EF is proud to announce the $115 Million first close of its new Global Fund. This will allow us to continue funding even more incredible individuals from all over the world to build game changing companies. Poonkodi Sampath is an Aerospace Engineer with a PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur and is a member of our first Bangalore cohort.
The first step in innovation is to believe in the possibility that things can be different. This means that the sum of our individual beliefs about what’s possible are fundamentally linked to the progress of the human race as a collective. At EF, we believe that only a small percentage of the people who could be exceptional founders are open to the possibility of starting a company – whether that’s for financial, personal or cultural reasons. Our objective is to remove these barriers, to show these people the path and give them the resources they need to scale their ambition. Poonkodi Sampath is a perfect example of the type of trailblazing individual who we believe has the capacity to do great things – and we’re excited to have her on our first Bangalore cohort.
Poonkodi grew up in Chennai, Southern India as the eldest of three sisters. While neither of her parents went to university, they encouraged her academically and she thrived – consistently coming top of her classes and outperforming in maths and science. Everyday, the three sisters would take the 10 minute walk to the local school, chatting amongst themselves before the long day ahead. In the evenings, they’d return home and sit around the table doing their homework together – and as the eldest, Poonkodi was always on hand to help her younger siblings out.