Hari Kiran Chereddi

“Keep at it” maybe this international badminton player’s strategy on the court, but off it, “smash hard” is the best way to describe this ‘serial’ entrepreneur!

Hari Kiran Chereddi hopped on to the exciting entrepreneurial journey after a successful stint as head of business management operations for Bank of America in India.

The first stop on this journey earned him acclaim for his groundbreaking efforts in driving large-scale adaptation of renewable technologies. By setting up Sujana Energy (a group company of the Industrial conglomerate, Sujana Group) he created a new spectrum in the Solar energy sector. Being good was never enough and hence drove Sujana Energy to emerging into one of India’s Top 10 leading players in the clean energy space.

Not one to be happy in the comfort zone, after Solar energy, it was Pharmaceuticals. Most recently, he was executive director at Sriam Labs (a group company of the Pharma major, Laurus Labs). During this period, he transitioned a family run enterprise into a professionalized organization with operational excellence and execution capabilities, before merging Sriam Labs into Laurus Labs. Laurus Labs is now listed on the Indian Stock Markets.

With his passion in pharmaceuticals still intact, he is currently working on building another company in the healthcare/pharmaceutical domain. As he is striving for perfection in this project, Hari is simultaneously working on a project that would revolutionize Indian media industry. For someone who draws inspiration from new technologies & creativity, media was the next most logical path on the entrepreneurial direction, he is close to launching the first ever Mobile Journalism Media House – MOJO TV.

Hari has served/serves on a number of prestigious industry bodies including the prestigious Columbia Law School Task Force to promote US-India Clean Energy investments, Bureau of Indian Standards, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Hyderabad Angels, etc.,

Hari is an angel investor & mentor, in addition to being a consummate senior executive, he has authored over 50+ professional articles, and delivered over 50+ speeches at various professional forums around the world. His is a career that reflects of success in the corporate world and entrepreneurship coupled with best of breed academics.

Hari is a Computer Science Engineer from India & has an MBA in Supply Chain Management and Finance from USA.

What I look for in founders and companies before investing
Entrepreneurial grit, Hands on approach & Business model adaptability with changing market conditions

Area of interest
Technology, Design Innovation, Healthcare/Pharma, Media/Advertising & Renewable Energy

Fun facts
A professional badminton player, Hari competes at the National & International level for India
Takes keen interest in Wildlife photography & culinary escapades
Runs 2 restaurants along with his wife in Hyderabad

Areas of Expertise
Business Strategy, Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Marketing & Sales & Operations