Kajal Sanghrajka

Founding Partner – London, New York, Zurich
Kajal is the founding partner at Growth Hub US. Born and raised in London but a New Yorker for the last 8 years she spent her first few years working with leading Fortune 100 clients in Corporate America and transitioned to successfully launch and grow her own business in the US. After overcoming a number of internationalisation challenges, she was inspired to support ambitious European entrepreneurs with their US growth. She has worked directly with founders of high growth European companies primarily in B2B technology and most recently a Swiss Artificial Intelligence company to scale US operations. She co-founded Columbia Business School’s first incubator and its success led to its expansion across the university. In 2013 she also co-founded Building20, a private network of finance investors and entrepreneurs with a senior executive at BlackRock. Kajal is a mentor for the Mayor of London’s International Business Programme and Columbia University businesses. Kajal’s entrepreneurial experience is complemented by a strong track record as a Manager in Strategy and Operations at Deloitte. She has worked with both FTSE 100 and Fortune 100 clients across financial services, private equity and media.

Kajal holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Columbia Business School and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Allison Rapaport

Partner – New York
Allison Rapaport began her entrepreneurial journey by accident while working at the NYC headquarters of Barclays Capital. Coming from a role as a debt investment analyst at Sankaty Advisors (now Bain Capital Credit), she joined as the 4th and only junior member of a team working to establish an investment fund within the bank. This role turned out to be much more about building a business than an investment portfolio, and Allison realized that she had found her passion. The next step in investigating what exactly this meant landed her at Columbia Business School for an MBA, where she developed skills in areas such as strategy, marketing and management and interned in product development and strategy roles. It became clear that launching a venture was the next step, and Allison pitched the Dean of the Business School on a program to help entreprenerus band together upon graduation to form a network and help each other succeed. The Columbia Business Lab was born and Allison served as founder and president for 2 years while also launching her own personal venture, InteractAble Building and growing the Business Lab not only gave Allison experience building a community and resource base to support them, but also exposed her to the trials and tribulations of 30 entrepreneurs – from immigration woes to commercial real estate struggles. Her network of these individuals remains strong and continues to grow. Through InteractAble, Allison has hired and managed a cross-functional team and launched numerous digital products for consumer and institutional clients.

She holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA from Columbia Business School.