Startup news and updates: daily roundup (Dec 20, 2021)

YourStory presents this daily roundup of the latest news and updates from the Indian startup ecosystem and beyond. Here's the roundup for Monday, December 20, 2021.
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Teachmint acqui-hires the Indian arm of Singapore-based startup Teachee

Teachmint has acqui-hired the Indian arm of edtech startup Teachee. Helping educators and creators sell courses online, Teachee was launched in India in October 2020 by Vlight Technology Pte, a Singapore-based company. 

This comes at the heels of Teachmint’s acquisition of Teachmore, a course-selling platform that enables teachers to sell educational products like online courses, live classes, quizzes and more through their own apps and websites.

TVS Motor Company partners with what3words to offer a seamless navigation experience

TVS Motor Company announced the integration of what3words into its customer app – TVS Connect. Beginning today, TVS Connect users can share and navigate to any location using three simple words.

what3words' has divided the world into a grid of three-metre squares and assigned each square a unique combination of three random words — a what3words address. 

Pepperfry appoints Naveen Murali as Vice President and Head of Marketing

Pepperfry announced the appointment of Naveen Murali as Vice President and Head of Marketing. In his new role, Naveen will lead Pepperfry’s marketing and brand strategies with an aim to drive brand awareness across lucrative untapped markets as well as capture a share in the furniture and home décor industry.

He will work towards charting out a strategy that helps to break the barriers that consumers have towards shopping online, especially for big-ticket items highlighting.

ZebPay appoints Geetika Mehta as Chief Human Resources Officer

Zebpay announced the appointment of Geetika Mehta as its Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Geetika will take the lead on designing and implementing the people strategy, culture transformation, talent management initiatives, and more.

In her last role, Geetika was the Chief People Officer at Jubilant Industries and has held leadership roles in OYO, Urban Ladder, and PUMA prior to that. With a career spanning 15 years, Geetika has worked extensively with business leaders in scaling up organisations at various stages of evolution.

At ZebPay, Geetika will work closely with the leadership team on business transformation and change management projects.

Omnivore launches OmniX Bio to support agrifood life sciences startups

Omnivore announced the launch of its OmniX Bio initiative to back early-stage agrifood life science startups. The programme will support Indian entrepreneurs who are working in agricultural biotechnology, novel farming systems, bioenergy and biomaterials, as well as innovative foods, including alternative protein.

OmniX Bio will provide venture funding, mentorship from global agrifood life sciences leaders, institutional partnerships, and business development support to access domestic and export sales channels. While all members of the Omnivore team will support OmniX Bio, a PhD life scientist will join the investment team in 2022 to oversee the initiative and help develop the agrifood life sciences ecosystem across India.

Omnivore also disclosed the first investment under the OmniX Bio initiative: BioPrime, which is developing biological crop inputs that enhance yields without harming the environment or the health of farmers and consumers.

Nandan Nilekani announces new book The Art of Bitfulness out for pre-order now

Non-Executive Chairman of Infosys Nandan Nilekani and iSPIRIT Foundation fellow Tanuj Bhojwani's new book The Art of Bitfulness, published by Penguin Random House India, is out for pre-order now, Nilekani tweeted today.

He wrote, "‘The Art of Bitfulness’ is a compendium of strategies that help you have a healthier relationship with technology. It doesn’t demand an iron will or giving up your devices. It is not about spending less time online, but spending time online better."

Edited by Kanishk Singh

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