Sequoia Capital Aims To Raise USD 2.25 Bn Amid Funding Winter


US-based investment firm Sequoia Capital is reportedly raising new funds worth $2.25 billion from potential VCs in the funding winter. The firm is working on a new $1.5 billion US growth fund focused on more mature companies, reports The Information. The investment firm is also planning “a $750 million fund focused on earlier-stage deals,” and aims to close the new funds this month, the report mentioned, citing sources.

These funds are being called “sub-funds,” launched after the firm overhauled the structure for its US and European business. The new funds come as Sequoia Capital recently told founders that it was expecting a longer economic recovery. “With the cost of capital (both debt and equity) rising, the market is signalling a strong preference for companies who can generate cash today,” according to the VC firm.

Last month, Sequoia India and Southeast Asia raised $2.85 billion across a set of funds, including a $2 billion early-stage, venture and growth fund for India and an $850 million Southeast Asian fund, to help founders build companies from idea to IPO and beyond.

“This fundraise, which comes at a time when markets are starting to cool after a very long bull run, signals our deep commitment to the region and the faith our Limited Partners have in the long-term growth story of India and Southeast Asia,” the company had said in a statement.

Last year, India emerged as the third-largest startup ecosystem in the world, after the US and China. India currently has more than 100 unicorns. In 2021, Indian startups raised $42 billion across 1,583 deals, resulting in 42 unicorns. Southeast Asia, meanwhile, is on track to become a $1 trillion digital economy by 2030.

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