Entrepreneurship is one of the growing professions in the recent years, and cohorts of entrepreneurs are working towards growing their own startups with unique solutions and actionable ideas. Startups with innovative ideas and a roadmap to build a fortune out of them are often funded by venture investment firms that offer private equity finances to startups in need of funds in return for a fraction of the company itself. While discrete firms exist for such investment, larger corporations including Alibaba and Google haven't held back from this either.
Indian fintech giant Paytm, since the previous decade has also made about 17 investments and 11 acquisitions as of March of 2021, and has supported the startup ecosystem in India, and abroad. Other Indian corporations including giants like Reliance and Flipkart have made their share of investments as well, and have helped boost entrepreneurship in the country. In this article, we discuss the top 10 most recent and innovative startups funded by Paytm, and the solutions they have to offer.
Rooter, India's largest online sports community app has raised a total of $2.7 million over 4 funding rounds from 16 investors, with the latest investment raised in the May of 2020 in Series A funding. The sports community app endeavors to connect users and personalize sports related content for the 300 million Indian sports enthusiasts while also allowing them to curate sports related content in their own preferred language. Users can play and stream popular games such as Valorant, Free Fire, and PUBG, view live streams, switch languages, and avail a lot more amenities such as giveaways and more.
HungerBox is a full-stack B2B food and beverage tech company that offers corporate level food solutions through an online platform allowing employees to order food and avail delivery service from cafeteria. HungerBox has thus far raised over $44 million from 10 investors over 8 funding rounds. The technology driven food delivery service aims to boost employee productivity in the corporate world and offer a safe and healthy food experience. HungerBox offers a User App for seamless ordering, a Food Partner POS for user interaction along with an Admin Dashboard for detailed reports and monitoring cafeteria reports.
Founded in 2004 and primarily a travel focused technology company, Infinity Infoway is a software house that builds web, mobile, and software applications, offering digital solutions to business organizations. In the December of 2019, Infinity Infoway was funded by Paytm in the corporate round, where it raised an undisclosed amount. With an endeavor to create unique user experience, Infinity Infoway offers solutions ranging from CRM and SCM to travel and outsourcing to university resource planning. Inn 2011, it was awarded the Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award in MSEs, and currently has offices in both India and abroad.
Founded in 2014, Jugnoo is India's largest technology driven ride sharing platform and an on-demand auto rickshaw aggregator, that allows users spanning across 40 major cities to connect with drivers with reliable and convenient auto rickshaw for safe commute. Jugnoo has raised about $40 million in funding thus far over 4 funding rounds from 8 investors including Paytm and Snow Leopard Technology Ventures. Along with ride sharing, Jugnoo also offers various other services including trucking and delivery services, Employee transportation, carpooling, along with shuttle and towing services.
Tap Chief, founded in 2016 and acquired by Unacademy as of now is a cohesive platform for finding experts in varying fields and scheduling calls with them to procure necessary advice. Tap Chief has garnered a sum of $2.5 million from 16 investors over 9 funding rounds, with the latest investment having taken place in December of 2019 in the Seed round. Tap Chief started out with a vision and as a group of college students, and has thus far helped 150K entrepreneurs to work with over 250 customers, and has driven over INR 20 Crore in income.
Founded in 2016, CreditMate is a platform that addresses the collection of bounced EMIs and bad debt through facilitated by SaaS. Powered by innovative tech and digital-first communications, CreditMate has thus far raised about $5.5 million from 2 investors over 3 funding rounds, and looks to empower borrowers with a better credit score as well as the lenders with an enhanced lending performance. With a focus on helping customers to pay their debt, CreditMate is working with various money lenders including Paytm and Kaarva to offer seamless payments and EMIs, along with a unique borrower experience.
Unacademy is one of India's largest EdTech startups, and offers an online learning platform to both students and educators in the form of a plethora of video lectures and exam preparation courses. Unacademy has garnered a total funding of over $398 million, over 11 funding rounds from 36 investors including some tech giants such as Tiger Global and Nexus Ventures along with Paytm. It offers courses on various subjects for some popular and notoriously tough exams including UPSC, SSC, NEET, JEE, among others along with an intuitive interface for both, the mobile app and the website, allowing users to watch missed classes, and enroll with different instructors.
LogiNext is a logistics management software designing company, that helps users track and optimize field services such as shipments and carriers in real-time with a single map interface. LogiNext has garnered a total funding of about $49.6 million from 6 investors and over 3 funding rounds, including some big name such as Tiger Global and Paytm. While the latest funding round was closed in January of 2020, LogiNext had a post-money valuation between $100 ad $500 million, and has acquired Your Guy, a product delivery company in April of 2016.
Founded in 2011, Nearbuy is India's first hyper-local E-commerce platform and a one-stop solutions to find and buy almost anything ranging from dinner reservations to salons and spas. Nearbuy has amassed a total investment of over $37 million over 3 funding rounds from 2 investors until it was acquired by Paytm in the December of 2017. Nearbuy also offers various cashbacks, promo codes, and giftcards on restaurant payments and movie tickets along with other discounts on popular brand and offerings such as Rapido, Myntra, and Oyo among many others.
QorQL is a connected health platform and offers healthcare solutions using AI and big data algorithms advances. QorQL in 2017 raised an undisclosed amount in Corporate funding round from Paytm, and is looking to deploy the funds into digitizing healthcare by combining data from wearable healthcare and clinical devices, and the genome, and using Machine Learning algorithms to use the data and find solutions in the field of healthcare. QorQL has also acquired Raheja QBE, a general insurance service, in the July of 2020 for $76 million.
The startup Ecosystem in India has been around for over a couple of decades now, but has just recently received the boost that it needs. With larger corporations and investment firms pouring investments in innovative startups, the room for actionable ideas has expanded, and Paytm hasn't backed out either. Even other tech giants have launched various incubator programs to help startups with funding and resources, and with all the support and investments from venture firms and big corporations, it is safe to assume that the future of startups in India is propitious to say the least.
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