Groww, an Indian startup that’s serving to millennials put money into mutual funds and shares, is in superior levels of talks to lift a brand new financing spherical at a $3 billion valuation, in accordance with six individuals accustomed to the matter.
The Bangalore-based startup is negotiating to shut a $250 million spherical, the individuals stated, requesting anonymity because the matter is non-public. The spherical might shut inside weeks, they stated.
Ordinary caveats apply: The phrases of the deal might change. The startup has acquired a number of termsheets — with comparable phrases — in current days. Tiger International, Coatue, and TCV have held conversations to guide or co-lead the spherical, individuals stated. And lots of together with Perception Companions have additionally explored funding, the individuals stated.
A spokesperson for Coatue declined to remark. Groww chief govt didn’t reply to a request for remark. Indian information outlet CapTable first reported about Groww’s upcoming financing spherical.
Groww is tapping into an enormous market. Greater than 200 million individuals in India transact cash digitally, however fewer than 30 million put money into mutual funds and shares. The startup permits customers to put money into mutual funds, together with systematic funding planning (SIP) and equity-linked financial savings, gold, in addition to shares, together with these listed at U.S. exchanges. The app presents each fund that’s presently accessible in India.
Traders’ rising push to again — or double down on — Groww follows a number of months of robust development. The Indian startup is presently on monitor to clock about $35 million in ARR, two individuals briefed on the determine stated. Groww, which counts Tiger International and Sequoia Capital India amongst its current buyers, was valued at $1 billion in April this yr and $250 million final September.
The startup can also be internally exploring enlargement into the crypto house, however hasn’t made a agency choice on when it plans to supply such buying and selling, one individual stated.
The brand new funding talks — and the surge in proposed valuation — additionally illustrate the extent of pleasure Indian startups have produced in current quarters. Greater than two dozen startups in India have grow to be a unicorn this yr, up from 11 final yr.
And that listing continues to increase. Indian esports agency Cellular Premier League stated on Wednesday it has raised new funds at a valuation of $2.3 billion. And Apna — which helps low-skilled employees be taught and discover new alternatives — and crypto buying and selling app CoinSwitch Kuber are additionally in talks to lift new rounds at unicorn valuations, TechCrunch has beforehand reported.