India Dealbook: IDG, Chiratae invest in Emotix; Azani bags funding from Fireside, Redwood

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Indian startup ecosystem continues to be abuzz with funding activity. Robotics startup Emotix has raised Rs 18.58 crore ($2.7 million) in a seed funding round, while Azani Sports has raised Rs 7.5 crore from Redwood Trust and Fireside Ventures.

IDG Ventures, Chiratae invest in Emotix

Mumbai-based robotics startup Emotix has raised Rs 18.58 crore (about $2.7 million) in a seed funding round from IDG Ventures India Fund III LLC, Chiratae Trust, YourNest India VC Fund, and Technology Venture Fund.

According to the company’s filing with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) sourced by paper.vc, it has issued 2,794 Seed 1 compulsorily convertible preference shares to the investors.

Emotix had raised $2 million in a funding round led by IDG Ventures India and YourNest in April last year. Founded in 2014, the startup had earlier raised a seed round of funding from undisclosed investors.

Azani gets funding from Fireside, Redwood

Sports apparel startup Azani Sports, which is among the chosen eight for Sequoia India’s Surge accelerator programme, has raised Rs 7.5 crore in funding from Redwood Trust and Fireside Ventures, according to the company’s filings with RoC sourced by paper.vc.

Azani Sports previously also received Rs 1.38 crore from Surge and Sequoia’s general fund. In January, Fireside had invested an undisclosed sum in the Mumbai-based startup.

Founded by Indian squash champion Siddharth Suchde, Punith Kumar and Alfons Jose, Azani offers footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and kids, which sells online and through select retail outlets.

 

Singapore Reporter/s

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.