India Digest: Paytm gets $45m loan; Creditmatri eyes $10-20m funding; eSwasthya.in, Jolly Food Fellow raise funds

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Mobile wallet firm Paytm has got a $45 million loan from ICICI Bank, while financial services company CreditMantri is eyeing $10-20 million funding. Startups eSwasthya.in and Jolly Food Fellow have raised funding of undisclosed amounts. Also, e-commerce major Flipkart has filed a case against the Uttarakhand government against higher tax levied on e-buyers.

Paytm borrows $45m from ICICI Bank

Online payments and commerce platform Paytm has taken a loan of around Rs 300 crore ($45 million)  from ICICI Bank in two tranches, as per a report in The Economic Times. “This is a treasury management move for working capital. While adequate funds are there, it is advised by our finance teams to get these credit lines for working capital on the back of security such as FDs (fixed deposits), mutual funds, etc, in order to conserve cash,” Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma said.

Creditmatri eyes $10-20m funding

Financial services company CreditMantri is looking to raise between $10 million and $20 million to fund its next stage of promotions, team building and scaling up, according to a report in The Economic Times. The Chennai-based startup has moved from a purely advisory role on loan approval matters to a more hands-on function where they have integrated their platform with banks and NBFCs and are helping people with lesser credit score to access loans.

 eSwasthya.in raises angel funding from Lothal Angel Ventures

Online medicine delivery aggregator eSwasthya.in  has raised angel funding of an undisclosed amount from Lothal Angel Ventures. Ahmedabad-based eSwasthya.in delivers healthcare products at the patient’s door step.“With rising demand for accessible healthcare, it’s worth investing in the healthcare startup segment.Healthcare segment is an evergreen segment when it comes to getting customers,“ said Manasvi Thapar, cofounder, Lothal Angel Ventures.

Jolly Food Fellow raises pre-Series A funding

Ahmedabad-based food technology mobile application, Jolly Food Fellow, has raised an undisclosed amount in pre-series A round of funding led by angel investor Janak Parikh, MD of Malibu Group, according a Inc42 report. The raised capital will be used for market expansion and development of analytics platform. The startup has developed a SaaS based marketing & branding platform for food retail vendors.

Flipkart sues Uttarakhand government for taxing e-buyers

Indian e-commerce major Flipkart has sued the state of Uttarakhand for its decision to impose a 10 per cent entry tax on goods purchased through ecommerce. Calling the levy “discriminatory”, the ecommerce giant has filed the writ through its in-house logistics arm EKart Logistics in the high court of Uttarakhand in Nainital, according to a report in The Economic Times. In February, the company had filed a petition arguing that while the standard rate of entry tax is 5 per cent, goods purchased through e-commerce companies have been subjected to entry tax rate of 10 per cent.

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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.