Startup news and updates: daily roundup (August 6, 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 Friday, August 6, 2021.
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Chiratae Ventures closes fourth fund, oversubscribed by 25 pc

Chiratae Ventures closed its fourth fund at $337 million, which was oversubscribed by 25 percent, according to a release shared by the firm. The Bengaluru-headquartered venture capital fund was aiming to raise $275 million.

In a big win for Amazon, SC upholds Singapore order against Reliance-FRL deal

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled in favour of ecommerce giant Amazon by holding that Singapore's Emergency Arbitrator (EA) award, restraining the Rs 24,731 crore merger deal of Future Retail Ltd (FRL) with Reliance Retail, was valid and enforceable under Indian laws.

Deeptech video analytics platform Pixuate raises $1M led by SucSEED Indovation Fund (Funding)

Bengaluru-based deeptech video analytics startup Pixuate has secured $1 million in seed round from SucSEED Indovation Fund and other investors, including Mumbai Angels Network, CIIE-IIM Ahmedabad and few eminent angel investors. Pixuate has also recently received debt funding support from the Technology Development Board (TDB), a nodal agency of the Government of India.

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Sportstech startup Playo raises $500K as part of its ongoing pre-Series A round (Funding)

Sportstech startup Playo has raised $500,000 as a part of its ongoing pre-Series A round from ah! Ventures High Tables platform and other angel investors. This is ah! Ventures’ 18th investment in 2021 and three more investments will be announced shortly.

 

Headquartered in Bengaluru, Playo is a one-stop platform for sports enthusiasts focusing on building micro-communities and enabling sports/fitness related services targeting urban adult users. With a business model focusing on three Cs- Community, Content and Commerce and 1.5 million users, Playo is today a platform for amateur sports globally.

Health and wellness startup toothsi raises $20M in Series B round (Funding)

Health and wellness platform Toothsi on Friday said it raised $20 million in a Series B round led by Eight Roads Ventures (a global investment firm backed by Fidelity), San Francisco-based Think Investments, and the Mankekar Family Office.

The round has also seen participation from Vishal Agrawal (Vice President, Blackrock Asia), Siddharth Shah and Dharmil Sheth (Co-founders, PharmEasy), Ramakant Sharma (Co-founder, Livspace), and Karan Singh (India Managing Director, Bain & Company).

Personal hygiene brand Soothe Healthcare raises Rs 130 Cr from A91 Partners (Funding)

Soothe Healthcare, a homegrown personal hygiene products startup, on Friday, said it raised Rs 130 crore in Series C round from A91 Partners. 

Soothe will use the capital for marketing activities and deepening distribution channels to achieve its goal of establishing Paree as a household feminine care brand in India.

Tech startup Goodmeetings raises $1.7M in pre-Series A round led by Chiratae Ventures (Funding)

Tech startup Goodmeetings, which helps businesses excel in remote sales, on Friday, announced that it has raised $ 1.7 million (~Rs 12 crore) in pre-Series A round led by Chiratae Ventures. Investment firms FortyTwo.VC, First Check, Adept Ventures, 100X Entrepreneurs, and Atrium Angels participated in this round along with several high net worth entrepreneurs.

Goodmeetings shall use the proceeds over the next 12-18 months to build technology and scale up teams in the US, said Srinivasan Narayan, Co-founder and CEO of Goodmeetings.

Trimble launches $200M venture fund to invest in early and growth-stage innovative companies

Nasdaq-listed tech firm Trimble on Thursday announced the formation of Trimble Ventures that will set up a $200 million (about Rs 1,482.3 crore) venture fund to invest in early and growth-stage innovative companies.

Trimble Ventures will invest in early and growth-stage innovative companies that align with its mission of transforming work in the agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation industries, a statement said.

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