Sachin Bansal’s fintech Navi seeks $2B valuation in its first main exterior fundraise


Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal is in talks to lift capital for his new startup, Indian fintech Navi. Bansal is speaking to traders to lift at a valuation of round $2 billion, three sources aware of the matter informed TechCrunch. One supply stated he’s trying to increase between $200 million and $400 million.

The Bengaluru-headquartered startup Navi has been largely self-funded to date — Bansal owns 97% of the corporate — and this might be its first giant outdoors fundraise because it was based in 2018.

Talks have but to materialize right into a deal, so the phrases, in addition to Bansal’s urge for food for outdoor funding, might change, the sources cautioned. A Navi spokesperson declined to remark.

Navi, which gives private and residential loans in addition to medical health insurance to prospects, has been via a number of monetary twists and turns. Navi initially needed to lift $440 million in a public itemizing, in keeping with paperwork it filed in 2022. With the IPO market in a droop, nevertheless, the startup deserted these plans final yr.

The funding deliberations level to a big shift within the enterprise market in India, in addition to an encouraging signal for fintech extra globally. After a very tough 2023 by which total startup funding fell 73% within the nation, this may very well be a sign that development stage funding rounds are again on the desk.

Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund ADIA is in talks to again Indian audio-storytelling platform Pocket FM, TechCrunch reported final month. Indian eyewear model LensKart, Temasek-backed shopper vitamin platform HealthKart, and bike-taxi aggregator Rapido are additionally in talks to lift new growth-stage rounds, Indian outlet Financial Instances reported Thursday. Khazanah, Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, is amongst traders that Swiggy-backed Rapido has engaged with in current weeks, one supply aware of the matter informed TechCrunch. 

India’s startup ecosystem noticed a steep decline in giant funding rounds final yr as international traders together with Tiger World and SoftBank decreased their investments, whereas home VC corporations shifted their focus to early-stage corporations, in keeping with a current Bain report.

The Reserve Financial institution of India’s regulatory actions lately have additionally impacted startups issuing playing cards and lending, additional spooking many traders within the fintech sector.

Below Bansal, Flipkart was a trailblazer for startups in India, elevating billions of {dollars} from a storied listing of strategic and monetary traders. He then left the startup in 2018 with a $1 billion windfall and opted for a bootstrapped method for Navi, which he based the identical yr.

Even when this may grow to be Navi’s first exterior increase, that doesn’t imply Bansal has not been speaking to events. As TechCrunch beforehand reported, the fintech spoke to potential traders, together with SoftBank, forward of its IPO submitting. These discussions stalled after Navi’s software for a banking license was rejected by the nation’s central financial institution, TechCrunch beforehand reported.

In current quarters, Navi has narrowed its focus. It bought its microfinancing unit Chaitanya India for $178.5 million in August as a part of a “strategic plan to give attention to our digital-first companies,” Bansal stated on the time.

In an interview printed by the Indian outlet Moneycontrol Tuesday, Bansal stated he would revive plans for the IPO, however solely in a “few months, as soon as we’re prepared.”

Bansal has additionally not given up the thought of turning Navi right into a financial institution. “For now, I’d say we now have parked them, till we see that it’s a risk once more sooner or later,” he informed the Indian outlet. “Then we’ll decide up once more when there’s some inexperienced mild from the regulator on the proper time.”