Sequoia Capital India announces new $195M seed fund

Leading venture capital firm Sequoia Capital India has sealed a new $195 million seed fund to invest in very early-stage startups.

This recent seed fund will focus on Sequoia’s Surge programme which was set off in 2019 to provide $1-2 million capital in pre-Series A funding rounds, according to a statement issued by Sequoia India.

A joint statement from Shailendra Singh and Rajan Anandan, managing directors at Sequoia Capital, said, “We’re excited to announce that Sequoia Capital India recently closed its second seed fund at $195M, to back the next set of mission-driven founders across India and Southeast Asia.”

According to Sequoia, four cohorts have gone through the Surge programme over the last two years since it was started, with 69 startups spanning over 15 sectors and 164 founders from 17 different nationalities.

One-third of Surge startups are creating SaaS products — the majority for global markets; 25 percent are developing consumer internet startups; 13 percent are creating consumer brands, and 12 percent are in the B2B space. It also has startups in the segments of edtech, healthtech, deep-tech, fintech, and more.

“We pioneered the idea of “open architecture” to make Surge a collaborative effort with other seed funds and angel investors and we charge no program fees so other investors can invest at the same terms,” the statement said.

The four cohorts of Surge startups have raised a combined total of $172 million. It also has more than 100 co-investors.

According to Sequoia, 52 startups from its first three cohorts have gone ahead to raise a total of $390 million in follow-on capital following the programme.

“While fundraising success is only a directional indicator of the potential of these startups, Surge founders have seen a very steep uptick in the valuation of their companies,” the statement said.

According to Sequoia, on an average startups under the Surge programme that raised follow on capital have witnessed their valuations grow between 3X and 4X.