Qualcomm Ventures, the venture investment arm of US-based chip maker Qualcomm Inc which has a USD 150 million India-focused fund, expects 2017 to be a better year for the startup ecosystem, especially early stage companies. Also Read - Google gives another reason to consider Snapdragon-based Android devicesAlso Read - Snapdragon 778G launches for premium Android smartphones with support for 144Hz display
“2016 was the hardest year, and that is behind us. 2017 will be a better year. There was a crunch in investment dollars, especially Series C and Series D investments,” Varsha Tagare, senior director, Qualcomm Ventures India told. “Funding in early stage is not gone down, but there is more selective funding. What is needed is more well-defined companies after the early stage,” she said.
The USD 150 million fund will be our only funding vehicle for the venture firm, she said. She pointed out that the ecosystem in India is quite mature, as there are several early stage accelerators and incubators, attached to established educational institutes like IITs and IIMs as well as several corporations, including Microsoft, that have set up venture arms. Qualcomm has been investing in Indian startups since 2007 and more than 20 Indian companies, including Portea, MapMyIndia, Reverie Language Technologies, and Capillary Technologies, are part of its portfolio.
“We at Qualcomm primarily invest in technology companies, within which verticals like consumer, enterprise and healthcare technology look promising,” Tagare said.
Qualcomm also runs a global seed investment competition Qprize as part of engagement with early stage entrepreneurs. Globally, Qualcomm Ventures has over USD 500 million in assets under management. ALSO READ: Larry Paulson appointed as Vice President, President of Qualcomm India
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