India, a chosen destination for Foreign Investors

The Right Time is Now!!

With big players like Foxconn setting up specialised incubation centres for Indian Startups and constructive venture capital funds, the time for investment in India can never be better. With an improvement in our Global Fitch Rating, figuratively giving a stable outlook, the economic and political factors in the country are most conducive for venture capital investment, then it was ever before.

Global Recognition and a national commitment is an evidence that we are consciously aware of the start-up explosion in India and the increasing start up flow only seconds that opinion. A rich talent base has enabled people to create new business ideas and innovation specifically in relation to technical and technological expertise, this startup community in India needs to continue to be supported to enable it to grow further and hence a sustainable venture capital flow is essential.

In recent developments ‘The Indus Entreprenurs (Tie’) of the Silicon Valley were quite enriched by the Prime Ministers recent visit there , whose prima facie objective was to create an environment of investment ease and confidence . Market Experts thinking on similar lines agree in unison that India has recognised that start-ups are the way to generate employment and jobs, and has raised this into the national consciousness as a national priority.

Indo-U.S. bilateral trade is already on the onset of growing from the current $100 billion to $500 billion, as vast investment opportunities in India await for American companies, especially in the infrastructure sector like roads, ports, railways and clean energy.

Also any ongoing international economic uproar least affects India as the savings on account of weakening oil prices have aided the government to earmark greater funds for the infrastructure sector and social sector schemes. Efforts are in place to put in place a predictable and fair tax regime, and invited greater capital to help raise multilateral trade between India and the World.

The economy is focussing in prompt decision making policies and transparent tax structure so as to improve the ease of doing business simultaneously encountering multiple legacy issues which have earlier tarnished the purview of the Indian Tax regime.

More importantly trade policy forums are working towards improving trade relations and break down unnecessary barriers , and such endeavours are being mutually taken by Indian as well as international companies . Also trade figures of the last quarter clearly reflect scale the increasing economy and relative stability. When talking in more statistical terms, the existing Venture capital investors have already realised profits of almost Rs 40.000 crores so far in 2015 from various investments, with Private Equity investors also gaining a fair share . Keeping that in mind 2015 so far has been the best year for ‘exits’ by the PE and VC investors.

When venturing into more specific aspects; Media and Entertainment industries and IT have spearheaded the list of successful exits this year with collectively returning 2.7 Billion to US investors alone. Returns from e-commerce investments have been the highest. They have been significantly higher than returns in the rest of the sectors. Early stage investments have yielded a return of 35.64 per cent. Which in essence reflects that the stages of funding are relatively more secure.

The Y-O-Y growth since 2014 touched a whopping 260% according to then research firm Privco , touching almost $3.86 billion, however it still has a long way to go in order to achieve its 2006 VC investment trends.

For starters Japanese investment giant Softbank has openly expressed its inclination towards SnapDeal , and huge investments have been received by Ola and Housing.com from the colossus investment firm.

Besides Softbank, American VC firms Silicon Valley based Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners who respectively funded Google and  Facebook, also see great opportunities in the India Start-up Market.

Right from seed funding, may it be from angle investors or equity crowd funders, the start-up success rate is categorically improving.  Statistics show that second Round funding have reaped greater benefits in the Indian scenario, further also giving foundation for expansion.

In entirety all major factors to this questions are in compliance to each other creating an environment of greater benefits . May it be political or financial , all major stakeholders have made it priority to improve the ease of investment is the country and hence there is nothing wrong to say that , yes now the time is right .

Top Investors based in India Start-ups Funded
Helion Venture Partners NetAmbit, TAXI For Sure, PubMatic. Komli, MakemyTrip, Yepme,
Inventus Capital Partners CBazaar Poshmark, Savaari, Farfaria, Policy Bazaar.com,.
Zodius BigBasket, Culture Machine
Bain Capital Private Equity ASIMCO, Biglobe, Atento, BPL BMC Software,
Lok Capital Group Everest Edusys And Solutions
Accel Partners Myntra Flipkart, , Freshdesk, Book My Show, Zansaar, Probe, , CommonFloor BabyOye
Blume Ventures Printo , EKI Communications, Audio Compass, Exotel,

 

 

Analysis by Additya Sharma

Student at Enactus -SSCBS

 

 

 

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The Journey Itself is my Home

My favourite aphorism goes “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”. Life is short. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion, that moment is now, because in the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination. Don’t fret because everything once started at nothing. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are certainly doomed if you don’t try.

Entrepreneurship is not a part time job, and it’s not even a full time job. It’s a lifestyle. The thing most people don’t pick up when they become an entrepreneur is that it ever ends. It’s 24/7. So basically, as an entrepreneur you keep trying things, and you try everything from business ideas, to events. The journey is an ongoing process and one can never stop learning. Your work is never complete. No task is ever accomplished. There is always something new to do.

The way ‘Entrepreneurship’ as a concept works for me is, an entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it. That is exactly how you form a bigger risk appetite. At the same time, you must learn to walk before you run. Hastening would only push you off a cliff without any sort of preparation, and at that time, not even your deepest leap of faith would come at your rescue.

Soon after my reign of being an entrepreneur and having ventured into everything that I needed to, at that standpoint, I switched to a social entrepreneurship platform, my journey at ‘Enactus’ kickstarted. The motto I switched to then, was to go out into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do ‘good’. The life purpose of the true social entrepreneur is to change the world.

“If you don’t know what to do with your life, do something that saves lives. The world is full of people in need, be the part of their life that fills that need, and that is exactly what we do at Enactus.”  Founded in 1975, originally as SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), Enactus is an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. We at Enactus, effectively provide a platform for teams of outstanding university students to create community development projects that put people’s own ingenuity and talents at the center for improving their livelihoods. Guided by educators and supported by business leaders, students take the kind of entrepreneurial approach that empowers people that goes a long way in their success.

Like in business, we believe that competition encourages creativity and rewards results. For Enactus, it means more lives impacted and with that approach, we rule over the concept of social entrepreneurship.

The meaning of ‘Enactus’ is quite profound. It stresses on 3 major aspects:

  1. Entrepreneurial—initiating business ideas and solutions with passion and innovation.
  2. Action—the experience of sustainable impact, activated with integrity.
  3. Us—student, academic and business leaders collaborating to create a better world.

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve. If you believe that you have the inner will to change or help the world as per your best understanding, either do it yourself, or approach an organisation like ‘Enactus’. We would definitely give a great impetus to your belief and help make it happen in whatever best way we can.

My takeaway on becoming an entrepreneur is very clear. For me, being an entrepreneur is a mind-set. You have to see things as opportunities all the time. I like to do interviews. I like to push people on certain topics. I like to dig into the stories where there’s not necessarily a right or wrong answer.

I also strongly believe that, the fastest way you can change yourself is by hanging out with people who are already the way you want to be.

To conclude, I’d like to stress on an essential thought effectively put forth by the great Henry Ford, “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” So be prepared for all the challenges that come your way. Do not be afraid to take a stand in life. You only live once, so create, innovate, iterate, implement, just do not cease to formulate.

Signing off ,

Farhan Pettiwala

President Enactus India

To know more about him , you may visit http://pfarhan.com/?page=introduction