Vipul is Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Elevar. He leads Elevar’s efforts in India and Latin America on customer insights, portfolio analytics, tracking fund performance, and market intelligence.
Vipul brings 16+ years of experience spanning agri commodity trading, emerging markets investing and investment banking. Having grown up in a traditional family business embedded in the agri supply chain, Vipul brings invaluable customer perspective to the table. He has been intrinsically involved with the journeys of Elevar’s portfolio companies in India and is popular amongst entrepreneurs for ‘the Vipul spreadsheets’.
Prior to Elevar, Vipul worked with Tholons Capital where he was managing a small fund put together by the founders that had a diversified investment strategy while also focusing on startups in the IT/BPO space. He also assisted some of the private equity clients of Tholons with their investments. Prior to Tholons, he worked with Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division where he focused on the Financial Institutions Group. Vipul has an MBA in Finance and Marketing from The International Management Institute, Europe and a Post Graduate Diploma in Planning and Entrepreneurship from The Indian Institute of Planning and Management, Bangalore. He holds a B.Sc. from Bangalore University.
Vipul often looks amused with the world, and is a bit like the Ghost that Walks (that’s Phantom for the uninitiated). He has a Black Belt in Karate and is a Karate Coach, younger colleagues new at Elevar have misguidedly challenged him to planks and pushups and learnt the hard way! He loves to teach, is a city farmer, adores his family, and will happily go through life eating bread and cucumber.
I have done home tuitions, karate coaching, teaching MS excel, terrace farming, selling salt, a family business at APMC, investment banking, private investing, real estate, chit funds – the list goes on.
The diversity of the team, pioneering impact investing, quality of team and entrepreneurs.
Buzzing with portfolio activity and inspiring customers stories
Working as a team to drive impact delivery
Expanded the world view significantly
Self start vehicle for a journey.
Playing with the kids from my larger family, spending time at the APMC, raising funds and volunteering for various social causes.
Connecting dots, finding patterns, portfolio construction and allocations, helping portfolio companies.