Retail investors eye India's lucrative startup ecosystem

Bengaluru-based internet broking platform Zerodha working to set up a fund to enable retail investment in early-stage startups

Indian start-ups, which have attracted top global venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) players, are now wooing individual retail investors in the country. Nithin Kamath, the founder of Bengaluru-based online trading platform Zerodha, has been flooded with requests from his clients, who have so far invested in stocks through his start-up but now want to bet on start-ups. The lure is justified, as estimates by Zerodha show investments in early-stage start-ups have given compound returns of 40-50 per cent in the past few years, against around 25 per cent in stocks. Additionally, ...