Giving back to the education ecosystem

Pioneering endowment funds in India

Globally, endowment funds have played a crucial role in strengthening an academic institution’s forte, such as in maintaining excellent standards in teaching, research, staffing, on-campus innovation and entrepreneurship and more. However, India’s education ecosystem, despite being a potent breeding ground for avant-garde innovation, has been alien to the concept of endowment funds, thereby never reaching its full potential.

At IvyCap, we have set ourselves on a mission to harness this untapped potential in college campuses across the country by enabling long-term endowment models. We helped create the structure and initial corpus for India’s first endowment fund at IIT Delhi with a target corpus of US$ 1 bn, launched by the Hon’ble President of India in October 2019. The endowment fund also became the passion for our alumni to create as much value for the IvyCap ecosystem and in return generating returns that could go back to their alma maters for further fueling Innovation and Entrepreneurship right on the campuses.

And we are on our way to enable more such endowment frameworks to be set up across other institutions in India. Our ultimate objective is to make the endowment system in India as robust as in the developed world and make our education system self-reliant. For IvyCap, a large part of the fund manager’s profits go back as endowments to various IITs.

The Endowment Anthem

Our investment philosophy

Creating value across the ecosystem

Our core philosophy lies in creating enduring value for all our stakeholders through capital and expertise, and is anchored on three key principles.

We nurture relationships

Investing in people

We firmly believe that it is the leaders who hold the key to avant-garde market disruption. Therefore, we invest in passionate founding teams with credible professional experience and strong academic backgrounds, helming highly scalable and innovative business models.

We believe in creating outliers

Investing across sectors

Stemming from our strong belief in people’s power to spark innovation & disruption, we invest in early to growth-stage start-ups (Seed Pre series A, Series A and Series B) that are building innovative technology-based products, services & business solutions and have a potential to scale, adapt and lead in a cut-throat market.

We are a sector agnostic fund with investments across sectors such as DeepTech, ConsumerTech, HealthTech, Fintech, EdTech, Saas, Enterprise Tech and others.

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We create meaningful impact while generating financial returns

Investing through the SDG lens

In today’s times, consideration of sustainability in investments is imminent. Our belief in the fact that Responsible investing can eventually create significant value for all stakeholders has led us to integrate Sustainable Development Goals as an integral part of our Investment Philosophy.

Our current portfolio companies have already started aligning the SDG’s in their business models and have identified indicators that they can use to measure and improve their level of sustainability.

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The IvyCap Advantage

Early start-up engagement for accelerated growth
Leveraging Global Alumni Networks

Harnessing the Alumni Ecosystem to create an Exceptional Advantage

IvyCap offers a unique platform with differentiated access to extremely high quality resources through its alumni ecosystem comprising of leaders from across the world from leading Indian educational institutes – IITs and IIMs. The Unique Alumni platform gives an edge in sourcing deals, finding right talent and mentors for our portfolio companies, extended support for exits through access to a vast international network of the Alumni.

Active Mentoring for Ground-up Innovation

Each start-up in our portfolio gets access to mentors who provide dynamic support for scaling up and help with strategy, coaching, capacity building, domain expertise, recruitment, go-to-market and more.

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IvyCamp - A Marketplace for Disruption

IvyCamp is our Startup engagement platform that connects Entrepreneurs, investors, institutions, and accelerators to aid entrepreneurs in building skills, accelerating their business, and connecting with investors.

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High-Quality Governance Structure

IvyCap at a glance

The defining moments in our journey
2011

IvyCap Ventures

Launch of IvyCap Ventures Advisors Private Limited
Outreach to 75,000 alumni of IITs
IIT Alumni Trust as Sponsor
Initiation of Endowment Model through Venture Capital Fund

2012

Mentor Trust

Mentor Trust was set up with marquee mentors who are leaders in their field from the world’s largest companies and institutions

2013-15

Fund I

IvyCap Ventures Trust Fund I(INR 240 crores) was launched and investment in 10 companies from 2013-15
Investment from India’s largest Institutional Investors

2015

IvyCamp

India’s leading AI based entrepreneurship engagement platform was set up

2018-21

Fund II

IvyCap Ventures Trust Fund II (INR 535 crores) was launched and investment in 23 companies were made from 2018-2021

2019

IIT Delhi Endowment Fund

Launch of India’s first endowment fund which was conceptualized and set up from 2015 to 2019

2020

Angel Fund

The IvyCap Ventures Angel Fund I (INR 60 crores) was set up and investment in 5 companies were made

2021

Fund III

Launch of IvyCap Ventures Trust Fund III (INR 1,500 crores)

Meet the team

The heads and hearts of IvyCap

Our team is headed by a strong team of four co-founders who lead key decisions and spearhead innovation in the firm.

Meet the team