OYO in talks to raise $500 mn from SoftBank; valuation set to soar

Anil GoelBranded budget hotels marketplace OYO Rooms, run by Oravel Stays Pvt. Ltd, is in talks to raise $300-500 million (Rs 2,000-3,335 crore) from SoftBank Vision Fund, in what will possibly be one of the biggest deals in India’s consumer internet space, a daily reported on Monday. If the deal goes through, OYO will become the […]

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Exclusive: Jewellery e-tailer Johari Shop goes omni-channel, gets angel funding

Johari ShopJewellery e-commerce marketplace Johari Shop has raised $94,000 (Rs 62.5 lakh) from three angel investors, including a diamond exporter and a high net-worth individual, to power its omni-channel efforts. The company will invest the capital to work on its omni-channel strategy that would start with the launch of its first brick-and-mortar store in Bangalore’s VR […]

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Clean-tech startup igrenEnergi raised funding from Japanese investors

solar-(3)igrenEnergi Inc, a US-based solar energy startup incubated at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Japan’s BroadBand Tower Inc and GiTV. BroadBand Tower operates data centres and provides cloud services to e-commerce companies, video distribution sites and social media, according to its website. GiTV is an investment fund […]

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Ventureast floats early-stage fund to back health-tech startups

health-tech startupsEarly-stage investor Ventureast Fund Advisors India Ltd is raising a new $4 million ($26.6 crore) fund to make angel and seed investments in digital healthcare startups. This fund is an “independent initiative” as part of the healthcare series, a company spokesperson told VCCircle on Friday. “We got the idea of raising this fund as our […]

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Exclusive: Mobile ad platform Oglas raises angel funding

Oglas raises angel fundingNoida-based mobile advertising startup Oglas has raised angel funding from two people, co-founder and chief executive Sunny Agarwal told Techcircle. Agarwal said Oglas, run by Advove Medios Pvt. Ltd, received funding from investment banker and NYU Stern alumnus Pankaj Rungta and serial entrepreneur Yogesh Agarwal. The co-founder didn’t disclose the amount raised, which it plans […]

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Get My Parking raises $1.1 mn from IAN, others

parkingCloud-based mobile parking technology startup Get My Parking has raised $1.1 million (Rs 7.35 crore) in pre-Series A funding from Indian Angel Network (IAN), venture firm Beenext, The Chennai Angels, and Hero Corporate Services chairman Sunil Munjal. The startup will invest the fresh funds to deploy its integrated smart parking platform, it said in a […]

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Bharti Airtel picks stake in fintech startup Seynse

For-Airtel-Payment-Bank-Story_Mukul-Mudgal_feTelecom major Bharti Airtel has acquired a strategic stake in Goa-based financial technology startup Seynse Technologies Pvt. Ltd, it said in a statement. The value of the investment is not disclosed. Seynse has created the digital lending platform Loan Singh which provides consumers access to loans through its proprietary credit scoring engine, with a network […]

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Fin-tech sees sharp funding slowdown, but there’s a silver lining: KPMG

IDG, Accion to invest more in CreditMantriVenture capital (VC) investments in India’s fin-tech sector nosedived to a mere $216 million in 2016, a far cry from the previous year’s $1.6 billion, according to KPMG International’s quarterly report on global fin-tech investment that was released Wednesday. “This decrease highlights the impact a lack of mega deals can have on a country as […]

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FreeCharge founders, Chaayos CEO back B2B pharmacy app Reap

FreeCharge founders, Chaayos CEO back B2B pharmacy app ReapMumbai-based Workcell Solutions Pvt. Ltd, which runs B2B app for pharmacies Reap, has raised an undisclosed amount in seed funding from FreeCharge founders Kunal Shah and Sandeep Tandon, Chaayos co-founder and CEO Nitin Saluja and Thinklabs founder Gagan Goyal, a financial daily reported on Wednesday. The company will use the funds to develop the product […]

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Flipkart in talks to raise $1.5 bn from Microsoft, eBay and others

FlipkartHome-grown ecommerce major Flipkart is in talks with a bunch of investors to raise a significantly large round of investment as the company has started seeing a renewed growth momentum under the new leadership of CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy. The firm is in discussions with global tech giant Microsoft Corp., online marketplace eBay Inc., online payment […]

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