GVFL Prarambh Fund
GVFL Prarambh Fund is the latest fund to be launched by GVFL, aimed at nurturing seed and early-stage technology and innovative start-upsacross India.
The fund operates with a sector-agnostic approach, emphasizing the importance of strong founding teams and validated market traction.
Seed Stage Focus: GVFL Prarambh Fund is committed to providing crucial capital injections during the seed and pre-revenue stages of startups. By identifying and nurturing promising ventures at an early phase, the fund aims to catalyze their growth trajectory and position them for future success.
Transaction Size: GVFL Prarambh Fund typically invests in the range of Rs 50 Lakhs to Rs 3 Crore per transaction. These investments are structured through convertible notes, Compulsory Convertible Preference Shares (CCPs), and equity, with the aim of acquiring 10% to 15% of the share capital in the target startups.
Total Fund Size: The ‘GVFL Prarambh Fund’ boasts a total fund size of INR 100 Crores, providing ample capital resources to fuel the growth of promising startups within the Indian ecosystem.
Value Addition: Beyond financial backing, GVFL Prarambh Fund offers invaluable support to its portfolio companies. This includes facilitating networking opportunities, implementing robust systems and processes, and aiding in subsequent fundraising rounds. By leveraging its extensive network and industry expertise, the fund strives to maximize the potential of its investee startups and drive long-term value creation.
Broad Selection Criteria for GVFL Funds
- Strong Founding Team: The fund prioritizes startups led by visionary founders with a track record of execution and industry expertise. A capable founding team is essential for navigating the challenges of early-stage growth and seizing market opportunities effectively.
- Product-Market Fit: GVFL Funds seeks startups that have achieved a demonstrable product-market fit, validated through early revenue generation, industry partnerships, or user traction. This criterion ensures that investee companies are positioned for sustainable growth and market scalability.
- Innovative Disruption: The fund favors startups that leverage innovative technologies or business models to disrupt traditional industries or address pressing market needs. By backing disruptive innovations, GVFL aims to support ventures capable of driving significant market impact and value creation.
- Scalability Potential: Potential for scalability is a key consideration in the selection process. The fund targets startups with scalable business models capable of achieving rapid growth and market expansion. This criterion is crucial for maximizing returns and realizing the full potential of investments.
- Alignment with Fund Focus: While maintaining a sector-agnostic approach, GVFL gives preference to startups operating in sectors where it has demonstrated expertise and successful investment track record. This alignment ensures synergies between portfolio companies and facilitates value-added support from the fund.
By adhering to these selection criteria and leveraging its strategic investment thesis, GVFL aims to identify and nurture the next generation of Indian startups, driving innovation, economic growth, and societal impact.
Sector Preferences: We are a Sector agnostic Fund Manager. We believe in backing Startups with a core team in- place with strong execution capabilities, and startups which have achieved a Product- market- fit in terms of revenue, industry validation or both. In the past we have invested in diverse sectors such as-
- Biotechnology: Startups leveraging biotechnological advancements for healthcare solutions, pharmaceuticals, bioinformatics, and agricultural biotechnology.
- B2B SaaS (Software as a Service): Companies offering Software as a Service solutions tailored for businesses, including enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), project management, and collaboration tools.
- Climate-tech: Innovators developing sustainable technologies to combat climate change, including renewable energy solutions, energy efficiency, carbon capture and storage, and smart grid technologies.
- Defence: Startups focusing on defense technology and solutions, including cybersecurity, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), surveillance systems, and defense electronics.
- Cyber Security: Companies specializing in cybersecurity products and services, including threat detection, endpoint security, network security, data encryption, and identity management solutions.
- Logistics-Tech: Innovators revolutionizing the logistics industry through technology, including last-mile delivery solutions, supply chain optimization, transportation management systems, and warehouse automation.
- Direct-to-Consumer (D2C): Brands disrupting traditional retail channels by selling directly to consumers through e-commerce platforms, subscription services, and personalized shopping experiences.
- Ed-tech: Startups transforming the education sector through technology, including online learning platforms, virtual classrooms, educational content creation tools, and personalized learning solutions.
- Enterprise Tech: Companies offering enterprise software and solutions for businesses, including cloud computing, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain technology.
- Healthcare & Med-tech: Innovators revolutionizing healthcare delivery, medical diagnostics, telemedicine, digital health solutions, medical devices, and biotechnology advancements.
By focusing on these specific sectors, the Funds aims to capitalize on emerging trends, technological disruptions, and market opportunities, driving value creation for its portfolio companies and investors alike.