Hyperlocal services startup, Dunzo, is reportedly in talks to raise a clean round of investment for about $50 Mn.
The modern-day round of investment follows near on the heels of Dunzo’s INR 80 Cr ($11.Five Mn) fund increase as part of its ongoing Series C investment round, led by means of Google, Blume Ventures, Altera Capital, Greyhound, Beeline earlier this month, in keeping with a Ministry of Corporate Affairs submitting accessed by means of Inc42.
“Dunzo has been finding it difficult to elevate money from monetary investors. There had been some preliminary talks with Zomato for a capacity acquisition, but that didn’t pass ahead,” sources have told LiveMint.
The Bengaluru-primarily based organization turned into based by means of Ankur Aggarwal, Dalvir Suri, Mukund Jha, and Kabeer Biswas in 2015. Dunzo is an AI chat-primarily based hyperlocal app thru which customers can create to-do lists and collaborate with providers.
The customers can avail offerings which include transport of packages, buying products, repairing stuff, and domestic offerings. Further, the app also can be used to do private tasks inclusive of paying payments, vehicle services, repairing appliances amongst others.
Dunzo claimed to have facilitated over 1 Mn transactions with a day by day common of 30K transactions until October 2018. The enterprise had raised $422K (INR three Cr) from MakeMyTrip’s Deep Kalra and $3.1 Mn (INR 22.Forty nine Cr) Series C funding spherical from a set of prolific traders in February 2019.
Hyperlocal Delivery Market
India’s hyperlocal market is expected to reach over $317.Four Mn (INR 2,306 Cr) with the aid of 2020. Notable hyperlocal shipping gamers within the area include Swiggy Stores, Alibaba-backed Bigbasket, and Softbank’s portfolio Grofers. Further, personal assistant bot startups including Reliance-acquired Haptik, Hike’s Natasha, and HelpChat also are running inside the hyperlocal services space.
Indian tour startup MakeMyTrip had also forayed within the hyperlocal services area via its ‘Experiences’ function. This new characteristic will enable customers to discover leisure activities including meals walks, daycation, museum visits, and wearing occasions.
With the release of Swiggy Stores, the food tech Unicorn Swiggy has forayed into hyperlocal transport space. Swiggy Store will allow the shipping of plants and vegetables to health and supplements to its customers.
Swiggy had shared plans to collaborate with extra than three.5K stores inside the countrywide capital location, which includes merchants which include Ferns and Petals, Le Marche, Needs Supermarket, Licious, Zappfresh, MomsCo, Apollo and Guardian Pharmacy.
According to MCA filings accessed with the aid of Inc42 in March 2019, Bengaluru-based totally BigBasket became near completing its $one hundred fifty Mn investment spherical with investments from Alibaba, Mirae Asset Global Investments and the United Kingdom government-sponsored CDC Group.