India 2015: When Ratan Tata turned ace angel investor

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Ratan Tata, who now heads the Tata Trusts, has invested in around one-and-a-half dozen of Indian companies including two US-based and a China-based firm. He made his maiden investment in January 2014 by investing Swasth India Services Pvt Ltd and since then, he has pumped in funds into more than 21 companies.

Tata invested over four times more in 2015 as compared with 2014-  which include just 4-5 investments. After stepping down from an active role in the Tata Group, he has become an influential investor in startups and his areas of interest include e-commerce, social/impact, eHealth, and clean-tech among other sectors.

Notably, in 2015, he also made three overseas investments.

Tata is also serving on the advisory board of Kalaari Capital, IDG Ventures and Jungle Ventures. He is one of the most active investors this year among Rajan Jei Anandan, Sunil Kalra, Anupam Mittal, Kunal Bahl, Rohit Bansal and others.


DEALSTREETASIA puts together a list of Tata’s 2015 investee companies and what they are into:

UrbanClap: Founded by Varun Khaitan, Raghav Chandra and Abhiraj Bhal in October 2014, UrbanClap is a marketplace for finding professional services for household work like plumbers, electricians or house cleaners. Auto classifieds portal is run by Jaipur-based Girnar Software Pvt Ltd. Founded in 2007, the company owns other portals also including, PriceDekho, Zigwheels, CollegeDekho, and

One97 COmmunications: Noida-headquartered mobile internet firm One97 Communications runs electronics payments company and marketplace Paytm. It was founded in 2000.

Grameen Capital: Ratan Tata had invested in Grameen Cpital India’s social impact debt funding vehicle alongwith other investors. Established in 2007, the company provides debt and equity solutions and other investment banking services.

Altaeros Energies: US-based Altaeros Energies was founded in 2010 by graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a wind energy startup.

Xiaomi: Xiaomi is a Chinese handset maker and entered in India with its Mi3 handset in 2014.

Kaaryah: Western non-casual wear online brand Kaaryah was launched in 2014 and sells its products through marketplaces like Myntra, Jabong, Flipkart, PayTM, Snapdeal, LimeRoad.

Ampere Vehicles: Coimbatore-based electric vehicle company Ampere Vehicles manufactures electric scooters, bicycles and batteries for textile mills and other industries. It was founded in 2008.

Lybrate: Online healthcare startup Lybrate is run by India and US-based Lybrate Inc and is an online and mobile-based platform that connects patients to doctors. Founded in 2013, the company helps with the queries for free or assists customers to get into one-one-one interaction with doctors on payment of fees online.

OlaCabs: India’s largest cab hailing service Ola is operated by ANI Technologies. The company which was formed in 2010, competes with San Francisco-based Uber.

YourStory Media: Media tech firm YourStory Media was launched in 2008 and claims to have published over 21,000 stories of entrepreneurs, innovators, and change-makers and is available in 13 Indian languages.

Infinite Analytics Inc: Boston- and Mumbai-based data analytics start-up Infinite Analytics Inc is run by India-born founders. Its clientele portfolio includes AirBnB, BabyOye, Croma Retail, eBay and Future Group.

HolaChef: Mumbai-based food-tech startup HolaChef which is a platform for chefs to sell meals directly competes with the likes of Eatlo, Bite Club and food ordering app TinyOwl.

Homemade: Founded in May 2014, the company is run by Holachef Hospitality Pvt Ltd.

Zivame: Online lingerie retailer Zivame is owned by Actoserba Active Wholesale Pvt Ltd. Founded in 2011, started out as an aggregator of brands including Enamor, Amante, Jockey, among others, launched private labels two years ago in an attempt to boost margins.

LetsVenture: Bangalore-based LetsVenture, the Indian startup funding marketplace that brings together investors and entrepreneurs, facilitates angel and seed investments. It was founded in 2013.

Abra: US-based digital cash currency startup Abra markets itself as the first app that enables anyone store money digitally on their phones and send it to any recipient in the world.

Crayon Data: Chennai and Singapore-based big data analytics startup Crayon Data, has an engine that helps big enterprises with the big data capability to offer ultra-personalised choices to consumers. It was co-founded in 2012 by IIM Calcutta graduates Srikant Sastri and Suresh Shankar.

Sabse Technologies: California-headquartered Sabse Technologies Inc, whose CEO is Sabeer Bhatia, co-founder of Hotmail, operates a Wi-Fi first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the US and is now expanding to other countries.

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