Learn all about Raising Funds, Building Startups and Angel Investing | Kishore Ganji Founder of Astir Ventures

Feb 26, 2021, 12:30 – 2:00 AM


If you would like to learn how to invest in companies like Ripple, Yotta Savings, Zine One, Clean Cult, Addepar, Smarty Pants and more… You don’t want to miss this session. You will not only take away a great deal of knowledge on investments, but also find abundance of insights in building startups.

Virtual event


About this event

Join us Thursday, Feb 25th for a special fireside chat with Kishore Ganji Founder & CEO of Astir family of companies and Astir Ventures.

We will delve into Kishore's investing journey investing journey in over 230 investments spread across the globe with companies like Ripple, Yotta Savings, Zine One, Clean Cult, Addepar, Smarty Pants and how he is building the ASTIR brand and share his tips for starting your own business, scaling and more.

You don’t want to miss this session. You will not only take away a great deal of knowledge on investing, but also find abundance of insights in building startups.

What will I learn?

  • Knowing when to raise money
  • Ground rules when approaching a seed round
  • knowing what will investors look for in an early stage startup
  • Crafting your fundraising narrative
  • Pitching and closing
  • scaling a startup
  • Building a team
  • If you are a business founder/owner how to grow a company from 0 to 7 digits.

Who should attend?

You should attend if you plan are getting ready to fundraise, are currently fundraising, or are considering fundraising in the future. This session will also be for people who plan to build and scale startups from ground up. You will learn how to look for mentors and more...

Where: Virtual (Zoom Details to Follow)

When: Feb 25th , 6:30- 8:00 PM

Key Achievements:

  • Kishore Ganji is the founder and CEO of Astir family of companies most notable Astir IT Solutions and Airis Pharmaceuticals. He has over 2 decades of experience in starting and running businesses and a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry.
  • Acquired exposure and experience from renowned organizations like IBM Business Consulting Services, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Hewlett Packard and Liz Claiborne. Always wanted to be a part of the Startup ecosystem and so laid the foundation of Astir IT Solutions. Passionate towards building a technically advanced India and hence became an angel investor to provide financial aid and mentorship to various start-ups across the globe.
  • Kishore Ganji serves as the President of the Small and Medium Enterprise Consortium (SMEC), a consortium of over 300 technology companies. SMEC promotes sustainable development of these small and mid-sized businesses and is growing rapidly both here in the United States and abroad
  • He was recognized by NJBIZ as one of the top Forty under 40 high-achieving business leaders in New Jersey EY finalist in 2008
  • Finalist in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2010
  • Under his leadership, Astir IT has won numerous awards and recognitions some of which are being named: in the Inc 500 as one of the fastest growing companies in America, one of the top 250 privately held companies as ranked by NJBIZ, one of New Jersey’s fastest growing companies as ranked by NJBIZ, one of Inc. Magazines fastest growing private companies in America for 10 consecutive years, among the Bulldog 100: Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses and many more.
  • Founder of Astir Ventures, with over 230 investments spread across the globe, Astir Ventures is a premier micro-VC based out of Silicon Valley, New Jersey and Hyderabad. They back early-stage companies that are shaping the future by creating a positive disruption in the industries they operate in.
  • Astir Ventures is a sector and geography agnostic micro-VC that focuses on early-stage disruptive companies. With multiple star investments like Addepar, Smarty Pants, Ripple, Yotta Savings, Zine One, Clean Cult, Innovaptive to name a few; Astir VC hopes not just inspire and kindle the entrepreneurial spirit but also to help and nurture companies that can bring about a truly positive change in the world we live in

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    Astir Group

    Founder & CEO




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