Lenskart, India’s most populat D2C eyewear brand and a unicorn startup, has raised $220 million led by Temasek, the sovereign wealth fund of Singapore, and Falcon Edge Capital.
This funding round takes the total capital raised by Lenskart to $315 million where global private equity player KKR had put in $95 million in a secondary transaction. Lenskart is now valued at $2.5 billion. The current round also saw participation from Bay Capital and Chiratae Ventures.
Lenskart mentioned that it will use this funding round to expand its presence in India as well as to scale its operations in Southeast Asia and Middle East. It aims to leverage the expertise and network of Temasek and Falcon Edge in these respective geographies.
On the funding, Peyush Bansal, Founder and CEO of Lenskart said, “We’re already the largest eyewear player in India and in the top 3 in Singapore. Lenskart envisions to have 50 percent of India wearing its specs over the next five years and become the #1 eyewear platform in Southeast Asia and Middle East over the next 18 to 24 months through organic and inorganic expansion.”
According to Lenskart, the market opportunity in South East Asia and Middle East is expected to be over $15 billion by 2025. Along with the expansion, Lenskart is also planning to use the capital to deepen its investments in technology and AI-driven innovations to create a highly personalized experience for its customers.
Lenskart serves over seven million customers annually through its Omnichannel presence, which spans online, mobile application, and over 750 stores in 175 cities across the country. In 2019, Lenskart also expanded to Singapore.