Revathy Ashok who is Co-Founder at Strategy Garage, which aims at fostering entrepreneurship in India, along with being an active mentor at the Indian Angel Network (IAN).Ashok also adds that the driving factor, for her to engage with startups, is the learning which comes along with the investment in the form of new technology and new disruptive business models. She adds that it is the whole processes of helping entrepreneurs create a viable and scalable business that excites her the most.
She adds that throughout her career, there was always a degree of familiarity with respect to dealing with strategic investments and growth of new businesses; these were stepping stones to turn an active angel investor and mentor.
Ashok has interesting insights to offer as far as working towards breaking the gender barrier in angel and venture capital (VC) investments is concerned. She believes that in angel, VC, and private equity (PE) domains; the number of women investors is still significantly less.
With the city of Bengaluru known as a startup hub, it is only natural to try and find out if the city’s ecosystem is favorable for women investors (and mentors).
“I am not sure there is a difference in North versus South investment climate attributable to gender differences. I think the startup ecosystems in both Bangalore and Delhi/NCR region are very vibrant,” states Ashok candidly. Therefore, it is only natural for entrepreneurs to witness women investing in large numbers in these regions due to the increased seeding of talent.