About the speaker
Nagaraja Prakasam is a full time angel investor who has invested in 16 start-ups and seen three exits. He has spearheaded Impact thinking in Indian Angel Network and co-founded IANImpact. A partner at Acumen Fund, a New York based $100mm impact-venture fund, he serves as an independent director in one of its portfolio company. In addition, he directs boards in Uniphore Software Systems, GoCoop – Social Marketplace, Saahas Zero Waste, FreshWorld, Lumiere Organic, SP ROBOTIC WORKS Pvt. Ltd and is a board observer at Happy Hens Farm. His personal mantra is “Start-ups should focus on India’s strength – people, problems, Tech (PPT)”. He describes himself as a farmer who is growing startups.
In the past, he has served as a President of South and Southeast Asia Chapters at CDC Software (formerly Ross Systems), and Atlanta, San Diego Chapters of Association for Indias Development. He travels extensively to rural areas to closely understand the need. He is sought after as a thought leader in Impact space and has inspired many students as a motivational speaker in a number of colleges. He is a versatile and passionate leader with more than two decades of global experience
Nagaraja holds a BE degree from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, India and an MBA degree from the San Diego/Kennesaw State University, United States.