Auntie Fung’s Secures Angel Funding Of INR 3.35 Crore From IAN And Others
The round also saw participation from Lead Angels, Lets Venture, and Chandigarh Angels.
Bengaluru-based QSR startup Auntie Fung’s has recently raised INR 3.35 crore in an angel round led by India Angel Network. The round was led by angel investors Anjali Malhotra, Ajay Rajgarhia, and Nitin Jain. The round also saw participation from Lead Angels, Lets Venture, and Chandigarh Angels.
Previously, the startup had raised seed funding from marquee investor Mr. Raja V, Former Vice Chairman & MD of Philips India and Former President & CEO of GE Healthcare, India.
Auntie Fung’s plans to use majority of the freshly infused capital to open new cloud kitchens. The remaining will be used to build back-end capability around supply chain and technology, hire key talent from the culinary world, and build brand awareness.
Symbolizing Asian essence in its true sense, Auntie Fung’s was born to bring rich, flavourful Asian street food to mainstream India in a healthy, hygienic, quick-service format. The brand is the brainchild of Subhradeep Bhowmik and Satrajit Das. Their passion for food and hunger to build a brand at scale in the Asian street food space prompted them to quit their cushy, corporate jobs and plunge into the world of entrepreneurship. Thus, they started Auntie Fung’s in 2015.
Today, the brand is bridging the gap by operating in the pan-Asian QSR and cloud kitchen space. Being an omni channel brand with a strong focus on food delivery-only, Auntie Fung’s has its presence in Bengaluru and Delhi-NCR. After the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, the company was able to quickly pivot its model - that helped it bounce back strongly and reach pre-Covid revenue in 6 months and has grown consistently from thereon.
Speaking on the development, Subhradeep Bhowmik, Co-Founder of Auntie Fung’s said, “During the new normal, we were quick to adapt to delivery model and are looking at scaling up via cloud kitchens and delivery model for the next 12-15 months. We have adopted a cluster-based approach that helps us getting rich with dividends as we further penetrate other locations in Bengaluru and Delhi-NCR. This fundraise will enable us to strengthen our technology backend and streamline our supply chain.” In this regard, Satrajit Das, Co-Founder & COO of Auntie Fung’s added, “Our cloud kitchen will help us provide a differentiated product offering with fast scale-up and depth of reach. In the last six years, the company has been able to build a sustainable venture. This latest investment further asserts investors’ confidence in our value proposition and growth potential in the upcoming years.”
Further adding, Ajay Rajgarhia, Lead Investor at IAN said, “Asian street food is a worldwide phenomenon and celebrated for the electrifying experience it provides to consumers. Chinese and Asian cuisine has a market share of 21.2%, which is the 2nd highest among all the cuisines in India. It’s great to see how Auntie Fung’s integrates the rich, flavourful Asian street food to mainstream India in a healthy, hygienic and quick service format. Since its inception in 2015, the brand has been quick to penetrate the hearts of consumers. The Founders are on their path to take the brand to new heights, and we wish them good luck for the future.”
“Getting Pan-Asian Street Food at an affordable price was always a task and Auntie Fung’s is here to bridge the gap. Auntie Fung’s has managed to create standardized processes and consistency in taste across their outlets, which has helped them get loyal customers. The Indian Cloud kitchen market is expected to grow five-fold from 2019 to 2024 to reach $ 2 billion and we expect Auntie Fung’s to grow even faster and become a brand to reckon with” said Manish Johari, SVP – Lead Angels
Within the umbrella of Asian cuisine, the company wants to explore different pockets of opportunity and build an innovation pipeline for its consumers with Bao, Sushi, and other upcoming food choices.
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