Anuj Mehta
Fellow at Kstart
Anuj, who is all of 25, has worked in various segments of businesses. Right from a short stint in Investment Banking to co-authoring a report for The World Bank, Corporate Management Services to Marketing, he’s been around. He’s also been an Operations & Business Strategy guy at a startup (Housing.com) where he was the go-to person for automating processes and launching new products for the company. He holds a bachelor’s degree from IIT Kharagpur in a field of his interest i.e. Architecture which has absolutely nothing to do with his aspirations. His interests vary from north to south, thus explaining the diverse field of experiences. He is passionate about solving real life problems and has a penchant for early stage ventures. He has represented the country at various international forums & conferences which also include him being awarded a scholarship by the Government of Israel to attend a program in Entrepreneurship at Tel Aviv University.

Why did you decide to take this fellowship up?

Venture Capital firms always fascinated me and while being fairly well equipped with knowledge in the startup space, Kstart came at the perfect time and seemed like an excellent opportunity for me to learn, contribute and K(ick)start my journey! Its relatively easy for me now to understand the complexities, see through chaos and appreciate the challenges faced at an entrepreneurial level. The Indian startup ecosystem is going through a very interesting phase and I want to see the early stage companies grow while personally advancing with them. Since this style of fellowship has been crafted for the first time, working alongside the key influencers in this domain, would be an interesting experience.

What are your areas of interest?

Agritech, Impact Investing, Digital Content & Media sectors in the India seem quite intriguing to me. I would love to discover the wonders, application of technology in agriculture could do, as I feel it could prove to be ground-breaking in a country like ours which has the highest percentage of employment in that field and is the backbone of our economy.

What do you do when you’re not at Kstart?

On my day-offs and weekends, you’d probably find me on road trips, travelling, teaching underprivileged kids, trying out new cafes/restaurants or playing games on a console!

Tell me something bizarre from your early years?

I played a lot of games on and off field when I was a kid & one game that has stuck with me through all these years is – Rollercoaster Tycoon! I’ve had a childhood dream of designing rollercoasters & owning an amusement park that I would still like to turn into my future reality.

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