Atul Hegde

Atul Hegde

Co-Founder - Rainmaker Ventures

A digital marketing pioneer, who ventured into Digital Marketing services more than a decade ago. Atul Hegde is a visionary who co-founded Rainmaker Ventures, a US$50 MN startup fund that aims to fund and wholly mentor start-ups operating across various industries. Some portfoli companies are Limo, YAAP , OPLIFI, Brand Planet among others. In the past, Atul has held several leadership roles, notable the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) post at Ignitee Digital Services Pvt and was responsible for the overall operations of Ignitee's business in India and overseas. His other stints include French Media Giant HAVAS & india's premier branding company VGC.

Atul possesses an outspoken personality and likes to describe himself as a 'professional entrepreneur'. In his 23 year long career, Atul has worked across Advertising, Brand Identity Design Digital Media Marketing & Venture funding. He has handled brands across Asia, Middle East and Europe.

Some Key Achievements:

  1. Launched India's 1st full fledge digital marketing company.
  2. Launched India's 1st MBA program in Digital marketing.
  3. Published India's 1st handbook on Digital Media.
  4. Social Media Professional of the year in 2014.
  5. Awards at Cannes, Abbys, Effies, IDMA & many more.
  6. Launched India's 1st celebrity video Vlogs with Harsha Bhogle.
  7. Launched India's 1st Digital reality show - WEBCHEF.
At an industry level, Atul is a Member of the Digital Media Committee of Industry bodies like the Internet & Mobile Association Of India (IAMAI). He has also been on the Jury & Advisory board for the Indian Digital Media Awards. He regualrly advises on some of the largest diigtal marketing initiatives of GOI.