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Editor’s Weekly Pick

From last week’s coverage of agri-tech, this week let’s look at some of the game-changing innovations in industrial robotics. Here is WSJ covering the new industrial revolution.


 Market Pulse

  • Gurugram-based automobile repair and service solution startup GoMechanic raised $4 – 5 Mn in a Series A round led by Sequoia Capital.
  • Tamil Nadu launched its Startup and Innovation policy 2018-2023 with a mission of providing an enabling ecosystem for startups registered in the state and to make Tamil Nadu a global innovation hub for startups’ by 2023. 
  • Assam Chief Minister launched the Assam Startup initiative, including state-level hub for entrepreneurship development, The Nest. 
  • Maruti Suzuki announced the launch of its Mobility & Automobile Innovation Lab as part of a program to promote innovation in India for automobile and mobility space. 
  • Hyderabad-headquartered IT park developers Meenakshi Group launched its venture fund, Meenakshi Multiples Startup Fund to invest $10 Mn in promising startups. 
  • Delhi-based early-stage consumer technology venture capital fund AdvantEdge Founders announced its second fund, AdvantEdge Founders Fund II with a target of raising a corpus of $42 Mn with a focus on mobility.
  • Venture capital firm Sequoia Capital India launched its startup accelerator and incubation programme called Surge. The Surge will pick up 10–20 early stage startups twice a year and invest $1.5 Mn in each of them at the start or very early stage of the programme.
  • Espark-Viridian is back with the fifth edition of #AccessXcceleration, inviting early-stage startups across all sectors to participate. 
  • Mumbai-based POWERED accelerator has announced nine women entrepreneurs participating in its second cohort to develop their businesses and deliver access to energy solutions across India. 
  • Gastrotope, the agrifood startup accelerator founded by Taizo Son’s Mistletoe, Rajesh Sawhney, and Infobridge, has picked five startups for its first cohort.