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Cohort for Family Offices
Investing in Startups

9 February, 2022 – 10 March, 2022

Lead partner

Ecosystem partner

Startups in India have mostly received capital from countries such as the United States, China, Japan, and Australia. When it comes to investing in startups, Indian investors are still a small minority. Indian family offices, HNIs, and UHNIs like to invest in traditional asset classes such as stocks, real estate, and gold. If a portion of their capital was directed towards backing Indian companies, the ecosystem would get a big boost and as well as it being a great wealth generation juggernaut for the country. CIES is collaborating with investment networks and family offices to encourage HNIs and family offices to invest in startups domestically through cohorts.

Key objectives of the Cohort programme

  • Help the next generation of professionals from family offices gauge the investment potential of the startup space
  • Help them understand the venture capital space
  • Help the attendees get a toehold (head start or boost or opportunity) in the startup investment space


Programme Details

•  This is designed as a 15-hour program spread over 5 weeks starting February 9, 2022
•  3 hour per week spread over 2 days
•  Each session is of 90 minutes
•  A combination of lectures and workshop
•  Participants to be introduced to tool and templates


Topics that will be covered

•  History of Venture Capital in India: Venture capitalism in India began in 1986 with the start of the economic liberalization and has come a long way since. This session will look at the journey thus far and help participants understand how the space is shaping up and what the opportunities are going ahead.

•  How VC funds are organized: The venture capital space is a sum of many terms and phrases. This module will help the participants decode the jargon and navigate the space better.

• Family office portfolio management: This part of the curriculum will analyze the way FOs invest and where startups can fit into their scheme of things.

• How to assess opportunities, how to identify great startups and founders: Being able to identify the right opportunity is half the job done. Venture capitalists need to analyze and understand the ultimate potentials of a startup idea and build constructive communication mechanisms with entrepreneurs if they are to invest fruitfully. This module will build the ability to do so.  

•  Managing innovation and high growth companies: As an investor you have a stake in how the startup is shaping up. However, startups operate differently to well-established businesses. This module will help attendees understand how these organizations behave and how best to manage them.

• Scaling up a business- hear directly from the founders: Founders of startups who have successfully scaled up their businesses will share their experience with the cohort. This will help the group understand the different stages in the lifecycle of a startup.

• Exits- How value harvesting happens: This session will focus on strategies for venture capitalists to exit successful investments.

•  How to identify the best GPS


Who should attend:

•  Promoters of family businesses

•  HNI’s / UHNI’s

•  Heads of family offices

Registration & Participation Fees

Rs 50,000 + applicable taxes per participant, payable to CII. As the cohort will have a limited number of participants, please register your interest at the earliest.


As the cohort will comprise of a limited number of participants, the registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. For more details, members may contact 

Mr Anurag Sharma at / +91 7702221720 or 

Mr Varun Akhnoor at / +91 9100070111


Kris Gopalakrishnan
Chairman, CII CIES,
Co-founder, Infosys, Chairman, Axilor Ventures
Sunil Kant Munjal
Chairman, Hero Enterprises
Sudhir Sethi
Founder & Chairman, Chiratae Ventures
TCM Sundaram
Founder & Vice Chairman, Chiratae Ventures
Peyush Bansal
Co founder and CEO 
LensKart solutions
Dr Andreas Hettich
Chairman, Hettich Group Advisory Board

Prof. Srivardhini K Jha

Associate Professor & Chair, Entrepreneurship at IIM-B

Manish Choksi
Non-Executive Director, 
Asian Paints
Sneh Vaswani
Co-Founder & CEO, Miko    
Chirantan Patnaik
Director, Venture Capital, 
CDC Group plc
Swaminathan Shankar
CFO, Chiratae Ventures
Ramkumar Narayanan
VP Technology & Managing Director, 
Gayatri Menon
Associate Vice President Legal, 
Chiratae Ventures
Dhruv Agarwal
CEO - Aether Biomedical
Ramaswamy Iyer
Founder and CEO 
VAYANA Network
Vishal Mehta
Managing Director and Partners
Boston Consulting Group
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