The VC Firms & Angel Investors Steering Startup Success In India


Venture Capital investments

The auto classifieds portal, couldn’t have asked for more with the Chairman emeritus of the TATA group, Ratan Tata investing in their startup While amount of investment has not been disclosed, having Ratan Tata among list of investors is surely a dream come true for most of the startup concerns.

Amit Jain and Anurag Jain, the co-founders of GirnarSoft, the company behind has been on a roll in recent times. They raised $50 million funding in series B just couple of weeks back, before which they had made acquisition of their competitor, to become India’s leading auto portal!

With their competitors like CarTrade and Carwale have also raised huge chunk of capital from Tiger Capital and Warburg Pincus, having Ratan Tata in list of backers surely gives them the edge.

Ratan Tata being an auto-lover, this is his 4th investment in the e-commerce space and this investment was made in his personal capacity, just like 3 of his previous investments in online space.

Also the next most buzzing news is that Ratan Tata has now taken up an advisory role in the VC firm, Kalaari Capital. Mr Tata’s earlier investments include Snapdeal, Urban Ladder and Bluestone. The growth story of the Indian e-commerce sector has been unbeatable and the potential in it is indisputable. Many VC firms are now readily taking risks and backing startup companies without much hassle, a far cry from the situation that was just couple of years back..

Here we have listed some of the major VC funding firms and their major investments.

Helion Venture Partners YEPME, Makemytrip, TAXI for SURE, NetAmbit,  Pubmatic
Accel Partners Flipkart, BabyOye, Bookmyshow, Myntra, CommonFloor, Freshdesk, Zansaar, Probe
Sequoia Capital India Cardekho, JustDial, Knowlarity
Nexus Ventures Snapdeal, Housing, PubMatic, Komli
Inventus Capital Partners, Farfaria, Savaari
IDG Ventures, FirstCry,, Myntra, UNBXD
Steadview Capital Ola Cabs, Flipkart, Saavn, Urban Ladder
Zodius Capital BigBasket
Canaan Partners Naaptol, Bharat Matrimony, CarTrade, mCarbon
Saif Partners JustDial, Paytm, Network 18, Homeshop 18, Bookmyshow
Catamaran Investment Pvt Ltd (headed by N R Narayana Murthy) Yebhi
Forum Synergies Zomato, Ola, Quikr, TaxiforSure, CommonFloor, Freecharge, Housing

Active Individual Angel Investors

It’s not only the VC firms that are accumulating investments for startups, even many industry top notch professionals are wagering on the potential of the new startups companies in their personal capacity and interest. Some of the most reliable angel investors are mentioned below:

Ratan Tata 1. Snapdeal

2. Cardekho

3. Urban Ladder

4. Bluestone

Sunil Kalra 1. Instamojo

2. Sapience

3. Airwoot

4. Mobilewalla

and 11 other startups

Sharad Sharma 1. Mobilewalla

2. Frrole


and 6 other startups

Rajan Anandan 1. Culture Alley

2. Instamojo

3. Targeting Mantra

and 9 other startups

Krishnan Ganesh 1. Silver Push

2. Browntape

and 6 other startups

Kunal Bahl 1. Bewakoof

2. Olacabs

and 4 other startups

Sachin Bansal 1. Ather

2. Roposo

3. MadRatGames

and 4 other startups

Ravi Gururaj 1. PrettySecrets

2. Explara

3. SocialBlood

and 7 other startups

While these are just a handful of them, there are many other angel investors and VC firms that are opening up to new ideas and are funding generously. If you are a startup and have a great documented potential, all you need to do is knock their doors!

Suggested Reading: The Startup Funding & Investments of 2015

  1. Mohit Singh says

    How do these people get investors so easily? I’m finding for a long, but never got one though my business idea is crazy :)

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