Indian Startup Funding — Indian Startups Raised $218 Mn This Week

SUMMARY

Indian startups cumulatively raised $217.84 Mn via 31 deals, a 273% increase from last week’s $58.36 Mn raised across 16 deals

The ecommerce sector emerged to be the investor favourite this week, with startups in the space bagging $56.2 Mn across five deals

Venture Catalysts was the most active investor this week, backing four startups

After muted funding trends over the past two weeks, investment activity in the Indian startup ecosystem picked up pace during the final week of May. Between May 27 and June 1, startups raised $217.84 Mn across 31 deals, a 273% increase from last week’s $58.36 Mn bagged across 16 deals. 

Funding Galore: Indian Startup Funding Of The Week [May  27 – Jun 1]

Date Name Sector Subsector Business Model Funding Round Size Funding Round Type Investors Lead Investor
28 May 2024 Infra.Market Real Estate Tech Real Estate SaaS B2B-B2C $50 Mn MARS Unicorn Fund MARS Unicorn Fund
31 May 2024 TechnoSport Ecommerce D2C B2C $25 Mn A91 Partners A91 Partners
29 May 2024 Euler Motors Cleantech Electric Vehicles B2B $24 Mn Series C Blume Venture, British International Investment, Piramal Alternatives India Access Fund
30 May 2024 Libas Ecommerce D2C B2C $18 Mn ICICI Ventures ICICI Ventures
25 May 2024 Zypp Electric Cleantech Electric Vehicles B2B $14 Mn ENEOS Oil & Energy Pte Ltd ENEOS Oil & Energy Pte Ltd
30 May 2024 Rebel Foods Consumer Services Hyperlocal Delivery B2C $13 Mn Debt Alteria Capital, InnoVen Capital
25 May 2024 Dvara Fintech Lendingtech B2B-B2C $10 Mn Debt BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund
31 May 2024 SEDEMAC Mechatronics Deeptech Hardware & IoT B2B $9 Mn* Xponentia Capital Partners, A91 Partners, and 360 ONE Asset
30 May 2024 MediBuddy Healthtech Telemedicine B2C $8.4 Mn Debt Innoven Capital, Alteria Capital
27 May 2024 High Street Ecommerce Roll Ups B2C $6 Mn Equity, Debt Sangita Jindal, SRF Group Family Offices, MD Krishna Bodanapu, Timmy Sarna Sangita Jindal
27 May 2024 Turno Ecommerce B2C Ecommerce B2C $6 Mn Series A British International Investment, Stellaris Venture Partners, B Capital, Quona Capital, Accion Venture Lab British International Investment
30 May 2024 Vegapay Fintech Lendingtech B2B $5.5 Mn Seed Elevation Capital, Eximus Ventures Elevation Capital
29 May 2024 Difacto Deeptech Robotics Process Automation B2B $4.8 Mn Stakeboat Capital Stakeboat Capital
28 May 2024 Flam Media & Entainment Social Media & Chat B2B-B2C $4.5 Mn pre-Series A Turbostart, Twin Ventures, Alphatron Capital
30 May 2024 Fyllo Agritech Precision Agriculture B2C $4 Mn IndiaQuotient, SIDBI Venture Capital, Triveni Trusts, Indian Angel Network, KiaOra Ventures IndiaQuotient
27 May 2024 CoverSure Fintech Fintech SaaS B2C $4 Mn pre-Series A Enam Holdings Enam Holdings
29 May 2024 FarMart Agritech Market Linkage B2B-B2C $2.8 Mn ResponsAbility Investments ResponsAbility Investments
28 May 2024 Maxvolt Energy Cleantech Electric Vehicles B2B-B2C $1.5 Mn
28 May 2024 Skippi Ecommerce D2C B2C $1.2 Mn pre-Series A Hyderabad Angel Network, Venture Catalysts, Soonicorn Ventures, HEM Securities Hyderabad Angel Network, Venture Catalysts
28 May 2024 AbleCredit Fintech Fintech SaaS B2B $1.2 Mn Seed Merak Ventures, Venture Catalysts, Helios Holdings Merak Ventures
28 May 2024 Inspeq AI Enterprisetech Horizontal SaaS B2B $1.1 Mn pre-Series-A Sure Valley Ventures, Delta Partners, Gaurav Singh Kushwaha, Prateek Dixit, Rick Kelly, Cyril Treacy Sure Valley Ventures
28 May 2024 Gravity Fintech Banking B2B $1 Mn Kettleborough VC Kettleborough VC
27 May 2024 EcoRating Cleantech Climate Tech B2B $1 Mn Seed We Founder Circle, 888 VC, Vinners, Indigram Labs Foundation, Google
27 May 2024 CirclePe Fintech Lendingtech B2B-B2C $1 Mn pre-Seed OTP Ventures, 1947 Rise, iSeed, IIT Delhi, Venture Catalyst OTP Ventures
29 May 2024 Nanosafe Cleantech Climate Tech B2C $360K IIML EIC, Uday Chatterjee, Sandhya Vasudevan, Tejinderpal Singh Miglani, Romesh Sobti IIML EIC
30 May 2024 Logistiex Logistics Ecommerce Logistics B2B $250K PACE Family Office, Siddhant Khemka PACE Family Office
27 May 2024 Hyperleap AI Enterprisetech Horizontal SaaS B2B $225K pre-Seed Anil Kommineni Anil Kommineni
28 May 2024 Yali Aerospace Deeptech Dronetech B2B Zoho Zoho
30 May 2024 TechEagle Deeptech Dronetech B2B Navam Capital, Inflection Point Ventures, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Venture Catalysts Navam Capital, Inflection Point Ventures
28 May 2024 Solinas Cleantech Climate Tech B2B Neev Fund II, Rainmatter Capital
31 May 2024 Aprecomm Enterprisetech Horizontal SaaS B2B ACT Fibernet ACT Fibernet
Source: Inc42
*Part of a larger round
Note: Only disclosed funding rounds have been included

[Note: This week’s funding galore also includes deals from last Saturday (May 25).]

Key Startup Funding Highlights Of The Week

  • With startups like TechnoSport and Libas bagging funds to the tune of $25 Mn and $18 Mn respectively, the ecommerce sector emerged to be the investor favourite this week. Startups in the space netted $56.2 Mn across five deals.
  • Real Estate Tech unicorn Infra.Market raised $50 Mn in an additional funding round from Liquidity Group and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group’s MARS Unicorn Fund. The funding round drove real estate tech to become the second most funded sector this week.
  • Further, the cleantech and fintech sectors, each saw the highest six deals materialise this week. Startups in the sector bagged $40.8 Mn and $22.7 Mn, respectively.
  • Venture Catalysts was the most active investor this week, backing four startups.
  • Seed funding tumbled down this week, with startups at this stage securing $7.7 Mn. This was a 41% decline from last week’s $13.12 Mn.

From Infra.Market to Zypp Electric- Indian Startups Raised $218 Mn This Week

Startup Fund Launches Of This Week

  • Venture Capitalist (VC) firm Sauce.vc Floats has floated an $30Mn (INR 250 Cr) fund, its third largest till date. With this, the investment firm will back 15-16 early stage consumer brands.
  • Homegrown financial services firm Avendus launched its late-stage ‘Future Leaders Fund (FLF) III’ with a total corpus of $350 Mn (INR 3,000 Cr), along with a green shoe option of up to INR 1,500 Cr. It will look to make 10-12 investments with an average ticket size of $25 Mn to $35 Mn.
  • 360 ONE Asset announced the launch of its late stage secondaries fund,‘Special Opportunities Fund-12’, with a target base corpus of $480 Mn (INR 4,000 Cr). The private equity (PE) firm has already made six investments from the new fund with an average ticket size of $18- $30 Mn (INR 150-250 Cr).
  • Early stage consumer VC fund RPSG Capital Ventures has marked the final close of its second fund, Fund II at INR 550 Cr. Through the fund, it claims to have already invested in four direct-to-consumer (D2C) startups Supertails, Perfora, Rabitat and Headway.
  • Former KKR India head Sanjay Nayar’s VC firm Sorin Investments marked the final close of its maiden fund at INR 1350 Cr. Under the fund, it has made 5 investments till date in Uniqus Consultech, Venwiz, Litestore, Freed and Shivalik SFB with a few more nearing closure.

Startup Acquisitions This Week

  • Broadcasting giant Times Network bought technology media portal Digit.in from 9.9 Group via an undisclosed deal. The company will look to leverage its digital publishing capabilities to expand its footprint in the technology and gaming sectors.
  • Fintech startup BharatX has forayed into the healthcare lending space with the acquisition of the healthcare startup Zenifi. As part of the deal, Zenifi’s cofounder Padam Kataria will join BharatX to spearhead its healthcare vertical.
  • Parent of D2C unicorn Mamaearth, Honasa Consumer Ltd, has acquired the assets of Thane-based skincare company CosmoGenesis Labs for $480K (INR 4 Cr). With the buyout, it seeks to strengthen its research and development and manufacturing capabilities.
  • Zerodha cofounder Nikhil Kamath, Capri Global Family Office, Sumeet Kanwar from Verity and Abhijeet Pai-led Wear Steels, have bought 10% stake in Infra.Market’s subsidiary RDC Concrete for $20 Mn.
  • B2B marketplace IndiaMART InterMESH has acquired a 10% stake in fraud detection startup Baldor Technologies for INR 89.7 Cr (about $10.7 Mn) via a secondary transaction. The investment aligns with its long-term objective of providing various software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for businesses.
  • US-based ecommerce giant Amazon is in the final stages of acquiring Times Internet-owned video streaming platform MX Player. Sources told Inc42 that the ecommerce major is acquiring MX Player in an all-cash deal for a little over $100 Mn.

Other Major Developments Of The Week

  • Shares of the coworking space provider Awfis were listed at INR 432.25 on the BSE, a premium of 12.8% from its issue price of INR 383. On the NSE, its shares were listed at INR 435 apiece, 13.5% higher than the issue price.
  • Travel tech startup Atlys is in talks with existing investor Peak XV Partners and others to raise $15-18 Mn in its Series B round. It is said to be eyeing the fresh infusion at a valuation of $70 Mn.
  • Electric two wheeler maker Ather is looking to raise $34 Mn (INR 286.5 Cr) in a mix of equity and debt as part of its latest funding round. It plans to raise INR 200 Cr in debt from Stride Ventures while the founders Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain are looking to infuse the rest of the capital.
  • VC firms Xponentia Capital Partners, A91 Partners, and 360 ONE Asset have acquired stakes in deeptech startup SEDEMAC Mechatronics through a secondary transaction , giving full exit to the company’s early investors, Nexus Venture Partners, TR Capital and Montane Ventures. While the size of the round was $100 Mn, it included a primary infusion of around $9 Mn into the startup at a valuation of $260 Mn.
  • Ratan Tata-backed omnichannel jewellery startup BlueStone is in discussions to secure close to $100 Mn in a pre-IPO funding round at a unicorn valuation. This would translate to a more than 2X jump from its erstwhile valuation of $450 Mn.
  • As part of its ongoing Series A round, D2C kidswear brand Kidbea has seen Innov8 founder and angel investor Ritesh Malik, Nazara Technology founder Nitish Mittersain, and cardiovascular surgeon Dr Shriram Nene join its captable.

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