Specialization : Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation
Manohar Kamath is a serial co-founder/ co-creator. He has been part of ventures and initiatives across the world and across industries. He has worked with founders of all kinds – innocent teenagers to almost cynical mid-life entrepreneurs.
He started his entrepreneurial journey as a 11-year-old, selling stickers door-to-door in Faridabad (an industrial town close to New Delhi). In the late 1980’s, as an undergrad in Delhi University, he teamed up with friends to start an event management society completely managed by students – they scouted the country to find then emerging musicians and bands. They were among the first to promote Rock Machine – which became India’s most successful rock band ever. The society also “discovered” 18 year old Krishnakumar Kunnath and featured him in their concerts, he later became a national sensation as KK, a playback singer for Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam language films.
Post Delhi University, the friends parted and Manohar found himself in an MBA program in the US – another quasi-entrepreneurial initiative – he funded the MBA through friends, family, scholarships and fellowships. The next move as a corporate finance banker at Lehman Brothers in New York took him to boardrooms with founders and CXOs. This is where he understood size and global strategy.
Soon the entrepreneurial bug got to him again and he joined a team out of Stanford’s PhD program to create a green energy company – EnergyWorks. As a director, he wore multiple caps, looking into project financing, vendor relationships to biz dev. EnergyWorks was sold to Spain’s electric utility company ENDESA and Manohar found himself in Pune as the new millennium began.
Pune was just taking off. With his varied experience he found himself useful to some amazing entrepreneurs and partnered/advised ventures in education, hospitality, FMCG, luxury goods, sports, etc. He’s been doing that for the last 17 years now.
He has mellowed now. Is highly selective (hence RIG). He is fascinated by history, Indology, and traditional knowledge systems. He works with entrepreneurs in these areas.
He is also developing an entrepreneurial edu program, writing a screen play for a web-series and co-manages a zoo (his home which houses his parents, a wife, a 4 yr old, 2 moody cats, a shy dog and many temporary residents).