As published on India Times on September 11, 2015.
BENGALURU: US-based angel investor network Keiretsu Forum has entered into an exclusive partnership with the NS Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), to facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship with an emphasis on educating entrepreneurs, investors and venture funding ecosystem participants on business formation, new technology platforms and global best practices.
Indian startups looking for early stage funding will appear on the radar of international investors through Keiretsu Forum’s global chapter network, and Indian investors looking for early-stage opportunities will get access to global deals through the same network.
“A global forum like Keiretsu can make a huge positive difference to the funding phenomenon. IIMB and NSRCEL are happy to partner with Keiretsu to launch a joint endeavour to augment the availability of early stage funding. IIMB is also pleased with the opportunity to partner with Keiretsu for the potential academic benefits it hopes to realize such as a closer understanding of the phenomenon of early stage funding of enterprises and opportunities for its students to intern with Keiretsu Forum in its investment activities,” said G Sabarinathan, chairperson, NSRCEL.
“We want to bring angel funding within the reach of every startup with a commercially viable business model,” said Randy Williams, founder and CEO of Keiretsu Forum. “We want to ensure that investors who are looking for opportunities are provided a steady flow of quality deals and the opportunity to meaningfully engage with their investee companies,” he said.