India has one of the world’s fastest-growing startup ecosystems. This rise is in step with the expansion of the country’s capital pool fuelled by corporate venture capital firms.
Though the community of corporate venture capital firms in India is small, the role they play is an important one. At YourStory’s Investor Summit 2021, Square Yards CEO Tanuj Shori said that startups can learn a lot from corporate VC firms as they have decades of experience in running businesses.
Swapna Gupta, Director, Qualcomm Ventures, pointed out that the investments coming out of corporate VC firms are largely driven by new technologies.
Anup Jain, Managing Partner at Orios Venture Partners, said that because corporate VC firms are in a nascent stage, there is a dearth of information among startups.
“They need to create that awareness and make their presence felt,” he added.
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News & Updates
- IT services major Wipro said it will acquire cybersecurity, DevOps, and quality engineering services firm Ampion for $117 million. Earlier, it had announced the acquisition of London-headquartered Capco, a global management and technology consultancy.
- Amazon Technologies Inc has acquired Perpule, a Bengaluru-headquartered retail tech startup, for Rs 107.60 crore. As part of this transaction, Amazon has acquired Perpule's point-of-sale IP asset called Ultra POS.
- Gaming and sports media platform Nazara Technologies debuted on NSE and BSE, with the company's shares listing at 81 percent premium over the issue price. With this listing, investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala's stakeholding went up to Rs 656 crore at the listing.
- Edtech unicorn BYJU'S has raised Rs 3,328.23 crore ($460 million approximately) as part of its ongoing Series F funding round led by MC Global Edtech Investment Holdings at a valuation north of $13 billion.
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“There is a lot of cross learning with closer synergies between corporate VC firms and startups. What we need today is smart capital rather than just capital.”