India dealbook: Startups Swadha Energies, CivilCops raise funding

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Chennai’s Swadha Energies, a maker of technology-backed energy conservation solutions, has raised funds from angel investors, while CivilCops, a chatbot operated by Delhi-based Tavroi Research Pvt. Ltd, has raised an undisclosed amount from Alfa Ventures.

Chennai’s Swadha Energies raises funds from IAN

Chennai-based startup Swadha Energies Pvt. Ltd has raised an undisclosed sum from the Indian Angel Network (IAN), according to an announcement. This marks the pre-Series A round for the startup that was established in 2015.

Swadha Energies, a maker of technology-backed energy conservation solutions, develops devices, products and software systems in partnership with IIT Madras to conserve energy. It caters to a diverse segment such as real estate, hotels, small offices and IT parks, hospitals and shopping malls, among others. The startup claims that it can save energy costs by about 40 per cent.

The funds raised will help Swadha Energies to augment its technology development and expand its sales and marketing operations.

The current round of funding from IAN was led by MVS Mani, co-founder of Future Focus Infotech Pvt. Ltd, and Nitin Zambre, former managing director at ICF India.

Alfa Ventures invests in Delhi’s CivilCops

CivilCops, a chatbot operated by Delhi-based Tavroi Research Pvt. Ltd, has raised an undisclosed amount from Alfa Ventures, a proprietary fund, to expand its operations.

Founded in 2017 by two Delhi University graduates Ashish Sharma and Vaibhav Gogia, CivilCops is a social intelligence venture that builds civic-tech products for smart cities, thus enabling the citizens of Delhi to chat with the government directly.

The startup, incubated under NASSCOM 10000 Startups program in Gurgaon, provides Artificial Intelligence (AI) chat and voice interfaces for citizens to report any issue with regard to public service delivery such as water, sanitation, electricity and transport to the government.

Alfa Ventures, led by Dhianu Das, is a fairly new fund that has a corpus of about Rs 100 crore. It plans to invest in about 25-30 early-stage ventures.

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.