Tiffin Talk: Entrepreneurship and start-up ecosystems by Arumugam Aramvalarthanathan

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16 May 2013 12:45 pm

Arumugam Aramvalarthanathan gave his talk on the subject Entrepreneurship and start-up ecosystems. He explored what has made some regions in the world hotbeds of high-value venture creation and the role of government intervention in catalysing this. Drawing lessons from these experiences, take a closer look at the current landscape of entrepreneurship in India and Australia and assess their potential to be effective start-up ecosystems.


About the Lecturer: Aru has been in Private Equity (PE) since 2000 and is the former Managing Director at JRE Partners, an Asian PE partnership between Rothschild, Jardines and Exor, that he set up and led in Singapore and India. Prior to JRE, Aru was a Director with Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE) and the Merlion India Fund (SCPE’s JV with Temasek) and was earlier with AIG’s PE business. He began his career in 1995 with ICICI Securities (then a JV between ICICI Bank and JP Morgan), as an investment banker.

Aru is an alumnus of BITS, Pilani (1993) and IIM, Ahmedabad (1995) and is a Chevening Gurukul Scholar from LSE (2005). Aru is currently an independent advisor to entrepreneurs and businesses. His interests include social entrepreneurship, start-up mentoring, VC / angel investing and value investing. He serves on the boards of the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIM, Ahmedabad and JRE entities in India and Singapore.