Bengaluru-based space-technology start-up, SatSure, which builds decision insights using data from satellites for the banking, insurance and agriculture sectors, has raised an undisclosed amount of equity funding led by Baring Private Equity India. SatSure will use the capital to hire more people to grow its product portfolio and increase its international business footprint, while also capitalising on its high-resolution optical and multispectral payload demonstration mission in orbit that was announced earlier this year.
SatSure was founded in 2017 by Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) alumni Prateep Basu and Rashmit Singh Sukhmani, along with Abhishek Raju. The start-up bootstrapped its way to a 50+ people team before raising its first institutional round of funding. The company’s work in the areas of enablement of farmers’ financial inclusion, insurance, agricultural inputs and ClimateTech has been recognised by reputed international and domestic organisations, such as the Government of India’s Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, World Economic Forum, and the Asian Development Bank to name a few.
“Over the last four years, we have developed products for various markets where intelligence derived from space data forms the core of the offering, which is globally scalable, proving that such a business can be built sustainably,” said Prateep Basu, CEO, SatSure. “Our vision is to create a full-stack space-tech firm out of India that owns the data source, the data engine, and software that shall offer simple plug and play solutions to end customers,” he added.
“SatSure’s approach to building a business in a DeepTech sector like space technology is very unique. They make insights from space data easily consumable with applicability across sectors. Their SaaS product for farm risk assessment and monitoring has enabled reputed financial institutions to provide on-demand credit to farmers in India and other developing markets. Their insurance products provide significant savings to insurance companies on underwriting, monitoring and claims for multiple categories,” said Arul Mehra, partner at Baring Private Equity India.
SatSure has tie-ups with companies like ICICI Bank, Reliance General Insurance, and Samunnati Finance, among others, and looks to expand its team to 100 people by March 2022 with this fresh round of funding.
SatSure is a decision intelligence company that works at the convergence of space technology, artificial intelligence, and sustainability. SatSure has three key offerings – SatSure Sparta platform for agriculture and climate insights in a freemium model; SatSure SAGE which is a life cycle risk monitoring and business intelligence product offering for the agriculture financial services; and SatSure SKIES which is a high-resolution satellite imagery-based infrastructure change detection platform.
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