Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc is looking to invest in companies that can help improve mobile and software experience, and whose services can be integrated into Xiaomi phones to provide a superlative experience. The investment could range from a few million dollars to tens of millions of dollars, or even more.
Jasper Infotech, which owns and operates digital payments platform FreeCharge, has made a Rs 22-crore capital infusion in the company. FreeCharge Payment Technologies, at its Board meeting held on April 28, allotted 2.2-crore equity shares at a price of Rs 10 per share to Jasper Infotech.
Softbank has made its biggest investment in an Indian digital enterprise by sealing a funding round of INR 9,000 crore in One 97 Communications which owns mobile payments provider Paytm. The Japanese internet and telecom conglomerate will now own about a fifth of the Noida-based company estimated to be worth $7 billion.
Bengaluru-based consumer lending startup EzCred has raised more than $1 million from a clutch of angel investors in its first round of funding. EzCred has a unique model of offering digital loans at offline points of sale, in contrast to several other online lending startups which offer credit or loans only through a digital platform.
Sharp Corp will invest up to $1 billion in SoftBank Group’s planned $100 billion Vision fund and aims to tap advanced technologies through the investment. Taiwan’s Foxconn, the parent of Sharp, has also said it intends to invest in the fund, as well as Apple Inc and chipmaker Qualcomm Inc.