Blume Ventures closes alternative fund at $41M


House-grown early-stage VC agency Blume Ventures on Monday introduced that it had accomplished the ultimate shut of its alternative fund, Fund IIA, in December 2019. The ultimate shut was at $41 million, raised from each home and worldwide traders, a lot of whom are current Blume traders. 

Fund IIA was raised in parallel alongside Blume’s new $102 million Fund III, which was introduced final week. The 2 funds have distinct aims. The $102 million Fund III targets new rising startups. The $41 million Fund IIA, like all alternative funds, is used to put money into follow-on rounds of winners of Funds I, IA, and II. 

Ashish Fafadia from Blume’s Funding Group, mentioned,

“Traditionally we’ve seen curiosity from home LPs (Restricted Companions, a time period for traders in funds) for the reason that early days of Fund I and we imagine that home LPs comparable to household workplaces and serial entrepreneurs ought to partake of the momentum in Indian VC funded firms.” 


Blume Funding Group (L-R): Karthik Reddy, Ashish Fafadia, and Sanjay Nath

The present Fund IIA portfolio consists of the businesses comparable to Unacademy, Gray Orange, Servify, Turtlemint, Dunzo, Purplle, IntrCity (Railyatri), Milkbasket, Tricog, and Cashify. It should find yourself investing in 10-11 firms as Blume reaches the top of the investing cycle for this fund this yr. 

Blume had marked the primary shut of Fund IIA at $22 million in H2 2018, collaborating in Collection B and C and D rounds in its star portfolio firms, since then. 

Karthik Reddy, Co-founder and Funding Group member at Blume Ventures, added,

“As many Fund I and II firms started to interrupt out, there have been two counter-intuitive tendencies that have been taking part in out. We have been taking part in a really energetic position in most of them even past Collection B – on boards and leveraging the highly effective Blume Platform Group, whereas we had little or zero reserves for any of those stars. Our LPs noticed the rationale and sponsored our alternative fund technique."

In response to Blume, by mid 2020, the whole Fund IIA will likely be deployed. 

(Edited by Evelyn Ratnakumar)


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