|Famous for||Being the founder of Masters' Union, a business school in Gurugram|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 183 cm
in meters- 1.83 m
in feet & inches- 6’ 0”
|Awards||• 2018: His company Outgrow ranked number 1 on the Top B2B New York Tech list
• 2018: Best Vendor Award for top-rated software vendor of the year by Siftery
|Date of Birth||Year, 1991|
|Age (as of 2023)||32 Years|
|School||Doon Public School, Dehradun|
|College/University||• Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
• Peking University, Beijing, China
• London School of Economics and Political Science, London
• The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States
|Educational Qualification(s) Pratham Mittal - Linkedin||• Development Economics and International Development
• Chinese Language and Literature
• International Relations and Affairs
• BSE, BA, Systems Science, Political Science
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father- Ashok Kumar Mittal (chancellor of Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab)
Mother- Rashmi Mittal (pro-chancellor of Lovely Professional University)
|Siblings||Sister- Srishti Mittal|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Pratham Mittal
- Pratham Mittal is an Indian businessman who is known for being the founder of Masters’ Union, a business school in Gurugram.
- He was born and raised in Jalandhar and comes from a family that started the well-known Lovely Sweets shop in Punjab.
- During his third year of college, in 2016, he started Outgrow, in New York City with his partner Randy Rayess. The company is a growth marketing platform that enables marketers to build interactive content and tools to increase customer engagement and boost demand generation with no custom design or development. According to Pratham, it became the largest polling technology company in the world with over 4000 publications like The New York Times and The Guardian as clients.
- In an interview, he said that the idea of starting Outgrowth came when he was working as a developer and many of his customers were people who had a bad experience with outsourcing and wanted him to make corrections in it. He realized that there was a lack of major information asymmetry in the industry because of which the clients met the wrong developers. Then he realized that it was important to make a trusted network of vetted developers and provide transparent portfolios up front which would help companies choose the right developer.
- He was ranked among the top 20 startups in Philadelphia in 2013 by Philadelphia Magazine.
- In 2018, he developed the Neta App, which allows voters to rate their elected representatives at the State and Central level. The app works as a feedback mechanism for political leaders and allows the public to decide whether they like the political leader in power or not. The app is available on Android and iOS platforms. The app was piloted during the February 2018 by-polls in Rajasthan’s Ajmer and Alwar constituencies. It was also deployed in Karnataka ahead of the assembly elections in May 2018. In an interview, he said that he made the app because he got frustrated with the politics in the country. He said that after elections when the leaders do not fulfil their promises, they should be rated just like Uber drivers and restaurants. In an interview, he talked about the app and said,
Unlike with [food aggregator] Zomato, we think, politicians don’t really care about their grade. What they care about is the number of votes they have received. So we are following that model now. Voting is representative of the rating the politician will get. The company, however, is planning to launch another tool that allows users to show their approval of the government. That is on a five-point scale, as a poll.”
- While studying abroad, he maintained connections with his peers and professors and when he came back to India, he started a unique business school idea.
- In August 2020, he founded Masters’ Union in Gurugram. The higher education institution provides courses taught by CXOs from Morgan Stanley, Tata, StanChart, Google, Twitter, Reliance, and Razorpay. The institute has provided placement similar to IIM Ahemadabad. The students at the institute have an average GMAT of 715+ and mostly come from backgrounds like IITs and NITs and have 3 years of work experience at GS, ZS, Fractal, and BCG. In an interview, he talked about his venture and said,
We wanted to do something similar. We have almost all Fortune 500 companies within a two-mile radius and are nine minutes away from the airport. That’s what matters if we want practitioners to come in and teach.”
- In 2022, KPMG International Limited in India partnered with his business school, Masters’ Union to launch a one-year part-time programme in Applied Finance with an internship for BCom, BBA and MBA students to help them get finance jobs. The programme was designed by KPMG and was planned to be taught by its partners and directors. This partnership was done to improve employability and fill in the gaps left by colleges in their BBA, and BCom curriculum. In an interview, he talked about this and said,
While the jobs in finance are growing by the day, it is concerning that fresh graduates are unable to crack them due to gaps in their learning. We are happy to partner with KPMG in India to offer a course in applied finance which will help students, fresh graduates and early-stage professionals bridge those gaps and be industry ready.”
- In July 2021, he became a partner at 606 Ventures which is an investing company.
- He also worked towards making changes in LPU run by his parents. In an interview, he said that when he joined the university, he felt like there was a need to start innovative learning at the university. After many discussions, he introduced departments of Ed-tech initiatives, new investments, and IP and resource commercialization. These departments focused mainly on practical and evolved into centres of new innovation in education.
- In an interview, he said that he spends 30% of his time managing the team and the current projects, 30% in business calls or meetings, 20% in research and exploration and 20% on doing other operational work.
- According to him, the one decision he regrets in his life was when he was in college, he started a company and thought that he could become successful easily. He was very excited about the company in the beginning but later, he lost interest in it as he could not focus. At that time, he realized that startups were difficult and he had to work hard for it.
- In an interview, he said that one thing that has helped him during his entrepreneurship journey was reading a lot about the industry and target market. He used to get innovative ideas by drawing parallels between completely unrelated things. He also revealed that he received some of the best ideas by reading political journals.
- When he was in school, he won a gold medal in the 50m Backstroke swimming event.
- He can fluently speak English, Mandarin, Chinese, German and Punjabi languages.
- When he was studying at the University of Pennsylvania, he participated in activities and societies like Wharton Venture Initiation Program, Phi Kappa Psi, PennSID, International Student Advisory Board, Hack the Change, and Startup Weekend.