By Inc42 Media

SUMMARY

Indian startups cumulatively raised a total of $97.3 Mn across 10 deals, an over 55% decline from previous week’s $217.84 Mn raised across 31 deals

Despite the lagging primary funding infusion of the week, the week was rich in terms of secondary transactions

Continuing on its downward trajectory of the past few weeks, seed funding went down by 67% week-on-week to $3 Mn

During the week of the Indian elections, funding momentum in the world’s third largest startup ecosystem saw a significant decline. Between June 3 and 8 startups raised a total of $97.3 Mn across 10 deals. This represents a nearly 55% decrease from the previous week, when startups secured $217.84 Mn across 31 deals.

Funding Galore: Indian Startup Funding Of The Week [ June 3 – June 8 ]

DateNameSectorSubsectorBusiness ModelFunding Round SizeFunding Round TypeInvestorsLead Investor
5 Jun 2024FibeFintechLendingtechB2C$65.5 Mn*Series ETR Capital, Trifecta Capital, Amara Partner, TPG Rise Fund, Norwest Venture Partners, Eight Roads Ventures, Chiratae VenturesPV Sindhu
4 Jun 2024AstrotalkConsumer ServicesHyperlocal ServicesB2C$14 MnSeries AElev8 Venture Partner, Left Lane CapitalElev8 Venture Partner, Left Lane Capital
5 Jun 2024TestsigmaEnterprisetechHorizontal SaaSB2B$8.2 MnSeries AMassMutual Ventures, Accel, STRIVE, BoldCapMassMutual Ventures
4 Jun 2024LogicLadderCleantechClimate TechB2B$2.5 MnBig Bang Capital, Rainmatter
5 Jun 2024BIGGUYSConsumer ServicesHyperlocal DeliveryB2C-B2B$2 MnSurya Kalai, Vinod Achutan, Nagaraja KaliaTR Capital, Trifecta Capital, Amara Partner
6 Jun 2024Clodura.AIEnterprisetechHorizontal SaaSB2B$2 MnPre-Series ABharat Innovation Fund, Malpani VenturesBig Bang Capital, Rainmatter
6 Jun 2024Maino.AIEnterprisetechHorizontal SaaSB2B$1.8 MnSeedIndia Quotient Advisers LLP, Karan Bedi, Janhavi ParikhBharat Innovation Fund
6 Jun 2024CHOSEN by DermatologyEcommerceD2CB2C$1.2 MnSeedIndia Quotient Advisers LLP
6 Jun 2024DocplixHealthtechFitness & WellnessB2C$144KInflection Point Ventures
3 Jun 2024GreendayAgritechMarket LinkageB2BPV SindhuInflection Point Ventures
Source: Inc42
*Part of a larger round
Note: Only disclosed funding rounds have been included

Key Startup Funding Highlights Of The Week

  • The week’s largest funding round saw lending tech startup Fibe (erstwhile EarlySalary) raise $90 Mn in its Series E funding round led by TR Capital, Trifecta Capital and Amara Partner. In this, the startup bagged only $65.5 Mn in primary capital and the rest came through secondary transactions. 
  • Buoyed by Fibe’s funding, the fintech sector topped the funding charts in terms of amount raised. The lending tech startup’s funding was the lone deal in the sector this week.
  • Enterprisetech saw the highest three deals materialise this week. Startups in the segment bagged $12 Mn via three deals. 
  • Continuing on its downward trajectory of the past few weeks, seed funding went down by 67% this week to $3 Mn.

From Fibe To Astrotalk- Indian Startups Raised $97 Mn This Week

Other Major Developments Of The Week

  • Despite the lagging primary funding infusion of the week, the period was rich in terms of secondary transactions. Peyush Bansal-led Lenskart saw Temasek and Fidelity buy $200 Mn worth stakes from undisclosed stakeholders. With the investment, Temasek effectively doubled down its investment in the startup. On the other hand, Fidelity now joins the startup’s cap table. 
  • The week saw Flipkart cofounder Sachin Bansal completely exit two-wheeler electric vehicle maker Ather Energy. He sold his 2.2% of his shareholding in the EV major to Hero MotoCorp for $14.8 Mn, while Zerodha cofounder Nikhil Kamath lapped up his remaining 5.3% stake for $33.7 Mn.
  • CarDekho’s insurance arm InsuranceDekho is looking to acquire a majority stake in the wealthtech startup BankSathi in a share swap deal. The move will help the insurtech platform build its credit products portfolio.
  • In a bid to become one of the leading sports and entertainment focus publishers in the US market, Nazara Technologies’ subsidiary Absolute Sports (parent of Sportskeeda) will be acquiring all the assets of Pennsylvania-based entertainment news site Soap Central for $1.4 Mn in an all-cash deal.
  • Amazon’s acquisition of MX Player from Times Internet is in its final stages, Inc42 has learnt. The ecommerce giant has confirmed that it has signed an agreement to purchase some assets of the video streaming platform. 
  • Adding on to the string of initial public offerings (IPOs) coming out of the Indian startup ecosystem this year, online travel aggregator ixigo is set to make its public debut on June 10. At a price band of INR 88-93 per equity share for its public issue, it is expected to raise a total of INR 740 Cr at the upper end. Ahead of its IPO, it raised over INR 333 Cr from 23 anchor investors at INR 93 per equity share. 

Source: Inc42 Media