Mr Ratan Tata has invested in over 30 start-ups. He is an industrialist, philanthropist, former chairman of Tata Sons who now serves as its Chairman Emeritus and a serial investor. Here are 19 start-ups from the technology industry that have received funding from him.
Paytm is one such company which achieved biggest success riding the wave of demonetisation. Mr Tata invested in March 2015 and picked up a stake in One97 Communications, the parent company of Paytm.
Ola is the Indian version of Uber and has a presence in almost all major cities in India. It provides cabs services to the customers ranging from economy to premium and from local to outstation as well. It got funding from Ratan Tata in July 2015.
Snapdeal another well-known e-commerce website in India is another company which received funding from Mr Tata and he invested around Rs. 5Cr at the time when Snapdeal entered into a venture with Tata Value Homes.
Zivame which is an online lingerie selling platform founded in 2011 by Richa Kar and Kapil Karekar raised a fund from Ratan Tata in September 2015. It has gained popularity and is well-known today.
Urban Ladder is an online furniture selling platform which is present in around 12 cities in India. Ratan Tata invested in it in November 2015.
CashKaro is another website which secured funding from Mr Tata in January 2016. It is a website dealing in coupons and cashback and was founded in 2013 by Swati and Rohan Bhargava.
Urbanclap is a website providing lifestyle services to consumers by collaborating with local professionals and delivering the services at home. It received funding from Mr Tata in December 2015.
Lenskart is a famous website selling eyewear products which secured funding from Ratan Tata in April 2016. Its popularity is also growing by leaps and bounds.
Cardekho is a website which helps in reviewing any car whether used or new and helps the customers in making the right decisions. It also received funding from Mr Tata.
Abara which is a digital cash transfer company based out of US also has Ratan Tata as one of its investors.
Dogspot is an online store for pet supplies for small pets like cats, dogs, birds, fish, etc. It is the biggest platform in India providing such services and as Ratan Tata as an investor in his personal capacity.
Kyazoonga is an online ticket booking platform which received funding from Mr Tata in 2016 and it was founded in 2007.
Firstcry also received an amount from Ratan Tata in 2016 and it is the largest Asian website for kids and baby products.
Bluestone is an online platform for buying jewellery and an amount was invested by Mr Tata in his personal capacity into it.
Lybrate was founded in 2013 and it helps in connecting patients and doctors all across India and also gives information about best medical practices. It also launched the services of getting the patients tested at home and then upload the result on its website. It secured funding of around $ 10 million from Ratan Tata in July 2019.
HolaChef which was founded in 2014 delivers ready to eat home-cooked food to consumers. Mr Tata invested in his personal capacity in it in 2015.
Ampere was setup by woman entrepreneur Hemlatha Annamalai and it sells electric vehicles like cycles, scooters, trolleys, etc. Ratan Tata invested in it as well.
GOQii is into fitness technology and is based out of California which sells bands that can monitor various parameters of body health. Ratan Tata made an investment in it as well.