InnoVen Capital invests $12 mn in 8 startups in Q1, looks to invest $60 mn more this year


Temasek-owned InnoVen Capital has reportedly struck deals worth almost $12 million with eight startups in the June quarter.

InnoVen Capital India Managing Director Vinod Murali

On Wednesday, news emerged that between March and June, InnoVen loaned money to logistics solution XpressBees, home services company HouseJoy, mobile payment app Chillr, education startup Simplilearn, hotel aggregator Stayzilla, transport information service Ridlr, data analytics firm Manthan, and healthcare company Koye Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd.

In April 2015, Temasek Holdings acquired Mumbai-headquartered SVB India Finance for an estimated Rs 300 crore, renaming it InnoVen Capital India. 

According to Vinod Murli, Managing Director, InnoVen Capital India,

Our investment outlook remains optimistic. We are seeing companies keen on taking a layer of venture debt along with equity, largely because there is a fair level of apprehension in diluting equity. Startups want to shore up as much liquidity as possible and push out the next fund-raise as late as possible.

He adds that the financial year of 2016-17 has started off strongly for them with their pipeline of investment already reaching $20 million in term sheets.

Further, the firm is looking to disburse loans of about $60-70 million in the country by the end of the current fiscal. Last quarter, the venture debt firm had struck transactions worth Rs 87 crore investing in logistics provider Shadowfax and test preparation platform Byju.

The average loan amount lent by InnoVen to a startup ranges anywhere between $2 and 5 million on the higher side. In 2015, the firm loaned Rs 275 crore to 27 startups.

In the case of any of their portfolio companies getting acquired or going for an IPO, the venture debt firm will receive an additional compensation that kicks in as a net settlement for the firm.

The funding roundup

According to YourStory Research, the investment inflow into the country has been dull, compared to the previous year’s Q1 and Q2.

Further, YourStory Research claims that venture capital-backed companies in India raised $2.1 billion for the first half of 2016, through 559 deals, where angels, VCs and private equity (PE) investors deployed risk capital across stages.

More than $719 million was raised in Q2 alone across 260 deals. This is a 40-percent decline from the same period in 2015, when startups raised $3.5 billion across 380 deals.


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