Canbank Venture Capital plans to launch new fund of Rs1,000 crore

Bengaluru-based Canbank Venture Capital Fund (CVCF) is planning a new fund of Rs1,000 crore in the next financial year.

Last month, Canara Bank promoted CVCF closed its fifth fund - a Rs500 crore "Emerging India Growth Fund" (EIGF). It has roped in 18 banks. Canara Bank was the anchor investor for this fund launched in June.

CVF will scale up its activity level in the future and the size of the next fund would be larger. It would be floated after completing investments from EIGF.

Banks are not forthcoming to commit large sums for venture funds due to stiff regulatory norms. Reserve Bank of India would consider such investment as exposure to the capital market, which is a sensitive sector attracting higher risk weights. Plans are also afoot to link capital market exposure to the capital adequacy of banks.

EIGF shall invest in diverse sectors with prime focus in the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector. Very small portion of the EIGF corpus would be set aside for start-ups. The average size of investment is targeted at Rs25-Rs50 crore and has the maturity of six years.  

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Navam Capital invests $1 million in Vyome Biosciences

Kolkata-based early stage venture capital firm Navam Capital has invest $1 million in Vyome Biosciences Pvt Ltd, a new venture focused on dermatology and skin care.

Vyome will develop research-based pharmaceutical solutions for anti-fungal indications, chronic wound healing and for pigmentary disorders of the skin such as vitiligo.

The global dermatology and wound care market is estimated at over $15 billion.
Navam Capital is the early-stage investment arm of Kolkata based GPSK Investment, and focuses on early stage investments on advanced materials, life sciences, clean technology, Internet and other emerging technologies.

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Indian Angel Network invests in online tax filing firm

Indian Angel Network (IAN) has invested in Span Across IT Solutions Pvt Ltd, which runs an online tax filing service called TaxSpanner.com for a minority stake. No financial details were provided.

The funds raised will be used by the three year old start-up to accelerate its growth and for product development. This is the first round of external funding by the Delhi-based startup.

While there are quite a few online tax filing sites, TaxSpanner says its USP is its privacy policy as it does not engage in cross-selling after obtaining client information.

"What sets us apart from besides our market share and product is the very strong privacy policy and the shield we provide to our users from selling of other financial products in guise of tax filing," said Ankur Sharma, co-founder of TaxSpanner.
"IAN is going to overemphasise on the privacy matter and ensure that the company achieves the highest governance standard," said Sanjay Bansal, an investment banker and another IAN member who has invested in the firm.
Also, TaxSpanner is focusing on getting corporate clientele besides the retail consumers. It has tied up with more than 100 companies with clients like HCL Technologies, Accenture, among others. TaxSpanner also has clients like Citibank and Punjab National Bank, who use its services for their customers. The company now has around 200,000 users from hundreds of employers in India.

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