Colruyt Group India's marks its first deep-tech investment


Early-stage venture capital fund, pi Ventures said it has raised Rs 22 crore ($2.7 million) from Colruyt Group India.

Colruyt Group India is an engineering arm of Colruyt Group, a Belgium-based retail corporation. In India, it operates an information technology and consulting related practice.

The fundraise at pi Ventures, a firm focused on artificial intelligence (AI) and deeptech startups, has helped it nearly hit its final close in the range of Rs 675 crore to Rs 750 crore, founding partner Manish Singhal told ET.

Pi Ventures had announced its first close of Rs 303.5 crore ($40 million) in January 2022, with funds coming in from venture capital firm Accel, entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals and family offices. The second fund was launched in March 2021 with a base target corpus of Rs 675 crore ( including a green shoe target of Rs 750 crore.

Founded in 2016 by Singhal, pi Ventures closed its Fund I of Rs 225 crore ($30 million) in 2018. The first fund exceeded its target and was oversubscribed and had backed 15 deeptech startups including breast cancer screening solution Niramai, codeless AI infrastructure for growth marketing Pixis, mental health services chatbot Wysa, and space tech startup, Agnikul.

“Our association with Pi ventures is most opportune as we strongly believe in the digital possibilities where we ourselves are the biggest consumer of tech,” Hari Subramanian, managing director, Colruyt Group India and partner, Korys Investments India, added.