Top Venture Capitalists in India by Investments


Have you ever wondered how much Investment has gone into Early and Growth stage companies by various Venture Capitalists in India.

Here are the list of VCs based on number of Investments, Value of their Investments and total funds raised by them.

Interestingly, Sequoia Capital India tops the charts for all three of them, so it could be safely said that they are the top Venture Capitalists in India. They have made more than double the investments in companies and raised more than 5 times of the funds as compared to 2nd ranked VC !

Number Of Investments

Investor 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Total
Sequoia Capital India 7 12 13 18 3 53
Ventureast 5 11 4 9 3 32
Intel Capital 3 7 4 8 1 23
Helion Venture Partners 0 4 8 8 2 22
DFJ India 0 3 3 9 2 17
Nexus India Capital 0 1 4 9 2 16
NEA IndoUS Ventures 0 0 5 9 0 14
IDG India Ventures 0 0 6 5 0 11
Kleiner Perkins 1 3 0 6 0 10
Norwest Venture Partners 1 3 1 2 3 10
Canaan Partners 0 1 4 4 1 10
Inventus Capital Partners 3 3

Value Of Investments ($ mn)

Investor 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Total
Sequoia Capital India 42 184 114 138 26 504
Intel Capital 19 37 15 53 7 131
Norwest Venture Partners 13.9 8.1 24.1 17.7 92.8 156.6
Helion Venture Partners 30 30 30 10 100
Nexus India Capital 7.5 16 45 7 75.5
DFJ India 13.75 4 33 10 61
Ventureast 7 19 2 17 9 54
NEA IndoUS Ventures 24 26 50
Canaan Partners 4 10 12 4 30
Kleiner Perkins 2 8 19 29
IDG India Ventures 14 8 22
Inventus Capital Partners

Total Funds Raised ($ mn)

Investor 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Total
Sequoia Capital India 200 400 300 725 1,625
Helion Venture Partners 140 210 350
Nexus India Capital 100 220 320
Ventureast 136 86 222
NEA IndoUS Ventures 189 189
IDG India Ventures 150 150
Inventus Capital Partners 125 125
Norwest Venture Partners
DFJ India
Kleiner Perkins
Intel Capital
Canaan Partners

Source : Outlook Business

  1. Mubiru Michael says

    I am looking for information on how t access venture capital funding… HOW?

  2. Ck Sivamani says

    I want to know some VCs address and their services for my new business ventures I am young small- scale industry haver.

  3. Satyajit Bhadange says

    I have business idea and I am writing web based software for it , At what stage should I start to contact VC's….

    1. Satyajit Bhadange says

      And how do i approach them ?

  4. Jack says

    We are a LED lighting company of Indian origin in Canada. We would be interested in VC’ investment for launching our new range of commercial and industrial products here in North America. Look forward for someone to contact us.
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  5. prakash valecha says

    Dear Sir
    I am a Chatrered Accountant and have idea of uplifting the quality of life of our brothers and sisters in Mumbai through affordable housing of 240 sq.ft. for as low as rs. 1,00,000 down payment and rs .4,00,000 bal on loan given by our finance company regd. with RBI . Can u please suggest a venture fund who can invest 10 crores in phases with pay back within 3years with profit. as it is social cause it shall help many people and our company shall also part finance.
    Thanking You
    CA prakash Valecha

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  12. Ravi Shankar says

    Your blog seems to be an interesting one with good data.

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  13. Jerrick says

    Intel still need work hard to chase up

  14. manpreet singh says

    we are already in the power sector. Manufacturers of power cables and bus ducts for power plants, just curious that could a company like our interest some venture capitalist and if yes then how should we go ahead with it. thanks for you interest

  15. Vikrant Verma says

    Very interesting report. Would definitely like to read the full report. E-mail id: [email protected]

  16. ashok says

    i am having a nice website idea,, do they invest if i contact them ??

    1. Navin Pathak says

      What makes your ‘nice website idea’ unique is what VCs will look for other than the business potential.

      You shall first try to reach Angel investors before going to VCs.

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  18. Rozalin says

    You can find latest investment plans on, an Indian finance portal. This makes easy to navigate and search for relevant fund information in India.

  19. Outlook Business says

    It would be nice if the source above also explicitly mentioned Outlook Business where it is taken from and is linked to.

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      I just did it…Please have a look…

  20. snigdha says

    Hi Arun, The tables and data that you have used in this post are a straight lift from Outlook Business. I notice that you attribute to ‘source’ at the end of the post, but at no place is the information directly attributed to Outlook Business. That would be copyright violation. Please do rectify.

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      I am not sure what you mean Snigdha, the source is a direct link to the post that you have written. Also, from the whole post, I have taken the table and no text has been copied or picked up. Anyways, what I can do is to replace “source” with outlook business. I hope that is what you mean.

      If you see any of the posts, that is the normal rule that we follow…

  21. Arpit Rai says

    Not surprising. I guess other than Nexus and Inventus(?), most are PE firms (at least when it comes to their Indian investments).

  22. trakin says

    Thanks for dropping by Amit, you are spot on with that observation. Infact, apart from Sequoia, very few VCs have big presence in the valley.

  23. Amit Paranape says

    Great Report.

    Interesting to note how one of the top VCs from the valley – KPCB is fairly down in the list here. India not a focus for them?

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