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Meet 38 Startups Funded by Ratan Tata [Investments]

Meet 38 Startups Funded by Ratan Tata [Investments]

‘No one gives funds to start-ups, we do’: Ratan Tata’s Rs 900 million plan.


Paytm is an Indian e-commerce payment system and digital wallet company. It was founded by Vijay Shekhar Sharma in August 2010 and is based out of Noida SEZ, India.

Paytm is one of the key beneficiaries of Demonetization announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8, 2018. The Noida-based digital-payments company saw an overnight success in subscribers by millions. The company has received an undisclosed amount of investment from Ratan Tata in March 2015. Tata picked up a stake in One97 Communications, the parent company of Paytm. With the funding, he also took up the role of an key advisor for the company.


2). OLA 

Ola Cabs is India’s major cab service provider against global giant Uber. Much like Uber, the app allows users to hail a taxi with just on click from their smartphone. Ola provides cab services across all price segments, ranging from economic to luxury.

The company began its operations in 2010 and had got funding from Ratan Tata in July 2015. The chairman of Tata Sons invested in the company in his personal domain.



Ratan Tata was the first Indian businessman to invest in chinese giant Xiaomi. Actually Ratan tata investment in Xiaomi was not disclosed. In last couple of years Xiaomi has been phenomenal success in India. Xiaomi had started operations in their homeland China in 2010 and in 2014 they made a entry in Indian markets. As per the reports it is confirmed that Ratan Tata had helped Xiaomi as an advisor to expand in international markets.


4). Snapdeal

Snapdeal is the first E-commerce organization funded by Ratan Tata by picking up 0.17 % stake in August, 2014. Total investment was less tahn Rs 5 crore. Tata bought 256 shares from the e-commerce company’s angel investors, including Kenneth Glass.
Snapdeal is India’s first online marketplace for multiple categories, which has also been funded by majors like eBay and Alibaba.The news came right after Snapdeal tied up with Tata Value Homes to sell apartments across five cities (Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai and Ahmedabad).

5). Zivame

Founded in 2011 by Richa Kar and Kapil Karekar, Zivame is an online lingerie selling platform. The startup gained popularity with their innovative marketing campaigns and today, it has become a recognized brand in itself. Zivame also closed a Series-C funding round of Rs 250 crore from Zodius Technology Fund and Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the strategic investment fund of the government of Malaysia. Zivame raised a funding from Ratan Tata in September 2015. However, other details about the investment weren’t disclosed. Later, the company reportedly said that it planned on using the money to develop technology and strengthen its customer base.

6). Urban Ladder

Urban Ladder is a famous furniture selling platform based in Bengaluru. It is currently active in 12 cities around India.The five-year-old startup which has raised $77 million and secured funding from Ratan Tata in November 2015.After Snapdeal, it was Ratan Tata second major investment in an e-commerce firm with no clue of investment amount. In July 2012, Ashish Goel and Rajiv Srivatsa decided to start Urban Ladder, an online furniture site with over 1000 products across 25 categories carefully designed to align with anyone’s idea of a ‘beautiful home.


Cashkaro is a website where clients can discover cashback plans and coupons. The Gurgaon-based organization was established in 2013 by Swati and Rohan Bhargava, and raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Ratan Tata in January 2016. The same year it raised angel funding of $750,000 from a group of London-based investors. The organization allegedly said that it expected to utilize the cash for building its innovation, entering the universal markets, and in addition for brand awareness and hiring senior-level talent.


Services marketplace UrbanClap raised an undisclosed amount in funding from Ratan Tata in December 2015.UrbanClap allows users to book over 80 services, including plumbing, electrical work, beauty, wellness, tutorials, and wedding photography.


Lenskart, the popular online retailer that sells eyewear such as sunglasses, eye glasses, contact lenses and more, secured funding from Tata in April May 2016 announced that it has raised a Series D round of investment of Rs.400 crore from World Bank arm IFC, Ratan Tata and Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrisnan, the firm said in a press release.However, an official from the company reportedly said that Tata’s role was more of a mentor/advisor rather than a financial investor.

10). Cardekho

Ratan Tata’s list of investments also includes Cardekho, an online marketplace where users can buy and sell both new and used cars. The business tycoon picked up shares of Jaipur-based GirnarSoft, parent company of, and portals. Like most of Tata’s deals, the amount invested by him wasn’t disclosed. That said, it was reported that Tata had bought a minority stake for himself in the venture.

11). ABRA
Abra is a financial services and technology company that produces a consumer peer-to-peer mobile payment service of the same name.A fundraising by US-based digital cash transfer company Abra. This was the first investment in digital payment services for Tata, who has previously shown interest in consumer-facing online ventures.The service uses Bitcoin, with a change to Litecoin being implemented in April 2018, and its underlying blockchain technology to store cash deposits and facilitate cash transfers between any two smartphones.


Online petcare platform Dogspot raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Ratan Tata, existing investors and new angels. Ronnie Screwala, K Ganesh, India Quotient and five other angels participated in the round. The Gurgaon-based company claims to be the country’s most visited pet portal.


13). Kyazoonga
The online ticket booking platform founded in 2007 received investment from Ratan Tata in June 2016. Ratan Tata invested an undisclosed amount in his personal domain.


14). Bluestone

Ratan Tata made a personal investment in online jewellery retailer Bluestone in September 2014. The startup was founded in 2011 by IIT graduate Gaurav Singh Kushwaha and Vidya Nataraj and it became Ratan Tata’s second bet in the e-commerce segment in 2014. The company raised $5 million in 2012 from Accel partners and another $10 million from Kalaari Capital and Accel Partners and Saama Capital in 2014.

15). Lybrate

Founded in 2013, United States based firm Lybrate aims to connect patients with doctors in India and help raise awareness of basic medical practices in the country. Lybrate’s last major launch came in May 2016 when it introduced online lab testing that allows a patient sample to be collected right from their home, with results later shared online Lybrate secured about Rs 64.8 crore ($10.2 million) from Ratan Tata in July 2019.

16). Holachef

The online marketplace for chefs Holachef received an undisclosed amount of investment from Ratan Tata in September 2015. The investment was made in personal domain.

17). Ampere
Ratan Tata invested an undisclosed amount in Coimbatore-based electric vehicle start-up Ampere in July 2015. Ampere was founded in 2008 by woman entrepreneur Hemalatha Annamalai. The company sells electric vehicles like cycles, scooters, trolleys for the differently-abled people.

18). GOQii 

GOQii is a California-based fitness technology venture in Menlo Park that offers a wearable fitness band paired with remote personalized coaching. The company was founded by Vishal Gondal, the former CEO & Founder of Indiagames. The funding size and investment from Ratan Tata was not disclosed.

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20). Firstcry

Firstcry is Asia’s Largest Online Portal for Baby and Kids Products. We have over 2 Lakh+ Baby and Kids items from 2 Thousand+ top International and Indian brands like Carter’s, Mattel, Ben10, Pigeon, Funskool, Hotwheels, Nuby, Farlin, Medela, Pampers, Disney, Barbie, Gerber, Fisher Price, Mee Mee and so on.The company was started by Supam Maheshwari and Amitava Saha in 2010 and is an omnichannel platform for baby and maternity products in India.

21). Swasth India
The Mumbai-based affordable healthcare startup is focused on providing medical services to low-income population. The company was founded by former consultants and IIT Bombay graduates Sundeep Kapila and Ankur Pegu. The company received funds of ₹2 crores in December 2014.

22). Infinite Analytics
Infinite Analytics, Inc. provides a personalization platform to ecommerce organizations around the world. It offers Infinite Enrich, a technology that converts raw product catalog data into meaningful information.

23). Crayon Data

Based in Singapore, Crayon Data is a big data startup, with an ambitious vision to ‘simplify the world’s choices’.Crayon, a portfolio company of Jungle Ventures, previously raised 10 million Singapore dollars in seed and Series A funding from angel institutional investors like Jungle Ventures and Spring Seeds.Crayon’s flagship product Maya is the world’s only choice engine, delivering digital personal experiences centred around taste.

24). Tracxn
Tracxn, a startup intelligence, and market research platform. Started in 2013, by ex-investors Neha Singh (ex-Sequoia Capital) and Abhishek Goyal (ex-Accel Partners), Tracxn leverages intelligent data analytics and a sector-focused analyst team to help venture global capital funds, private equity firms, corporate development, and strategy teams track the dynamic startup market and identify interesting investable companies and upcoming sectors.

25). Altaeros
Altaeros, a Boston-based startup that develops autonomous aerostats, announced today that it has received $7.5 million in new funding from SoftBank Group. Altaeros’ mission is to deliver the next generation of infrastructure to rural and isolated communities. We’ve developed a tethered aerial platform that can be used for a range of applications in energy, telecom, and agriculture.

26). Yourstory

YourStory brings you stories of entrepreneurs and change-makers, funding analyses, resource pieces and the first glimpse of emerging trends from India’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, as well as profiles of great businesses and entrepreneurs from all over the world.YourStory primarily works out of Bengaluru, Karnataka, but has a presence throughout India through its correspondents in English and 12 Indian languages, including Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali, Oriya and Assamese.

27). Sabsebolo
Sabeer Bhatia, co-founder of has launched, a free, reservation-less audio conferencing facility. The signing up process is quick and simple. Sabsebolo is a useful service for SMEs, who can use the service to get in touch with their suppliers, partners and customers.” Sabsebolo has a wide application base for individuals as well as for corporates.

28). Moglix

Moglix is a company started in 2015 by a group of young entrepreneurs with an aim of bringing in revolutionary and exciting solutions to the global is an online platform and a one stop shop for almost all the need of Industrial Tools (Power Tools, Hand Tools, Adhesives, Safety & Security and Electricals.Moglix was founded in August 2015 by Rahul Garg, a former Google employee with experience in building global products and running sales across Asia.

29). IdeaChakki

Idea Chakki Private Limited provides digital video menu for restaurants and allows customers to gift food and beverage experiences across the world. Food-tech startup Idea Chakki Pvt. Ltd secured an undisclosed amount of seed funding from Ratan Tata.The company was incorporated in 2013 and is based in New Delhi, India.Idea Chakki was set up in 2013 by Monica Narula, Gunjan Mehrish, and Noopur Tiwari, all former executives of media house NDTV. It released Dash as a vertical in June.

30). MadRat Games

MadRat Games, which launched a wearable gaming platform SuperSuit for kids & families last year raised fresh funds from a consortium of investors including Ratan Tata. MadRat Games is the pioneer in learning games and has to its credit, the World’s First Hindi Board Game, World’s First Roll-up Puzzle & World’s First Wearable Gaming Platform. It is founded by a team of IIT & CMU grads who realized the need for meaningful and engaging games that help in fostering the creative minds of young children. MadRat Games has sold more than half a million games since its inception in 2010.

31). MUrgency
MUrgency is a mobile app which connects people who need urgent medical help with credentialed doctors, nurses, EMTs and paramedics, nearest to them.The mobile app makes emergency response available with one tap on a mobile phone in under 9 minutes in urban areas.With a mission to make one touch emergency response available to anyone, anytime, anywhere,

32). Niki
Niki is an artificial intelligence company headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka. It was founded in May 2015 by IIT Kharagpur graduates Sachin Jaiswal, Keshav Prawasi, Shishir Modi and Nitin Babel.Niki is your virtual friend to help you book cabs, order food, recharge, pay postpaid, electricity, datacard, DTH bills and much more simply via chatting.

NESTAWAY Technologies Private Limited provides rental solutions. Its application allows users to find, book, and move-in to rental home, as well as provides a range of repairs and maintenance services from electricals to painting and plumbing to carpentry by vendors. The company serves tenants and home owners in Bengaluru, Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Noida, Pune, and Ghaziabad, India. NESTAWAY Technologies Private Limited was incorporated in 2014 and is based in Bengaluru,

Srikanth is the CEO of Hyderabad-based Bollant Industries, an organisation that employs uneducated and disabled employees to manufacture eco-friendly, disposable consumer packaging solutions, which is worth Rs 50 crores. We wish to fulfil our mission by manufacturing various natural leaf and paper-based disposable consumer products and by offering customized packaging .

SnapBizz sells a TV, a scanner, an internet connection and a tablet to the kirana, which the kirana store owner buys for Rs 35,000. The TV is strategically placed in the store for the consumer to view all the promotions of at least 15 consumer goods companies. These consumer goods companies pay SnapBizz to host their promotions on the TV and the kirana gets an added benefit – of discounts – on the product when he stocks these promoted products in the store.Some of the big names that work with SnapBizz include Rekitt and Benckiser, P&G, Marico and Kelloggs. A total of 15 consumer goods companies use this real time promotions platform of SnapBizz.

36). Invictus Oncology
Indian business tycoon invested in Invictus Oncology Private Limited, an innovation-driven oncology company developing next generation cancer therapeutics, the company announced in a press release. This comes on the heel of the first B2B start-up, Moglix that was the latest investment of Tata.

37). Teabox
Siliguri-based startup Teabox, which caters to a worldwide market of tea-lovers, successfully bagged funding from angel investor Ratan Tata in January 2016. Founded in 2012 by Kaushal Dugar, Teabox is a premium tea brand that is focused on vertical integration of sourcing, branding and distributing teas – while upending the traditional tea-retailing model in the process.

38). LetsVenture

LetsVenture is an online funding platform that enables startups looking to raise seed capital to create investment ready profiles online, and connect to accredited investors. The platform also allows startups to get their business plans reviewed by its team as well as connect to mentors. Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Sons Ltd, and former Infosys board member Mohandas Pai, invested in a Series A round of funding, and have joined as advisors.

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