Every week, more than a dozen startup secure funding and many get acquired. In this weekly series, we bring the latest deals from the Indian startup ecosystem consolidated at a single page.
As funding continues to pour into the Indian market, BharatPe became the 18th unicorn in India, with its $370 Mn Series E round this week, which was followed by the entry of Mindtickle into the unicorn club. Overall, Indian startups raised over $1.42 Bn in the past six days, starting August 2021 off with a bang.
With the Tiger Global-led round, the Delhi-based fintech startup has a valuation of $2.85 Bn, while Dragoneer Investment Group and Steadfast Capital also backed BharatPe in this round as new investors. Suhail Sameer, who joined the fintech startup in August last year as a group president, has now been appointed as the the chief executive officer of BharatPe, as he replaces Ashneer Grover, who has been appointed as managing director.
Pune-based enterprise tech startup Mindtickle has joined fellow Pune SaaS startups Druva and Icertis in the unicorn club. The company raised $100 Mn at a valuation of $1.2 Bn.
The other big funding round this week was Bengaluru-headquartered edtech startup Unacademy’s $440 Mn Series H led by Singapore-based Temasek at a valuation of $3.44 Bn. The round saw participation from Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank Vision Fund, General Atlantic, Tiger Global, Ritesh Agarwal’s Aroa Ventures and Zomato’s Deepinder Goyal. Some existing angel investors have exited the startup in this round.
Here’s a look at all the disclosed funding rounds this week.
Startup IPO News
Policybazaar Files DRHP For IPO
Fintech unicorn and online insurance aggregator PB Fintech Ltd, the parent company of online insurance platform Policybazaar and Paisabazaar, has filed a draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) to raise INR 6,017.50 Cr via an initial public offering (IPO). The IPO will comprise a fresh issue of INR 3,750 Cr worth of equity shares and an offer for sale (OFS) of INR 2,267.50 Cr by existing shareholders and promoters. The OFS will see sale of up to INR 1,875 Cr worth of shares by SoftBank and up to INR 392.50 Cr by other investors and promoters, including cofounder and CEO Yashish Dahiya.
Nykaa Close To IPO After Prospectus Filing
Lifestyle ecommerce platform Nykaa has filed its draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with SEBI to raise INR 4,000 Cr via an initial public offering (IPO). It recently converted itself into a public limited company and changed its name from FSN E-Commerce Ventures Private Limited to FSN E-Commerce Ventures Limited. Nykaa is proposing an initial public offer of its equity shares of face value of INR 1 each by way of fresh issuance of equity shares along with an offer of sale from existing and eligible shareholders.
Startup M&As This Week
upGrad Ventures Into Short-Term Skilling Courses With KnowledgeHut Deal
Edtech platform upGrad has announced the acquisition of Bengaluru-based KnowledgeHut looking to make a bigger dent in international markets and venture into the lucrative short-term skilling courses market. Founded by Subramanyam Reddy in 2011, KnowledgeHut offers over 200 courses across in-demand areas of web development, machine learning, AI development, data science, project management, IT services management, cyber security, cloud computing and more.
Meddo Acquires Digital Prescription Platform Doxper
Digital outpatient care platform Meddo acquired digital prescription platform Doxper in a cash and stock deal. Doxper is a digital pen and encoded paper-based clinical documentation system that is powered by cloud computing, AI and machine learning. The startup was founded in 2015 by Randeep Singh, Shailesh Prithani and Pawan Jain and is based in Mumbai. Treatments and prescriptions written on the encoded paper by doctors are recorded and transferred to the cloud, allowing for seamless healthcare data gathering.
BYJU’S Brings AR Tech Startup Whodat On Board
Edtech giant BYJU’S has acquired Bengaluru based computer vision and augmented reality (AR) startup Whodat. This is the fifth major acquisition for BYJU’S this year, following the mega deals for Aakash Educational Services, Great Learning, Toppr and US-based Epic.
While full terms of the deal remain unknown, the companies have confirmed that the entire Whodat team and their proprietary computer vision platform have been acquired to accelerate product development in key areas.
IPO-Bound ixigo Acquires AbhiBus
Ahead of its initial public offering later this year, Gurugram-based online travel aggregator ixigo has acquired Hyderabad-based bus ticketing and aggregation platform AbhiBus. Following the cash and stock deal, the Abhibus team led by its founder Sudhakar Reddy Chirra will join ixigo, and all intellectual property, brands, technology and operations are being transferred to the OTA.
IIFL Launches Seed Fund To Invest In Fintech Startups
Non-banking financial company (NBFC) IIFL said it will launch an INR 100 Cr early stage seed fund exclusively focused on Indian fintech startups. In addition to the funding, the company will also provide mentorship, collaboration opportunities and partnerships to all these fintech ventures.
Stride Ventures Marks First Close Of Second Fund
This week, Delhi-based venture debt firm Stride Ventures announced the first close of Stride Ventures India Fund II, securing commitments of INR 550 Cr out of its target corpus of INR 1,000 Cr.
Stride Ventures was founded in 2019 by Ishpreet Gandhi and has made disbursals of over INR 400 Cr in 2021 across 20 investments. It closed its maiden fund earlier this year after overshooting its initial target corpus of INR 350 Cr ($48 Mn), of which INR 85 Cr ($11 Mn) was invested by state-run Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI). It has funded more than 20 startups from Stride Ventures India Fund I, which includes Pocket Aces, Miko, SUGAR Cosmetics, Infra.market, Spinny, HomeLane, Zetwerk and Bizongo.
Chiratae Ventures Closes Fourth Fund
Prominent Indian venture capital firm Chiratae Ventures announced the closing of its fourth fund at $337 Mn, oversubscribed by 25%. Over half of the fund’s limited partners are Indian investors, while global investors from US, UK, Europe, Japan and Singapore have also backed the latest fund.
Launched in 2006 by TC Meenakshisundaram and Sudhir Sethi, Chiratae Ventures has a cumulative asset under management of approximately $950 Mn. It has backed unicorns such as FirstCry, Flipkart, Lenskart, and Policybazaar, with PolicyBazaar also planning to go for an IPO soon. Chiratae’s portfolio also includes tech startups such as Agrostar, Bizongo, Bounce, Cropin, Curefit, Emotix, GoMechanic, HealthifyMe, PlayShifu, Pyxis, Uniphore, and Vayana, among others.