vRddhi is a unique venture accelerator platform launched by SPJIMR’s Centre for Family Business & Entrepreneurship-the pioneer in management education directed towards family businesses in India.
The accelerator is based on the insight that while many family businesses (especially small and medium family enterprises) and startups lack funding as well as managerial inputs and insights, there are others that can step in to provide not just financial capital but also network capital, engagement capital and the emotional quotient capital required by the former.
Indeed, in 2021, the World Bank estimated the credit gap for Indian MSMEs – mostly family businesses – at US$ 380 billion, a need that cannot be met by financial institutions alone.
vRddhi is an idea born out of this insight and seeks to connect family businesses that are fund seekers with those that are fund providers. It will work as a funding accelerator exclusively available to SPJIMR’s alumni and participants belonging to the CFBE.
In doing so, it seeks to strengthen the family business ecosystem, which is the backbone of the Indian economy, contributing to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employment, exports, and foreign exchange for India, Family Businesses are also the crucible of innovation in the business landscape of India. Through vRddhi, SPJIMR’s CFBE will offer a curated platform to help family businesses and startups achieve their dreams of growing their businesses beyond traditional boundaries.
Applicants need to complete a standard template containing quantitative and qualitative details in the form of an Executive Summary.
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Due Diligence involves a detailed analysis of information provided by the applicant. The platform will seek further information from the applicant and other stakeholders at this stage. Templates for such information will be shared with applicants (who have cleared Stage 1) separately. Due diligence of debt funding would be done by the Vriddhi team.
Turnaround time for debt funding proposals- 10 days
Mentoring involves one-on-one structured sessions with a Principal Mentor from vRddhi. Programme participants will be provided detailed inputs on several aspects of their business at this stage.
The institute will have no legal liability towards either the fund seekers or fund providers. SPJIMR resource persons will act as mentors and advisors and SPJIMR CFBE will provide the platform to connect fund-seeking family businesses with fund providing family businesses.
FMB Alumni (as well as GYB and SYB alumni) have several new ideas for expanding their businesses, many of which die a natural death due to the operational demands and exigencies of the family business which they belong to. vRddhi- SPJIMR’s Accelerator platform offers an opportunity for the alumni to bring these ideas to life through a curated programme where the well-formed ideas of the alumni find backing from providers of funds with detailed inputs from SPJIMR faculty and mentors. It will help them to address the aforementioned challenges, especially that of funding and attracting top managerial talent.
FMB alumni /current participants who seek funds and managerial expertise and FMB Alumni who wish to invest their surplus capital and time for mentoring
Benefits for family businesses Highly deserving growth-oriented business plans can get fully executed with the right amount of funding and managerial expertise. Access to both debt and equity funding Advice to fund-seekers on the right kind of funding options to be sought Access to EQ Capital, Network Capital, and Engagement Capital, besides Financial Capital for fund-seekers An accomplished team of mentors comprising faculty members with industry experience, as well as industry experts Exclusive access to one-on-one mentoring by dedicated mentors on the financial and deal structure for seeking funds, planning, and structuring business growth Additional mentoring on aspects such as market fit, pricing etc. may also be provided to fund-seekers, if they so desire Dedicated access to fund providers through a Pitch Day event held every month to connect family business fund seekers with interested family business fund providers. Family businesses in one part of the country can find strategic and operational synergy by investing in other family businesses. Strengthens the family business eco-system, which represents patient capital and entrepreneurship
Pre-requisite for Fund-Seekers Must be growth-oriented businesses, with clear evidence of growth over the last 2-5 years Seeking funds and managerial expertise Should be ready with their business plan for a detailed and multi-level evaluation cum due diligence. Should be transparent about their transactions, since this would be a must for external investors Should be willing to provide timely detailed reports of fund usage The business form must be either that of an LLP, LLC, or Pvt Ltd. Company for equity funding. Proprietorships or Partnership firms cannot qualify for SPJIMR’s Venture Accelerator for such funding. In case of debt funding, partnerships may be considered. Pre-requisites for Fund Providers Need to specify the nature of involvement sought- whether insisting on stake dilution, stake dilution with or without board participation etc. Should be willing to invest time and effort in going through several proposals and insist on due diligence in fund usage
Evaluation and scrutiny of fund-raising proposals by experts. Exclusive access to investors from the Alumni network and angel investors Support in preparing the Pitch Deck including mentoring. Providing EQ Capital, Network Capital, and Engagement Capital through the FMB ecosystem, together with Financial Capital The accelerator other than helping Fund Seekers would also provide advisory services to FMB alumni to help them set up Family Offices or set up Investment vehicles, help in succession planning (trust formation, setting up a wealth team etc.). The platform would also guide participants in Group Structuring.
1.Call for fund-seeking proposals
2. Evaluation of proposals
3. Mentoring the vetted proposals (1-4 months)
4. Facilitating the pitch
Call for funds commitment from individuals/ FBs regarding funds announcement of the closure of funds. Provide details of funding opportunities to investors/ investor groups. Organise PITCH DAY, a platform for investor-investee meetings. Record deployment of funds.
Through Vriddhi, fund seekers can ask for funds in the form of debt as well as Equity. However, the nature of deployment of funds would be arrived at after the evaluation of proposals by the Institute as well as through mutual discussions.
The program duration is anywhere in the range of 1 month to 4 months depending on the nature of funds sought to be raised by the applicant. Typically, proposals seeking debt would be ready for presentation to fund providers, after mentoring, in 30 days. Those who are seeking equity participation from fund providers would need to invest up to 2 months for completing the detailed due diligence and valuation of their proposals, followed by 3-4 months of mentoring.
Fund seekers need to submit proposals for a minimum fund raise of Rs.25 lakhs. Fund seeking proposals below this amount shall not be entertained by the Institute.
No. SPJIMR encourages family business applicants from any sector to apply for fund raising through the Vriddhi Accelerator Program.
Interested participants need to pay a sum of INR 10,000 with every application. The application shall be in a standard format. Once the application is formally accepted by the Institute, the applicant must pay a sum of INR 50,000 -1,00,000 for scrutiny and due diligence of their debt proposals. In the case of proposals seeking equity funding, the amount would be determined on a case-by-case basis. The Institute shall declare a list of successful applicants whose proposals have cleared the requisite scrutiny and due diligence. Those who are accepted/enrolled into vRddhi shall pay a sum of INR 1 lakh for proposals involving debt funding and INR 5 lakhs involving equity funding. At each stage, GST shall be extra and charged as applicable.
Yes. Proposals seeking funds in the form of debt are eligible for the program provided they fulfil all the conditions stipulated by the Institute for the programme.
The Institute shall organise a Pitch Day whereby the fund raisers shall be given an opportunity to present their detailed fund-raising plans to the potential fund providers. These presentations shall be one on one meetings arranged by the CFB&E. Once fund providers confirm their acceptance of a proposal, there is a binding agreement between the fund seeker and the fund provider. The Institute shall facilitate this agreement process only with the mutual agreement of the concerned parties. The Institute will bear no liability to either party under any circumstances.
Inputs on preparation of financial plans and projections. Inputs on presentation during the Pitch Day. Inputs on market segmentation, pricing, and marketing strategy (if desired by the fund seeker)
vRddhi is headed by Dr. Tulsi Jayakumar, Executive Director of the Centre for Family Business & Entrepreneurship and Professor of Economics, SPJIMR. Resource persons for the programme, who would act as principal mentors include:
Mr. Shivkumar Mani, Visiting Faculty (Service Elective), SPJIMR
Mr. Farzan Ghadially, Visiting Faculty (Finance), SPJIMR
The vRddhi accelerator platform makes all efforts to prepare the participants for raising funds successfully during Pitch Day. However, there could be occasions during Pitch Day, where the fund providers may not proceed with the funding as desired by the fund seeker. On such occasions, the Institute may favourably consider engagement extension on a case-to-case basis. The fees are non-refundable and form a part of the training and will be like a pseudo preparatory course for all candidates, thereby positioning for future funding of the business on an ongoing basis.
vRddhi is curated in a manner that the participants get a holistic approach to executing their business plans beyond the immediate purpose of raising funds for the business. The mentoring stage achieves this purpose for all the participants. vRddhi culminates as an accelerator platform once participants complete the mentoring stage. Mentoring will be a compulsory process and will help bridge the gap between seekers and providers. The time spent on each case can be considered mutually between the mentor and the seeker, depending on the level of preparedness shown by each seeker.
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