We Founder Circle (WFC), A global community of renowned founders and investor angels, has successfully invested in 30 startups across 10 sectors in the first year of its operation. We Founder Circle is a founders-led early-stage startup investment platform founded in Mumbai last year. Unlike other investors and investing platforms, We Founder Circle Directly connects entrepreneurs with potential investors who are interested in their startup and believe it to be successful in the future. These potential investors are also people who have been founders of successful startups themselves. WFC provides seed funding, business development, and global networking opportunities to startups as it believes early startups need support in other sectors too, in order to attain stability and scalability. This business model not only accelerates investments but also promotes founders-turned-investors to back budding entrepreneurs like themselves. The platform has been able to amass a total fund worth $12 million across the investment deals.
We Founder Circle has enabled the majority of their investments in the Consumer D2C Sector, followed by AgriTech, Fintech, EdTech, and other varying fields. The platform helps the investments through a strong network of over 2000 plus Angel investors across the world. Also, the brand is also prioritising empowering women entrepreneurs that are constituting around 30% of WFC startup portfolio.
Amit Tyagi, cofounder of iServeU Tech, Abhishek Gupta, CEO of APAC & ME, Turbotic, Dr. Aloknath, veteran technologist, Dravya Dholakia, founder of Dholakia Ventures, Siddharth Shah, MD of Rajesh Motors, Ankur Jain, MD of Eminent Hyundai, Hitesh Dhawan, Founder of Neuronimbus, Gaurav Juneja, Textile Entrepreneur Have been some of the top investors who have participated in multiple investments throughout this past year. 20% of the WFC
Amit Tyagi, Cofounder iServeU Tech, Abhishek Gupta, CEO APAC & ME, Turbotic, Dr. Aloknath, Veteran Technologist, Dravya Dholakia, Dholakia Ventures, Siddharth Shah, MD Rajesh Motors Ankur Jain, Eminent Cars, Hitesh Dhawan, Founder Neuronimbus, Gaurav Juneja, Textile Entrepreneur has been the top investors participated in multiple investments throughout the year. 20 % of WFC portfolio start-ups are are funded by these Unicorn founders. Moreover, 25% of WFC portfolio startups have female founders in CEOs.
“Raising and developing a start-up requires a lot of tangible and intangible support. While you are entering into entrepreneurship, you look for an investor that would understand the early hindrances, and mentor you sharing the same wavelength. WFC built this model to fill in the long-existing gap and mark its success, it today stands and proud, successfully closing 30+ investment deals in its first year of incorporation itself. The start-ups are seeing impressive growth and more than 25% of them raised their next round of funds within 6-7 months of investment with our help.” said Mr. Neeraj Tyagi, the Co-founder and CEO of We Found Circle.
Community Builder and one of the Co-founders of We Founder Circle, Mr. Gaurav VK Singhvi, has been spreading awareness about the angle investment and start-up mentoring start-up community across the country. He has taken numerous masterclasses on angle investment becoming the asset class investment in cities like Nagpur, Raipur, Surat, Vadodara, Jaipur, Dehradun etc.
On the success of the first-year operation Mr. Gaurav VK Singhvi, Co-Founder We Founder Circle said, “One of the primary reasons for this phenomenal achievement is the robust participation of investors from tier 2 and tier 3 cities. We have been able to engage HNIs and founder-turned investors from over 40 tier 2 and tier 3 cities in India. 70 percent of WFC angel investors are from these cities. We aim at bringing in at least 2000 more investors from tier 2 and 3 towns in the following year.”
“Within the first year itself, our investing platform has expanded its reach across 16 countries across the world. Despite the pandemic, we were able to attract angels from various geographies to partake in the startup investment deals. 15% percentage of the funds have been partakes in by foreign investors,” said Ms. Bhawna Bhatnagar, Head of Global Partnerships & Co-founder, We Founder Circle
We Founder Circle has taken a lot of strategic decisions to become the first investment platform to close 30+ deals in its first year of establishment. The recently launched global accelerator programme ‘EVOLVEX’ further accelerated the launchpad for the latest 6 deals in the last quarter of the running calendar year. The platform aims at bagging 60 deals (nearly double this year) in the upcoming year of 2022.