Madan Padaki


Madan is the co-founder of (GAME). He is an entrepreneur & angel investor working at the intersection of youth transformation, creating entrepreneurs, driving rural growth & empowering social changemakers.

Madan started his entrepreneurial journey when he co-founded MeritTrac in 2000 as a pioneering idea in skills assessments and scaled it into one of the leading assessments companies in India. MeritTrac was acquired by Manipal Global Education Services, in 2011. He moved out in March 2013 to pursue the entrepreneurial journey again – in the social impact space.

With a vision of transforming rural youth to be entrepreneurs, he founded 1Bridge, a platform that empowers rural entrepreneurs to accelerate abundance of access, choice & convenience to rural citizens, leveraging technology. Today, 1Bridge is present in 40+ districts across South & East India and has over 1000+ rural youth engaged in delivering services to rural consumers.

Madan is also the Managing Trustee of Head Held High Foundation, a non-profit that stands for human dignity. HHH focuses on initiatives for poverty eradication like Make India Capable, where a rural youth with no schooling is transformed into work-ready professionals and Global Action on Poverty (GAP) a platform that builds and supports Changemaking communities to eradicate poverty.

Partnering with other Education leaders, Madan is also a co-founder & Director of Sylvant Advisors. Sylvant invests and supports education entrepreneurs and has a current portfolio of 20+ ed-tech companies.

He is also a founding Partner of Social Venture Partners, Bangalore and is the Convener of the Million Jobs Mission. He is also an active member of the Governing Council of TiE Bangalore and had served as a Senior Advisor to Tata Trusts between 2015-2016.