Major investment from US-based private equity into B2B Commerce in India, a $1 trillion market
Vora Ventures, a US-based private equity firm specializing in building B2B information technology companies today announced that it has acquired ShakeDeal, India’s first B2B bulk sourcing online marketplace for Industrial Goods, Supplies, and Raw Materials.
The investment will be used to support the ongoing growth and expansion of ShakeDeal into new vertical markets and product lines and to make it a preferred destination for businesses in India to purchase supplies, tools and raw materials.
“ShakeDeal is expected to grow at a significant rate, triggered by technology improvements to its proprietary sourcing software and by the addition of complementary services and products,” said Akshay Hegde, Co-Founder & Managing Director, ShakeDeal. “The traction gained in last 12 months is an indicator that demand for bulk sourcing, inter-state and global trading is set to increase multi-fold. This partnership unlocks an opportunity for ShakeDeal to introduce a sophisticated negotiating environment and state-of-the-art logistics management that benefits B2B buyers in India,” added Mr. Hegde.
“We are thrilled to have ShakeDeal as part of our portfolio, our first significant acquisition in India,” said Mahendra Vora, Executive Chairman at Vora Ventures. “We believe that the B2B market in India is poised for explosive growth supported by the recent liberalization of regulations and taxation by the Government. ShakeDeal’s established network, trusted brand and committed team will benefit from our global resources, strategic and infrastructural support and business development expertise as we expand into additional verticals over the next 12 months,” he added.
Vora Ventures’ group portfolio companies span B2B software, services, and infrastructure solutions, employing more than 2,000 associates worldwide. The acquisition of ShakeDeal boosts the Vora’s pool of intellectual property and brings together an exceptional leadership team. Vora owns one of the fastest growing B2B Procure-to-Pay provider Aquiire.com. Aquiire has traditionally focused on B2B commerce enablement market, including enabling marketplaces like ShakeDeal. With ShakeDeal, Vora enters into direct deals and transactions from just enablement and further strengthens its leadership in the B2B commerce.