One growing topic of interest and debate is investing using an SDG Lens. This is a key focus of IvyCap Ventures moving forward and given the growing questions on this topic, we are holding a series of webinars to debate this.

The first webinar, "Investing Through the SDG Lens" presented a discussion between our panelists on topics including how organizations are focusing more on SDG’s, some examples of how this is being done by startups who are proving to be financially successful, what it means to invest using an SDG lens, Responsible vs. Impact investing, how investor criteria have changed keeping SDG’s and the changing Global Economy in mind, and other topics.

The panelists included: Mr Ashish Wadhwani – Managing Partner, IvyCap Ventures , Ms. Padmaja Ruparel – Founder, Indian Angels Network and Subhadeep Sanyal – Omnivore Ventures. The moderator was Ms. Smita Mishra, Founder Fandoro.

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Ashish Wadhwani is the Managing Partner at IvyCap Ventures. He has over 25 years of experience in Venture Capital, M&A, and Strategy Consulting. During his career, Ashish has worked with companies across the investment lifecycle, from incubation to exit. Ashish has led and managed investments across technology, consumer and traditional industries. He has also led a NASDAQ listing. In addition, he has also worked on several M&A transactions. Ashish has also found and run his own ventures and has been a member of the board in several companies across the APAC region. Ashish is also currently serving as a board member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Singapore.

Padmaja Ruparel, is the Co-Founder & President of India’s largest Angel Network, Founding Partner of IAN Fund.She is a key player in the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem and has co-founded many institutions, besides being an active angel investor herself. Born and raised in Kolkata, Padmaja started as an entrepreneur by building her family-owned real estate business. She started her corporate journey in Delhi and in addition to working in various fields within the corporate sector, she also operationalised TiE Delhi and played a key role as Executive Director in building the Indian Venture Capital Association, eventually co-founding Indian Angel Network (IAN), India's first & now possibly one of the world’s largest group of business angels.

Subhadeep joined Omnivore Partners in June 2011. Over the past three years, he has focused on sourcing deals in agricultural mechanization, supply chain technologies, and sustainable inputs. Previously, Subhadeep interned with Mahindra, supporting their entry into drip irrigation. He earned a B.Sc. (Honors) in Agricultural Science from HaryanaAgricultural University, where he was the batch topper and a Post Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness Management from IIM-Ahmedabad.

Smita Mishra is the founder of Fandoro Technologies, a SaaS startup that helps businesses become planet-positive through the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals framework. They help enterprises build purpose-led businesses by identifying and managing their sustainability-related risks and opportunities. She’s also the Founder and CEO of QAZone Infosystems, a software testing firm. Smita is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services, retail, banking, and utility industries. As a computer science engineer, Smita is skilled in data analytics and user experience. She’s also adept in the areas of business risk mitigation for tech products as well as project/product/test management.Aside from also being an international speaker on technology and diversity in tech, Smita also engages with different forums to assist growth for women in her field.

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