Focused on disruptive technologies to enhance the way mankind leverages the value of time, this US$ 75 mn fund will invest in startup founders across a spectrum of DeepTech domains: AI, IoT, Robotics, AR/VR/MR, Dev. Tools, Edge Cloud and other Digital products.
As always, our intent is to create an opportunity for Indian entrepreneurs to scale into global markets with IP-led innovations: many of our portfolio companies in YourNest VC Fund II have secured patents and attracted customers in international markets.
As a pioneering, pre-Series A, early-stage venture capital fund established in 2011 to support audacious startups building life-changing businesses, YourNest strongly believes in the human capability and works with the dictum of ‘what is impossible today is routine tomorrow’.
We believe, too, that we are Challengineers: a team that actively pushes boundaries and engineers outcomes, standing shoulder to shoulder with our founders and supporting them with ‘Nurture Capital’. With an established network of professionals, innovators, business leaders, advisors and mentors, we offer the most enabling eco-system for any startup whose business is validated by customers. Our team prides itself on identifying committed entrepreneurs with the highest level of integrity, enabling their business ambitions and helping them to scale for international markets.
In 2020, we launched our fast-track funding program SOAR which invested in five startups. The year also saw us exiting Uniphore and SmartQ from our first fund – YourNest Angel Fund – with a 0.7x DPI. Between the two funds, we are confident of multiple exits to deliver significant returns to our investors in the foreseeable future.
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With the rise of entrepreneurs and the growth of startups in the past few years, we believe there are critical sectors, rooted in technology, that will fuel the next level of disruption in the coming decade. YourNest Innovative Products Fund-III will primarily seek to invest in enterprise-oriented, innovative, IP-led, tech-product startups. Its mission is to select products that are built around emerging technologies and have applications at scale. These product companies could be in sectors including Mobile Internet, Cloud Technology, Automation of Knowledge Work, Low-code or No-code Platforms, AI-based Cybersecurity, IOT, Edge Computing, Digital Twinning, Autonomous Technologies, Robotics, Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM). The focus of the Fund will be to invest in unlisted companies. The investment may start at an early seed stage and continue investing in promising companies at various stages of their growth. One or more rounds are likely to be made with co-investment from other investor(s) who may be an individual or an institution or an AIF or international investor such that the risk and reward of the portfolio company’s success is shared.
The Fund has a sharp focus on identifying and investing in asset light, non-linear business models meeting one or more of the following selection criteria:
Follow a rigorous approach ~ multi-parametric, multi-tiered evaluation model for shortlisting investment opportunities.
The Fund will be a long-term, early stage (i.e. Seed, Angel, Pre-series A, Series A, and Follow-on rounds) venture fund that invests in securities issued by early stage ventures including startups, having substantial presence in India.
The Fund shall attempt to:
YourNest is a sharply focused early-stage DeepTech VC fund from India. The first fund established in 2012, raised US$ 14 mn and has several companies in the portfolio that have had multiple up-rounds and are on their way to a 4X+ return. Having completely invested its first two funds, YourNest is currently raising its third fund of US$ 75 mn to invest in Indian start-ups with a focus on DeepTech domains like AI, IoT, Robotics, AR/VR/MR, Dev. Tools, Edge Cloud and other Digital products.
The YourNest team combines what may well be India’s widest access to prospective investees along with a rigorously prudent selection process that enables us to stay true to our investment thesis of nurturing high-potential entrepreneurs. In addition, we give our investors transparent access and exposure to high-growth, under-the-radar tech start-ups in India.
In a country where entrepreneurship is encouraged but comes with its own challenges, the Indian DeepTech eco-system is rapidly evolving.
As local Fund Managers, the YourNest team of experienced partners operates as unified enablers who have become adept at spotting emerging enterprises, nurturing and guiding them up the ladder of success. With a leadership coach as a founding partner, other partners bring complementary skillsets that including M&A, Financial Governance & Restructuring, Executive Development, Deal Flow Management, Building Intellectual Property and Global Scale. Brand building, Marketing and HR Practices are other competencies which have been added via the Venture Partners and Entrepreneur-in-Residence and are available to the portfolio companies.
YourNest Angel Fund, launched in March 2012, raised INR 90 cr (USD 14 mn) and has fully deployed its capital across 16 startups. The Fund thesis focuses on the technology-enabled opportunities which includes ventures in mobile, internet, cloud, software and analytics. In November 2017, the fund was ranked in Prequin’s Top 10 Alternative Assets in India.
With two exits in 2020 – Uniphore and SmartQ – the Fund has returned 70% of its corpus (0.7x DPI) to investors.
The portfolio includes two potential Dragons (portfolio companies that can individually, return the entire fund corpus in a single exit) as well as several other promising winners.
YourNest India VC Fund II was launched in January 2017 with a focus on building world-class, IP-led enterprise-oriented opportunities from India that serve global markets. It has received participation from family offices, UHNIs and multiple institutional investors including our anchor investor – the Indian Govt.-backed Electronics Development Fund. The fund held its final closure in January 2020 with a total capital commitment of INR 215 cr (US$ 30 mn) and has invested in 19 DeepTech and IP-led startups.
As of date, the Fund expects at least four portfolio companies to emerge as Dragons.