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  • Kolkata Ventures

  • Kolkata Ventures is a Indo-US collaboration to foster entrepreneurship in the 10 states of Eastern India.

  • Startup Resources

    Our goal is to create the Silicon Valley of India in Kolkata. Your enthusiasm and our experience can make this happen.

    • Seed Funding

      We provide the first funding for your startup to help you prove out your big idea and validate your business model.

    • Expert Mentorship

      Rockstar entrepreneurs from India and US share valuable lessons they have learned the hard way building their ventures so you that can build your’s smoothly.

    • Networking

      Meet your cofounder, investor, designer or engineer through our vast international network in India, US, Hong Kong, China and Vietnam. Our group of advisors and mentors are here to help you find exactly who you need on your team.

    • Events

      Win cash prizes and get publicity by participating at our events. Idea2Launch, PerfectPitch, MotivationalMondays, are just few of the many events that will be conducted regularly by Kolkata Ventures.

    • Idea2Launch Courses

      Get a crash course on the building blocks of starting a business. We cover ideation, product development, product design, business plan, business law, market research, art of selling and pitching to investors. You start with a vague idea and end up with a minimum viable product ready for execution.

    • Co-working Space

      We give you space with high-speed internet and a creative environment for your team to work hard and have lots of fun while at it.

Meet Your Mentors

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    Radhakrishnan S.

    — President, TiE Kolkata

    He one of the most well connected and highly respected individual in the Bengal startup community, currently presiding on the boards of several corporations and academic institutions. He as been the president of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce in the past. He has been a source of immense inspiration for many upcoming entrepreneurs.

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    Avelo Roy

    — Founder, Kolkata Ventures

    He started his first venture in the US when he was 19 and grew it to a million dollar valuation by the time he was 22 and won 14 business plan competitions in the process. He has been invited to speak on the White House Panel for Entrepreneurship and is a TEDx speaker.He brings his global network, experience of building multiple ventures and access to funds for our startups. He has been featured on CNN Money, ABC7, Huffington Post and other US news media. Find out more about Mr. Roy at aveloroy.com.

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    Neeraj Krishna

    — Co-Founder, Kolkata Ventures

    He is currently the Vice-President for Marketing at Aiwa India. He has multiple patents and international journal papers to his name. While still at college pursing his B.Tech at IIT Kharagpur, he started his first venture which has experienced exponential revenue growth since then.

     

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    Dr. David Pistrui

    — CEO, Acumen Dynamics (USA)

    He is a double PhD holder in Entrepreneurship and Sociology. Dr. Pistrui has held a number of scholarly appointments in the US, Europe and the Middle East including being the Managing Director of the Wharton Enterprising Families Initiative, in the Wharton School of Business and being the advisor of the Government of Bahrain. He has been featured on CNN, INC. Magazine, Entrepreneur, Los Angeles Business Journal and other news media.

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    Gary Dollinger

    — Executive Director, Pongworks (USA)

    A software tycoon with $25 million+ worth of products under his belt in industries including healthcare automation, real estate, artificial intelligence and consumer electronics. Helping Kolkata Venture Startups with product development, design and technology strategy.

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    Leon Leong

    — CEO, Spring Ventures (Hong Kong)

    He has been the CEO of a massive 40,000 people design and manufacturing company is China and Hong Kong for the last 20 years. With such a prolific background in manufacturing, he is an expert at hardware development, pre-production runs, product sourcing, marketing and distribution. Further, he has direct access to Chinese Venture Capitalists.

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    Prof. Nik Rokop

    — Chair, Entrepreneurship Academy Council @ Illinois Institute of Technology (USA)

    He has more than 30 years of successful entrepreneurial experience in engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing and international operations. His career spans the iron and steel industries, manufacturing, consulting, education and the Internet. He previously served as Managing Director of Illinois Tech’s Knapp Entrepreneurship Center, where he led and built a university resource to educate and support entrepreneurs.

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    Dr. Prabha Bhola

    — Professor, IIT Kharagpur

    Bringing in her expertise and mentoring startups in market research, business modeling and business economics.

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    Sarbajit Das

    — CEO, Sun dew Solutions

    A true entrepreneur in spirit who is expert in product design and development, who started from scratch in Kolkata and and has offices in 3 continents and clients all over the world adding to his extremely successful software development business.

  • Philosophy

    Lean Startup

    Develop a minimum viable product (MVP), test it out with your market, gather data and use it to develop the next iteration of your product.

    Work smart, be data driven, get free help using your network and pay for things that are of absolute necessity.

    Mission

    Our Mission

    To create a complete repository of resources and tools that a sincere and hard working entrepreneur can use to bring his/her idea to market.

    We are starting with Kolkata, West Bengal and plan to reach out to the neighboring states and eventually cover the entirety of the great nation of India.

  • Startup Resources

        • Mentorship
          Learn how to raise funds for your venture.
        • Technical Resources
          Websites, Apps, Social Media Marketing at affordable prices.
        • Legal Support
          Company registration, patent filing and accounting.
        • Contact us
          Be it mentoring, funding or space