Report card: Aug 1st week sees over $1B inflow of funds

The good tidings from July in terms of funding into Indian startups seem to have extended to August, as the first week of this month saw an inflow of $1.2 billion.
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The good tidings from July in terms of funding into Indian startups seem to have extended to August, as the first week of this month saw an inflow of $1.2 billion.

After close to $10 billion coming into the Indian startup ecosystem in July, there seems to be no ebb in fund inflow for August as there were new unicorns born — BharatPe and Mindtickle — even as a profitable startup, Nykaa, announced its DRHP with plans to go public.

The funding of $1.2 billion during the first week of August was double what was registered in the comparable previous week at $601 million. 

The performance in July and early signs in August sets the stage for a very strong finish for 2021.

Key deals of this week

Edtech unicorn Unacademy raised $440 million from Temasek along with others like Softbank Vision Fund, General Atlantic, and Tiger Global.

Fintech startup BharatPe raised $370 million led by Tiger Global at a post-money valuation of $2.85 billion to turn into a unicorn.

Construction materials marketplace Infra.Market raised $125 million in Series D funding from Tiger Global at a $2.5 billion valuation.

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News & Updates

  • Twitter informed the Delhi High Court that it has appointed a Chief Compliance Officer, Resident Grievance Officer, and Nodal Contact Person permanently on August 4 in compliance with the new IT rules.

Before you go, stay inspired with… 

"You can't have 30 unicorns and none of them listed. I think that era has to come to an end. In the next two to three years, every VC, founder, and boardroom has to make this happen. Everyone in the ecosystem has to take ownership of the problem and change it." 

Karthik Reddy, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Blume Ventures 


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