Coraza Technologies Pvt Ltd, which runs Helpchat and OneDirect, has secured a Series C round of funding led by American Express Ventures, the venture investment arm of American Express Co, and existing investor Sequoia Capital. Founded in 2010 Helpchat in its new avatar is an artificial intelligence based platform, while OneDirect is a customer experience management platform that helps brands manage their customer experience across all online channels including mobile.


State-run Oil India Ltd has announced an INR 50 crore OIL start-up fund to foster, nurture and incubate new ideas related to oil and gas sector. OIL Start-up fund shall focus on promoting entrepreneurship amongst youth, especially of the North East India, by enabling the growth of startups for addressing various technical challenges and operational risks of the oil and gas industry and encouraging innovative thinking amongst the present and future generations.


Gateway Brewing Co, Mumbai’s first microbrewery, is in advanced talks with investors to raise around $3 million in its Series A round. The funding will be utilized to start bottling operations for distribution of their beer across the country.



One of the funds owned by Japanese private equity firm Recruit Holdings has invested $5 million (Rs 33 crore) in Mystifly, valuing the four-year-old airline ticket aggregator at INR 250 crore. My FareBox, the business-to-business global airfare market place owned by Mystifly, will use the money to invest in technology, sales and marketing to expand its global presence.