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NEW DELHI: Global early-stage venture capital firm (VC) Antler on Monday said that it is launching in India and plans to build more than 150 startups in the next four years, enabling more entrepreneurs to leverage their platform, support and global reach.

The India operations will start in Bengaluru and be led by Rajiv Srivatsa, co-founder of Urban Ladder, who is joining as Partner.

Antler plans to invest in up to 40 companies within its first year of operations in India through an India-dedicated fund. Additionally, it will expand to other major cities in India in the next three to five years, the company said in a statement.

The inaugural India program will kick off in Bangalore in the second half of 2020. The Antler program runs over a six-month period in two phases. The first phase is about building the right team with co-founders who have complementary skills. After the first phase of ten weeks, Antler invests in the strongest teams, who go on to the second phase to build and scale the startup.

“We believe the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem has massive potential.. We want to lower the barriers for exceptional people to start a technology company, regardless of their background or geography. Over the next 5 years, India is expected to be the third largest market and grow into a 5 trillion dollar economy, fueling a much higher growth for the digital economy. In addition, we want to provide India originating startups with Antler’s global platform to ensure startups from India can expand, scale, succeed and tap into expertise on a global level," said Magnus Grimeland, Founder and CEO of Antler.

Antler will collaborate with VCs, angels and work closely with corporate partners and functional specialists as mentors, to power the Indian startup ecosystem, added Rajiv.

Headquartered in Singapore, Antler already has a global presence in 11 locations around the world and has invested in over 160 technology-companies, making it one of the world’s largest early-stage investment platforms.

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