October 30, 2014

Deal Alert: Indian Angel Network invests in Inthree

Inthree, which operates a rural distribution network, has attracted investment from the Indian Angel Network. The funding will be principally used to fuel Inthree’s evolution into a complete rural consumer company with a strong sourcing and technology backbone. The company is currently concentrating on south India. IAN’s Ashvin Chaddha , who co-led the investment, will join the Inthree board. 

 
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Deal Alert: Dell Foundation invests Rs.12-Cr in virtual classroom firm Edutel

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) has invested INR 12.4 crores in Edutel Technologies, a Bangalore-based provider of virtual classrooms for students in government and low-fee private schools. The company aims to help high school students from low-income backgrounds to perform well in competitive examination for professional courses / college admissions and also provide vocational education. The investment will help Edutel scale it's learning solution to underserved schools in India.

J. Sagar Associates (JSA) comprising of Partners – Sajai Singh & Gerald Manoharan; and Associate – Vishnu Nair advised and assisted Edutel in connection with the equity investment. MSDF was advised by AZB & Partners. Unitus Capital was the financial advisor on this transaction. 

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October 29, 2014

Deal Alert: Aspada invests Rs.11-Cr in education firm Xamcheck

Aspada Investment Company has made a commitment of INR 11 Crore ($1.8 million) to Xamcheck, a third-party assessment, test design, and feedback solution for K-12 schools in India. Xamcheck was incubated within Policy Innovations, an educational consultancy founded by the team in 2009. Aspada’s investment will be invested in the backend technology while also focusing on achieving scale in bringing Xamcheck to the thousands of underserved K-12 schools in India. 
 
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October 28, 2014

Deal Alert: Dell Foundation invests in SME lender Kinara Capital

Bangalore-based financier for the micro, small, and medium enterprises Kinara Capital has received an equity investment from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The Dell family foundation will hold a minority equity stake in the company, and Satyam Darmora, Portfolio Lead, Family Economic Stability will join the Board of Directors.

From the Venture Intelligence Social VC Investments Database: Kinara Capital had earlier raised funding from Unitus and Sorenson Impact Foundation. 

 
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October 27, 2014

Deal Alert: Online test prep startup TestBook raises Rs.1.5 Cr from ah! Ventures, Carlyle MD

PE firm Carlyle's India MD Shankar Narayanan and angel group ah! Ventures have invested INR 1.5 crore in Mumbai-based Testbook which provides free mock tests for entrance exams such as GATE and CAT. The start-up was founded by six IIT-ians in 2012.

Source: Times of India

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Deal Alert: IAN Invests in UK-based meetings management app firm Lowdown

Indian Angel Network’s UK operation has announced an investment in Lowdownapp Ltd, a London based meeting management app maker that offers users a snapshot and in-depth view of attendee information, company details, etc. It fuses together a slice of the calendar in-built in the mobile device with a custom-built narrow artificial intelligence engine, presenting information instantly for the benefit of professionals.

Source: Nextbigwhat.com

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Deal Alert: Target announces second batch

US retailer Target Corporation has roped in a second set of start-ups for its accelerator programme based in Bangalore. While the first batch focused on themes like personalisation search, content and mobile, the second batch focuses on core retail solutions. The new batch includes Torch Technologies, which has developed a hardware plug-in device for brick and mortar stores to make data-driven decisions. Other solutions include tools to sell ads on a smartphone's lock screen (Twiddly), platforms to help companies create 3D ads and apps (Visarity), a visual search engine for e-commerce (Wazzat Fashion) and tools for augmented reality (Whodat Spaces). 

 
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The Dangerous Shotgun Wedding of Financial Technologies with NSEL

In a "shotgun wedding", the long term ramifications of which were somewhat drowned amidst the Diwali break last week, the Union Government has ordered the forced merger of two private sector companies in "public interest": National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) with its publicly traded parent company - Financial Technologies (FTIL).

Creditably, Mint had front paged a well argued opinion piece (by Mobis Philipose) titled "Order violates fundamental principles of rule of law". Extracts (emphasis mine):
Here’s the main problem: the government is forcing a parent company to take on the liability of a subsidiary company, ignoring the fact the subsidiary was formed as a separate entity precisely so that the parent company’s liability is limited to the extent of its investment in the firm.

... who’s to say that the dues of investors in NSEL’s products serve a greater public interest than the interests of FTIL’s minority shareholders? An argument is being made by NSEL investors that about 85% of FTIL’s shares are held by a few large shareholders and the over 55,000 other shareholders hold less than 15% in the company. But can it be concluded that the interests of these small shareholders don’t matter?

...Of course, all this is not to say that NSEL’s investors shouldn’t be paid back their dues. But two wrongs don’t make a right. If the government is keen on the recovery of the dues of NSEL investors, it must act tough against NSEL’s management, the FTIL directors who were involved in the running of the spot exchange, including Shah, as well as the defaulting companies who owe the exchange large sums of money.

...In both the FTIL and DLF cases, fundamental principles about corporate limited liability, the rights of minority shareholders and property rights appear to have been violated. Unless corrected, they may well deal a blow to investor sentiment. It will very probably now be up to the courts to uphold these basic rules.

Will this case become another Vodafone? Hopefully, better sense will prevail.

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October 23, 2014

Deal Alert: Ideaworks Partners invests Rs.10-Cr in outsource product development firm People10

Bangalore-based outsourced software product development firm ‘People 10’ has raised about INR 10 crore from US-based fund Ideaworks Partners in a Series A round of fundraising. Founded in 2011, the firm has presence in the US, Germany and Canada, besides India. RSVP Capital Advisors was the investment advisor for the transaction.

People10 plans to use the funds to build a stronger local presence in the US and expand its client base. It plans to expand the size of its workforce from the current 60 to 100 in the next quarter. The company expects to earn revenue of INR 10 crore by March 2015. 

 
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Deal Alert: VentureNursery Angels invest in HotelsAroundYou

Last-minute hotel booking start-up HotelsAroundYou has raised seed funding from more than 10 angel investors associated with early-stage accelerator VentureNursery. The investors include Patni scions Amit and Arihant, Aditya Birla Capital Advisors chief executive Bharat Banka and Fame Cinemas Founder Shravan Shroff. 

Started in 2013 by college friends Harsha Nallur, Mohsin Dingankar and Animesh Chaudhary, HotelsAroundYou was chosen for VentureNursery's bootcamp in May 2014. The company, which has launched operations in Mumbai, connects last-minute travellers with hotels looking to sell off unsold hotel rooms for that day. The company aims to solve a problem for frequent business travellers. It will use the funding to expand operations to Pune next month and to six more cities by mid next year. 

 
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