Nagaraja (Naga) Prakasam is a multi-talented and passionate leader with 26 years of global experience (10 years in the US and over 10 years in India). A full-time angel investor, he has invested in 21 startups, served on 12 boards, and has experienced 5 exits and his 1 write-down. He led Impact thinking at the Indian Angel Network and co-founded IAN Impact. He believes in a hands-on approach and travels extensively to rural areas to understand first-hand needs. He is a popular and influential thought leader and has been an inspirational motivational speaker for many students at many universities.
He has been featured in Forbes magazine as a social investor driving social change. Talk commemorating C.K.Prahlad at WorldCoCreationDay. Moderated “Green Revolution 2.0 – Food Security and the Role of Innovation” at the 10th CII Innovation Summit. Dr. Abdul Kalam at the launch of the Bank of Innovation and Ideas (BII), Ministry of Rural Development. Awarded ‘Successful Man 2015/Vetri Tamilar’ by Sangam4, Chennai. Proud to join his commercial for Rajasthan to present his policies for government start-ups.
He is a partner at Acumen, a $100 million Impact Venture Fund in New York, and serves on the independent board of Guardian, one of its portfolio companies. Native lead Foundation (NLF) Founder of Native Angels Network (NAN) – with a vision to enable entrepreneurship in Tamil Nadu outside the metropolises, nurture, nurture and invest. At the age of 35, he became the youngest country manager. The entrepreneurial spirit he instilled led the company to be shortlisted for NASSCOM’s prestigious NEXT Practices Award for ‘Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship’.
Naga currently resides in Bangalore and is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree. He graduated from Thiagarajar Engineering College, India and earned his MBA from San Diego/Kennesaw State University, USA. He remembers the lessons he learned during college life in TEC and cherishes those experiences that he learned and has given idea about himself and that makes him what he is today. This much awards and startups and a great vision towards the welfare of the country, that too in such a young age… Naga is a pure inspiration!!!