The Global Entrepreneurship Network announced today the addition of a new co-chair to the Global Business Angels Network, Padmaja Ruparel, who is president of the Indian Angel Network.
“Padmaja Ruparel brings a wealth of experience to GBAN, having built innovative new models through operations in six cities in India and London over the past 15 years," said Jonathan Ortmans, president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network and fellow co-chair of GBAN. "She will be an invaluable resource for our members while giving a voice to angels and investors around the world.”
Ruparel is the co-founder and president of Indian Angel Network, India’s first business angel association and one of the largest angel networks in Asia. Since launching in 2009, she built it into an organization with more than 425 investors across 10 countries, with a portfolio of more than 100 companies spanning 17 sectors. She has operationalized IAN’s international work in London – making it a pioneering angel group to set up operations outside of its home country.
Ruparel has also established an incubator in partnership with the Indian government, which leverages 400 mentors to share their expertise to early-stage companies. Ruparel joins fellow co-chairs Ortmans, Candace Johnson from the European Business Angels Network; Claire Munck from Be Angels; and John May from the Angel Capital Association.
The Global Business Angels Network interfaces with entrepreneurs, policymakers, other early-stage finance actors and leading entrepreneurial support programs to strengthen the global entrepreneurial ecosystem. Whether helping local entrepreneurial ecosystems recruit more investors, expanding geographic investment arenas beyond local markets or amplifying the angel “voice” to regulatory issue discussions, GBAN seeks to provide an inclusive, supportive community of early-stage investors around the world.