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Stride Ventures leads INR 17 crore debt round in Pocket Aces

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This partnership is the twelfth investment from Stride Ventures’ maiden fund, marking its foray in the digital media and entertainment space

Stride Ventures has led a Rs 17 crore debt round in Pocket Aces. Stride will be a strategic partner in Pocket Aces’ growth journey with their customized offerings and deep relationships across banks and corporates.

This partnership with Pocket Aces is the twelfth investment from Stride Ventures’ maiden fund, marking its foray in the digital media and entertainment space as gaming and OTT has had a breakthrough year with industry revenues surging and subscriptions rising through the lockdown.

On the funding, Ishpreet Gandhi, Founder and Managing Partner, Stride Ventures, said “Pocket Aces has truly pioneered digital content in India through its data-driven approach to content creation. More importantly, the company creates highly relatable content, making it appealing especially for the younger demographic. At Stride, we strive to partner with indigenous companies which have the ability to scale up rapidly by leveraging technology and we see Pocket Aces as a great addition to our portfolio.”

Pocket Aces will utilize the capital raised to scale the current content output and invest further in new content formats and distribution channels. In 2020, Pocket Aces released multiple shows across its channels that kept audiences gripped with stories of love, life, and the new normal. The company has worked with over 100 brands across sectors including Tinder, Hindustan Unilever, PureMe, Bacardi, Unacademy, Mondelez among others. On the other hand, its game streaming and esports platform Loco, has hosted some of the biggest mobile gaming tournaments India has ever seen. Loco also saw entering into strategic partnerships with Red Bull, Fnatic, NBA 2K League, and other leading brands in their categories. The year also saw Pocket Aces launch Clout, its talent management division, which  exclusively represents over 60 of the digital industry’s finest and most popular faces.

The investment in Pocket Aces reinforces Stride’s continuing preference for homegrown startups that have shown strong company fundamentals. Stride Ventures launched its maiden fund in 2019 and plans to invest in 25-30 startups through Stride Venture India Fund I.

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