WickedGud, a D2C startup raises funds from bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty. The Mumbai-based WickedGud brand has raised Rs 2.25 crore from Shetty, further solidifying its position in the growing health foods sector.
This latest investment from Shetty, a serial start-up investor known for her healthy lifestyle advocacy, follows previous funding from Titan Capital, Mumbai Angels, NB Ventures, Dholakia Ventures, Venture Catalyst, and other marquee founder angels including boAt co-founder Aman Gupta.
WickedGud, established in 2021 by Bhuman Dani, Monish Debnath, and Soumalya Biswas, is on a mission to "unjunk" India, one kitchen at a time. The brand has seen a growth of over 300% in the past year, thanks to its healthy and tasty pastas and noodles that are 100% maida-free, 100% oil-free, and 100% MSG-free. Its products are made using wholesome, mom-approved ingredients such as atta, dal, chawal, chana, oats, and jowar, and are manufactured using innovative Steaming and Convection Air Drying (SCAD) technology.
WickedGud gained further exposure on Shark Tank India Season 2's grand finale episode, leading to successful expansion into international markets including UAE, Singapore, Mauritius, and Nepal. The brand's products can be purchased directly from its website (https://wickedgud.com/), and are also available on Amazon, blinkit, BigBasket, SwiggyInstamart, Zepto, and Flipkart, among others.
"We are thrilled to welcome Shilpa Shetty to the WickedGud family," said Bhuman Dani, Founder and CEO of WickedGud. "Her love for food and fitness aligns with our brand values and mission. We believe that her influence will help us reach a wider audience, promoting conscious consumption."
Shilpa Shetty expressed equal enthusiasm, saying, "We’re a family of food-lovers and are always looking for opportunities in the better-for-you indulgent food space. I tried the WickedGud Spaghetti and was not only impressed by the taste and health benefits, but also the fact that my kids loved it too. Grown ups liking it is one thing but when my kids lapped it up, I was sold on the idea. This inspired me to not only endorse the brand but also invest in it. I am excited to support WickedGud in their mission to unjunk India, one kitchen at a time."