Unpacking Gemba Capital’s playbook

Adith Podhar says his Mumbai-based micro VC firm Gemba Capital focuses on pre-seed and seed investments in consumer internet, SaaS, fintech, and deeptech sectors. The VC has invested in 33 startups till now and takes a ‘bottoms-up approach to investment’.
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In September this year, micro venture capital firm, Gemba Capital, announced the launch of its $10 million fund. The firm, which has received commitments of around $4.5 million from domestic limited partners (LPs), plans to invest in around 24 startups over the next few years.

Its founder Adith Podhar likes to call himself “an entrepreneur by heart” and “an investor by profession”. His varied experiences – as a financial services professional, an investment banker, and a food entrepreneur –  continue to play a critical role in shaping the micro VC fund’s investment philosophy.

Founded in 2017, Gemba Capital has so far invested in 33 startups across consumer internet, SaaS (software-as-a-service) fintech, and deeptech sectors, with a typical funding value of around $200k per company. It usually gets involved in the pre-seed and seed stages. Few of its portfolio companies include insuretechs Plum and Verak, alternative investing platform Grip Invest, agritech Unnati, workforce management firm Zuper and cloud kitchen Hoi Foods.

Adith says he was always interested in the world of finance, which led him to gain work experience at institutions such as ICICI Bank and Motilal Oswal Private Equity, and a boutique investment bank. Along the way, he also ran his own QSR chain, Crepeteria, in Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Pune for four years.


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