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PE investors make a beeline for start-ups to generate higher returns

Traditionally, they invested only in firms with cash flow but these have not generated great returns; with tech disruption, trend set to continue

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Last month, private equity (PE) firm WestBridge Capital led a $54.6 million Rs 391 crore Series-B funding in Roppen Transportation Services, which runs motorcycle pooling and taxi start-up Rapido.  WestBridge has also backed start-ups such as Design Café, IndiaMart and IndiaQube. And, it is not alone. On Monday, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) invested $115 million in logistics provider Delhivery. A business daily reported that PE firm Kedaara Capital could lead a new funding round in eyewear chain Lenskart that could value the company at $1 ...