Anirudh Damani

Managing Partner, Artha Venture Fund

Anirudh's professional life story is a journey that starts from knocking on doors in West Texas, convincing homeowners to switch their electricity provider to Steam Energy to the Managing Director for Artha India Ventures - a leading early stage investment firm with a portfolio of 50+ startups from Bangalore to Silicon Beach (LA).

In 2013, Anirudh had setup Artha Energy Resources (www.artha.energy) to accumulate micro level data on the energy infrastructure of India. That database is utilised by Artha to identify & execute M&A opportunities - they are a leading player in this space.

Noticing an opportunity in deploying capital on high yielding renewable energy assets and the high returns in backing Indian entrepreneurs a unique structure of deploying the cash flows from the renewable assets into early stage startups with high growth potential was setup. The company is called Artha India Ventures (www.artha.ventures) seeded with capital from Ramesh Damani's and Ashok Damani's family offices. They have backed some amazing entrepreneurial ventures like OYO Rooms, Exotel, Tala, NowFloats, Purplle, LenDenClub, BabyChakra and others.

Now he is setting up an early stage venture capital fund (Artha Venture Fund I) sponsored by Singularity Holdings, Ramesh Damani and Ashok Damani.

He is always on the lookout to learn about new ideas from bright minds in his endeavour to make a Virgin like socially responsible but challenging and exciting conglomerate in India under the Artha brand name.