Venture Center
Seed Investments

To empower and support early stage inventive startups by providing catalytic financing that helps these startups cross-over critical stages of their company’s advancement, meet important milestones and prepare for an angel investment/venture capital/ institutional investment/ strategic investment round.

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Investment Profile

We want to fuel the growth of cutting-edge startups in science from the ground up. Although we are patient investors, we understand that successful exits pave the way for reinvesting in more innovative startups. We actively welcome collaboration with fellow investors for mutual success. 

  • Science and technology-led deeptech startups; Inventive enterprises

  • Sector agnostic invesments

  • Startups can be in any stage

  • Ticket size: Roughly Rs 20 -100 lakhs

  • Equity Investment

Be part of the Venture Center community, branding and peer-to-peer network; Access to Venture Center’s innovation ecosystem (including mentors, programs, services, resources, networks etc); Advise and inputs for board level decisions; Hand-holding for future investment rounds.

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Funding Schemes

  • BIRAC SEED Fund

    A seed fund under the scheme “Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development Fund” (“SEED Fund”) of the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC). Quantum of financial assistance to one start up will be up to Rs 30 lakh

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  • BIRAC LEAP Fund

    A fund under the scheme “LEAP (Launching Entrepreneurial Driven Affordable Products) Fund” of the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (“BIRAC LEAP Fund”). Quantum of financial assistance to one start up will be up to Rs 100 lakh

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  • NIDHI Seed Support Scheme

    A fund under National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations – Seed Support System (NIDHI-SSS)” of the Department of Science and Technology. Quantum of financial assistance to one start up will be up to Rs 100 lakh

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  • Start up India Seed fund

    The Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS) which aims to provide financial assistance to startups for proof of concept, prototype development, product trials, market entry and commercialization. Quantum of financial assistance to one start up will be up to Rs 20 lakh as grants and upto 50 lakh as Compulsorily Convertible Debentures (CCD)

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  • NSTEDB Seed Fund (Fully Invested)

    A seed fund by National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Department of Science and Technology. Quantum of financial assistance to one start up was up to Rs 50 lakh

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  • TDB Seed fund (Fully Invested)

    A seed fund by a Technology Development Board (TDB), Department of Science and Technology. Quantum of financial assistance to one start up was up to Rs 25 lakh

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Impact

 

  • 66

    Unique startups supported

  • 23

    Co-investments
  • 25

    Women-led startups
  • 11

    Spin-offs from R&D Labs
  • 72

    Products commercialised
  • 40

    Investees raised follow-on funding