First Bihar Youth in the Forbes 30 'Under 30 Asia' List

Ashwin Srivastava in Forbes 30 'Under 30 Asia' list.

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Mumbai: Ashwin Srivastava, 29, the co-founder of Idein Ventures, an early-stage venture capital and growth-stage private equity firm which has operations in India, United Arab Emirates, the United States, and West Africa, was recently named as the Top 30 Under-30 entrepreneur by the Forbes Asia 2017.

Idein's portfolio companies include virtual reality startup Infurnia, fitness startup Qriyo as well as online household service provider ZoEasy Solutions.

Ashwin spent his formative years in St. Xavier's, Sahebganj in Bihar and then did his +2 education from Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram. He completed his Bachelor of Technology and Master of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In college, he dabbled in theater, took part in robotics competitions, was a member of hostel council, and managed the Entrepreneurship Cell while at IIT Bombay.

Showing his entrepreneur side of his personality, Ashwin, along with Hari Om Sharma, launched Incept, a biometric solutions company, 2010 with its head office in Goregaon, Mumbai. In 2012, Ashwin was listed as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in 2011 by Small and Medium Entrepreneur Magazine.

Between 2011 to 2013, it partnered with clients and customers such as Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and Nigeria Identity Management Commission. In September 2013, Incept merged with Solus, another player in the biometric industry, in an undisclosed shares and cash deal. At Incept, Ashwin also led the Incept Training Academy and was a guest lecturer there.

Despite his tragic accident in May 2013 that left him an amputee, Ashwin, refusing to become a victim of the circumstances, took part in a marathon in Mumbai soon after the accident. He also floated a petition to change the heights of platforms in Mumbai suburban train stations, that ended in victory.

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