From building her own real estate business in her 20s to being a housewife to handling corporate communications and corporate social responsibility before becoming an angel investor, Padmaja has donned many roles.
As the president and co-founder of the Indian Angel Network (IAN), India's first & Asia's largest angel investor network with over 500 investors across 10 countries and a portfolio of over 135 companies across 17 sectors., Padmaja is now looking to fund at least 500 startups that can create over 30,000 jobs in the next ten years through IAN.
With her experience spanning over 15 years in the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem, Padmaja is credited with operationalizing the Delhi chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and has served as the Executive Director of Indian Venture Capital Association, India's oldest and largest association of VC and PE firms. She has also helped set up Lankan Angel Network and has contributed actively to the Planning Commission’s report : “Creating a Vibrant Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in India”.
She is actively engaged with the various committees of Ministry of Finance, SEBI, & was involved in the “India Inclusive Innovation Fund”, a US$1 bn. dollar fund which focuses on the Base of the Economic Pyramid to bring public, private & development fund investors, driven by professional management,promising financial & impact returns.
When not reading business plans or interacting with entrepreneurs, Padmaja likes to paint, play the piano or hit the road with her husband for a short break out of the town. She loves the dhokla made by her mom and ensures she spends as much time with her mother as she can.