Sachin Bansal invests Rs 650 cr in Ola, move to give ride-hailing firm more ammo to compete with Uber

Sachin Bansal, who founded Flipkart over a decade ago with Binny Bansal, had quit after US retail behemoth Walmart picked up 77 percent stake in the Indian e-commerce company for $16 billion

Press Trust of India February 19, 2019 15:09:47 IST
Sachin Bansal invests Rs 650 cr in Ola, move to give ride-hailing firm more ammo to compete with Uber
  • The investment is in Sachin Bansal's personal capacity

  • Rs 650 cr investment is the largest financing by an individual in Ola till date

  • In January, Ola had issued shares worth Rs 150 crore to Sachin as part of series J round of funding

New Delhi: Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal has invested about Rs 650 crore in Ola, giving the Indian ride-hailing company more ammunition to compete with rival Uber.

The investment is in Sachin's personal capacity and is also the largest financing by an individual in Ola till date, Ola said in a statement.

In January, Ola had issued shares worth Rs 150 crore to Sachin as part of series J round of funding.

Sachin Bansal invests Rs 650 cr in Ola move to give ridehailing firm more ammo to compete with Uber

Sachin Bansal, co-founder, Flipkart. File photo. Reuters

Sachin, who founded Flipkart over a decade ago with Binny Bansal, had quit after US retail behemoth Walmart picked up 77 percent stake in the Indian e-commerce company for $16 billion.

"Ola is one of India's most promising consumer businesses, that is creating deep impact and lasting value for the ecosystem," Sachin said.

The investment is part of Ola's plans to raise about $1 billion in funding. In October last year, the Bengaluru-based company had announced raising $1.1 billion funding from China's Tencent Holdings and SoftBank Group.

It had also stated that it was in "advanced talks" to close an additional $1 billion funding to take total mop-up to more than $2 billion.

Ola is locked in a battle for market leadership with US-based rival Uber in India and other markets like Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

The Indian company has been aggressively ramping up its rides business as well as hailing platform and food delivery operations (through Foodpanda).

"We are extremely thrilled to have Sachin onboard Ola as an investor. Sachin is an icon of entrepreneurship and his experience of building one of India's most respected businesses ground up, is unparalleled," said Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder and CEO at Ola.

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