Like the startup ecosystem he works closely with, Ravi Rajan’s own inspiring growth story is one of resilience, ingenuity and determination to succeed despite very difficult odds.
However, despite the ups and downs, the bright young boy from Jharkhand, India’s tribal heartland, continued to build a reputation in the startup world – receiving numerous awards in the process.
Ravi’s childhood was punctuated with many challenges. For one thing, Japla, the village he hails from in Palamu district, Jharkhand, was one of the most Naxal-affected areas in the country. Violence, terrorism and the challenges that come with it disrupted Ranjan’s childhood.
He studied in a public school that was often closed due to Naxal’s activity, which led him to seek private coaching to pass the exams. After passing his exams, Ravi moved to Chandigarh and a brief encounter with a news presenter marked a turning point for him and allowed him to pursue his career in journalism.
Ranjan left his media career in 2010 and leveraged his background in media and event management to take up a position as an event manager for an angel investment firm. His enthusiasm for working at the investment company earned him the opportunity to lead a startup incubation center by the company.
Over the years, Ranjan honed his skills by developing a strong passion for the world of entrepreneurship and studied the growth manuals of well-known organizations such as, and . He then worked exclusively in the entrepreneurship sector, honing his skills in business incubation. In his role, he acted as an advisor and mentor to young entrepreneurs, helping them to become successful entrepreneurs.
Having risen through the ranks, Ranjan is now a well-known figure in the startup world. On behalf of Venture Catalysts Group, he helped organize Shark Tank India, which was an instant hit with the general public.
Additionally, he has helped manage key start-up programs for NASSCOM 10,000 Startups, Indian Angel Network, Indian Chamber of Commerce and other Indian state governments to encourage young people to start businesses.
Ranjan is also a well-known TedX speaker, government advisor, and startup expert. Under the supervision and guidance of the Seed Group, he will work to build a strong India-Middle East economic expansion corridor.
Recently, the Seed Group, a firm of the Cabinet Privé de Sheikh Said bin Ahmed Al Maktoumhas appointed Ravi Ranjan as Director of Strategic Partnerships to lead its operations in India.
The Seed Group has entered into multiple multi-million dollar deals and managed billion dollar investments worldwide under the able leadership of the CEO Hisham Al-Gurg. 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 the stable economy of Dubai, convenient time zone and favorable government policies. , a thriving business ecosystem, lucrative grants, and easy access to new markets.
As part of its strategic expansion plans, Seed Group, headquartered in Dubai, will open its official representative office in the city of Bangalore, South India, with an investment of 1.4 billion dollars. 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 enable people to bring their business to Dubai or trade between the nations.
Ravi Ranjan is one of the few hand-picked emerging Indian leaders to be part of the US government’s renowned IVLP program, with over a decade of expertise in coaching business and government actors in the intricacies of business and of entrepreneurship.