Digital Startup news roundup – Week ending 24th December

Roundup of news and ideas from the world of startups – Week ending 24th December

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Amazon offers A.I focused consulting services Amazon, at its big cloud conference AWS  Re:invent announced two key developments in the area of artificial intelligence. AWS is opening a machine learning lab, ML Solutions Lab, to pair Amazon machine learning experts with customers looking to build solutions using the AI tech. It is also releasing new features within Amazon Rekognition, Amazon’s deep learning-based image recognition platform that includes real-time face recognition and the ability to recognize text in images.

Snap expands accelerator program overseas – Snap Inc. is spending money twice as fast as it can make it. The Snapchat parent needs more advertising, stat. So the Silicon Beach startup is expanding the accelerator program it launched in the United States in October to Europe, the Middle East and Africa, reported VentureBeat.

Corporate M&A and deals

Allianz invests $96mn in Ugandan startup, BIMA – BIMA, a microinsurance startup based in Uganda, has announced that it has received $107mn in financing, including a $30mn growth round. The main investment comes from Allianz X, the digital investment unit of European financial service firm, Allianz Group, which funded BIMA with $96.6mn.

2017: When India’s startups came of age, herded by Softbank’s big bucks – Unicorns topped the list of the most-funded internet companies in India this year, according to data from Tracxn.

  • Flipkart    $2.9 billion
  • Ola    $1.9 billion
  • Paytm    $1.4 billion
  • OYO Rooms    $260 million
  • Paytm Mall    $200 million
  • Delhivery    $138 million
  • Just Buy Live    $99.81 million
  • Pi DATACENTERS    $90 million
  • Druva    $80 million
  • Swiggy    $80 million



Startups that failed last week

Best Buy’s digital partner for gadget rental, Lumoid, shuts down –  Lumoid, a startup founded to help Best Buy offer gadget rentals has shut down after four-and-a-half years. The startup graduated from the Y Combinator incubator program in 2013 and went on to raise a few million dollars in venture capital.

Ratan Tata Backed Online Fashion Startup Kaaryah Pulls Down Shutters As Per CEO Nidhi Agarwal, The Gurugram Based Startup Closed Shop Due To Lack Of Funds. Commenting on the development, Kaaryah founder and CEO Nidhi Agarwal said, “It was not sudden. We have been trying to raise funds for the last 18 months. We had broken even twice in 30 months. Honestly, my aspiration for the brand was to take it to $15.6 Mn (INR 100 Cr) revenues within 4-5 years of having started it.”

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