- Angel Fund in India launched as ‘Invstt Trust’ with a corpus of INR 400 Crore
- Angel Fund in GIFT City launched as ‘We Founder Circle Global Angels Fund’ with a corpus of USD 60 Mn
We Founder Circle (WFC), an early-stage startup investment platform, which includes a global community of successful founders and strategic angels has launched Invstt Trust (“Fund”), an AIF registered with SEBI as an Angel Fund, to empower early-stage startup investments in India. The target size of the Fund shall be an amount of up to ₹200 crores with a green shoe option of up to ₹200 crores, thereby totaling to ₹400 crores.
WFC has also launched the We Founder Circle Global Angels Fund in GIFT City. We Founder Circle Global Angels Fund is a cross-border fund targeting investors from across the globe. The fund size is $30M with a green shoe option of $30M and a term of 7 years with an option to extend by an additional 2 years. We Founder Circle Global Angels Fund is also a sector-agnostic fund that will enable world investors to participate in opportunities all over the globe.
While the Fund is sector-agnostic, it will predominantly look to invest in Portfolio Entities across various sectors such as Financial Services, Deep Tech, Financial Technology, EV, Content Gaming, Industrial Tech, Retail Tech, Ed Tech, Supply Chain, AgriTech, Consumer/D2C, Manufacturing, and others (Logistics, Healthcare, Technology, Agri-Allied sectors, etc.)
Though it might be fluctuating for late-stage inflows, for early-stage startups the average deal size has not been impacted much, which highlights the rising interest of potential angel investors in startup investments as asset-class financial instruments. In line with the same, Funds will be investing in startups raising Pre-Seed, Seed and Series A rounds.
“This Funds are a natural extension of our endeavor to include more startups & investors into the mainstream of the ecosystem. We have been building both sides of the community & this fund will enable the growing number of angel investors to invest in a regulatory & compliance-based framework. We expect to bring in more than 1000 angel investors to invest in 200 startups in the next 24 months,” said Neeraj Tyagi, Co-Founder & CEO, We Founder Circle.
In the past 23 months, We Founder Circle has invested in 70+ startups at their early stage and mentored them through various initiatives. Funds will help founders set for the next round of growth. The launch of Funds is in line with WFC’s ambition to empower 500 startups in 5 years.
About We Founder Circle
Established in October 2020 in Mumbai, We Founder Circle is a global community of successful founders & strategic angels that have come together to push the startup industry and steer it toward aggressive growth. WFC invests USD 50K- USD 2 million in early-stage startups fueled by ambition, sustainability, and a strategic approach. WFC provides seed funding, business development, and global networking opportunities to startups as it believes early-stage startups need more than just financial support to become scalable and stable. It has already enabled USD 12 million to USD 15 million worth of investments across 33 startup deals in 2021 alone. That has risen to 72 startups since incorporation.