Orios Venture Partners launches initial fund

Orios Venture Partners has raised Rs. 300cr for its first venture capital fund. The focus is on tech entrepreneurs based in India.

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National, August 19, 2014: Indian early stage investor Rehan Yar Khan today launched his first Venture Capital fund Orios Venture Partners with a Rs. 300cr corpus to back technology entrepreneurs that are building the next generation of Multi-Billion Dollar Companies from India. Orios will invest in early stage companies from Seed to Series A and Series B with investments ranging from Rs. 50L to Rs. 20cr in key growth sectors like India internet and B2B Software Products for Global markets.

Rehan is a leading early stage investor with many successful Global Indian software companies to his credit. Since 2008, Rehan has invested in 19 companies of which 15 companies from his portfolio have seen successes and remarkable growth including Druva, OlaCabs, Jigsee (VuClip), Unbxd and PrettySecrets. Consistently Rehan has played a pivotal role in scaling companies by mentoring them to expand to developed markets with global operations and teams in Silicon Valley. Notable amongst them has been Druva, his first such investment, which is currently valued at over Rs. 1000cr.
Having been entrepreneurs themselves for over two decades, Rehan and his team know the challenges of running profitable businesses and the distraction of managing investors. Setting benchmarks in the investment industry, Orios Ventures has rewritten/amended traditional investment terms with the aim of providing entrepreneurs with the friendliest terms in the industry to ensure they can focus on their business.

“It is very hard to find investment partners who share the same enthusiasm and belief in your brand. Orios do exactly that and contribute far beyond capital. PrettySecrets would not be the brand it is today without their strategic advice and guidance” said Karan Behal, founder of PrettySecrets

Commenting on the launch, Rehan Yar Khan, Managing Partner, Orios Venture Partners said,”Orios Venture Partners extends my work since 2008 of backing these entrepreneurs not just with capital but more importantly with strategic and operational guidance to build rapidly growing business and emerge as market leaders in their domain. Today the Indian Internet is witnessing phenomenal growth which will see over half a billion people online by 2020 and over hundred million people shopping online providing a ready opportunity for dynamic entrepreneurs to cater to these growing needs.”

Orios Venture Partners comprises of an eminent advisory board of industry veterans who bring with them deep industry knowledge including Rajan Anandan (Managing Director, Google India), Anupam Mittal (Founder and CEO of People Group which owns businesses such as Shaadi.com) Shujaat Khan (Blue River Capital) and Raj Chinai (Harvard Angels). Each Board Member is both an active investor and a prominent leader from the India Internet and Software arena, whose advice and guidance will bring tremendous value addition to the fund’s investing, business strategy and entrepreneur mentoring process.

Backing Orios Venture Partners is a strong ten member team, comprising of a seasoned investing team many of whom have worked with Rehan for close to a decade.

About Orios Venture Partners
Established in 2014, Orios Venture Partners is a Rs. 300cr Venture Capital fund investing in early stage Indian Online Consumer Businesses and Software Product Companies. Having built businesses themselves, Orios comprises of a seasoned investing team who bring deep domain expertise in strategy, execution and fundraising acting as a “co-founder” to help entrepreneurs realize their vision and build companies that emerge as leaders in their respective domains. Orios aims to be India’s most entrepreneur friendly fund and partners of choice in their growth journey.

About Rehan Yar Khan
Rehan Yar Khan is Managing Partner of Orios Venture Partners. Bringing over 20 years of experience both as an experienced entrepreneur and six years as an investor, Rehan has successfully led over 15 early stage investments as Seed, Series A and Series B investor in companies like Druva, Olacabs, Reach Accountant, Sapience, Pretty Secrets, Jigsee, Unbxd, DocSuggest, IndiaCollegeSearch and Snapion which have grown substantially over the years. He is currently part of 7 boards as a member/ adviser/observer. Rehan is a founding member of Indian Angel Network’s (IAN) Mumbai Chapter, IAN’s past board member, a TiE Charter Member and a honourary member of Harvard Angels and led their initial investment in India. Prior to Orios, Rehan was an entrepreneur for over 20 years and built 3 successful businesses.

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