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Rajat AroraInvestment Director

Rajat joined Elevar in 2019 and is a core member of the India investing team.

Rajat comes with 14 years of experience across investing, consulting, strategy and operations. Prior to joining Elevar, Rajat was responsible for LGT Group’s impact investing efforts in India. In his capacity at LGT, he led investments in companies that cater to the informal economy. Previously, Rajat was part of the investment team at BTS, an early-growth stage focused PE firm. Prior to that, he advised leading infrastructure companies at CRISIL. He began his career as a member of the CEO’s team at Reliance Energy.

Rajat completed his MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai and Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi. He is a coffee connoisseur, an aviation geek and an avid traveller who aspires to become a travel consultant later in his life.

What are the most and least favorite parts of your job?

My favorite parts are meeting the most talented and ambitious entrepreneurs, which brings immense motivation and learning. The least – being in the business of capital allocation, we have to still, unfortunately, sometimes deny partnerships with some of the best minds – why should capital have to be constrained for any good entrepreneur?

What makes for a good Elevarian?

Anyone who, regardless of the title, acts as a Partner and first thinks about the customer, values mutual trust and respect (respect first before expecting to get respected), takes joy in constructive criticism, is open to feedback, is empathetic and mindful but can be ruthless if required.

How is Elevar different to the jobs you’ve done before?

While it uses the same tool (capital) to support businesses, Elevar is vastly different from other investment firms, especially when it comes to taking a customer lens. The end customer for Elevar is always at the center of approach and decision making. In addition, Elevar tries to always strive to create a win-win with the entrepreneur, rather than only focusing on maximizing returns!