Chaldal, the country’s largest online grocery startup, announced today that it has raised BDT 5 crore in a Series C Plus funding round from Startup Bangladesh Limited, the Government-backed VC fund of the country. Startup Bangladesh co-led the round with Taavet+Sten.
Honorable State Minister of ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak MP said, “Bangladesh holds the most promising opportunity for venture capital and private equity investments for Startup Industry in the region & that Startup Bangladesh Limited is investing in startups that are contributing to our national achievement through their crucial and essential solutions towards building Smart Bangladesh. I am glad to see that Chaldal through their ideas and innovation with technology, are playing a critical role in addressing the market needs and contributing to developing products and services that can be accessible and affordable for all.”
“Chaldal Limited is one of the pioneers in the industry and an example for others to follow. The company was part of the first batch of our investments and since then has grown tremendously year on year. We are proud to be investing in Chaldal once again and hope that Chaldal will break new boundaries for the ecosystem. The Startup ecosystem in Bangladesh is full of ventures who, with their determination and hard work, can reach new limits and push the industry forward. I wish Chaldal and their team all the success and congratulate them on the investment from Startup Bangladesh.” said Sami Ahmed, Managing Director, Startup Bangladesh Limited.
“We are immensely proud of our relationship with Startup Bangladesh Limited. Having been one of the companies from the first batch in which Startup Bangladesh has invested, they have also supported us with follow-on investments in our previous rounds. I believe this fund we will be able to expand our operations further and venture into logistics, online pharmacy, and payments. Chaldal is wholly focused on Bangladesh and its future.” said Waseem Alim, Managing Director, Chaldal Limited.
Chaldal was founded by Waseem Alim, Zia Ashraf, and Tejas Viswanath in 2014. Starting small, the company has experienced strong growth over the years.
Chaldal says it delivers around ten thousand orders per day and serves around half a million families every year.
The company currently operates from 32 warehouses located in Dhaka, Chattogram, Narayanganj, Gazipur, Jashore, Khulna, Sylhet, and Rajshahi. Chaldal is the single largest employer in the Hi-tech parks in Bangladesh. The company currently employs around 3,000 people in total.