Mr. Rata Tata, the chairman emeritus of the Tata Group, has invested over dozens of startup. According to many Startups in India, the main aim of Mr. Ratan Tata is to approach the Startup more of a mentor/adviser rather than a financial investor.
Mr. Ratan Tata Invested in the company, mainly due to his Intuition. There are following pieces of advice to the young entrepreneurs who want to start the Startup in India.
- You have a fire in the belly to find an unexplored area. This is an essential trait of young entrepreneurs.
- Take calculated risks
- Enjoy the journey
- Transition is important
- Be optimistic at heart
Now let’s talk about the Startup in India, where Mr, Ratan Tata invested money to boost its growth as a mentor and financial investor.
Snapdeal emerged as an e-commerce startup in India, which was started by Rohit Bansal and Kunal Bahl in February 2010. It is a company that directly connects buyers to the sellers.
The company headquartered is in New Delhi having millions of products from international to regional brands. It has become one of the largest online e-commerce marketplaces in India. Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons funded Snapdeal in the year 2014.
Paytm has started its journey as an Indian e-commerce payment system startup in India. It was founded by Vijay Shekhar Sharma in August 2010. Paytm meaning Pay through mobile and pronounced similar to ATM.
Initially, it was started as an app to recharge Mobile and DTH but now Paytm has started Paytm bank licensed from RBI. Paytm has also started the Paytm mall to connect buyers and sellers on the online platform. The company Was funded by Mr. Ratan Tata in the year2015.
Curefit is a health care startup in India that is founded by Mukesh Bansal and Ankit Nagori in 2016. The company Was provided funded by Mr. Ratan Tata in the year 2017. Cure.fit currently working in 4 business verticals. These are
- Mind.fit:- mental wellness programs
- Cult.fit:- physical wellness programs like weight lifting, martial arts, Zumba, yoga, and boxing
- Care.fit:-Provide access to trained healthcare professionals.
- Eat.fit:- Provide curated meals for weight loss or weight gain journey.
Read More: Best Edtech Startups In India
Ola electric is an Electrical vehicle branch of Ola startup in India. Ola was founded by Bhavish Aggarwal on 3 December 2010. Mr. Ratan Tata funded the Ola Electric in 2019 due to its vision of electrifying the existing Ola cab in India.
It was started as an online cab aggregator in Mumbai, now It offers services that include economic to luxury travel of people. Ola Electric a sub-branch of ola is working on electrifying the existing fleet of cabs and scooters. The valuation of Ola Company is about $10 billion in October 2019.
CarDekho is among the early startup in India Related to the Automobile sector in India. CarDekho was launched by Amit Jain and Anurag Jain in 2008. Mr. Ratan Tata funded the startup in 2015.
CarDekho works directly with car and motorcycle manufacturers and helps its users with car research, insurance, finance, used cars buying and selling with the best possible deals given to the customer through its exclusive tie-ups with car manufacturers, insurance, and finance companies.
Repos energy was an e-commerce doorstep diesel delivery Startup In India. Repos Energy was launched by the couple, Aditi Bhosale Walunj and Chetan Walunj in the year 2017.
It uses cloud technology, the Internet of Things (IoT), and easy payment methods for doorstep type delivery models of fuel. Repos energy was funded by Mr. Ratan Tata in the year 2017, which produces over 3,000 mobile petrol pumps this year.
Mr. Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, has funded the Holachef, a Startup In India. Holachef. It was launched in the year 2014 by Anil Gelra, Gaurav Srivastava, and Saurabh Saxena.
Holachef is a Mumbai-based online marketplace for chefs that offers chef-crafted meals and food services to consumers.
FirstCry is an Indian online Startup for baby products and maternity products in India. The company was launched by Mr. Supam Maheshwari and Amitava Saha in the year 2010.
Ratan Tata has made a personal investment and funded the Firstcry Startup in the year 2016.
The company had over 380 stores across the country in January 2020, out of which around 350 are franchise stores, making is “Asia’s largest online shopping store for kids & baby products.”
Lenskart startup is an online retailer for eye-related accessories in India. It was started by Peyush Bansal, Amit Chaudhary, and Sumeet Kapahi in the year 2010. Mr. Ratan Tata has invested in Lenskart and funded it in the year 2016.
Lenskart Solutions Pvt. Ltd is an online retailer that sells eyeglasses, contact lenses, sunglasses, and eyewear accessories to consumers in India.
Nest Away is a Bangalore-based online home rental startup In India. It was funded by Ratan Tata in the year 2016.
NestAway was started by Amarendra Sahu, Smruti Parida, Deepak Dhar, and Jitendra Jagadev in 2015.
The startup turns unfurnished, unbranded houses into fully-furnished, and managed apartments. Then the houses and apartments are provided to the verified tenants at affordable prices in India.
Urban Ladder is a furniture related Startup in India. The Startup was launched by co-founders Ashish Goel and Rajiv Srivatsa in July 2012.
Ratan Tata funded the Urban Ladder startup from his wealth in the year 2016. The urban ladder currently offers over 1,000 products across 25 categories in furniture such as wardrobes, sofas, beds, coffee tables, and dining tables.
UrbanClap is an online service provider startup in India, that directly connects Services people such as a cleaner, plumber, electrician, and many more to the customers.
The company was founded in the year 2014 by Abhiraj Bhal, Varun Khaitan, and Raghav Chandra. Urban Clap gets funds from Mr. Ratan Tata in the year 2015.
The Startup aims to create new jobs for skilled service professionals and create a new breed of micro-entrepreneurs in India.
Dogspot startup is an online platform for pets in India. The company was founded in 2007 by Rana Atheya.
The startup received funds from the Ratan Tata in Jan 2016. The Indian Pet Care sector sees huge growth and transformation, that will help petcare startup to grow and sustain in India.
Dogspot sells Pedigree, Eukanoba, Royal Canin, Hill’s, Whiskas, and many other brands for pet animals.
In 2020, Ratan Tata has invested an undisclosed amount in the Generic Aadhaar which is a pharma related startup in India.
Generic Aadhaar startup was founded by 16 years India’s youngest Entrepreneur Arjun Deshpande.
Generic Aadhaar source generic drugs directly from the manufacturer and providing it to the retailers and customers across India. The startup follows a Pharmacy-aggregator B2B2C model business model.
Zivame is an online lingerie shopping platform was founded by Richa Kar in the year 2011.
Ratan Tata funded this startup in the year 2015. Zivame has become a big name in the Indian lingerie market where women can purchase lingerie from a wide variety of collections.
Zivame takes away the awkwardness of Indian females by providing an online portal, where women can purchase lingerie from a wide range of collections.
Bluestone startup is a Bengaluru-based portal for jewelry in India. Mr. Ratan Tata Invested in the Bluestone Startup just after his investment in Snapdeal in 2016.
The startup was started by Gaurav Singh Kushwaha in the year 2011. Currently, Bluestone has 5000 unique design of Jewelry for the customers in India. Bluestone predicts the high growth of jewelry consumption in the Indian Market.
Infinite Analytics is a predictive marketing and analysis startup in India. It was started in the year 2012 by Indian born MIT alumni Purushotam Botla and Akash Bhatia.
Mr. Ratan Tata funded the Infinite Analytics startup in the year 2015.
The Startup specializes in Deep Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics. The startup merges the data from multiple sources (customer demographic data, third party data, loyalty program data, transaction data, open data) to create a 360-degree view of the user. The main goal of the startup is to increase revenues for clients.
Lybrate is an online healthcare startup In India. Mr. Ratan Tata Invested about Rs 64.8 crore ($10.2 million) to the startup in July 2015.
Lybrate is founded by former professionals from Facebook (Saurabh Arora) and Snapdeal (Rahul Narang) in the year 2013.
The Lybrate provides mobile and PC-based platform service, which allows patients to connect with the doctor online through a video call or schedule an appointment and can get information about medication.
GOQii is an Indian startup related to healthcare, which helps in tracking your steps, sleep, and any physical activity.
The startup was started in February 2014 by former Indiagames CEO Vishal Gondal. Ratan Tata funded the startup in the Year 2018. GOQii app can integrate with 35 major fitness bands including Jawbone, Misfit, Garmin, Fitbit, Moov, and Sony.
The users have to decide on a goal and choose a coach to guide them in the application for the betterment of health.
Ratan Tata funded the Tork motor in the year 2019. First, Mr. Tata’s office representative visited the (Tork’s) factory, understood the concept, evaluated the product, and had ridden the (electric) motorcycle.
After this Mr. Ratan Tata decided on investment. In September 2016, Kapil Shelke founded Tork Motors in Mumbai.vThe startup said that its first product, T6X electric motorcycle, is powered by a lithium-ion battery capable of providing a range of 100km in a single charge and can be charged up to 80% in an hour.
Ratan Tata has invested an undisclosed amount in Tracxn in the year 2016. It is a startup in India for intelligence and market research platform.
Tracxn was started in 2013, by ex-investors Neha Singh (ex-Sequoia Capital) and Abhishek Goyal (ex-Accel Partners).
Tracxn leverages intelligent data analytics and a sector-focused analyst team to help venture global capital funds, corporate development, private equity firms. The strategy teams of Startup track the dynamic startup market in the world and identify interesting investable companies and upcoming sectors.
Crayon Data startup was Founded by Srikant Sastri and Suresh Shankar in the year 2012. Crayon Data is a data startup with a global vision to ‘simplify the world’s choices’. Its product Maya is a personalization engine that facilitates choice delivery for the banking, hotel, and digital media verticals. In 2018, Mr. Ratan Tata funded the Crayon Data Startup.
YourStory Is an online media Plateform related Startup in India. YourStory startup was started by started Shraddha Sharma in the Year 2009 as a blog. Ratan Tata funded this startup in 2015. Now, YourStory has emerged as a voice for the unknown startup in India.