Like the startup ecosystem he works closely with, Ravi Rajan’s own inspiring growth story is one of resilience, ingenuity, and determination to succeed amid truly difficult opportunities.
Despite the ups and downs, the young and brilliant lad from Jharkhand, the tribal heartland of India, built a reputation in the startup world, receiving numerous awards.
Ravi’s childhood was marked by many challenges. For example, Japla, his home village in the Palamu district of Jharkhand, was one of the most Naxal-affected areas of the country. Violence, terrorism and the resulting challenges have disrupted Ranjan’s childhood.
He studied in a government school that was often closed due to Naxal’s activities, so he sought private coaching to pass the exams. When he finished his exams, Ravi moved to Chandigarh and a brief meeting with a news anchor marked a turning point for him and enabled him to continue his career in journalism.
Ranjan turned his media career in 2010 and took advantage of his experience in media and event management to land a job as an event manager for an investment company. His enthusiasm for the job at the investment company ensured that he was offered the opportunity to run a startup incubation center by the company.
Over the years, Ranjan has further honed his skills by developing a great passion for the world of entrepreneurship and the growth scenarios of well-known organizations such as† and † He then went to work exclusively in the entrepreneurship sector, where he sharpened his skills in business incubation. In his role, he acted as an advisory guide and mentor to young business leaders, helping them to become successful entrepreneurs.
Ranjan has grown through the ranks and is now a well-known figure in the startup world. On behalf of Venture Catalysts Group, he helped put together Shark Tank India, which proved to be an instant hit with the general public.
In addition, he has helped manage key startup programs for NASSCOM 10,000 Startups, Indian Angel Network, Indian Chamber of Commerce, and other Indian state governments to encourage young people to start a business.
Ranjan is also a well-known TedX speaker, government advisor and startup specialist. Under the supervision and auspices of the Seed Group, he will work to build a robust economic expansion corridor between India and the Middle East.
Recently, the Seed Group, a company of the Cabinet of Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoumhas appointed Ravi Ranjan as Director of Strategic Partnerships to lead the operations in India.
The Seed Group has entered into multi-million dollar deals and transacted multi-billion dollar investments around the world under the skilful leadership of CEO Hisham Al Gurga† The group serves as a launch pad for new and established companies and startups looking to expand their footprint in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) while taking advantage of Dubai’s stable economy, convenient time zone and supportive government policies. burgeoning business ecosystem, lucrative subsidies and easy access to new markets.
As part of its strategic expansion plans, the Dubai-based Seed Group will open its official representative office in the South Indian city of Bangalore with a $1.4 billion investment. This opportunity will help a very large community of Indians who contribute to the UAE economy as business owners and entrepreneurs. This effort will also help bridge the trade gaps between the two countries and make it seamless for people to bring their business to Dubai or trade between countries.
Ravi Ranjan is one of the few hand-picked emerging leaders from India who is part of the US government’s renowned IVLP program, with over a decade of experience coaching commercial and government actors in the subtleties of business and entrepreneurship.