Arpit Shah (Accountant) 06 February 2015
Once a startup has reached it’s growth stage, it’s most important requirement is undoubtedly the backing by reliable investors and an ample amount of funding to scale up. Though the concept of starting up has gained momentum recently, but the small number of investors willing to show their trust and invest in new ventures has been a problem for startups. Many startups find it difficult to approach venture capitalists and quite a few times the investment structure of the investor is inadequate for the startup.
So this week we bring to you the much needed list of the most active institutional investors and capital funds in India along with their investment capacity, investment structure, investment industries and some of their most notable portfolio startups.
Investing in technology-powered and consumer service businesses, Helion Ventures Partners is a $605 Mn Indian-focused, an early to mid-stage venture fund participating in future rounds of financing in syndication with other venture partners.
People You Should Know: Sandeep Fakun, Kanwaljit Singh.
Investment Structure: Invests between $2 Mn to $10 Mn in each company with less than $10 Mn in revenues.
Industries: Outsourcing, Mobile, Internet, Retail Services, Healthcare, Education and Financial Services.
Contact Details: 8040183333, 01244615333, Email
Accel Partners founded in 1983 has global presence in Palo Alto, London , New York, China and India. Typical multi-stage investments in internet technology companies are made by Accel partners.
People You Should Know: Subrata Mitra, Prashanth Prakash and Mahendran Balachandran
Investment Structure: Invests between $0.5 Mn and $50 Mn in its portfolio companies.
Industries: Internet and Consumer Services, Infrastructure, Cloud -Enabled Services, Mobile and Software.
Contact Details: 8041232551, 8043539800, Email
Venture capital firm, Blume Venture Advisor funds early-stage seed, startups, pre-series A, series B and late stage investments. Blume backs startups with both funding as well as active mentoring and support.
People You Should Know: Karthik Reddy and Sanjay Nath.
Investment Structure: Provides seed funding investments between $0.05 Mn – $0.3 Mn in seed stage. Also, provides follow-on investments to portfolio companies ranging from $.5Mn to $1.5Mn.
Industries: Mobile Applications, Telecommunications Equipment, Data Infrastructure, Internet and Software Sectors, Consumer Internet, Media, Research and Development
Sequoia Capital India specializes in investments in startup seed, early, mid, late, expansion, public and growth stage companies.
People You Should Know: Shailesh Lakhani and Shailendra Singh.
Investment Structure: SCI invests between $100,000 and $1 Mn in seed stage, between $1 Mn and $10 Mn in early stage and between $10 Mn and $100 Mn in growth stage companies.
Industries: Consumer, Energy, Financial, Healthcare, Outsourcing, Technology.
Contact: 8041245880, 2240747272, 01149567200
Nexus Venture Partners is a venture capital firm investing in early stage and growth stage startups across sectors in India and US.
People You Should Know: Suvir Sujan and Anup Gupta
Investment Structure: Invests between $0.5 Mn and $10 Mn in early growth stage companies. Also, makes investments upto $0.5 Mn in their seed program.
Industries: Mobile, Data Security, Big Data analytics, Infrastructure, Cloud, Storage, Internet, Rural Sector, Outsourced Services, Agribusiness, Energy, Media, Consumer and Business services, Technology.
Contact: 8049456600, 2266260000, Email
With the sole goal of making new entrepreneurs successful, Inventus is a venture capital fund managed by entrepreneurs and industry-operating veterans.
People You Should Know: Samir Kumar and Kanwal Rekhi
Investment Structure: The firm does not invest in capital intensive companies. It typically leads the first venture round with $1 Mn to $2 Mn and as the businesses grow, it invests from $0.25 Mn up to $10 Mn.
Industries: Consumer, Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure, Media, Internet and Catalog Retail, Healthcare, Information Technology, Hardware and Equipment, Telecommunications etc.
Contact: +91 80 4125 6747, Email
Having a global network of technology venture funds with more than $4 billion, IDG Ventures India is a leading India-focused technology venture capital fund specializing in startups, early stage, growth stage and expansion stage companies.
People You Should Know: Manik Arora and Sudhir Sethi
Investment Structure: Invests in India-based companies and also in companies outside India. The firm invests between $1 Mn and $10 Mn.
Industries: Digital Consumer – Internet, Mobile, Media and Technology Enabled Consumer Services, Enterprise Software – SaaS, Software Products and Enterprise services, Engineering – Medical Devices, Clean-tech and IP-led Businesses
Contact: +91 80 4043 4836, +91 11 3019 4145, Email
Fidelity Growth Partners India is the private equity arm of Fidelity International Limited focused on investing in India. Since 2008, FGPI has made several investments across sectors including Healthcare and Life Sciences, Technology, Consumer and Manufacturing.
People You should Know: Abhinav Sinha, Harsh Jhaveri
Investment Structure: Typically, FGPI invests between $10 Mn and $50 Mn for a minority stake in the company
Industries: Healthcare and Life Sciences, Technology, Consumer and Manufacturing
Startups Funded: Netmagic, Yebhi
Naspers is a leading multinational media group, incorporated in 1915 as a public limited liability company and was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in September 1994. The group’s principal operations are in internet platforms (focusing on commerce, communities, content, communication and games), pay-television and the provision of related technologies and print media (including publishing, distribution and printing). The group’s most significant operations are located in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa, China, Central and Eastern Europe, India, Brazil, Russia, Thailand and the Netherlands.
People You should Know: N/A
Investment Structure: N/A
Industries: Ecommerce, Print Media, Pay Television
Steadview is a leading alternative asset manager based in Hong Kong. The firm makes concentrated long-term investments across multiple industries
People You should Know: Ravi Mehta
Investment Structure: Early Stage Venture and Later Stage Venture Investments Industries: Ecommerce
Jungle Ventures is a Singapore based, entrepreneur backed venture firm that funds and helps startups scale across Asia Pacific. It invests in global startups that are solving problems relevant to Asia Pacific markets. It currently has investments in US, Singapore, India, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
People You should Know: Amit Anand, Subrata Mitra
Investment Structure: Venture Capital that does Seed and Early Stage Venture Investments
Industries: Ecommerce, Digital Media, Saas, Fintech, Big Data, Analytics, Enterprise
Startups Funded: Zipdial, Ekstop, Pokkt, Milaap
Operational since 2011, Zodius typically develops one company every six months and works intensively with its portfolio company teams to “speed up” and “shape up” for exceptional growth and profitability.
People You should Know: Neeraj Bhargava, Gautam Patel
Investment Structure: N/A
Industries: Big Data and Analytics, Digital Media and Commerce, Education
Startups Funded: BigBasket, Culture Machine
Qualcomm Ventures is the investment arm of Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM), a Fortune 500 company with operations across the globe.
People You should Know: Karthee Madasamy
Investment Structure: N/A
Industries: Business Software, Cloud/Enterprise, Consumer Software, Hardware, Health Care, Infrastructure, Semi/Components
Startups Funded: Appsdaily, Capillary, Deck, Portea, Housing
Warburg Pincus is a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing. The firm has more than $37 Bn in assets under management. Its active portfolio of more than 120 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector and geography.
People You should Know: Hari Ravichandran
Investment Structure: It emphasizes growth investing and has successfully built companies at all stages, from conceiving and creating venture capital opportunities, to providing capital to meet the needs of existing businesses, to investing in later-stage buyout transactions and special situations with unique characteristics.
Industries: Consumer, Industrial and Services, Energy, Financial Services, Healthcare, Real Estate, Tech, Media, Telecommunications
Startups Funded: Lemon Tree, Biba, Quikr
Contact: +91 22 66451234
Global venture capital firm investing in people with visionary ideas, Canaan Partners specializes in all stages of development, seed financings, start-ups, growth and early stage investments, typically Series A and B financings.
People You Should Know: Wende Hutton
Investment Structure: The firm typically invests between $0.05 Mn to $80 Mn in its portfolio company. It prefers to exit its investments within 7 to 10 years.
Industries: Technology- Advertising & Marketing, Big Data/Cloud, Consumer, Enterprise/SaaS, FinTech, Hardware, Healthcare – Biopharma, digital Health & MedTech.
Contact: +91 124 4301841, Email
Investing in India since 2001, SAIF Partners specializes in private equity and venture capital across Asia.
People You Should Know: Mukul Arora & Mukul Singhal
Investment Structure: Invests between $10 Mn and $100 Mn in one or more rounds of financing with investments between $200,000 to $500,000 in early stage companies and between $30 Mn and $35 Mn in more mature unlisted ventures.
Industries: IT, ITes, Industrials, Financial Services, Internet, Consumer Product, Mobile
Contact: +91 124 496 5500, Email
Ascent Capital, an India-focused independent private equity firm, is among the most experienced teams on ground with over 150+ years of collective experience in Indian capital markets.
People You Should Know: Raja Kumar
Investment Structure: The firm makes investments ranging from $10 Mn to $30 Mn.
Industries:Technology, Ecommerce, Healthcare, Financial Services, Consumer Brands, Infrastructure
Contact: +91 80 3055 1230, +91 80 3055 1231, Email
Specialised in global emerging markets, the Group prefers to invest in technology focused companies in countries like Latam, Spain and India.
People You Should Know: Francisco Velázquez de Cuéllar
Investment Structure: Invests from 100,000K to $25 Mn in growth phases, from seed capital to international expansion.
Industries: Games, Software, Security, Biotechnology, Telecommunications
Bain Capital professionals in aggregate is the largest investor in every fund raised. Bain Capital, along with management teams, provides the strategic and analytic resources needed to build and grow great companies.
People You Should Know: Samonnoi Banerjee
Investment Structure: Invests between $5 Mn and $1 Bn in companies in wide range of Industries.
Industries: Consumer, Retail and Dining, Financial and business Services, Healthcare, Industrial and Energy, Technology, Media and Telecom.
It’s a Venture Capital fund involved in Early Stage Venture Investments focusing on investing in India besides investing in North America, Europe and Asian Countries.
People You Should Know: Ramanan Raghavendran and Rajeev Srivastava.
Investment Structure: Investment is done in the range between $1 million and $ 5 million with minimum revenue of $5 million.
Battery Ventures is based in Boston, Silicon Valley and invests in technology driven companies. With over 30 years of experience, this VC fund has deep pockets.
People You Should Know: Neeraj Agrawal
Investment Structure: They invest in all stages of a company’s life, are flexible in the amount of investment, and are creative when it comes to syndicating, finding alternate sources of money, and designing financing to best match businesses.
Industries: e-Commerce and Retail Digital Media, Industrial Technologies, Infrastructure, Software and Services.
With great experience in investing, this 1911 founded company operates on a global scale with offices located in Israel, India and both coasts in the US.
People You Should Know: Raghav Bahl, Aakash Goel
Investment Structure: They invest in the range of $75,000 to $66 Mn.
Industries: Cyber Security, Financial Services, Mobile, Cleantech Cloud Computing
Startups Funded: Snapdeal, OnMobile
Contact: +91-80-3082-9000, Email
Founded in 2010 is a private investment office headquartered in Bangalore, India and London, UK. It’s a INR 600 Cr. multi-stage, multi-sector fund.
People You Should Know: N R Narayana Murthy.
Investment Structure: N/A
Industries: Venture Capital & Private Equity
Startup Funded: Yebhi
The company’s vision and mission is to be a unique, ethical private equity fund management model in India that provides investors with a best-in-class private equity model.
People You Should Know: Samir Inamdar
Investment Structure: Forum Synergies invests between between $2 – $10 Mn in firms with revenues between $3 – $50 Mn.
Industries: Healthcare, Automotive, Electronic Hardware, Electrical Equipment, Chemical Engineering, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, IT
Contact: +91 80 4000 6400, Email
Founded in 2000, Fulcrum is a private equity investor which focuses on the SME business opportunities.They prefer to invest in like-minded entrepreneurs with solid principles and objectives.
People You Should Know: Krishna Ramanathan, Ethan Khatri, Mahesh Shankaranarayanan
Investment Structure:The firm seeks to invest between INR 5 crores – INR 15 crores.
Industries: Education, Financial Services, FMCG, Healthcare, Niche Retail
Contact: +91 22 6712 8484, +91 22 6712 8484
980, is a leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growing companies. It does Early Stage Venture, Later Stage Venture and Private Equity Investments.
People You Should Know: Sandeep Naik.
Investment Structure: Invests between $75 Mn and $400 Mn.
Industries: ECommerce, Software, Fashion, Cloud Computing, Curated Web
Launched in 2012, India Quotient is an early stage fund with a corpus of INR 30 Cr.
People You Should Know: Madhukar Sinha, Anand Lunia
Investment Structure: Venture Capital fund that does Seed Investments between 100k – 500k.
Industries: Education, Food and Travel, Mobile, Fashion, Lifestyle, Consumer Finance
The firm focuses on mergers, acquisitions, and equity investments related to tech startups. Till date, it has invested $10.7 Bn in over 1,250 companies in 52 countries.
People You Should Know: Pradeep Tagare, Bhavanipratap Rana, Amit Behl, Sudheer K Kuppam.
Investment Structure: Invest between $300 Mn and $500 Mn per year.
Industries: Internet-Digital Media, Manufacturing-Labs, Security, Smart Phones-Tablets, software and Services, Ultrabook-Perceptual Computing, Wearables
Startups Funded: Gigya, Hungama, Snapdeal
Guided by an entrepreneur-centric investment approach, IvyCap focuses on high-quality professional entrepreneurs from premier education institutions of the country.
People You Should Know: Norbert Fernandes
Investment Structure: The Firm does Early Stage Venture Investments and invests between $0.3 Mn and $7 Mn.
Industries: Healthcare, Education, Technology, Commerce.
Kae Capital invests in those companies which bring out innovative solutions for existing gaps in the markets.They believe in identifying and building large companies even from a concept.
People You Should Know: Navin Honagudi, Shashank Hirawat, Sasha Mirchandani, Nisa Mohamedi.
Investment Structure: Investment is made between $0.05 – $2.5 Mn and typically they invest between $0.2 – $1 Mn in the first round.
Industries: Mobile, Ecommerce, Education, Healthcare, Consumer, Internet
With a strong advisory team in Bangalore, Kalaari is a $160 Mn venture capital fund investing in early-stage technology-oriented companies in India. They seek companies that are capable of capturing new markets, providing innovative solutions and creating new wealth for India and beyond.
People You Should Know: Vani Kola, Sampath Kumar P., Rajesh Raju
Investment Structure:The firm invests $1Mn to $5Mn in technology savvy companies and technology-enabled services for India and the global markets.
Industries: ECommerce, Internet, Curated Web, cleantech.
Startups Funded: Mettl, UrbanLadder, Snapdeal, Zivame
Contact: Email, 080 67159600
India based Lightbox Management Ltd with an investment horizon of seven to eight years is a new $100 Mn tech fund focussed on early stage consumer technology businesses.
People You Should Know: Sandeep Murthy, Siddharth Talwar
Investment Structure: Invests between $3 Mn and $5 Mn in the consumer technology space with a focus on education technology.
Industries: Data & Analytics, Brand & Design, Product & Marketing, Culture & Company Building.
Founded in 2000, Lightspeed Venture Partners investment company engages in consumer, enterprise, technology, and cleantech markets.
People You Should Know: Bejul Somaia, Dev Khare, Anshoo Sharma, Maninder Gulati.
Investment Structure: $1 to $25 Mn
Industries: Enterprise Software, Software, Mobile
Contact: +91 (11) 4980 0800, Email
Gurgaon based Lok Capital initiative launched at the end of 2000 with support of a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation specializes in bottom-of-pyramid customer segment investments.
People You Should Know: Rajiv B.Lall
Investment Structure: Invests between $1 Mn and $7 Mn
Mumbai Based Matrix Partners was founded in 1977, and is committed to build long-term relationships. With capital over INR 3000 Cr., they invest across sectors in India.
People You Should Know: Avnish Bajaj
Investment Structure: Invests INR 1 Cr. to 75 Cr.
Industries: Internet, Consumer internet, eCommerce, Travel, Internet, Consumer Internet, eCommerce, Travel, etc.
Contact: +91-22-67680000, Email
One of the oldest Venture Capital Firms focusing on early-stage to growth-stage investments in information technology companies, in particular on enterprise software, Internet consumer & media services, and communications.
People You Should Know: Vikram Godse, Navin Chaddha and James Beck.
Investment Structure: In India, it invests between $500,000 to $10 Mn
Industries: Consumer Services, Infrastructure Ancillaries, Healthcare Services, Manufacturing Opportunities
It’s one of the most largest and most active Venture Capital Firms which helps entrepreneurs to build transformational businesses across multiple stages, sectors and geographies.
People You Should Know: Krishna Kittu Kolluri, Tarun Sharma
Investment Structure: The firm seeks to invest between $0.05 Mn and $20 Mn in Early Stage Venture, Later Stage Venture, Private Equity, Debt Financing.
Industries: Energy, Infrastructure Services, Consumer Services, Agriculture Sector, Systems, Software, Technology
Contact: +91-22-4223 5600
New Path Ventures, LLC is a venture capital firm which specializes in seed stage, startups, and early stage investments. They prefer to invest in technology based startups in India and US.
People You Should Know: Vinod K. Dham, Tushar Anil Dave, Mahesh Karanth.
Investment Structure: It does Early Stage Venture and Later Stage Venture Investments.
Industries: Semiconductors, Curated Web
Startups Funded: Telsima, inSilica, Montalvo Systems
Nirvana Venture Advisors invests in early-stage and market leading companies in the fast growing Indian internet and mobile segments.
People You Should Know: Amit Patni
Investment Structure: N/A
Industries: Internet and Mobile Fund, Large Markets,ecommerce, online travel, online advertising and marketing.
Contact: 91-22-6742-3800, Email
NVP is an India-centric multi-stage investment firm that has partnered with entrepreneurs to build great businesses for more than 50 years.
People You Should Know: N/A
Investment Structure: It invests $1Mn to $30 Mn in early stage and $15 Mn-$100 Mn in growth equity companies depending on the growth of the company.
Industries: Internet, telecommunications, financial services, and education sector.
Contact: 91 22 6150 1111
India based Venture Capital Ojas Venture Partners believes that for young startups to become successful, it is imperative for them to have the guidance of experienced professionals with in depth understanding of the marketplace.
People You Should Know: Dr Rajesh Srivathsa
Investment Structure: Typically, make an initial investment of $ 250,000 to $ 1.5 Mn and follow that in subsequent rounds up to a maximum of US $ 3 Mn per company over the life of the company.
Industries: Mobile Technology and Applications, telecom, wireless technologies, enterprise software, SaaS, Web Applications/Services, Consumer Internet
Contact: +91 80 4061 0300
This venture capital fund recognized the need for an early stage investment ecosystem in India and hence, focuses on investing in Indian startups.
People You Should Know: Shailesh Vikram Singh
Investment Structure: The firm seeks to invest between INR 1 Cr. ($0.19 Mn) and INR 25 Cr. ($4.67 Mn) in each portfolio company.
Industries: Internet, Media, Mobile, Telecommunications, Retail, Technology, Consumer
Contact: (+91) 120 319 2958
It focuses on life sciences, clean technology, retailing, light engineering, food processing, information technology, infrastructure related services, healthcare, logistics and distribution, water and sanitation, agriculture, and education sectors.
Investment Structure: It invests between INR 5 Cr. to 25 Cr.
Industries: Ecommerce, SemiConductors.
Contact: 91 – 22 – 2652 7124 /25 /27 /28, Email
Unitus Seed Fund is a seed stage venture fund based in Bangalore and Seattle which invests in developing markets with primary focus on rural startups focusing on low income groups.
People You Should Know: Dave Richards, Will Poole
Investment Structure: It invests INR 50 Lakh to INR 1 Cr.
Industries: Education and Skilling, Healthcare, Mobile Commerce, Marketplaces and E-Commerce, Agriculture, Retail and Distribution, Water and Energy.
A firm that seed funds for software, web, mobile, and cloud computing based Indian Startups, and also claims to provide a unique experience for entrepreneurs.
People You Should Know: Mohsin Khan, P.Ramakrishna.
Investment Structure: The firm seeks to invest between $0.02 Mn and $0.03 Mn per startup in return of equity stake between 10% and 15 %.
Industries: Software, Technology, Mobile, Web, Analytics, Cloud Computing
Startups Funded: Vaava
It’s an India based investment company which is involved in multi stage investing.They prefer to invest in early stage startups.
People You Should Know: Sarath Naru, Ramesh Alur
Investment Structure:The company prefers to invest in technology and technology-enabled sectors
Industries: Biotechnology, Healthcare Infrastructure, Microfinance, Agribusiness, Biogas, Pharma, Food, Retail, Life Science, Clean Technology, Healthcare, Education, Financial Services
Startups Funded: Little Eye Labs, Eyantra
Contact: +91 44 2432 9864 / +91 44 2432 9863, Mail
It is a INR 300 Cr. venture debt fund which is expected to be closed in next three to six months. It is also technically India’s first venture debt fund.
People You Should Know: Rahul Khanna, Nilesh Kothari
Investment Structure: The fund will invest between INR 5-15 Cr. for 16-18% borrowing cost, compounded annually in firms that have already raised a first or second round of funding.
Industries: Technology, Consumer, Internet Space
It’s a INR 300 Cr. and a 7-year, high-risk high-return fund, which is typical in early-stage investing. Software product startups are one of the key themes that Orios will be investing in.
People You Should Know: Rehan Yar Khan
Investment Structure: It invests INR 1-20 Cr. in a startup and intends to stay invested for seven years or more.
Industries: Not restricted to any particular segment, analytics, Big Data, software for mobile phones etc.
Startups Funded: Sapience Analysis, Ziffi
It is a Mumbai based private equity and venture fund specialising in early stage and late stage investments
People You Should Know: Ronnie Screwvala
Investment Structure: N/A
Industries: Agriculture, Healthcare, Education, Ecommerce
Startups Funded: Maroosh, PIFA FC, Ektstop
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