An Insight into Investment Firm: Kae Capital

The startup ecosystem in India is highly competitive. Now, with many people implementing their ideas and making it big on the greatest stage, many aspiring entrepreneurs fall short when it comes to achieving their dreams. With many venture capitals coming up since the past decade, they can be hopeful for a better future.

Amongst all the venture capitals that are making a buzz in the news related to startups and venture capitals, Kae capital is the one which is topping the charts. Well, lets us have an insight into Investment Firm, Kae capital to see how things work and what the company is all about!

Quick Facts - Kae Capital

Company Name Kae Capital
Headquarter Mumbai, India
Sector Finanace
Founder Sasha Mirchandani
Founded 2010

The Team of Kae Capital

When it comes to investing in a company, Kae capital also looks to invest their confidence in its founders. The team looks to engage with the startups on multiple fronts and bring in the team’s broad range of experiences and expertise to help the entrepreneurs to grow their business.

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Kae Capital Logo

But, as per the team, it is the entrepreneurs who have developed great companies and the team of Kae capital plays a supportive role in the development of the company. Hence, the success of a company depends upon a great partnership within the interpreters and the venture capitals.

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Meet Vidushi Kamani

Well, before getting a note about the team, people should get to know about Vidushi Kamani. Ms. Vidushi is a venture partner with Kae Capital and has pursed MBA in HR from XLRI. She had started her career at Accenture, where she was a part of the early team that set up the delivery center network across India between 2000-2005.

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Vidushi Kamani

With the team, her last assignment was drawing up the leadership development agenda and a road-map for the Indian business. Later in 2009, she was asked to come onboard Start-Up! There, as a director, her interest and focus were on working with social enterprises on their scale and growth challenges. In 2011, Vidushi exited Start-Up! And working with the team at Varthana.

Kae Capital Raised 100 crore fund to back portfolio companies

Recently, Kae Capital had made the news when the team decided to raise a 100 crore fund to invest in portfolio companies of its first fund. The company has fully deployed its first fund of $25 million raised in 2012 and its second fund of $53 million which was raised in 2017 and was backed by Small Industries Bank of India, Deep Karla, and Kris Gopalkrishnan and others have exhausted about 70% of the capital.

As per the founder and managing director Mr. Sasha Mirchandani, the company had run out of money to back their Fund to the companies and thus they had raised another fund in 2019.

The company’s second fund has invested in Hiver, a shared inbox management solution, and a hard liquor firm Boutique Spirit Brand. Other investments by Kae include wellness products retailer HealthKart, online medicine delivery start 1mg, and Loantap, which lends to salaried employees.

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Kae Capital Funding

Announced Date Fund Name Money Raised
Sep 15, 2019 Kae Capital Fund III Rs.100 Crore
Sep 13, 2017 Kae Capital Fund II $53M
Apr 26, 2012 Venture Round - Kae Capital $25M

Before starting the company, Mr. Mirchandani had invested in his capacity in companies like Myntra, the fashion portal which was later sold to Flipkart in 2014, ad-tech company InMobi and data analytics firm Fractal Analytics, which had raised $200 million in its last funding round. Mr. Mirchandani is amongst the country’s earliest and prominent venture capital investors and he founded Mumbai Angels, which is a network of investors in early-stage companies.

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Kae Capital founder Sasha Mirchandani

Talking about Kae Capital, it is a sector agnostic and makes early-stage bets, usually at the seed stage with follow on rounds across mobile, e-commerce, consumer internet, and healthcare sectors. Even though the company’s earlier check sizes used to be around $700,00-$800,000, as the startup ecosystem has matured and the quality of founders has increased, its average cheque size is now around $1 million.

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Recent Investments made by Kae Capital

Announced Date Organization Name Funding Round Money Raised
Jul 2, 2020 Zetwerk Series C - Zetwerk $21M
Dec 11, 2019 Freightwalla Series A - Freightwalla $4M
Dec 11, 2019 Zetwerk Series B - Zetwerk $32M
Nov 24, 2019 Loanzen Venture Round - Loanzen N/A
Sep 30, 2019 LoanTap Series B - LoanTap ₹395M
Jun 28, 2019 1mg Series D - 1mg $70M
Jun 20, 2019 Wysa Seed Round - Wysa ₹150M
May 9, 2019 Healthkart Series G - Healthkart $25M
Mar 27, 2019 Zetwerk Series A - Zetwerk ₹620M
Mar 12, 2019 Nua Series A - Nua $4.5M

Kae Capital as a Company

Being a venture capital, Kae has risen through the ranks and has backed up the entrepreneurs during the initial stages of the startup. Now, with multiple companies coming up with great ideas, venture capitals like Kae are working tirelessly to ensure that each one of the startups gets a chance to showcase their talents and revolutionize the startup sector. Well, it is safe to say that the Indian startup circuit needs much more venture capitals like Kae!

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