As passionate investors, we partner with pioneering entrepreneurs and companies to create leaders of tomorrow.

Who we are

Your Growth Specialists

Bertelsmann India Investments (BII) is the strategic investment arm of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA in India. We focus on investing in pioneering companies in the digital, education, media and services sectors, which are developing new technologies, business models and visions of the future. We focus on early stage, as well as growth stage investments.


Bertelsmann is at the forefront of shaping the digital revolution. At BII, we partner with digital companies through investments, know-how and global connections to build the leaders of the future.


At Bertelsmann, we believe that the education sector is ripe for innovation by creating new business models. At BII, we partner with such innovative education companies to build the leaders of tomorrow.


Bertelsmann believes in creativity being at the heart of value creation. No other company today has a greater variety of media content and platforms. At BII, we partner with new age media companies to build global products and platforms for the future.


BPO services has been a core business for Bertelsmann for the last 50 years. At BII, we partner new age service companies that can benefit from our global outreach to become leaders of tomorrow.

How we invest

We value your creativity

  • You have a product and want to make it dominant.
  • You have established revenue streams and want to institutionalise them.
  • You want to build sales & marketing excellence and prepare for the next phase of growth.
  • You want to expand internationally.

Why us

We believe in long-term partnerships

The BII team has extensive operational and investing experience in India and internationally. Being part of the global content and service powerhouse, we at BII add strong value and are a long-term partner to our investee companies.

Bertelsmann Group

A leading media, services and education company

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Domain Experts

Strong operational expertise and sector knowledge

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Global Network

Home to a strong network of funds with around 100 holdings

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Our portfolio


Making Global IVY education accessible to the world.
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Technology enabled budget hotel chain
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India's leading online lending business
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UGC focused social network
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Kartrocket / Kraftly

India’s leading seller enablement platform
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Where Indians shop for their homes
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India’s leading real estate marketplace offering a one stop shop for total home buying experience
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India’s music streaming service
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Leading Global Education Technology Provider
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Pioneer in career-ready and industry relevant formal education
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Early to mid-stage, India focused venture fund
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The only fund focused on investing in human capital transformation in Asia
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Early stage venture capital fund
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We are eager to hear your story.

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Meet the team

India Advisory Team

Pankaj Makkar

Managing Director
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Pranjal Kumar

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Rohit Sood

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Rohit Nuwal

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Chinmay Kamat

Senior Associate
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Rahul Hirawat

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Richa Sharma

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Umang Daga

Senior Analyst
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Sai Chakradhar Araveti

Senior Analyst
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Dhruv Jain

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Rachit Kuchhal

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Liza Baweja

Office Manager
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Yogeshwari Chawla

Senior Executive
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India Investment Committee

Thomas Rabe

Chairman and CEO, Bertelsmann

Shobhna Mohn

Executive Vice President Growth Regions, Bertelsmann

Joern Caumanns

Executive Vice President Mergers & Acquisitions, Bertelsmann

Jessica Nathmann

Senior Vice President Corporate Controlling and Strategy, Bertelsmann

Bettina Wulf

Senior Vice President Corporate Legal, Bertelsmann


BII in the news

Press Releases
August 30, 2018

Bertelsmann India Investments launches India’s first growth-focused Podcast ‘Building It Up with Bertelsmann’

Bertelsmann India Investments (BII), the strategic investment arm of the Germany based Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA, launched its first podcast ‘Building It Up with Bertelsmann’ focusing on the growth-pangs of a start-up.
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Press Releases
January 11, 2018

Lendingkart Technologies raising over US$87 million (INR 565 crores) in Equity Funding

With this new round of funding, the company’s cumulative equity and debt raising will exceed US$ 173 million (INR 1129 crores). The funds from this round will enable Lendingkart to further strengthen its technological and analytics capabilities.
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Press Releases
September 13, 2017

Bertelsmann Tops Up Investments in Indian Digital Companies

Bertelsmann is stepping up its activities in India with follow-on investments in two digital startups: The international media, services and education company is participating in a $34-million round of financing for Treebo, an online marketplace for budget hotels, and in a round of approx. $10.5 million for the fintech company Lendingkart.
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Bertelsmann Badminton Championship

The Bertelsmann Badminton Championship is a unique event that strives to unite the marquee Venture Capitalists and other such investors in India to compete against each other, providing a sportive and enriching networking space where VCs sweat up for a change.

In 2017’s edition, we had participation of 25+ funds and 50+ venture capitalists and colleagues from the ecosystem. The tournament was won by Kalaari Capital team and runner ups from Info Edge.


Honest, candid and to-the-point…Building It Up with Bertelsmann is India’s first business podcast that focuses on entrepreneurship and growth-pangs of a Start-up. Listen to leaders of the start-up community share what goes behind taking a company from 10 to 100 and how to solve some of the biggest growth challenges.
After all, they’ve been there, done that!

Latest Episode

Ashwin Ajila and Pankaj Bansal on the big billion opportunity of solving India’s employability problem

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Contact us

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Bertelsmann Corporate Services India Pvt. Ltd.

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A-1 . Sector 125 . Noida – 201301
Tel.: +91 (0)120 4517413