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AdSparx is a media technology platform enabling dynamic, in-stream Video Ads for OTT Video platforms distributing video content over the Internet for Multiscreen Video Consumption. AdSparx‘s DAI Cloud Service Platform serves a fast growing global market and has earned its name as a top innovator in this space. AdSparx’s state-of-the-art Dynamic Ad Insertion technology platform is patent protected and serves customers in North America and Asia. AdSparx is headquartered in New York, USA and has its development center in Pune, India.

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BetterButter is India's leading recipe discovery platform, present across app, web and social media and built around user generated recipes. We help homes across India solve their everyday cooking decisions with over 25,000 recipes on our platform so far, all contributed directly by them.

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A 5+ year old organization that is hard at work trying to solve water scarcity problems in Indian agriculture with the help of renewable energy. Our work is largely based on providing solar water pumps to water scarce areas across the country. Our very large rural footprint (5000+) assets on the ground also enables us to provide a whole host of other allied products and services in rural markets.

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ZipLoan is a fintech startup focused on providing loans to Small businesses. ZipLoan has built a proprietary automated credit engine, ZipScore, which analyses data gathered from conventional and alternative data resources to give real time credit assessment for the applicant. Loan sizes vary from INR 1 to 3 Lac for a period of 6 - 24 months.

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Doxper, is a technology to replace the pen and paper used by doctors with smart pen and paper. Once the doctors write the prescription, the smart pen transfers the captured data to the mobile, which can be accessed anytime using the Doxper Blu android app. The prescription paper is kept by the patients.

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FastFox.com is the fastest way to rent home. Our technology ensures 100% of homes listed on fastfox.com are authentic and available for immediate visit and closure. We source real time information from our proprietary broker information exchange – BroEx, used by 100,000+ brokers pan India.

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Fynd is a web and mobile app based platform for users to browse and buy fashion apparel from nearby brand stores. It provides inventory integration to brands. Users can follow brands and view collections handpicked by experts. Offers same-day delivery with an at-home trial at a convenience fee. Has a lifetime return policy for products. Also, has a personal shopping assistant through facebook messenger called Fify.

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At YobiAI, we are working on making search possible through videos. For e.g., You are watching Mission Impossible and want to see action scenes of Tom Cruise. Just type it in and our algorithms will find these scenes for you.

Currently we are focused on building deep learning architectures to recognize faces in a video, find out camera parameters like zoom and pan, and find out speaker changes in a video.

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i2e1 is a smart data management platform that aims at leveraging innovative technology solutions combined with the power of Big Data and Machine Learning systems to offer:

  • affordable Wi-Fi and internet to customers (point of data capture)

  • actionable to merchants, service providers and brands leading to business growth

  • engagement platform for brands/ merchants to communicate with end customers.

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KyePot is a group savings and lending platform that brings individuals together to achieve their financial goals by using the power of collective for the benefit of the individual, group and the community. KyePot works with selective partner banking and non-banking financial institutions.

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Locus is a state of the art logistics automation platform, founded by IIT & BITS alumnus. We have proprietary algorithms, solving Knapsack, Travelling Salesman Problem, Bin Packing separately and together. The product suite comprises of a route deviation engine, order dispatch automation, a field user app, route optimizations, scheduling, tracking for end-customer, and predictive analytics. Offering the entire technology stack, in the form of a platform as a service.

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Mad Street Den is a Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence startup whose visual intelligence platform enables businesses to reimagine the future with AI. The company's first vertical, Vue.ai, was one of the world's first AI solutions for retail, specifically reimagining the future of fashion.

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Floapp is a video editing application for iOS users. Utilizes artificial intelligence for automatically picking up interesting moments in a video and then accordingly creating a shorter version of the same. Offers five different narrative styles and a collection of musical scores for creating short video stories. Users can upload their videos on multiple social media platforms.

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PaperToStone provides full range of services for home improvement from design to construction, such as home re-modelling, construction, interior designing and architecture.

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Quandl is a marketplace for financial, economic and alternative data. The world's leading hedge funds, asset managers and investment banks use data from Quandl to drive their investment decisions.

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ShepHertz App42 Platform provides a continual transformation environment to build Omni-Channel (Mobile, social, gaming, TV, IoT, Wearables, Point of Sale and Web) Apps & increase user acquisition, retention, engagement & conversion through their real-time actionable BigData analytics solution which leverages data generated through new age devices as well as Offline BigData.

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StashFin.com is a technology platform focused on providing a frictionless and transparent process for online personal loans.

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ZipLoan is a fintech startup focused on providing loans to Small businesses. ZipLoan has built a proprietary automated credit engine, ZipScore, which analyses data gathered from conventional and alternative data resources to give real time credit assessment for the applicant. Loan sizes vary from INR 1 to 3 Lac for a period of 6 - 24 months.

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Impeccable design, exquisite craftsmanship, world class collaborations. These are the foundations upon which “Zolijns”, a boutique furniture house is built. With a strong contemporary aesthetic, Zolijns has created a modern space which houses award-winning European and homegrown designers who articulate sophistication.

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Sheetal Bahl

Studied Elec. Engineering at IIT Bombay, films at New York Film Academy, and sound at The New School. Worked in Finance at ICICI, management consulting at Andersen Consulting/ Accenture, and outsourcing research at the Everest Group. Co-founded one of India’s earliest successful dot com firms, and worked with many other start-ups as a consultant, trainer, mentor, and whatever else caught his fancy. Now MD and CEO at growx.

Hold up. Breathe. See what we mean about Maverick?

Notorious for: asking too many questions, speaking faster than a speedboat, flying across the world for U2, and a relentless passion for being passionate.

Best seasons: Characteristically, never to always. Generally the non-serious type, until he’s had a couple. Win-win.


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Sheetal Bahl

Studied Elec. Engineering at IIT Bombay, films at New York Film Academy, and sound at The New School. Worked in Finance at ICICI, management consulting at Andersen Consulting/ Accenture, and outsourcing research at the Everest Group. Co-founded one of India’s earliest successful dot com firms, and worked with many other start-ups as a consultant, trainer, mentor, and whatever else caught his fancy. Now MD and CEO at growx.

Hold up. Breathe. See what we mean about Maverick?

Notorious for: asking too many questions, speaking faster than a speedboat, flying across the world for U2, and a relentless passion for being passionate.

Best seasons: Characteristically, never to always. Generally the non-serious type, until he’s had a couple. Win-win.


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Ashish Taneja

Chartered Accountant. Consultant at Andersen Consulting / Accenture. Former India CEO of UK’s second-largest BPO firm – Vertex. Now MD at growx.

Those are the facts. The rest we don’t really understand.

On a bad day, there’s no trace of him. On a good day, there’s no trace of him.

Notorious for: We wouldn’t know, would we?

Best seasons: No clue.


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Sid Talwar

Sid is currently a Partner at venture capital firm Lightbox.

In 2001, Sid founded Evolv, a training aeducation company. Evolv got funded by Singapore Technologies, and was sold to NIIT Ltd in 2007. Over the next 4 years, Sid continued to head Evolv as a subsidiary while also managing NIIT’s joint venture with Genpact - Uniqua.

Sid is very active in the online community in India, both as an investor and an advisor. He is on the advisory board of multiple firms and institutions, and an investor in 5+ early-stage companies.

Sid is an Ambassador to Magic Bus, one of India’s largest NGOs, which supports children’s education in India.

Sid got his undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College.


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Siddharth Dhondiyal

Siddharth Dhondiyal joined IVFA in 2006 and is involved with investments in multiple sectors including healthcare, technology and retail. Based in Bengaluru, he contributed to improving IVFA’s internal processes and developing the “The IVFA Way” - the Firm's approach to building admired businesses.

A Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Kanpur, Siddharth also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM, Kolkata and did his Masters in Business Administration from INSEAD, France. He had a six year stint with Accenture in its strategy consulting practice, where he worked with companies in the pharmaceutical, consumer goods, industrial products and telecom industries.


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Arjun Davar

Arjun came over to the dark side after working with multiple high-growth startups, including Zomato, TouchTalent, and Bobble Keyboard (5 mil+ downloads), the last of which he helped birth. Studied Computer Engineering at McGill University in Montreal, the second best city to party in after NYC, which is easily discernible given his nearly 6-year long hangover.

He now does something for growX, but we don't know what. (PS: If you figure out, drop us a line.)

Notorious for: Immunity - to carrots and sticks. He does what he wants, whenever he wants, wherever he wants. Dieting, 71.4% of the time, with no results.

Best seasons: Normal working hours, during which he sleeps, goes swimming, and makes plans for the evenings.


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Piyush Chawla

PC ran a high-growth book publishing venture - Vikas Publishing, which he sold. Then he went to Wharton, Stanford doing every priced course he could buy his way into. Came back and decided to take up projects - angel investing, trying to become a pro golfer, rebuilding his already beautiful house, etc. And then he did something which stumped us: he asked to intern with growX. This made, and still makes, no sense, given that he's more experienced, more successful, and smarter than the rest of growX combined. Ok the last one was a huge exaggeration. We obviously didn't say no. Good decision, because he's also harder working than all of us.

Notorious for: Continuous self improvement (except for consistently packing 2.5 times what is needed for any trip), prodigality, and occasional analysis paralysis.

Best seasons: All of them. He's the evergreen types.


About Us

If you’re the rockstar with the passion, the drive, and the great idea, we’re the guys who will give you the resources to make that idea come to life. We’ll add our time, money, and experience to your blood, sweat, and tears, and - with a little bit of luck - we might be able to create some magic together. There are four key tenets to our approach.

1. Respect for the Entrepreneur

We’ve been there, done that, and know how nerve-wrackingly and back-breakingly hard it is. We respect the time spent every morning going over ideas on the throne, ideas that were just crude halfdrunkenscrawls on a bar napkin. We feel grateful for an opportunity to be part of the beauty that entrepreneurs create, and if you ever catch us being cocky or disrespectful, shoot us.

2. We need to “Get it” to invest

You may have the best idea since sliced bread, but we might be too stupid to understand it – that’s our shortcoming, not yours. We might move on from it but hope you don’t.

3. We’re a tad bit nosy

This nosiness could range from “no nosiness” (ostensibly) to “water cooler” kind of nosiness to nosiness that bruises. We’ve made a Pandora’s box worth of mistakes in our lives, and if nothing else, we can help you avoid at least those with our wide-ranging nosiness.

4. We'll support you to hell and back

We will question you, push you, and pain you, but we are rational, and if you can show us the wisdom of your ways, we will back down. (Or, we might ask you to settle it with Rock-Paper-Scissors.)There will be times when we kill you on the inside, but we will always defend you to death on the outside.

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We are at all times a set of magicians, tight-rope walkers and tiger trainers - just what you need to make dreams come true, ward off enemies and storm the castle to capture the gold.


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THE TEAM

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MEET THE MAVERICK

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MEET THE UNKNOWN

Ashish Taneja

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MEET THE Colleague

Arjun Davar

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MEET THE Intern

Piyush Chawla

Meet the

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

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Sid Talwar

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Our Portfolio

From payment processing to furniture (through ubiquitous technology), here are some of the start-ups we’ve loved and become a part of. And yes, the nosiness did help – or so we’d like to believe.

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Adsparx

Dynamic in-stream video ads for Online TV

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Betterbutter

Community driven platform for Indians to easily share their recipes

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Claro Energy

Building sustainable and prosperous rural economies.

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Doxper

Smart tools for prescriptions and physician order entry.

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Fastfox

The fastest way to rent home.

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Fynd

Hyperlocal fashion shopping app.

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i2e1

Instant connectivity to high-speed, reliable and secure Internet services.

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Jump

Capture and relive memories effortlessly with Kiba.

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Kyepot

Online platform for group saving and lending.

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Locus

Intelligence behind your logistics which optimizes your operations.

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FLO

AI-based video editing application.

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Paper2Stone

Online marketplace for architects, designers and contractors.

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Quandl

Delivering financial, economic and alternative data worldwide.

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ShepHertz

Omni-channel Enterprise Platform for Digitization.

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StashFin

Frictionless and transparent process for online personal loans.

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Table Hero

The restaurant website your customer wants.

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Zip Loan

Lending platform for small businesses.

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Zolijns

Holistic solution to a variety of furnishing requirements.

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