IFC may invest upto $5Mn in Infuse Capital - an incubation and early stage fund aimed at seeding and supporting scalable ventures in India through equity investment up to US $1.5Mn per venture.
Infuse is housed at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad's business incubator – the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship ("CIIE") - and currently backed by BP Ventures (BP's corporate venturing arm) and Government of India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) & Technology Development Board (TDB).
Infuse aims to raise a US$25 Mn fund that will invest in technology and business model innovation based entrepreneurial solutions across the cleantech vertical. INFUSE will bridge the early-stage equity gap in this sector and simultaneously build an enabling ecosystem for eco-ventures in India.
Sunnyvale, California-based Druva Inc., a cloud-first data protection solution provider, announced receiving $51 million in funding. This round of funding was led by existing investor Sequoia India, along with participation of new investors such as Blue Cloud Ventures, Hercules Capital, and Singapore-based EDBI. Existing investors like Japan’s NTT Finance (financial arm of Japanese telecommunications company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation), Nexus Venture Partners and Tenaya Capital also contributed to this round.