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Exclusive: Food-tech startup Holachef raises additional funds

01 December, 2017

Mumbai-based food delivery startup Holachef Hospitality Pvt. Ltd has raised fresh capital through a mix of equity and debt, a person with direct knowledge of the development told VCCircle.

Holachef has raised Rs 8.95 crore ($1.38 million), the person said. About Rs 2.94 crore was through equity from a clutch of individual investors and corporate entities, including Rajasthan-based software publishing and consultancy firm IPI Technolab Pvt. Ltd.

Innoven Capital, the venture debt arm of Singapore state investment firm Temasek, has pumped in Rs 6 crore, the person added.

It was, however, not clear whether the equity financing was a top-up to the $4.8 million Series B round. If so, it would take the total Series B round to $5.25 million.

Email queries to Saurabh Saxena, the CEO of Holachef, seeking more information on the development did not elicit any response till the time of publishing this report.

Holachef was launched by Saxena and Anil Gelra in 2014. It delivers ready-to-eat home-cooked food to consumers. It has in-house chefs who prepare signature dishes, which include Indian and global cuisines, besides desserts, beverages, munchies, and soups and salads. Currently, Holachef operates only in Mumbai and caters to over 100 pin code areas.

In June 2015, Holachef had raised Rs 20 crore in a Series A round led by Kalaari Capital and India Quotient.

The food-tech sector was largely ignored by investors through the major part of 2016 after numerous startups, such as TinyOwl, had to shut shop, while well-funded larger players like Foodpanda ran into rough weather. But the sector seems to be back in the limelight with Swiggy and a bunch of smaller startups getting funding recently.

Several food-tech startups were also forced to down their shutters recently with Yumist being the recent casualty. This throws up some very pertinent questions as to whether the sector can really make a comeback or is there a second wave of consolidation in the offing.

However, according to a recent TechSci Research report, India’s food-tech market is estimated to grow at a compound annual rate of over 12% during 2016-21.

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