Talent is equally distributed but opportunity is not. I decided to change this sense of unfairness into a sense of purpose by asking: How do I bring equity of opportunity so that a child born in a small town or a low-income family has access to the same high quality education that a rich child from metro does? I believe that if we can transform schools where a child spends six hours everyday, we can transform India.Sumeet Mehta, Co-founder, LEAD School
One day I became curious about the quality of the preschool my maid’s child attended. I walked in and saw thirty kids of various ages, cleaning and loitering around a dilapidated building, while my own two-year-old was learning how to read in a good preschool. This experience shook me and I knew instantly that this was going to be my life's work: bringing equity in education to all kids in India.Smita Deorah, Co-founder, LEAD School
We made a list of the things we all do from the moment we wake up to when we go to sleep, as well as the problems we face every day. That’s when the idea of private transport emerged. Ride sharing and cab booking existed only in big cities, and not for the masses in smaller cities. We started thinking about the common Indian man’s vehicle — that’s how we arrived at the idea of two-wheeler ride sharing.Aravind Sanka, Co-founder, Rapido
A house is more than just a shelter. Stable, affordable housing is critical for breaking the cycle of poverty. We make it possible for all citizens to construct their dream home, no matter what their income level.Munuswamy Anandan, Founder, Aptus Housing Finance
When people and teams leverage all the ways we can connect and be collaborative, today, industry becomes more efficient. To build a better future, we must take this approach to working together.Abhinav Shashank, Co-founder, Innovaccer
After being in the business of services, I was keen to build a software-first business. My sales background led me to think of what improvement opportunities existed in the sales and marketing space, so we started by integrating processes and powering them through automation in a single, streamlined system.Nilesh Patel, Co-founder, LeadSquared
I come from a humble, middle-class family. My parents had government jobs. And education is what changed our lives. But people from small towns don’t always have access to educational opportunity. We started Sunstone to give back to the kinds of communities that raised us.Ashish Munjal, Co-founder, Sunstone
We want to ensure that education is affordable to all and hope that educational opportunities change our students’ lives the way it has changed ours.Bibhu Prasad Das, Co-founder, Propelld
I still remember the sacrifices my parents made just to pay for my tuition fees and one train ticket to Delhi. My parents said, ‘All we can give you is education.’ That’s all that anyone needs in order to bring generational change to their circumstances.Anil Nagar, Co-founder, Adda247
We support Indian entrepreneurs with purpose-driven capital
Our approach goes beyond capital. We aim for the long-term, as we know it can take years to build businesses for longevity. No matter the stage or phase of our investment, the number one commitment we make to all founders is time. It’s a value we’ve held since the beginning, made possible by the unique structure of our fund.
Like us, founders and their companies seek to create sustainable solutions — economic and otherwise — that strengthen India’s leadership in global technology. If we hit our mark, their work will bring value beyond valuation to communities, worldwide.
Innovation excites us. Whether a new engine, platform, or tool, technology creates efficiencies and widespread benefits. Several areas of focus have drawn our eye and expertise because of their collective capacity for change. These are the fulcrums we think will move the world in the next 20 years.
Enterprise solutions are exponentially streamlining workflows, improving communication and providing access to critical decision-making data increasing the speed and effectiveness of processes like talent recruitment, customer service workflow analysis and logistics management.
Financial providers are seeing value and credit-worthiness in overlooked sectors and customers, offering a boost to Indian entrepreneurs, homebuyers and home improvers through microloans and alternative financing products.
Our fintech companies are unbundling gate-kept services and driving down costs expanding financial opportunities to the many Indian small businesses, startups and families who are geographically isolated or find traditional banking and accounting providers difficult to access.
From big data to smartphones, new and legacy providers are leveraging technology to improve healthcare provision, diagnostics and outcomes.
India’s long-standing expertise in software engineering and business transformation solutions are giving startups in this space an edge. Scalable, commercial ML applications for marketing, talent sourcing and customer experience in industries ranging from banking to healthcare are in high demand.
Cloud-based, modular, feature-rich software is changing the game for enterprise IT. With Indian SaaS companies performing go-to-market right from home, customer acquisition costs are low and the potential for scaling and value creation is unprecedented.
Since 2000, WestBridge has made over 150 investments in private and public businesses with a significant nexus to India and South Asia. In fact, a few of our investees have been with us for almost as long as we’ve been around.
The companies we partner with have always been on the vanguard of innovation and homegrown capability, creating new categories with both mass appeal and ingenuity. They range from early stage to public. Their products and services reach the hinterlands and around the world. One thing they all have in common is bold ideas with the potential to transform India for decades to come.
WestBridge is an ecosystem built on relationships. We consider people and the relationships between them the most powerful asset. Engineers, product developers, analysts, financiers, legal experts and connection-makers of all kinds — we exchange ideas, constantly collaborate and work hard to turn possibility into reality.
The founders who choose to partner with us bring diverse perspectives to our teams. They’re passionate, hungry and on a mission to positively impact people’s lives at national and global scale. They’re early dominant market leaders, creating new business categories and future-defining industries.
Everyone knows the first ten start-up hires are the most important. Filling key positions during growth phase transitions is no less critical. We tap into our vast network and route top-tier talent to portfolio partners through these — and all — phases of growth. When a team comes together with visions aligned, incredible things happen.