Srinagar-based start-up FastBeetle raises $100,000 from investors

Srinagar: FastBeetle Logistics, a Srinagar-based tech start-up has raised $100,000 funding from investors.

As per the company’s statement, FastBeetle raised funds in a Pre-Series A funding round of USD100k from angel investors including Sandeep Patel from Nepra, Saurabh Mittal – Entrepreneurship Evangelist in the Himalayan region, Vikram Sanghvi, Rohit Qamra, a few non-resident Kashmiris. Existing investors Kartikeya Desai and Anuj Sharma also participated in the current round.

“ We are happy that we have raised this amount, it would help us in expanding our business within Jammu and Kashmir,” said Abid Rashid, co-founder of FastBeetle.

The company provides inbound and outbound full-stack logistics services across 50,000 pin codes in J&K and works with over 800+ micro-entrepreneurs and SMEs, of which 60% are run by women, helping drive entrepreneurship in the region and providing critical services in areas not serviced by larger companies.

As per the statement, the company stated that during the lockdown, it has been widely credited with helping keep crucial business lifelines open and has seen rapid growth over the last year through the pandemic, becoming akin to an essential service for more than 80,000 Kashmiri customers.

“We have recently announced strategic tie-ups with Amazon and Flipkart to enable last-mile logistics in several pin codes in Kashmir and will use the funding to strengthen the team and expand business operations to all districts including Jammu, as well as to the adjacent union territory of Ladakh.”

“The funds shall help us in expanding our reach to even more remote parts of the region while helping boost local economic growth and the income growth potential for the people by helping local entrepreneurs forge channels with the global market,” said the founders.

The company has grown steadily after its selection last year at a special incubation program held in Srinagar by ALSiSAR Impact, a double bottom-line impact incubator, and transaction advisory firm, that has a special focus on frontier markets and the Himalayan region. “FastBeetle is a great example of the type of social enterprise that is much needed to spread the benefits of growth to underserved regions. ALSiSAR Impact is proud to have supported the founders from an early stage,” said Anuj Sharma, Founder, and CEO of ALSiSAR Impact.

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