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The funding also had participation from Luxor Capital, Leo Capital, and other marquee investors

The company aims to use the funds to strengthen its tech capabilities and team, and also expand its network

Bengaluru, NFAPost: Vahak, India’s fastest growing marketplace for road transport businesses and individual commercial vehicle owners has raised $5 million Pre-Series A funding. The funding round was led by RTP Global with participation from Luxor Capital and Leo Capital.

The other marquee angel investors included Kunal Shah, Founder and CEO, Cred; Jitendra Gupta, Founder and CEO Jupiter; Vidit Aatrey and Sanjeev Barnwal, Co-Founders, Meesho; Mohd Farid, Co-Founder, Sharechat; Amrish Rau, CEO, Pine Labs; Harsimarbir Singh, Co-Founder, Pristyn Care; Rohit and Kunal Bahl, Co-Founders, Snapdeal; and Ravish Naresh, Co-Founder and CEO, Khatabook.

The funding will be used to strengthen Vahak’s team and technological capabilities and expand its customer and network base. India has a humongous need for freight and special goods transportation for different types of cargos. However, millions of trucks remain idle at any given point of time due to operational inefficiencies caused by lack of technology.

This leads to huge monetary losses for truckers and the logistics sector on a daily basis. Vahak is harnessing cutting-edge technologies to weed out such inefficiencies and help transporters optimize their vehicle utilization through online load booking.

Vahak’s operating model is similar to that of Full Truck Alliance, a leading international logistics marketplace valued at over $20 billion. As India moves on to become Aatmanirbhar Bharat (self-sufficient India) and a manufacturing hub in sync with the ‘Make in India’ initiative, Vahak aims to ensure the same operational efficiency in Indian logistics sector through technology integration.

Speaking about this, Vahak Co-founder and CEO Karan Shaha said the company is delighted to receive this funding from an esteemed group of marquee investors.

“At Vahak, we are leveraging technology to enable the stakeholders in the transport sector to connect with each other and bring growth. We started out with the vision of addressing the huge trust gap in the logistics space and simplifying things for transporters, agents, and vehicle owners. Going forward, we are looking to strengthen our pan-India presence,” said Karan Shaha.

Vahak’s online network is built on the back of cutting-edge technology. Vahak is a lean start-up that aggregates transport service operators from all over India and already connects to more than half a million trucks across the country.

The company doesn’t own or operate its own fleets, but, uses an auction marketplace app which allows customers to directly connect with trusted transporters and truck owners across India and book trucks, trailers, and loads on shared vehicles etc. The marketplace also helps transporters to create an online brand for their business, generate leads by leveraging a pan-India network, and increase their revenue generation by enabling them to run their vehicles for most days in a month.

RTP Global Venture Partner Yousif Al-Dujaili said Vahak is offering a service that addresses a universal human need in the transport of goods, in one of the largest and fragmented logistics markets in the world.

“By building an asset and working capital light auction-style marketplace, the team has displayed low operational intensity, ability to scale and business quality we look for in category defining companies. We’re excited by Vahak’s potential to become a mission-critical logistics player in India,” said Yousif Al-Dujaili.

Leo Capital Founder and Managing Partner Rajul Garg said one of the foremost criteria for investment in a startup is how it gets to scale up and leverage resources and tech to solve challenges in the sector it operates in.

“In that respect, Vahak understands how critical the adoption of technology is for businesses in the transport sector and is working accordingly towards that goal. They are building a stellar team that will help them strengthen their pan- India presence soon and reach every village and town. We wish them all the best,” said Rajul Garg.

Vahak has developed a service provider network of truckers covering around 8k locations across the country. The platform already manages more than 10k daily active loads and the network now covers major transport and logistics hubs across India and is aiming at reaching $1 billion annual GTV in the next 12 months. Vahak’s growth has captured the interest of investors, growing 10X in the past year to over $100M annualized GTV run-rate on only $800,000 raised.

Vahak is aiming to create a stronger nationwide presence by bringing more than 3 million truckers to the platform. The company is also looking at leveraging AI and ML technologies for superfast matchmaking and algorithm improvements.

Vahak is India’s largest online transport marketplace for road transport businesses and individual commercial vehicle owners (Trucks, Trailers, Containers, Hyva, LCVs) co-founded by IIT graduates, Karan Shaha and Vikas Chandrawat in February 2019. Vahak enables its customers in online lorry bookings, transport business branding and network expansion with its cutting-edge technology.

Vahak has developed a network of more than half a million truckers covering over 8000+ locations across the country. The platform is growing at over 100% quarterly and already manages more than 10,000+ daily active loads. The network now covers major transport and logistics hubs across India such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kolkata, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Raipur, Bhilai, Bhopal, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Kochi, Chandigarh, Vapi, Surat, Nagpur, Patna, and Indore.

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