Varanium Group marks first close of maiden venture debt fund of Rs 250 Cr

The fund will back nearly 100 startups through venture debt and revenue financing instruments.

Varanium Group marks first close of maiden venture debt fund of Rs 250 Cr

Tuesday July 04, 2023,

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Mumbai-headquartered asset management firm Varanium Capital Advisors has marked the first close of its debut venture debt fund of Rs 250 crore, with a green-shoe option of Rs 50 crore.

The company plans to use the fund to back nearly 100 startups in India through a mix of revenue-based financing and traditional venture debt. 

Varanium Capital manages assets worth $1 billion across different classes, including structured debt and portfolio management services. It also operates a Category-I alternative investment fund called Varanium NexGen Fund, with a focus on early-stage fintech startups. It has already backed 12 startups from the equity fund, including Easebuzz, Riskcovry, Finvu, and Homeville. 

“Venture debt fund will provide financial backing to startups in sectors such as D2C, SaaS, B2B commerce, and fintech, who require to scale their operations," said T S Anantakrishnan, Founder of Varanium Capital

"With a corpus size of Rs 250 crore, the fund is well-positioned to provide timely capital injections, enabling startups to seize growth opportunities and expand their market reach," he added.  

The venture debt fund will be managed by Nawal Bachhuka, who was earlier the risk head for SME and SEG (west) at Aditya Birla Finance Limited. Other key leadership in the venture debt fund include the senior management team from IndusInd Bank, including former IndusInd Bank CEO Ramesh Sobti, former CRO K S Sridhar, former head of corporate lending Suhail Chander, and former COO Paul Abraham. 

The investment committee will include Anantakrishnan, Aparajit Bhandarkar, Suhail Chander, and Sridhar. 

The venture debt fund has thus far seen participation from domestic and global limited partners and has secured an anchor investor. The fund also has commitments from high net-worth individuals (HNIs), seasoned entrepreneurs, and former CEOs and CXOs of banks. 

Given the rise in venture debt investments in the current funding environment, several venture debt firms have announced new funds over the last year, including Stride Ventures and Alteria Capital. 

Earlier this year, Singapore-headquartered Lighthouse Canton announced the first close of its maiden Indian venture debt fund of Rs 550 crore.

Edited by Suman Singh