Funding

Funding and acquisitions in Indian startups this week [15-20 Apr]

Funding

During the week, equivalent to 37 Indian startups raised nearly $310 million in funding. These deals include 10 growth-stage deals and 17 early-stage deals. Meanwhile, one growth-stage startup and nine early-stage startups did not disclose the amount raised.

Funding

Last week, about 21 early and growth-stage startups collectively raised around $105 million capital.

[Growth-stage deals]

Among the growth-stage deals, 10 startups raised $225.86 million in funding this week. Cleantech startup GPS Renewables led the list with $50 million in debt funding. The list was followed by vernacular social media platform ShareChat, housing finance company Altum Credo, B2B procurement marketplace ProcMart, and aerospace components manufacturer JJG Aero which raised $48.86 million, $40 million, $30 million, and $12 million, respectively.

Further, consumer lending app RING, ESG and accounting and reporting consultation provider Uniqus Consultech, education-focussed NBFC Varthana, QSR chain Wow! Momo, and provider of decentralized solar-hybrid mini-grids Husk Power Systems. Electric cycle maker EMotorad also secured undisclosed funding this week. 

[Early-stage deals]

Subsequently, 17 early-stage startups scooped funding worth $83.76 million during the week. Climate-focused deeptech startup Ecozen spearheaded the list followed by training, certification, and recruitment services provider for grey collar Emversity (Beyond Odds), gaming startup LightFury Games, NBFC FincFriends, and shipping intelligence platform ClickPost.

The list further includes quick-service burger chain Good Flippin’ Burgers, emergency healthcare provider Medulance, elder care startup VitusCare, RevOps startup Clientell, and SaaS-based customer experience startup ZEPIC among others.

The list of early-stage startups also includes nine startups that kept the funding amount undisclosed: IWill, TraqCheck, Svish, Advance Mobility, IndoSup, Almonds Ai, 100KMPH, Payinstacard, and BlackCarrot. For more information, visit TheKredible.

[City and segment-wise deals]

In terms of the city-wise number of funding deals, Delhi-NCR-based startups led with 13 deals followed by Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Patna, and Hyderabad.

Funding

Segment-wise, fintech and e-commerce startups shared the top spot with six deals each. The list further counts healthtech, SaaS, foodtech, Gaming, and Automotive tech startups among others.

[Series-wise deals]

During the week, Seed funding deals led the list with 16 deals while Series A deals are at the second position with 7 deals, both collectively forming around 30% of the total funding. Further, Debt, Series B, and Pre-Seed are next on the list among others.

Funding

[Week-on-week funding trend]

On a weekly basis, startup funding grew 195% to $109.6 million as compared to around $105 million raised during the previous week.

The average funding in the last eight weeks stands at around $267 million with 27 deals per week.

[Departure]

During the week, Arjun Mohan, the chief executive officer of Byju’s, stepped down from his position seven months after joining the edtech firm. His departure is part of the company’s efforts to restructure and streamline its businesses.

[Fund launches]

Four startup-focused funds were launched this week.

The list includes a non-dilutive, grant-based fund (WTFund) for young entrepreneurs by Zerodha co-founder Nikhil Kamath. Venture capital firms Caret Capital and Ev2 Ventures teamed up to launch a new $50 million fund focused on India.

Angel investing platform BizDateUp Technologies introduced a $24 million Category I Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) for technology startups. Additionally, Inviga Healthcare Fund (IHF), a new healthcare-focused private equity fund, raised $20 million in its first close.

[Layoffs]

Content-to-commerce platform The Good Glamm Group has reduced its workforce by 15% or 150 employees in the last 12-15 months, according to the company. The reduction in the workforce appears to be part of efforts to cut costs and extend the runway amidst a tight funding environment.

[Mergers & Acquisitions]

This week witnessed four merger & acquisition deals. Agilitas Sports acquired the brand license for the Italian sports brand Lotto from WHP Global. VerSe Innovation, the parent company of Dailyhunt, acquired Magzter, a digital newsstand with a vast library of premium magazines and newspapers.

Aurionpro Solutions Limited announced the strategic acquisition of banking and insurance-focused PaaS startup Arya.ai. Moreover, OneVerse Gaming, a Metaverse and gaming tech startup, acquired the online poker platform PokerSaint, marking its fourth acquisition in the gaming sector.

Visit TheKredible to see series-wise deals along with amount breakup, complete details of fund launches, and more insights.

[New launches]

▪️ Zomato unveils all-electric ‘Large Order Fleet’

▪️ CASHe launches CASHe Green to forays into EV financing

▪️ Namma Yatri launches ride-hailing services in Bengaluru

[Financial results this week]

▪️ LoadShare’s scale remains flat in FY23, losses shrink 19%

▪️ Heads Up For Tails posts flat scale in FY23; losses mount 5X

▪️ InMobi’s Glance records 77% growth in FY23; losses cross Rs 1,000 Cr

▪️ Otipy posts 50% GMV growth in FY24; losses down by 21%

[News flash this week]

▪️ KreditBee plans ‘Ghar Wapsi’ from Singapore to India

▪️ Baron and Invesco mark up Pine Labs’ valuation

▪️ Jio-BlackRock JV to enter wealth management, stock broking biz

▪️ Swiggy merges Mall offering with Instamart

▪️ RBI’s draft KYC guidelines add burden and cost for payment aggregators

▪️ Bhavish Aggarwal plans $500 Mn IPO for Ola Cabs

[Conclusion]

After a significant drop in funding, the weekly funding again rose nearly 3X this week. The week saw three fund launches namely WTFund, Caret Capital, BizDateUp, and Inviga Healthcare Fund. The week also witnessed a layoff as The Good Glamm Group fired a part of its workforce.

Fintech company KreditBee is relocating its domicile from Singapore to India, following a trend among new-age firms like Pine Labs, Groww, Razorpay, Meesho, and Zepto.

US-based investment firms Baron Funds and Invesco have marked up the valuation of fintech unicorn Pine Labs, with Baron valuing it at $5.8 billion and Invesco at $4.8 billion as of December 2023. In another development, Swiggy is integrating Swiggy Mall with its quick commerce offering, Instamart, to expand its product range.

Additionally, after postponing its IPO plans in 2021, Ola Cabs is preparing for a $500 million IPO at a valuation of around $5 billion, and reportedly planning to file draft papers with SEBI within three months.

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