Want to know more about scaling up a new business venture? Who better to learn from than an angel?
Indiana University alumnus Dhruv Kapoor is currently an investor at The Chernin Group, where he focuses on sourcing, executing and leading multi-stage investments in consumer businesses across the fields of media, entertainment and technology. Prior to joining TCG, he was an investor at Five Elms Capital, a tech growth equity firm with more than $1.5 billion under management and over 50 platform investments globally
Kapoor is also an avid member of the IU Angel Network, one of the major investment programs managed by IU Ventures, which leads IU’s investment in high-potential new venture opportunities with strong university connections. As part of IU’s growing network of business founders and funders, he is committed to helping further the university’s culture of entrepreneurship and innovation.
Next week, Kapoor will put on his halo and return to his alma mater for the inaugural IU Founders and Funders Network Venture Summit, which will be held May 12-13 at the Indiana Memorial Union. Hosted by IU Ventures, the summit will bring together the “best of IU’s venture community,” allowing members of this group to connect with and learn from like-minded industry leaders and find investment, expertise, mentorship and other resources they need to build their businesses.
On Friday, May 13, he will participate in an afternoon panel session on the importance of quickly scaling a new business venture and the key milestones potential investors are looking for. The panel, which will also include IU alumni Ellie Symes (co-founder and CEO of The Bee Corp) and Peter Kennedy (president and founder of Tagger Media), will also explore such topics as developing a robust go-to-market strategy, building a winning culture, hardwiring scalable processes and considering a non-founder CEO. Jason Whitney, vice president of venture development at IU Ventures and executive director for the IU Angel Network, will moderate the session.
Originally from Mumbai, India, Kapoor graduated from IU’s renowned Kelley School of Business, earning a B.S. in business with a focus on finance and music. While at IU, he founded and captained the IU squash team and was a member of the Investment Banking Network and Capital Markets Workshop.
Kapoor also writes about hot trends and investments in the venture ecosystem in a newsletter he calls “Weekly SaaSology.”
Registration for the summit, which will be presented by Bridge Bank, a division of Western Alliance Bank, is still open on the IU Ventures website. Registration is $95 and includes all summit programming.