IAN Capital


Indian Angel Network is a network of Angel investors keen to invest in any early-stage businesses which have potential to create disproportionate value. The members of the Network are leaders in the entrepreneurial eco-system as they have had strong operational experience as CEOs or a background of creating new and successful ventures. They share a passion to create scale and value for start-up ventures. Started in April 2006, the Indian Angel Network in addition to money, provides constant access to high quality mentoring, vast networks and inputs on strategy as well as execution. The Network members, because of their background are better able to assess the potential and risks at the early stage.

Key staff

Saurabh Srivastava (co-founder IAN/IAN Fund, NASSCOM) – Saurabh Srivastava is widely acknowledged in India and globally, as one of the architects of the Indian IT Industry. He has founded several successful companies, taken some public, invested in over 50 start-ups and sits on the boards of leading Indian and global companies such as YES Bank, NAUKRI.com, Xchanging plc, etc. 

Manav Bansal (CIO) – Manav has been a private equity investor and investment banker for 20 years in Infrastructure, healthcare and technology.

Alok Mittal (co-founder IAN, VC) – Alok is Co-founder and CEO of Indifi, India’s leading full-stack platform for enabling debt financing for small businesses. Alok is also an active angel investor, co-founder of Indian Angel Network, and on the board of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Delhi.

Investment philosophy

The Network is likely to invest in start-ups that meet the following criteria:

  • High barriers to entry
  • A complementary management team(s)
  • Scalable business
  • Unique product/service/process, either in concept or implementation

What do they look for?

The Network looks at investing up to USD 1 million, with an average of about USD 400-600K and exiting over a 3 to 5 years period through a strategic sale. The Network may consider investments over a million dollars but is only likely to do so through syndication.The Network looks at multiple sectors for investment, like:

  • Gaming 
  • Lifestyle
  • Education 
  • Hospitality
  • Social Impact
  • E-Commerce


IAN Fund announces final closure of its fund at Rs 375 Cr IAN Capital was delighted with the successful closure of the IAN Fund, the IAN platform is on its way to achieve the vision of being the largest innovative platform for early stage investments. IAN Fund aims to build and exploit synergies with other VC funds, family houses, corporates, prominent individual investors as well as the VC community while also promoting collaboration between enterprises and prominent VCs. 

Analyst questions 

What is your reason behind handling in so diversified sectors?

How do you plan the investment allocation in those sectors?

Prepared by – Ameya Deshpande


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