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Established in the mid-90’s by a team of founders with rich entrepreneurial experience, we are now into the “third” generation of funds with close to $300 million under management. Ventureast’s first fund, APIDC Venture Capital Fund, catalysed the first effective privatisation of a financial institution in India. This became the platform from which many series of funds sprung up.
Subsequently, the Ventureast Tenet Fund was set up in a unique partnership with the Tenet Group of IIT Madras, a first-of-its-kind incubation, seed and early stage fund in India. Ventureast Tenet Fund II was set up in 2007 with a similar sector focus. These funds enable us to foster seed stage companies which build unique technologies/ products/ applications in technology (internet, mobile and cloud), and technology-enabled (healthcare, education, financial services and cleantech) sectors. Additionally, the Fund focuses on startups which better leverage technologies to gain rapid leadership in meeting the needs of the digital divide/bottom of the pyramid sectors in India.
Ventureast launched the Biotechnology Venture Fund in 2005, the first Life Sciences focussed Indian venture capital fund. Investments from this fund included cross–border deals, drug discovery and the biodiesel space. Its successor fund, the Ventureast Life Fund, set up in 2011, focuses on cleantech, food & agriculture, and healthcare sectors.
The Ventureast Proactive Fund, launched in 2008, focuses on early to growth stage companies in the technology-enabled sectors, with primary emphasis on India’s needs. Investments made by this fund span a wide range of areas including infrastructure related services, retail and consumer driven sectors.