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Suresh Kalpathi, Angel Investor & Founder-AGS, SSI
He is an extremely successful entrepreneur, and is now an active venture capitalist, angel investor, and businessman. HeÂ starting off his entrepreneurial journey in 1991 with SSI Ltd, which was one of India's leading IT and IT Training Firms.Â He had successfully bought out Aptech and merged SSI's education arm with Aptech. He later sold SSI to the PVP Group for around INR 10 Billion. Having built and created a hugely successful global brand, the Kalpathi Group has now turned its focus on encouraging young entrepreneurs to create new global brands with their flagship company Kalpathi Investments, a Chennai based VC Fund.Â The group is also developing an entertainment business on its own under the brand of AGS that includes production, distribution and exhibition.
6:30 Networking and Food
7:30 Fireside Chat
Hosted By Sriram Sekhar, Chennai Startup Grind Chapter Director
He found his entrepreneurial calling early in life, and after working with top global and Indian consulting companies & finance houses for several years, he started his own venture Â - S.M.A.R.T Advisors, a financial consulting and advisory firm based out of Chennai, India, focused on helping entrepreneurs with business strategies and raising funds. He also recently started South India's first professional dog walking service - though this is still a very nascent concept in India.
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Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.