Four startups enter Unicorn club in first four months of 2021


ShareChat said it has raised $ 502 million in new funds from Tiger Global.

Four startups morphed into Unicorns, a company valued at $ 1 billion or more, in the first four months of 2021. Groww, Meesho, ShareChat and API Holdings became unicorns after the last round of funding valuing them all at over $ 1 billion or Rs 7,450 crore. India’s leading social commerce platform said on Monday it had raised $ 300 million in new funding led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, valuing Meesho at $ 2.1 billion.

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The newly created stock market investment platform Groww on Wednesday raised $ 83 million, led by Tiger Global, for a valuation of $ 1 billion. Launched in 2017, Groww has become one of the fastest growing investment platforms in India, with over 1.5 million registered users. Groww allows users to invest in stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, IPOs and gold in a simple, paperless and hassle-free way.

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The founder of online pharmacy company PharmEasy – API Holding – joined the unicorn club on Wednesday after announcing a $ 350 million raise from Prosus Ventures and TPG Growth, valuing the startup at $ 1.5 billion. dollars. New funds will deepen market engagement with more than 100,000 pharmacies and more than 20 million patients per year on the company’s platforms, API Holdings said in a press release.

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Content-sharing platform ShareChat said it raised $ 502 million in new funds from Tiger Global, Snap Inc and some existing investors such as Twitter Inc, worth more than $ 2 billion.

The funding was led by US venture capital firm Lightspeed Venture Partners and US investment firm Tiger, ShareChat said in a statement Thursday.

Tiger Global and Snap, owners of the popular Snapchat photo messaging app, are new investors in the Indian platform.



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