Verlinvest on board as anchor investor in Spring Marketing Capital’s maiden fund

Jan 16, 2020

Spring Marketing Capital will partner with certain venture capital firms to invest between $1 million and $2 million, and follow up to $3 million in select companies.

Spring Marketing Capital has roped in Belgian investment holding company Verlinvest as an anchor investor in its maiden fund.

The Mumbai-headquartered branding and marketing-focused firm, which will also invest in early-stage, consumer-facing startups, was launched last year by Raja Ganapathy, the former chief marketing officer of Sequoia Capital India, along with two seasoned advertising professionals — Vineet Gupta, ex-group chief executive of DDB Mudra and Arun Iyer, former chairman of Lowe Lintas.

Spring Marketing Capital’s debut Sebi-registered, Category-II fund, which has a target corpus of $30 million, also has other prominent investors, including Abhay Pandey, general partner at consumer-focused venture capital firm A91 Partners and Amrish Rau, former PayU India chief executive, as its Limited Partners.

“We back entrepreneurs who are creating a new consumer revolution by using brand as their main tool,” Arjun Anand, principal at Verlinvest, the investment holding company of the founders of global beverages giant Anheuser-Busch, told ET.

“We typically look for authentic and passionate brand stories, and highly entrepreneurial partners to work with. We saw a huge like-mindedness between what Verlinvest does, and what Spring Capital is doing with their maiden fund,” Anand added.