WestBridge raises $138m to invest in Indian startups
As one of the first, and one of the largest and most experienced investors in India, we’ve navigated through all kinds of scenarios with our partners over the years. We bring that knowledge and insight to our relationships and decision-making. With 22 years of tech investing in our pocket, we’re primed for the next 20 years, when we believe that tech-enabled and tech-led Indian businesses will outperform their competitors.
WestBridge is a patient investor. We place value on taking the time founders and their companies need to flourish. Our evergreen fund structure allows us to take this long-term view, with no hurry to exit. Economic fluctuations? They don’t scare us off. In fact, those conditions deepen partnerships in ways that can only happen with time.
Great businesses and leadership are what we invest in. If we’re the right match for you, we’ll enter a partnership at any stage, play a significant role in attracting follow-on capital, develop strategy, help you build a powerful board, recruit key management and enable successful transitions.
We’re stewards of a virtuous cycle of venture: purpose-driven capital flows to passionate entrepreneurs determined to improve peoples’ lives. The fruits of those successful investments flow back into the investment cycle. The process continues, upward and onward.
There’s a huge, untapped opportunity in developing services that support the needs of middle and low-income Indians, rather than just focusing on elite and premium markets. In this way we’re building bigger businesses and changing more lives for the better. We seek to generate value, in all senses of the word.
We're passionate about building a stable and sustainable economy. And if you want to build something great, time has to be your friend. That’s where our evergreen fund comes in.
WestBridge has the luxury of time to track down the best ideas in the least likely places, and our portfolio partners have the time they need to build their companies. Founded on a vision that can evolve for years – or decades – we expect them to be around forever.
We’re part investors, part business builders. Every day we wake up, amazed at the once-in-a-generation opportunities before us, and we step into the vanguard. The unicorns in our portfolio signal that our time is now.
In 10 years, technology will drive 90% of our portfolio, unlocking a new generation of innovation and prosperity. If we can lift lives, now, we can catalyze India’s future as a global technology leader.
While our portfolio partners are solving society’s most entrenched problems through business solutions, some challenges are better approached outside the marketplace. WestBridge is passionate about giving back and closing the loop between business and social good.
We model our philanthropic acumen on our relationships with founders. We don’t just write a cheque, we build responsive partnerships, and actively listen to nonprofits and NGOs to understand their needs. When appropriate, we provide strategic and other support to strengthen their effectiveness. Together, we fund the aspirations of promising individuals, preserve culture and prevent the exploitation of our environment and our most vulnerable citizens.