Top 25 Venture Capital Firms in India

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India has come a long way in technology ecosphere and is slowly but steadily on its way to become a start- up nation.  A strong wind is blowing across India’s start-up ecosystem and Start-ups like Flipcart,  Paytm , Hike, Ola Cabs are making their name heard across the globe with a bang!  India is emerging as an attractive destination for top Venture Capitalists and Private Equity players.  According to a consultancy, PE firms had invested $8.4 billion in India between January and September, as against $7.8 billion in 2013.

We have covered the top VC and PE firms in India along with their investment industries, leadership team and recent investment.

1. Sequoia Capital India:

Sequoia Capital India invests in startup seed, early, mid, late, expansion, public and growth stage companies.

Industries: Technology, Consumer, Financial, Energy, Healthcare, Outsourcing.

Leadership Team: Shailendra Singh, Abheek Anand, Nikhil Balaraman.

Recent Investments: ZoomCat, Craftsvilla , Justdial, Knowlarity.

2. Accel Partners:
Founded in 1983 Accel Partners has global presence in Palo Alto, London, New York, China and India. It is known for typical multi-stage investments in internet technology companies.

Industries: Internet and Consumer Services, Infrastructure, Cloud -Enabled Services, Mobile and Software.

Leadership Team: Subrata Mitra, Prashanth Prakash and Mahendran Balachandran.

Recent Investments: CapriCoast.com, Coverfox. Flipcart, BabyOye.

3. Warburg Pincus:

An American global private equity firm Warburg Pincus, LLC has offices in the United States, Europe, Brazil, China and India. It has been a private equity investor since 1966.

Industries: Healthcare and consumer, technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), financial services, energy.

Leadership Team: Charles R. Kaye and Joseph P. Landy.

Recent InvestmentsKalyan Jewellers, Laurus Labs Pvt. Ltd and Cartrade.com.

Helion Venture Partners:

Founded in 2006 Helion Ventures Partners is an Indian focused venture fund based in Mauritius.

Industries: Outsourcing, Mobile, Internet, Retail Services, Healthcare, Education and Financial Services.

Leadership TeamSandeep Fakun,   Dourvesh Kumar (Vikash) Chumun, Natarajan Ranganathan.

Recent InvestmentsWhatfix, Yepme,  Makemy Trip, NetAmbit.

 5. Blume Vnetures:

With headquarters in Mumbai, India Blume Ventures provides seed funding in the range of $50K – $250K to early-stage tech-focused/tech-enabled ventures.

Industries: Mobile Applications, Telecommunications Equipment, Data Infrastructure, Internet and Software Sectors, Consumer Internet, Media, Research and Development.

Leadership Team: Karthik Reddy ,Sanjay Nath.

Recent Investments: Reglobe, IndianStage, Exotel, Printo.

6. IDG Ventures:

Formed in September 2006, IDG Ventures India manages a US$150 Million venture capital fund focused on helping entrepreneurs grow innovative.

Industries: Digital Consumer – Internet, Mobile, Media and Technology Enabled Consumer Services, Enterprise Software – SaaS, Software Products and Enterprise services, Engineering – Medical Devices, Clean-tech and IP-led Businesses.

Leadership Team: Manik Arora ,Sudhir Sethi.

Recent Investmentsmynoticeperiod.com, Myntra.com, FirstCry, Zivame.

 7. Tiger Global:

Tiger Global is a global investment firm. The Firm deploys capital in two businesses – private equity partnerships and public equity funds. They invests across the globe with a focus on the United States, China, India, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

Industries: Global internet, technology, real estate, telecommunications, energy, media, and retail sectors.

Leadership Team: Mr. Charles Payson Coleman, Mr. Anil L. Crasto, Mr. Lee Jared Fixel.

Recent Investments: LocalOye, Quicker,Grofers

8.Qualcomm Ventures:

Investment arm of Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) Qualcomm Ventures is   a Fortune 500 company with global operations.

Industries: Cloud/Enterprise, Hardware, Health Care, Infrastructure, Semi/Components, Business Software, Consumer Software.

Leadership Team: Nagraj Kashyap, Quinn Li,Albert Wang.

Recent Investments: AppsDaily, Portea, Housing.

9. Nexus Venture Partners:

India’s leading Venture capital firm Nexus venture invests in early stage and growth stage start-ups across sectors.

Industries: Mobile, Data Security, Big Data analytics, Infrastructure, Cloud, Storage, Internet, Rural Sector, Outsourced Services, Agribusiness, Energy, Media, Consumer and Business services, Technology.

Leadership Team: Sandeep Singhal, Naren Gupta, Survir Sujan.

Recent Investments: Craftsvilla, Aryaka.

10. Fidelity Growth Partners:

Private equity arm of Fidelity International Limited, Fidelity Growth Partners India (“FGPI”) is focused on investing heavily in India s. They are known to make early and growth capital investments in companies across sectors.

Industries: Healthcare and Life Sciences, Technology, Consumer and Manufacturing.

Leadership Team: Raj Duagr, Kabir Narang, Prem Pavoor, Sandeep Singh.

Recent Investments: icertis,  Yebhi.

11. Bessemer Venture Partners:

Bessemer Venture Partners manages more than $4 billion of venture capital invested in over 130 companies around the world.

Industries: Cloud Computing , Cyber Security, Financial Services, Mobile, Cleantech.

Leadership Team: Aakash Goyal, Anant Vidur Puri, Adam Fisher.

Recent Investments: Snapdeal, Onmobile, Reglobe.

12. SAIF partners:

SAIF Partners is a pioneer Asian private equity firm. They are known for making  privately negotiated equity or equity-linked investments across several growth sectors.

Industries: IT, ITes, Industrials, Financial Services, Internet, Consumer Product, Mobile.

Leadership Team: Andrew Y Yan, Ravi Adusumalli, Deepak Gaur.

Recent Investments: tracxn, SpoonJoy, Homeshop 18.

13. Steadview Capital:

Based in Hong Kong Steadview is a leading alternative asset manager. The firm makes concentrated long-term investments across multiple industries.

Industries: Ecommerce.

Leadership Team: Ravi Mehta.

Recent Investments: Quikr, PolicyBazaar, Olacabs.

 14. Jungle Ventures:

Singapore based Jungle Ventures is a, entrepreneur backed venture firm that funds and helps startups scale across Asia Pacific. It invests in global startups that are solving problems specific to Asia Pacific markets.

Industries: Ecommerce, Digital Media, Saas, Fintech, Big Data, Analytics, Enterprise.

Leadership Team: Anurag Srivastava, Amit Anand.

Recent Investments: Commeasure, Pokkt.

15. Zodius Capital:

Zodius typically develops one company every six months and works intensively with its portfolio company teams to “speed up” and “shape up” for exceptional growth and profitability.

Industries: Big Data and Analytics, Digital Media and Commerce, Education.

Leadership team: Neeraj Bhargava, Shilpa Kulkarni, Gautam Patel.

Recent Investments: AppsDaily, Zyfin, bigbasket.

16. Canaan Partners:

Global venture capital firm investing in people with visionary ideas, Canaan Partners specializes in all stages of development, seed financings, start-ups, growth and early stage investments, typically Series A and B financings.

Industries: Technology- Advertising & Marketing, Big Data/Cloud, Consumer, Enterprise/SaaS, FinTech, Hardware, Healthcare – Biopharma, digital Health & MedTech.

Leadership team: Wende Hutton.

Recent Investments: Naaptol, Bharat Matrimony, iyogi, Happiest Minds, m CARBON, CARtrade, Surewaves.

 17. Naspers:

Naspers is a leading multinational media group, incorporated in 1915 as a public limited liability company and was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in September 1994. The group’s principal operations are in internet platforms , pay-television and the provision of related technologies and print media.

Industries: Ecommerce, Print Media, Pay Television.

Leadership team: N/A.

Recent Investments: OLX, Flipcart.

18. Ascent Capital Advisers:

Ascent Capital, an India-focused independent private equity firm, is among the most experienced teams on ground with over 150+ years of collective experience in Indian capital markets.

Industries:Technology, Ecommerce, Healthcare, Financial Services, Consumer Brands, Infrastructure.

Leadership team: Raja Kumar.

Recent Investments: Bigbasket.com, KIMS.

19. Axon Partners Group:

Specialised in global emerging markets, the Group prefers to invest in technology focused companies in countries like Latam, Spain and India.

Industries: Games, Software, Security, Biotechnology, Telecommunications.

Leadership team: Francisco Velázquez de Cuéllar.

Recent Investments: iYogi, ByHours.com, Hot Hotels.

20. Bain Capital Private Equity:

Bain Capital professionals in aggregate is the largest investor in every fund raised. Bain Capital, along with management teams, provides the strategic and analytic resources needed to build and grow great companies.

Industries: Consumer, Retail and Dining, Financial and business Services, Healthcare, Industrial and Energy, Technology, Media and Telecom.

Leadership team: Samonnoi Banerjee.

Recent Investments: ASIMCO, BMC Software, BigLobe, Atento, BPL.

21. Basil Partners:

It’s a Venture Capital fund involved in Early Stage Venture Investments focusing on investing in India besides investing in North America, Europe and Asian Countries.

Industries: IT.

Leadership team: Ramanan Raghavendran and Rajeev Srivastava.

Recent Investments: Endeavour Software Technologies, Karmic LifeSciences.

22. Battery Ventures:

Battery Ventures is based in Boston, Silicon Valley and invests in technology driven companies. With over 30 years of experience, this VC fund has deep pockets.

Industries: e-Commerce and Retail Digital Media, Industrial Technologies, Infrastructure, Software and Services.

 Leadership team: Neeraj Agrawal.

Recent Investments: HackerRank, appdynamics.

23. Catamaran Investment Pvt Ltd:

Founded in 2010 is a private investment office headquartered in Bangalore, India and London, UK. It’s a INR 600 Cr. multi-stage, multi-sector fund.

Industries: Venture Capital & Private Equity.

Leadership team: N R Narayana Murthy.

Recent Investments: Yebhi.

24. Forum Synergies ( INDIA) PE Fund:

The company’s vision and mission is to be a unique, ethical private equity fund management model in India that provides investors with a best-in-class private equity model.

Industries: Healthcare, Automotive, Electronic Hardware, Electrical Equipment, Chemical Engineering, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, IT.

Leadership team: Samir Inamdar.

Recent Investments: Zomato, Ola, Quikr, TaxiForSure, Commonfloor, Freecharge, Housing.

25. Fulcrum Venture India:

Founded in 2000, Fulcrum is a private equity investor which focuses on the SME business opportunities.They prefer to invest in like-minded entrepreneurs with solid principles and objectives.

Industries: Education, Financial Services, FMCG, Healthcare, Niche Retail.
Leadership team: Krishna Ramanathan, Ethan Khatri, Mahesh Shankaranarayanan.
Recent Investments: Shield Healthcare Pvt Ltd, Swaas Systems, Congruent Solutions Pvt Ltd.

 

 

 

 

 

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