Early-stage investment management firm Gurukool has invested in Home Capital, a Mumbai-based fintech platform, offering first of its kind, down payment assistance program to first time home buyers at zero interest cost.
HomeCapital last raised funds in October 2017 when it had raised undisclosed amount from Venture Catalysts and its angels Anuj Golecha, Gaurav Gandhi, Ram Joukani, Gaurav Singhvi, Vishal Jhunjhunwaala, Anudeep Jhunjhunwaala, Brijesh Thakkar, Revathi Roy, Jagidsh Gothi, Dipan Dalal, & others.
Founded by IIM Calcutta alumnus Lalit Menghani, HomeCapital caters to first time home buyers through an innovative financial structuring. Venture Gurukool will be co-investing alongside Astarc Ventures and Singapore Angel Network and a group of marquee angels. Equipped with prominent industry leaders as Independent Directors on board and an experienced senior management team with extensive experience across financial services and real estate, HomeCapital is well positioned to disrupt the $100 Billion housing industry, poised to reach $462 Billion by 2025.
A massive housing boom is expected in the coming years given the huge base of potential homeowners in India as majority of the workforce approaches home buying age, the rapid rate of urbanization and Government’s robust focus on “Housing for all by 2022” resulting in a huge latent demand for housing that HomeCapital aims to address.
HomeCapital has been growing at a fast pace by partnering with 4 major financial institutions as well as some major corporate developers. We are content to have Venture Gurukool on board and help us with our expansion across India,” said Lalit Menghani, Founder of Home Capital.
The start-up targets the creditworthy, salaried individuals within the age group of 20 – 45 years looking to buy their first homes and through its innovative business model successfully creates value for all the stakeholders involved in the Housing market – the real estate developers, home loan companies and most of all, home buyers.
HomeCapital participated in The Second India Investment Seminar 2018 in China organized by Venture Gurukool wherein, it pitched to more than 250+ strategic and financial investors in Beijing and Shanghai.
The startup will start fundraising for Series A round of investment very soon for which it has already attracted a great deal of interest from the Chinese VC’s. HomeCapital targets and services home buyers across the complete credit spectrum. Currently functioning in Mumbai and Pune, it plans to expand to Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad in the near future.
“HomeCapital addresses the key hurdle to homeownership i.e. down payment by successfully combining Real estate, finance, and technology expertise and Venture Gurukool’s vast network of subject matter experts and marquee investors can help this promising venture scale and overcome the obstacle of home ownership for first time home buyers,” said Mahendra Swarup, Founder of Venture Gurukool.
Top Image – Team Venture Gurukool with Home Capital’s Founder Lalit Menghani at Fosun Headquarters, Shanghai for an exclusive interaction with Mr. Andy Zheng from Fosun RZ Capital.