Investing in founders’ passion

For the last 14 years, Bengaluru-based early-stage venture fund NuVentures has been operating as an investment syndicate, bringing money and expertise to young startups.
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For the last 14 years, Bengaluru-based early-stage venture fund NuVentures has been operating as an investment syndicate, bringing money and expertise to young startups. 

Founder Venk Krishnan says one of the most important things is the philosophy that goes behind backing a startup. He tells YourStory that many of his investments are based on his gut instinct.

"My investment is mainly in people. I look at the passion of these entrepreneurs; how they go about solving a problem,” says Venk.

He has built a network of people who are experts in a particular domain. This is the "network effect" he brings to young founders. With NuVenture's fund size of $7 million, Venk leverages his connections in the broader ecosystem and taps them to provide mentorship as well as additional capital.

Today, the venture fund's portfolio kitty includes unicorns such as MuSigma, Bigbasket, and soonicorns such as ACKO Insurance.

NuVentures portfolio


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Co-founders of Fooppers


Before you go, stay inspired with… 

“Today, we look at startups solving India-centric problems and with a 10X approach leveraging technology.”

Venk Krishnan, Founder, NuVentures


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