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Indian insurance startup Go Digit secures $141M from anchor investors ahead of IPO

ByYasmeeta Oon

May 17, 2024
Indian insurance startup Go Digit secures $141M from anchor investors ahead of IPO

Indian insurance startup Go Digit secures $141M from anchor investors ahead of IPO

Go Digit, an emerging Indian insurance startup, has successfully raised $141 million from a diverse group of investors as part of its initial public offering (IPO) set to commence on Wednesday. This significant capital influx highlights the growing investor confidence in India’s burgeoning tech sector.

The IPO saw substantial participation from several high-profile institutional investors. According to a recent filing to the stock exchange, anchor backers include Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Bay Pond, Mirae Asset Management, Steadview Capital, and HSBC. Additionally, Indian mutual funds operated by SBI, ICICI, Axis, Tata, and Edelweiss also supported the IPO.

Founded by Kamesh Goyal, an ex-KPMG executive with extensive experience in the insurance industry, Go Digit aims to revolutionize the insurance landscape in India. The startup offers a range of insurance products, including auto, health, travel, and accidental insurance. What sets Go Digit apart is its focus on simplifying the insurance process. Users can self-inspect, submit claims, and process service requests directly from their smartphones, making the insurance experience more accessible and efficient.

  • User-Friendly Interface: Enables self-inspection and claims submission via smartphone.
  • Diverse Product Range: Auto, health, travel, and accidental insurance.
  • Extensive Customer Base: Served approximately 43 million customers in nine months ending December last year.
  • Policy Issuance: Issued around 8 million policies in the same period.

Go Digit, headquartered in Mumbai, plans to raise approximately $313 million from the IPO. The company is targeting a valuation of around $3 billion, which is a notable decrease from its last private valuation of $4 billion.

ParameterCurrent IPOPrevious Valuation
Funds to Raise$313 million$440 million
Target Valuation$3 billion$4 billion

This move comes at a time when retail investors in India are increasingly showing interest in tech startup stocks. Despite the modest 1.4% rise in the nation’s benchmark index, Sensex, several tech startups that have gone public in recent years have significantly outperformed it. For instance, shares of the food delivery company Zomato have surged by 51.2% this year, while insurance aggregator PolicyBazaar’s stock has seen a remarkable 60.4% increase.

Go Digit’s journey has been supported by notable backers, including Peak XV, Fairfax Group, TVS Capital, A91 Partners, and Indian cricket star Virat Kohli. Initially, the company planned to go public in 2022 with a target to raise $440 million. However, it postponed the plan due to unfavorable market conditions at that time.

Go Digit is among several Indian companies gearing up for public listings this year. Last month, food delivery startup Swiggy confidentially filed for an IPO, aiming to raise about $1.25 billion. Additionally, Ola Electric filed to go public late last year, and its parent company, ride-hailing giant Ola, is expected to follow suit later this year.

Notable Upcoming IPOs:

  • Swiggy: Seeks to raise $1.25 billion.
  • Ola Electric: Filed late last year.
  • Ola: Plans to go public later this year.

Go Digit’s successful IPO is a testament to the robust investor confidence in India’s tech sector and the innovative approaches adopted by new-age startups. With its user-friendly insurance solutions and a strong customer base, Go Digit is well-positioned to capitalize on the growing market demand. As more tech companies prepare for their public listings, the Indian stock market is set to witness significant activity and growth in the coming months.


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Yasmeeta Oon

Just a girl trying to break into the world of journalism, constantly on the hunt for the next big story to share.

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