Bengaluru-based Startup Zetwerk Enters Unicorn Club After Raising USD 104 Mn


Bengaluru-based manufacturing and supply chain services startup Zetwerk is raising INR 780 Cr (approx $104 Mn) in a fresh round of funding. 

According to regulatory filings accessed by Inc42, the upcoming Series E round will be led by US-based investment firm D1 Capital Partners, who will be allotted 18,637 compulsory convertible preference shares (CCPS) for INR 372 Cr. Lightspeed Venture Partners, Accel India, Greenoaks, and QED Innovation Lab will also participate in the round, according to the filings.

Zetwerk had closed its Series D round in February this year, raising $120 Mn from Greenoaks and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Sequoia Capital India and Kae Capital had also participated in the round, which had taken the startup’s valuation to $600 Mn.

According to sources within the company, Zetwerk has entered the unicorn club with this funding round. Zetwerk is the 24th Indian startup entering the unicorn club in 2021. In August alone, five other Indian startups have entered the unicorn club besides Zetwerk — CoinDCX, Eruditus, upGrad, Mindtickle, and BharatPe. 

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Founded in 2018 by Amrit Acharya, Srinath Ramakkrushnan, and Vishal Chaudhary, Zetwerk is a manufacturing services platform that connects manufacturing companies with vendors and suppliers for customized products, industrial machine components, and other equipment.

While on the supply side it works with manufacturing businesses and companies, on the demand side, Zetwerk is associated with mid to large companies across industries. It also offers warehousing and supply chain solutions to these companies through managed inventory services. Its customer base includes Tata Steel, Delhi Metro, BHEL among other major industrial and manufacturing companies in India and Southeast Asia.

Among B2B manufacturing and marketplace players in India, Zetwerk is on track to be the fifth unicorn after the likes of Udaan, Infra.Market, Moglix, and OfBusiness. While these startups cater to similar categories of businesses, their B2B solutions range from marketplace models to procurement to contract to manufacture. 

In terms of competition, Zetwerk does not have a direct competitor in the Indian market but competes with global majors such as Capgemini-owned Altran, US-based Bright Machines, Danish manufacturing services company OnRobot and others.

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