From a global perspective, the surging importance of Workforce Experience and Productivity Solutions has become critical to the success of enterprises across the world. In the process, it has revealed a wealth of increasingly viable opportunities which are transforming this domain. As a forward-thinker, The HR fund is leading this transformation by supporting in Technology Startups in this space. With a marquee network of leading business professionals who are experts in the Workforce domain – The HR fund acts as a catalyst and a success partner, guiding entrepreneurs to bring out the best in them. Supporting the portfolio companies through strategic guidance, wide reach (people network) and process based governance, The HR Fund transforms the success stories and fortunes of the companies it invests in.
The HR Fund is focused on Technology startups in Workforce Experience & Productivity. Founded in 2012, it’s vision is to transform the Human Capital space by institutionalising entrepreneurship in the domain.
The HR Fund’s focus is on Technology Startups in the areas of Future of Work, WorkForce Management, Learning & Development and Talent Acquisition. We do Seed, Series A & Series B rounds.
At The HR Fund, we use our deep domain expertise to identify and back potential market leaders at early stages. We then work closely with these companies to provide Strategic Inputs, Network and Governance.
Varun Talwar is founder of the Withya Group. He is a serial entrepreneur and has established companies in HR, IT, Digital Media and Real Estate.
His strengths are strategy, business development and investor relations. He has multi-country experience in Fortune 500 companies like AT&T, HP/EDS, and TCS. He has a B. Tech in Computer Science from PEC, Chandigarh and has taken MBA courses at George Washington University.
Varun is Founder and Promoter of The HR Fund.
Dr. Agrawal is accredited executive coach and leadership consultant having extensive experience as a senior business leader who has been, Management Board Member, CEO, Director of marketing, Strategy and human capital management in some of the most reputed organizations in the country.
Until recently, he was in the Management Board of RPG –a large diversified Group where he continues as Advisor with responsibilities for coaching business leaders , Chairing the Corporate Governance & Ethics Committee and overseeing the corporate social responsibility ( CSR ) activities run by RPG Foundation.
Prior to this, he was Chief Executive at Escorts responsible for the two construction equipment business companies – Escorts JCB and Escorts Construction Equipment Limited. In addition, he was a member of the HR function in companies such as Escorts and Modi Xerox. He is an IIT Kharagpur and IIM Ahmedabad alumni and also holds a PhD from IIT Mumbai.
Arvind is an investor in The HR Fund. He is also on the Board of Directors.
Archana Bhaskar is currently VP HR Global Commercial for Shell and is based out of Singapore.
Prior to her current role at Shell Singapore, She was Head Talent & Development, Downstream Businesses for Shell in Singapore. She was earlier HR Director UFS Europe at Unilever. She is an IIM Bangalore Alumni and also holds a degree from Lady Shriram College, New Delhi.
Archana is is an investor in The HR Fund. She is also on the Board of Directors.
Varun Bhatia is Human Capital Strategist and Business Enabler with extensive global HR experience. Currently, he is the Chief People & Culture Officer at AirAsia.
Prior to this, Varun was President of Growth Outcomes LLC, He was also CHRO and SVP with Levi Strauss & Co. Prior to Levis, he has worked with global majors like Kraft Foods, Gillette and P&G. Having more than 25 years of experience, Varun has performed a variety of in-country, regional and global HR roles across India, Singapore, US and UK. Varun holds a bachelor’s degree from SRCC and a PG in business administration from XLRI Jamshedpur. He is also an alumnus of executive development programs at LBS and Harvard University.
Varun is an investor in The HR Fund. He is also on the board of Directors.
Utkarsh is CEO and Partner at The HR Fund. He manages the fund reports directly to the board. Prior to this, Utkarsh was part of a boutique investment setup and provided Finance, Strategy & Planning advisory to entrepreneurs and startups across multiple domains. His earlier experience includes consulting and technology roles with global majors Cognizant and Accenture. Utkarsh holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore and an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.