Intel Capital, Intel Corporation’s global investment and M&A organization, kicked off its annual Intel Capital Global Summit by announcing investments in 10 innovative technology companies, including a strategic investment in India. Intended to help these companies grow to the next level, the investments reinforce the Global Summit’s 2-day agenda focused on company building. Totalling approximately $40 million, they cover a range of technologies from collaborating in the cloud and delivering enhanced digital entertainment to simplifying mobile payments and enabling new forms of device interaction.
The investments include Bollywood and South-Asian content distributor Hungama.com; secure content sharing platform Box; integrated circuit design house FocalTech; social radio platform Jelli; social game developer LIFO Interactive; mobile proximity platform NewAer; e-payment platform PagPop; cloud services provider Tier 3; 3-D game developer Transmension; and mobile advertising provider UUCun. Financial details of each investment were not disclosed.
“Business deals happen when Intel Capital brings together our vast global network with our portfolio company innovators,” said Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital and Intel executive vice president. “Our annual Global Summit and the ongoing Intel Capital Technology Days provide our portfolio companies with unmatched access to the decision-making executives critical to revenue-generating sales or partnerships. The 10 new investments in innovative companies announced today stand to benefit greatly from these longstanding company-building resources.”
Indian company Hungama.com , which received an undisclosed sum from Intel Capital, is a digital entertainment company that launched India’s first and largest on-demand digital entertainment storefront. The store front has over 2 and half million pieces of content across genres and languages, in the form of music tracks, movies, music videos & mobile content. Hungama Movies has over 5000 Bollywood, Hollywood, Regional Indian Movies and Television Series available in both HD and SD quality.
Sudheer Kuppam, managing director at Intel Capital, APAC and Japan, said of the investment, “Hungama.com is another great example of an innovative Indian company. It has become India’s largest on-demand Digital Entertainment storefront, which serves audio, video and imagery to South Asians across the world. We’ve been aware of Hungama.com’s success for some time, and we’re excited about working with the company to develop the brand and building upon the success it has found in India by taking the venture global.”
As per Hungama.com, it has partnerships with over 400 content creators, record labels, studios, broadcasters, game publishers and has licensed worldwide exclusive digital rights to over half a million music and video titles. It serves content to consumers in 47 countries across mobile, internet, IPTV services and has more than 150 partners across the world.
Intel Capital has been investing in India since 1998. Since then, Intel Capital has invested over $300 million in 80+ companies across 10 cities in India.