Bengaluru, 13 December, 2023 – Vegrow, India's leading B2B fruits marketplace, announced it has raised US$46M in primary and secondary funding. The new funding round is led by GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, with significant participation from existing investor Prosus Ventures, and continued support from Matrix Partners India, Elevation Capital, and Lightspeed. Avendus Capital was the exclusive financial advisor to Vegrow on this transaction. The funds will be utilized to drive Vegrow’s reach across India and fortify its global network.
Vegrow has established a strong presence in the fruits segment in India, which is a large, unorganized market that is poised for tech-led disruption due to its fragmented and localized operational structure and is characterized by the involvement of multiple intermediaries facilitating transactions. Vegrow’s competitive advantage is the depth of its multi-channel demand stack and its use of technology for demand-supply matchmaking. The company maximizes farmers’ income, by accurately grading produce and efficiently matching it with the most suitable demand channel. This creates a virtuous cycle, attracting more farmers through competitive pricing as well as more buyers, who seek consistency in both price and quality.
“Vegrow is the fastest agri-tech company to build a national presence, having done this within three years of its inception. Typically, it takes double the time to achieve this scale of operations.” stated Vegrow Co-founder, Praneeth Kumar. The company’s strategy marks a significant advancement in the efficiency and reliability of the fruit ecosystem. Over the past year, Vegrow has experienced a remarkable fivefold increase in revenue and achieved operational profitability. “At Vegrow, we distinguish ourselves from conventional operations, by creating an organizational ethos centered on agility and experimentation. Through the extensive utilization of data and technology, we provide valuable insights and optimize supply chain challenges, such as reducing perishable inventory wastage to only one-fourth of industry average, and consistently achieving industry-leading profit margins," added Vegrow Co-founder, Mrudhukar Batchu.
For GIC, Vegrow marks its first agri-tech and B2B investment in India. Vegrow leverages technology to create win-win outcomes for all stakeholders in the agri-value chain. The founders' extensive experience in the sector and demonstrated execution differentiates them, and GIC is looking forward to partnering with Vegrow in their next phase of growth.
Prosus Ventures believes Vegrow operates in an attractive sector and is creating a superior experience on both supply and demand side. The founding team has demonstrated strong execution capabilities and focused approach on profitability. Buoyed by the future growth outlook, Prosus Ventures has increased its ownership in the company. It looks forward to the next phase of growth.
"Vegrow is committed to making a positive impact for both farmers and the planet,” said Vegrow Co-founder, Shobhit Jain. "Our ambition is to establish ourselves as the undisputed leader in every fruit category, ensuring transparency and higher income for farmers, while also reducing carbon consumption through supply chain optimization. We are excited to work with GIC, whose long-term vision and reputed global network can contribute to building a company that will last generations. We are also grateful for the continued support from our existing investors. As we focus on long-term institutional development and enhancing value for all stakeholders, we are excited for what the future holds.”
Elevation Capital believes Vegrow has been able to drive substantial impact across the fruits and agri ecosystem within 3 years. Not only have they improved the quality of lives and earnings of farmers, but they have also demonstrated that technology, when implemented well, can be used to drive efficiency and scale in such decades-old supply chains. The journey so far has been fulfilling and Elevation Capital is excited to deepen this partnership further in this round.
For Lightspeed, it’s been great to partner with Vegrow on its mission to transform the agricultural value chain and B2B fruits marketplace through innovative technology. With a robust national presence and sustainable model, Vegrow has consistently empowered and added value for all stakeholders in the pyramid. Lightspeed is pleased to extend its support once again and deepen the partnership with Vegrow as it shapes the future of B2B agri-tech.
Established in 2020 by IIT alumni Praneeth Kumar, Mrudhukar Batchu, Kiran Naik and Shobhit Jain, Vegrow boasts a founding team with extensive agricultural expertise and significant exposure to hyper-growth marketplaces gained from their previous roles at ITC, Urban Company & Chronus. This blend of deep knowledge in the agricultural value chain, strategic product and tech thinking, and a shared passion for achieving a substantial impact on a large scale forms a formidable driving force within the sector. Leveraging a robust data-tech stack, the company prioritizes matchmaking between demand and supply and actively pursues innovation throughout the value chain. The company is supported by multiple investors including GIC, Prosus Ventures, Matrix Ventures India, Elevation Capital, Lightspeed and Ankur Capital.
"In complex supply chains there are so many issues that keep rearing their ugly heads. As Vegrow's early backers, we believed in the potential of a systematic, technology led approach in unlocking profit pools and addressing the challenges faced by perishable fruit supply chains. The Vegrow team's comprehensive understanding of the market and a robust tech platform has made good on their mission to drive impact for stakeholders across the value chain. We are overjoyed to have partnered with Vegrow on this journey." said Ritu Verma, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Ankur Capital.