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Trifecta Capital announces first close of Trifecta Leaders Fund-I at ₹1,000 crore

PTI New Delhi | Updated on July 27, 2021

The fund will cater to the unmet needs of late-stage companies by providing off-cycle liquidity to early investors, angels, current and former employees

Trifecta Capital on Tuesday announced the first close of its late-stage venture capital fund — Trifecta Leaders Fund – I, with commitments of over ₹1,000 crore (about $130 million).

The fund was launched three months ago and has a target corpus of ₹1,500 crore ($200 million).

“The first close has seen strong participation from domestic investors including large corporates, insurance companies, marquee family offices, ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNIs), and entrepreneurs,” a statement said.

Existing investors of Trifecta Capital’s venture debt funds have also made significant investments in this fund, it added.

For the balance ₹500 crore (about $70 million), the firm is in discussions with several domestic and global institutional investors, the statement noted.

Trifecta Leaders Fund – I will invest ₹100-200 crore ($15-30 million) each in around 10-12 companies for minority stakes, through a combination of primary and secondary positions.

The fund will cater to the unmet needs of late-stage companies by providing off-cycle liquidity to early investors, angels, current and former employees including consolidation of equity cap tables, the statement said.

The fund has also set-up an advisory board comprising global tech experts who will support portfolio companies as they navigate their path to liquidity.

Portfolio companies

Trifecta Capital, across its two venture debt funds, has invested in over 75 companies and its portfolio now comprises of 20 unicorns and soonicorns including Big Basket, Pharmeasy, Cars24, Vedantu, Infra.Market, ShareChat, DailyHunt, UrbanCompany, CarDekho, Blackbuck, Ninjacart, NoBroker, Kreditbee, Dehaat, Turtlemint, Livspace, Mobikwik, Ixigo and BharatPe amongst several others.

These companies cumulatively valued at $22 billion have raised over $8 billion in equity.

Since inception, Trifecta Capital has deployed over ₹2,000 crore ($275 million).

“Through this new fund, we aim to provide investors access to the value creation opportunity in the last leg of private to public journey of tech companies.

“With strong institutional investor interest in India internet, we expect listings of several large well known startups, and creation of liquidity for existing investors as these companies tap the public markets for their longer term financing needs,” Trifecta Capital Managing Partner Rahul Khanna said.

He added that Trifecta Leaders Fund-I is an attractive opportunity for investors who have so far been unable to access these great companies since they are predominantly funded by offshore VC and PE funds.

Published on July 27, 2021

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