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Axon Partners Group Invests in iYogi’s USD 28 Million Series E Capital Raise

International investment firm, Axon Partners Group, has invested in iYogi, a global leader in on-demand tech support for consumers and small businesses, bringing the total raised so far in this Series E financing round to USD 28 million.

Axon Partners Group, which has a strong presence in Spain and Latin America, has joined this round along with Madison India Capital and some existing investors, to support iYogi’s growth in these regions through partnerships with telecom companies.

Francisco Velázquez de Cuéllar, President of Axon Partners Group comments, "Axon is very pleased to be working with iYogi, further expanding our technology portfolio in India. We have been impressed by iYogi’s technology, energy and professional management. Technology is one of the hot investment areas and is one of Axon’s core investment focuses worldwide, so we believe that iYogi represents a great opportunity for our investors.”

With its series E investment, iYogi expects to double its revenue in the next 24 months. iYogi recently launched its services in Spain through a partnership with Telefonica and established a service delivery center in the country. This delivery center will also serve as a center of excellence supporting iYogi’s expansion in Latin America.

“It’s great to have Axon Partners Group on board, as their presence will help accelerate our expansion into Latin America. Spanish is the 2nd most popular language across the globe and key markets across the Latin American region are witnessing rapid growth in devices, which presents a tremendous growth opportunity. We plan to initially focus on the four geographies in this region. It’s great to have the right investors backing us as we change gears,” says Uday Challu, co-founder and CEO, iYogi.

At the core of iYogi’s expansion strategy lies the Digital Service Cloud*, its proprietary technology platform which can help telecom companies capture a share of the global cloud computing opportunity estimated by Forrester to be $250 billion by 2020. Telecom companies can generate new revenues through SaaS based premium support services aimed at consumers and small businesses in partnership with iYogi.

Axon Partners Group, an emerging markets specialist, manages over USD 180m in funds worldwide, with The India Opportunities Fund (Gurgaon, Delhi) being one of its largest, through which it is has recently invested in JustEat India. Axon is perfectly positioned to support iYogi and other Indian SMEs in their international expansion due to its on-the-ground presence and experience in geographies such as Latin America, Europe and the U.S. Axon plans to increase its investment activity throughout 2014, concentrating on companies in the growth or expansion stages in the healthcare and technology sectors.

Francisco Velázquez de Cuéllar adds, “iYogi is our fourth investment in India and we look forward to supporting the team in their expansion into new business verticals across the different geographies, specially Europe, Latam and some African countries. We have experience working with various large telecommunication operators worldwide which also provides an added advantage to iYogi’s business plans going forward.”

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*About the Digital Service Cloud

Core to iYogi’s expansion is its proprietary global delivery platform called the Digital Service Cloud. Digital Service Cloud is the foundation of the iYogi service, and is currently deployed across 12 centers in India, Philippines and United Kingdom. More than 5000 Tech Experts use the Digital Service Cloud today to serve users across 10 countries. It facilitates automation and collaboration across multiple skills, competencies and delivery models (remote and onsite), and also allows the company to capture and replicate learnings from every request that is serviced, leading to continuous innovation and improvements in the quality of service delivery. Digital Service Cloud’s hosted solution can be deployed across multiple contact centers, and with its embedded processes and best practices the platform offers out-of-the-box integration with existing systems including ERP, telephony and analytics.

Digital Service Cloud has a proven capability to increase customer lifetime and value, and can generate operating income between USD 15 and USD 20 for every customer interaction. By using Digital Service Cloud telcos, technology retailers, OEMs and global service providers or BPO companies can not only use support as a channel for new revenues, but also expand their business by adding tech support services.

About Axon Partners Group

Axon Partners Group is an international Investment, Corporate Development and Consulting firm, specialised in global emerging markets. Created by entrepreneurs with vast business development and financial experience, Axon has grown to become a team of over 35 experts, worldwide.

Axon Partners Group Investment has a winning combination of a global presence, partnered with local expertise. We manage over USD 180M in Funds and invest in companies in Latam, Spain and India. Axon has a proven track record of success in sectors like energy, healthcare and digital economy. We invest from USD 100k to 25m. See www.axonpartnersgroup.com or follow @AxonPG for more information.

About iYogi

iYogi is a global on-demand software and services company that provides software and comprehensive tech support for consumers and small businesses in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Spain, the GCC states and India. iYogi’s proven global delivery model, including the proprietary Digital Service Cloud and highly qualified technicians, is designed to manage the increasing dependency on complex technology for consumers and businesses. Telcom providers and technology companies are turning to iYogi to improve customer satisfaction, reduce return rates, and deliver a compelling new value added offering to customers. iYogi’s service covers more than 500+ products including software, hardware and peripherals. Customers can rely on iYogi for the setup, installation, networking, syncing, diagnostics, repair, security, optimization, and usability assistance for the technologies they use every day. iYogi is recognized as one of the ‘most innovative’ companies by Inc. Magazine’s ‘Innovative 100’ Awards in 2013 and amongst the top three of Deloitte’s 50 Fastest-Growing Companies in India in 2010.

For more information on iYogi, visit www.iyogi.com

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