Orios Venture Partners

Funds managed

Fund nameAsset ClassLicense
Orios Select Fund IEarly stageSEBI AIF Cat 1
Orios Venture Partners Fund
Early stageSEBI AIF Cat 1
Orios Venture Partners Fund IEarly stageSEBI AIF Cat 1

About the AMC

  • Orios Venture Partners is an early stage VC firm. 
  • Their team consists of a mix of entrepreneurs and those with consumer operating experience to help early companies in scaling up operations, hiring, marketing and building a brand story.
  • They have been venture investing since 2008, first as private investors and then as Orios from 2013.
  • They are part of two unicorns and several other investee companies.
  • Some of their investments include, PharmEasy, Zostel, Country Delight, Boonbox, Moneyonclick, Pretty Secrets, Go Mechanic and Intelligence Node.
  • They’ve had two exits – Sapience exited to Credit Suisse and Pipemonk acquired by Freshwork.
  • They run a program named #Misfits that invests $50k to $1.5 mn in founders.
  • Some of the eminent mentors of this program are, K Ganesh (BigBasket), Deep Kalra (MakeMyTrip) and Anupam Mittal (Shaadi.com) amongst several others.

Key staff

  • Rehan Yar Khan (Managing Partner)- Rehan has been an entrepreneur since 1992 and has built 3 companies. He leads investments in consumer Tech. At his last company Flora2000, which he founded in 2004, he gained insights into digital marketing and complex operations. He brings his 25+ years of experience to his investments. Also, he is the founder of the Indian Angel Network’s Mumbai Chapter, co-founder of Harvard Angels India, a TiE charter member and on the executive council of Indian Venture Capital Association (IVCA).

Investment Philosophy (for firm)

  • Focused on the tech opportunities in India.
  • They look to back innovators that have ideas and the potential to disrupt the traditional ecosystem or the path less travelled.
  • They invest in startups that are B2B, B2C, in the software space and hold the investments long term for 10-15 years. 

Media

Title: News & Press, Orios Venture Partners

https://www.oriosvp.com/news-press

Interesting articles and interviews on their official website.

Title: Rajeev Suri as the Managing Partner, Source: VCCircle, Date: 03 September 2019

https://www.vccircle.com/orios-venture-partners-elevates-rajeev-suri-to-managing-partner/

Title: Orios MD on missing good investment bets, Source: TOI, Date: 23 December 2019

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/my-list-of-misses-is-longer-than-hits-md-orios-venture-partners/articleshow/72930175.cms

Title: Orios Private Equity (Fund II), Palico

https://www.palico.com/funds/orios-venture-partners-fund-ii/221f4e2031ba4799a3509e50bea4bbd7

Title: Orios on founders’ expectations, Source: Business Today, Date: 27 September 2019

https://www.businesstoday.in/current/corporate/founders-now-expect-more-than-just-funding-from-vcs-says-orios-venture-partners/story/381636.html

Analyst questions

  • Why is there no mention of the funds by Orios on the website? What’s the size of these funds?
  • In one of the interviews by Orios it was stated that founders of startups expect more than just funding, in what way does Orios add value apart from investing capital?
  • Is #Misfit the only way a startup willing to associate with Orios gets mentored or are there any other direct ways?
  • Where do you see Orios VP in the next five years?

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