Info Edge-backed Edtech startup Udayy shuts down its operations

Gurgaon-based Udayy, an edtech startup focused on students from kindergarten to eighth grade, has decided to shut down its operations as it was unable to maintain sustainable growth in the hyper-competitive edtech market. Following this decision, the edtech startup has laid off its entire workforce. Saumya Yadav, one of the co-founders of Udayy, explains that the platform did not see a viable path toward business profitability with the lifting of COVID-19 norms. The increased number of children returning to school led to requests for refunds and difficulty in acquiring new customers…

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Arya.ag acquires agriculture data science startup Prakshep

Arya.ag, a grain commerce platform located in Noida, has acquired agriculture data science firm Prakshep for an unknown sum. Arya strengthens its position as India’s largest integrated grain commerce platform and expands its technological capabilities to provide end-to-end solutions to its users with this acquisition. Arya.ag secured $60 million in Series C financing from Asia Impact SA and returning investors Lightrock India and Quona Capital in January of this year. The purchase, according to the business, would assist to boost Arya’s aim of providing cutting-edge AI/ML capabilities to farm digitalization,…

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Ruraltech startup Hesa raises $2.3M in a pre-Series A round led by Venture Catalysts

Hesa, a rural tech startup located in Telangana, has secured $2.3 million (Rs 17.8 crore) in a pre-Series A fundraising round headed by Venture Catalysts, with participation from Venture Catalysts US Chapter, Faad, Inflection Point Ventures, WFC, and other significant angel investors. The firm, founded in 2019 by Vamsi Udayagiri and Hema Nandiraju, will utilize the funds received to grow its geographical reach, develop its technological platform, and extend its capabilities in agri-fintech and commerce. Hesa allows for many API interfaces to deliver online, round-the-clock services in major sectors such…

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SaaS firm Kovai.co charts product-led growth strategy for unicorn status

Kovai.co is aiming for unicorn status as the Software as a Service (SaaS) company pursues a product-led growth strategy, according to founder and CEO Saravana Kumar. With a leaner product portfolio, Kumar said the business is working on a customer success product — one of the fastest-growing product sectors in SaaS — that will be released this year. “We see huge potential for this product. On its own, it can reach $50 million annual revenue,” he said. He estimated Kovai.co to reach unicorn status, or privately held company with a…

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Agritech startup Nutrifresh raises $5 million in funding from investors

Nutrifresh, an agritech startup, announced on Tuesday that it has raised $5 million (Rs 38.8 crore) in funding for expansion and growth. Hydroponically grown, residue-free, and chemical-free vegetables are the company’s objective. Theodore Cleary, Archer Investments; Sandiip Bhammer, Managing Partner – Green Frontier Capital; Sky Kurtz, CEO & co-founder of Pure Harvest UAE; Mathew Cyriac, Florintree Advisors & ex-managing director of Blackstone India; Soumitra Dutta, Dean Elect – Sad Business School, University of Oxford; Shaishav Dharia, Regional chief executive officer, CEO Lodha Group; Karan Gos. “The funding will be used…

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More than 250 unicorn startups in india by 2025

India is predicted to produce more than 250 unicorns, or privately held firms valued at $1 billion or more, by 2025 according to a recent report by investment firm Iron Pillar. This follows a record-breaking 43 Indian firms joining the unicorn club in 2021, a watershed year for the home ecosystem. Iron Pillar has invested in firms such as Uniphore, a software startup, FreshToHome, a meat delivery startup, and Eatfit, a cloud kitchen player, among others, in India. The aggregate worth of Indian unicorns in 2022, according to the Iron…

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