Mahindra Group has recently increased its stake in agritech startup Carnot Technologies, to approximately 69 per cent. The group has also affirmed its commitment to its vision of making Krish-e, the group’s farming as a service vertical, India’s largest ecosystem of digital products and solutions in the agriculture sector. As part of the round, an attractive ESOP pool for future employees has also been created.
Talking about the investment, Ramesh Ramachandran, Sr. Vice President – Farm Equipment Strategy and Head Krish-e said “This investment signals our strategic commitment to Carnot. They have been at the forefront of building for Bharat and innovating specifically for farmers. Since our last investment in late 2020, they have been our partner in leading the digital product and technology vision for Krish-e and in just under 18 months we have built a digital platform with a big Bharat footprint – including 500,000 app users, 4 million rental hours and 4 million acres of farmland. We now deepen the ties and continue building on our strengths.”
The Krish-e app is part of Mahindra’s digital foray into developing a marketplace that provides a range of services centred on mechanisation and advisory. It is one of the fastest-growing apps in the agriculture technology space having amassed over 3 million downloads. The app is also integrated with on-ground activities undertaken in Krish-e’s 100 centres across 16 states.
Carnot Technologies is responsible for developing the agriculture IoT platform Simha (rebranded to Krish-e Rental) which now has over 25,000 tractors, harvesters and sprayers working on over three million acres of land each season. The platform is protected by five patents and was awarded the Qualcomm Design in India award for US$100K by then Union Minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad.
“The team has also developed the Krish-e app which through its unique and intuitive farmer-centric design is helping farmers earn up to Rs 15,000 more per acre,” said Pushkar Limaye, Co-founder & CTO at Carnot. “In the course of our partnership with M&M, we realised that someone had to understand our farmers and make products that are innovative, highly cost-conscious and make sense for our farmers. With this round of investment, we also want to move into top gear, in pursuit of building a great team and a data-driven culture within every function,” Limaye added.
The team aims to invest more in their technology and people to scale rapidly in the next year.
Highlighting the development, Rohan Vadgaonkar, CEO and Co-founder, Carnot said, “With our technology and product mindset and Mahindra’s strong brand and presence in rural India, we’re perfectly poised to build India’s largest agri marketplace.”
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