Prajakt Raut - founder The Hub for Startups and Applyifi
Prajakt is an entrepreneur and entrepreneurship evangelist. Prajakt's personal goal in life is to encourage and assist a 100,000 people to become entrepreneurs.
He is the founder of Applyifi - an online platform that provides investors detailed assessment reports and a scorecard on a startup's investment worthiness.
Prajakt is well entrenched in the startup eco-system in India for over a decade. He mentors startups on strategy, business model & monetization, fundraising and on preparing the company for growth.
Before starting Applyifi, Prajakt was the head of operations at IAN, founding member of The Hatch incubator, and previously (2004 - 2007) the Asia-Director for TiE.
Prajakt mentors startups and helps them understand the dynamics of business, and assists them in developing meaningful business plans.
Previously Prajakt had co-founded Orange Cross, a healthcare services management company, and was part of the founding team of Idealake, a CRM solutions company. While in college Prajakt had started a printing business (which his family now runs) and has spent over 10 years working in leading advertising agencies like Grey, Madison DMB&B and Capital.
He also volunteers time with organizations like the National Entrepreneurship Network [NEN] and TiE.