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VC, Angel Investing, Entrepreneurship Expert - Answered on Sep 23, 2023

Chandu Nair advises entrepreneurs and enterprises about creating and building their business.
He has direct experience in angel, venture capital and strategic investor funding. Over the last three decades, he has made a name for himself in industry, consultancy, media and information services.
Nair is on the advisory boards of the Chennai-based private equity firm Fulcrum and the social impact fund, Menterra. He's an independent director on the board of India's first retail building products company, Shankara Building Products Limited.
He was the co-founder of Scope e-Knowledge Center, a pioneering knowledge process outsourcing company, as well as the co-founder of a business-to-business e-commerce venture, both of which he successfully exited.... more
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Should a retail investor with higher risk profile invest in start ups? How much percentage of his portfolio should it be and which platforms permits small amount investing in startups in India?

Ans: It depends on your risk appetite, time horizon, need for liquidity and mindset. Startup investing ideally requires a time horizon of 5+ years and building a portfolio of over 10+ companies in order to increase the probability of seeing returns. There are angel networks and online platforms each of whom have different eligibility criteria. One platform has cut its minimum ticket size to Rs 1 lakh per investment. It would be best for you to do your diligence before proceeding further.
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