Tech veterans arrange $100M fund to show India’s prime startups into unicorns


Two Indian know-how veterans have arrange a brand new fund that they hope will assist the county churn out world-class, billion-dollar startups.

Nandan Nilekani, a co-founder and the previous CEO of $33 billion IT companies big Infosys, and Sanjeev Aggarwal, VC with Helion Ventures who based now IBM-owned BPO agency Daksh, have come collectively to launch the Fundamentum Partnership. Initially a $100 million fund — half of which is dedicated already — the duo advised TechCrunch they purpose to assist cowl the funding hole for India’s most promising tech companies.

“We believe that we need companies that are marathon runners built to scale and speed [by] entrepreneurs who want to leave a legacy,” Nilekani, whose private fortune is estimated at greater than $1 billion, defined in an interview.

India counts at the least eight billion-dollar-valued tech firms amongst its ranks, in keeping with TechCrunch information. These embody e-commerce companies Flipkart, Paytm, Snapdeal and Shopclues, Uber rival Ola and chat app agency Hike, however the Fundamentum Partnership founders believes there are various extra candidates to affix them.

“[The fund is] not really so much for startups but for ‘scale-ups’ because we think the challenge is how companies become large, and do things with speed, scale and flexibility,” he added.

Nandan Nilekani at TED 2009 by way of Erik (HASH) Hersman/Flickr

The Fundamentum Partnership is trying to Collection B- and C-stage offers. The companions mentioned they’ll purpose to guide investments with a typical examine dimension of $10 million to $25 million contributing to round half of a spherical.

“India has a very nice seed and Series A ecosystem but thereafter it runs out of steam,” Nilekani mentioned.

The purpose isn’t to plug the hole for all; the agency needs to be very selective. The founding companions steered that they might just do two or three offers per 12 months so as to select the “exceptional” startups that may profit from each capital and mentoring. To that latter level, Aggarwal — who will stay energetic with Helion — defined that the fund’s LPs, up to now, are all confirmed entrepreneurs who’ve made their fortune scaling tech firms. Past supplying cash, these backers are mentioned to be motivated by serving to startups straight.

Additional down the road, the duo count on so as to add institutional buyers to beef up the capital and to doubtlessly widen the fund to $200 million.

The funding thesis is pretty vertical-agnostic, with Nilekani and Aggarwal saying the staff is searching for firms, and founders, that they consider can develop shortly and profit from hands-on mentoring somewhat than focusing on any particular enterprise segments.

“We are going to use tech as the underlying theme and look at industries where consumption is going digital,” Aggarwal mentioned of the broad focus. “Many of those sectors disrupted including retail and transportation. Another piece is leveraging India’s intellectual capital to help serve global areas, e.g. software-as-a-service.”

For now, they’re pulling collectively the fund’s preliminary staff and drawing up funding targets with an expectation that the primary deal shall be closed inside just a few months. The fund itself has a 12-year tenure, and each companions count on to be concerned for at the least a decade as a result of “that is what it takes to build a high-quality company” in India.

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