Vandana Tolani: “Just like people, businesses have their faults, no matter how successful or unsuccessful they may be. Recognizing and accepting these faults as an entrepreneur, facing reality, and doing your best to work around these faults is the best way to move forward to become successful. I had my own Family Office in Jakarta, Singapore and worked as an Investment Banker & Advisor to Family Offices and Angel investors. Besides helping start-ups from diverse backgrounds, ranging from Fin-Tech to B2B Tech and way beyond, providing them with a range of services just as my brand does today.
Today, I am also a Venture Advisor with Loyal VC, the INSEAD-led Canadian VC Fund, having a core portfolio of over 160 investments in more than 35 countries and also a Partner with a Silicon Valley-based Venture builder. 15 years later, when I returned to India, setting up Convanto wasn’t an easy task.
There was a time when I had no support, but I chose to remain firm on my decisions to go ahead. When you stop taking in others' negativity, you start to rise. Ultimately, we have to push ourselves to grow. My brand Convanto is one of the most well-known boutique investment banks. Over the years, I have arranged Funding for startups & growth-stage companies in diverse sectors like EdTech, FinTech, Consumer B2C & B2B, AgriTech, Health-tech, Food- tech, Disruptive & DeepTech as well as non-tech sectors.
I have been awarded as one of the Top 10 Women Leaders in Wealth Management 2021 and my brand Convanto comes under the top 10 women entrepreneur brands along with NYKAA. I have also been awarded the Women Entrepreneur of the Year 2021. My expert opinion is often sought by leading business news channels and publications like VCTV, and Business World.
Everyone who is successful in their field is because they love doing what they choose to do. So, find something you love and do it better than everyone else. Failure is a stepping stone to greatness and we all fail. On another note remember you will only be criticized by someone who is doing less, successful people do not put others down.”