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Jungle Ventures raises $240 million for Southeast Asia tech category leaders

Some of Jungle's investments in India include Livspace, Moglix, PaySense, Engineer.Ai, Tookitaki, Klinify

Amit & Anurag

Jungle Ventures, one of Southeast Asia’s largest early-stage venture capital firms, has announced that it closed its third fund, Jungle Ventures III. Some of Jungle's investments in India include Livspace, Moglix, PaySense, Engineer.Ai, Tookitaki, Klinify.

The firm raised a total of $240 million, which includes $40 million raised in separately managed account commitments, for investments in innovative technology and digital-driven consumer businesses across Southeast Asia.

Jungle raised more than double the amount of its previous fund, Jungle Ventures II (2016), with nearly 60% of committed capital coming from outside Asia. More than 90% of the capital came from institutional investors spanning North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia, with new investors accounting for nearly 70% of the fundraise and returning investors for the rest.

Investors range from endowments, funds of funds, and development financial institutions to strategic family offices and leading technology players. Investors include DEG, Germany’s development finance institution; IFC, a member of the World Bank Group; Bualuang Ventures, a corporate venture capital fund of Bangkok Bank; Dutch development bank FMO; Cisco Investments; and Singapore’s Temasek, among others.

“Our team is honoured to have received such enthusiastic support from our investors,” said Amit Anand, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Jungle Ventures. “Our understanding of growing consumer demand in Southeast Asia gives us an unmatched advantage as we deploy early-stage investment capital to businesses with enormous growth potential.”

“The traditional view of Southeast Asia is that it’s a fragmented region of countries with more differences than similarities,” explained Anand. “Thanks to rising internet penetration, demographic shifts and mobile-technology adoption over the last decade, the region is now home to a fairly homogenous addressable market of more than 250 million cyber-sophisticated young people comparable to any ‘developed’ market. We saw the tide shifting and focused on companies that demonstrated an early leadership position in one market,” he said. “Then we supported these companies with capital, expertise and resources to help them become regional category leaders.”

Jungle Ventures was the earliest institutional investor in a number of category leaders in Southeast Asia, including: travel and hospitality startup RedDoorz, which in August announced a $70 million series C funding round; fashion e-tailer Pomelo Fashion, which announced a $52 million Series C funding round in September; and Kredivo, Indonesia’s largest online consumer lending and payments platform, which raised $30 million in series B funding last year.  Jungle also won the AVCJ 2018 Deal of the Year for early stage technology for leading a $60 million investment in Deskera. Jungle Ventures III has already invested in Sociolla, KiotViet, WareSix and Engineer.ai.

“We’re proud of our track record of recognizing, investing in and supporting high potential companies from the region,” said Jungle Ventures Co-Founder and Managing Partner Anurag Srivastava. “Seven of our early stage investments from our second fund, Jungle Ventures II, have grown to over $2 billion in portfolio valuation, up more than 10-fold over the last 4 years. This is noteworthy because we make only 10 to 15 key investments in each fund and no single company is responsible for delivering a disproportionate share of this growth,” added Mr. Srivastava.

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