Top VC Firms In India In 2011Fremont: 2011 have been an interesting year for the Indian VC market. With ecommercetaking off the big pie from the cake, most VC firms had multiple revelation to this spaceeither through fashion, daily deal sites, baby products or generic e-tailing. VCs preferred co-investment or club deals to solo ones.Most VCs have taken a bet on the early stage startups making investments in Series A orSeries B. Below mentioned are few such VC firms who were among the most active VCfirms of 2011 making investments and mentoring startups.Intel Capital The world’s largest chip makers corporateventure firm in India had a quite busy year. Intel capital invests in India from the $250million Intel Capital India Technology Fund set up in December 2005, and has invested about80 percent of this fund across 40-odd companies so far. Besides closing nearly half a dozendeals, the VC firm is also looking to allocate a new corpus to India.Among the fresh investments made by Intel Capital in India in 2011 are Yatra.com,Fashionandyou, Dealsandyou, Saankhya Labs, Testing Czars, and several others. The interestsectors of the VC firms include mobility, education and cloud services.Nexus Venture Partners
The VC firm completed 10 transactions in theprocess and continued to focus on technology, business services, agriculture and Internetstartup in 2011. Nexus Venture Partners manages $320 million raised over two India-dedicated fund and has invested in more than 30 companies so far. The firm made multiplebets in ecommerce companies including Craftsvilla.com, BigshowBazaar and othersincluding SnapDeal, Komli and Druva Software. The firm has also backed Aryaka Networksand Genwi.Helion Venture Partners The early to mid-stage Helion Venture Partnersis a $350 million India-focused venture fund, and invests in high growth technology poweredbusinesses and consumer services in sectors like outsourcing, internet, mobile, technologyproducts, retail services, education and financial services. The firm has invested in over 35companies so far including Exclusively, Komli and Jivox. Other companies where the firmhas made investments are Azure Power,Agni, Mast Kalandar, NetAmbit and several others.Sequoia Capital
The U.S-based marquee venture capital firmSequoia Capital firm, which has backed companies like Google and Apple, currently investsfrom a $300 million fund raised in 2008 and a $725 million growth fund both dedicated Indiafunds. Sequoia Capital continued to invest in the ecommerce space besides focusing on areaslike internet, mobile, consumer services and healthcare. The firm also completed severalfollow-on rounds in 2011. Sequoia has invested in companies like Fashionandyou, DruvaSoftware and Sourcebits including several others.IndoUS Venture Partners IndoUS Venture Partners provides early to mid-stage funding to new or growing businesses in India. It manages nearly $300 million raisedover two India-dedicated funds and has invested in over 24 companies so far. The sector onwhich IndoUS Venture Partners focuses includes Internet, software and telecom. Theirportfolio company includes Snapdeal, Myntra and Apalya among Attero, Basiz, and severalothers.