Swapna Gupta is a Director at Qualcomm Ventures India, based out of the Bangalore office. She manages investments across all sectors in the technology related ecosystem. She spends a significant amount of time building a high-quality deal pipeline, executing deals and portfolio management. She has led and manages investments in companies such as Shadowfax, Ninjacart, Stellapps, Moveinsync and Reverie (Acquired by Reliance) among others..
Swapna gained experience across the corporate finance sector, on the sell side and buy side. Her expertise lies in venture capital, corporate finance, mobile and frontier technology and emerging markets. In her current role, she is involved in identifying attractive investment areas with a long-term outlook. She is scouting for the next unique opportunity and wants to support the right team.
Prior to joining Qualcomm, she was part of the Investment Banking team at EY, India where she concentrated on Private Equity and M&A of Technology/Telecom companies. She has also worked as part of the Corporate Finance team of Vodafone, India where she was involved in 3G spectrum bidding and financial planning.
Swapna has an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi and a B.Tech from NIT, Nagpur. She is a travel enthusiast and an avid reader.
Shadowfax, based in Bengaluru, a brainchild of two IIT Delhi alumni, started in 2015 with an aim to make instant deliveries a reality in India. Its logistics gateway for businesses, operating on a plug-and-play format, offers an on-demand delivery service platform to its clients. The technology enables customers to make fast, safe and reliable deliveries by instantly connecting them (businesses/e-tailers/retailers) with the company’s extensive network of 30,000+ Delivery Partners spread across 80+ cities and towns in India.
Operating on an asset-light model, Shadowfax currently fulfills 90,000+ unique orders a day in food, grocery, fashion, pharmacy, furniture, e-commerce and traditional business sectors. The company services wide variety of clients like Dominos, Big Basket, Amazon, PayTM, Flipkart, Myntra, McDonald’s, 1MG, and many others including smaller restaurants, merchants and retailers.
Shadowfax is on a mission to connect the next million micro entrepreneurs and suppliers in logistics and aims to deliver 10 Lakh+ orders per day by 2021.
FabHotels is a new-gen tech-driven budget hospitality brand in India.
MoveInSync Technology Solutions Pvt. Ltd. helps companies manage their employee transportation in a cheaper and more efficient manner with the use of state of the art technology. Their flagship Employee Transportation Solution (ETS) for employee transport management is offered as a service (SaaS) and is used to track employee cab usage records, provides automated billing with reduced discrepancies and carries safety features for female passengers. Their most comprehensive transportation solution provides transport managers and transport administrators complete control and visibility over their transport operations in real time.
Tonbo Imaging is the creator of a unique imaging technology that uses multiple complementary sensors to allow users to see and interpret the environment around them. Tonbo uses this technology to make multi-sensor imaging products/systems for military, security, transportation safety and industrial inspection applications. Tonbo’s imaging systems offer real-time imaging simultaneously in day and night conditions, across both visible and infrared spectrums. With sophisticated onboard vision processing, Tonbo’s imagers enable a complete understanding of the environment in all weather and low visibility conditions like fog, high winds, dust, rain, smoke, camouflage,etc. Tonbo’s technology is a combination of fundamental innovations in the image acquisition process along with powerful computer vision algorithms to support superior imaging and scene interpretation for a large range of applications. Tonbo leverages the computing power and scale of consumer electronics hardware to build systems that out perform existing technology in size, weight, power and cost.
Reverie Language Technologies is a cloud-based Language-as-a-Service platform. It helps organizations create multilingual parallels of their mobile apps, web portals and content in real time. Based in Bangalore, India, Reverie’s solutions are installed in over 200 million devices worldwide and are packaged in products of some of the fastest growing mobile brands.
Ninjacart, a fast growing early-stage start-up, is building the next generation online B2B marketplace that connects farmers to retailers and restaurants. The company aims to remove the middlemen, commission agents and auction agents in the marketplace to provide an efficient price discovery platform for the producers. It also ensures that the produce reaches the consumers effectively by building an efficient supply chain.
Stellapps Technologies is an IIT Madras incubated, Bangalore based, Internet of Things (IoT) startup primarily focus on data acquisition and machine learning. They have successfully applied their SmartMoo™ platform (Full Stack IoT solution), to optimize the dairy supply chain – spanning from milk production, procurement and cold chain logistics. The proprietary SmartMoo platform and suite of apps currently touches more than two billion liters of milk annually.
Stellapps is transforming dairy supply chain with the SmartMoo IoT Platform for Data acquisition and recording as the first step towards creating measurable value in any supply chain. IoT based acquisition ensures data integrity, the ability to plug-in sensors and applications on the fly and ensures agility in catering to different types of agriculture supply chains across geographies. Data synthesis across the Agri-Dairy supply chain in emerging markets is one such use-case, where the Stellapps’ SmartMoo IoT can help unlock unprecedented value on a very large scale. Milk is perhaps the largest crop on this planet and there is a critical need for technology interventions, especially in emerging markets where the yield per animal is low, traceability is inadequate, and quality needs improvement.
Stellapps’ SmartMoo IoT platform can acquire data via sensors that are embedded in milking systems, animal wearables, milk chilling equipment, and milk procurement peripherals, transmitting data to the Stellapps SmartMoo Big Data Cloud Service Delivery Platform where the Stellapps SmartMoo suite of applications analyze and crunch the received data before disseminating the outcome to various stakeholders over low-end and smart mobile devices. The patent pending hardware and software is designed to scale horizontally across other industry verticals.