Venture Capital Firm Accel Launches $650 Million Investment to Grow Southeast Asia Region

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Accel has announced its seventh India fund with $650 million available for investment, according to two partners who spoke with TechCrunch. 

The first batch of checks for the new fund is anticipated to be wired within weeks. For instance, it took part in Flipkart’s initial fundraising round, which was valued at $4 million at the time post-money.

For $16 billion, Walmart acquired the majority of Flipkart’s stock. This enabled Accel to obtain a return from Flipkart of more than $1 billion; Flipkart is currently valued at over $36 billion.

The combined valuation of some of the company’s best-performing firms is greater than $100 billion, he claimed.

The Rise Of The Indian Startups 

In particular, Shekhar Kirani, a partner at Accel, who has been with the company for ten years, attributed the rise of the Indian startup in the previous ten years to the emergence of railways like the payments infrastructure UPI and the taxes system GST.

In a few years, he said, the Indian economy will grow faster than it did over the previous ten years.

Sequoia Capital India and Lightspeed Venture Partners are only two of the peer U.S. funds with which Accel currently competes, or as its partners would put it, collaborate.

Accel has clearly been more cautious than many of its competitors, giving few checks and shunning businesses if they don’t think they can cooperate with the founders.

“We have a 10-year contract with a startup. For instance, it participated in Flipkart’s initial financing round, which at the time post-money was valued at $4 million.

Risk Involved In Overestimated The Value Of Several Firms

However, there are indications that investors may have overestimated the value of several firms when setting their prices in recent quarters. Due to the valuation and amount of funding they provided to entrepreneurs, the first two closed several agreements.

Due to the fact that they did not battle for many future rights, the firms also claimed some deals. As issues with this strategy start to surface in recent months, many investors are starting to return to being more cautious, rolling back future rights, and lowering values.

Since every business eventually needs to go public and list at the appropriate values, the public market typically sets the tone for the private market. 

Accel’s Policies And Future Planning

Accel startups also profited from that price multiple times. Just one point that should be added is that, contrary to frivolous endeavors with no revenue, all of the enterprises are strong businesses with good unit economics. Due to the history of being exceedingly conservative, Accel has therefore exercised extreme caution. Accel doesn’t appreciate it when its founders become fixated on valuations and keep seeking funding.

Accel works with founders throughout their growth journey, starting with the seed and series A stages (usually). In 87% of its investments at the moment, Accel is the first institutional investor, and 95% of those investments are seed or series A.

While Accel emphasizes the need to continue to offer more than just monetary assistance, other investee companies are a little more developed. Accel’s funds have evolved in accordance with this trend in terms of their geographic exposure; earlier funds tended to invest nearly exclusively in India, whilst later versions have been more diverse. Accel anticipates investing across the entire region with its most recent initiative.

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