Prajakt Raut


Founder - Applyifi and The Hub for Startups

Life is short. Start up.

Prajakt is an entrepreneur and entrepreneurship evangelist. Prajakt's personal goal in life is to encourage and assist a 100,000 people to become entrepreneurs.


Prajakt advices startups and early-stage companies on building meaningful business plans and investor pitch decks.

He mentors early-stage companies on strategy, business model &monetization, fundraising/bootstrapping and on preparing the company for growth.

Prajakt was previously a part of the founding team of The Hatch for Startups, co-founder of Orange Cross, Asia Director for TiE (The IndusEntrepreneurs), and head of operations of Indian Angel Network.

Prajakt had started a printing business when he was 17, and later was part of the founding team of a CRM solutions company, which he exited in 2004 and took a 3-year sabbatical to be the Asia Director for TiE (The IndusEntrepreneurs), a global non-profit organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship.

As the Asia Director for TiE, Prajakt was primarily focused on helping entrepreneurs in India connect with the then emerging early-stage investor community. In that role, Prajakt helped create interconnectivity between overseas investors and Indian entrepreneurs.

Between 1990 - 2000, Prajakt spent 10 years in marketing & advertising, working on clients like P&G for whom he was driving brand communication and marketing programs for key healthcare & feminine hygiene brands.

Prajakt is well connected, and respected in the entrepreneurial eco-system in India. He writes extensively on Quora ( and blogs on

AboutApplyifi -

Applyifi is an online platform to connect startups and investors. Applyifi helps startups create an elegant and comprehensive online pitch deck, and provides a 36-point assessment report on the venture's investment worthiness.