Grapeshot secures $8.5m investment from Draper Espirt, IQ Capital Partners

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Digital advertising technology provider Grapeshot has secured an $8.5 million investment in a round led by Draper Esprit and IQ Capital Partners.

India: Beauty services platform Stylofie raises funding from IDC MD Jaideep Mehta

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Beauty and wellness startup Stylofie has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Jaideep Mehta, MD- South Asia, IDC.


Asia Dealbook: Sony buys Altair for $200m; Adways invests in Daylight Studios; mPrest raises $20m

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Sony is consolidating and strengthening its position with the acquisition of Altair Semiconductor, while Tokyo-based Adways has made an undisclosed investment in game studio Daylight Studios and defence contractor mPrest has secured a $20 million Series A investment.


India VCs: Helion pivots from blended play to specialist technology focus

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About 18 months ago, Helion Venture Partners, one of India’s oldest homegrown venture capital firms, found itself at a crossroads. It could either continue with a blended sector focus, investing primarily in technology and some non-technology businesses, or pivot to a specialist technology investor. It chose the latter. The decision… Read more »


India: Hansel.io gets funding led by Endiya Partners via TracxnSyndicate

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Mobile development tool kit startup, Hansel.io, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Endiya Partners, a newly floated fund by Sateesh Andhra (previously VentureEast and DFJ India), through TracxnSyndicate, the company said in a statement. The round also saw participation from Tracxn Labs and angel investors including Mekin Maheshwari, Rajesh Sawhney among others…. Read more »


Exclusive: Indian local discovery platform SHOUUT raises $500k seed funding

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Delhi-based Giant Tech Labs Pvt Ltd, which operates places, events and offers discovery platform discovery app Shouut, has raised $500,000 in its seed funding round from a high-networth individual angel investor, founder and CEO Praveer Kochhar told DEALSTREETASIA. SHOUUT is a 250-character recommendation platform for places and events. Users can also… Read more »


Six new overseas VCs seek to operate in Indonesia despite tough rules

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VC firms seeking an entry into the country have to set up a joint venture with local partners and have a minimum paid-up capital of $3.6 million to establish operations.


Sequoia Capital, New Enterprise Associates most prolific VC investors of 2015

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The top five funds—Sequoia Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Accel Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners and Andreessen Horowitz—parked most of their money in consumer Internet start-ups, followed by healthcare and financial technologies.


Exclusive: Vertex Venture fourth Israel fund oversubscribed by 50%; set for $150m final close

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In 2015, Israel’s ecosystem saw 708 firms raise funds, with deals averaging $6.3 million, compared with 2014’s average of $5 million.


Virtual reality co Wevr raises $25m from HTC, Samsung Ventures

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This year, Facebook Inc’s Oculus unit, Sony Corp and others plan to introduce modern VR headsets. Wevr and other companies are making VR videos to lure audiences to the medium.