Robotics, and product development (both hardware and software, designed for low power and wireless off-grid deployments).

He has a B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering, as well as a Masters in Modern Digital Communication Systems focused on 5G, 6G, Edge Computing, Machine Learning, and IoT.

For the past decade, He's been associated with Yuktix (now part of the Multiplex Group of Companies). Prior to that, he worked at Silverline Design Inc as an MTS (which was later acquired by EFabless) and as an Engineer-Projects at Thinvent Technologies.

Shailendra Singh
AgriTech Expert, India
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