April 15

Amazon Announces $250 Million Venture Fund for Indian Startups

By Manish Singh

Amazon on Thursday announced a $250 million venture fund to invest in Indian startups and entrepreneurs focusing on digitization of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the key overseas market.

The announcement comes at a time when the American e-commerce group, which has previously invested over $6.5 billion in its India business, faces heat from government bodies, and the small and medium-sized businesses that it purports to serve.

Through the new venture fund, called Amazon Smbhav Venture Fund, Amazon said it wants to invest in startups that focus on helping small businesses come online, sell online, automate and digitize their operations, and expand to customers worldwide. The company didn’t share the lifecycle of the fund (that is, how long it plans to take to run through $250 million).

Photo courtesy of Jon Russell.

Source: TechCrunch (link opens in a new window)

e-commerce, MSMEs, startups