Dr. Ritesh Malik is a medical graduate who took a detour from conventional medicine to follow his passion for Entrepreneurship.In 2016, Ritesh started a coworking platform called Innov8. A venture which started with Ritesh’s sheer love and thirst to promote entrepreneurship in the country, is now one the leading names in coworking ecosystem of India. Innov8, a Y-combinator backed coworking space is a platform to connect communities of freelancers, entrepreneurs, corporates, tech innovators and investors under one roof and in a social environment.
Ritesh has been one of the most active angel investors in the country, He has invested in more than 40+ companies in last 6 years under Project Guerrilla. After being a part of Y-combinator, Ritesh is also aninvestor in a San Francisco based fund, which has helped him to work with some of most innovative startups globally. Wittyfeed, Sarva Yoga, Sheroes, Sattviko, Josh Talks, PeeSafe, SectorQube, OpenTalks, Inc42, Greenberry, QDesk, Leverage Edu,CivilCops, Pesto, OrangeWood (YC), Inito (YC), Pumpkart, Dockabl, StylDotMe, TapChief, Asimov Robotics, Addodoc (Sheroes), MyChild, Ketto, SectorQube, Exploride are some of the companies as a part of his investment portfolio.Ritesh started his entrepreneurial journey back in 2012 with an augmented reality start-up called Adstuck, who’s flagship product Alive, was built, operated & transferred to Bennett& Coleman (Times of India).
Ritesh’s leadership and contribution to the Indian startup ecosystem is widely recognised by the startup industry and media fraternity with recognitions like Forbes 30 under 30 Asia (2016), Fortune 40 under 40 India (2018), PWC & SPH 40 Influential Indians, Business World 40 Under 40 (2017), St. Gallens Leadership Award (Switzerland), Entrepreneur Magazine 35 Under 35 India (2017), Star of Delhi award by Hurun Report, CEO of the year by Economic Times, ‘The Coworking Wonder’ title by Entrepreneur Magazine to name a few. He has also been featured on the cover of the Elite Magazine for the month of May 2019. He also actively collaborates with the Government of India to help build college entrepreneurship ecosystem in the country.