BOX8, one of the India’s fastest growing food delivery startups has raised Rs. 7 Cr in venture debt funding from Trifecta Capital, in addition to Rs. 50 crores raised in series B round raised from IIFL Seed Ventures Fund & Mayfield.
Started by two IIT graduates, Amit Raj and Anshul Gupta, BOX8 is a full stack online food delivery player that specializes in preparing and delivering delicious Indian meals across Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru. It serves around 14000 meals everyday through a network of 65 plus stores.
“Venture debt is an excellent proposition; since it provides access to debt where traditional bank lending doesn’t participate, and does that without diluting equity, unlike venture capital. This will help us maintain a balance in our financial structure and at the same time, keep growing at a rapid pace,” said Amit Raj.
“We have been monitoring the online food delivery sector for almost two years. More than 150 start-ups were funded in this space and as a venture debt provider, it was important for us to wait until some clarity emerged on the business s that would survive. BOX8 has demonstrated ability to grow quickly with focus on Indian food and has established a strong value proposition proven by high repeat customer behavior. We are excited to be part of BOX8’s growth journey,” said Rahul Khanna, Co-founder of venture debt firm.
“The biggest benefit of this partnership is the profound experience and knowledge of the ecosystem that the Trifecta team brings in, we are aggressively looking at scaling up our operations and their expertise will be immensely helpful for us at this stage,” said Anshul Gupta.
With this venture debt, BOX8 intends to penetrate deeper into the existing three markets, forming micro catchments to enhance customer experience. They also plan to expand to new geographies using the same approach. Delhi operations are slated to begin in the next few weeks while Hyderabad and Chennai will follow later this year.
“We are very excited about expanding to Delhi. Starting with Gurugram, we would scale up operations in Delhi NCR in coming months. Mohit Surana, who established Bengaluru operations for us, has taken charge to build our business in Delhi NCR region,” said Anshul Gupta.
“Delhi and Gurugram, with other capital regions, is a huge opportunity area for us. We believe that our experience of last few years in the existing three cities have helped us derive the success formula, and now we will leverage these to establish our leadership in NCR,” said Mohit Surana, Regional Head, BOX8.
BOX8 remains focused on their underlying premise of becoming the leading brand in the space of Indian food delivery; a made in India enterprise serving the best that Indian food has to offer.
Trifecta Capital provides venture debt to new age businesses across different stages of their development. It was founded by Rahul Khanna and Nilesh Kothari, seasoned professionals with over 50 years of experience in venture capital, structured finance and operations. Trifecta Venture Debt Fund is the country’s largest Fund of its kind with a target corpus of Rs. 500 crores. Trifecta Capital differentiates itself in not only being able to understand business needs of its investee companies and suitably structuring its debt, but also in its ability to significantly leverage its investor network to create meaningful collaboration opportunities for its investee companies.