Startup news and updates: daily roundup (June 1, 2021)

YourStory presents this daily roundup of the latest startup news and updates from the Indian startup ecosystem and beyond. Here's the roundup for Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
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Logistics startup Delhivery raises $275M in Series H round (Funding)

Gurgugram-based logistics startup Delhivery announced that it had raised $275 million in its Series H round led by Boston-headquartered investment firm Fidelity Management and Research Company. The round also saw participation from other leading public market funds.

With the fresh capital, Delhivery's valuation is expected to rise to over $3 billion, the company said. 

Pepperfry expects to join unicorn club soon, to launch IPO after booking profit

Online furniture company Pepperfry would be in the unicorn club — companies with a valuation of more than $1 billion — by the time its initial public offer hits the market, a top official of the company said on Monday.

Pepperfry Co-founder and COO Ashish Shah, while sharing plans to expand offline studios, said the company expected to turn profitable as soon the market opened.

Ashish Shah, Co-founder, Pepperfry

Cipla seeks price capping waiver as it readies to pay $1B advance for Moderna vaccine

Seeking fast-track approvals to bring Moderna's single-dose COVID-19 booster vaccine in India expeditiously, Cipla has requested the government for indemnification and exemptions from price capping, bridging trials, and basic customs duty, while stating that it was close to committing over $1 billion as advance to the US major, sources said on Monday.

Edtech startup Avishkaar raises Rs 5 Cr in pre-series A round (Funding)

Delhi-based edtech startup Avishkaar has raised Rs 5 crore funding in pre-Series A round. Auxano, Mumbai Angels, Alok Mittal, angel investor as well as Co-founder and CEO, Indifi Technologies; and Varun Aggarwal, Co-founder, Aspiring Minds, participated in the funding round.

The startup said it plans to utilise the latest funding towards product development, hiring talent, and user base expansion across Tier I and Tier II cities. 

SEBI relaxes compliance requirements for VCs, AIFs amid COVID-19

With an aim to reduce the compliance burden on venture capital funds and alternative investment funds, market regulator SEBI on Monday extended the due date for various regulatory filings till September-end.

The move comes in the wake of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions imposed by various state governments, SEBI said in a circular.

Hyperlocal job discovery startup Jobsgaar raises $140K (Funding)

Jobsgaar Technologies, a New Delhi-based hyperlocal job finding platform, has secured $140,000 in seed funding from Hyderabad headquartered SucSEED Indovation Fund, and other angels.

The group of angel investors who participated in the round include Rohit Chanana, Jasminder Singh Gulati, Poonam Kaul, Sunil Kamath, Mandeep Singh, and Gunjan Paharia.

Atul Pratap Singh, Founder and CEO, Jobsgaar

WhatsApp names Paresh B Lal as grievance officer for India

WhatsApp has named Paresh B Lal as its grievance officer for India on its website.

The move comes in the backdrop of the new IT rules coming into effect last week that require significant social media intermediaries - those with other 50 lakh users - to appoint a grievance officer, nodal officer and a chief compliance officer. These personnel are required to be residents in India.

HP India, Jubilant Bhartia Foundation launch virtual helpdesk to facilitate CoWIN registrations

HP India on Monday said it has partnered with Jubilant Bhartia Foundation (JBF) to launch a national toll-free number to ease registration on the Co-WIN portal.

The service will help people who have restricted or no access to smartphones or the internet and are dependent on others to register on their behalf.

Second COVID wave rendered 1 crore Indians jobless; 97 pc households' incomes declined in pandemic: CMIE

Over 10 million Indians have lost their jobs because of the second wave of COVID-19, and around 97 percent of households' incomes have declined since the beginning of the pandemic last year, Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) Chief Executive Mahesh Vyas said on Monday.

The unemployment rate measured by the think-tank is expected to come at 12 percent at the end of May as against 8 percent in April, Vyas told PTI, adding this signifies that about 10 million or one crore Indians have lost jobs in this period.

D2C men’s essential wear brand Almo raises seed round from angels (Funding)

Direct to consumer (D2C) men’s essential wear brand Almo has raised its seed round of funding led by Angelist India and a group of industry angels.

These include Arjun Vaidya (ex-CEO, Dr Vaidya’s), Piyush Shah (Co-founder, Inmobi Group), Muralikrishnan (COO, Xiaomi India), Nitin Gupta (CEO, Uni Cards), Rohit Chanana (Ex-President, Strategy, Hero Corporate Services), Umang Kumar (Co-founder, CarDekho Group), Darshan Deora (MD, Indvest Group) and Pranay Jain (VP Avendus Capital) amongst others.

YC backed healthtech startup Breathe Well-being raises $1M (Funding)

Gurugram-based healthtech startup Breathe Well-being on Tuesday raised $1 million in pre-Series A round led by 3one4 Capital. 

The round also saw participation from Ashish Gupta, former Managing Director of Helion Ventures and investor with platforms like Flipkart, MakeMyTrip, and naukri.com; Anjali Bansal, Founder of Avaana Capital; Suhail Sameer, Group President of BharatPe.

Spacetech startup GalaxEye raises pre-seed round led by Speciale Invest (Funding)

IIT Madras incubated Spacetech startup GalaxEye on Tuesday announced that it has raised a pre-seed round led by Speciale Invest.

According to a press statement, the fresh funds will be deployed to strengthen and build robust technology infrastructure, prototype development and build a world class team to help GalaxEye in accelerating the growth of space infrastructure in India.

Indian economy to grow 9.3 pc in FY22: Moody's

Indian economy would rebound in the current fiscal ending March 2022, and clock a growth of 9.3 percent, but a severe second Covid wave has increased risks to India's credit profile and rated entities, Moody's Investors Service said on Tuesday.

Moody's, which has a 'Baa3' rating on India with a negative outlook, said it expects a decline in economic activity in the June quarter due to reimposition of lockdown measures along with behavioural changes on fear of contagion.

Rahul Chowdhury, Managing Partner, N+1 Capital

Debt fund N+1 Capital announces its first close, backs three startups

Revenue-based growth capital firm N+1 Capital on Tuesday announced that it has made its first close and has also kicked off the maiden investments in startups such as ShypLite, Clensta Technologies, and Teamonk Global Foods.

The fund is sector and stage agnostic, and invests in revenue-generating companies with ticket sizes up to $2 million (Rs 15 crore).

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