#Asia Indian pet care portal DogSpot gets funding from Ratan Tata, others


The Bangalore-based company will use the funds to launch new range of products under the existing brand


Business tycoon-cum-serial investor Ratan Tata has invested an undisclosed amount in Indian pet care portal DogSpot.in.

Ronnie Screwvala, who led the previous round in the Bangalore-based company along with Mumbai-based early-stage fund India Quotient and serial investor K Ganesh, also joined this round along with a few new and existing investors, including Ashok Mittal, Rishi Parti, Dheeraj Jain and Abhijeet Pai.

The funds will be used to offer new range of products under the existing brand.

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Launched in 2007 by the husband-wife duo of Rana and Vizal Atheya, DogSpot started out as a blog for all information and content needs for pet owners. Five years later, it launched a separate portal called FishSpot.in, which was later merged with DogSpot.in.

The company claims to have 2,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) across India.

Tata, an industrialist-turned-serial investor, has actively been investing in a range of startups in India. Till date, he has invested in over a dozen startups that include Ola, Snapdeal, Urban Ladder, CarDekho, Bluestone, Crayon Data and UrbanClap. He is also an investor in Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi.

Also Read: Ratan Tata funds Indian local services marketplace UrbanClap

Recently, he joined as Advisor at Singapore-based Jungle Ventures and IDG Ventures India

The global pet care market has breached the US$100 billion mark in 2014. With over 4 million pet dogs, the Indian pet care market is is pegged at over US$1.22 billion with an annual growth rate of over 35 per cent.

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