If there were any lingering reservations about Venture Catalysts’ status as India’s leading and fastest growing seed investment and innovation platform, they can now be put to rest. In a major move, the platform has announced the expansion of its operations into the city of Bangalore by opening a regional centre. The development is in line with VCats’ vision of creating an interconnected and integrated pan-India start-up support and investment ecosystem, and marks a significant step forward in revitalising the country’s entrepreneurial landscape.
The launch of VCats’ Bangalore centre, which will be headed by Mr. Poornima Shastry, was also marked by an Investor Pitch Day. Upcoming ventures, including four curated start-up – Flickstree, Coutloot, Rizort, and Yumlane – showcased their USPs in front of over fifty prominent angels at the event. Seasoned business doyennes who participated in VCats’ Investor Pitch Day included Sailesh Tulshan (Founder, TSai Capital) and Sheeba D'Mello (Investment Principal, Axilor Ventures).
Speaking on the announcement, Dr. Apoorv Ranjan Sharma, Co-founder & President, Venture Catalysts, said, “We are committed to providing emerging start-ups across the country with the resources and guidance they need to grow and achieve success. Expanding our operations into Bangalore, which is home to the maximum number of start-ups in the country, is a major step forward towards achieving that vision. We are confident that this development will allow several high-potential and disruptive ventures in the region to benefit from the domain-specific expertise that VCats enables.”
Mr. Poornima Shastry, Head – Operations, VCats Bangalore, added, “Venture Catalysts has already established itself as a game-changer in the Indian entrepreneurial landscape. With several promising ventures from across the country a part of its investment portfolio, the platform has been promoting entrepreneurship and fostering innovation throughout India. I am delighted to be a part of this vision and eagerly look forward to play my part in enabling greater growth for Bangalore-based start-ups.”
VCats Bangalore will focus on tech, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, education, and FMCG, identifying and nurturing emerging start-ups in these sectors. The launch of a regional centre in Bangalore will allow start-ups in and around the city to benefit from the platform’s expertise in investment, business networking, mentoring, co-working, and technology.