Fintech: An Industry with Promise

There is no doubt about the fact that a plethora of fintech startups have come up, especially during the pandemic. Newspapers flash headlines like, “X Startup raises USD$10 million in seed round” on a regular basis. The pandemic was thought to be a hindrance for the initiation of startups, however, it proved to be a facilitator as the digitalisation of processes made it significantly easier to launch a startup. Moreover, as most processes were transitioned to the online medium owing to the government’s efforts in minimising cash transactions, a push was given to fintech. Even as other industries continued to accumulate hefty losses, fintech continued to shine. Finance is a field that has long garnered attention of the masses being an industry with monetary as well as developmental promises. In this piece, we observe the future projections of growth in the field.

How to Approach an Angel Investor in India?

As an entrepreneur, you must be looking for sources to fund your business. With the initial investment as funds from family and friends, you got your idea buzzing but the question is, “What next?” You would surely need further investment into your startup to take it forward. Whether it be to scale business operations, to hire additional human capital, or for any other reason, money is needed. However, the chances of getting a bank loan without adequate collateral as security is minimal.

[Funding alert] Indifi raises Rs 340 Cr in Series D equity and debt funding round

CX Partners and OP Finnfund Global Impact Fund I (the main Finnish worldwide developing business sectors sway reserve) alongside existing financial backers CDC Group (the UKs advancement finance establishment), Omidyar Network, Flourish Ventures, Elevar Equity and Accel, have put Rs 140 crore in the Series D round of value capital raise for Indifi Technologies, a computerized monetary administrations organization situated in Gurugram. Indifi has additionally gotten Rs 165 crore under water financing from Vivriti, Northern Arc, SIDBI, alongside different banks. Also, US DFC (United States International Development Finance Corporation) has ensured Rs 35 crore of subsidizing to Indifi. Alok Mittal, CEO and Co-organizer, Indifi, said, Despite the fact that India is home to various MSMEs, a large portion of them need admittance to subsidizing. At Indifi, we address this issue by working intimately with in excess of 100 information accomplices and a couple of top monetary establishments, giving effectively available advances carefully, and assisting organizations with filling in their excursion.

[Funding Alert] Rentomojo raises Rs 145 cr in fresh capital, turns profitable in Oct 2021

Furniture rental firm Rentomojo said it has raised Rs 145 crore as individuals begin returning to urban communities and workplaces open up. The new raise money is a blend of obligation and value. While Rs 130 crore is obligation, the excess Rs 15 crore is value raised from existing financial backers including Accel and Bain Capital, Geetansh Bamania, Founder, Rentomojo, told YourStory in a cooperation. The author didn't unveil the name of the firm they raised obligation from. Accel, which was an early benefactor of Flipkart, drove the furniture renting stage's Series C round, in 2019, while Bain Capital Ventures drove the Series B round in 2017, as indicated by Crunchbase. "During the subsequent lockdown, when individuals began returning to the places where they grew up, that affected us somewhat. However, presently those individuals who returned are returning and requesting. So there are gigantic number of requests, "

[Funding alert] Fintech startup Slice turns unicorn after raising $220M led by Tiger Global, Insight Partners

Bengaluru-based fintech startup ?Slice?is the most recent participant into the unicorn club, with a five-overlay bounce in valuation to $1 billion inside a half year. The startup, which issues Mastercards focused on at youthful experts, brought $220 million up in its Series B round drove by New York-based trading companies Tiger Global and Insight Partners, said an assertion. The round likewise saw cooperation from eminent private backers Guillaume Pusaz and Binny Bansal, just as new and returning financial backers including Advent International's Sunley House Capital, Moore Strategic Ventures, Anfa, Gunosy, Blume Ventures, and 8i.

[Funding alert] Ronnie Screwvala invests $5M in 21K School in its pre-Series A round

The first online-just school in Quite a while – ?21K School? – has as of late brought $5 million up in pre-Series A round from Ronnie Screwvala, Co-Founder and Chairman, upGrad. Established in 2020 by Santosh Kumar, Yeshwanth Raj Parasmal, Dinesh Kumar and Joshi Kumar, 21K School plans to make a 100% web-based school offering kids matured 3 to 18 years a decision of three educational programs – Indian, American and British. The organization plans to send the assets raised to increase its effort to understudies in India and abroad, and fortify its learning stage for information driven guidance across all educational programs.

[Funding alert] Edtech platform Adda247 raises $20M in Series B led by WestBridge Capital

Adda247?, a Gurugram-based multilingual edtech stage giving web-based courses in nine dialects, has raised Series B financing of roughly $20 million drove by WestBridge Capital. The round likewise saw support from existing financial backers, including Info Edge, Asha Impact and JM Financials. Established by Anil Nagar and Saurabh Bansal in 2010, Adda247 offers items like live-video classes, on-request video courses, mock tests, and books focussed on government assessments. With 15 million month to month dynamic clients, the stage will utilize the furthest down the line assets to upgrade the innovation and item and direct senior-level recruiting. The edtech organization is additionally anticipating the securing of a couple of organizations with reciprocal contributions.

[Funding alert] Simpl raises $40 M in Series B; will use funds to scale and hire, says founder

Purchase currently pay-later (BNPL) fintech startup ?Simpl? has brought $40 million up in a Series B financing round drove by Valar Ventures and IA Ventures, just as existing investors. The startup hopes to utilize assets from the most recent round to employ ability including engineers, just as fuel the dispatch of its new items and highlights, originator Nitya Sharma told YourStory. The new items and elements incorporate an extortion location stage for vendors, and a devotion program that dealers can reach out to their normal clients, Nitya said. He added that Simpl is additionally dispatching an item called "Pay-in-3" for recent college grads that will permit them to divide their bills north of three equivalent installments each month. Part of the subsidizing will likewise be utilized to grow its business and locally available new traders to its framework, the startup originator added.

[Funding alert] Fintech startup PayGlocal raises $4.9M from Sequoia Capital India

Installment arrangements startup PayGlocal on Thursday said it has brought $4.9 million up in a Series A subsidizing round drove by Sequoia Capital, alongside financial backers like BeeNext, Jitendra Gupta, and Amrish Rau. The startup said it will utilize the assets to scale its cross line dealer installments arrangement and extend the group. Established in 2021 by ex-Visa leaders Prachi Dharani, Rohit Sukhija, and Yogesh Lokhande, PayGlocal empowers dealers to acknowledge and gather installments from clients living external India in their preferred money and utilizing their own credit and charge cards.

[Funding alert] Curefit raises $145M from Zomato, others

Wellness stage Curefit Healthcare Pvt Ltd which possesses and works wellness stage Cult.fit has raised $145 million driven by food innovation ?Zomato?and a gathering of financial backers and people, as indicated by filings made with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. With the exchange, Zomato has additionally stripped games offices stage Fitso to ?Cure.fit?, as indicated by filings made by Zomato with the business sectors controller. During its new quarterly income, Zomato said that it will offer Fitso to Curefit for $50 million, aside from putting an extra $50 million in the organization. Zomato had said that it will send $1 billion across different Indian new companies throughout the following two years. Zomato drove the round in Curefit with a speculation of almost $100 million, gaining a 6.38 percent stake in the organization. Different financial backers which partook in the round incorporate San Francisco settled South Park Commons Opportunities Fund II, Temasek, and Accel.