Avi is a Chief Financial Officer at EVC Ventures. As a senior finance leader, Avi brings a strong 20+ year track record of experience across India, USA, and Canada. He has helped scale up businesses, overseen successful M&A (India & US) and handled complex corporate restructuring projects across Hedge funds, IT& ITES, Infrastructure (GMR Group), Real Estate, and Airline Catering (Singapore Airline Subsidiary). Avi is also a qualified Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant-ICWA (ranked 13th nationally) and a Certified Public Accountant.
Avi has overseen Fundraising, Asset Financing, and PE investment, led offshore entity accounting and consolidation of the group company’s books and successfully ensured the financial integrity of organization through US GAAP, US Taxation, SEC Compliance, Indian AS and SOX compliance. In addition, he has managed local statutory audit and tax filing requirements and ensured compliances with the regulatory frameworks like RBI/FEMA, business restructuring and corporate integrations.
Avi’s key accomplishments includes spearheading the transformation a US hedge fund start-up organization into a profit centre within 5 years. He grew assets under management (AUM) from $40 Million to ±$1Billion. Avi was instrumental in setting up the entire outsourcing office in India for back office support for US operation, accounting, operation, trading and research activities for all the funds, saving $2M per year in expenses. He also oversaw the $65 Million merger with Bioclinica, USA as VP Finance & Account of Synowledge.
Avi is a proud alumnus of ICAI, ICWA and Lalit Narayan Mithila University.
John is currently the Chief Marketing Officer at EVC Ventures. He leads the strategic marketing function and helps drive demand across EVC Ventures’ portfolio companies. John is a marketing leader with a passion for education and its power to transform lives, work places, and the globe. He has a diverse background in marketing, sales, portfolio and brand management, spanning the education ecosystem including K-12, Higher Ed, Career & Workforce, Professional and Student Advocacy.
Prior to joining EVC Ventures, John worked with Pearson North America for 13 years and earlier at McGraw Hill Higher Education which provided him with a unique understanding and appreciation for the learning life cycle and fueled his passion for fostering synergies between students and colleges, educators and employers, to better prepare learners for colleges and the world at large.
John holds an advanced Marketing degree from Kellogg Executive Education and a Bachelors in Marketing Management from Lander University.
Wesley Matthews is an Operating Partner and Chief Operating Officer at EVC Ventures, a Chicago-based venture capital fund focused on serving the higher education market. In this role he is an active board member of Unifyed, OculusIT, BlackBeltHelp and QuickLaunch.
Wesley brings over 20 years of senior executive level experience to EVC Ventures, with a proven ability to lead global organizations, extensive international experience, and a focus on operational excellence. Prior to joining EVC Ventures, he held executive roles at Ellucian, Dairy Management Inc, Corpgroup S.A., Illinois Institute of Technology among others, where he managed professional services, large scale research functions, business development and global execution of strategic initiatives.
Wesley holds degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Universidad Austral de Chile, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Additionally, he holds a certificate degree in nonprofit management from University of Notre Dame.
Anjli Jain is a Managing Partner at EVC Ventures, a $50 million Chicago-based venture capital fund and the Founder & Chairman of Campus Consortium, a global consortium of 2000+ colleges and universities. She was on the Fifth Annual Women's Leadership Forum at Notre Dame College in Cleveland, Ohio and has been on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cleveland YWCA and a few other tech-based entities. Anjli is also on the Chair of Columbia Venture Community (CVC), a non-profit endorsed by Columbia University.
In 2011, Anjli was a recipient of the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club's Northeast Ohio Top 25 Under 35 Movers & Shaker Award. She has also been featured among the top women VCs of the United States by Women VC
As a female tech entrepreneur, investor and social activist, her goal has always been to inspire and support women entrepreneurs who are interested in revolutionizing the way the world learns. Anjli currently supports a few organizations such as the Chicago Foundation For Women and Inspiration Corporation which helps and assists girls, women and those affected by poverty and lack of opportunity to improve their lives and provide them the necessary support. Lately, in 2018 Anjli joined 1871 (North America's top university-affiliated business incubator and accelerator) as a mentor to help and support startups accelerate their journey.
Anjli is also a frequent commentator and author on the intersection of education, technology, and entrepreneurship and has been featured globally in platforms like Edtech Magazine, Entrepreneur, Businessworld, Techinasia, YourStory, Business Standard, VC Circle etc. among others.
Anjli attended the prestigious Horace Mann School in New York City and later received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Columbia University in the City of New York.
BlackBeltHelp, Quicklaunch, Unifyed, I-MADE, OculusIT, EdTech Review, BigDeal (Acquired), Milkbasket (Exited at 200% IRR).
EdTech, Mobile Apps, SaaS, Cloud, Open Source etc.
Balaji heads EVC Labs, a technology accelerator division of EVC Ventures. He oversees client-facing product development, EVC Accelerator platform engineering and internal technology operations.
Balaji is a hands-on technology leader with 15+ years of software engineering experience with strong exposure to Product Management, Enterprise Architecture, Software Development, Test Engineering, DevOps and Artificial Intelligence. Prior to joining EVC Ventures, Balaji was in technology leadership roles with ADP, Cisco Systems, Cognizant Technology Solutions and a Supply chain startup.
Balaji holds a MBA in Systems from Bharathidasan Institute of Management, a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Madras and has also an executive Data Science specialization from IIT, Roorkee. He is a gold medalist and a university rank holder during his graduation. Balaji stays active in industry-relevant certifications such as Advance Product Management from IPL, PMP and TOGAF.
Kurt is a Partner with EVC Ventures and focuses on the representation of companies in all facets of their business, including corporate formation and structure, business strategy and deal negotiation (merger and acquisition and capital raising), complex contract negotiation and drafting (including joint venturing, licensing, development and services agreements) and protection of intellectual property (including trademark registration and prosecution, copyright, and other computer and technology law). He represents primarily closely held companies in a variety of industries, including retail, fashion, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, media, ecommerce and computer technologies, with a high level of concentration in representing technology companies.
Kurt provides a wealth of business knowledge and background to his clients, spending a significant amount of time assisting companies in their critical management, operational and strategic business decisions, enabling clients to execute on their business model more efficiently and cost effectively.
Kurt earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Rochester and his J.D. from the Syracuse College of Law. He is admitted to practice before the State and Federal Courts in New Jersey and New York, and is a member of the New Jersey, New York and American Bar.
E-Commerce, Ad Tech, Internet of Things (IoT)
Sayantan acts as a Partner & Vice President at EVC Ventures, a $50 Million Venture Capital firm focused on early-stage startups. His overall involvement includes Investor Relations, Brand Management, Internal & External Communications, Networking & Collaborations, Media Relations, Event Coordination, Strategic Decision Making and Team Management.
Being the great grandson of Bipin Chandra Pal, who was one of the freedom fighters of India and the 'Father of Revolutionary Thoughts', Sayantan believes in supporting entrepreneurial ideas which are solving real problems in the society. Sayantan has over 10+ years of experience in the Public Relations & Media industry and has earlier worked with names like Businessworld, Jaarvis Accelerator (Arm of VC & PE Group, Jaarvis Labs China), Arevyen Studios and the Indian Film Industry. As a skilled communicator with more than 5 languages known, he carries an ability to be comfortable with self-expression, foster healthy business terms and acts as a brand evangelist.
Beyond his corporate life, Sayantan is a professional musician with over 17+ years of experience in music. He served as a Music Director, Composer, Session Guitarist and has worked in four mainstream movies till date. In 2015, Sayantan served as one of the youngest Music Directors at TSeries. He has been teaching music for over a decade now and connecting with people, public relations, came to him naturally at a very early age.
"No work is big or small. Keep hustling and the universe will take care of the rest."
Sayantan holds an Executive Masters in International Business from Oxford Business College UK, Post Graduate in Media & Entertainment from Asian Academy of Film and Television, PGDM in Corporate Communications & a Double Major in Marketing and Human Resource Management from Asian Business School and Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication with major in Audio Engineering from SAE Institute.
Christopher is the General Counsel at EVC Ventures. In this role, he provides strategic legal support for the investment fund as well as its portfolio companies. Christopher is a former partner of the international law firm - Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where his practice focused on intellectual property, litigation, and employment matters. He has broad experience in working with technology and education companies at different stages of growth and development, from early-stage to liquidity events. Christopher believes that the best legal work is clear and decisive and emphasizes the use of data to provide practical legal advice to his clients.
Christopher received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Duke University, where he was selected for the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He received his legal degree with honors from the University of Michigan Law School.
Ishan is currently the Vice President- Human Capital Management at EVC Ventures. He has worked for various portfolios of EVC Ventures and is responsible for workgroup business unit talent acquisition services, on boarding operations and HR initiatives.
His key areas of expertise lie in strategic workforce planning, talent acquisition, diversity & inclusion, and mergers & acquisition.
Ishan believes in building a strong TA team for flawless execution in hiring, redefining the recruitment metrics and serve as a boon to the stakeholders. He has earlier worked with Wow Jobs and was responsible for sourcing talents, mapping, screening and closing various positions as per the business requirements.
Ishan is a proud alumni of Delhi University and The Lawrence School.
Shruti is part of the Talent Management team and leads the strategic and operational aspects of the talent management function. She handles the annual implementation of the Performance & Development Appraisal (PDA), Talent Identification (TIP), People Review Session (PRS) and Succession Planning Processes including systems interface, stakeholder engagement, learning and internal communications efforts.
Her role takes an integrated approach to ensure we have the best people with the necessary competencies, skills and development opportunities to successfully deliver on our mandate. Shruti’s key to success lies in leading the team to ensure the work done on Talent Management continues in line with the vision and strategic direction established and is fully integrated with benefits visible for staff and managers alike. She comes with a rich 7 years of experience in managing human work force. She started as an HR Executive and a Coordinator and moved on to a HR Manager role and is now managing the HR gamut.
Shruti holds a MBA in Human Resource from Jaipuria Institute, Noida
Avijit is the Legal Associate at EVC Ventures. He has a demonstrated history of working with different legal firms and the Delhi High Court and was majorly involved in Drafting & Reviewing Master Level Service Agreements, Information Technology Contracts, Trademark Infringement, Software Patents, Unfair Competition, and E-commerce.
Prior to joining EVC Ventures, he was associated with firms like Singh & Singh Lall & Sethi, Babanjeet Singh Mew & Associates and Arvind Sharma & Associates.
Avijit holds a Masters of Laws in Intellectual Property from Queen Mary University of London and a Bachelors in LLB
David is a President at Unifyed, an EVC Ventures' investee company. Over the past 30 years, David has demonstrated a deep passion and commitment to modernize higher education.
He founded Campus Management in 1988 to help institutions drive institutional excellence in higher education. Under David’s leadership, Campus Management grew into a major player in higher education, generating annual revenues of over $50 million and serving more than 1,000 campuses across North America. After two decades of serving higher education and demonstrating consistent growth, in 2008, Campus Management was acquired by Leeds Private Equity.
David strongly believes that while building software for colleges and universities, there needs to be a close alignment between the product and the customer’s needs. His understanding of challenges faced by the higher education community and his knack for finding innovative technology-driven solutions to help customers achieve their strategic goals will play a vital role in building Unifyed into a leading brand in higher education.
Rahul leads the marketing agenda for EVC Ventures and its associated operating brands. He also heads the marketing shared services function that looks into brand management & governance, digital channels management, marketing intelligence, sales enablement, public relations and creative design.
Rahul brings 18 years of rich experience to EVC. He has led marketing teams while being part of Fortune 500 brands like Fiserv, HCL, Accenture among others. In his past stints, he has successfully ramped up marketing teams with requisite competencies and strategic leadership to support global business objectives.
Rahul started his career as an officer in the Indian Army. He was part of the prestigious Armoured Corps and is the proud recipient of the Operation Parakram medal. He is an avid sportsperson. He represented the Army in several Golf championships and maintains a handicap of 5.
Rahul is an alumnus of the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon.
Jay Khan is a Managing Partner at EVC Ventures, a $50 million Venture Capital fund and accelerator focused on growth stage start-ups. Jay attended the prestigious Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and graduated with a Bachelors in Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies & Poetry. Jay is a Board Observer at BlackBeltHelp, Unifyed, QuickLaunch, OculusIT, BigDeal(Exited) and Milkbasket (Exited at 200% IRR).
EVC Ventures is committed to converting entrepreneurial ideas into compelling fundable propositions and viable businesses in the shortest possible period of time. EVC Ventures operates accelerators in both the United States and India, where it provides capital and mentorship support to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into unicorns.
EdTech, SaaS, Security, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, AR/VR and Robotics.