About Astarc Ventures - Astarc Ventures

About us – Astarc Ventures

Established in mid-2015 , Astarc Ventures is promoted by the Astarc Group. It is an early stage investment fund which aims to partner with new age startups to help them grow into market leaders of tomorrow. We want to leverage our years of operating business experience across multiple industries and geographies to help startups grow quickly and sustainably.

The fund has 2 themes of investment focus – Strategic Themes which are aligned with core businesses of Astarc Group and Sector Agnostic Themes where we invest in upcoming areas of business and technology. While the fund is setup out of Mumbai (India), we work with entrepreneurs spread across all geographies.

Our Investment Philosophy

Sector Agnostic Themes

These are forward looking themes where we believe, large businesses can be built in the next decade because of new technology and fundamental shifts in consumer preferences and lifestyles.

  • Vertical AI – Applications solving industry specific problems using Artificial Intelligence (and its family of algorithms)
  • IOT – Both Hardware and platform plays to enable data gathering and rapid decision making across consumer hardware, manufacturing units (Smart Factories) to improve the manufacturing throughput, improve compliances and reduce costs
  • Consumer Tech – Very broad in outlook – This could include anything which improve consumer lifestyles
  • Fin-Tech – Companies which improve access to finance for all sorts of consumers, SMEs etc. or bring efficiency in existing financial institutions
  • B2B Businesses – Right from supply chain efficiencies to improved sales / marketing platform , HR , Financial accounting or anything which improves either Top line or Bottom line for businesses

Strategic Themes

These investment themes are based on Astarc Group’s existing business operations and future growth plans. You can read more about the Astarc Group here. Some of the themes include (but not limited to )

  • Printing Tech – 2D, 3D , Screen Printing, Handheld printing etc.
  • Auto-Tech – Auto Parts, Consumer Facing Applications
  • Agri Tech – Fertilizers, Seeds, Micro Nutrients, Organic Pesticides, Insecticides, Crop Yield Enhancers, Irrigiation Techniques, Storage and Warehousing, Distribution channels, Agri Financing , Ecommerce, Farm Equipments etc.
  • Real Estate and Construction Tech – Pre Fabrication, Design Optimization and Visualization, Sustainable construction, 3d printing, Consumer real estate ownership / rental models, New Age Brokerage, Sales and marketing platforms.

Stage and Geography

We are flexible in our approach to partnering with startups. While we prefer to come in as early as possible , we could invest anywhere from Seed stage to Pre Series A, Series A , B stages.

We are geography agnostic in our approach. It depends on the target market , our market knowledge and our growth plans. We majorly focus on India, Israel , US and UK.

Ticket Sizes and Time Horizon

Ticket Size : We invest anywhere from $50,000 to $1 Million into a single company.

Time Horizon : This is a major source of advantage for us, being promoted by Astarc Group- we are what market calls as patient capital. While we do try and exit our investments in 5-7 years, we are not in any obligation to exit our position pre maturely and partner with the entrepreneurs as long as necessary

Collaboration

The nature of our fund allows us to both lead the investments and co-invest with other funds in syndicate rounds.

LP Investments : We also partner with multiple funds across the globe as LPs to make investments