Clay Capital Unveils FundingKart – India’s Widest Debt Marketplace for Startups and SMEs

Clay Capital

Clay Capital, an international investment banking firm with operations in India, UAE, and USA, announces the launch of The FundingKart. This platform is set to revolutionize funding for mid to mature startups and SMEs by providing the widest range of debt funding options in India.

The FundingKart aims to address the challenges posed by the current funding winter, characterized by a slowdown in equity investments and valuation difficulties. Startups that emerged in the 2021 phase have often found their go-to-market (GTM) and business growth strategies stifled by the high cost of capital. With equity investments slowing down, many founders face unexpected valuation declines or have had to delay their equity raises.

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Recognizing the need for alternative, non-dilutive funding, Clay Capital developed The FundingKart, a debt marketplace featuring over 30 customized, structured debt solutions. This platform, launched earlier this year, is designed to be stage-agnostic and sector-agnostic, offering comprehensive funding solutions with contributions from more than 75 institutional lenders across India, UAE, and the USA.

The FundingKart is set to raise approximately ₹1500-2000 crore in Series A fundraising FY24-25 for mid to mature startups, with an average mandate size of $5-$15 million. The platform supports fundraises starting from $1 million, with a promise to startups: “Show us an ARR of at least $2 million and we will guarantee a fundraise.”

Clay Capital plans to bolster the ecosystem with upcoming launches of unconventional startup M&A platforms and equity fundraising platforms aimed at democratising Series A fundraising with a network of micro VCs.

By this approach, Clay Capital promises to provide much-needed support to startups, enabling sustainable growth and stability in a challenging financial landscape.

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