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    Smart ways to reform the startup ecosystem

    Union Budget 2019-20 had some bright spots. The enduring issue of angel tax for startups has been resolved to a large extent, perhaps completely. There are encouraging plans to get India skilled in the realm of artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and virtual reality (VR). And the critical gap in research to achieve the well-intentioned goals in the […]

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    Sajan Pillai to set up US $75 million VC fund for startups

    Thiruvananthapuram: Sajan Pillai, former CEO of Kerala-based IT major UST Global, has announced plans to set up a $75 million venture capital fund to help startups. Pillai, who retired from the company early this year, said he will utilise his time now to help startups, with special focus on Kerala. “Startups here are faced with issues of […]

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    Investors make a beeline for B2B fintech startups

    Bengaluru: Financial technology startupscatering to the requirements of enterprises are increasingly grabbing investor attention. Multiple companies have managed to snap large-sized investments in the business-to-business financial services space over the last two years and few are looking to raise fresh rounds in the current financial year. While lending to the MSME sector had gained traction with […]

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    IIT Madras Incubation Cell organises startup job utsav

    Over 40 technology start-ups from the IITM Incubation Cell and the IITM Centres of Excellence participated in the event held at the IIT Madras Research Park Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) Incubation Cell along with IITM Research Park and TiE-Chennai on Saturday organised the first edition of ‘startup job utsav,’ in collaboration with Titan […]

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    Here’s how these startups are making sense of air quality using sensors

    In cities, millions breathe in contaminated air containing particles many times higher than the prescribed safe limit. Finding innovative ways to monitor and predict air pollution, although not difficult, is proving to be expensive. Entrepreneurs at tiny startups and researchers at premier institutions are, however, taking up the challenge. The bottleneck is primarily due to a lack […]

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    [Weekly funding roundup] Startups raise over $200M, Nykaa and Blackbuck become soonicorns with valuations shy of $1B

    In the first week of April, startups raised $210.23 million across 23 deals. Of this, $79.37 million was swept up by B2B logistics startup Blackbuck, making it a ‘soonicorn’ with a valuation close to $850 million -$900 million. Online beauty platform Nykaa too attained ‘soonicorn’ status by raising Rs 100 crore ($14 million) from Singapore-based TPG Growth IV SF, at […]

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    Two startups use new-age tech to  help connect artists with enthusiasts

    We profile two tech startups that are using technology to solve very different problems. Bounce:urban mobility solutions As a technology-focused startup, Bounce is a smart dock-less urban mobility solutions player. “By combining both hardware and software to address real-time issues and leveraging new-age technologies such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine […]

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    Funding in Indian startups this week (25 Mar-30 Mar)

    This week 19 Indian startups received funding, of which 15 received a total sum of about $222 million. Among them, Bigbasket raised the highest funding of about $150 million followed by Box8 which raised about $15 million. Meanwhile, funding for 4 of the total funded startups remained undisclosed. Below is the summary of deals closed […]