Rebel with a cause: India’s 31st unicorn

On Thursday, Rebel Foods raised $175 million in a Series F round at a valuation of $1.4 billion, led by Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), with participation from existing investors Coatue and Evolvence.
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We're just about a week into the last quarter of the year and three startups have already entered the unicorn club. 

October’s unicorn rage began with Licious becoming India's first D2C unicorn. Just a day later, CoinSwitch Kuber joined the billion-dollar valuation club, also becoming only the second crypto startup to attain unicorn status.

On Thursday, Rebel Foods raised $175 million in a Series F round at a valuation of $1.4 billion, led by Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), with participation from existing investors Coatue and Evolvence.

The cloud kitchen startup became the 31st Indian startup to become a unicorn this year, surpassing previous projections.

With the fundraise, Rebel Foods plans to continue growing its international footprint, improve its technology, and focus on brand acquisitions. Last year, the company also inked a deal with American fast-food chain Wendy’s to expand its presence in India.

Claiming to be steadily moving towards profitability, with an annual run rate sales of $150 million, the startup says it is growing 100 percent annually. 

Rebel Foods said that it is also eyeing an IPO in the next 18-24 months.

India is currently witnessing an IPO rush. In fact, the IPO market is so hot right now that the RBI has taken note, saying that "the year 2021 could well turn out to be the year of IPOs for the country"


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News & Updates

  • Reliance Retail Ventures Limited on Thursday said it has entered into a Master Franchise agreement with 7-Eleven to run convenience stores in India. The first 7-Eleven store is set to open on Saturday, in Andheri East, Mumbai, RRVL, the retail arm of Reliance Industries Ltd, said.

Before you go, stay inspired with… 

“The foodtech space has evolved towards better personalisation, innovation, and complete transparency — which Rebel Foods continues to pioneer.”

Ravi Golani, Chief Strategy Officer, Rebel Foods


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