Starting something new is always a tough thing. And, when it comes to starting a business, the situation becomes harder than ever. In the beginning, it takes a lot of time and hard work to figure out what exactly you’re going to do, how you are going to do it and what do you actually want to achieve while doing the same. A guiding support during these early stages of startup really help it to lay a strong foundation, both financially and business principles wise and scripts one’s road to glory and success.
Investors like angel investors and venture capital firms are known to provide the initial helping hands to startups by providing them with capital support coupled with the requisite expertise, scale and mentorship from industry experts.
Here’s a list of top 7 Venture Capital (VC) firms that are making the dreams of innovative Indian minds come true and helping the Indian startups reach the same pedestal as their international counterparts.
1) Ventureast –
Starting its journey in the mid 90s, this particular VC is one of the longest surviving venture capital institution that there is in the country. The VC has already made possible over 70 seed, early and growth stage investments in startups dealing in various sectors such as clean environment, technology and life sciences etc. Ventureast step its foot in the industry with APIDC Venture Capital Fund, a fund which created in collaboration with the Andhra Pradesh state Government.
2) Kalaari Capital –
Founded in the year 2006 as IndoUS Ventures, the VC has experienced industry names like Rajesh Raju, Vani Kola among others holding its reins. The Bangalore based VC has a glorious portfolio to showcase which includes some big Indian Startup industry names like Myntra, Snapdeal and Urban Ladder. The VC makes use of its Kstart Accelerator Program to narrow down its next prospective investments. Having raised three series of venture funds till date, the VC has secured funds to the tune of $650M. The 69 successful deals in its record speaks volumes of the success pace at which the VC is progressing.
3) Artha Ventures –
This Mumbai based VC has an exceptional portfolio standing tall at over 40 startups from diverse sectors like Digital Media, Analytics, eCommerce, SaaS, IOT, Edutech and Travel. Captained by Anirudh Damani, the VC has held investments in some of the most promising Indian startups like Mobilewalla, Oyo Rooms, and Inc42 etc.
4) Kae Capital –
Founded in the year 2011 by Sasha Mirchandani, Mumbai Angel’s co-founder and a known angel investor himself, Kae Capital started its journey by initially focusing on startups working in the domain of healthcare, mobile, e-commerce and education. The VC provided early stage support to 27 startups with the US$25M funds it raised in its maiden fund raising debut the year 2012. It further raised its second fund early this year to the tune of US$30M.
5) Indian Angel Network (IAN) –
Having debuted in the year 2006, IAN with over four hundred 400 angels is counted as one of the first and largest organisation of angel investors that there is in India. With its investments spanning globally over startups in India, UK, USA, Canada and Sri Lanka, the VC has provided capital support to about 88 startups till date. The VC also has a Business Incubator which in collaboration with its Small Ticket Funding programme has already incubated about 30 startups and transformed them into self-sustaining successful businesses.
6) Blume ventures –
Having hit the Indian Startup industry scene in the year 2010, the VC is one of the most sort after and popular VC that there is in the country. Blume Ventures jas a fat portfolio of 83 startups across different domains like social media, cloud, education, gaming and mobile. The VC has witnessed around 14 successful exits from the year of its inception. Startups like TripVillas, Snaplion, Turtlemint and Qubecell are some of its most important investments.
7) Helion Ventures –
One of the earliest runners in the race, Helion Ventures has a stunning portfolio of 75 startups. The VC’s well-carved strategy of strategic sales, public market listings, and stake transfer has opened a successful gateway to Helion Ventures with over 8 exits including the magnificent successful case of MakemyTrip IPO. Having recently raised a whopping amount of US$300M, the VC’s future plans are to make investments in non-tech startups emerging in the field of financial services, health care and education.