Dockless two-wheeler rental startup Bounce raised Rs 692.39 crore as a part of its Series D round, according to documents filed with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) assessed by YourStory.
The round was co-led by Facebook Co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital and Accel, who invested Rs 250.83 crore each.
Other investors who participated include existing investors Chiratae Ventures (around Rs 76.68 crore), Sequoia Capital (around Rs 14.33 crore), along with Omidyar Network (around Rs 25.08 crore) and Qualcomm Ventures (around Rs 35.83 crore), among others.
Bruno E Raschle, who sits on the advisory board of Chiratae, also invested in Bounce in his personal capacity, filings with the MCA show.
This fund raise comes just months after the firm raised its $72 million in its Series C round in June last year, which was led by B Capital, Falcon Edge, Accel Growth Fund, Maverick, and Qualcomm, with existing investors Sequoia Capital, Chiratae Ventures, Omidyar, and Accel Partners.
At the time, the startup said that it will be using the funds to further scale its teams, technology, and supply, and touch one million daily rides – a milestone, which the company reportedly crossed in October.
In fact, right after that fund raise, Bounce had claimed that it reached a significant milestone of 60,000 rides per day in Bengaluru, with around 7,000 dockless scooters covering an average distance of seven to eight kilometre per ride.
It also boasted of having more than 7,000 bikes and 11 lakh users, as of July last year.
The startup has raised around $5.4 million in debt capital from Sachin Bansal's co-founded venture Navi (formerly BAC Acquisitions) over the course of last year.
Founded in 2014 by Vivekananda H.R., Anil G, and Varun Agni, Bengaluru-based Bounce (under parent brand Wickedride Adventure Services Pvt. Ltd.) aims to decongest the roads by encouraging commuters to choose public transport, and provide a seamless first and last-mile connectivity.
It offers two scooter rental options – as per the hour and dockless two-wheeler sharing option. The startup's patented key-less technology allows Bounce users to pick up and drop bikes, bicycles or electric bikes anywhere in the city at any time.
(Edited by Saheli Sen Gupta)
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