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SEPTEMBER 2020


Why We Invested in AgriGator

A decade ago, few bothered about the agriculture sector. It was the era of consumer facing businesses like Flipkart - fueled by a hyper-active consumer base equipped with the latest tech, deep pockets, and fickle purchasing power. VCs focused their attention on the top 20%
Published By: 100X.VC Research Team

Mr. Suresh Narayanan, Chairman & Managing Director, Nestle India, was interviewed by Mr. Ninad Karpe, Partner, 100X.VC.Mr. Suresh Narayanan has over 35 years of experience in the FMCG industry. He has been on the board of Nestle India since 2015, as the Chairman and Managing
Published By: 100X.VC Team

Healthcare is transforming during the COVID-19 pandemic. So everyone is wondering what will be the future of primary care? Will we see a rise in home-based health care? Whether we have to deal with infectious disease mitigation or mental health? There is a renewed focus on
Published By: 100X.VC Team

There was once a time, not too long ago, when investing in the stock market was considered to be an insider’s game. One had to have years of experience under their belt, access to a whole network of experts and financial advisors who could predict
Published By: 100X.VC Research Team

Papa CJ is a world-renowned stand-up comedian and has won awards for being the best in India as well as Asia. He has performed over 2000 shows in over 25 countries. Having appeared on NBC, BBC, Comedy Central, and a host of international networks, he
Published By: 100X.VC Team

Ninad Karpe, partner 100X VC introduced R. Mukundan on 20 minutes Live on his YouTube channel. R Mukundan is the managing director and CEO of Tata Chemicals Ltd. He is an engineer from IIT, Roorkee, and alumnus of the Harvard Business School. He joined Tata
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Ninad Karpe from 100X VC introduced the well known mental health speaker and believer – Dr. Vikram Patel. Dr. Vikram is the co-founder and former director of Centre for global mental health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is also a
Published By: 100X.VC Team

August 2020


Just earlier this year, for most of us, getting to work largely meant hitting the road, and not the cloud. While some welcome this transition to working from home, no one will deny that they miss the road. The economy certainly does. The freedom of the
Published By: 100X.VC Research Team

Dialysis, one of the early revolutions in medicine, is said to increase a patient's life suffering from chronic kidney failure by 10-20 years. And yet, the availability and quality of this treatment in India is inadequate. Statistics suggest that in India, around 2,00,000 new patients
Published By: 100X.VC Research Team

The previous decade was marked by the rise of the gig economy. Companies like Uber, Lyft, Etsy, TaskRabbit, and of course, Amazon, created flexible work opportunities that previously did not exist. Instead of punching a clock and counting the years in a single organization, the
Published By: 100X.VC Research Team

Market research is of primary importance for all businesses -- a new business wanting to start operations and an existing business wanting to keep growing. In a country like India, supply is usually not sufficient to meet the demand in many places. The problem lies
Published By: 100X.VC Research Team

Pocketly - Your New BestieImagine being a college student with a head full of dreams and pockets full of “nada” (nothing in your pocket). College years are probably the best years of your life and are also the years during which you are not entirely
Published By: 100X.VC Research Team

JULY 2020


The impact of COVID-19 on the entertainment industry has been massive, not only in India but worldwide. In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, cinemas have closed, release dates have been postponed, film festivals have been cancelled, and production has come to a halt.
Published By: 100X.VC Team

Knorish is an all-in-one ed-tech platform that is on a mission to make online learning the new norm for the next billion users. Kinner Sachdev, the Co-founder of Knorish talks about scaling an online business. Online learning has become the primary mode
Published By: 100X.VC Team

This live session was conducted by me, Ninad Karpe, partner, and founder at 100X.VC. The guest panelist for this session was Jinal Shah. Jinal has completed a Masters in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics from SNDT University, Mumbai, in 2012. Since then, she has trained under
Published By: 100X.VC Team

In this session of 20 minutes live, Mr. Ninad Karpe, Partner at 100X.VC welcomes all the viewers and introduces the guest expert, Ms. Sonal Holland. She is a celebrated personality and India’s first and the only Master of Wine (among 389 Masters of Wine across
Published By: 100X.VC Team

A panel discussion was held between Mr Sanjay from 100X.VC and the founders of BOX8, Mr Amit Raj, and Mr Anshul Gupta. The discussion was about the efforts taken by these entrepreneurs to build their brand and business on a global scale. The impact of
Published By: 100X.VC Team

This live session was conducted by me, Ninad Karpe, partner, and founder at 100X.VC. The guest panelist for this session was Jinal Shah. Jinal has completed a Masters in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics from SNDT University, Mumbai, in 2012. Since then, she has trained under
Published By: 100X.VC Team

Asad Lalljee is the senior VP, Essar Learning, CEO of Avid Learning, a public programming initiative and creative platform under the Essar Group, and Curator, Royal Opera House, Mumbai. Asad brings several years of advertising, publishing, marketing, and business development experience in international and domestic
Published By: 100X.VC Team

JUNE 2020


Prof. Rishi Krishnan is a professor of strategy in Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He was educated in IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Kanpur and Stanford. He held the Jamuna Raghavan Chair in entrepreneurship from 2007 to 2010 and completed a five-year term as Director of Indian
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India has rapidly evolved as the breeding ground for rising technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). However, to build a revolutionary solution rather than a trivial one, we should not just depend on AI and ML. At this moment, we need a
Published By: 100X.VC Team

Usually, startups have to move through lots of suggestions and require big attention while their initial stage of establishment is going on. However, after establishing a business, the next thing to be done in scaling up a business and taking it to the next level.
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AgriGator is one of the portfolio companies of 100X.VC that is into the agritech supply chain. Udit Sangwan and Charu Chaturvedi are the founders of AgriGator who were interviewed by Yagnesh from 100X.VC concerning their startup. Let us first see how the journey behind AgriGator
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The discussion held between Rajesh Sehgal and Sanjay of 100X Live is about Do’s and Don’ts for early-stage start-ups while speakṣing to investors for fund-raising. Brief Introduction to RajeshHe is the Founder and Managing Partner at Equanimity Investments. He has been an angel investor for Indian
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Introduction Sanjay Mehta, 100X.VC welcomes the session with Sashi Reddi, SRI Capital. Today’s talk is about the growing importance of SaaS and how it is going to impact business houses. SRI Capital has a portfolio of 40 different entities. Thus Sashi can share his insights and
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INTRODUCTION The session started with Ninad Karpe from 100X VC introducing Pankaj Bansal. Pankaj is the CEO of “Work & Workplaces”. He is also an active member of CII and is part of many other esteemed organizations. He has represented HR in many prestigious forums. The
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Across India, many incubators have been bringing innovation under one roof. For many entrepreneurs, being part of something larger has helped them to get their business off the ground more quickly. Incubation centres have been acting as a perfect bridge to make the base step
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IntroductionThe session began with me, Sanjay Mehta, from 100X.VC, introducing the Celeb investor Rehan Yar Khan. I presented Rehan’s portfolio and said that he is one of the best investors to look out for in the B2B or B2C segment. There will be a great
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Shashank Randev from 100.VC starts the discussion about ‘Future Unicorns of India’ that focuses on the importance of establishing successful start-ups. The panel members include:Vinutha Rallapalli - Director - T-Hub Subhrangshu Sanyal - CEO - IIM Kolkata Innovation ParkVipul Patel - Board Member - CIIE, IIM
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At 100X.VC, we have established good relationships with Indian incubation centers, most of which are linked with universities and other excellence centers. 100X.VC’s mission is to support them and enable their innovation through seed investments. We have already invested in 20 startups to date and
Published By: 100X.VC Team

IntroductionThis 20 Minutes live session with Ninad Karpe, partner 100X VC features Keshav R Murugesh. Ninad introduced Keshav as Group CEO, WNS Global Services, Immediate Past Chairman NASSCOM, and Member of the prestigious Wall Street Journal CEO Council. Mr. Keshav is the man who is
Published By: 100X.VC Team

MAY 2020


There is no doubt that the MSMEs are today the precursors of India’s economic growth. Today they are major contributors to the tax base of India. The government has run several developmental avenues for the empowerment and expansion of the MSME sector. It's beyond any
Published By: Sanjay Mehta

I am Sanjay Mehta, Founder and Partner at 100X.VC. I have written this article to provide you with some information on the importance of a lead investor for a startup. (0:36) Let me give you a brief intro about what is 100X.VC. We are
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While the entire world is facing the trouble created due to COVID-19, the impact also has been felt in the real estate sector. A health emergency created out of the pandemic has inspired businesses to perform work from home experiment at a global level. Also,
Published By: 100X.VC Team

Ranu Vohra has been an avid entrepreneur and an investment banker. The story of how Ranu made capital and overall growth in investment banking and financial advisory and started his own company is an inspiring one. He has been an insider in a lot of
Published By: 100X.VC Team

Utpal Sheth is the CEO of RARE Enterprises. He has more than two decades of experience across the entire spectrum of the capital market. With the theme of ‘What Next?’, Utpal shares his views on capital market scenarios. There have been enough discussions on
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Branding strategy is an integral part of every start-up’s growth plan. However, it can prove challenging and confusing for a new company. I, Sanjay Mehta, founder and partner at 100X.VC, warmly welcome Brand Guru Jagdeep Kapoor to share his thoughts, insights and advice on the
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In today’s uncertain times, it can be helpful for entrepreneurs to understand the situation from an investor’s point of view. I, Shashank Randev, Founder VC at 100X.VC, warmly welcome Nikhil Kapur to share his insights on the same. Nikhil Kapur is a Partner at
Published By: 100X.VC Team

APRIL 2020


Chef Sanjeev Kapoor barely needs an introduction. And in this section, this Padma Shree awardee, celebrity chef and a food entrepreneur talk about the future of food business. People have been asking about what will happen to the food business. According to Sanjeev Kapoor,
Published By: 100X.VC Team

The world is confronting the effects of a pandemic. Tech companies, nonetheless, continue to remain in the spotlight. It is during the time of crises that tech companies can and must provide digital solutions to adapt to the new normal. In this blog, we try
Published By: 100X.VC Team

We are passing through the unprecedented times of economic, business, and personal uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has triggered economic downturns and losses on an immense scale around the world. The uncertainty persisting at the depth and length of the economic slowdown has
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Arvind Radhakrishnan (Labs Manager, WeWork Labs) and Vivan Puri (Co-Founder, WorkNetwork.in), warmly welcomed Ashesh Shah (Partner, TCVF and Angel, Stanford Angels), Ankur Warikoo (Founder, Nearbuy.com), Ninad Karpe (Founder, 100X.VC) and Vinit Bhansali (Vice President, Orios Venture Partners). An interesting conversation began. Below are the key
Published By: 100X.VC Team

Agritech is a sector frequently appearing in the news today. It is not just a booming sector, but also one essential for all our lives. I, Yagnesh Sanghrajka, founder and CFO at 100X.VC, welcome Hemendra Mathur to share his insights about the same. He has
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Capitalism is based on the ability for businesses, markets, goods and services to be profitable. Businesses need to explain how it is achieved. Milton Friedman, an American economist, has said that businesses should be solely focused on increasing profit, as long as they engage in
Published By: 100X.VC Team

Mr Ninad Karpe: - Good Afternoon, Everyone! Thank you for joining this live 20-minutes session. I am delighted that Ajit is our first guest. We have a new format in which Ajit will speak for 10 minutes and we will have a Q&A for 10
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Big news these days is that Facebook has invested USD 5.7 billion in the Reliance Jio industry for a 9.99% equity stake. That impact is going to be huge in terms of the startup economy on Indian businesses. Here are some views from the industry
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Prospects of Venture Capitalist Landscape in India during COVID-19 Venture Capitalists are the mainstays of any start-up ecosystem and play a dynamic role in business operations. COVID-19 has created an urge for every business to go digital. India's start-up ecosystem is initiating just to
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Founders have a tough task ahead of them as they set out to raise their first round of funding. I, Sanjay Mehta, founder and partner at 100X.VC will give you some guidelines detailing how to go about the same. This would also shed light on
Published By: 100X.VC Team

Few of us have seen a pandemic as deadly as COVID-19. The global economy is going through uncertainties, risks, and unprecedented changes that are sure to turn the business standards and operations upside down. No wonder all the investors and founders are having a tough
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While start-ups are navigating product development and strategy in these uncertain times, it also presents an opportunity to start-ups to focus on becoming lean. I, Vatsal Kanakiya, CTO at 100X.VC will give you some guidelines about lean product development. Need for Start-ups to be
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Need for Investor Relations Today While both founders and start-ups are living in unprecedented times at the moment, it is tough yet essential to handle investor relations strategically. Investors are indeed treading cautiously in today’s uncertain times, in both the public and private
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COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges upon the world. The prospects of emergency situations that will occur after COVID-19 are: Vaccination - Vaccination is going to take at least twelve months for being common in the marketplace. Natural Immunity - Natural immunity is going to
Published By: 100X.VC Team

March 2020


Will the real entrepreneurs please stand up? These are hard, unsettling times, full of unknowns, brought to us courtesy of COVID19; But this is what all entrepreneurs sign up for, knowing that they will have to chase their vision through terrible adversity. This is
Published By: Sanjay Mehta

The Government of Kerala recently organised an investors’ meet in Kerala named Seeding Kerala 2020, wherein it invited many investors to discover investment opportunities in the state. As a part of the event, it also invited many successful investors to share their investing strategies and
Published By: 100X.VC Team

The world of investment in startups for family offices and Angel Investors is a nascent one in India. We, at 100X.VC, conducted an exploration of the merits of iSAFE Notes and why they are the preferred mode of investing. Though there are
Published By: 100X.VC Team

If you are the founder of a company trying to raise your first cheque, it is important that you know all aspects of pitching to a venture capitalist. I, Sanjay Mehta, the founder and partner of 100X.VC will give you a few clues which guide
Published By: 100X.VC Team

FEBRUARY 2020


Do you have a mentor who doesn’t bother you or engage with you for months on end? Is your mentor good to show on your presentation but really does not give your startup any inputs? If you are happy with this situation, don’t go on
Published By: Ninad Karpe

JANUARY 2020


Note: This blog is for first time entrepreneurs who are looking to raise their first cheque. “There are apocryphal stories on founders being able to raise funds via email pitch”. Founders need to understand that no VC is going to invest money on email
Published By: Sanjay Mehta

DECEMBER 2019


A future India where entrepreneurs and enterprises are involved in the identification and pursuit of daunting but doable ideas should be the vision for all of us in 2020. 100X.VC is committed to creating a moonshot culture in the country where founders
Published By: Shashank Randev

NOVEMBER 2019


Multiple startups are raising more capital than ever before, catapulting many into unicorn status and even opting into the IPO route– case in point WeWork which fell short on multiple accounts, and yet was touted as the second most valuable start-up until recently. The
Published By: Shashank Randev

OCTOBER 2019


FinTechs & Startups need the right ecosystem to grow and flourish; often founders face challenges in early stage to get the right support system. Instead of focusing on product and market they end up wasting time on valuations and prices. 100X.VC a new entrant in
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'Sanjay Mehta's mentorship is worth so much more than all the money invested' Devendra Parulekar, Co-Founder SaffronStays In his journey of starting up, SaffronStays founder Devendra Parulekar considers Sanjay to him what Lord Krishna was to Arjun. Sanjay has been with them from the time
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India of 2019 is a changed country compared to the last decade. With market enablers like availability of cheaper smart phones, low mobile data tariffs and an ever increasing digital literacy, Digital India has progressively been moving towards more inclusive growth. The Indian e-commerce and
Published By: Shashank Randev

SEPTEMBER 2019


Globally along with early-stage startups, VCs, and other investors, large corporations are also angling to get a slice of the self-driving pie. India would need enormous infrastructure transformation, conducive legislation and incentives for development or import of said technology. Poor infrastructure and Legal challenges
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In August 2018, I had just started working in the venture investment arm of my family office Mehta Ventures with ace angel investor Sanjay Mehta. A fellow angel investor reached out to us with a startup that had rockstar founders. At BharatPe, they had created
Published By: Vatsal Kanakiya

In this episode of Life Self Mastery's Podcast, I talk about my journey into venture investing and how I believe 100X.VC's iSAFE note is an effective investment instrument for startups. You can also check out the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.
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AUGUST 2019


Indian millennials are foraying with innovations into the business venture creating their own startups. These startups can be in food, learning, conceptualising idea etc. Speaking with ZeeBiz on the top 5 things that an entrepreneur must do before launching their startup, Sanjay Mehta -
Published By: 100X.VC Team

We have gotten an amazing response from founders who are taking the leap into entrepreneurship across India. Below are some interesting insights from our team on Class 01 of 2019 Pitch Application Statistics: Since the launch of the fund, we have received 1200+ email
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Thank you, Samidha Sharma, for extending the invitation to us! 100X.VC was delighted and honoured to be part of a fantastic evening at the Economic Times Startup Awards 2019 comprising of about 300+ notable entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and thought leaders! India's startup ecosystem congregated to celebrate
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According to Inc42, Sanjay Mehta - Founder & Partner at 100X.VC took the top position of most active angel investor for H1 2019. The angel investment landscape in India has significantly changed over the last decade. Global platforms such as AngelList are now extremely
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At 100X.VC, we believe in the India story. We have strong conviction that there are many gritty entrepreneurs who will build innovative solutions to the myriad daily problems. In order to make the India story move faster, we will work closely with the founders at
Published By: Sanjay Mehta

JULY 2019


Mumbai, July 16, 2019: India's first Fund to invest in 100 startups in a span of one year using iSAFE - India SAFE Notes, launched today. “iSAFE” stands for India Simple Agreement for Future Equity, an alternative to a convertible security note, that is beneficial
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Everything begins with an idea. The powerful imagination of the founder now needs to converted into viable business. Mr. Dhirubhai Ambani had said that “Think big, think fast, think ahead. Ideas are no one's monopoly.” So, founder will need seed capital to build its dream
Published By: Sanjay Mehta

How can you expand India’s current GDP by 27 per cent? It’s simple – ensure that women get equal participation in the workforce. Or better still; ensure that they get equal participation as start-up entrepreneurs! The current ratio of women entrepreneurs in the start-up
Published By: Ninad Karpe

JUNE 2019


Question – As a founder, the most important question is how much do I raise and when? Answer – I have seen in my experience that most founders have a hard time figuring out the funding needs of their startup. Most of
Published By: Yagnesh Sanghrajka

Early stage investors are approached by Startups typically when the founders have nearly finished building their product and are looking to raise capital for growth – defined here as business development, sales & marketing. While startups at this stage could be of interest, the investor
Published By: Shashank Randev

When Jack Ma wanted to start AliBaba, he did not know how to code. China had just gotten the internet and there were very few who understood what it was, let alone building for it. To build Alibaba, he decided to do something unusual -
Published By: Vatsal Kanakiya

Equity dilution works when the same pie is divided among more people. The Founder of a company starts by owning all the shares representing ownership of the company. Over time, other people receive pieces of equity in exchange for work (employee stock options), money (seed,
Published By: Sanjay Mehta

To promote startups, Govt of India has taken various measures, a key one being registration under Start up India with DIPP (Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (https://dipp.gov.in/). The registration allows start-up entities to be eligible for various tax and other benefits stated
Published By: Yagnesh Sanghrajka