We bring to you the latest edition of Funding Galore: Indian Startup Funding Of The Week!
In one of the biggest startup funding this week. B2B ecommerce platform Udaan raised close to $585 Mn in the fresh round of funding, taking the company’s total funding to $870 Mn. The new funding comes from Tencent, Altimeter, Footpath Ventures, Hillhouse, GGV Capital and Citi Ventures. Existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and DST Global had also participated in the round. With this fund, Udaan plans to expand its marketplace in existing areas and expand into new categories. It also aims to invest in enhancing payments, fulfilment delivery and SME financing, which are key aspects of the B2B ecommerce play.
In another development, it came into notice that Bengaluru-based Bounce (earlier Metro Bikes), a dockless bike rental startup, is raising around $125 Mn in its latest funding round. The round is led by existing investors B Capital and Accel India. The deal is in process and will be closed in the next few days.
Apart from this, 14 startups raised around $232.65 Mn funding and one startup acquisition took place in the Indian startup ecosystem. (This funding report is based on startups that disclosed funding amount.)
Indian Startup Funding Of The Week
Dunzo: Bengaluru-based hyperlocal services enabler Dunzo closed $45 Mn Series D funding round. Lightbox Ventures, Google, 3L Capital, and STIC Investment joined the funding round. The funding round has reportedly valued Dunzo at around $180 Mn-$200 Mn.
NoBroker: Real estate platform NoBroker raised $50 Mn Series D funding round led by Tiger Global. Company’s existing investor General Atlantic had also participated in this round. The funding will help the company to provide its service to more customers across the country and also accelerate its deal closure growth. Further, the company will also use these funds to grow its sales vertical.
SleepyCat: Mumbai-based direct-to-consumer mattress brand SleepyCat raised $1.5 Mn in its Series A seed round from DSG Consumer Partners and Sharrp Ventures. Gemba Capital and other angel investors have also participated in this round. The new capital will be invested towards building the online presence of SleepyCat through channel partnerships, new product launches and investing in its management team.
Khatabook: Khatabook raised $25 Mn Series A round from GGV Capital, Partners of DST Global, RTP Ventures, Sequoia India, Tencent, Y Combinator and others. The round also saw participation from more than 20 prominent angel investors including the likes of Amrish Rau, Anand Chandrasekaran, Deep Nishar, Gokul Rajaram, Jitendra Gupta, Kunal Bahl and Kunal Shah. The company plans to utilise it for scaling up its technology team and building new products.
LoanTap: Pune-based online lending startup LoanTap raised a fresh infusion of INR 84.9 Cr ($12 Mn) in Series B funding round. The round was led by Avana Capital, with participation from existing investors; 3one4 Capital, India Quotient, Shunwei Capital and Kae Capital.
TWID: Bengaluru-headquartered digital payments app TWID raised $1.4 Mn (INR 10 Cr) in a seed funding round from SCV LLC. The company’s existing investors include marquee investors like YourNest Fund, Whiteboard Capital, and Capillary Technologies. It plans to use the funds to onboard more than 50 brands and banks with their rewards pool, over 300K merchant base to accept TWID as a mode of payment and over 3 Mn active users to transact using TWID.
Clix Capital: Gurugram-based SME lending platform Clix Capital raised $40 Mn (INR 282 Cr) in fresh funding from AION Capital. The company plans to use the funds to further push into the consumer lending segment, while continuing to build its digital platform.
Fyle: Bengaluru-based expense management startup Fyle raised $4.5 Mn from US-based hedge fund Steadview Capital. Fyle plans to use the funds raised to invest in bolstering its expense management product and expand its global market footprint with additional sales and marketing investments.
Paytm First Games: Four months after rebranding its gaming platform Gamepind as ‘Paytm First Games’, homegrown fintech company Paytm raised an additional $20 Mn for the platform. The investors include Alibaba’s AGTech and Paytm’s parent company One97 Communications. Paytm plans to utilise this investment to scale the operations, invest in technology and indulge in marketing activities to attract more users.
OrbEnergy: Shell’s New Energies business acquired a 20% stake in Bengaluru based solar firm Orb Energy in its latest funding round. The funding amount remains undisclosed. Orb Energy provides credit to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to invest in solar panel systems.
FinBox: Bengaluru-based fintech startup FinBox raised an undisclosed amount in Pre-Series A funding round led by Arali Ventures. The round also saw participation from marquee angel investor Anup Pai, founder of Fintellix. FinBox will use the raised funding to further product research and development and to drive adoption.
Shubh Loans: Bengaluru-based digital lending startup Shubh Loans raised $4.8 Mn in a Series A round led by Omidyar Network India. Existing investors, Saama Capital, Beenext, SRI Capital and Pravega Ventures also participated. Earlier in August 2018, the startup raised $4.2 Mn in funding. The funds raised in this round will help Shubh Loans expand distribution to nearly 40 cities by the end of the year, augment its technology, and grow the data science team.
CareStack: Cloud-based technology platform for the dental industry, CareStack, raised $28 Mn in Series B round led by Steadview Capital and California-based dental plan system Delta Dental. The round also saw participation from its existing investors, F Prime Capital, Eight Roads Ventures and Accel Partners. F Prime’s partner Carl Byers and Accel’s partner Shekhar Kirani have also joined CareStack’s board of directors.
Matrubharti: Ahmedabad-based vernacular content startup raised $457K (INR 3.24 Cr) from US-based Gujarati NRI angel investors. The funding comes on the back of Matrubharti launching its OTT video streaming platform Matrubharti Vishesh in July this year, after being selected for Gray Matters Capital’s Digital Accelerator Program – GMC Calibrator in March 2019. With this funding, it aims to add content in three South Indian languages soon on its platform and build stronger technology and data intelligence to engage users better. The money would also help it boost its sales efforts besides expanding into geographies with a strong presence of Indian diaspora.
Indian Startup Acquisitions Of The Week
Mumbai-based Rainshine Entertainment acquired media companies All Things Small (ATS) and FirstAction. Both companies will continue to function independently as Rainshine will collaborate with them to offer strategic direction and drive growth. At the same time, the company has created a separate new internal division of Rainshine, Rainbox Studios.
Speculations Of The Week
- SoftBank has decided to increase its stake in the company by 3.28%. According to media reports, SoftBank has sought final approval from the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
- Zomato is finalising a $600 Mn funding round led by Ant Financial. The round is speculated to see participation from Temasek as well as other existing investors.
Other Developments Of The Week
- Wipro Enterprises’ FMCG brand, Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting, allocated INR 200 Cr ($28 Mn) to its venture fund — Wipro Consumer Care-Ventures. The fund will be used to invest in startups from the consumer brands space from India and Southeast Asia, according to a media report.
- UK-based aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce’s acceleration hub, R² Data Labs, announced three startups shortlisted for its first ‘Start-up Accelerator Programme’ in Bengaluru. The accelerator programme was announced in January this year.
- T-Hub, and United Technologies Corp. (UTC), announced the launch of the UTC Innovation Challenge. The challenge invites startups working on computer vision technology and predictive analytics to develop new products and services specifically for the aerospace industry. The call for applications is open now and closes by the first week of November.
- Mumbai-based investment firm Varanium Capital announced the first close of its INR 200 Cr venture capital fund ‘Varanium NexGen’, which will exclusively focus on early-stage fintech startups. The Varanium NexGen Fun will be led by the managing partner of the venture capital Aparajit Bhandarkar.
Stay tuned for the next week edition of Funding Galore: Indian Startup funding of The Week!