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CRED seeks to make users spend more on the platform with HipBar acquisition

Cred, a credit card bill payments platform, is set to enter the wallet payments business by acquiring liquor delivery startup HipBar Pvt. Ltd, which owns a prepaid payment instrument (PPI) licence.

Cred Bought HipBar - Enters Wallet Payment Business
Cred founder Kunal Shah

The PPI licence, granted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), permits companies to operate payments systems such as digital wallets, pre-paid transit cards, vouchers and so on.

Only 37 firms in the country have been issued the license by the RBI so far. HipBar was granted the licence in August 2016.

With the acquisition, CRED can start giving cashback in its wallets instead of user bank accounts and card accounts. Several experts point out that the wallet licence would allow the Bengaluru-based company to contain cash backs offered by the company inside its ecosystem.

IPO-bound Nykaa acquires D2C skincare brand Dot & Key

Nykaa, India’s biggest online retailer of cosmetics, has acquired homegrown skincare brand Dot & Key just days before the launch of its initial public offering (IPO) on October 28. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

This is the first acquisition by the Falguni Nayar-led startup in the direct-to-consumer space. The deal, however, is indicative of the wider churn that’s afoot in the sector.

Nykaa acquires D2C skincare brand Dot & Key

Founded by Suyash Saraf and Anisha Saraf, Dot & Key makes skincare products such as serums, face masks, toners and cleansers. The brand recently expanded into nutraceuticals under the brand ‘IKWI’, whose products are dermatologically tested and cruelty-free.

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Jio All Set To Invest In Dunzo’s $250 Million Funding Round

Google backed Dunzo is looking to raise as much as $200-250 million at a valuation of close to $800 million. Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-controlled Jio is in talks with Dunzo to finalize the financial investment, alongside with the start-up’s current investors.

Dunzo founders (from left) Ankur Aggarwal, Mukund Jha, Kabeer Biswas and Dalvir Suri (Photo: Mint)
Dunzo founders (from left) Ankur Aggarwal, Mukund Jha, Kabeer Biswas and Dalvir Suri

Founded by Dalvir Suri, Mukund Jha, Kabeer Biswas and Ankur Aggarwal in 2015, Dunzo connects consumers with stores and vendors in their vicinity and facilitates deliveries of products such as grocery, medicines, food and other everyday items.

Currently, Reliance’s portfolio of startup acquisitions includes epharmacy startup Netmeds, drone startup Asteria, deeptech startup Tesseract, business search platform JustDial, online furniture startup Urban Ladder, logistics startup Grab A Grub, edtech Embibe, among others.

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