100X.VC onboards CA Utpal Doshi as Partner- Corporate Venture Capital to scale CVC practice in India
Early-stage venture firm 100X.VC on Tuesday announced the appointment of its new partner, CA Utpal Doshi. He has been onboarded as Partner, Corporate Venture Capital. Utpal, a seasoned tax and finance professional, with an experience of over 20 years, will bring to the table his expertise of working closely with startups as an angel investor for international and domestic corporate clients.
Over the years, corporate venture capitals have become a major source of funding for startups. Among startup funding, CVC deals in Indian startups have seen a 27% average annual growth rate with Reliance, Tata, Aditya Birla and Mahindra’s leading the foray in startup investments. These corporations are strategically investing in firms that are building allied technologies or working in adjacent sectors to create an ecosystem of related services for inorganic growth.
Utpal’s expertise lies in advising on strategic expansion and exploration of new markets which are at the core of CVC practice. Through Corporate Venture Capital services, 100X plans to unlock strategic, financial and technological ROI through access to credible deal flow with the long-term objectives of the corporates.
On Utpal’s appointment, Ninad Karpe, Partner at 100X.VC, said, “Utpal comes with a mix of experience in the finance and investment ecosystem. We are delighted to have him on board. At 100X.VC, we are excited to see him steer the next phase of growth for the organization and expand our scope of investment areas.”
Utpal Doshi, Partner, Corporate Venture Capital, 100X.VC said, “ Today corporate venturing is providing enterprises a new and more robust mechanism to stay ahead of the curve. I am excited to help corporates discover credible deal flow where 100X.VC dominates. I look forward to work with the management and corporate development team to discover the right alternatives for corporate venturing strategy”
With the appointment, Mumbai-headquartered 100X.VC now has six partners; Sanjay Mehta, Ninad Karpe, Yagnesh Sanghrajka, Shashank Randev, Vatsal Kanakiya and Utpal Doshi. 100X.VC is a leading venture capital firm that invests in early-stage startups across India. It is the first VC firm to use India SAFE (iSAFE) notes for providing seed funding to bootstrapped Indian startups. 100X.VC has recently increased its cheque size to Rs 1.25 crore, per investment, in exchange for 15% future equity. The new investment terms are applicable for all founders applying for Class 08 onwards.
100X.VC is India's first early stage venture fund to invest in early-stage startups using iSAFE (India Simple Agreement for Future Equity) Notes. 100X.VC is a SEBI Registered CAT I AIF, Investment Adviser and the first Institutional Investor in its portfolio companies. 100X.VC has so far invested in 80 startups which have gone ahead and raised upwards of ~60 mn (~450+ crores) cumulative funding from VC funds, HNIs, Angel Networks and Family Offices.