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Funding Roundup: YourDOST, Dipper, Naturenama & more


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YourDOST raises Rs 8 crore in funding

YourDOST, an online counselling and emotional wellness platform, has raised $1.2 million (approx Rs 8 crore) in a pre-series A funding round led by SAIF Partners, reports The Economic Times. The round also saw participation from seven angel investors — Venk Krishnan and Subbarao Telidevara of NuVentures, Phanindra Sama of Redbus, Aprameya Radhakrishna of TaxiForSure, Paula Mariwala of Seedfund, Vibhu Garg of Unicommerce and Gaurav Bhalotia of Flipkart.  The company will use the funds to hire senior professionals from the industry in key leadership positions and to expand its operations. YourDOST is available as a free service both through the web portal and mobile app, allowing the users to choose to get into a live chat, voice call, video call or book an appointment with the expert of their choice.

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Dipper raises angel funding

Dipper, a Delhi-based freight logistics marketplace, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from an angel investor, reports VCCircle. It will use the funds for marketing initiatives and ramp up operations, apart from expanding its teams in Delhi and other regions. The capital will also be used for testing scalable marketing and operational models and for hardware and research. Dipper provides a technology platform, enabled with IoT devices, to large fleet owners, small-to-mid-sized trucking carriers and transporters, serving the long haul (inter-city) full truckload market. It claims to be helping move over 1,500 tonne of material every month and to have about 2,000 verified, GPS-enabled vehicles. It also says that the number of trucks on its platform is growing 40% month-on-month. It also claims to generate revenue in excess of Rs 50 lakh every month, partly from the monthly fee it charges truck owners for the software-as-a-service (SaaS) product it provides them. Its clientele includes Tata Steel, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Procter & Gamble.

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Naturenama Raises $225k from White Unicorn Ventures

Naturenama, a Mumbai-based travel-tech startup has raised Rs 1.5 crore ($225,000) in seed funding from venture capital firm White Unicorn Ventures, reports VCCircle. The company will use the funds for technology enhancement, brand building and marketing. Naturenama will work both as a travel guide and a planner for wildlife and adventure travels and its website is likely to go live next month.

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Onspon gets funding from Swan Angel Network

Onspon, a Mumbai-based event-brand partnership platform, has raised Rs 1 crore in angel funding from Indore’s Swan Angel Network, reports Mint. The Mumbai-based startup will use the funding for technology enhancement, marketing and expanding operations. Onspon helps brands to find events to partner with and connects them with event organisers through an algorithm based on the demographic data of audience, geography targets of brands and marketing budgets of brands. The company claims to have aggregated over 9,000 events, 12,500 event managers besides 350 brands on the website. It also claims that over 350 brands are using its services like Tata Motors, Daikin, Adani, Housing.com, Mahindra Holidays, Zebronics, Nissan etc.

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Voler Cars raises seed funding

Voler Cars, a self-drive car rental, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding. The round was led by the Kanodias, along with Amit Banka, Investor and entrepreneur. The investors have also taken a minority stake in the company. The company will use the funds for fleet expansion across multiple cities such as Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune etc. over the next few months. Voler Cars, which operates its self-drive rentals in New Delhi and Bangalore, claims to have cars ranging from mini-hatchback to SUVs to luxury sedans. It is planning to increase the number of cars in its fleet to 1,000 in 12 months. It claims to have more than 15,000 users in Delhi with 50% traffic coming from its android and iOS apps.

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