Aditya Arora, the 25-year-old Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Faad Network went ‘all-in’ to materialise his goals into a reality. Founded in 2019, the company has an investor network that aids an early stage start-up raise the required capital. At present, they have more than 1100 investors and 50 plus companies.
His association with Faad Network dates back to 2016. He was hired as an intern and the company shortly after started to modify its policies, exploring investments and potential companies. Aditya hosted around 50 events in different cities of India. During this time, he met roughly 1000 entrepreneurs and 400 plus investors.
His nag for finding the right investors was seen when the portfolios he shortlisted gave staggering returns and did well for the company. The success incurred on this project was noticed by the senior members at Faad. Thereby once he completed his graduation, the company offered Aditya the position of CEO.
Looking back at Adiya’s professional career, it all began with him working during his college days with a start-up named ‘Startup Delhi’. While he was working as a blogger for the company, his classmates were involved in certain upcoming businesses. This piqued his interest and slowly he started contributing towards their initiative.
Talking about his qualifications, Aditya had completed his schooling in 2015 at Apeejay School Pitampura. Further, he holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and Investment Analysis from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Bussiness Studies, University of Delhi.
A first-generation entrepreneur in his family, his father is an Under-Secretary at Lok Sabha and his mother a Mathematics teacher. He is the first person in the family to become an entrepreneur and explore this field. Although, he does have cousins who work at some of the leading multinational companies.
Aditya states that he strongly believes in the power of people. Aiding early-stage-start-ups and launching them he encourages young minds to solve new business problems. His inspiration is to take the whole community through his knowledge and initiatives.
Talking about his first encounter with the finance world, he refers to a quiz contest organised by the Reserve Bank of India. The theme of the quiz was to promote financial literacy in the community. He began to understand finance-based terms such as monetary policy, economic framework, and so on. He adds, “Reading about these, piqued my interest in the field of Finance and I delved deep into it. Later, I started researching more on it and eventually pursued a degree in it.”
With an aim to create social impact, this young entrepreneur has been listed in “Microsoft Top 15 Changemakers in the Country under 20”, nominated as the youngest Padma Shri nominee in 2020, and has represented India at prestigious forums such as ‘21st World Business Dialogue in Germany,’ are some of his recent achievements.
The ecosystem created by Aditya Arora is not only an inspiration for many aspiring young entrepreneurs but also a springboard to skyrocket their ventures. His advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to engage in a business that can create a social impact. They should try to find their passion and once identified, have the confidence to work towards them.