Train Food Service TravelKhana Raises Funding From Astarc Ventures

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TravelKhana Funding

TravelKhana, the startup that brings quality food from handpicked restaurants to your train seats have raised an undisclosed amount in its Series A rounds from Astarc Ventures.

Salil Musale, Promoter of Astarc Ventures says, “Businesses built on basic needs of life are areas of high interest to us – food, clothing, housing, health and the like. Of these, Food is the most basic and more so you really feel the pain when you are in a train and don’t get good food to eat. TravelKhana has done a fabulous job in getting the initial traction and getting a good working model. Now is the time to scale this solution to reach much larger audience, and we are happy to support them in their journey. We like the deep pain point that this company is solving for a large number of middle class passengers, the entrepreneur’s determination, scalable business model, and the current momentum.”

Indian Railways is the largest passenger transport system in the country. The basic need of good quality food at affordable prices is still dream when one travels by train. Travelkhana is building a “Virtual QSR” models on its marketplace with strong quality processes for the restaurants on its marketplace such that it can scale to buses and highways thereby positioning itself as a clear leader in the Food for Travel marketplace model. This model will eventually be applicable to in the city marketplace as well.

Founded by Pushpinder Singh, TravelKhana a Delhi-based company is the market leader in the food on the move delivery segment.  Angel funded previously by investors like Rajan Anandan, Alok  Mittal and Sarbvir Singh, the company has scaled up operations across 160 cities in India, and is serving most long distance trains in the country. Its revenues for FY14-15 stood at 1 Crore.  The Delhi-based company will use funds to expand to 400 stations from 150 by end of 2016 as well as improve back-end technology. Currently, it serves 3,000 passengers a day.

Puspinder Singh, founder of TravelKhana says, “We are at a stage where we are all set to take off in a big way. With this funding round led by Astarc Ventures, we are confident of building this in to a much larger company. We partnered with Astarc to take their inputs on operational expertise as they come from a deep manufacturing background, apart from their investment.”

The investment in TravelKhana is made via LetsVenture,an online platform for startups and investors to facilitate angel and seed investments. Founded by Shanti Mohan and Sanjay Jha in 2013, LetsVenture has created about 5000+ connections to date. 50 companies have raised funds on LetsVenture, aggregating to nearly $17 million.

Engineering student by education and Entrepreneur by choice. Asish is a TCS Best Student Awardee, NDTV featured student entrepreneur and International School of Entrepreneurship Education awardee. He also worked with many startups and big companies for their business development and strategical growth. Asish has been heading The Startup Journal since its inception in 2014.