India opens its doors for M12 venture fund

With the launch of an office in Bengaluru, M12, the Microsoft venture fund, has announced its local presence in India.


The office is looking to invest in B2B-software startups across the region in the areas of Applied AI, business applications, infrastructure, security, and cutting-edge technologies. M12 is seeking to invest both local and cross-border solutions into disruptive enterprise software startups in Series A through C funding.

The new bureau represents a step in the long-term commitment of M12 to the startup ecosystem through venture capital in India. The area is mainly attracted by the comprehensive technology and business skills of the world-class engineering schools in India and essential R&D centers. 

Since 2019 M12 has already invested remotely in India; its portfolio includes leading categories like Innovaccer and FarEye. In 2019 the Fund hosted an event-sponsored summit in Bengaluru, where leaders from startups and risk capital funds shared their ideas on technology trends.


About Microsoft

For the age of the intelligent cloud and the creative edge, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) facilitates the digital transition. It has the task of empowering all individuals and organizations on earth to achieve more. In 1990, Microsoft established its Indian operations. In the 11 Indian cities of Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune, today, Microsoft employs more than 11,000 employees and provides them with work from home jobs. Microsoft is concerned with marketing, advertising, research, growth, customer services, and support.


What is M12?

M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, invests in Series A through C funding stages of multinational software companies focused on advanced IC, industrial applications, infrastructure, security, and state-of-the-art technologies. M12 offers unique access to strategic resources and relations globally as part of its added value to portfolio companies. M12 is headquartered in San Francisco, Seattle, London, Bengaluru, and Tel Aviv.


India Lead for M12

Abhi Kumar, India’s M12 leader, said: “Typically, we see the most significant hurdles on the startup journey as they range from local success to global challenges, and then again as they become category leaders. Bright, deep organizational power, proven expertise, GTM relationships, and foreign investors need all inflection points. M12 is proud to be located in the area together and to provide insights and tools to help fintech companies in India manage these interface points successfully.

Upon investment, M12 portfolio startups will be able to continue to partner with the Portfolio Management team of the Fund to unlock growth opportunities. Portfolio companies actively benefit from connections to go-to-market resources of Microsoft, access to Microsoft technology and internal thinking leaders, co-marketing opportunities, and commitment to product integration teams.

M12 has invested in 90 companies since it was established in 2016. A financial and founding fund, M12 maintains a technology-agnostic investment approach. The worldwide team of 27 has decades of investment, product innovation, business growth, marketing, R&D, and entrepreneurship experiences. As part of their investment, M12 investors take board seats to provide active support and loyalty to entrepreneurs.

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