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The Journey From An Entrepreneur To An Investor

“India has been an entrepreneurial society…we had the entrepreneurial skill but suppressed it for too long a time… and now it is thriving.”

As I sit down to write, these words of the renowned economist, T.N. Srinivasan, echo in my head. Entrepreneurs have long fascinated me – burning passion, a defined niche, a distinct style, and most of all a desire to leave a mark on the world.  I have made the journey from an entrepreneur to an investor myself, but the world of entrepreneurs continues to fascinate me.

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The HR Fund Makes Maiden Investment In People Matters


People Matters will use funding to launch a social networking site for the HR community.

India’s first fund solely for HR ventures announced its first investment in People Matters on May 8, 2012 at a launch event in Mumbai. The Gurgaon-based investee, a media and knowledge platform in the HR space, has secured Rs. 4 crore in funding from The HR Fund, to launch a social network for the human resource community, increase its subscriber base and strengthen the firm’s organizational structure.

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The HR Fund Backs Media Platform People Matters


NEW DELHI: The HR Fund, a Rs 60-crore VC fund created by top human resource managers, has finalised HR media platform People Matters as the first start-up it will invest in. The fund has pumped in Rs 4 crore in the start-up in the first round.

Varun Talwar, CEO, the HR Fund, confirmed the investment. “We will be making more investments in future rounds,” he adds.

The HR Fund has been scouting for a social media engine in HR. “People Matters has digital play and the plan is to build a digital platform,” says Talwar. Read More →

HR Fund To Invest In Four HR Firms This Year

HR-Fund-to-invest-in-four-HR-firms-this-year-Economic-TimesECONOMIC TIMES, 22 APRIL 2012

NEW DELHI: HR Fund, a venture capital which boasts of anchor investors like Santrupt Misra, Director atAditya Birla Group, and Arvind Agrawal, President of Corporate Development and Group HR of RPG Group, plans to make investments in at least four companies this year.

The fund, promoted by the Gurgaon-based Withya Group, focusses on the human resources (HR) segment and is in the last stages of finalising investment in a company which is likely to be announced within a month.

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Top HR Managers From Birla Group, Wipro & Others Launch Rs. 60 cr. VC Fund

Top-HR-managers-from-Birla-Group-Wipro-others-launch-Rs-60-cr-VC-fund-to-support-HR-startups-Economic-TimesSaumya Bhattacharya & Devina Sengupta, ECONOMIC TIMES Bureau Apr 20, 2012.

NEW DELHI | BANGALORE: They’ve been crafting people policies at some of India’s top companies for many years, but now, this motley bunch of human resource veterans has come together to seed-fund entrepreneurs running HR services businesses.

Five anchor investors – Santrupt Misra, CEO, carbon black business, and director (group HR) of Aditya Birla Group; Pratik Kumar, executive VP for HR at Wipro; Arvind Agrawal, president, corporate development and group HR in RPG Group; NS Rajan, partner and global leader of people & organisation practice responsible for HR advisory services worldwide at Ernst & Young; and Venky Mysore, CEO and MD of Kolkata IPL Team (the only non-HR investor) – have come together to float ‘The HR Fund’. The fund – with an initial corpus of 60 crore – will be an investment company, which will soon start funding HR startups in India.

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