Report card: Startup funding in October

By Team YS
November 02, 2022, Updated on : Wed Nov 02 2022 06:46:22 GMT+0000
Report card: Startup funding in October
October saw funding of $1.18 billion raised across 91 deals, a 30.8% monthly increase—and the third highest after increases of 66.1% and 41.7% in August and June. But this offers no promising reasons to cheer about.
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Hello Reader,


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In today’s newsletter, we will talk about 


  • Report card: Startup funding in October
  • Nykaa reports marginal profit in Q2
  • Games 24x7 launches Rs 400 Cr fund


Here’s your trivia for today: Which was the first game that allowed players to save their score?



Funding 

Report card: Startup funding in October

Funding

October saw funding of $1.18 billion raised across 91 deals, a 30.8% monthly increase—and the third highest after increases of 66.1% and 41.7% in August and June. But this offers no promising reasons to cheer about.


The month saw a year-on-year (YoY) increase of close to 24X in debt financing at $358.3 million across seven deals compared to $15.0 million across two deals in October last year. 


The leverage:


  • In comparison to just 0.4% in October last year, the share of debt financing stood at 30.3% of the monthly funding raised in October this year.
  • On a month-on-month basis, debt financing jumped 87.4X in comparison to $4.1 million raised across 5 five deals in September.
  • In terms of the top sectors, edtech and educational services accounted for 24.9% of the October total, with eight deals raising $295.1 million, followed by a 15.6% share of software-as-a-service (SaaS) startups, which raised $184.8 million across 12 deals. 



D2C 

Nykaa reports marginal profit in Q2

Purplle path to a GMV of $250 million at end of FY23

FSN E-Commerce Ventures Private Limited, the parent company of beauty retailer Nykaa, reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 5.2 crore for the second quarter of FY23—a marginal increase over the previous quarter's Rs 5 crore. 


During the earnings call on Tuesday, Falguni Nayar, Executive Chairperson, MD, and CEO, confirmed that Nykaa continued to face inflationary pressure. 


Key takeaways:


  • Nykaa is looking at structural changes to reduce the inflationary pressure, including a slowdown in hiring, to counter rising employee costs. 
  • According to the exchange filings, Gross Merchandise Value (GMV, or the measure of the total value of goods sold by an ecommerce platform) grew 45% year-on-year in the second quarter of FY23 to Rs 2,345.7 crore. 
  • The platform also recorded a 39% year-on-year increase in revenue from operations to Rs 1,230.8 crore. 



Gaming

Games24x7 launches Rs 400 Cr fund

Online gaming

Multi-gaming platform Games 24x7 has launched Games24x7 Ventures—the corporate investment arm of the company—to support early-stage startups at the intersection of technology and interactive entertainment space in India. 


Long-term play:


  • Games24x7 has set aside a corpus of Rs 400 crore for the next five years.
  • The fund will focus on partnering with entrepreneurs building disruptive ventures in categories, including online gaming, digital marketing, digital content, sports tech, eSports, blockchain technology and analytics, and more. 
  • In 2021, Games24x7 financially supported CricHeroes, a digital player-focused platform targeted at grassroots cricket.



News & updates

  • High energy: Saudi Aramco reported its second-highest quarterly profit since listing in 2019, as the world’s biggest oil exporter reaps a windfall from high energy prices. Net income was $42.4 billion in the three months to end-September, up 39% from the same quarter a year ago.
  • Early access: US subscribers to Disney+ will be able to purchase new Star Wars lightsabers, Black Panther masks, and other merchandise a week ahead of the general public. The company described the offering as a limited test of an additional benefit.
  • Riding strong: Uber rose after reporting revenue that beat analysts’ expectations as gains in ridership assuaged investor concerns that rising inflation would dampen consumer spending. The shares jumped about 12% in early trading.
  • Deal blocked: A federal judge has blocked Penguin Random House from acquiring rival book publisher Simon & Schuster for about $2.18 billion, agreeing with the Justice Department that the planned merger would unlawfully lessen competition.



Which was the first game that allowed players to save their score?


Answer: Space Invaders, a shoot 'em up arcade game, which was released in 1978.



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