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January 2019

Investor interest in agritech startups set to gather pace amid promise of scale, experts say

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Investor interest in agritech startups set to gather pace amid promise of scale, experts say

Agritech startups in India have started to evince strong interest from the investor community. Investors say the agriculture sector, which is witnessing the early signs of technology led disruption, has the potential to build scalable businesses that can impact India’s large farming population.

Until recently, Indian agritech startups did not enjoy the kind of media attention or investor interest as did their counterparts in the ecommerce or foodtech sectors. But that’s set to change, say industry experts.

Why investors are narrowing their focus

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Why investors are narrowing their focus

As the process of starting and building businesses changes, the investment landscape too is evolving to suit the changing demands of entrepreneurs. Industry watchers have noticed clear tendencies among VC firms to go the way of depth rather than breadth, investing with dedicated focus on specific sectors rather than scattering cash around and hoping to hit the jackpot.

pi Ventures, for instance, funds and supports entrepreneurs working on next-gen tech such as AI, machine learning and blockchain. Alacrity India’s investment strategy is to focus solely on B2B SaaS enterprises. Omnivore VC is focused on solutions for the Indian agriculture space, and HealthQuad wants to support next-generation healthcare businesses. There is also a new crop of firms, including Iron Pillar, Ideaspring Capital and Endiya Partners, driven by their partners’ own expertise and passion to invest exclusively in IPdriven, deep tech ventures.