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The 7 most active investors in India this year

Based on data from Tracxn, Tech in Asia finds that Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global and Accel Partners lead the investor pack in India

Malavika Velayanikal / Tech in Asia 

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Who are the most voracious among the active investors in India this year? Not surprisingly, the top three are Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global, and Accel Partners.

We went by the number of deals made by an investor, rather than the total dollars invested, because we were more interested in deal activity than the quantum of funding – which can shoot through the roof with a few mega deals. That explains the conspicuous absence here of SoftBank and Alibaba, who pumped big money into Snapdeal and Paytm.

Sequoia Capital – 41 deals

Practo, Grofers, MobiKwik, Peppertap, Voonik, UrbanLadder, Zomato, Ola – Sequoia has been in the thick of start-ups bringing India online.

Tiger Global – 29 deals

Flipkart, Ola, Quikr, Shopclues and Delhivery have been its biggest deals this year, but it also had interesting forays into in Shorts, CultureAlley, and Ather Energy.

Accel Partners – 28 deals

Flipkart-Myntra, CommonFloor, and Freshdesk are among the stars in its portfolio. This year Accel Partners has led investments in Portea, Bluestone, MySmartPrice, Coverfox Insurance, and Scripbox.

SAIF Partners – 21 deals

SAIF Partners raised a $350 million fund in March this year. Tracxn, Zoomo, Toppr, and NoBroker feature in its portfolio.

Helion Venture Partners – 16 deals

Grocery delivery start-up BigBasket to dating app TrulyMadly are the sort of consumer-facing, internet-driven businesses that Helion likes. Mobile marketing firm MoEngage and payments facilitator Ezetap were other significant bets this year.

The 7 most active investors in India this year

IDG Ventures – 16 deals

Significant investments this year by IDG Ventures India have included mobile commerce platform for farmers Agrostar, mobile payments enabler Momoe, Aasanjobs for entry level jobs, and eyecare store Lenskart.

Kalaari Capital – 15 deals

Kalaari, which derives its name from a martial arts tradition in South India, made bets this year on mobile games developer Robosoft, media site YourStory, and lingerie etailer Zivame.

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First Published: Thu, October 15 2015. 14:13 IST
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