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Meet The Top 11 Finalists Of The Fourth Wharton India Startup Competition
: December 30, 2016

The 21st Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) has announced the finalists of its Fourth Wharton India Startup Competition.

Founded in 1996, the Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF), is an annual conference hosted by the students of Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. It is a global business forum focussed on understanding and engaging with India’s startup landscape.


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Agricultural e-commerce startup BigHaat secures funding from Ankur Capital
: December 23, 2016

BigHaat, a Bangalore-based agriculture e-commerce startup, has received investment from Ankur Capital, an early-stage VC firm which backs innovative projects in agriculture, healthcare and education.

Rema Subramanian, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Ankur Capital, said,

"We are excited about technology playing a key role in improving efficiency and transparency in agri-input distribution systems for farmers and are thrilled to back a great team at BigHaat."


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BigHaat secures funding to connect farmers directly with seed suppliers in India
: December 22, 2016

Ankur Capital, an early-stage VC fund focused on backing innovations in agriculture, healthcare and education, has invested an undisclosed sum in Bangalore-based BigHaat, an agri e-commerce startup.

Established in January 2015 by Sateesh Nukala, Sachin Nandwana and Raj Kancham, BigHaat is a supply chain technology platform that connects the farming community directly with the suppliers. The platform not only ensures listing of the products, but also connects buyers with the suppliers for post-sale support.


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CropIn improves farmers’ lives with data analytics and digital apps
: December 12, 2016

Ramesh, a farmer in the southern region of Punjab grows potatoes in his farm. Today, he gets accurate information on when to sow the crop, the temperature around his farm, the right mix of chemicals required, how to tackle crop infection, if any, and finally the time when the potatoes will be ready to harvest along with their quality, size and the overall quantity of yield.

The application that Ramesh uses is called SmartFarm, a data-driven farming solution created by Bengaluru-based CropIn Technology. For farmers like Ramesh, and other large companies like ITC, Mahindra & Mahindra, McCain etc., the solution is transforming a once cumbersome and unreliable process—into something intuitive and, crucially, effective.


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Why This Fund Wants to Invest In Indian Agritech Startups
: November 9, 2016

Ankur Capital is looking for innovative business models that can address core challenges in agriculture, healthcare, skill development and education. Entrepreneur India spoke to Ritu Verma, co-founder, Managing Partner at Ankur Capital on what lies ahead for this sector


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Karma Healthcare named UBS Social Innovator 2016 APAC winner
: November 1, 2016

Congratulations to Karma Healthcare, who were named as the Asia Pacific UBS Social Innovator 2016.


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Open house at Ankur Capital with VCs and Startups!
: October 21, 2016

Calling all startups and entrepreneurship enthusiasts!

Visit our office on Friday, the 21st of October 5:30 pm onwards for an informal meet and greet!


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Expert advice: Ride the wave of technology with a winning team to create an impact
: October 14, 2016

Build, Grow and Monetise! That’s the only way real businesses are made. The YourStory TechSparks 2016 focussed mainly on disruptive technologies, sustainable scale, and startup fundamentals.

“Technology brings down the cost of delivery, increases your reach quickly and it also brings in transparency,” said Ritu Varma, Ankur Capital.


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Startups have an online cure for rural healthcare
: October 10, 2016

While telemedicine in itself has been around for a while now, as technology evolves, it has become possible to do a lot more remotely. Most of the times, all that the person in the remote outpost needs is a reasonably good internet connection and a phone or a computer. Very often, a 3G dongle works just fine. After spending 18 months, living in a small town in Bihar, Jagdeep Gambhir saw up close the state of healthcare in rural India. In 2014, he set up Karma Healthcare where a team of doctors in Udaipur is connected to smaller centres across the state.


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How social enterprises can do more with less using technology
: October 3, 2016

On the second day of YourStory TechSparks 2016, the panel discussion on “The resurgence of the social sector: tech and social impact” threw light on how a social enterprise can do more with less using technology?

Ritu Verma - founding partner of Ankur Capital, an angel impact fund - said that Ankur Capital invests in companies that want to address the people at the bottom of the pyramid in India. They are looking for entrepreneurs who address social problems or real life problems.


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We are coming to Ahmedabad-Coffee Chat with Ankur Capital
: September 30, 2016

Ever wondered how does a VC evaluate a company? What are those deal breakers? What gets a VC excited? Join us for a coffee chat in Ahmedabad on Friday, 30th September.


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President Pranab Mukherjee invites Raj firm to set up telemed clinics in Haryana
: September 30, 2016

In June this year, President Pranab Mukherjee adopted five villages in Haryana - four in Gurgaon district and one in Mewat - to make them model villages. Now, Rajasthan's Karma Healthcare has just launched a telemedicine clinic at one of these villages. The firm had earlier set up such facilities in rural Udaipur.


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Meet these 15 investors at TechSparks 2016
: September 21, 2016

Advice, insight and investment are commonly sought by startups, and for seven years, TechSparks has connected startups with mentors, investors and established entrepreneurs. Not only do startups gain access to investors, they also get a clear idea of what their next steps should be, making it easier for startups to make a real connection with investors.


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Coffee Chat with Ankur Capital-Lets talk about Venture Capital (Hyderabad)
: September 9, 2016

Ever wondered how does a VC evaluate a company? What are those deal breakers? What gets a VC excited? Join us for a coffee chat in Hyderabad on Friday, 9th September.

Important: This meet up has limited seating. Please write to us on info@ankurcapital.com with subject: "Meetup in Hyderabad" and tell us what you do. We will send you the details of the venue soon after!


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Nature Nurture (Good Businesses 2016 – Outlook Business)
: September 9, 2016

Did you know that 60% of a crop’s yield depends entirely on soil fertility? I didn’t either, till I met K Karthik, the founder of Suma Agro who calls soil fertility the bedrock of agriculture. Karthik is concerned over the excessive use of fertilisers and the resulting significant drop in yields. He then points out that in 1970, where one kg of NPK fertiliser yielded 15 kgs of foodgrain, the same one kg mixture yields only 4 kgs of foodgrain today.


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Welded To A Cause (Good Businesses 2016 – Outlook Business)
: September 9, 2016

It was a newspaper article on how Delhi’s T3 airport was entirely built by Chinese workers that caught Skillveri’s founder, C Sabarinath’s attention. “I realised there is a huge skill gap waiting to be filled. In a country with such high unemployment rates, why should we bring in workers from China? It got me thinking about how we can solve this problem,” he says.


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Farming At Your Fingertips (Good Businesses 2016 – Outlook Business)
: September 7, 2016

Large companies such as PepsiCo and McCain have contract farms that are spread across thousands of acres and, as a result, find it difficult to keep a track of crops grown on each plot. Farm reporting is a manual process as it involves maintaining records, information about pests, germination percentage, area validation and weather forecasts. But CropIn has made it possible by geo-tagging every farm and helping trace the activities of each and every farm in real time.


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Farm-tech firm CropIn gets funding from Denmark’s Sophia Investment
: August 30, 2016

CropIn Technology Solutions Pvt. Ltd, a Bengaluru-based company that makes farm management software and apps, has raised $2 million (Rs 13.4 crore) from Denmark’s Sophia Investment ApS, a person people privy to the development.

The transaction valued the company at $12 million, the person said, asking not to be named.


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Ankur Capital Founders’ Meet
: August 9, 2016

Ankur Capital successfully organised the second edition of our Founders’ Meet, on 8th and 9th August 2016.

The agenda included interacting with guest speakers from different backgrounds, many of them first generation entrepreneurs who have built companies worth thousands of crores. Each session brought in a different flavour and touched upon a different aspect of scaling up. So while Dr. Velumani (Thyrocare) kicked off the day with truly inspiring reflections on his journey from scratch to an IPO, the afternoon saw Mr. Sharad Sanghi (Netmagic) and Mr. Suhas Misra (Paperboat) leading a discussion on building a brand and sales strategies for accelerating growth. The aim of all these sessions was to inspire and enable founders of our portfolio companies to tackle some of the challenges of scaling up.


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Ankur Capital Founders’ Meet
: August 9, 2016

Ankur Capital held its second annual Founders’ Meet in Mumbai on 8th & 9th August 2016. It was an opportunity for the founders of our portfolio companies to learn, discuss and engage with one another and other external entrepreneurs on the experiences and challenges of scaling up their organisations.


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Ankur Capital invests Rs 60 lakh in Chennai-based Suma Agro
: July 28, 2016

Early stage venture capital fund Ankur Capital which is bullish on agri-tech announced Rs 60-lakh investment in a Suma Agro, a Chennai-based sustainable agro-input company.

As per Rema Subramanian, Partner at the fund, the Rs 40-crore fund has three more investments in the pipeline — one in a cold storage company and the other two in agriculture inputs and healthcare.


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Ankur Capital invests Rs 60 lakh in Chennai-based Suma Agro
: July 28, 2016

Early stage venture capital fund Ankur Capital which is bullish on agri-tech announced Rs 60-lakh investment in a Suma Agro, a Chennai-based sustainable agro-input company.

As per Rema Subramanian, Partner at the fund, the Rs 40-crore fund has three more investments in the pipeline — one in a cold storage company and the other two in agriculture inputs and healthcare.


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Webinar 2: How to build a brand that stands out!
: July 1, 2016

Build your brand and make it stand out. Learn the nuances of brand building from the the man who built Paper Boat- one of India's leading beverages brand!


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Webinar: What does a VC look for? Get your startup investment ready!
: May 20, 2016

Get smart and jump start! - The practical must haves to get your startup funded.

In this webinar, learn the most important aspects of raising capital and getting investment ready, directly from the horse's mouth- our guest, the founding partner of Ankur Capital.


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Rural women are early adopters of technology
: March 8, 2016

It was the vacuum in the under-served rural and semi-urban pockets that caught the attention of cost accountant, Rema Subramanian, 54 and Ritu Verma, 44, a scientist from Pennsylvania to team up and become India's first SEBI- registered angel fund founded by women.

It's 18 months since the inception of Ankur Capital and with 45 years of combined experience, the company, with a corpus of Rs 400 million, has funded five start-ups ranging between Rs 5 million and Rs 40 million.


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