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Ankur Jain

Managing Director & CEO
Ankur Jain; CEO, Founder Bira 91; Ankur Jain is the Founder and CEO of B9 Beverages, the maker of Bira 91 beers.  Born in New Delhi to an architect-urban planner father and an author-interior designer mother, Ankur is a serial entrepreneur who moved to the United States in 1998. He completed his Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. After a brief stint at Motorola, Ankur co-founded a healthcare revenue management firm in New York City that later sold to a large healthcare provider network in 2007. More importantly, during his time in New York, his start up was down the street from Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg, which is where he spent many-a-Friday-afternoons sampling some of the most ingenious and extreme beers on the planet. He then took a trip to Belgium backpacking to villages and sampling some of the most heavenly beers in local breweries still run by families that had owned them for generations. Inspired by the American entrepreneurship in craft beer and the love of traditional beer in Belgium, he decided that it was time for a craft beer brand “Imagined in India” for the urban, millennial consumer and created Bira 91. Bira 91 launched in early 2015 with its flavorful portfolio of essential beers and its playful monkey mascot. The brand quickly went viral in India becoming the largest draft brand in the country and gaining leadership in the premium segment in its active markets. In 2017, Bira 91 leaped across to New York City to begin its campaign in the United States. And in 2018, the brand started on its wider expansion in the Asia Pacific market by entering Singapore.

In less than three years, Bira 91 is now in the top 25 craft beer brands worldwide by sales volume and the fastest growing beer brand in the world (growing 5x in 2017). It has a passionate team of over 600+ beer lovers who have only one goal – to change the world of beer and beer for the world!.

In late 2015, B9 Beverages raised a round of investment from the legendary Silicon Valley based venture firm Sequoia Capital, making it the fund’s first investment in a beer company globally. In 2018, Belgium’s family office Sofina Capital made an additional investment in Bira 91 bringing the total capital raised by the company to over $100 million. In a world where consumers are seeking more flavor and color, and cities are becoming more vibrant, tech-immersed, and playful, Bira 91 aims to drive the global shift in beer towards more color and flavor. Ankur is a Fellow of the Disruptor Foundation, New York, and was included in Fortune’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2016 - 2019, GQ India’s “50 Most Influential Young Indian Innovators” in 2016, as well as Economic Times Hottest Business Leaders 2018. He has been invited to speak at various industry forums including the Milken Institute’s global conference, CII etc. Ankur is a fan of hip hop (everything around ’91), loves his food hot and spicy and enjoys cooking for his wife on the weekends to make up for all the extra beer he drinks!