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Venture Highway merges with Silicon Valley's General Catalyst to bolster focus on Indian startups

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Venture Highway merges with Silicon Valley's General Catalyst

New Delhi-based Venture Highway has announced its merger with Silicon Valley's venture capital firm General Catalyst. The merger aims to expand General Catalyst's presence in India by investing $500 million to $1 billion in the country. 

The development will see Venture Highway rebranded as General Catalyst India, with its operations and investments continuing under the new name. Neeraj Arora, Venture Highway's founder and former WhatsApp CBO, and Priya Mohan, its General Partner, will lead the efforts in India.

What does the merger mean for Venture Highway’s investments?


Founded in 2014, Venture Highway has been a key early-stage investor in several successful Indian startups, including the social commerce platform Meesho and the B2B marketplace Moglix. 

Despite the merger, all of Venture Highway's portfolio companies will continue to be managed as before, albeit under the General Catalyst brand.

The combined entity will look at Venture Highway's existing portfolio for potential follow-on investments. Most of the capital from Venture Highway's third fund has already been deployed, and future investments will be made through General Catalyst.

Investing up to $1 billion in Indian startups

General Catalyst, which manages over $25 billion in assets globally, plans to invest between $500 million and $1 billion in Indian startups over the next three years. The strategy spans early- and growth-stage investments across various industries.

“Combining our US seed team with Venture Highway in India and La Famiglia in Europe, we are committing deeply to becoming great at supporting the world's best founders at the earliest stages…The combined capabilities of the two firms will allow us to be much more hands-on and effective going forward in India. I am especially excited about bringing our co-creation capabilities to India.” said Hemant Taneja, CEO of General Catalyst.

Focused on key global markets

The merger with Venture Highway is part of General Catalyst’s broader strategy to deepen its roots in key global markets.

The move follows a similar strategy employed last year when General Catalyst merged with Berlin-based venture firm La Famiglia to strengthen its presence in Europe.

General Catalyst has a track record of investing in India, with notable investments in fintech unicorn CRED, used car marketplace Spinny, and healthtech startup Orange Health. The firm’s approach includes developing industry-specific incubation and partnership strategies to build large enterprises from India for the global market.

The latest merger positions General Catalyst as one of India's largest venture capital firms, alongside firms like Lightspeed, Accel, and Nexus.

According to General Catalyst, The merged entity will play a significant role in amplifying the Indo-US-Europe collaboration in AI, technology, industry, and talent. The firm will also develop industry-specific incubation and partnership strategies to build large enterprises from India for the world.