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March, 2017

The List

Apr 07, 2017

Let me admit, I am a huge fan of Lists. I use them for fun, for learning, for improving productivity and, even, for procrastinating stuff.

I also carefully follow several of the more popular business lists – Fortune 500, Inc. 5000…  

Private Equity investments up by 36% to $5.4 Billion in Q1’17

Apr 07, 2017

Venture Capital segment however registers 3 year low in terms of investment activity, Venture Intelligence data shows.

Private Equity firms invested about $5.44 Billion across 117 deals during the quarter ended March 2017, according to early data from Venture…  

The Smart CEO-IDA Ireland Roundtable on Fintech

Apr 10, 2017

Earlier this month, over 15 entrepreneurs and business leaders from India’s emerging fintech ecosystem gathered at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai, for a peer-to-peer learning session on the role of technology in financial services. We handpicked entrepreneurs from various…  

“Trust and purpose are two important factors, beyond market and team quality, that influence our decision to invest in a company”

Apr 10, 2017

Vaibhav Agrawal, Associate Partner at Lightspeed India Partners Advisors LLP, shares the reasons behind saying yes or no to a prospective investment.

Vaibhav Agrawal, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a trained physician, is an Associate…  

Focusing on Bharat’s IP driven start-ups

Apr 10, 2017

Ashwin Raguraman, Venture Partner at Bharat Innovation Fund, talks to us about what it takes for him to say yes or no to a deal and about the future of the venture capital ecosystem in India.

Ashwin Raguraman, the man…  

Structured Acceleration

Apr 10, 2017

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Ganapathy Venugopal, co-founder & CEO, Axilor Ventures, takes us through his firm’s accelerator program and the key takeaways for budding entrepreneurs through this program. 

Axilor Ventures, an accelerator and a seed fund, was set up by veteran entrepreneurs…  

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The F&B 20 Collection

Apr 10, 2017

Narratives, anecdotes and insights from entrepreneurs at the helm of twenty food & beverage startups, each at different stages in the company building process.

For a layman to understand the growth India’s food and beverage market has seen in…  

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Chai Point’s next bet: a better chai and filter coffee dispenser for the workplace

Apr 10, 2017

Amuleek Singh Bijral started Chai Point as a retail business. Over time, the company expanded into serving corporate clients with its ‘Chai @ Work’ business unit. In late 2016, the company launched Boxc.in, a fresh take on the chai and…  

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Kanwaljit Singh backed Goodness! Beverages aims to make a mark in the diary-based beverages segment

Apr 10, 2017

The founders of Dropkaffe decided to launch an FMCG company, after a failed education tech venture. But, it is the key learnings from the first stint that is coming in handy, as Chaitanya Chitta and his co-founders build Dropkaffe…  

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A meal replacement shake for busy professionals

Apr 10, 2017

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Saurabh Garg and Anurag Kedia, co-founders of The Four Fountain Spa, spotted an opportunity to launch a new food category for the Indian market. Driven by research, the duo launched myDaily, a meal replacement shake filled with macro and…  

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Paper Boat takes on international competition by presenting an Indian alternative

Apr 10, 2017

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Hector Beverages started with the vision of selling functional energy drinks for the Indian audience. Quickly, it pivoted to launch Indian beverages like aam pana and panakam. Now, the company is gearing up for its next transformation and expanding its…  

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‘I Say Organic’ Is Capitalizing On The Growing Indian Sentiment For Organic Food

Apr 10, 2017

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After spending six months learning organic farming in rural India, its founder Ashmeet Kapoor has setup ‘I Say Organic’ to make India take further steps towards healthy living, on one hand, and to improve livelihoods of farmers, on the other…  

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What is the second wave of dining all about?

Apr 10, 2017

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Over the last 16 years, Impresario’s Riyaaz Amlani has launched a series of restaurant brands and formats. Amlani’s forte has been his ability to spot emerging consumer trends and marry that with an exciting, fun, eating out experience…  

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Chronicling Milk Mantra’s growth strategy

Apr 10, 2017

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In the next one year, Milk Mantra aims to fund its expansion in the East, and grow organically and inorganically in places such Kolkata, Raipur, Jamshedpur, and Ranchi. Once the brand is established, the company aims to go pan-India…  

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UK’s Witlinger will now be brewed in India

Apr 10, 2017

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Kaama Breweries, which imports Witlinger brand of beer from U.K., plans to start brewing it in India shortly under the close watch of the UK-based master brewer, Bill Dobson

“We wanted to cater to customers who were looking…  

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Yoga Bar Wants To Become The Go-To Brand for Healthy Snacking

Apr 10, 2017

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Yoga Bar aims to change your snacking habit to a healthy one. Founded by sisters – Anindita and Suhasini – the company currently sells snack bars and protein bars that use all natural ingredients like nuts, seeds, complex carbs and whole grains…  

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From Niche to Mass Market: Nourish Organic’s Strategy for FY 2017-18

Apr 10, 2017

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Prior to founding Nourish Organics, Seema Jindal-Jajodia worked with her family business’ CSR arm, focusing on the needs of special children. But several personal experiences, led her to start-up a venture that’d enable healthy eating. She launched…  

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Why Is AD Singh Dabbling in the Affordable Dining Space?

Apr 10, 2017

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Restaurateur and MD of Olive Bar & Kitchen, AD Singh, believes India is now seeing a casual, affordable dining wave and he wants to capitalise on this by offering quality service at an average price for two ranging from Rs…  

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Why the Ovenfresh founder favours profitability & sustainability over rapid growth

Apr 10, 2017

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While Ubiquitous Foods was founded in 2008 with an initial focus on Ovenfresh, its offline bakery chain, it eventually tapped the online space in 2015, with bulk ordering platform, Eatfresh. Today, the brand follows an omni-channel approach to growth…  

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The Cold Press Forward

Apr 10, 2017

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Raw Pressery, a company that reaches fresh, healthy cold-pressed juice to customers, has grown by over 100 percent in the last two years. Over the next three years, it aims to touch Rs. 300 crore in revenue by continuing…  

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Food is an emotion at The Bombay Canteen

Apr 10, 2017

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With its twist on what’s traditional and its emphasis on sourcing and eating local, The Bombay Canteen has earned a loyal patronage that has helped the restaurant turn profitable in under two years 

For Yash Bhanage and Sameer Seth…  

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Teabox brings a systemic change to the tea industry with a deep focus on quality and supply chain efficiency

Apr 10, 2017

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Teabox, founded by Kaushal Dugar, is as much a supply chain company as it is a tea leaf brand. The company has built a robust sourcing process, by partnering with 150 tea growers in India and Nepal. On the consumer…  

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Why Triguni Foods’ expansion plans include retail and exports

Apr 10, 2017

Spearheaded by 75-year old entrepreneur, Radha Daga, Chennai-based Triguni Foods, is popular for its Magic Upma and Magic Biryani in Indigo Airlines. The company’s next step is to grow its export business and extend its product mix…  

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How Manna Foods Is Working towards a ‘Harvest’ Period In FY18

Apr 10, 2017

I.S.A.K. Nazar, its founder, was focused on consolidating the company’s activities in FY17 by creating proper systems and addressing distribution challenges. This year, the company aims to hit revenues of Rs. 140 crore, on the back…  

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Why White Owl Has Taken To Kegs, Not Taps

Apr 10, 2017

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Launched in October 2014 in Mumbai, White Owl Brewery has nipped the idea of a tap room model and instead, it’s focussing on selling its beer only in keggers. In terms of demand, its microbrewery in Lower Parel is…  

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Sattviko’s ‘Go Fast, Go Slow’ strategy

Apr 10, 2017

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Prasoon Gupta, co-founder Saatviko, leads two businesses – one a chain of restaurants and another a packaged foods business – under the theme of Ayurveda; His strategy is to go slow on the former and explore rapid growth in the latter…  

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India's oldest surviving winery turns 25

Apr 07, 2017

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In its comeback avatar, Grover Zampa has managed to capture a market share of nearly 40 per cent in the reserve wine segment. Its latest offering, Insignia, is priced at Rs. 5,000 and with this, the company aims to…  

The wellness outlier

Apr 07, 2017

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Rajeev Chandrasekhar and Jupiter Capital took it upon themselves to address a gap in the luxury resorts space in India by establishing Niraamaya Retreats in 2010. With nearly an acre of space devoted to a key, this retreat chain aims…