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Raising money for your start-up

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Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

Raising money for your start-up

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IIT Mentors Presents:

"Raising money for your start-up"
 (Presentation and Discussion)

Thursday, June 18th 2015, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

180 Baytech Drive, Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95134


Space limit increased to 25 prospective mentees only! Previous events were sold out. Please note that you need to have studied in one of the IIT's to attend this event.

See the Attendee List at the bottom of the page

Program Details

So you have a business idea and you’ve also been working on a prototype. But eventually it’s about monetizing the idea and raising money for your business. When should you start thinking about it and who should you approach for the same? Is it better to reach out to family members, angel investors or should you approach VCs for your seed round. How do you decide what will work the best for you? Are there qualities you should be looking for in your investors besides financial assistance and if so, what are they? How should you set targets for your fundraising goals and how can you prepare to meet those?

If these thoughts sound familiar to you, there might be other unanswered questions …

1. How do I prepare myself to approach investors?
2. How important is the “business plan” for raising funds?
3. Should I seek professional help in writing a business plan?
4. What funding options would work best for me?
5. How do I prepare an effective pitch?
6. How can I increase my chances of getting funded?
7. What are the important elements of an attractive start-up?
8. How can I reach out to corporate strategic investors?
9. What are other creative ways to raise funds?
10. How do I decide how much money should be raised?
11. How does an investor evaluate an early stage start-up?

If these are the voices in your head, then this event is for you!

Join senior IIT alumni Mentors who will provide a brief overview about
fund raising for a start-up and be part of an open exchange with them
and learn first-hand from their cumulative and real world experiences!

Program Summary

  • 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM Registration, Dinner, and Networking
  • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM Discussion and Q & A with the mentors
  •  9:00 PM Adjourn



 Srini V. Srinivasan


Srini is Founder and Chief Development Officer at Aerospike and has over 20 years of experience designing, developing and operating web scale infrastructures and over a dozen patents in database, internet, mobile and distributed system technologies. His career includes high profile technical and executive management roles at IBM, Liberate, Yahoo! and Aerospike. Srini has degrees in Computer Science from IIT Madras (B.Tech) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.S. and Ph.D.).

AGK Karunakaran

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AGK Karunakaran is the Co-founder, President and CEO of MulticoreWare, Inc., a leading software company which licenses HEVC/VP9 Codecs, Computer Vision, Imaging libraries and compiler technologies targeting homogeneous and heterogeneous computer architectures.  Prior to MulticoreWare, AGK was the Co-founder, President and CEO of GDA Technologies, Inc (acquired by L&T Infotech and Rambus) a leading intellectual property licensing and electronics design services Company. AGK started his career in India in high technology with Pragati Computers, Wipro and HCL. He moved to USA as an early employee of HCL America, Inc and had leadership positions at Opti and Trident Microsystems.

On the non-profit front, AGK is President of the Pratham Bay Area and serves on the Board of India Community Center. He is actively involved with non-profits in Bay Area and India. AGK Karunakaran was the Co-Convener of TiEcon2015 and a Charter member of TIE Silicon Valley.

Neerav Berry



Neerav Berry is currently CEO and Co founder at Payplant. Before this Neerav was VP App World & Payment Services at Blackberry where he lead the development of Blackberry'’s app store and payment platforms. Previously, Neerav was Co-founder and COO at Cellmania, a leading mobile app store platform that was acquired by RIM in 2010.He also served as Vice-President, Marketing of Cellmania, Inc. Neerav has over 14 years of general management, marketing and engineering experience. He was previously Senior Director of Product Management for Broadvision where he managed product strategy, technology partnerships and technical marketing of this leading Enterprise Portal provider. Previously Mr. Berry held senior positions at Oracle and Synopsys.

Neerav has an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas, Masters in Computer Engineering from UC Santa Barbara and Bachelors of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

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180 Baytech Drive, Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95134

Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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