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Fittr Raises $11.5M In Series A Funding

– Fittr is a Pune, India-based health and fitness community platform.
– The company raised $11.5M in Series A funding round.
– The round was co-led by Dream Capital, the Corporate Venture Capital and M&A arm of Dream Sports and Elysian Park Ventures, the private investment arm of the LA Dodgers ownership group. Existing investor Sequoia Capital’s India Surge also participated in the funding round.
– The new capital will enable the company to accelerate its growth & expansion into new markets, including North America, the UK and Singapore, which currently accounts for 30% of the company’s overall revenue, while continuing to educate the Indian population around health & fitness.

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Swirl Raises $250K in Pre Seed Funding

– Swirl is a Vadodara, India-based Live Commerce SaaS platform.
– The company raised USD250k in pre-seed funding.
– Investors included Asheesh Khaneja – Ex WW Executive IBM, Siddarth Razdan – Founder Indianivesh FirstBridge Fund, Vineet Sharma – VP Brandscope (Dentsu), Nirmal Shah – Prism Advisory, Gaurav Agarwal – Freedom Financial Network, and others.
– The company intends to use the funds to grow in India, and optimize its platform.

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E-Learning South Asia

Pakistan edtech startup Maqsad gets $2.1M pre-seed to make education more accessible

– Maqsad, a mobile-only education platform startup, raised $2.1m in pre-seed funding.
– The round was led by Indus Valley Capital and joined by Alter Global, Fatima Gobi Ventures and several angel investors from Pakistan, the Middle East and Europe.
– The company will use the proceeds for developing in-house content, such as production studio, academics and animators, as well as bolstering R&D and engineering.

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Information Technology Services South Asia

FloBiz Raises $31M in Series B Funding

– FloBiz is an Indian neobank for the Indian SMBs.
– Company raised $31m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Sequoia Capital India, Think Investments and its existing investors Elevation Capital & Beenext, with participation from angels like Vijay Shekhar Sharma (Paytm), Kunal Shah (CRED), Jiten Gupta (Jupiter), Amrish Rau (Pine Labs), Neeraj Arora (HalloApp), Nitin Gupta (Uni Cards), Ankit Tomar (Bizongo), Sayali Karanjkar (PaySense) and Krishnan Menon (BukuKas), along with 9Unicorns and Whiteboard Capital.
– The company intends to use the funds for team expansion, product development and scaling distribution.

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Financial Services FinTech Information Technology Payments South Asia

Asian merchant commerce platform Pine Labs raises $100 million

– Pine Labs, a merchant commerce platform, raised $100m funding.
– The round was led by Invesco Developing Markets Fund.
– The startup is looking to file for an initial public offering within two years.

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Mobile Premier League Raises Series E Financing; Valued at $2.3 Billion

– Mobile Premier League, the Asian largest esports and skill gaming platform, raised its Series E round of financing at a pre-money valuation of $2.3b.
– The round was led by Legatum Capital with participation from existing investors Sequoia, SIG, RTP Global, Go-Ventures, Moore Strategic Ventures, Play Ventures, Base Partners, Telstra Ventures, and Founders Circle Capital.
– The new investment will be used to finance the company’s global expansion and invest in its technology.

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Employment Human Resources Recruiting South Asia

Tiger Global-led $100M investment makes Apna India’s fastest unicorn

– Apna, a startup that is helping millions of blue- and gray-collar workers in India learn new skills and find jobs, has become the youngest firm to join the coveted unicorn status in the world’s second-largest internet market.
– The startup raised $100m funding led by Tiger Global at a $1.1bn valuation.
– Other investors include Owl Ventures, Insight Partners, Sequoia Capital India, Maverick Ventures and GSV Ventures.

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Artificial Intelligence Banking Credit Cards Financial Services FinTech InsurTech Lending Machine Learning Personal Finance South Asia

WeRize Raises USD8M in Series A Funding

– WeRize is a Bengaluru, India-based socially distributed financial services platform.
– The company raised USD8M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by 3one4 Capital, Kalaari Capital, Picus Capital and Orios Venture Partners.
– The new investment will be used to accelerate growth and expand operations.

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Credit Cards Education Financial Services FinTech Lending South Asia

Study abroad platform Leap raises $ 55 million in Series C round led by Owl Ventures

– Leap raised $55m in Series C funding.
– The round was led by Owl Ventures.
– It also saw participation from Harvard Management Company, Inc, along with returning investors Jungle Ventures and Sequoia Capital India.
– Leap is building the infrastructure to enable students to pursue international higher education. It runs a million-member strong community of international study aspirants in South Asia and has helped over 60,000 students in their study abroad journey over the last 18 months.

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DIY South Asia

Dukaan Raises $11M in Pre-Series A Funding

– Dukaan is a Bengaluru, India-based platform for merchants with zero programming skills to set up their e-commerce site.
– Company raised $11m in pre-Series A funding round.
– The round was led by 640 Oxford Ventures with participation from Snow Leopard Ventures, Lightspeed Partners, Matrix Partners India, Venture Catalyst, HOF Capital, Old Well Ventures, LetsVenture, 9Unicorns and angels Ritesh Agarwal, and Carl Pei.
– The new investment will be aimed at expanding the company’s business reach and technology efforts.

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Logistics Software South Asia Supply Chain Management

Elixia Tech Raises USD 1M in Pre-Series A Funding

– Elixia Tech from Mumbai is a supply chain tech startup.
– Company raised USD1M in Pre-Series A funding.
– The round was led by Rajasthan Venture Capital Fund.
– The company intends to use the funds to scale up its presence in both domestic and international markets.

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Skit raises $23M Series B round to accelerate its growth

– Bengaluru-based artificial intelligence SaaS voice automation company Skit, formerly known as Vernacular.ai, developed its AI-based voice automation platform VIVA, short for Vernacular Intelligent Voice Assistant, which enables corporations to automate 90% of their call center operations powered by Natural Language Understanding (NLU) technology. VIVA covers more than 16 languages and 160 dialects.
– The company announced it has closed a $23 million Series B round to accelerate its growth in domestic and global markets, including the U.S. and Southeast Asia and enhance its voice automation platform.

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Online Games South Asia

SuperGaming Raises $5.5M in Series A Funding

– SuperGaming is a Pune, India-based game development company.
– The company raised USD 5.5m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Skycatcher, with participation from AET Fund (venture arm of Akatsuki), BAce Capital, Dream Incubator, 1Up Ventures, and Monish Darda.
– The new investment will be used to expand the company’s publishing division, market existing titles, and launch a battle royale game – Indus – in early 2022.

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B2B Consumer Goods Manufacturing Marketplace South Asia

India’s Zetwerk valued at $1.33 billion in new funding

– Zetwerk, a B2B marketplace for manufacturing items, raised $150m in Series E funding.
– The round was led by D1 Capital Partners and joined by new investors Avenir and IIFL, and existing investors Greenoaks Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners.
– The company plans to deploy the fresh capital to broaden its technology stack and expand to more international markets.

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Fitness South Asia Wellness

Ultrahuman Raises $17.5M in Series B Funding

– Ultrahuman, a Bengaluru, India-based healthtech wearable glucose tracker, raised $17.5m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Alpha Wave Incubation (AWI), Steadview Capital, Nexus Venture Partners, Blume Ventures and Utsav Somani’s iSeed fund, as well as Tiger Global’s Scott Schleifer, Sandeep Singhal, Kunal Shah, Sujeet Kumar, Deepinder Goyal, Gunjan Patidar, Gaurav Munjal, Revant Bhate, Mohit Gupta, Vikram Dhingra and Roman Saini.
– The company intends to use the funds for geographical expansion and improvement of its biomarker technology.

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Financial Services South Asia

Amazon backs Indian wealth management service Smallcase in $40 million funding

Amazon backed Bangalore-based startup Smallcase in a $40m Series C financing round.
– The round was led by Faering Capital and Premji Invest.
– Existing investors Sequoia Capital, Blume Ventures, Beenext, DSP Group, Arkam Ventures, WEH Ventures and HDFC Bank also participated in the new round.
– Smallcase offers a platform to help introduce a new generation of investors to the Indian equity markets.
– The startup offers an in-house team of licensed professionals who offer more than 100 portfolios of stocks and exchange-traded funds, as well as provides its users access to independent investment managers, brokerages and wealth platforms.
– Smallcase has amassed over 3 million users, who are transacting about $2.5 billion each year.

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Delivery Logistics South Asia

Pakistan’s Airlift raises $85 million for its quick commerce startup, eyes international expansion

– Airlift, a Pakistani startup, raised $85m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by 20VC and Buckley Ventures and joined by Sam Altman, Biz Stone, Steve Pagliuca, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Taavet Hinrikus, Stanley Tang, Simon Borrero, Bastian Lehmann, and Quiet Capital and Indus Valley Capital.
– The startup plans to use the new funding to expand its operations in Pakistan and other South Asian countries.

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