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TICE Startup Funding Index: Fintech & AI Startups Take Spotlight

The funding data of Indian startups from August 19 to August 25, 2023, provides valuable insights into the funding landscape. Several startups secured funding across various funding types. Early-stage startups attracted the most funding. Read on!

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Sonu Vivek
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The funding data of Indian startups from August 19 to August 23, 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, and Conventional Debt. Let's delve into the key findings and highlight the significant aspects of the report.

As per the data compiled by TICE Startup Funding Index, a total of 20 startups raised funding (including undisclosed funding rounds) between August 19 - August 25. The total funding amount raised by Indian startups comes to $51.2M (excluding undisclosed funding rounds).

Top Startups with the Highest Funding Raised:

Zaggle: Amid a tough period for startup funding, Hyderabad-based fintech startup Zaggle has managed to secure $11.8M (98 crore rupees) through a pre-IPO private placement round. This funding came from both fund houses and high net worth individuals. They did this in two parts, selling their shares at 164 rupees each, with a premium of 163 rupees per share. In the first part, they raised 73 crore rupees. This included 30 crore rupees each from Ashish Kacholia, a market investor, and Bengal Finance & Investment Pvt Ltd. In the second part, they secured 25 crore rupees from ValueQuest SCALE fund. All of this was done by selling over 33.53 lakh shares.

GradRight: Fintech startup GradRight secured $6M (around Rs 50 crore). The funding comes from IvyCap Ventures. Started in 2019 by Aman Singh and Sasidhar Sista, GradRight has a platform that assists students who want to study abroad. They help these students find funding. The platform connects students, universities, and lenders directly. This way, they remove middlemen and make everything more transparent and accountable.

SuperBottoms, a startup that focuses on sustainable baby and mom care products, secured a substantial investment of $5M in its latest funding round (Series A1). The main investors behind this funding push are Lok Capital and Sharrp Ventures.The funding injection will be utilized for two main purposes: expanding the product offerings and growing the company's presence offline. Established in 2016 by Pallavi Utagi, the company provides a variety of items such as cotton langots, potty training pants, children's clothing, and more. This showcases the brand's in-depth comprehension of fundamental baby care.

Major Developments of the Week:

  • Tata Power EV Charging Solutions and Zoomcar have teamed up to promote Tata Power's EZ charge points on the Zoomcar platform, aiming to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in India.

  • Noida-based startup Omnipresent Robot Technologies collaborates with ISRO to aid Pragyaan Rover's navigation in India's Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission. 
  • Adani TotalEnergies E-Mobility Limited (ATEL) has teamed up with electric cab aggregator Evera to establish a large EV charging hub in Samalkha, New Delhi, incorporating 200 charging points.
  • Healthtech unicorn PharmEasy will secure INR 3,500 Cr through a rights issue to repay a significant portion of its debt to Goldman Sachs. 

  • Quick commerce startup Dunzo has resumed operations at its seven dark stores in Bengaluru.

  • Paytm's CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma announced the company's ambitious plan to develop a comprehensive artificial general intelligence (AGI) stack, emphasizing their dedication to artificial intelligence.

  • Fintech unicorn MobiKwik is apparently preparing to enter the business-to-business (B2B) merchant lending sector.

  • Three prominent Indian family offices, namely Manipal Group's MEMG Family Office, Marico's Sharrp Ventures led by Harsh Mariwala, and Hemendra Kothari's DSP family office, have collectively invested around INR 435 crore to acquire a stake in the prominent children-focused e-commerce giant FirstCry. 
  • Netflix has teamed up with a telecom company, Jio, to introduce prepaid plans that include Netflix subscriptions, allowing Jio's prepaid users to access Netflix and utilizing Jio as a distribution channel for the streaming service.

  • Unacademy, fired a teacher for expressing a political opinion in an online class.

  • Navi Technologies, led by Sachin Bansal, is entering the digital payments arena by introducing Navi UPI, following the trend of various startups like CRED and Zomato launching their own UPI services; this move follows Navi's decision to lay off 200 employees, just a month before this announcement, as they gear up for an IPO.

TICE Startup Funding Index:

Name of Startup

Founding Year

Funding Type

Funding Raised

Investor 

Zaggle  2011 Pre-IPO round 11.8M Vikasa India EIF I Fund, Acintyo Investment Fund PCC , Value Quest SCALE Fund
GradRight 2019 Series A 6M IvyCap Ventures
Superbottoms 2014 Series A1 5M  Lok Capital and Sharrp Ventures
Maxbyte 2016 Series A 5M e& Capital 
Weekday 2021 Seed 2.2M  Venture Highway
Neurowyzr  2019 Seed 2.1M  Jungle Ventures and Peak XV
13SQFT 2019 Pre-Series A 1M Inflection Point Ventures
Kombai 2022 Seed 4.5M  Stellaris Venture Partners and Foundation Capital
ZEVO India 2022 Seed Undisclosed Agility Ventures
CheqUPI 2021 Seed 500K Y Combinator Accelerator Program
Switch My Loan 2021 Seed Undisclosed O2 Angels Network
Boxs 2018 Seed 1.6M Surge, Peak XV’s rapid scale-up program,  with participation from Titan Capital and Zetwerk founders
Vipragen 2012 Series A Undisclosed Karnataka Information Technology Venture Capital Fund, Conscience Multi Family Office
Square Insurance Brokers 2017 Seed 1M Recur Club
Inaari 2020 Seed 481K Hyugalife.com
Portkey.ai 2023 Seed 3M Lightspeed, AWS, OpenAI, Cloudflare, Postman, and Asana. 
Hypergro.ai 2022 Seed 841K Silverneedle Ventures, Huddle, TDV Partners, HME Ventures, Dholakia Ventures, FiiRE, and angel investors like Arjun Vaidya, Ankit Kedia and Rajesh Sawhney.
Dvara KGFS 2008 Conventional Debt 1.8M as per traxcn  Undisclosed 
Wootz.work Seed 3.5M  Matrix Partners India and Nexus Venture Partners
Aretto 2019 Seed 550K Hardik Pandya
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