Wincourse acquires 85% stake in start-up firm Mappr

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Delhi-based DCS Certification Pvt. Ltd, which runs education technology firm Wincourse, has acquired an 85% stake in smaller peer, social learning start-up Mappr, for an undisclosed amount, a company executive said on Friday. “Wincourse is developing a complete suite of education technology solutions, and acquisition of Mappr is a strategic… Read more »

New B2C definition set to determine future of India’s multi-dollar billion e-commerce business

India’s industry department will soon define the term marketplace and also elaborate on just what constitutes retail and wholesale trading on such platforms—a move that will decide the future of not just India’s booming e-commerce business and high-profile start-ups, but also that of traditional retailers that have long alleged that… Read more »


India: Dr Reddy’s VC arm plans to foray into healthcare businesses

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd’s new venture capital arm is considering 20 business proposals, including a chain of dental clinics and health diagnostic laboratories and is likely to back one or two as part of a plan to transform India’s second-largest drug maker into a broader health-focused company. “We haven’t invested… Read more »


India Dealbook: Housing.com in deal talks with China’s SouFun; Baidu, Fosun eye investments in Indian startups

At a time when Chinese companies are facing unfavourable business conditions at home, India’s burgeoning e-commerce market lures them with innumerable investment opportunities, particularly in the startup space. Housing.com in talks with Chinese SouFun for strategic investment or buyout Mumbai-based realty portal Housing.com has begun talks with Chinese real estate portal… Read more »


Sudheer Kuppam’s VC firm to raise $400 million

Sudheer Kuppam, former managing director at Intel Capital, has formed his own venture capital (VC) firm, Epsilon Venture Partners, and plans to raise $400 million for the venture. Kuppam, who left Intel on 31 August after leading its investments in the Asia-Pacific, said the new fund will focus on investments… Read more »


Cipla to acquire generic businesses in US for $550m

Mumbai-based Cipla Ltd on Friday announced that its UK arm Cipla EU will acquire two US-based companies, InvaGen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Exelan Pharmaceuticals Inc., for $550 million. The combined revenue from these transactions is over $200 million for the year ended December 2014 and over $225 million in the 12… Read more »


India may rope in e-commerce giants Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal to sell solar products

The government is roping in the popular marketing platforms of e-commerce companies Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal to promote solar energy in the country, according to a senior government official, who did not wish to be named. The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has been writing to these firms… Read more »


Value of India’s top 30 software product startups crosses $10b

The top 30 software product startups in India are now valued at $10.25 billion, a 20% increase from October 2014, says the updated version of the India Software Products Industry Index– B2B, compiled by software products think tank iSPIRT. In the updated version of the report, which doesn’t disclose the… Read more »


Indian realty firm Unishire raises $19m debt from Reliance AIF

Realty firm Unishire Urbanscape Pvt. Ltd has raised $19 million (Rs126 crore), through issue of non-convertible debentures (NCD), from Reliance AIF Asset Management Co. Ltd to clear high-cost debt and for ongoing projects. Reliance AIF has deployed the money from its recently raised Rs1,000 crore fund, Reliance Yield Maximiser Alternative… Read more »


India People Dealbook: Ex Microsoft exec Gollapali joins Yatra; Sudeep Tandon joins FreeCharge; Chaturvedi to head strategy at Mobikwik

With India emerging as one of the world’s fastest growing e-commerce markets, it is not surprising that this sector is betting big on talent acquisition strategy to steer growth. The demand for experienced industry professionals continues to soar in this sunrise industry. Dealstreetasia captures some recent movements and new appointments… Read more »