India is rapidly gaining popularity as an emerging market for startups. It's a good news for entrepreneurs as angel investors and venture capitalists (VCs) are more excited about the Indian startup landscape than ever before. The reasons for optimism include the success of a few well-known companies, growing internet and mobile penetration in India, and favorable government policies. Here's a list of top 10 venture capitalists in India that could help your startup get enough funding to be successful.
Top Venture Capital Firms in India
1. Sequoia Capital India
Sequoia helps daring founders build legendary companies, from idea to IPO and beyond.
Sequoia India operates in Southeast Asia and India where we actively partner with founders from a wide range of companies, across categories, including BYJUs, Carousell, Druva, GO-JEK, OYO Rooms, Tokopedia, Truecaller, Zilingo, Zomato, and more.
In partnering with Sequoia, startups benefit from 47 years of tribal knowledge and lessons learned working with companies like Airbnb, Alibaba, Apple, Dropbox, Google, JD.com, LinkedIn, Meituan, and Stripe early on.
From the beginning, non-profits have been the backbone of its LP base, which means founders’ accomplishments make a meaningful difference. The majority of the company profits – over $16 billion since 2000 alone – are returned to great causes, like the Ford Foundation, Mayo Clinic, and MIT.
Total fund size: $3.9B
Sequoia Capital India's most notable exits include blinkit, Zomato, and smallcase.
2. Blume Ventures
Blume Ventures provides pre-series A and early stage funding to tech-focused/tech-enabled ventures. They are typically the first institutional investors in their portfolio companies and invest for about 8-10 years. They are proponents of a collaborative approach and like to co-invest with like-minded angels and seed funds. They then provide follow-on investments to their stellar portfolio companies.
Total fund size: $378.2M
Blume Ventures's most notable exits include smallcase, Little Black Book, and NowFloats.
3. Kalaari Capital
Kalaari is a $160 million venture capital fund with a strong advisory team in Bangalore investing in early-stage, technology-oriented companies in India.
Kalaari Capital invests in the unknown Indian entrepreneur who is poised to become tomorrow’s global leader. They are India’s leading investor in early-stage businesses, nurturing them through every aspect of growth on the transformative journey toward success.
Total fund size: $479MKalaari Capital has had 27 exits.
Kalaari Capital's most notable exits include Embibe, Welltok, and Simplilearn.
4. Matrix Partners India
Matrix Partners is committed to building long-term relationships with outstanding entrepreneurs and helping them build significant industry-leading companies. Since its inception in 1977, Matrix Partners has had the privilege to partner with hundreds of innovators. They have been fortunate to play an active role in the development of many successful businesses, 50 of which went on to initial public offerings, and 75 of which have gone on to profitable M&A events. The firm consistently ranks in the top five venture firms in terms of returns to its investors. Matrix Partners operates in the United States, India, and China across multiple sectors and stages.
Total fund size: $721M
Matrix Partners India's most notable exits include Testbook.com, &ME, and Avail Finance.
5. 3one4 Capital
3one4 Capital is an early-stage venture capital fund based in Bangalore, India. The firm works in select market categories and in the intersection of adjacencies that are large, growing, and ready for unique products and services. The focus areas include machine-driven actionable intelligence services for the enterprise, enterprise automation, ambient intelligence technologies, edtech, fintech, SaaS, digital media and entertainment, consumer products and services, and health.
Through a deep involvement strategy, the fund engages with founding teams and subject-matter experts to prioritize and strategize for product-market fit, and then optimize for defensibility and growth in revenue and impact. With a focus on margins and on delivering uncompromised end-user experiences, the fund aims to reduce risk, detect new growth opportunities, and return rewarding outcomes to all the stakeholders involved.
3one4 manages over INR 2,300 Cr (USD 300 Mn) and its investments include Licious, Open, DarwinBox, Betterplace, Jupiter, Koo, Dozee, Bugworks, Begin, and Tracxn
Total fund size: $318.5M
3one4 Capital's most notable exits include Loco, HOMER, and DoSelect.
6. India Quotient
India Quotient is a new type of early stage investor. We fund companies building disruptive businesses aimed at Indian consumers. We're creating a powerful network of start-up enthusiasts. Please join the IQ community!
Total fund size: $184.7M
India Quotient's most notable exits include myHQ, Holachef, and Care24.
7. Inflection Point Ventures
Inflection Point Ventures, with over 3300 CXOs and professionals, HNIs and Family Offices, is India’s leading angel network investing in early-to-mid stage startups. IPV supports new-age entrepreneurs with not just capital but also uses its wide network of investors to provide startups with access to new markets, customers, guidance and mentorship. Inflection Point Ventures is democratizing angel investing with low membership fee, lowest investment ticket size (per investor), transparent investment process and extensive upfront due-diligence led by industry experts. IPV is industry agnostic, with a focus on committed and competent founders.
Total fund size: $5.5M
Inflection Point Ventures's most notable exits include FITSO, Milkbasket, and Pedagogy.
8. Elevation Capital
Elevation Capital is an early-stage venture capital firm that focuses on consumers, enterprises, logistics, and B2B.
Total fund size: $670M
Elevation Capital's most notable exits include IndiaMART, Playment, and PlaySimple Games.
Omnivore their portfolio in agricultural prosperity and transform food systems to make farming more resilient, sustainable. Their services include farmer platforms, precision agriculture, agri-biotech, and more.
Total fund size: $279.5M
Omnivore's most notable exits include Eruvaka Technologies and YCook.
10. ah! Ventures
ah! Ventures is India’s only curated, sector agnostic and the largest fundraising platform for early stage startups raising funds up to 10 MN USD.
Very strong network of 3000+ Investors including 2000+ angel investors and 1000+ institutional investors & fund/family houses, Robust deal pipeline of more than 600 business plans/month and Well-established brand as one of India’s premier aggregators with a cornucopia of offerings to catalyze startup growth.
Total fund size: ₹1.5B
ah! Ventures's most notable exits include Testbook.com, Wigzo Technologies, and Aisle.