Core Team

Vikram Gupta
Vikram Gupta
Founder & Managing
Partner
Vikram Gupta
Vikram Gupta
Founder & Managing Partner

Vikram Gupta is the Founder, Managing Partner and Investment Committee Member at IvyCap Ventures Advisors Private Limited. He has about 16 years of experience in Private Equity, Business Consulting, M&A, Strategy and Operations in Healthcare and Life Sciences, Education, Consumer Goods and other industries. He has held leadership positions across various well-known companies in India and Abroad.

Prior to founding IvyCap, Mr. Gupta was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) with IndiaVenture Advisors Private Limited, a Private Equity Fund Management company sponsored by the Ajay Piramal Group. Mr. Gupta conceptualized, raised and deployed the first PE fund from the group, a Healthcare and Life Sciences Focused PE fund. He raised the entire fund from a large base of institutional and HNI (High Networth Individual) investors in India. He managed all the aspects of the Private Equity business including Fund Raising, Investors Relationship Management, Deal Sourcing, Deal Evaluation, Deal Closure, Fund Portfolio Management, Value Creation, Risk Management and Exits.

In an earlier stint, Mr. Gupta worked in the US with IBM Business Consulting Services for about four years in strategy and planning, business development and project management across various assignments. He conceptualized and led IBM's Healthcare and Life Sciences practice for Clinical Genomics. He has also held senior positions with Indian companies including A F Ferguson & Co., Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Lupin Laboratories and Piramal Healthcare across different areas including, Business Consulting, Strategy and Planning, M&A, Business Development and Manufacturing. Mr. Gupta has experience of starting-up companies in the areas of Medical Tourism, Outsourcing Strategy Consulting, and a Commercial Laundry.

Mr. Gupta has published many reusable and licensed assets including Patents, White Papers and Technical Documents. He has various awards and recognitions to his credit. He has completed his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi and has dual MBA degrees in Strategy and Finance from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA and Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar.

Ashish Wadhwani
Ashish Wadhwani
Managing Partner
Ashish Wadhwani
Ashish Wadhwani
Managing Partner
Ashish Wadhwani is an experienced strategy consultant and an investment professional with over 16 years of experience across Asia with leading consulting firms and the Tata group. In his consulting career, he has advised over 40 MNCs and Asian companies on Business Strategy, Performance improvement and M&A. He has worked across Energy, Commodity and Technology sectors. As an investment professional Ashish has helped several small and mid-sized companies across Asia in executing strategy and raising capital. He has also incubated, completed US listing and funding raising processes for an acquisition vehicle. Ashish has held several leadership roles including developing the utility practice; the leadership team of Monitor in India, head of the project office for Roland Berger in India; leading the strategy practice in S.E Asia. He has extensive CXO level business development experience across India and S. E Asia. He is also an independent advisor to several leading companies in the APAC region. He is also a regular speaker and author on thought leadership topics.

Ashish is an Alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India and of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. He is married with two sons.

Vishal Gauri
Vishal Gauri
Co-Founder & Mentor
Vishal Gauri
Vishal Gauri
Co-Founder & Mentor

Vishal is an entrepreneur and strategist with extensive experience in global sales and business development, operations and M&A. He is a Principal at Nagarro (acquired by Allgeier SE), a Caifornia based high-end technology services company and also co-founded 100percentile - one of the first online test prep providers in India. In his early career Vishal held key research positions at General Electric and Lam Research. Vishal is well published and is an inventor on 15 patents in the lighting and semiconductor industries. Vishal brings a unique perspective to the IvyCap team with his experience in core technology creation and passion for seeding and growing innovative ideas into viable enterprises. He is also strongly committed to lending a helping hand to the next generation of entrepreneurs and is the architect behind IvyCap's "Give Back" program.

Vishal holds a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi, and a PhD from The Ohio State University. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two sons.

Sonia Gupta
Sonia Sharma Gupta
Vice President
Vikram Gupta
Sonia Sharma Gupta
Vice President

Sonia has 15 years of experience in Banking, Strategy & Operations and Entrepreneurship. She has held leadership positions across various well-known companies in India and Abroad. She founded four companies and has an excellent track record of building businesses from scratch. Sonia has incubated companies in Human Resource Outsourcing (HRO), Hospitality and Healthcare industries. She has been involved in various Mergers and Acquisitions activities of her companies and has dealt with Private Equity and Venture Capital funds as an entrepreneur.

She holds a B.A. in Economics from Delhi University and dual MBA degrees in Marketing and Finance from Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio and IMT, Ghaziabad.

Prayag Mohanty
Prayag Mohanty
Vice President
Prayag Mohanty
Prayag Mohanty
Vice President

Prayag has worked at SBI Capital Markets, the Investment Banking subsidiary of SBI for three years as part of the Equity Capital Markets group which dealt with all forms of equity fund raising for the corporates. He was involved in the closure of 5 transactions including the marquee follow on public offering of $700 million by Tata Steel. He has worked closely with the Department of Disinvestment for managing the sale of shares by the Government of India including the $200 million stake sale in Engineers India through a follow on public offering and the $110 million stake sale in National Aluminium Company via an offer for sale auction. He was also involved in the initial public offerings of two midsized private companies in the power financing and ancillary sector.

Prayag has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management with Finance specialisation from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar and a Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Science from Pune University.

Aakanksha Sharma
Aakanksha Sharma
Vice President
Aakanksha Sharma
Aakanksha Sharma
Vice President

Prior to joining IvyCap Ventures, Aakanksha worked at Verity Knowledge Solutions (UBS Subsidiary)as an Investment Banking Analyst for two years. She was a part of the Financial Institutions Group, focused on banking and insurance sectors, and provided sell-side M&A advisory and investment/securities valuation services to UBS clients worldwide. She designed a capital model & pitch book to meet the €2.3bn Basel III shortfall for a €6bn Austrian Bank. She also assisted in the merger model & shareholder restructuring for a Portuguese Bank in a €1.5bn deal.

She interned at Samara Capital, a $350 mn PE Fund, and was part of three live deals in technology, e-waste and food sector. She received the highest ever performance based bonus given by the firm to any summer intern, across all years.

Aakanksha holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from The Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. She is a graduate of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi University and completed her CFA Level 2 in June 2012.