Sweta Tiwari

Associate Director | Zone Startups India

Sweta Tiwari has been associated with the early stage and start-up ecosystem playing a pivotal role in a career spanning over 9 years. Prior to re-joining ZSI in May 2016, she was an investment professional at Mayfield India, an India focused fund of the 46-year-old US Venture Capitalist Mayfield. At Mayfield, she was responsible for generating early stage and angel stage leads for the fund managers and seeing them through to investment closure. In addition, she was an instrumental resource for the portfolio companies of the fund to help them connect with the relevant stakeholders in the ecosystem.

Earlier, Sweta was associated with ZSI as their Program Manager and helped the leadership in setting up the accelerator program at ZSI, currently in the third year and located at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Mumbai. Before ZSI, she was a Startup Program Manager and credited with running the TiE-IQ Bootcamp, one of the most successful accelerator programs in the country. Sweta has built a robust network with startup founders as well as early stage investors while continuing to exude positive energy and optimism for the new-age entrepreneurs with an unyielding emphasis on growth and help these entrepreneurs connect with relevant mentors, experts and other potential channels. This ability of guiding the start-ups with the right approaches comes naturally to her because of her early exposure to being an entrepreneur in the chocolate industry where she nurtured a brand called Chocodesire, a brand known for its premium handmade chocolates and surprise planning initiatives.

Sweta holds a Master’s in Business Administration Degree from Mumbai University. She actively participates in treks to the Sahyadri mountain ranges, travels to relatively unknown destinations, and loves to paint canvases in her free time.