May 20, 2020

Ganesh Ventures develops $250mn India fund backed by Jack Ma’s eWTP

Jack Ma
India
Startup
Ganesh Ventures
1 min
Ganesh Ventures develops $250mn India fund backed by Jack Ma’s eWTP

Chinese Venture Capital firm Ganesh Ventures has announced it will launch a fund focussed on India.

Ganesh is looking to invest $250mn in startups across sectors including TMT (technology, media and telecom), consumer products, fintech and health technology. It will invest the funds over the next 3-5 years.

So far, $30mn has been raised for the India fund, which is backed by eWTP Ecosystem Fund and Landmark Capital. eWTP was launched by Alibaba’s Jack Ma in 2016 to enable SMEs to expand their businesses globally.

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Ganesh will set up offices in Hong Kong, China and India, and aims to enable Indian entrepreneurs to access the Chinese startup space, as well as allowing for larger follow-on capital raises after initial funding.

So far, Ganesh has taken part in funding for Indian startups including HappyEasyGo, an online flight booking platform; GigIndia, a platform that allows students to work for brands; Indialends, an online loans provider; and BeYouPlus, a beauty treatment app.

 

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Jun 8, 2021

Timeline: India takes unicorn leap with six in five days

India
Unicorns
Startups
tech
Kate Birch
2 min
We chart an historic week in India’s startup tech industry, where from April 5-9 the country achieved six unicorns

We chart an historic week in India’s tech industry, where in just five days, between 5-9 April 2021, the country achieved six new unicorns, bringing India’s total to 10 in 2021 to date, an immense unicorn leap from just seven in 2020 and six in 2019.

April 5: Meesho

India’s first social commerce unicorn, Meesho raised US$300m from SoftBank, Facebook and Shunwei Capital, giving the Bangalore-based startup a US$2.1bn valuation, a threefold jump from its previous funding round in 2019. Founded in 2015 by two IIT-Delhi graduates, Meesho connects producers and resellers, helping small businesses sell through social media. It has 45m customers and has enabled 13m entrepreneurs to start their online businesses with no investment.

April 6: CRED

Founded just over two years ago, Bangalore-based credit card repayment app CRED raised US$215m from Falcon Edge Capital and Coatue, nearly trebling its valuation to US$2.2bn from its January US$80m round. Allowing customers to pay off their credit card debt while earning CRED coins which they cash in for rewards, CRED has grown rapidly during COVID-19, doubling its customer base to nearly 6 million in a year.

April 7: API Holdings / Groww

The first epharmacy startup to gain unicorn status, PharmEasy (API Holdings), which has digitised 60,000 brick and mortar pharmacies and 400 doctors across India, raised US$350m in a round led by Prosus Ventures. Founded by four former Flipkart employees as a way of making investing simple, investment platform Groww became India’s second-youngest fintech unicorn, raising US$83m in Series D funding led by Tiger Global, quadrupling its previous round in September.

April 8: ShareChat

New Delhi-grown social media startup ShareChat, founded in 2016 by Mohalla Tech raised US$502m from Lightspeed Ventures, Tiger Global, Twitter and Snap taking its raised total over six rounds to US$766m and pushing its valuation to US$2.1bn. The funding will be used to grow its user base and short video platform Moj, which launched in 2020 following TikTok’s ban in India. The regional language startup claims 280m users.

April 9: Gupshup

AI-led conversational message startup joined the unicorn club after raising US$100m from Tiger Global giving it a ten-fold valuation of US$1.4bn. The smart messaging platform, which has seen accelerated growth during the pandemic, was founded in Bangalore in 2005 by serial entrepreneur Beerud Sheth, whose online freelancing platform Elance is now listed. Gupshup’s API enables 100,000+ businesses to build messaging and conversation experiences across 30+ communication channels. 

 

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