After Freshworks success, Accel plans a bigger India fund

After Freshworks success, Accel plans a bigger India fund

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Aditi Shrivastava

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Aditi Shrivastava

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The firm is moving ahead with its seventh investment fund, looking to maintain the pace of 2021 that saw a record number of new Unicorns

November 22, 2021

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When Accel invested $1 million in a fledgling Chennai-based startup focusing on software as a service (SaaS) in 2011, the segment was not considered a fast-growing business. 

In a decade, that cheque for Series A funding proved to be the best bet in India’s venture capital history and is now worth over $800 million. Accel’s pick was Freshworks (née Freshdesk), whose IPO debuted on Nasdaq this September.

Accel’s overall stake of 25% in the company post-listing, including shares held by its global growth funds, is worth over $2.5 billion. This was the first deal by Accel’s third India fund, which had raised $155 million in 2011. The shares held by this fund alone can fetch $1.26 billion.  

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