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    1. Why Start-up India’s $1.5 billion fund-of-funds needs to succeed

      Why Start-up India’s $1.5 billion fund-of-funds needs to succeed

      Last Modified: Mon, Feb 20 2017. 11 45 PM IST Why Start-up India’s $1.5 billion fund-of-funds needs to succeed Rs10,000 crore Fund-of-Funds for Start-ups that would invest in local venture capital funds which would, in turn, back early stage start-ups remains a bit of a non-starter Subscribe to our newsletter. Snigdha Sengupta In making sovereign capital available to local venture capital funds, the government hopes to compensate, to some extent, for the absence of local limited partners.

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    2. Tesla’s India plans, RBI’s shift in the policy stance and car sales in January

      Tesla’s India plans, RBI’s shift in the policy stance and car sales in January

      x Tesla’s India plans, RBI’s shift in the policy stance and car sales in January Tesla may introduce its cars in India in mid-2017; RBI holds interest rates but changes policy stance; demonetisation fails to skid car sales Livemint First Published: Sun, Feb 12 2017. 02 39 AM IST Tesla may bring its cars to India this year Responding to a query on Twitter on 7 February, Tesla Inc. chief executive Elon Musk stated that the company may introduce its cars in India in the Summer of 2017.

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    3. Deals Buzz: Uday Kotak says open to all options for the lender’s growth

      Deals Buzz: Uday Kotak says open to all options for the lender’s growth

      Mumbai: Mint brings to you your daily dose of top deals reported by newsrooms across the country. Statoil, Total SA, Shell in talks for a strategic stake in Amplus Energy France’s Total SA, Norway’s Statoil ASA and Royal Dutch Shell Plc have evinced interest to invest in solar power producer Amplus Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd, two people familiar with the development told Mint .

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    4. Voonik raises funds from Sequoia, RB Investments

      Voonik raises funds from Sequoia, RB Investments

      Mumbai: Start-up Voonik Technologies Pvt. Ltd, owner of the Voonik fashion app, has raised $6 million (Rs40 crore) from Singapore-based RB Investments and existing investor Sequoia Capital, two people aware of the development said. The latest round is a follow-on to its Series B round of $20 million in July, led by Sequoia Capital, said one of the two people cited above, requesting anonymity.

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    5. Stellaris raises $50 million for tech-focused fund

      Stellaris raises $50 million for tech-focused fund

      Last Modified: Mon, Feb 06 2017. 09 41 AM IST Stellaris raises $50 million for tech-focused fund Fundraising part of early-stage VC Stellaris’s first close of $100 million fund Subscribe to our newsletter. Anirban Sen Stellaris Venture Partners co-founder Ritesh Banglani says Indian tech firms are set to create $500 billion of value over the next decade, and the VC’s fund will gives its investors the opportunity to participate in this value creation.

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    6. Endiya Ventures raises Rs175 crore

      Endiya Ventures raises Rs175 crore

      Last Modified: Wed, Jan 25 2017. 02 15 AM IST Endiya Ventures raises Rs175 crore Endiya, which had marked Rs100 crore as the fund’s first close in January, raised an additional Rs75 crore as part of its first fund Subscribe to our newsletter. Shrutika Verma Endiya will look at a ticket size of Rs2-10 crore per company from seed stage to pre-series A and may also participate in follow-on Series A rounds.

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    7. The consequences of declining trust in CEOs

      The consequences of declining trust in CEOs

      Two sets of findings, related to societal trust levels, in a report released last week at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, should be a cause of grave concern to all of us. Part of a study released by communications group Edelman, the survey of more than 33,000 people in 28 countries including India, recorded the largest-ever drop of trust in business, government, the media, and non-government organisations (NGOs).

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    8. News in Numbers: 2 IPS officers in MP made to quit after performance review

      News in Numbers: 2 IPS officers in MP made to quit after performance review

      $25 million What is it? The cost of 25% stake in a ready-to-cook food company, ID Fresh Foods, paid by Premji Invest, the investment firm of Wipro-owner Azim Premji. Why is it important? With the increase in nuclear and double-income families, demand for ready-to-cook products is expected to grow faster and this has attracted investors wanting to tap this market. ID Fresh Foods had secured investment from Helion Ventures two years ago. Premji’s investment values it at $100 million.

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    9. Deals Buzz: Daiichi Sankyo moves Delhi HC to prevent bid to divest stake in Fortis

      Deals Buzz: Daiichi Sankyo moves Delhi HC to prevent bid to divest stake in Fortis

      Daiichi Sankyo’s move comes as the Singh brothers are looking to rope in an investor in Fortis Healthcare. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint Mumbai: Mint brings to you your daily dose of top deals reported by newsrooms across the country. Luxottica and Essilor ink €46 billion merger deal to create eyewear giant Italy’s Luxottica and France’s Essilor have entered into a €46-billion merger deal to create a global powerhouse in the eyewear industry with revenues of more than €15 billion, they said in a statement on Monday. The deal, one of Europe’s largest cross-border tie-ups, brings together ...

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    10. 10 venture capital dealmakers to watch in 2017

      10 venture capital dealmakers to watch in 2017

      India’s early-stage investors struck 405 deals worth $1.4 billion in 2016, a year that marked the return of reason to the venture capital market. The overall volume and value of investments are down from the previous year by 21% and 28%, respectively, according to data compiled by Chennai-based researcher Venture Intelligence. But what’s important to note is that a fair number of early-stage start-ups continue to find capital.

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    11. News in Numbers | PepperTap among 212 Indian start-ups to shut shop in 2016

      News in Numbers | PepperTap among 212 Indian start-ups to shut shop in 2016

      PepperTap topped the list of start-ups that were shut down after having raised the highest amount. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint 20,000 What is it? The number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that have been barred from received foreign funding for allegedly violating provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA). Why is it important? This represents over 60% of such organisations registered under the Act. Now, only 13,000 NGOs can have access to foreign funding.

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    12. Fintech: no more the new kid on the block

      Fintech: no more the new kid on the block

      Vivina Vishwanathan iStockPhoto Year 2016 was not as glamourous as 2015 was for fintech in terms of interest from investors. According to start-up data analytics provider Tracxn, investments in 2016 were $484.79 million, compared with $1.18 billion in 2015. One of the reasons is that the 2015 numbers include money raised by Paytm in 2015. The number of companies founded was also lower—186 in 2016 as against 390 in 2015, according to Tracxn data. Lending was the emerging theme in fintech.

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    13. Deals Buzz: Brookfield, R-Com set to sign Rs11,000 crore tower deal this week

      Deals Buzz: Brookfield, R-Com set to sign Rs11,000 crore tower deal this week

      Mumbai: Mint brings to you your daily dose of top deals reported by newsrooms across the country. Jindal Steel may sell stake in Oman unit to cut debt Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) is likely to sell a significant equity stake in its Oman unit, Jindal Shadeed Iron and Steel Llc, to meet debt repayment obligations, two people aware of the development told Mint.

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    14. US Fed rate hike: Indian start-ups will still find enough capital

      US Fed rate hike: Indian start-ups will still find enough capital

      Did the US Federal Reserve just further choke the supply of capital to India’s mature start-ups, especially unicorns vested with billion-dollar valuations? On Wednesday, the Fed raised its benchmark interest rates to a range between 0.5% and 0.75%. It also indicated that further hikes may follow in quick succession next year. First the good news. The interest rate hike isn’t expected to be much of a bother just yet for venture capital firms here.

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    15. Pocket Aces raises $3 million from investors

      Pocket Aces raises $3 million from investors

      New Delhi : Online video start-up Pocket Aces on Wednesday said it has raised $3 million from a group of investors led by Sequoia Capital India. North Base Media, a digital-focused investment firm started by former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Marcus Brauchi, along with T.V. Mohandas Pai-led Aarin Capital, 3one4 Capital and Axilor Ventures, among others, also participated in the Series A round.

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    16. E-pharmacy 1mg Technologies buys MediAngels

      E-pharmacy 1mg Technologies buys MediAngels

      Arushi Chopra 1mg operates an online marketplace for medicines, besides facilitating medical appointments and diagnostic test bookings. Mumbai: Online pharmacy 1mg Technologies Pvt. Ltd has acquired Mumbai-based MediAngels (Angels Health Pvt. Ltd) for an undisclosed amount in cash and stocks to enter specialty doctor consultations, corporate health services and insurance partnerships.

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    17. Freshdesk raises $55 million in series-F round, bringing total funds raised to $150 million

      Freshdesk raises $55 million in series-F round, bringing total funds raised to $150 million

      Bengaluru: Customer support software maker Freshdesk Inc. on Tuesday said it raised $55 million in funding, in a round led by new investor Sequoia Capital, with participation from existing investor Accel Partners. Freshdesk, which is based in San Bruno, California and has a large presence in Chennai, raised $50 million from Tiger Global Management in April 2015.

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    18. Ola said to be in talks to raise $600 million

      Ola said to be in talks to raise $600 million

      Last Modified: Tue, Nov 01 2016. 03 15 PM IST Ola said to be in talks to raise $600 million Ola may close the deal by year end, as it seeks to counter an increasingly aggressive Uber in the coveted India market Subscribe to our newsletter. To continue reading, we request you to support us by disabling your Ad Blocker OR by signing up In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality, unbiased journalism.

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    19. The case for gender diversity in India’s VC industry

      The case for gender diversity in India’s VC industry

      Last Modified: Fri, Oct 28 2016. 01 42 AM IST The case for gender diversity in India’s VC industry India’s venture capital industry follows Silicon Valley in the tradition of being a boys’ club Subscribe to our newsletter. To continue reading, we request you to support us by disabling your Ad Blocker OR by signing up In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality, unbiased journalism.

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