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March 12, 2019

1. Global fintech major PayU is in advanced discussions to invest $100-$150 million in Bengaluru-based Capital Float.

2. Ola May Invest About $4.2M In Carpooling Startup sRide

3. Curefit top executive Neeraj Aggarwal joins xto10x as cofounder

4. Fintech lending platform Ziploans has raised Rs 90 crore in its Series B funding led by venture capital firm, SAIF Partners.

5. Chennai-based travel-technology start-up Pickyourtrail has raised Rs 21 crore in a series A-round.

6. Travel tech firm Pickyourtrail raises Rs 21 crore in Series A funding

7. Tech giant Intel buys Hyderabad-based Ineda systems

8. Singapore-based social media platform BIGO Technology has announced an investment of over $100 million to expand its business in India in the next three years.

9. Infibeam Avenues will invest Rs 250 crore to enhance fintech play

10. Girnar Software-owned ecommerce platforms for buying and selling cars, CarDekho.com and Gaadi.com, have added offline and online retail auction model for selling pre-owned cars with the acquihire of a Delhi-based car marketplace, Carbiqi.

11. Vernacular news aggregation platform Dailyhunt is about to close $60 million round from Goldman Sachs venture capital arm Goldman Sachs Investment Partners.

12. Private equity firm General Atlantic (GA) is in talks to sell its entire 20% stake in data analytics company Mu Sigma, reports DealStreetAsia.

13. Cipla Ltd is acquiring an 11.71 per cent stake in health-tech startup Wellthy Therapeutics Pvt. Ltd for Rs 10.5 crore.

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March 10, 2019

 1. China's Didi Chuxing has invested $100 million in OYO.

2. Ebix Inc has acquired an 80% stake in on-demand SaaS travel technology firm Zillious Solutions.

3. Nanotechnology startup Nanoclean Global Pvt Ltd has raised $600,000 in a pre-Series A round from LetsVenture, and others.

4. Daily tasks management app Dunzo has raised $3.1 million in a Series C round of funding from Blume Ventures and others.

5. Larsen & Toubro Infotech (LTI) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire NIELSEN+PARTNER (N+P) for $31.6 million.

6. Tech platform MoveInSync plans to debut its eponymous ride-hailing app in a pilot project in Bengaluru. Starting with about 500 cars.

7. Amazon and General Motors are in talks to invest in Rivian Automotive in a deal that would value the U.S. electric pickup truck manufacturer at between $1 billion and $2 billion.

8. Skechers, a US-based lifestyle and footwear brand, has bought Future Group’s 49 per cent stake in their joint venture for about Rs 580 crore.

9. Assisted e-commerce platform for small retailers ShopX has acquihired GabbarDeals, an omnichannel mobile phone retail brand.

10. Neo-banking fintech startup — Open — has raised $5 Mn Series A funding led by Beenext, Speedinvest and 3one4 Capital.

11. New Delhi-based Robotech Selected for Startup Grind 2019 Accelerate Program.

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March 09, 2019

1. Ola has raised an additional Rs 112 crore from a bunch of US-based investors as part of its ongoing Series-J round which values the company at $5.7 billion.

2. Business messaging service Slack has confidentially applied with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to list shares publicly.

3. Tesla has agreed to buy energy storage company Maxwell Technologies for $218 million in an all-stock deal.

4. Google has deleted 29 malicious "beauty camera" apps that were sharing pornographic content and forwarding users, particularly in India, to phishing websites to steal their information.

5. Ousted Flipkart founder Binny Bansal is now focused on xto10x Technologies, a startup he co-founded with former colleague Saikiran Krishnamurthy. It’s aimed at helping entrepreneurs navigate the often-tricky Indian startup scene.

6. TPG Growth will invest $30 million in Solara Active Pharma, a manufacturer of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API).

7. Rental and seller of refurbished home appliances and furniture, Guarented, has raised an undisclosed amount in its ongoing Pre-series A funding round from Mumbai Angels Network.

8. Germany-based automotive components manufacturer Schaeffler Group is reportedly planning set up a local electric vehicles engineering unit in India.

9. AI-driven logistics platform, fleetx.io, has raised Pre-Series A funding from India Quotient and LetsVenture’s Angel Fund, with participation from angel investors.

10. The Unified Payment Interface (UPI) registered 672 million transactions amounting to Rs 1,09,932.43 crores in Jan; and the government promoted BHIM processed 13.98 million transactions amounting to Rs 6,202.51.

11. Myntra launches clothing rental service called 'Myntra X Flyrobe' with Mumbai-based online fashion rental platform – Flyrobe in four cities – Delhi (NCR), Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.

12. The US-based brokerage firm Morgan Stanley has indicated that Walmart may exit Flipkart if the US retail giant does not see a long-term path to profitability.

13. Google's parent Alphabet logs $39.3B in revenue on Google ad business

14. A total of 15,632 startups have been recognized to date by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) since the launch of Startup India initiative in January 2016.

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March 8, 2019

Electric vehicles is certainly the future from both commerce and pollution control perspective. Indian Government to spend US $1.4 Billion as subsidy on sales of electric and hybrid vehicles.. Read more

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March 07, 2019

Swiggy acquires Bengaluru-based AI startup Kint.io

2. SoftBank's Vision Fund in talks to invest $1.5B in Chinese used car platform, Guazi.com.

3. Japan's Sojitz Corporation has signed a contract to invest in - ‘Continuum I’, a venture fund operated by venture capital firm 3one4 Capital Advisors.

4. Amazon and Walmart, which owns 77% stake in India’s largest online retailer Flipkart, together lost over $50 billion in market capitalisation on Friday after the government’s updated e-commerce policy came into effect.

5. Buyout fund Baring Private Equity Asia may buy stakes of founder promoters Rajendra Singh Pawar and Vijay Thadani in NIIT Technologies. which they founded in 2004.

6. Tech Mahindra has signed an agreement to purchase 100% of shares in Dynacommerce Holding B.V.

7. The promoters of Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) are looking to sell up to a 25% stake to a strategic partner, reports Business Standard.

8. Annapurna Raised Rs 137 Cr from Asian Development Bank (ADB), eying more financial support to Rural Women

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March 05, 2019

1. The Central government is planning to launch a national centre for artificial intelligence. The centre is expected to be operational by July and work has begun for a launch.

2. Singapore's XSEED Education has acquired Chennai-based edtech startup Report Bee for an undisclosed amount.

3. R2 Data Labs, an innovation lab by British luxury automobile maker ‘Rolls-Royce’, will launch a startup accelerator in Bengaluru in April this year to develop a collaborative ecosystem of digital partners in India

4. Ankur Capital plans to use its ₹300 crore fund to write bigger cheques, make riskier bets and make greater investments in successful portfolio companies, reports DealStreetAsia.

5. Venture capital firm A91 Partners has reportedly invested ₹60-70 crore in Mumbai-based make-up brand Sugar Cosmetics.

6. Online pharmacy Medlife International has acquired Medlabz, a digital healthcare platform and home diagnostics services company for an undisclosed amount.

7. After breaking up with Flipkart in May 2018, eBay has relaunched in India on New Years’ Eve.

8. In collaboration with WhatsApp, StartupIndia has launched a microsite for the registration of Startup India – WhatsApp Grand Challenge. The initiative will grant a total of $250,000 to the top 5 winners.

9. MakeMyTrip plans to opt out of the government scheme on accreditation of OTAs and bed-and-breakfast establishments.

10. Indonesian ride-hailing firm Go-Jek has raised around $1 billion in a funding round, led by Alphabet's Google, JD.com and Tencent Holdings, reports ET.

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March 03, 2019

Zomato is reported to be in talks with Berlin-based food tech major Delivery Hero to sell them its United Arab Emirates (UAE) business for about $200-250 million.

2. Uber is launching UberBOAT in Mumbai and also expanding into waterways.

3. Blockchain-based unsecured personal loan marketplace StreamSource has raised $1 million seed fund from Accel India.

4. Swiggy is piloting hyperlocal grocery delivery services through a separate app Swiggy Dash, to launch in Gurugram.

5. Saama Capital leads $1.3 million seed round in insurtech startup Kruzr

6. Lending startup MoneyOnClick has raised $2.15 million in a seed funding led by venture capital firms Orios Venture Partners, Kalaari Capital, and 3one4 Capital.

7. Blockchain startup InfiniChains raised $2.4 million in its Series A funding round from Ajanta Pharma founder Purushottam Agrawal.

8. Sachin Bansal has now invested $7 million in his new venture BAC Acquisitions.

9. India Life Sciences Fund, a healthcare and pharmaceuticals-focused private equity fund advised by InvAscent, has raised $250 million for its third growth capital fund.

10. Veterinary pharmaceuticals company Ashish Life Science has raised Rs 45 crore in a round led by Eight Roads Ventures.

11. Bengaluru-based ApEnter Mechatronics has raised Rs 10 crore in a Series A funding round led by Inventus India and KITVEN.

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March 01, 2019

1. Oyo is in advanced talks to acquire Innov8 for Rs 200 crore in an all cash deal.

2. Paytm on Tuesday announced the acquisition of Delhi-based hotel booking platform Nightstay for an undisclosed amount

3. Slack, the business messaging service, now has more than 10 million daily active users

4. Pinterest, the image search website, has hired Goldman Sachs Group and JPMorgan Chase to lead its initial public offering (IPO) later this year.

4. Bangalore-based startup SimYog has raised Rs 6.3 crore led by Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions (RBEI) along with participation from Ideaspring Capital.

5. Online news & stories portal, The Better India, has raised an undisclosed amount in its Series A round led by Elevar Equity with participation from TPG Rise (The Rise Fund).

6. OYO Hotels Launches in Philippines with over $50 Million commitment

7. AI Startup Clootrack Raises $500K in Seed Funding from Indian Angel Network

8. Bangalore-based Startup AptEner Mechatronics Raises Series A Funding of Rs 10 Cr

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Feb 28, 2019

1. Crio.Do, a learning platform for developers, has raised $1 million in seed funding led by Binny Bansal, co-founder and former group CEO of Flipkart, along with others.

2. Deep technology startup CreditVidya has raised $3 million from Bharat Innovation Fund and the partners at Falcon Edge Capital who have invested in their personal capacity.

3. Grofers has recorded a revenue of Rs 310 crore in January 2019. The marketplace has further added 2.5 lakh new customers this January and eyes a revenue target of Rs 2,500 crore for FY 2019.

4. To promote the use of electric vehicles by private owners, Gujarat Government had a meeting with taxi service providers like Ola and Uber and have asked them to start electric vehicle services. The government may give some incentives to them to promote use of EVs.

5. Shoppers Stop is seeking more clarity on whether the government’s latest foreign direct investment (FDI) guidelines could affect its stake sale to Amazon. Nearly two years ago, ecommerce giant Amazon acquired a 5% stake in Shoppers Stop.

6. Talent Technology Startup Shortlist Raises $2M In Series A Funding led by Blue Haven Ventures.

7. Early stage venture fund Fireside Ventures has announced a series of six investments in consumer brands - Azani Sports, Bog Orchid, Transformative Learning Solutions (The Ayurveda Experience), Kapiva Ayurveda, Tangy Turmeric (Tasty Tales) and AnKaSumMor Foods.

8. Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions, has announced its first venture investment in India in Bengaluru-based deeptech startup SimYog Technologies.

9. Roots Ventures, an investor in startups and growth-stage companies, has made its first investment in Supa Star Foods Pvt. Ltd, a packaged food and beverage maker.

10. ZunRoof, an Indian solar rooftop startup, has raised an undisclosed sum in its third round of angel funding.

11. Oizom Instruments, an Internet of things (IoT) startup, has raised an undisclosed amount in seed funding from CIIE.

12. FMCG company Emami Ltd has acquired German personal care brand Creme 21.

13. T-Hub Appoints Ravi Narayan as its New CEO

14. Venture Catalysts invests undisclosed amount of funds in roasted super snacks brand, Keeros' seed funding round

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Feb 27, 2019

1. Reliance Jio has launched JioRail app that allows the owners of JioPhone users to book or cancel tickets from their phones.

2. Facebook launches a new "Privacy and Data Use Business Hub" to help businesses understand ways in which they could protect user-information while using the platform.

3. OYO is aiming to expand its operations in 100 cities across Indonesia by the end of 2019.

4. Online higher education platform UpGrad will invest Rs 100 crore in advertising and brand building activities in 2019

5. Kutuki, an early learning content firm, has raised an undisclosed amount in pre-seed funding from Mphasis founder Jerry Rao and Better Capital.

6. Flipkart-owned PhonePe is expanding its fintech platform by adding financial services for the Millennial generation.

7. Ola has reportedly more than halved its budget for Foodpanda in an attempt to focus on private label brands to boost growth.

8. Rebel Foods Pvt. Ltd, which owns Faasos brand of internet kitchens, is looking to raise up to $150 million in fresh funding, reports DealStreetAsia.

9. BSNL has reportedly signed a machine-to-machine (M2M) communication deal with Mumbai-based automobile manufacturer Tata Motors for supplying embedded SIM cards to transform the automaker’s vehicles into smart cars.

10. ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank are among the consortium of 11 big lenders set to launch the country’s first blockchain-linked funding for small and medium enterprises (SME), reports ET.

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