Amid successful serial entrepreneurs like Ashish Kashyap and Kunal Shah raising funds for their fintech startups and redefining their early success stories, another serial entrepreneur, Shailaz Nag, is ready to explore the ecosystem.
Shailaz Nag, cofounder of PayU India, was associated with the company for eight years and led the global payments giant’s business in India. Prior to this, he was also a founding member at travel and hospitality Ibibo Group, which was later acquired by MakeMyTrip in 2016.
Nag announced his exit from PayU India in July and is now back in the ring with his new fintech startup DotPe.
The company registered in May 2019 is reportedly raising $5 Mn-$10 Mn. An ET report said that PayU, Fosun International, Info Edge and a few angel investors may invest in $10 Mn equity financing round in DotPe. Another Livemint report said that DotPe is raising $5 Mn from Naspers Fintech and a Chinese investor.
The round is expected to close over the next few weeks, the ET report said. DotPe is expected to be in the QR-based payments space.
Fintech Interests Of Serial Entrepreneurs
The fintech startup ecosystem in India has witnessed a serious transformation from 2014 to 2018. The total funding in this period surged 8.67x from $164 Mn in 2014 to $1.42 Bn in 2018. In the same period, the number of funded startups increased 3.43x from 30 to 103, according to DataLabs By Inc42’s “Fintech Outlook 2019: Addressing the Unbanked Indian” report.
Among funded startups, the funding in payments tech startup has been the driving force behind the growing venture capital confidence in the fintech sector. According to DataLabs, payments tech startups accounted for 55.5% of the total fintech investments between 2014 and 2018. The top three fintech sub-sectors — payments tech, insurance tech and lending tech — combined make up 85.7% of the total $6.97 Bn funding in Indian fintech startups in the same period.
To leverage this growing opportunity, in 2018, Ibibo founder Ashish Kashyap with Pratiksha Dake and Varun Bhatia launched INDwealth. It is a personal financial advisory agent, which offers advice across asset classes, loans, and tax management. The firm raised $30 Mn seed funding from Steadview Capital and another $15 Mn from Tiger Global.
Further, Freecharge founder Kunal Shah also launched Cred, a credit card bill payments startup. The company has raised $120 Mn from a bunch of existing and new investors such as Ribbit Capital, Sequoia Capital among others.
In recent years, the increased internet penetration after the advent of Reliance Jio along with the proactive approach of the government to increase digitalisation, the venture capital confidence in lending tech sub-sector has increased dramatically within the fintech sector, DataLabs By Inc42 noted.