Unitus Ventures and Capria approach fundraising milestones for new funds

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Aditya Sharma, senior partner at Unitus Ventures, told VCCircle that another fund floated by Unitus founders Will Poole and Dave Richards last year under Capria Accelerator is also set to touch a fundraising milestone.

India-focused early-stage investor Unitus Ventures is looking to mark the first close of its second fund by the end of 2016, a top executive said.

shutterstock_140491978Aditya Sharma, senior partner at Unitus Ventures, told VCCircle that another fund floated by Unitus founders Will Poole and Dave Richards last year under Capria Accelerator is also set to touch a fundraising milestone. Both funds are targeting a full close next year, he said.

Sharma said the two funds have received anchor investment from several marquee investors such as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Vinod Khosla, International Finance Corporation and Manipal Group.

Richards, who co-founded Unitus in 2012, had first told VCCircle in July last year that the firm was planning to float a second fund.

Sharma said the second fund aims to raise $50 million (Rs 340 crore) and will focus on India. About half the investment will go into healthcare startups and the remaining toward fin-tech and ed-tech startups, he added. It is looking at a first close when it raises 20%-30% of the corpus, he added.

The second fund aims to invest in 25 companies with a ticket size of $500,000 and another $3-5 million in a follow-in round after 18 months, he added.

Capria fund

Capria Accelerator aims to raise $100 million and targets opportunities in Latin America, Asia and America. Some of its backers include former Infosys finance chief TV Mohandas Pai, Bill Gates Investments, Crystal Springs Foundation, The Lemelson Foundation and Ranjan Pai.

The Seattle-based Capria Accelerator was started by Unitus founders Will Poole and Dave Richards in September 2015.

Capria Accelerator aims to provide capital, warehousing of initial investments, tools, training, technical know-how, fundraising support, investment support, and opportunities for peer learning through connection to a growing global network of impact fund managers.

First Unitus fund

The firm’s first fund, Unitus Ventures LP, raised $25 million received commitment from investors such as Bill Gates, Steve Singh, Vinod Khosla, Desh Deshpande, Romesh Wadhwani, TV Mohandas Pai, Hemendra Kothari, and multiple private foundations including the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and the Lemelson Foundation.

The first fund provides seed-stage equity capital to startups operating in India. The fund seeks to invest in livelihood, education, agriculture, healthcare, retail, e-commerce, financial services and rural distribution sectors. It typically invests between $50,000 and $150,000 in its portfolio companies and has backed more than a dozen companies.

Sharma said the fund has committed one-third of the investment and will use the remaining two-thirds of the fund for follow-on investments in existing portfolio companies. Its co-investment could be in the range of $3 million to $5 million, he added.

(Originally published in VCCircle. The complete article is open to subscribers only.)

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