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India Q4 2018

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4th quarter 2018 news

  • India AgriFood Startup Investing Report 2013-2017 available to download   //   read it here
  • India: Between 2013 and 2017 agtech received $1.66BN of investment across 558 deals   //   read it here
  • India: CropIn agri-tech startup raises US$8M with SmartFarm platform   //   read it here
  • India: An intro to Entropik Tech’s EmotionAI, aiming to make AI emotionally perceptive around consumer responses   //   read it here
  • India: Niramai takes aim at identifying breast cancer using AI   //   read it here
  • An intro to 11 Indian startups working on AI in healthcare   //   read it here
  • India: Edge AI expected to drive the next wave of innovation   //   read it here
  • India: Betterhalf artificial intelligence-powered matchmaking platform secures $500K   //   read it here
  • India: How AI, blockchain and native languages power digital banking at ICICI Bank   //   read it here
  • India: Microsoft launches Intelligent Cloud Hub to equip research and higher education with AI infrastructure   //   read it here
  • Report: AI has the potential to add US$957 billion to India’s economy in 2035 (pdf)   //   read it here
  • India: Tesseract modular AR headset startup wins Asia Hardware Battle 2018 in Shanghai   //   read it here
  • An intro to 10 startups accelerating the growth of electric vehicles in India   //   read it here
  • Internet and Mobile Association of India to form blockchain committee aimed at industry skills development   //   read it here
  • HSBC India and ING Bank Brussels successfully complete blockchain-enabled live trade finance transaction   //   read it here
  • India: StaTwig blockchain startup eyes global markets to help companies meet regulatory requirements in vaccine and food sectors   //   read it here
  • India: Ponder blockchain-based ‘gamified referrals’ platform backed by The Times Group media giant   //   read it here
  • India: China’s Xiaomi smartphone maker moves into money lending after dominating handset market   //   read it here
  • India: An overview of Huawei’s goals in IoT and smart cities tech with the OpenLabs initiative   //   read it here
  • India: Venture Catalysts early-stage investment firm launches incubation centre in partnership with ChinAccelerator   //   read it here
  • China’s Shunwei Capital raises $1.21BN fund, focusing on Indian investments from seed to C series   //   read it here
  • India: China’s Xiaomi launches Mi Pay beta with bank partnerships to take on Google Pay et al   //   read it here
  • India: China’s Xiaomi opens 500 bricks-and-mortar Mi Stores in one go   //   read it here
  • India: Innov8 coworking giant expands presence across Mumbai and Delhi, adding 1600 seats   //   read it here
  • India: DataTrained edtech startup raises $1.7M with data science learning focus   //   read it here
  • India: An intro to the 4 deep tech startups that won $1M investment from GSF Accelerator   //   read it here
  • Digital Payments 2020: The making of a $500BN ecosystem in India (pdf)   //   read it here
  • India: Droom online auto marketplace closes second $30M round inside 6 months   //   read it here
  • India: Meesho SME-focused e-commerce startup raises $50   //   read it here
  • India: Shop101 raises $11M to help small merchants sell on social media platforms   //   read it here
  • India’s Oyo aims to be startup world’s largest hotel chain by 2023 with 330K rooms in 500 cities already   //   read it here
  • Digital India Collective for Empowerment launched, spanning drone makers, e-wallet providers and other sectors   //   read it here
  • India: GuruQ edtech startup secures $330K in pre-A funding   //   read it here
  • India: An intro to Edugild accelerator, taking ed-tech startups from India to the world   //   read it here
  • India: 3 education-tech startups share in $375K investment from US-based Gray Matters impact investment firm   //   read it here
  • India: NoPaperForms enrolment management platform for educational institutes lands $4M   //   read it here
  • India: LearnApp digital learning platform secures $281K from Rainmatter fintech incubator   //   read it here
  • India: PlanetSpark gamified learning platform raises $220K   //   read it here
  • India: Byju’s online tutoring app secures $400M at $3.8BN valuation   //   read it here
  • India: Internet services value estimated to hit $124BN by 2022   //   read it here
  • India: GamingMonk e-sports startup secures $550K; global market expected to hit $1.8BN   //   read it here
  • Indonesia’s Go-Jek may invest $30M in India’s Mobile Premier League ‘real money esports’ startup   //   read it here
  • India: Facebook-owned WhatsApp partners gov’t Startup India program for WhatsApp StartUp Challenge   //   read it here
  • India: State Bank partners Hitachi on projects including future-ready digital payments platform   //   read it here
  • India: An intro to the 11 fintech startups selected for batch 1 of Financial Inclusion Lab   //   read it here
  • India: GalaxyCard fintech startup gets users an instant digital credit card, free of charge   //   read it here
  • India: ClearTax online tax return filing and investment platform lands $50M   //   read it here
  • India: ICICI Bank to make short-term digital credit available to younger customers selected by AI and analytics   //   read it here
  • India: An intro to 25 of Chennai’s growing startups, spanning fintech, ecommerce, AI and more   //   read it here
  • India: Notiva Prime acts as bridge between domestic and global finance systems, alerting banks of inconsistencies in real-time   //   read it here
  • State Bank of India steps up digital acceleration with YONO project, aiming for top 10 digital bank position   //   read it here
  • India: Maharashtra state gov’t launches accelerator program aimed at establishing Mumbai as fintech hub   //   read it here
  • India: FINO Paytech backs CityCash fintech for NFC payments solutions and services   //   read it here
  • India: PerkFinance online platform secures $900K to facilitate loans via lending partners to blue-collar workers   //   read it here
  • India: An intro to Dream11 and India’s growing love for fantasy sports and gaming   //   read it here
  • India: Worxogo cognitive AI startup secures $2.2M with HR and performance focus   //   read it here
  • India: FeedMyPockets on-demand staffing platform secures $625K   //   read it here
  • India: IoT forecast to to generate in-country revenues over $11BN by 2022   //   read it here
  • India: Israel’s Modiin Entrepreneurs’ Startup Hub to establish India-Israeli Innovation Centre in Bengaluru   //   read it here
  • India and Japan to conduct joint research on AI, IoT and other advanced technologies   //   read it here
  • India: Milkbasket ‘micro-delivery’ groceries startup raises $7M   //   read it here
  • India: A collection of startups working in various domains in health and medical technology   //   read it here
  • India: Elawoman fertility platform raises $3M with 32-city coverage   //   read it here
  • India: Hiver SaaS startup focusing on shared inboxes raises $4M   //   read it here
  • A brief intro to how 3 cities in India are working towards ‘smart city’ identity   //   read it here
  • Indian telecom industry to set up 1M WiFi hotspots by end of 2019   //   read it here
  • India: Roposo social platform for sharing photos and videos secures $10M   //   read it here
  • India: Roposo social platform for sharing photos and videos secures $10M   //   read it here
  • India’s OYO hotel chain unveils $100M plan for Indonesia; sights on launching in 35+ SEA cities by 2019   //   read it here
  • India: FarmersFZ, online marketplace allowing growers to sell vegetables, fruit and others directly to customers in Kochi, lands funding   //   read it here
  • India: Techstars picks Bengaluru for country’s first city-based accelerator   //   read it here
  • ‘Investors will find the next 5 years better than the last 5 in India’   //   read it here
  • India: An intro to POWERED Accelerator’s 6 women-led energy startups   //   read it here
  • India: An overview of startup policy in Karnataka, Telangana, Rajasthan and Kerala states   //   read it here
  • India: Startup India Global Venture Capital Summit selects Goa as permanent host   //   read it here
  • A look at Xiaomi’s plans for India: to be everywhere in the home, with internet-connected devices   //   read it here
  • An overview of the importance of incubators in India’s startup space   //   read it here
  • Should India keep the China’s Huawei out of its telecom sector?   //   read it here
  • India: Kerala the first state to give permission to Gov’t departments for direct procurement via startups   //   read it here
  • India: Startups Club Demo Day 2018 set for December 15 & 16 in Bangalore   //   read it here
  • India: Stock exchange launches BSE Startups bourse   //   read it here
  • India: Hospals ‘medical tourism’ startup secures $1.5M   //   read it here
  • India: Global Tamil Entrepreneurs Network conference, GTENChennai2019, set for January 25   //   read it here
  • India: IT Industry currently valued at $167BN and growing 8% year-on-year – will SaaS take it to $1TN?   //   read it here
  • India: Report states tech startup base has grown to 7700 in 2018, but seed-stage funding has declined   //   read it here
  • India: Blackbuck B2B logistics startup raises $12M with long-haul trucking focus   //   read it here
  • India: Guiddoo travel technology startup raises $800K pre-A   //   read it here
  • India: Artha Venture Fund plans startup accelerator program aiming for 20, alongside entrepreneurship school   //   read it here
  • Russia’s Sistema Asia Fund to expand 1st fund to $120M to double Indian startup investments   //   read it here
  • India: Anthill Ventures aims for ‘speed scaling’ approach with pre-A focused $100M startup fund   //   read it here
  • India: Internet and Mobile Association forms panel to promote augmented, virtual and mixed reality technologies   //   read it here
  • India: The Indus Entrepreneurs partners US embassy for Scale-Up Fellows, follow-on women’s entrepreneurship program   //   read it here
  • Zone Startups India unveils 30 women entrepreneurs for 3rd batch of empoWer startup accelerator program   //   read it here
  • Australia: NSW Gov’t, Macquarie Uni and Optus launch NSW-India Cyber Security Exchange, providing 10 NSW cyber-sec startups with India opportunities   //   read it here
  • Japan’s Eight app-based professional networking platform raises $26M aiming for India growth   //   read it here
  • Singapore: AsiaCollect fintech startup expands into India by acquiring CreditSeva   //   read it here

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