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WeKan appears to incubate, fund 20 Indian startups

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NEW DELHI: New York-based product accelerator WeKan plans to incubate and fund about 18-20 startups within the ‘future of labor’ area in India.

“We are looking to invest in 30-40 companies in the next 3-5 years, out of which 40-50% of the companies would be from India,” Sathya Nellore, the cofounder of WeKan, stated.

In the subsequent month alone, WeKan is seeking to make investments at a ticket measurement of as much as $250,000 in B2B improvement instruments akin to Low or No-Code, DevOps/Infrastructure Tools, API Management, and Software Testing instrument.

This comes at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has compelled firms internationally to undertake a distant work mannequin, or make money working from home (WFH).

“I think it’s also one of the most exciting times for B2B and ‘future of work,'” Nellore, who has almost 5 years’ expertise as an entrepreneur and angel investor, stated.

Nellore’s fund has been domain-agnostic previously, and it had incubated 20 firms throughout the journey tech, prop-tech, and mobility verticals, primarily within the United States.

Earlier this 12 months, he turned his gaze to India to leverage the home market’s price efficiencies, information stack of the earlier three a long time in constructing merchandise for Fortune 100 firms, and a rising pool of high-quality expertise.

The fund already has a 5-6 individuals India group, with a portfolio assist group of round 30 individuals.

“The cost of building a B2B startup in India is much less than building it in the US; companies from India raise 1/3rd lesser capital than their peers,” he stated.

In an period the place the long run work continues to be unsure, Nellore stated the virus outbreak has made companies notice the significance of going digital.

Businesses wish to implement instruments that make distant work quicker, smarter, collaborative and enjoyable, he stated.

Remote working is a brand new alternative boosted by the pandemic.

Microsoft lately introduced plans to undertake a “hybrid workplace” mannequin post-pandemic, whereas DropBox stated it aimed to develop into a “virtual first” firm. Even in India, expertise firms, together with ed-tech agency Unacademy and service provider providers platform Khatabook, are taking a look at hybrid work fashions for the approaching years.


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