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Indian Angel Network plans investment in around 150 startups

NEW DELHI: Venture capital consortium Indian Angel Network (IAN) is looking to invest in about 150 start-up firms in coming 4-5 years, a co-founder of the investment group said. “We have made six commitments as of now. In next 4-5 years, we have plans to invest in 100-150 firms,” said IAN co- founder Saurabh Srivastava. He said there is no shortage of funds at IAN and investors are looking at right opportunities. “We have funded in range of half a million to a million. Some has been to the tune of 3…

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David Cameron to set up £750m UK-China investment fund

China’s President Xi Jinping drinks a pint of beer with David Cameron during his visit to Britain in 2015 CREDIT: GETTY David Cameron is helping to set up up a new £750m UK-China investment fund aimed at forging closer ties between the two countries, it has been confirmed. The former Prime Minister will become vice chairman of the new private equity fund after being approached for the role by Lord Chadlington, a friend and former Tory donor. The announcement, which confirmed reports published last month, came as the Government prepared to set…

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Duo line up investment in Bengal

Calcutta: Bengal industry and finance minister Amit Mitra has disclosed two upcoming investments in the state – one, a state-owned firm teaming up with an overseas partner and the other with export potential. Shalimar Works, a state government-owned shipbuilding and repair firm is looking to partner with a Bangladeshi firm to form a special purpose vehicle, while IFB Agro, which is known for its liquor and seafood businesses, is setting up a manufacturing unit at Halidia to export shrimps. “Shalimar Works builds civilian vessels for Indian Navy and they have requested…

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Don’t ignore Alternative Investment Funds while building your long term portfolio; here’s why

Indian economy is already looking up after crucial and series of difficult reforms have been implemented over the last three years while some are still in the process of getting implemented. In this scenario, Indian investors are betting big on equities, especially when gold and properties are not on the preferred list of assets. In a tectonic shift most investors – Ultra HNI, HNI, and retail – are focusing largely on long-term investments rather than being swayed by short-term scenarios both external and internal. Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) and Mutual…

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Govt approves phasing out of 25-year-old Foreign Investment Promotion Board

FDI applications needing govt approval to be handled by the concerned Ministries/Depts The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved phasing out of the 25-year-old Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). The FIPB is the inter-ministerial body — or a single window clearance mechanism for applications on foreign direct investment (FDI) in India in sectors under the government approval route. The move to phase out the FIPB is aimed at making India a more attractive FDI destination and increasing FDI inflows by providing greater ease of doing business and promoting the ‘Maximum Governance and Minimum…

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SoftBank loses $1.4B investment in Snapdeal, Ola

SoftBank cannot possibly need more reasons to push Snapdeal off its portfolio. According to its consolidated financial report for FY 2017, the company has faced a combined loss of $1.4 billion in investments in the online marketplace as well as in cab hailing platform Ola. In February this year, SoftBank had written off $475 million from the same two players – its biggest investments in India. Image credit: Anisha Despite the backing from the likes of Kalaari Capital, Nexus Ventures, Alibaba, and Foxconn, Gurgaon-based Snapdeal has been unable to raise funding…

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