Apoorva Sharma is a partner at Stride Ventures. Her role at the fund includes end-to-end deal management from deal sourcing to monitoring, handling strategic partnerships with VCs, banks and other institutions, and investor relations. As a principal in the first fund, Apoorva led deals covering sectors like FinTech, Consumer, B2B commerce and Healthtech. She brings in over 9 years of experience in the lending ecosystem across MNC and SME clients. She started her career with HSBC in their investment banking division, where she was involved in debt capital markets and was part of successful bond issuances. Post HSBC, she worked with Xander Finance, a sector agnostic NBFC, where she was involved in deal sourcing, underwriting and structuring, across investments in real estate, FMCG, manufacturing and education. Apoorva has completed her post-graduation in management from Indian Institute of Management Shillong and is a CFA charterholder.