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Dec 18, 2018

1. Kymco, World's fourth largest electric scooter maker has picked up a significant stake in Twenty Two Motors, a two wheeler start up in India to mark its India foray.

2. Hyperlocal subscription-based delivery startup DailyNinja has acquired Hyderabad-based WakeupBasket in a cash and equity deal.

3. Early-stage investor Ventureast has exited its investment in Hyderabad-based women-focussed content startup Incnut Digital Pvt. Ltd by selling its stake to Tokyo-headquartered consumer internet company Istyle Inc.

4. Steel marketplace Virtual Metalstreet Pvt. Ltd has raised $700,000 from angel investors.

5. Amazon.com Inc is likely to buy an at least 7 percent to 8 percent stake in India’s Future Retail Ltd through an investment arm, CNBC-TV 18 reported.

6. India Business Excellence Fund – III, managed by Motilal Oswal Private Equity, will invest Rs 200 crore in Happy Forgings, an auto ancillary SME company.

7. Online bus ticketing platform Abhibus is in talks with a few venture capital firms to raise around $15 million by divesting some 25% stake, valuing the company at around Rs 450 crore, reported ET.

8. Worxogo, a startup that offers a cognitive artificial intelligence (AI) engine as a software-as-a-service or SaaS application to give personalised performance inputs to employees, has raised ₹16.5 crore from Inventus Capital and Ideaspring Capital in its first round of funding.

9. Reliance Industries may soon buy controlling stakes in two of India’s largest cable TV and broadband service providers, Hathway Cable & Datacom and DEN Networks.

10. Alten Calsoft Labs, a subsidiary the $2.2-billion French IT firm Alten Group, has acquired Bengaluru-based chip design company Si2Chip.

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Dec 15, 2018

1. Google will soon launch its ‘Shopping’ tab in India, allowing users to search for products to buy and directing them to merchant websites or e-commerce platforms for product listings. Google is talking to e-commerce firms such as Flipkart, Snapdeal and Paytm for partnership.

2. Jack Ma, executive chairman of China's Alibaba Group, plans to open an institute to train thousands of tech entrepreneurs in Indonesia.

3. Nazara Technologies is gearing up to make a slew of acquisitions, particularly in the real money gaming space, across its home market India as well as the African continent.

4. Paytm has set aside Rs 200 crore to promote unified payments interface-based transactions this festive season.

5. TCS is giving offers to 28,000 campus recruits this year, the highest number of offers it has made to freshers in the last three years.

6. Walmart has acquired online lingerie retailer Bare Necessities for an undisclosed amount.

7. Bengaluru-based mobile entertainment company OnMobile Global Limited has said to acquire 100% shares of Sweden-based Appland, in an amount “not exceeding 15M”.

8. Zomato has signed a definitive agreement to raise a primary funding of about $210M from Alibaba-owned digital payment subsidiary Alipay Singapore Holdings Pte Ltd.

9. Amazon has reportedly offered over $400 million for a minority stake in RP-SG’s food and grocery retail chain, Spencer’s Retail.

10. Ranjit Gupta and Murali Subramanian, former CEO and COO, respectively, of global private equity firm Actis LLP’s Ostro Energy Pvt. Ltd, are in talks to initially raise $100 million to establish a renewable energy platform in India, reported DealStreetAsia.

11. Cloudera appoints Vinod Ganesan as India Country Head

12. myGate, a mobile-based security management solution for gated premises, has raised Series A funds of Rs 65 Cr led by existing investor Prime Venture Partners.

13. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the acquisition of 6.72 per cent shares of ANI Technologies by Lazarus.

14. personalized food recommendation engine, Spoonshot Inc. (formerly Dishq) has acquired Hyderabad-headquartered restaurant analytics startup Brisky

15. Oyo has further expanded its global reach by launching operations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

16. Delhi based instant lending startup, RevFin, has raised an undisclosed amount in the seed funding round from a group of angel investors.

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Dec 13, 2018

1. Paytm has reportedly held discussions with Alibaba-owned browser UCWeb for an acquisition of the latter’s India business, for an amount of $400-500M.

2. Anil Kumble’s startup Spektacom Technologies has launched an AI-enabled cricket bat named ‘Power Bat’ that is powered by Microsoft’s Azure Sphere cloud platform, to record a variety of metrics with regards to a batsman’s performance.

3. Flipkart sold about 1 million smartphones ringing in Rs 1,000 crore of sales during the first hour of its sale on Thursday, and is expected to sell 3 million smartphones on day two and has already surpassed last year’s total sales number of Rs 4,300 crore in the first two days.

4. Domestic help provider BookMyBai.com has raised an undisclosed amount of money in its pre-series A round from ARUN Seed, a Japan based social venture fund, besides from other Japanese angel investors.

5. Singapore based CCube Angels Network Invests INR 5.47 Crores In Public Limited BSE Listed Company, ALFA Transformers Limited

6. A fund of SAIF Partners has moved the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), accusing venture capitalist Chintalapati Srinivas Raju and his firms of accounting fraud and siphoning off money from a company where the private equity firm had made an investment, reported ET.

7. Tencent Music Entertainment has delayed its planned $2B U.S. initial public offering (IPO) until at least November as the owner of China's most popular music apps prefers to wait for global stock markets to stabilise, reported ET.

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Dec 11, 2018

1.Co-working startup Innov8 Coworking raises $4 mn led by Credence Family Office

2. Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal may back Ola with $100 million investment, reported ET.

3. Fosun Internationsl which has a market capitalisation of $14 billion and has primarily invested in India through its venture capital arm Fosun RZ Capital, has led a $12 million investment round in intracity logistics venture LetsTransport.

4. MobiKwik Acquires Clearfunds, Announces Its Foray in Wealth Management

5. Valuation of Paytm owner One97 Communications may hit $16 billion. The company is in talks with investors from US and China to sell a secondary of existing employees shares and small shareholders like MediaTek, reported ET.

6. Fertility Platform, Elawoman Raises $3M in Series A Funding Led by Chiratae Ventures

7. Investment platform LetsVenture is aiming to attract more angel investors and facilitate more investments in startups by registering as an angel Alternate Investment Fund (AIF) under the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), which means it can operate as a privately-pooled investment vehicle and collect funds from Indian and foreign investors to invest in startups.

8. Google India to open an online store in November to sell its gadgets

9. Cryptocurrency exchange Unocoin is launching, perhaps country’s first, crypto ATM with more details to be revealed in a week’s time, reported Inc42.

10. FMCG company Procter & Gamble India (P&G India) has announced the launch of a multimillion-dollar fund with an aim to invest in Indian startups and will also focus on collaborative growth strategy.

11. Betterhalf.ai, an artificial intelligence-powered matchmaking platform, has raised seed funding of $500,000 from angel investors

12. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) and OmniActive Health Technologies founder Sanjaya Mariwala have co-invested an undisclosed amount in agri-tech startup Sattvaponics.

13. European investment firm ThomasLloyd Group has acquired a stake in Delhi-based solar energy producer SolarArise India Projects Pvt. Ltd, marking its first transaction in the country.

14. Kishore Biyani-led Future Enterprises Ltd on Wednesday acquired a 55% stake in Mumbai-based fintech startup LivQuik Technology (India) Pvt. Ltd, which operates the QuikWallet mobile app.

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Dec 10, 2018

1. SoftBank to invest about $150-200 million in online retailer of fashion and beauty products, Nykaa, at a valuation that could be in the range of $700-800 million.

2. Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) have found that Zomato has delisted 2,500, Swiggy 4,000, Foodpanda 1,800, UberEats 2,000 partner hotels as they did not have the food safety regulator’s approval.

3. Zomato has claimed to cross 1M orders in a day, also launched Zomato Pickup that allows you pick up ordered food from restaurants across 13 cities.

4. According to a media report, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is planning to allow advertisements to be displayed in the "Status" section of the app. The report also states that ads are coming to WhatsApp for iOS, and the same will happen to WhatsApp for Android as well.

5. ShopClues has launched an ‘International Store’ on its platform that will have products spanning across 117 categories and has partnered with international aggregators to offer apparels, mobile accessories and home décor.

6. Cognizant has let go of about 200 senior employees at the director level and above this year, with a severance payout of three-four months, reported ET.

7. Twitter is looking for a country director to head India

8. Early stage venture capital firm, IDG Ventures India, has rebranded itself to Chiratae Ventures, as part of a broader strategy to move away from the global brand and appeal more to entrepreneurs in India. They also plans to raise a $275-300 million fund under the new brand and will hit the road later this year, reported ET.

9. Metropolitan Stock Exchange of India Limited (MSE) is planning to invest $100 Mn on MSME and startups, with the launch of a robust platform for the development of both equity and debt market segments.

10. Mumbai-based investment management firm, Alpha Capital Advisors, has raised commitments to invest about Rs 1,500 Cr) over the next three-four years in India towards consumer-facing business.

11. Mumbai-based online marketplace for pre-owned cars Truebil has raised close to $1 million in a fresh round of funding, reported VCCircle.

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Dec 7, 2018

1. Global human resources consulting firm Mercer has acquired a Gurugram-based online talent assessment firm, Mettl, for an undisclosed sum.

2. After a security breach in Google+, Alphabet, the parent company, has decided to shut down it over the next 10 months.

3. After launching its operations in UK last week, OYO is planning to enter in Japan. In September, the company has also raised $800 mn and got a commitment of another $200 mn in a round led by SoftBank Vision Fund at a valuation of $5B.

4. Social commerce marketplace Meesho is reportedly in advanced talks to raise $40-50 mn at around $250 mn valuation.

5. WhatsApp said on Tuesday it has built a system that stores payments-related data locally in India, in line with RBI norms.

6. Small business loans provider Aye Finance is looking to raise Rs 250-300 crore in a Series D funding round from new overseas investors, reported DealStreetAsia.

7. Salesforce Ventures, the corporate venture investment arm of US-based technology company Salesforce Inc., is reportedly exploring opportunities in India.

8. Global impact investment firm Social Finance has launched its first two India funds that will each raise $1 billion, to target equity funding for small lenders in priority sectors, namely agriculture, MSME, education, housing, social infrastructure and renewable energy.

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Dec 5, 2018

1. Online logistics solution provider Blackbuck has raised Rs 202 crore in a fresh round from new investor Sequoia Capital with participation from existing investors such as Accel Partners and Sand Capitals.

2. Swedish furniture and home accessories company IKEA plans to invest nearly Rs 3,000 crore (USD 417 million) in the next three years to open three fulfilment centres (packing warehouses) in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Delhi.

3. Food delivery startup FreshMenu is reportedly in early talks with private equity funds to raise nearly $75 mn as part of its Series C fundraise.

4. OYO has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Uttarakhand, and has committed an investment worth Rs 500 Cr (US$69.4mn) to expand its chain in the region.

5. Flipkart is foraying into insurance segment, partnered with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance to offer customised insurance solutions to power its mobile phone protection programme for all leading mobile phone brands that are sold on its platform.

6. Tech major Qualcomm has announced plans to invest $400M to set up its largest campus outside the US in Hyderabad.

7. Bengaluru-based enterprise networking startup Lavelle Networks Pvt. Ltd, has raised around Rs 2 crore ($270,000) from infotech consulting and software services company ASM Technologies Ltd, reported VCCircle.

8. Greenko Group is back in the running to buy Orange Renewable from Singapore’s AT Capital Group for about $925 million, reported DealStreetAsia.

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Dec 2, 2018

1. Zomato hits 21 million monthly food orders in India, and claims to be the market leader in the food ordering space in the country.

2. Iron Pillar, a mid-stage-focused venture capital (VC) firm, has made the final close of its $90 million maiden fund, plans to invest in 9-10 deals but with large ticket sizes of about $5-10 million.

3. US-based company Snapchat has hired former Twitter India head Raheel Khursheed to head its India operations.

4. Online car classifieds Cardekho has raised $75 million in Series C round from new as well as existing investors, reported Entrackr.

5. Omidyar Network is looking to invest roughly $250 million in Indian ventures and organizations over the next four-to-five years, reported LiveMint.

6. Fintech startup EarlySalary faced a cyber attack which compromised about 20,000 of its applicants’ data,

7. GO-JEK to hire upto 200 engineers in Bengaluru for key roles across various product verticals including Data Scientists, Full-stack engineers, Data Engineers, Product Managers, UI/UX designers and Backend Engineers to cater to its portfolio of 18 products that has a reported reach of more than 70 million users in Indonesia.

8. Digital payments firm PayPal today announced the launch of its first merchant focused app in India, PayPal for Business, to help small and medium merchants and freelancers conduct domestic and cross border business.

9. Cognizant said it has agreed to buy digital engineering and consulting company Softvision, for an undisclosed sum.

10. Uber plans to strengthen its technology team in Hyderabad and Bengaluru as it looks to drive growth in India.

11. Food-tech firm Innerchef has raised about $1.76 million (Rs 13 crore) in a fresh funding round led by Japanese venture capital firm-cum-accelerator Mistletoe at a valuation of $25 million, reported VCCircle.

12. Gurugram-based edutech platform NeoStencil is in talks with investors to raise $5-7 million by the end of this year, reported ET.

13. Pune-based Ntex Transportation Services Pvt. Ltd, which runs logistics startup ElasticRun, has raised close to Rs 60 crore ($8 million) in a fresh funding round, reported VCCircle.

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Nov 30, 2018

1. Droom Technology has raised $30 million (about Rs 221 crore) in series E round, led by the family office of Joe Hirao, founder of ZigExN, the Tokyo-headquartered company.

2. SoftBank Vision Fund is in talks to invest $200-250 million (Rs 1,470-1,837 crore) in ecommerce-focused logistics player Delhivery, at a post-money valuation of around $1.2 Bn, according to media reports.

3. Blume Ventures has made the first close of its third fund at $40 million, having reached half of the total fund corpus of $80 million.

4. Online dating app Bumble is expanding to India by the end of this year and has roped in actor Priyanka Chopra as "partner, advisor, and investor".

5. Homegrown private equity fund Gaja Capital has acquired a significant minority stake in sports education and training company KOOH Sports in a deal worth Rs 75 crore ($10 million), reported ET.

6. Amazon continues to pump capital into its payments arm Amazon Pay, adding Rs 590 crore in the latest infusion.

7. Venture debt firm Alteria Capital has made the second close of its maiden Alteria Capital India Fund I with commitments of more than Rs 625 crore. The development comes close on the heels of the fund’s fifth investment deal in scooter rental platform Vogo.

8. Future Enterprises (formerly Future Retail Limited) has acquired 54.98% stake in Mumbai-base digital payments startup LivQuik for $2.71M (Rs 20 Cr).

9. Chanda Kochhar, the embattled managing director and chief executive officer of ICICI Bank, resigned on Thursday with immediate effect and current chief operating officer Sandeep Bakhshi will replace her for a five-year term until 2023.

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Nov 27, 2018

1. Droom Technology has raised $30 million (about Rs 221 crore) in series E round, led by the family office of Joe Hirao, founder of ZigExN, the Tokyo-headquartered company.

2. SoftBank Vision Fund is in talks to invest $200-250 million (Rs 1,470-1,837 crore) in ecommerce-focused logistics player Delhivery, at a post-money valuation of around $1.2 Bn, according to media reports.

3. Blume Ventures has made the first close of its third fund at $40 million, having reached half of the total fund corpus of $80 million.

4. Online dating app Bumble is expanding to India by the end of this year and has roped in actor Priyanka Chopra as "partner, advisor, and investor".

5. Homegrown private equity fund Gaja Capital has acquired a significant minority stake in sports education and training company KOOH Sports in a deal worth Rs 75 crore ($10 million), reported ET.

6. Amazon continues to pump capital into its payments arm Amazon Pay, adding Rs 590 crore in the latest infusion.

7. Venture debt firm Alteria Capital has made the second close of its maiden Alteria Capital India Fund I with commitments of more than Rs 625 crore. The development comes close on the heels of the fund’s fifth investment deal in scooter rental platform Vogo.

8. Future Enterprises (formerly Future Retail Limited) has acquired 54.98% stake in Mumbai-base digital payments startup LivQuik for $2.71M (Rs 20 Cr).

9. Chanda Kochhar, the embattled managing director and chief executive officer of ICICI Bank, resigned on Thursday with immediate effect and current chief operating officer Sandeep Bakhshi will replace her for a five-year term until 2023.

 

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