Venture capital firms have played a critical role in the tremendous growth of the Indian startup ecosystem. Apart from Indian investors, global investment firms have realized the potential of Indian startups and provided time, money, and resources to fuel innovation and growth even further.
Venture capitalists invest money in all stages of a company’s growth, including early-stage startups. Let’s have a look at some of the most prominent funding options launched by some of the active Venture capital firms in India in 2019.
1. Sequoia Capital India Seed Fund I
Meant for early-stage startups, Sequoia Capital India Seed Fund-I has been registered in Mauritius. This fund is likely to raise 150 – 200M in seed funding. As of now, Sequoia is focusing on early-stage startups that have good potential to conquer untapped markets. Before Seed Fund I, the VC firm had also launched Surge accelerator program which was likely to pump $100 M in early-stage startups within the next 4-5 years
2. Vision Fund II by SoftBank
SoftBank had successfully injected $97bn with Vision Fund I before announcing Vision Fund II this year with a fund size of $108 Bn. SoftBank is planning to deploy this fund in new innovative startups that use cutting-edge technologies. While the first fund was invested in around 88 companies, SoftBank wanted to target 100 companies with Vision Fund II.
3. Accel VI by Accel Partners
An India focused fund from one of the top VC firms in the world, Accel 6th has a fund size of $550 M. Accel Partners wants to invest Accel VI in around sixty startups across industries such as financial services, enterprise, consumer internet, SaaS and healthcare startups. Accel India fund comes with professional support for areas such as digital and brand marketing, product and scale thinking, financial metrics, and organization scaling, among others.
4. Unicorn India VI
Unicorn India VI fund is designed for early-stage startups across Industries like Fintech, SaaS, robotics, healthcare, digital content, and health tech. With a fund size of Rs 400 crores, Unicorn India VI is looking to invest in pre-series A and series A of funding rounds. Unicorn India’s investment strategy is to scout for early-stage startup and enter by investing 3-5 crores, and after that, invest 10-30 crores in the subsequent rounds. Earlier, Unicorn India had invested in companies like VLCC Vanity Cube, Pharmarack, and Sequaretech.
5. DSGCP fund III
DSG Consumer Partners has recently closed its 3rd fund of $65 million. DSGCP is looking to invest around $500 K to 2M over three years in about 20 companies. From providing liquidity to growth capital to startups, DSGCP has quite a reputation for long-term investments spanning over 6 – 10 years.
This early-stage VC firm will continue looking for opportunities in sectors such as personal care, food, and beverages, pets, baby, travel and hospitality, financial services, Fintech, wellness and vitamin supplements, to name a few.
Venture capital firms and other investors continue to be the driving force behind the rapidly growing Indian startup ecosystem. For more such articles, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn or subscribe to our newsletter.