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The Young Turks 2023 Watchlist | What are investors betting on after a tough year for startups?

Fears of recession, onset of a funding winter, piling up of losses and agony of layoffs — 2022 tested the tenacity of the Indian startup ecosystem. Venture capital investments slumped to $24 billion in 2022 from a record $35 billion in 2021, which we can all agree, was an aberration. Therefore, one might say, 2022 called for a reset. The ... show more

Save Now, Buy Later: A New Business Model In Fintech That Is Grabbing Eyeballs

SNBL builds on the existing tendency of Indians to save for their purchases instead of using credit Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A nascent trend globally, Save Now, Buy Later, or SNBL business model, is the new talk of the fintech town. It is a model that clubs saving, spending and investing. Many startups in India including ... show more

Here Are Your Options As An NRI If You Want To Invest In Indian Equity Shares And Debt

Indian citizens who once actively invested in Indian markets lose this opportunity once they move offshore because of work or other commitments. These Indian citizens are called non-resident Indians (NRIs). Incidentally, they too can invest in India, subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions. Technically speaking, NRIs are either Indian citizens or persons of Indian origin (PIOs), and they do not ... show more

BluSapphire raises $9.2mn in Series A Funding from Barings PE India, Dallas Venture Capital

Full-stack cybersecurity platform BluSapphire Cyber Systems has raised $9.2 million as part of its Series A round. The round was led by Barings Private Equity India with participation from cross border VC firm Dallas Venture Capital, Binny Bansal backed xto10x, RPG Ventures & Merisis Venture Partners. ValueBridge Capital was the sole advisor for this transaction. Kiran Vangaveti, Founder & CEO, ... show more

Moonshine-Maker Ronin Wines Rakes In Fresh Funding

Ronin Wines, which sells mead under the brand name Moonshine Meadery, on Thursday announced that it has raised $2 million in its pre-series A funding round led by Anthill Capitaland.  The round also saw the participation of Auxano Capital, Supermorpheus and Merisis. Existing and new angel investors also participated in the mop-up. Value Bridge Capital was the sole adviser for ... show more

Wait and watch in private secondaries market amid push for discounts

Everybody loves a good bargain, more so when it is a buyer’s market. The private secondary market for Indian technology startups right now is in price discovery mode, with growth-stage startups and startup unicorns trading at a discount ranging from 20% up to 50% in some cases from their primary market valuation for comparable shares. Investment bankers and secondary market ... show more

Shreyas Chandra to head marketing for Merisis Opportunities Fund

Mid-size Investment Bank, Merisis Advisors that recently announced its flagship Merisis Opportunities Fund, has appointed Shreyas Chandra to head marketing of its Rs 150 crore AIF Cat-1 Angel fund. Chandra will be responsible for building relationships with Individuals and Family offices for the Merisis group and help them come on board the maiden fund offering by the Group. Merisis plans to launch its second fund later in the year ... show more

TVS Motors acquires 48% stake in Narain Karthikeyan’s two-wheeler startup DriveX

Leading two-wheelers manufacturing firm TVS Motor Company on 24 August announced an acquisition of 48 percent stake in Narain Karthikeyan’s two-wheeler startup DriveX for ₹85.4 crores. Karthikeyan’s firm Nkars Mobility Millennial Solutions Private Limited (NMMSPL)operates a digital platform ‘DriveX’ which provides two-wheelers to customers on a subscription model for a flexible tenure and on a purchase model, along with certain ancillary ... show more

Merisis appoints Ruchir Kapoor to strengthen its fintech practice, wealth management foray

Mid-market investment bank, Merisis Advisors announced the appointment of industry veteran Ruchir Kapoor as Director-Wealth Management & Co-Head Fintech. Kapoor comes with 20+ years of rich experience across Wealth Management, Fintech, NBFC, Trade and SME banking and has led large teams across multiple geographies. He has worked with corporates like Swift, Essel Finance, Tata Capital and ICICI Bank and has ... show more

ValueBridge Capital advises Oliveboard on its Rs.23 Cr Pre-Series A funding

ValueBridge Capital, a subsidiary of Merisis Advisors, is pleased to announce a Rs. 23 Cr. equity fund raise for its client Oliveboard led by IAN Fund along with Education Catalyst Fund and Yukti Securities. ValueBridge Capital was the exclusive financial advisor to Oliveboard on the transaction. Oliveboard plans to use the new funds to expand its offerings to include a wider range of ... show more

Merisis Advisors to raise a dedicated startup fund

Mumbai-based Merisis Advisors, which helped Ola and Ixigo bring in new investors, is raising a dedicated startup fund as it seeks to tap opportunities from the pandemic-aided digital boom. The fund will likely collect up to Rs 200 crore from a set of global private equity firms and local wealthy individuals or family offices. Christened Merisis Opportunities Fund, and set up as a category ... show more

Merisis advises Truebil on its sale to Spinny

Merisis Advisors is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client Paix Technology Pvt. Ltd. (Truebil) by Valuedrive Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (Spinny). Merisis was the exclusive financial advisor to Truebil for this transaction. Truebil was co-founded by ex-IITians namely Suraj Kalwani (CEO), Ravi Chirania, Shubh Bansal, Rakesh Raman and Ritesh Pandey in 2015. Truebil is an omnichannel platform for ... show more

Merisis advises Melorra on a fund raise of $12.5 Million from Symphony Capital and Others

Merisis Advisors is pleased to announce a $10.5 million equity fund raise for its client August Jewellery Pvt. Ltd., an online jewellery company operating under the ‘Melorra’ brand, from Symphony Capital, a Hong Kong based PE fund, with participation from family offices and existing investors as well as a $2 million venture debt round from Alteria Capital. Melorra was ... show more

Merisis advises Koye Pharmaceuticals on its debt fund raise from BlackSoil Capital

Merisis Advisors is pleased to announce INR 30 crore debt fund raise for its client Koye Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, a pharmaceuticalmanufacturing company, from BlackSoil Capital Koye Pharma was founded in 2013 by Preetish Toraskar and Ravindra Shenoy, both veterans of the pharma industry. Collectively theyhave around 50 years of experience, which includes leading multi-national pharma companies as their managing ... show more

Merisis advises Perfios Software in its asset purchase transaction of Fintechlabs Technologies

Bengaluru-based Perfios Software Solutions has acquired the intellectual property rights and other assets of digital lending solutions provider FintechLabs Technologies for an undisclosed sum. Noida-based FintechLabs Technologies is engaged in the business of providing digital lending management software to banks, NBFCs (non-banking finance companies), digital lenders and financial institutions in India and overseas.  Founded in 2015 by Vishal Sahu ... show more

Merisis advises Truebil on US$14 mn funding round fromJoe Hirao & others

Mumbai-based online marketplace for pre-owned cars Truebil has raised a fresh investment of Rs 100 core ($14 million at current exchange rates) in a mix of equity and debt, a company statement said. The round was led by Japanese investor Joe Hirao, the founder of multi-business firm ZIGExN, the statement added. Existing investors Kalaari Capital, Inventus Capital, Kae Capital, ... show more

Merisis advises LetsTransport on its Series B fund raise from Fosun RZ Capital, Bertelsmann and Japanese investors

Merisis Advisors is pleased to announce the INR 100 crores Series B fund raise of its client Diptab Ventures Pvt. Ltd, which operates LetsTransport, a logistics platform for intra-city transportation. The round was led by Chinese conglomerate Fosun RZ Capital with key participation from Bertelsmann India Investments, Blacksoil Capital and Japanese investors. LetsTransport, which was founded in 2015 by Indian ... show more

Merisis advises Vogo on its Series A fund raise from Ola, Matrix Partners, Stellaris Venture Partners, Hero MotoCorp chairman Pawan Munjal and Others

Merisis Advisors is pleased to announce that its client, Vogo Automotive Pvt. Ltd., a leading scooter rental company offering an on-demand network of automated IoT enabled scooters, has raised Series A funding from Ola, Matrix Partners, Stellaris Venture Partners, Pawan Munjal, Chairman at Hero MotoCorp Ltd., Aprameya Radhakrishna, Founder & CEO at Vokal India, Mayank Bidawatka, Co-Founder at Vokal India, ... show more

Merisis advises DemandShore on its acquisition by Salesify (A Ziff Davis Group Company)

Merisis Advisors is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client DemandShore Solutions Pvt. Ltd. by Salesify, a technology marketing company which is part of Ziff Davis, a J2 Global (NASDAQ: JCOM) Company. The acquisition also includes its family of media properties including MarTech Advisor, HRTechnologist and ReadITQuik. DemandShore, one of the first few companies in India to pioneer the ... show more

Merisis advises Math Adventures on its acquisition by Think and Learn (Byju’s)

Merisis Advisors is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client Math Adventures Learning Solutions Pvt. Ltd. by Think and Learn Pvt. Ltd., which operates digital ed-tech venture Byju’s. Founded by Vidya Jayaraman and Ashok Nair, Math Adventures helps children learn through a combination of short videos and an activity-based approach that uses workbooks and tablets. It has partnered with ... show more

Blackstone enters Indian stressed assets biz, buys stake in ARC

Merisis advised IARC on this transaction. US private equity firm Blackstone Group LP has set its foot in India’s distressed asset space with a majority stake in an asset reconstruction company (ARC), two people familiar with the development told VCCircle. Blackstone has bought a majority stake in Mumbai-based International Asset Reconstruction Co Pvt Ltd (IARC), the people mentioned above said. ... show more

Merisis advises F1 Info Solutions, a leading Neutral Service Provider for Mobiles and Consumer Electronic Devices, on its acquisition by Flipkart

Merisis Advisors is pleased to announce that its client, F1 Info Solutions, offering comprehensive lifecycle services for IT, Mobility, AV & Enterprise Solutions, Displays, Security and Consumer Electronics, has been acquired by Flipkart. Merisis was the exclusive advisor to F1 Info Solutions in the transaction. In the highly competitive consumer electronics and ICT market, all the OEMs need a reliable ... show more

Merisis advises Perfios, a leading fintech data analytics and aggregation platform, on its fund raise from Bessemer Venture Partners

Merisis Advisors is pleased to announce that its client, Perfios Software Solutions, a leading credit and personal finance data aggregation and analytics platform, has raised INR 40 crore ($6.1 million) from Bessemer Venture Partners. Merisis was the exclusive advisor to Perfios in the transaction. Perfios is a technology data platform with focus on financial data analysis and aggregation for credit ... show more

Merisis advises ZipGo, on its Series A fund raise from Ventureast, Omidyar Networks, Orios Venture Partners and Innoven Capital

This press release is to share Merisis’ role in a fund raise that was completed in late CY2016, and to share their testimonial to our services. We are happy to share with you that Merisis Advisors has been the exclusive advisor to ZipGo Technologies, a leading on-demand bus service and aggregation platform, in its $6 million fund raise from Ventureast, ... show more

Merisis advises PSI Hydraulics on its acquisition by Manuli Hydraulics, a division of Manuli Rubber Industries of Italy

Merisis Advisors is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client PSI Hydraulics (PSI) by Manuli Hydraulics (Manuli), a division of Manuli Rubber Industries of Italy. PSI is India’s 3rd largest company in the field of Hydraulic Fluid Conveyance Solutions, having operations in Bangalore and Udaipur whereas Manuli Hydraulics is one of the leaders in fluid conveyance solutions with presence ... show more

Local delivery start-up set to raise $10 million

Grab a Grub Services Pvt. Ltd, a local delivery company that operates as, is on the verge of closing a funding round worth $10 million, according to two people directly involved in the deal. It raised an early-stage round worth $1 million from Oliphans Capital and independent investor Haresh Chawla in April. The Mumbai-based company was founded in 2012 ... show more raises $15 million from Peepul Capital

Jaipur-based fashion jewellery brand Voylla has raised $15 million (About Rs 98 crore) in funding from private equity firm, Peepul Capital. The funds will be used for brand building, expansion of the distribution network, investments in technology and enhancement of manufacturing capacity, Voylla said in a statement. Founded in 2011, Voylla manufactures and sells jewellery under the ‘Voylla’ brand. The ... show more acquires HomeBuy360 for $2 million

To rapidly expand its portfolio and reach, property portal has acquired HomeBuy360, a cloud-based sales lifecycle management platform that connects developers, agents and buyers, for $2 million. This is the second acquisition made by the company in 2015, after it bought Indian Real Estate Forum (IREF), a platform providing unbiased property information to consumers and realty business intelligence to ... show more acquires Realty Business Intelligence for Rs10 crore

Real estate listing website on Thursday said it has bought risk assessment company Realty Business Intelligence (BI) for ₹ 10 crore in cash. Realty BI is Housing’s second acquisition this year, following that of Indian Real Estate Forum (IREF). Housing, which raised $90 million funding from Japan’s SoftBank Group last December, is present in more than 100 cities in India. ... show more

Merisis Advisors advised Neoteric on the acquisition

Days before IGATE was acquired by French IT giant Capgemini , the US-based firm sold off its domestic infrastructure management services (IMS) operations to MindSquare Technologies for about $5 million. MindSquare Technologies is a group company of Mumbai-based 1neoteric Technology Solutions. Under the agreement, MindSquare has acquired the entire Indian customer base of IGATE, along with its over 400 employees that provide remote ... show more

Merisis advises Clarice Technologies on its sale to Globant

AHMEDABAD: Globant, an Argentine IT and software development firm focused on innovative products, has acquired Pune-based product engineering firm Clarice Technologies in a deal estimated at $20-25 million. It's a complete acquisition with a transition phase of three years, said Sandeep Chawda, co-founder and CEO at Clarice Technologies. He said the deal was closed on May 14. Investment banker ... show more

Advised Ola On Its Acquisition Of A Company In Complementary Space

To operate legally in the national capital, Indian mobile app service for cab booking, Ola, is in final-stage talks to acquire Gurgaon-based radio taxi service GCabs. The deal is expected to be closed with in a week. This move will help OlaCabs to get required clearance from the transport authorities in Delhi. As per an ET report, “The due-diligence process is on ... show more

Merisis Advisors advises Alia Group on the divestment of its IT Services company – Alia Premedia to Diadeis, a French multi-national company

Alia Premedia, an IT services Company and the leader in Pre media packaging vertical in India  becomes part of the Paris headquartered pre media services company Diadeis. Alia Premedia has many big FMCG companies including Unilever, Kraft, GSK as its clients. Merisis Advisors, an M&A focused investment banking advisory firm, were the exclusive advisors to this cross-border transaction. The acquisition ... show more

Merisis Advisors advises the Wayne Burt Group on its divestment of Hydraulics Cylinder Business to Pennar Industries

Wayne-Burt Petro Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. (earlier known as Bailey Hydropower Pvt. Ltd.), part of the Wayne Burt Group has exited the hydraulics cylinder business by divesting it to Pennar Industries Ltd. Merisis Advisors, an M&A focused investment banking advisory firm, were the exclusive advisors to the transaction. Pennar Industries has acquired the production, engineering, product development program and existing customer ... show more

Advised Ola Cabs On Its Series-a Fund Raise From Tiger Global

ANI Technologies’s online car rentals and cab services venture, has raised an undisclosed amount in a Series A funding from Tiger Global Management. The company intends to use the funds raised to expand to more cities, improve its technology platform and hire more people. Launched in December 2010 by IIT Mumbai graduates Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, essentially works as a ... show more

Advised Knowlarity On Its Series-b Fund Raise

Gurgaon: Gurgaon-based cloud telephony-based solution provider Knowlarity has raised $6.6 million from Sequoia Capital. As part of the investment Mohit Bhatnagar, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital has joined Knowlarity’s board. The fund was advised by Merisis Capital Advisors. “The funds would be deployed into major buckets of R&D and Sales Operations. We would expand our tech team to focus more on ... show more

Advised Taurus On Its Stake Sale To Cikautxo

Taurus Flexibles have announced their strategic association with Spain based Cikautxo s. Coop and Mondragon S. Coop to augment the manufacturing of rubber and plastic hoses for the automotive segment for international and domestic markets. This tie-up is being achieved by the acquisition of 50% stake in Taurus’ wholly owned EOU subsidiary in Pune created from the transfer of ... show more