India Digest: ChatOnGo, Geist & 3Dexter raise funding

ChatOnGo Team

Enterprise communication tool ChatOnGo, craft beer maker Geist and education-technology startup 3Dexter have raised funding in three separate deals.

ChatOnGo receives $300k funding from HNI Janak Jain

ChatOnGo, an enterprise communication tool run by Nimap Infotech Pvt. Ltd., has received $300,000 funding from high net worth individual (HNI) Janak Jain, the company said in a statement.

The startup will use the money for expanding its team, enhancing the product and spruce up sales & marketing efforts.

ChatOnGo was started by Sagar Nagda and Priyank Ranka and helps in communication between the employees of the same company or with dealers, distributors, sales force of the companies. It is based on a SaaS model.

“Initially we launched it as hyper-local platform but we had little success, so we completely evolved our product in the last quarter and now we are a B2B (business-to-business) startup. We are seeing good traction as we are solving real problems of businesses,” said Nagda.

Craft beer maker Geist raises funding from HNIs

Bangalore-based Beerworks Restaurants and Microbrewery Pvt. Ltd, the manufacturer of Geist Craft Beer, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from high net-worth investors.

Established in 2006 by Narayan Manepally, Mohan Alapatt and Paul Choudhary, the company claims to have introduced India’s first wheat beer and is amongst the early entrants into the microbrewery/brewpub space. The company plans on expanding its manufacturing and distribution. It markets the products under the brand Geist.

“Craft Beer is growing exponentially all over the world. People appreciate the wide variety of tastes, flavours, aromas, optics and body that craft beer has to offer, where fantastic ingredients like malt, hops, water and yeast are combined with passion and soul to produce something amazing. The Young Indian is well educated, well travelled, globally connected and wants to experience world class right here at home,” company’s founder quoted in a statement.

Masterkey acted as financial advisor to Geist for the transaction.

Ed-tech co 3Dexter gets $150k from ICA Edu Skills

Delhi-based ed-tech startup 3Dexter has got $150,000 in seed funding from ICA Edu Skills.

This marks the third investment from ICA Edu Skills in the last one year in education related ventures, The Tech Portal reported. Earlier it invested in Jaipur-based Myly and Pune-based Open Door Education.

3Dexter was started in July 2015 by Nikunj Singhal, Parth Batra, Raghav Sareen, Smarth Vasdev, Shantanu Kwatra, Raunak Singhi and Naman Singhal. It has a 3D printing curriculum for educational institutions to enable students to develop visualization, problem solving, creative thinking, and spatial design skills.

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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.

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.