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Mumbai, NFAPost: NSE Knowledge Hub and LetsVenture have today formalised a partnership to create high fidelity knowledge courses and insightful content covering the private markets.

The premium resources created on this platform will cater to individuals who seek to understand the dynamics of fundraising in the private market with a focus on angel investing, VC and PE fundraising, to start off with.

NSE Chief Business Development Officer Ravi Varanasi said via the initiative NSE intends to play a pivotal role in the Idea to IPO journey for entrepreneurs and investors and as the start-up ecosystem develops in India.

“There is an immediate need for awareness and structured learning around private markets from a practitioner point of view. NSE Knowledge Hub is a platform exclusively designed for financial learning and this partnership with Lets Venture will add immense value to the learners in the startup community” said NSE Chief Business Development Officer Ravi Varanasi.

Accredited investor

As an accredited investor,  investing in private markets creates a good way to diversify the overall investment thesis. However, India today has a very low ratio of investors compared to founders  – probably as low as  1:6. For this ecosystem to grow,  there is a need to create awareness and education around unlocking capital from accredited investors.

LetsVenture co-founder & CEO Shanti Mohan

Commenting on the initiative, LetsVenture co-founder & CEO Shanti Mohan said LetsVenture invested time into simplifying the understanding of angel investing. 

“In the last six years, we have conducted many masterclasses around early-stage investing. However, there continues to be a gap in structured content that allows UHNIs to understand private markets, how to make asset allocations as well as start investing.  Partnering  with NSE Knowledge Hub to create a formalised programme for high net worth individuals seeks to address this gap,” says LetsVenture co-founder & CEO Shanti Mohan

LetsVenture   is   today  India’s  largest   and   most   active   platform  for  startup fundraising across stages having facilitated  fundraising of over Rs 1,174 crore for 290+ startups since 2014. The LV Angel Fund AIF has over 800 SEBI-accredited investors and more than Rs 220 crore in assets under management

To  kick  off  the  partnership,  LetsVenture  hosted  its  day-long  Founders  First  conference  on  the  NSE Knowledge  Hub  on  August  29.  This  conference  saw  the  participation  of  India’s  best  investors  Rajan Anandan of Sequoia Capital India, Sanjay Nath of Blume Ventures, Anjali Bansal of Avaana Capital, Priya Rajan of Silicon Valley Bank, Hemant Mohapatra of  Lightspeed India Partners and founders of unicorn startups  like  Yashish  Dahiya  of  Policybazaar,  Abhiraj  Bhal  of  Urban  Company  and  Nithin  Kamath  of Zerodha.

Learning experience

NSE Academy Chief Executive Officer Abhilash Misra said NSE Academy is delighted to partner with LetsVenture and hope to build an enriching learning experience for learners in Angel / PE / VC investing space.

LetsVenture co-founder & CEO Shanti Mohan said going forward not only will we use the learning management system created by NSE Knowledge Hub to showcase short, medium and long courses.

“It will also leverage LetsVenture’s strong ties with the startup and investor ecosystem (in India & globally) to curate some of the best domain expertise for both investors and startup founders and make this the one-stop shop for all content related to India’s private markets,” added LetsVenture co-founder & CEO Shanti Mohan.

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