Dream Sports raises $400 million
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Dream Sports, which owns the leading fantasy sports platform Dream11, has
completed a $400 million secondary investment round led by TCV, D1 Capital Partners and Falcon Edge. This is TCV’s first investment in India. It has invested in global tech giants such as Netflix, Airbnb, Sportradar and Peloton.
Existing investors such as Tiger Global, ChrysCapital, TPG Growth, Steadview Capital and Footpath Ventures also participated in the round. Falcon Edge Capital, co-founded by Navroz Udwadia, invested via Alpha Wave. Dream Sports said this was the largest investment in the Indian sports tech ecosystem to date.
Fintech lending startup
KreditBee, through holding entity Finnov, has
landed $70 million in the second tranche of its Series C funding round co-led by TPG-backed NewQuest Capital Partners and Motilal Oswal Private Equity. The transaction is a follow-on round from the one in February, in which Finnov raised $75 million from Azim Premji’s PremjiInvest, Mirae Asset Ventures, Alpine Capital and Arkam Ventures.
With the conclusion of the second tranche, KreditBee’s total funding from the round stood at $145 million, making it one of the largest funding rounds for an Indian lending startup since the start of the pandemic.
Purplle bags $45 million
Online beauty store
picked up $45 million from Sequoia Capital India and existing investors Verlinvest, Blume Ventures, and JSW Ventures. The round saw the company’s value rise to $300 million. It also saw Ivy Cap Ventures, an early backer of Purplle, partially exit with 22X gains.
Other Key Deals
Location-based social network
Public App has
bagged about $41.3 million in a round led by A91 Partners that also included existing investors such as former Tiger Global top executive Lee Fixel’s Addition, SIG Global and Tanglin Venture Partners. The latest funding, which comes around six months after it picked up $35 million last year, values Public at $250 million.
Offline-to-online commerce platform
secured $27.5 million in Series A funding, making it the first such company in India to receive a substantial amount within a year of launch. The round was led by its early investor PayU, the payments and fintech business of Prosus, which increased its stake in the company. Info Edge Ventures doubled down on the seed investment it made in the company last year and more than doubled its shareholding. Google joined as a new investor.
New Fund Closes
Sequoia Capital India has
closed a $195-million second seed fund as part of its
Surge programme, which backs seed and early-stage startups through funding and mentorship. Launched in 2019, Surge invests in pre-Series A startups in India and Southeast Asia and had kicked off with a corpus of $200 million.
Sequoia Capital-backed digital bookkeeping app
acquired business management startup
Biz Analyst for $10 million in a mix of equity and cash. Khatabook will absorb the entire team of Mumbai-based Biz Analyst and will see its employee count increase to 200.