Fundamentum raises $227 mn to launch second VC fund

Fundamentum Partnership has raised $227 million to launch its second fund to nurture early-growth stage startups in India.
Dollar spending on technologyFundamentum plans to lead or co-lead a $25-40 million round with investing in four-five startups each year.

Fundamentum Partnership is a VC fund co-founded by Infosys’ Nandan Nilekani and entrepreneur Sanjeev Aggarwal.

“Digital acceleration, brought on by the pandemic, has increased technology spending across the world. India has all the ingredients in place — capital, entrepreneurs, stories of success, and liquidity,” Nandan Nilekani said.

Fundamentum will focus on tech-driven enterprises in the consumer internet and enterprise software space in India.

The VC firm’s first fund was deployed strategically in early growth stage startups, including Pharmeasy and Spinny which have attained Unicorn status.

Post the fund’s initial investment, Fundamentum’s portfolio companies have collectively raised over $1 billion in follow-on rounds.

“The second fund is significantly oversubscribed. We plan to continue the same strategy as used in Fund I — investing in tech driven enterprises from India. Entrepreneur quality is the single biggest determinant in the success of a company,” Sanjeev Aggarwal said.

“A strengthened team and focus on emerging sectors such as Bharat Apps, SaaS and Cleantech, among others, will enable us to propel growth of our investee firms.”

Launched in 2017, Fundamentum’s other investments include Fareye, a logistics SaaS start up; Ayu Health, a network of high quality hospitals; and Probo, a technology infrastructure company for events trading.

“We have a healthy pipeline and are seeing over 200 deals a year with an aim to invest in 4-5 startups every year,” said Ashish Kumar, Co-founder and General Partner.

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