Sonali Vijayavargiya is the Founder and Managing Director of Augment Ventures, an early stage cleantech, industrial technologies and IT focused venture fund based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Fund invests in early-stage companies with high caliber teams and transformational technologies and solutions geared to increase efficiency and productivity in global markets. Sonali has over 16 years of experience in both project finance and investment banking. She has worked closely with early stage companies in several industries, nurturing them and developing them from proof of concept to final IPO or strategic sale. Her strong insight into understanding technologies and business models for early stage companies has helped her shape commercial success for clients. Sonali’s global work experience has helped her developed a keen sense of leveraging economic and regional efficiencies to develop profitable cross border alliances for companies operating in different sectors. In 2005, prior to launching Augment Ventures, Sonali founded Augment Capital, LLC, a venture advisory practice. She provided strategic advice to many seed and early stage companies in CleanTech and IT, successfully positioning her clients to secure over $60 Million in institutional funding. Prior to forming Augment Capital, Sonali worked in Mumbai with organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) and Edelweiss Capital where she raised over $100 million for her clients and advised start-up companies from incorporation to fund raising to exits. She holds an MBA from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management and a Bachelor of Science in Statistics from Fergusson College both from Pune, India. She is a recipient of the Leaders and Innovators award by Grant Thornton and the Corp! Entrepreneur of Distinction Award.