An early-stage technology focussed fund, Silverneedle Ventures today announced the launch of their INR 100 Crore Fund. Their first investment is in the creator monetization platform Knorish. Silverneedle Ventures (SNV) has invested an undisclosed amount of funding in a Pre-Series A extension round of the startup.
The round is backed by marquee investors such as Andrew Holland, Bharat Serum Family Office, IPV, Mumbai Angels, and Jet Synthesys. Knorish is building the world’s most convenient platform for Creator Monetization through a sales funnel for online courses, webinars and memberships.
Silverneedle Ventures is a sector-agnostic early-stage technology fund that partners with entrepreneurs to increase their probability of success through an active hands-on approach. The fund aims to invest in Pre-Series A/Series A round of early-stage startups focused on B2B SaaS, Deeptech, Sustainability, and D2C/Consumer Internet, among a few other sectors.
Mr Ajay Jain, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Silverneedle Ventures said, “After the success of Xseed Partners, we have set up Silverneedle Ventures with a very strong and diverse team, bringing expertise in core areas of Startup business model. With our mentor-driven model approach, we will assign segment-specific experts across the globe, for the portfolio, so that each startup is taken on a growth trajectory. The SNV team is positive about success because of our previous investment track record & strong pedigree which holds us in good stead to not only source better but also to add maximum value to the startups throughout the journey. Our limited partners(investors) – be it individuals, family offices or fund of funds have the ability to fuel the growth for the startups.”
The fund is founded by Ajay Jain and Deepesh Agarwal who were also the founders of Xseed Partners. The team has a group of seasoned professionals who have invested in 30-odd early-stage investments & mentored numerous startups. The SNV team has run successful startups & has been part of the startup ecosystem as employees/advisors of incubators & accelerators. The leadership team is based out of Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, and California.
With the launch of Silverneedle Ventures, they have announced their first investment in Knorish. Knorish aims to utilize the fund by expanding and growing their business to new markets, while planning to onboard more creators and use the rest of the fund to enhance the tech ability. Currently, the startup has a team of 32 people in technology, sales, customer success, content designing, and marketing. The startup is tapping a market of 80 Million creators and knowledge professionals in India who can eventually convert their skills into a creator business.
Mr Kinner N Sacchdev, Co-Founder & CEO, Knorish on the funding announcement quotes “When the creators set on their monetization journey, their biggest challenge is not content creation or basic setup. The challenge, instead, is building sales funnels, which Knorish aims to solve. We are extremely excited to partner with Silverneedle Ventures and the team is already working harder towards closing our Series A round. ”
Knorish caters to 38,000 academies built by creators from 11 countries, impacting a million users in 45 countries. The goal is to actively acquire more customers from the growing global markets. The startup is founded by Kinner N Sacchdev (Co-Founder & CEO) and Rakhi Wadhwa (Co-Founder), serial entrepreneurs, who have previously led a leading consulting firm with Fortune 50 clients from the US, the UK, and the Middle East.
On the investment in Knorish, Mr Deepesh Agarwal, Founding Partner at, Silverneedle Ventures further said, “Our core team recognizes the increasing contribution of evolving sectors in the Global economy and the potential they offer via Startup investments. The team believes the creator economy stands at an inflection point, as content creators are moving beyond simply working with brands and evolving their businesses by adding numerous revenue streams. As a result, platforms are moving fast to build an increasingly multifaceted offering of opportunities. In turn, creators are leveraging these new tools to connect directly with fans and build their own communities. Knorish’s offering stands to benefit from this trend and has got off to a good start. We expect Knorish to build out offerings that will make it a critical omnichannel gateway for creators”.
“We’ll truly see a creator in every home at some point in the near future, and in order to enable millions of creators to live better lives with the newfound monetization, we need to train them, handhold them…. Monetization is just like any other skill, it can be learned. We are glad to have SNV as one of our investors, and looking forward to our partnership with them” said, Co-Founder & CBO of Knorish, Ms Rakhi Wadhwa.
About Silverneedle Ventures
Silverneedle Ventures is an India-focused venture capital firm which invests in early-stage technology-led businesses. They primarily focus on Pre-Series A/Series A rounds in B2B SaaS, Deeptech, Sustainability, D2C/Consumer Internet, and a few other sectors. They partner with entrepreneurs to increase their probability of success through an active hands-on approach. The fund is backed by marquee Indian and global investors which include LPs, Family Offices, Institutional Investors, and others. The approach is a mentor-driven model, wherein segment-specific experts (partners/advisors / LPs) across the globe would ensure that a startup is taken on a growth trajectory. The fund was founded by Mr Ajay Jain and Mr Deepesh Agarwal in the year 2022.
Knorish is a Gurugram-based Saas-based creator’s economy and monetization platform that is building the world’s most convenient platform for the Creator’s Monetization through sales funnels for online courses, webinars and memberships. The startup is founded by Kinner N Sacchdev (Co-Founder & CEO) and Rakhi Wadhwa (Co-Founder), serial entrepreneurs, who have previously led a leading consulting firm with Fortune 50 clients from the US, the UK, and the Middle East.