Sapient Wealth joins hands with Venture Catalysts to promote HNIs to Invest in Startups 

Mumbai, 18th January, 2021: Continuing its vision to create, build, and nurture 1,000 startup investments by 2025, Venture Catalysts – India's first, largest, and pioneering integrated incubator and accelerator platform – has partnered with Sapient Wealth. The strategic association marks the first corporate venture partnership agreement signed by Venture Catalysts. This latest move is a leap forward towards its larger mission to create 10,000 angel investors across 100 start-up cities in the country and make start-up investments as a viable and accessible asset class for investors.

Sapient Wealth shall now be able to provide opportunities in this asset class of start-up investments to its clients through Venture Catalysts.

Speaking on this association, Mr. Paresh Kariya, Director – Sapient Wealth, said, "As an emerging asset class, start-up investing is finding increased acceptance and allocation in the investment portfolios of HNIs and family offices. This asset class is increasingly being recognized for higher returns by fostering innovative businesses with unique and disruptive ideas. We have been investing in startups since about 10 years, and have experienced multiple exits between 3.5x and 19x. With the integrated & vibrant start-up ecosystem of Venture Catalysts, and their strong deal flow, we are confident that our select investors shall invest, create and benefit with a portfolio in this asset class."

Sapient Wealth has given due importance to Start-up investing by dedicating a team led by Mr. K. K. Ram, Vice President-Venture Investments. On this association, Mr. K K Ram said, "We, at Sapient Wealth, are truly excited with Venture Catalysts' curated start-ups that enable systematic execution of diversified high-return investment strategies. 

As we engage with Venture Catalysts, we are continuingly being impressed with the deal flow of exciting start-ups and the vibrant team of Venture Catalysts that is enabling the same. Such vibrant ecosystem is highly desirable by investors, and is essential for building a sizable portfolio of startup investments. We believe that Venture Catalysts would be the right enabler for our clients, and look forward to selective investments, collaborative growth, and remunerative exits for our startup investors."

Dr. Apoorva Ranjan Sharma, Co-founder & President – Venture Catalysts, added, "At Venture Catalysts, our goal is to create the maximum entrepreneurial value by providing end-to-end support to both start-ups and investors. Our association with Sapient Wealth, one of the leading players in its domain in India, as a corporate venture partner is in line with this vision. 

The partnership will enable us to provide our investees with greater exposure to established corporate organisations as investors and mentors, thus accelerating their growth. Corporate investors, on the other hand, get access to handpicked, high-potential start-up deals from across the country. Through this partnership, we are confident that we can establish start-up investments as a viable and lucrative asset class for established corporate entities and maximum the entrepreneurial value created across the board."

About Sapient Wealth

Sapient Wealth is a leading Mutual Fund Distributor (MFD) and a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) in India with a client base of over 22,000 clients and an AUM of about $1billion (around INR 7000 crore). Sapient Wealth has a strong and deep presence in markets across India, including cities such as Pune, Mumbai, Guwahati, Kolkata, Dimapur, and Tezpur. With its core distribution model, Sapient Wealth associates with most mutual fund houses in India, and enables multiple investment avenues for individuals, HNIs, family offices, SMEs and corporates.

About Venture Catalysts

Venture Catalysts is India's first integrated incubator. It typically invests $250K – $2 Mn in early stage start-ups with a potential to create enduring value for over a long period of time. With an aim to build the startup ecosystem in towns and cities beyond the top 10 metros, it has invested over INR 500+crores across 102 start-up deals in 2020. It also has made 36 exits so far with some significant ones such as BharatPeCoutloot, Dukaan, Superbottoms ,PeesafeHomeCapital, Beardo etc. For 2021, Venture Catalysts targets to lead investments of INR 1000 crores in 150+ startups. Venture Catalysts is focussed on providing startups with access to continuous capital from fund, investor network, Tier 1 founders & CXOs, and family offices besides providing them with market access from corporates and global growth programs. Venture Catalysts Group, which also includes its accelerator fund 9Unicorns, has become the third largest global player in the category of in the category of Incubators / Accelerators / Angel Network


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