In 2 years Ratan Tata pumps in over 4500 crores to boost start-ups; makes eighth investment in 2016

Ever since his retirement in 2014, corporate czar Rata Tata has invested over Rs 4500 crore in a number of start-ups to boost the entrepreneurial sector.

e4m by Ronald Menezes
Updated: Mar 3, 2016 8:28 AM
In 2 years Ratan Tata pumps in over 4500 crores to boost start-ups; makes eighth investment in 2016

Ever since his retirement in 2014, corporate czar Rata Tata has been actively investing in a number of start-ups. Till date, it is estimated that he has invested over 4,500 crore in a number of ventures with an investment of Rs 4,000 crore in e-commerce, Rs 120 crore in the consumer market, Rs 80 crore in software firms, Rs 75 crore in business aggregators and Rs 70 crore in ad-targeting and ad networks, all this in a spirit to boost the morale of the start-up landscape

His latest investment in a home rental start-up--- NestAway, is Tata’s eighth personal investment in a start-up in 2016.

Here is a list of other start-ups that Ratan Tata has invested in:

Abra - He joined investors including American Express, First Round Capital and Jungle Ventures, in a $14 million series A fundraising by the US-based digital cash transfer company Abra.

Altaeros - The US based windmill venture was backed by Ratan Tata in March 2014, they raised $7 million from Japanese telecom and internet giant SoftBank in a new funding round in December 2014.

Ampere – Ratan Tata invested in the electric vehicle company along with Ampere’s existing investor, Forum Synergies.

Analytics – In August 2015, he joined hands with the analytics firm Infinite Analytics.

Bluestone - It valued at Rs 135 crore when it rose funding from Kalaari Capital, Tata also co-invested in the venture.

Bollant Industries - Hyderabad-based Bollant Industries, a Manufacturer and Supplier of Eco-Friendly Plates in Hyderabad, also got support from Ratan Tata

CarDekho – The automotive segment had to lure Ratan Tata which is also his passion, an undisclosed amount was invested in CarDekho. It was valued at $300 million when it raised $50 million from investors like China's Hillhouse Capital.

CashKaro - The announcement of Ratan Tata’s investment came just two months after CashKaro raised Rs 25 crore in Series A funding led by early-stage investor Kalaari Capital.

Crayon - Tata invested in a Big Data start-up-- Crayon, a portfolio company of Jungle Ventures. It had previously raised 10 million Singapore Dollars in seed and Series A funding from angel institutional investors like Jungle Ventures and Spring Seeds.

DogSpot - The start-up research platform claims to have delivered over 700,000 pet products across the country in 2015. This company was also backed up by Ratan Tata for an undisclosed amount.

Firstcry - He invested an undisclosed amount of money in the baby care start-up Firstcry. It had also raised $69 million in capital over multiple rounds from marquee investors. 

Grameen Capital’s debt fund for social ventures - The exact amount of investment was not disclosed, though GCI said in a press release that it is looking to raise an initial corpus of $10 million for the non-banking financial company (NBFC).

Holachef - A Mumbai-based company founded by IITians was backed by him in September 2015. Holachef had raised Series A funding of Rs 20 crore in a round led by Kalaari Capital in June. Anand Lunia’s India Quotient also participated in this investment. Holachef had raised a seed fund of Rs 2 crore from India Quotient in February 2015.

Invictus Oncology Private Limited -  An innovation-driven oncology company developing next generation cancer therapeutics that are more effective and less toxic, announced that Ratan N. Tata, had invested in the company as part of the first close of Invictus's Series A financing round, joining existing investors Navam Capital and Aarin Capital.

Karyaah - The funding amount was undisclosed when Ratan Tata decided to back this formal women's wear portal.

Lybrate - Ratan Tata, along with Tiger Global Management and Nexus Venture Partners (NVP), invested $10.2 million in this health care start-up.

Moglix - An e-commerce company specializing in B2B procurement of industrial products, Ratan Tata made an undisclosed financial investment in the start-up.

NestAway – In Feb 2016 Ratan Tata invested an undisclosed amount in home rental start-up NestAway Technologies Pvt Ltd.NestAway has raised over $13 million over two rounds from investors including IDG Ventures India, Tiger Global, Flipkart and Naveen Tewari. The start up was founded by Amarendra Sahu, Smruti Parida, Deepak Dhar, and Jitendra Jagadev in January 2015.

Ola - Ratan Tata has invested in the online cab company ‘Ola’ in his personal capacity. The amount and the nature of funding remained undisclosed.

Paytm – Tata picked up a small stake in One97 Communications, which owns and operates Paytm, he also took on the role of an adviser at the Delhi-based firm.

Sabse technologies – Global telecom carrier Sabse Technologies Inc started by Hotmail founder Sabeer Bhatia announced about Tata’s strategic investment in the company.

SnapBizz – Bangalore based retail-tech startup SnapBizz announced that it raised funding from Ratan Tata. It announced a Series A funding of $7.2 million led by Jungle Ventures, Taurus Value creation, Konly Venture and Blume Ventures.

Snapdeal – Ratan Tata invested in the online retailer Snapdeal. According to documents filed by the company with the ministry of corporate affairs he holds less than 1% stake.

Swasth Bharat – Ratan Tata invested Rs 2 crore in this Mumbai-based healthcare service provider.

Tracxn - An online coupons venture, Tracxn claims that their client base had seen a 400% increase after Ratan Tata announced investment in the same.

Urban Ladder - Tata's investment came in four months after Urban Ladder raised $21 million in a second round of funding from Hong Kong's Steadview Capital and its existing investors

Xiaomi - Ratan Tata became the first Indian who bought a small stake in the Chinese company Xiaomi. It is reportedly the world's most valuable privately-held tech startup.

Zivame - The Online lingerie retailer got funded by Ratan Tata. Zivame closed a Series-C funding round of Rs 250 crore from Zodius Technology Fund and Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the strategic investment fund of the government of Malaysia.

With start-ups receiving huge support from Ratan Tata, it remains to be seen how many more will benefit from his funding spree.

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