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TICE Funding Report: Indian Startups Witness Seed Funding Surge

The funding data of Indian startups from June 10 to June 17, 2023, provides valuable insights into the funding landscape. In this period, several startups secured funding across various funding types. Read the TICE funding report to get insights.

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The funding data of Indian startups from June 10 to June 17, 2023, provides valuable insights into the funding landscape. In this period, several startups secured funding across various funding types, including Seed, Series A, Series B, Series E, Pre-IPO round, and Bridge Round. Let's delve into the key findings and highlight the significant aspects of the report.

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As per the data compiled by TICE News, a total of 24 startups raised funding (including undisclosed funding rounds) between June 10 - June 17. The total funding amount raised by Indian startups comes to USD 221.68 million (excluding undisclosed funding rounds).

Top 3 Startups with the Biggest Funding: 

a) Lenskart: Lenskart, founded in 2010, stands out as the top-funded startup during this period, raising a massive funding of $100 million in Series J. The funding was led by ChrysCapital, demonstrating the investors' confidence in Lenskart's business model and growth prospects.

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b) Indifi: Indifi, established in 2015, secured significant funding of $35 million in Series E. The funding was led by ICICI Venture, indicating strong support from notable investors in the financial technology sector.

c) Everest Fleet: Everest Fleet, founded in 2016, raised substantial funding of $20 million in Series B. The funding came from Uber, a global transportation technology company, highlighting the strategic partnership potential between the two companies.

Startups with Seed Funding: 

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Seed funding plays a crucial role in supporting early-stage startups to kickstart their operations and fuel their growth. In the analyzed period, several startups received seed funding, demonstrating the investor community's interest in supporting new ventures. 

Noteworthy startups that secured seed funding include Revoh, Urvann, Mykare Health, Gro Club, Habile Technologies, Myplan8, HighXp, Berrylush, Satyukt, Skills Caravan, Kyte Energy, and Buyofuel. These startups received initial financial backing to develop their ideas and establish a strong foundation for future growth.

The funding report provides valuable insights into the startup ecosystem. 

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Here are some key observations of the funding report:

  • Favorable Funding Environment: The report reflects a favorable funding environment for Indian startups, as evident from the diverse funding types and significant investment amounts. The presence of major investors, such as ChrysCapital, ICICI Venture, and Uber, highlights the attractiveness of the Indian startup ecosystem.
  • Focus on Innovation and Technology: Startups operating in sectors such as healthcare technology (Wellthy Therapeutics, Mykare Health), e-commerce (Lenskart, Berrylush), and financial technology (Indifi, Basic Home Loan) attracted notable funding. This indicates the investors' interest in innovative business models and technologies that have the potential to disrupt traditional industries.
  • Investor Confidence in Indian Startups: The funding received by Lenskart, Indifi, and Everest Fleet showcases investor confidence in Indian startups. This confidence stems from factors such as market potential, scalability, and demonstrated growth.
  • Importance of Seed Funding: Seed funding continues to play a crucial role in nurturing the Indian startup ecosystem. The number of startups securing seed funding highlights the support available for early-stage ventures and the potential for growth and innovation in the market.

The TICE Startup Funding Index: 

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Startup Name 

Funding Round 

Amount Raised 

Founding Year 

Investors 

Lenskart Series J 100M2010ChrysCapital

Revoh

Seed478K2017Whiteboard Capital, Nexzu Technologies 
UrvannSeedUndisclosed2021IPV
Wellthy TherapeuticsSeries BUndisclosed2015Beyond Next Ventures
Mykare HealthSeed2.01M2021On Deck, Avaana Capital Advisors, Huddle, Endurance Capital, FHealth Accelerator, SAE, Ajit Mohan, Ankit Tandon.
Evolved FoodsSeed973k2022Rainmatter Health, backed by Zerodha, and Kamala Capital.
Gro ClubSeed524K2021Deepak Gowda
Arena FitSeed750K2014Hawks Ventures, Elysian Park, CourtsideVC, WISE Ventures, Club Sports Group, Powerhouse Capital.
Habile TechnologiesSeed400K2008Upekkha, Kube VC, Ramanathan R V
Myplan8SeedUndisclosed2022Undisclosed 
Everest FleetSeries B20M2016Uber
TaxNodesSeed1.6M2022Rahul Pagidipati, Nischal Shetty, Ashish Singhal, and Ajeet Khurana.
Basic Home LoanSeries A4.7M2020Dexter Angels, IIM Indore Alumni Fund, CommsCredible, Gruhas, Venture Catalysts.
UnnatiSeries A3.46M2017Incofin Investment Management, NABVENTURES, Orios Venture Partners
IndifiSeries E35M2015ICICI Venture, British International Investment, OP Finnfund Global Impact Fund I, Omidyar Network India, Flourish, CX Partners.
HighXpSeed2.2M20213one4 Capital, Prime Venture Partners, Gemba Capital, Anuj Tandon
BerrylushSeed970K2015Klub
SatyuktSeed1.21M2018NABVENTURES
Skills CaravanSeedUndisclosed2022Deep Bajaj
Kyte EnergySeed364K2017ah! Ventures & Soonicorn Ventures
BuyofuelSeed546K2019Recur
Aviom India Housing Series D 30M 2016Nuveen 
IdeaForge Pre-IPO round 8M2007Tata AIG General Insurance, Motilal Oswal Mutual Fund, Think Investments PCC, and 360 One Asset Management. 
HomeLane Bridge Round 9.1M2014Undisclosed

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