After Ratan Tata, now Premji Invest funds Lenskart; co has raised Rs 714 cr so far - Firstpost
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After Ratan Tata, now Premji Invest funds Lenskart; co has raised Rs 714 cr so far


Three months after its Rs 400-crore funding, Lenskart has raised an undisclosed amount from Premji Invest, the investment office of Wipro chief Azim Premji.

The move will help the online eyewear retailer gain from Premji Invest's extensive experience across retail brands, Lenskart CEO and Founder Peyush Bansal.

Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro

Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro

"It will also help us in our road map go public in the next 4-5 years," he added. Bansal said Premji has a lot of experience on the retail front -- investing in companies like FabIndia -- that Lenkart is looking to tap into.

Previously, the Ratan Tata-backed company has raised about Rs 714 crore from investors like IFC (venture capital arm of the World Bank), TPG Growth, IDG Ventures, Unilazer Ventures and Adveq.

"With this collaboration, the company will be able to draw on Premji Invest's extensive experience, particularly in retail and creating long-lasting brands to realise its potential and develop best practices," he said. Going ahead, Lenskart will focus on growing its presence via both online and offline channels, he added.

Avendus Capital was the exclusive financial advisor to this transaction. Founded in 2010, Lenskart is expanding its manufacturing capacity too. "We have a current (revenue) run rate of Rs 400 crore, which we expect to touch Rs 500 crore by the end of the fiscal," he said.

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