Founders of Banyanway, Finch, Hangar75, Invest VC and OneWay Ventures on The INDUStry Show
OneWay Ventures funds immigrant entrepreneurs. BanyanWay helps Native Americans find their soul mates. Finch helps you make responsible choices
—Grant Van Cleve
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, May 29, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The INDUSTRY fair, the widely broadcast entrepreneurial talk show, has announced the release of its May 22 episodes. This cohort includes entrepreneurs and investors who help the human race achieve the best version of ourselves.
“Our alumnus is a very diverse group of entrepreneurs with a truly global footprint and a holistic perspective. Watch our list of entrepreneurs this month who help first and second generation immigrants find their life partners, encourage immigrant founders to secure much-needed seed funding and connections, invest in the world’s best-in-class entrepreneurs and young people, and help clients make responsible choices that are good for their conscience and their wallets. is an absolute joy to be part of such a diverse group of thought leaders,” said Dr. Nitin Bajaj, host of The INDUStry Show.
Aparna Basker is the founder of BanyanWay – a platform for Indian singles living in the United States to connect. Aparna is a seasoned IT professional with over 10 years of experience building healthcare software. She is an avid travel planner, loves listening to Ilayaraja’s music in her spare time, and has found her calling to help support the Native American community, especially those living in the United States who need help finding their soul mates. “There is a large population of young Indians living in the United States. Mainstream dating apps fall short of the needs of those looking for cultural depth and connection. The network available in traditional communities such as India where parents, family and relatives play a crucial role is lacking. BanyanWay helps recreate this missing network and fills the gaps for young people and parents,” Basker said.
Semyon Dukach is the Managing Partner of One Way Ventures – the venture capital fund that backs exceptional immigrant tech founders building great companies including Brex, Momentus Space and Chipper Cash. He is also one of the founders of the non-profit organization Cash For Refugees. Previously, Semyon was general manager of Techstars Boston.
“The mission of our fund is to support immigrants, but more broadly to support people who think globally. We truly believe in a world without firm borders. We believe people should have the right to work or start a business wherever they want. The random circumstances of their birth that determine their passport shouldn’t limit their opportunities – we think that’s just wrong. We are currently focusing our efforts in the United States because we are still relatively small and because we are physically based here. Eventually we plan to expand to other regions and encourage people to move from anywhere to anywhere, or maybe even people who think globally from day one and don’t don’t need to move,” Dukach said.
Grant Van Cleve is the Managing Partner of Hangar 75, working with global brands on 4 continents that have generated over $1.5 billion in value. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Governors of Tech Coast Angels. He is also Managing Director and Partner of VC Invest, and Co-Founder and President of Holberton School, Albania. Grant is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania.
“At Hangar 75, we take the Moneyball approach to angel investing. Angel investing, as you know, is a high-risk, higher-reward game. We believe in the baseball idea of swinging for the fences. So someone who hits a lot of home runs also hits a lot of strikeouts. Hangar 75 tries to achieve more predictable returns through good execution, more predictable results, and business integration: trying to find a destination for the businesses we build. We take some ideas that we have and execute them and some ideas are off the market where maybe the idea is better than the founder,” Van Cleve said.
Lizzie Horvitz is the founder of Finch, which helps people understand their environmental footprint by decoding the sustainability impacts of products. She is passionate about sustainability and dedicated to climate change mitigation in the private sector. Lizzie holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from Yale University.
“We’ve evolved into this platform that helps consumers make better purchasing decisions. In the age of brainwashing and affiliate partnerships, it’s really hard to decipher what the real information is. Consumers deserve to see this data democratized and right now that’s not really happening in a way that I’m happy with. Finch therefore rates products based on a variety of attributes ranging from manufacturing in a country that uses child labor to carbon footprint, and everything in between. Once you have our Chrome extension and say you are shopping on Amazon, we will show you the score for each product. Suppose a product gets a 5 out of 10, which isn’t great, we’ll show you 3 alternatives to that product that are rated higher. For our reviews, we use machine learning to extract information from the public domain, and then each product gets a score between 1 and 10,” Horvitz said.
“I am constantly amazed at the massive impact our network has created across all walks of life. The ability of entrepreneurs to solve global challenges and that of investors to help, guide, foster and support those who meet the challenges is extremely encouraging. We at The INDUStry Show are extremely fortunate and proud to be in the midst of this exciting journey,” said Bajaj.
“The rigor, relentless pursuit and unique combination of wisdom and restlessness upon which entrepreneurs thrive is captured very well by the team at The INDUStry Show and one line life lessons. These lessons are simple yet profound, and I have found some of them to be life changing. I love that there are several hundred available on their website and other social media to inspire, motivate, and most importantly drive meaningful action as we navigate the ups and downs of our journeys. entrepreneurial,” said Nimisha Lotia of SeaCastle. Insurance a long time supporter of The INDUStry Show.
“We remain supportive of representation from AAPI, BIPOC, immigrants, and women entrepreneurs and executives. Last year in season 6 (2021), we shared 50 entrepreneurial journeys from Baltimore to Bangalore. The entrepreneurial journey is fun, though difficult and even lonely. Even more for immigrants, minorities and women. Despite these challenges, 44% of US-based unicorn founders today are first-generation immigrants born outside the United States. It is a testament to courage and relentless entrepreneurship. We are proud of the accomplishments of our network and our ability to come together when an exceptional need or opportunity arises. Thanks to the support of visionary entrepreneurs and philanthropists such as Ash Patel of Commercial Bank of California and Manu Shah of MS International, I believe we have reached an inflection point as a community and greater things are on the horizon,” Dr. Bajaj concluded.
The INDUStry show with Grant Van Cleve from Hangar 75 and Dr. Nitin Bajaj