* Wealthy.in's unique business model is empowering a behavioural shift in India from savings to investment and the company plans to use this round of funding to penetrate deeper into the Indian market.
Wealthy.in, a Bengaluru-based WealthTech platform, has raised $7.5 million in Series A round of funding led by Alpha Wave Incubation (AWI). AWI is backed by ADQ’s venture platform, and managed by Alpha Wave Global (formerly known as Falcon Edge Capital).
New investor Savrola Group and existing investors Venture Highway, Good Capital & Emphasis Ventures also participated in the round.
Founded by Aditya Agarwal and Prashant Gupta, Wealthy.in's growth has been phenomenal and client assets worth $450 million are currently being managed on the platform. With the latest round of funding, Wealthy.in plans to penetrate deeper into the Indian market as well as expand in international markets like the Middle East.
“For a long time, we have been known as a country of great savers but not great investors. However, we are seeing signs of a structural shift in the market, where investors want to manage their life’s savings through a diversified pool of products. Through our tech-enabled platform and holistic offering, Wealthy.in is well positioned to lead this market shift,” said Aditya Agarwal.
Of India’s total $15 trillion household savings, $9 trillion are owned by around 55 million affluent households. But institutional wealth management channels cater only to the top 300,000 households, leaving the remaining 99% with a need for professional wealth management services.
Penetration of wealth management products in India is still in single-digits (8% of total wealth) as compared to developed markets like the US (72% of total wealth) and China (44% of total wealth). A shifting investing pattern coupled with a lack of quality service providers, makes it a $20bn net revenue opportunity.
A lot of apps exist to buy financial products. But for significant investment decisions, investors still seek the assistance of independent wealth management professionals who can inform and handhold them while providing a breadth of financial products. Today, more than 1,500 such professionals across the country use Wealthy.in's suite of web, mobile apps and 150+ financial products to focus on client needs and build their portfolios.
“Legacy institutions provide a poor client experience and have flawed incentive structures for wealth management professionals. We are changing the status quo with an ethos that believes in empowering these professionals rather than replacing them. With this fund-raise, we will be able to double down on our investments in technology and penetrate deeper into the Indian market,” said Prashant Gupta.
“The company has grown 15x since the last fundraise. It is a unique platform which ensures that clients get unbiased recommendations and a wide choice of products through wealth professionals they trust,” said Rohan Malhotra, Managing Partner at Good Capital.
Wealthy.in offers its technology free of cost and earns only when a wealth management professional suggests a financial product from its marketplace. This fair business model frees them up to uncompromisingly focus on building and managing client relationships.
“We are excited to join Aditya and Prashant in their mission to bring Wealth Management to masses by partnering with and empowering wealth management professionals. The combination of a highly diversified pool of investment opportunities and human assistance to cater to investors' needs is a significant driver of increasing penetration in the wealth management space. According to our research, the element of human assistance is a globally proven model which catalyzes healthy investment returns while deploying meaningful capital at scale. We were also very impressed with the fact that Wealthy.in is able to demonstrate industry leading monetization metrics, unit economics, and retention rates,” said Anirudh Singh, Managing Director at Alpha Wave Incubation.
Wealthy.in was founded by Aditya Agarwal, B.Tech from IIT-Bombay and former Consultant at Monitor Group, and Prashant Gupta, B.Tech from IIT-Madras, MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad, and former Vice-President at Morgan Stanley. Website: https://wealthy.in/
About Alpha Wave Incubation
Alpha Wave Incubation (AWI) is a $300 million venture fund backed by DisruptAD, ADQ’s venture platform, and managed by Alpha Wave Global. AWI has a dedicated team across London, Bangalore and Abu Dhabi. The fund invests in early-stage tech-enabled, disruptive start-ups in India and Southeast Asia. In addition to providing outstanding founders with early-stage capital, AWI offers access to an unrivaled set of support mechanisms for business-building, while also helping companies expand globally and open up new markets in the GCC/MENA region and beyond.
About Alpha Wave Global
Alpha Wave Global (formerly known as Falcon Edge Capital) is a diversified, global, alternative asset manager founded in 2012 with offices in New York, Miami, London, Abu Dhabi, Tel Aviv and Bengaluru. Alpha Wave manages a variety of investment partnerships that cover a number of asset classes, themes and geographies. Alpha Wave was founded and is led by Rick Gerson, Navroz Udwadia and Ryan Khoury. Website: https://alphawaveglobal.com/