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Wootz.work Raises $3.5 Million Seed Funding The funds will be used to establish the early team, build technology and strengthen presence in the US and UK

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Wootz.work, a value sourcing platform for custom engineering equipment and solutions, has raised $3.5 million in a Seed round led by Matrix Partners India and Nexus Venture Partners. The round saw participation from AdvantEdge and Mars Shot Ventures (Razorpay Founders' Fund) along with 30 angel investors like Ramakant Sharma (Livspace), Sanjiv Rangrass (ex-ITC), Vikrampati Singhania (JK Group) and the founders of Zetwerk. The funds will be used to establish the early team, build technology and strengthen presence in the US and UK.

"We are convinced that the conditions have never been better for India and Southeast Asia to emerge as a global manufacturing hub for light engineering products. However, tapping this opportunity for SMEs is not as straightforward given their scale, differing engineering standards, regulatory environments, market distances and the imperative of robust after-sales service. Our goal at Wootz.work is to address this need and build at scale, to become a trusted, enduring procurement channel for our global customers," said Karan Anand, co-founder and CEO, Wootz.work.

Founded in March 2023, by Karan Anand and Himanshu Uniyal, Wootz.work aims to streamline the cross border buying experience for light engineering products through technology and ownership of the process from design to delivery. Wootz.work is currently working with factories and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the UK across their growth, automation, and MRO phases, driving supply chain innovations and capital expenditure optimization. The company will be setting up new offices in the UK and US this year, according to an official statement.

"We at Matrix are super excited about the manufacturing opportunity in India. A combination of the realignment of global supply chains, China + 1 and maturing of the Indian manufacturing sector has positioned India to be the manufacturing hub for the world. Wootz's platform empowers Indian SME manufacturers to sell globally by solving key bottlenecks like design and quality. Karan and Himanshu bring extensive experience in setting up manufacturing facilities through the course of their respective careers and we are privileged to partner with them in the Wootz journey," said Sudipto Sannigrahi, principal, Matrix Partners India.

Teena Jose

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Teena is a post graduate in financial journalism. She has an avid interest in content creation, digital media and fashion.
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