Sequoia raises $2.85 bn in India, Southeast Asia funds

Venture capital firm Sequoia Capital has raised $2.85 billion to fund Indian and Southeast Asian startups.
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The fundraising is Sequoia’s largest so far for India and Southeast Asia.

Money raised included $850 million in Sequoia’s first fund dedicated to Southeast Asia, the Silicon Valley company said in a statement. Sequoia has been investing in Southeast Asian startups since 2015 from a common India fund.

The remaining $2 billion has been raised in Indian venture and growth funds.

Including the newly raised money, Sequoia India has committed more than $8 billion to India and Southeast Asia over the past 15 years, according to data from Venture Intelligence. Sequoia India last raised $1.35 billion for the region in 2020.

Funding of Indian startups has slowed since a record $35 billion in fundraising last year. Amid a global tech rout, companies have been struggling to raise capital and some have had to fire employees.

Sequoia’s successful investments in the region include hotelier Oyo, listed food delivery firm Zomato and two companies that have merged: ride-hailing app Gojek and ecommerce firm Tokopedia. The combined business, GoTo, is Indonesia’s largest listed company.