Incorporated in 2020, Anicut's Seed Fund is a unique proposition which provides the best of two worlds - an Angel network and a Venture Capital fund. Our fund is sector agnostic, focusing on leading rounds from seed stage to pre series A stage (round sizes of upto $1mil) and co-investing in larger opportunities. Anicut's seed fund is one of the few funds in the country with an angel fund structure, in which the team members have their skin in the game. The team takes up 10-15% of the round before the deal is passed through to our investor network.
We work on a high-touch model throughout the investment journey, especially in the post-investment mentoring and monitoring aspects. We would love to be the sounding board for our founders and provide them with business and capital connects in the ecosystem.
Make sure you have the following: Pain points, Market Size, Solution, Team, Business Model, Traction, Competition, and Raise Details.
Reach out to through the pitch to us option below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the opportunity interests the team, we will schedule a call/meeting with the founders. This is followed by Due Diligence, following which we request the founders to present to the Investment Committee, the entire Anicut team for the final go ahead, and then we'll start with the capital raise process.
We're happy to evaluate tech companies right from the MVP stage. However, for deep tech/AI companies, pre-MVP plays are open to evaluation.
For consumer companies, we don't evaluate startups at an idea stage. If you're seeing reasonable revenue and traction, reach out to us!
We are sector agnostic (barring real estate). Since the inception of the seed fund, we have invested in more than 10 different sectors.
Reach out to us through the 'pitch to us' option below or email us at email@example.com. If the opportunity interests the team, we will schedule a call/meeting with the founders. This is followed by due diligence, following which we request the founders to present to the Investment Committee, the entire Anicut team, for the final go ahead, post which we will start with the capital raise process.Pitch to Us ->
If you're interested in joining our network and investing through the Anicut Seed Fund, please contact us below!Become an Investor ->
To qualify as an eligible angel investor, Indian investors need to meet 1 of the following requirements:
- An individual investor who has net tangible assets of at least INR 2 crore excluding the value of the investor's principal residence, and who: has early-stage investment experience, or has experience as a serial entrepreneur, or is a senior management professional with at least 10 years of experience.
- A corporate body with a net worth of at least INR 10 crore.
- We have our skin in the game - the Anicut team invests with the investors in each deal
- The fund is run professionally - we do not follow a syndicate model, we present highly curated opportunities to our network
- We offer a deal-by-deal selection model - we allow investors to choose the deals they would like to invest in
- We send regular portfolio updates to our investors
Ajay is one of the Partners of Anicut Capital. At Anicut, he heads the Seed Fund initiative, where he oversees deal sourcing and diligence, and heads the deal structuring, investor connect and post investment mentoring and monitoring processes. In his previous role, he was managing 200+ early-stage investments. Ajay is passionate about the early-stage ecosystem and enjoys collaborating with founders to help them scale. He brings strategic inputs to the table and helps founders with business, strategic and fundraising connects. Ajay is a B.COM (Hons.) graduate and holds a Law degree.
Ashvin is managing partner and member of Anicut Investment Committee. Ashvin is a career finance professional with two decades of experience across investment banking, private equity / angel investments and private credit. He has served on the Boards of several public and private companies. Ashvin completed his education from Wesleyan University and The London School of Economics.
Dhruv is responsible for origination, shortlisting, due diligence and capital raise of new deal flow at Anicut Angel Fund. His prior experience has been in spearheading the evaluation of fresh investments in Angel network space. Dhruv is an engineer from SMVD University and has done his masters in Finance from Infinity business School.
Harsh is responsible for origination, shortlisting, due diligence and capital raise of new deal flow at Anicut Angel Fund. He spent over 3 years in KPMG’s Deal Advisory Practice focusing on sector agnostic research, benchmarking and strategy for clients in the US and Lower Gulf. Prior to KPMG, he has worked as an engineer with Sahara Force India Formula One Team, UK. Harsh completed his B.E. from the University of Leicester, UK and M.Sc. Engineering and Finance from University College London, UK.
Bala is managing partner and member of Anicut Investment Committee. Career banker with 27 years of experience in commercial banking, private wealth management and private credit. He has also served in credit committees and board of several companies. Bala completed his education in Engineering and MBA from Madurai Kamaraj University.
Pranav is responsible for deal sourcing, shortlisting, and due diligence as part of Anicut's seed fund. Prior to Anicut, he spent a year at Ernst and Young in the consulting division, working with international insurance companies. Pranav graduated from Ashoka University, majoring in Economics and Finance and will be attending the MBA program at ISB in 2024.
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