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Alteria Capital, an Indian venture debt fund, announced today its first close of a ₹ 1325 crore (US$ 177.41 million) fund targeting start-ups looking for loans, not capital. The firm has a target of ₹ 1700 crores (US$ 227.62 million) expected to be raised within the next 3 to 4 months.
Sharechat, the Indian AI-powered social media and content-sharing platform, announced a raise of $502 million in a round led by Tiger Global. Twitter (NYSE: TWTR), Lightspeed, and Snap (NYSE: SNAP) also participated in the investment round which valued the start-up at $ 2.1 billion.
Cred, a fintech founded by Kunal Shah, has just achieved the distinction of becoming the second-fastest Indian startup to emerge as a unicorn, that too within a mere 29 months of launch. It raised $215 million in a Series D round at a valuation of $ 2.2 billion, as investors continued to favor its business model of rewarding credit card payments made on time.
Fintech Plaid announced today its Series D round funding of $425 million at a valuation of $13.4 billion. The round was led by Altimeter Capital with participation from new investors, Silver Lake and Ribbit Capital. Earlier investors Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, and New Enterprise Associates also participated.
KKR & Co (NYSE: KKR), the global investing heavyweight, has just wrapped up raising Asia’s biggest ever private equity fund. The KKR Asian Fund IV closed with commitments of $15 billion and will focus on private equity investments in the Asia Pacific region.
Source Code Capital, the highly regarded Chinese VC firm, announced today its raise of $1 billion for new dollar-denominated funds. According to DealStreetAsia, the funds are presumably intended for Source Code Growth Fund II ($580 million) and Source Code Venture Fund V ($420 million), going by a previous filing with the U.S. SEC.
Swiggy, the punchy online food delivery platform delivering food to India’s hungry middle class, has raised $800 million from global alternative asset manager Falcon Edge Capital, Singapore-based fund management firm Amansa Capital and US-based private investment firm, Think Capital. Other participants in the oversubscribed round included French asset management firm Carmignac, Goldman Sachs, Prosus and Accel.
Digital insurtech Next Insurance, which focuses on insurance for small businesses and the self-employed, raised $250 million in a round led by FinTLV Ventures and Battery Ventures with participation from CapitalG, Group 11, Zeev Ventures, Founders Circle, and G Squared. This funding was the startup’s second within the space of just seven months, bringing up its total amount raised to over $881 million.
Barcelona-based delivery startup Glovo has scored € 450 million ($ 529 million) in a Series F funding round led by Lugard Road Capital and Luxor Capital Group. This round, set to be the largest in Spanish venture capital history, also saw investment from existing investors including Delivery Hero, Drake Enterprises, and GP Bullhound.
LIVEKINDLY Collective, which is a portfolio of plant-based food brands plus a media platform, and is run by senior executives from the global food industry, announced on Monday its raise of $335 million led by The Rise Fund, the global impact investing platform managed by TPG.
Accounting and back-office startup Pilot, which focuses on small businesses, scored an extended $100 million Series C round led by Jeff Bezos’s venture capital firm Bezos Expeditions and hedge fund Whale Rock Capital. The round, which doubled Pilot’s valuation to $1.2 billion, also included participation by Sequoia and Index Ventures.
Artificial Intelligence: Krisp Uses AI To Cancel Noises (Like Barking Dogs And Crying Babies) During Calls
Last month, Krisp, an AI-powered noise-removal service, raised $9 million in a Series A round of funding led by RTP Global and saw participation by Storm Ventures. The Krisp app works with calls and recordings and supports Zoom, Meet, and 1000+ other apps out of the box. It removes noises such as background voices, barking dogs, room echoes, and other disturbances that can affect virtual meetings in real-time.
Gorillas, which promises groceries delivered within 10 minutes, just became the fastest unicorn in Europe. The startup, which backs up its claim with strategically positioned “dark stores” for stocking groceries, raised a $290 million Series B round of funding.
Hopper, the app-based travel marketplace, announced Wednesday its raise of $ 170 million via a Series F round led by Capital One (NYSE: COF) and including participation by new and existing investors such as GS Growth, Inovia Capital, WestCap Group, and Citi Ventures. The start-up also announced a partnership with Capital One for the launch of Capital One Travel, a new and improved portal offering an innovative customer booking experience for Capital One cardholders.
This mega-round follows on a $120 million raise just last month. Blockchain.com’s valuation has surged to $ 5.2 billion from $ 3 billion in just a month, such was investors’ appetite for its latest Series C raise. The investment was led by DST Global, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and VY Capital, and included participation from other existing and leading investors across the globe.
Airwallex, the Australian payments platform that welcomes borderless businesses across the world, announced today a raise of US$100 million via an extension of its Series D round that had flagged off in April 2020. The additional funding lifts Series D to US$300 million, and the total funds raised by Airwallex to nearly US$ 500 million.
Jumio, the leader in identity verification, eKYC solutions, and AML, announced Tuesday its raise of $150 million from Great Hill Partners, the Boston-based private equity firm that specializes in investing in high-growth companies across tech sectors. With this investment, Jumio has raised more than $255 million in total funding.
A booming housing market plus the digitization spurred by the pandemic have added up to land Sao-Paulo-based real estate marketplace Loft in a happy place. The three-year-old startup grew its business 28X in 2020 compared to the previous year, yet still has money left over from its last Series C raise of $175 million in January 2020. Nevertheless, Loft announced today its raise of $425 million at a whopping $2.2 billion valuation.
Fireblocks, which provides a specialized and secure platform for custody, settlement, and new crypto offerings, announced last its raise of $133 million via Series C funding. Coatue, Ribbit, and Stripes led the round, while The Bank of New York Mellon made a strategic investment. Previous investors, including Paradigm, Galaxy Digital, Swisscom Ventures, Tenaya Capital, and Cyberstarts Ventures, also participated in the round.
SAIC Motor (SHA: 600104), Toyota Motor (TYO: 7203) and auto parts supplier Bosch are among the investors to fund a $500 million Series C round by Chinese autonomous driving startup Momenta. The startup, which counts Daimler and Tencent Holdings amongst its backers, also received investments in the current round from Singaporean sovereign fund Temasek, Alibaba founder Jack Ma’s Yunfeng Capital, Xiaomi founder Lei Jun’s Shunwei Capital, Cathay Capital, and some unnamed institutions.
Venture Capital: TPG’s Impact Investing Arm Pays $200M For Stake In Airtel Africa’s Mobile Money Biz
Airtel Africa plc (LON: AAF) announced Thursday that The Rise Fund would invest $200 million for a minority stake in Airtel Mobile Commerce BV, a wholly-owned subsidiary that was the holding company for several of Airtel Africa’s mobile money operations. It also announced that other Airtel Africa mobile money businesses would soon be merged into this company. Ultimately, Airtel Mobile Commerce BV would be the umbrella owner of the mobile money units in all 14 African countries where they operate.
A rash of high-profile, sophisticated, and allegedly state-sponsored cyberattacks on American companies and government agencies has brought businesses face-to-face with the risks they face from hackings and ransomware attacks. Within commercial insurance, coverage against cyber risks is a relatively new phenomenon. Coalition, a cybersecurity platform that also provides insurance, announced Wednesday its raise of $175 million.
Patsnap announced Tuesday its Series E funding of $300 million led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Tencent Investment with participation from CPE Industrial Fund and existing investors Sequoia China, Shun Wei Capital, and Vertex Ventures. The company, which operates out of multiple headquarters in Toronto (North America), London (Europe), and Singapore (Asia), is a leader in the so-called “connected innovation intelligence category.”