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BII raises $500m to back Indian startups

The India-based venture capital division of Bertelsmann SE & CO, Bertelsmann India Investments (BII), is looking to invest $500 million in local start-ups, according to a report by DealsStreetAsia.

Since its launch in 2013, BII has invested in more than 17 companies in the country, some of which are already unicorns. Its investments include Eruditus, Licious, Shiprocket, Pepperfry, AgroStar, and Lendingkart.

BII, which has invested in over 15 companies since launching in 2013, is planning to makes six to eight Series A and mid-stage investments a year with initial values of $5-20 million, rising up to $40 million over time.

Healthtech, enterprisetech, fintech and agritech are among the sectors BII intends to focus on in the next two years, with Web3 and deeptech investments also on the radar.

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