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February 01, 2008

Sequoia, UTI Ventures and ChrysCapital win APEX Awards

Sequoia Capital India, UTI Ventures and ChrysCapital emerged as the leading Private Equity/Venture Capital firms in various categories at the Second Edition of the Venture Intelligence APEX Awards.

While ChrysCapital topped in the Private Equity firm category for 2007, UTI Ventures emerged as the winner in the Private Equity Firm-Growth category and Sequoia Capital India took home the award in the Best Venture Capital Firm category.

Among PE/VC-backed companies, Genpact received the Private Equity-backed Company award, Firstsource the Private Equity-backed Company–Growth award and MindTree Consulting was adjudged the Best Venture Capital-backed Company.

Sumir Chadha of Sequoia Capital India receiving the Best VC Award from B. Anantharaman of Max India

Raja Kumar and other members of the UTI Ventures team receiving the Best PE Firm-Growth Award

Gaurav Ahuja of ChrysCapital receiving the Best PE Firm Award

Krishnakumar Natarajan of MindTree receiving the Best VC-backed Company Award from Mofatraj Munot of Kalpataru Group

Farid Kazani of Firstsource receiving the Best PE-backed Company (Growth) award

Arjun Vaidyanathan from Genpact receiving the Best PE-backed Company award

The awards were given away at Venture Intelligence APEX ‘08, an annual conclave where the Indian Private Equity industry introspects, brainstorms on the way forward and rewards its best. The jury members for the awards included some of the most experienced investors in India-focused funds including Jay Jegannathan of Evolvence India Fund, Brian Lim of CDC Group, Anand Sunderji of Thomas Weisel International, Kit Jong Tan of Eagle Captial Partners, Pavan Gupte of Gartmore Private Equity and Wen Tan of Squadron Capital.

“On the back of strong economic growth and booming public markets, Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital funds delivered strong returns to investors in 2007,” said Arun Natarajan of Venture Intelligence. “The Venture Intelligence APEX Awards are a recognition of this rapid coming of age of the Indian PE/VC industry.”

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