$1 billion+ club round-up: Nykaa is preparing for an IPO, two more startups became unicorns, and more

An overview of what's happening in Indian's unicorn space.

Microsoft is in talks with Oyo

The company is reportedly in advanced talks with the hotel chain unicorn to invest an undisclosed amount. Oyo’s valuation is expected to rise to $9 billion post the investment.

The unicorn’s founder, Ritesh Agarwal, recently disclosed that the firm is looking at a potential initial public offering (IPO).

Nykaa is preparing for an IPO

The initial public offering could value the beauty startup at over $4 billion. Falguni Nayar’s e-commerce company is looking to file its draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) soon.

The firm is looking to sell about 10% of the equity, raising approximately $400 million.

Ola expanded its ESOP pool

The ride-hailing unicorn has expanded its employee stock options (ESOP) pool to Rs 3,000 crore.

In the run-up to its initial public offering (IPO), the company will also allocate another Rs 400 crore worth of stock to its employees.

Byju’s is on an acquisition spree

The ed-tech unicorn acquired education platform Great Learning for $600 million and after-school learning app Toppr for $150 million this week.

Moglix completed ESOP buyback

The B2B commerce unicorn completed employee stock options (ESOP) buyback worth $3 million also expanded its ESOP pool to $10 million, which will include over 300 employees under the programme.

Nium became a unicorn

The company formerly known as Instarem has raised $200 million this week in a Series D round at a valuation of $1 billion-plus.

Nium is South Asia’s first global business-to-business (B2B) payments unicorn.

Droom became a unicorn 

The automotive startup’s fresh round of funding took the company’s valuation to $1.2 billion.

The newly-minted unicorn plans to launch its initial public offering (IPO) next year.

ShareChat’s parent raised $145 million 

The regional language social media unicorn will be valued at $2.88 billion post the funding round.


Amanat Khullar is the Content and Editorial Manager at ADIF.

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