The Gurugram-based startup raised $10.2 million (around Rs 76 crore) from investors including SIG and Omidyar Network to expand its business.
Agritech startup Otipy, which mainly sells fresh vegetables and fruits through its mobile app, expects its turnover to jump nearly five times to around Rs 95 crore during this fiscal year, on the back of healthy growth in customers base.
In July this year, the Gurugram-based startup raised $10.2 million (around Rs 76 crore) from investors including SIG and Omidyar Network to expand its business.
Launched in 2020, Otipy, which is part of Crofarm Agriproducts Pvt Ltd, is a business-to-business-to-consumer (B2B2C) ecommerce platform for fresh produce that includes vegetables, fruits, dairy, and other grocery items.
“Our sales have jumped more than three times to Rs 25 crore in the first six months of this fiscal year, from Rs 7.76 crore in the year-ago period,” Otipy Founder and CEO Varun Khurana told PTI.
Going by the current monthly run rate, he said the company expects sales of around Rs 70 crore during the second half of this fiscal.
Total sales in the entire 2021-22 fiscal year is estimated at Rs 95 crore, which would be nearly five times the sales of Rs 19.73 crore in the previous year.
Khurana expects the company to be profitable by 2023.
“We have created a smart platform that’s gaining popularity among farmers, customers, and partners — who we refer to as community leaders,” Khurana said.
He highlighted that customers’ orders have risen significantly in both volume and value terms.
“Otipy runs on a predictive algorithm that estimates demand and accordingly procures produce from farmers,” he explained.
Otipy is currently catering to over four lakh customers in the Delhi-NCR region. It procures farm-fresh produce from more than 10,000 farmers across the country from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra.
In just the first nine months of this calendar year, Khurana said the number of community leaders, or resellers, who have partnered with Otipy to deliver products to customers, has increased by more than six times.
“We have created a model that small business owners, particularly women, have found appealing and successful. We have 20,000+ community leaders or resellers helping us provide various products to our valued clients,” he said.
Otipy claims to deliver fresh produce from the fields to customers’ homes in just 12 hours. It focuses on minimising wastages of fresh fruits and vegetables to protect profit margins.
Source: Business World