[Weekly funding roundup] Zilingo leads the way as funding raised doubles to $359M
Funding across 11 equity deals this week was dominated by Zilingo's $225 million Series D round.Tarush Bhalla
Halfway through February, startups recorded a mega week in terms of funding, mopping up more than $359 million in funding across 11 deals.
A majority of this was raised by ecommerce marketplace Zilingo, which raised $225 million as a part of its Series D round. The round was led by Sequoia Capital, Temasek, Burda Principal Investments, Sofina, EDBI, and Singapore Investment Fund, along with participation from existing investors. This is the third consecutive year that the startup has raised funds.
Coming in next was homegrown hotel aggregator OYO Rooms, which raised close to $100 million this week from Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing. The investment is likely to be used to grow OYO’s China business bolster its India operations.
This is last tranche of OYO's $1 billion financing round, led by Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Vision Fund.
Growth-stage fintech companies took on the funding scene this week
A slew of fintech startups too raised growth capital.
The biggest round went to Bengaluru-based investment startup smallcase, which raised $8 million in its Series A round, led by Sequoia India, with participation from existing investors Blume Ventures, Straddle Capital, Beenext Pte Ltd, WEH Ventures, and DSP Adiko.
Chennai-based education loan provider Shiksha Capital announced that it has raised Rs 55 crore ($7.76 million) from Zephyr Peacock India Growth Fund and existing investors Aspada Investment Company and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.
MSME loan provider Svasti Microfinance raised Rs 34 crore ($4.7 million) from Nordic Microfinance Initiative (NMI) and Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla.
Open-banking platform OPEN raised Series A funding of $5 million led by Beenext, Speedinvest and 3one4 Capital. Existing investors Unicorn India Ventures and Angellist Syndicate also participated in the round.
Expense management startup Fyle raised $4 million in its Series A led by Tiger Global, along with participation from existing investors Pravega Ventures and Beenext.
Down payment assistance solution HomeCapital also raised an undisclosed amount of funding this week.
Bengaluru-based task management app Dunzo raised $3.1 million in its Series C round from early-stage venture capital firm Blume Ventures and others. Filings state that the round also included Co-founder and former Cognizant CEO Lakshmi Narayanan Monika Garware Modi of Garware Polyester, and Raintree.
Bengaluru-based smart lock maker Open Appliances raised pre-Series A funding of $1.3 million led by Unicorn India Ventures and venture capital company KARSEMVEN.
Procurement solution for businesses Officepulse secured $500,000 in equity and venture debt funding from a list of strategic investors in India and the US.
Further, aerospace startup Agnikul Cosmos, incubated at IIT-Madras’ incubation cell, raised Rs 3 crore ($420,660) in seed funding from Speciale Incept Advisors.
In other news, media reported that Indian ride-hailing company Ola is in talks to raise funding from Mirae Asset-Naver Asia Growth Investment. The fund was jointly launched by Korea-based Mirae Financial Group and internet company Naver.
The Economic Times also reported that Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal, Udaan co-founder Sujeet Kumar, Flipkart Group CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy, and Facebook’s Asia Pacific head Dan Neary have invested in Tanglin Venture Partners. The fund is founded by former Tiger Global executives Ravi Venkatesh and Edwina Yeo.
Tarush is driven towards delivering unbiased and accurate reportage while engaging with as many mediums as possible to narrate a fresh perspective. Working for the past few years in the digital space with YourStory, he has covered the Indian technology ecosystem extensively, focusing on new age Fintech companies, while building strong connects within the industry.