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EP#48 Ritu Verma – Seeding startups that are building for the next billion, challenges faced as a GP and the importance of collaboration in venture capital

The VCpreneur: Startups | Venture Capital | Entrepreneurship | Fundraising

In this episode, Ritu Verma (Co-founder & Managing Partner, Ankur Capital), joins our host Digjay, to talk about her path leading up to venture capital, thesis & vision at Ankur Capital, learnings from past investments in Agritech & Healthtech, common blind spots faced by founders in the 0-1 phase, Learnings from Fund I, challenges faced as a GP, collaborating with fellow VCs & more. Ankur Capital is an early stage VC fund that invests in startups with transformative technologies building for the next billion Indians. The fund has invested in some marquee startups like Wasabi, Rupifi, Cropin & Niramai among others. Prior to starting Ankur Capital, Ritu worked on bringing innovation from the lab to the market for companies like Unilever and Philips. An ex-physicist, Ritu also has experience of investing in IP led renewable technologies. She has a PhD in physics from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from INSEAD. You can connect with her here on Linkedin/Twitter. ---- Show notes – (01:37) Ritu’s background & path leading up to venture capital - physicist to VC (04:58) Thesis & vision at Ankur Capital (10:27) Learnings from investing in Agritech & Healthtech (13:14) Adding value to portfolio startups (16:50) Common blind spots faced by founders in the 0-1 phase (18:48) Learnings from Ankur Capital’s Fund I; Adapting to changing market dynamics (24:08) Collaborating with fellow VCs (26:04) Challenges faced as a General Partner (30:39) Addressing the diversity challenge in VC (34:05) How has being a VC influenced Ritu’s personality over the years (34:39) Rapid fire and closing remarks ---- If you liked our episode, you can subscribe to our podcast on any podcast platforms of your choice (like Spotify & Apple iTunes). We would appreciate if you could leave us a review on Apple iTunes. This helps others discover the podcast organically. You can visit thevcpreneur.com and follow us on Twitter @thevcpreneur_ & Instagram @thevcpreneur for more episodes and interesting insights on the startup ecosystem. You can also follow our host Digjay here on Linkedin & Twitter

40mins

31 Oct 2021

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EP 86 : Investing in the next billion | Ritu Verma (Co Founder & Managing Partner, Ankur Capital)

The Startup Operator

Ritu is one of the co-founders at Ankur. She worked on bringing innovation from lab to the market for a decade in Unilever and Philips. She has also worked globally investing in IP led renewable technologies. She has a PhD in physics from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from INSEAD. In this interview with Roshan Cariappa she spoke about Investing in businesses that focus on the next billion internet users and more! Some key Highlights: Story behind Ankur Capital  Taking innovations from labs to market  Seeking out innovation in the market  26:31 Current Trends in Evolution of Healthcare and Agritech Sectors  Building for Bharat  Evolution of the startup ecosystem Connect with Ritu  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ritu-verma Twitter: https://twitter.com/rituverma01 Connect with us:  Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startup-operator ​ Twitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup If you liked this conversation, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startup-operator/message

46mins

30 Apr 2021

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EP 46 - The startup ecosystem along with an interesting discussion with Ritu Verma Co-founder and Managing Partner Ankur Capital

Daily Dispatch by YourStory

From the latest acquisitions to fundraisers, here are the latest updates from the startup ecosystem along with an interesting discussion with Ritu Verma Co-founder and Managing Partner Ankur Capital on this episode of #DailyDispatch by YourStory Read more at: https://yourstory.com/video/daily-dispatch-yourstory-tuesday-16th-march-202 Facebook: www.facebook.com/yourstorycom Instagram: www.instagram.com/yourstory_com Twitter: www.twitter.com/YourStoryCo YouTube: www.youtube.com/yourstorytv Write to us: podcast@yourstory.com Hosted by Priya Sheth on March 16, 2021. Presented by Julius Sharma!

12mins

11 Mar 2021

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Ritu Verma on why Ankur Capital is betting big on Agritech and Healthcare in india

100x Entrepreneur

During her early career, Ritu worked in Product Development at Unilever and later in Marketing Strategy at Philips. In 2013 she Co-founded Ankur Capital with Rema SubramanianAnkur Capital has so far majorly invested in Agritech & Healthcare sector, some of its portfolio companies - Health Sutra, Cropin & Niramai among others.In this podcast, Ritu shares her experience of investing in Agritech & Healthcare space in India, and her vision going forward. Notes - 00:42 - Her Journey from a Physicist to the VC ecosystem06:50 - Thesis behind investing in Cropin & Niramai10:21 - Concentration of Portfolio towards Agritech & Health-tech11:20 - Future of Agritech in India by emerging startups21:36 - Training farmers for adopting Agritech solutions23:20 - Deployment of Fund II in 2020 & 2021 (at Pre-Series A & Series A rounds)25:07 - Recent successful exit from Carmel Organics and others in the pipeline (next 6-8 months)27:40 - Is it difficult for women to mark a place as VC?35:07 - Thesis behind investing in Jiny

37mins

17 May 2020

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E13: Ritu Verma (Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Ankur Capital)

The Desi VC: Indian Venture Capital | Angel Investors | Startups | VC

Ritu Verma is one of the co-founders at Ankur Capital. She is passionate about bringing innovation from lab to the market and did that for a decade across corporates such as Unilever and Philips. She has also worked globally investing in IP-led renewable technologies. She has a PhD in physics from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from INSEAD.You can follow Ritu (@rituverma01) and host Akash Bhat (@bhatvakash) on Twitter.…Glossary of terms:1. Impact Investing: Impact investing refers to investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return.…In this episode we will cover:1. Ritu’s journey from Academia to Venture Capital2. The definition of impact investing according to Ritu3. The bottlenecks within impact investing4. The misconceptions about impact investing5. The trends within impact investing6. Ankur Capital’s investment thesis – today and going forward7. Fund-raising for an impact focused fund8. How an impact fund tracks and measures ‘impact’9. Portfolio construction strategy at Ankur Capital10. Advice to investors and startups in the impact space

43mins

27 Apr 2020