Skymet Weather Services Private Limited, Indian provider of risk solutions for weather and agriculture, has raised approximately USD 4.5 million in Series B venture financing from a syndicate of investors. The syndicate was led by dmg::information Asia Pacific Pte Limited, a subsidiary of Daily Mail and General Trust plc (“DMGT”), and Omnivore Partners was the returning investor.
Skymet, which was founded in 2003, is Indian private weather monitoring service, with network of automatic weather stations (AWS) in the country. Skymet provides clients with accurate short-range, medium-range, and seasonal weather forecasts, along with agricultural risk solutions including crop area/yield forecasts, remote sensing, and agricultural insurance product development. Skymet also launched Indian consumer weather website and has developed an Android app on the same platform.
Skymet plans to used the funds raised to expand its weather monitoring network, to introduce new instrumentation for tracking hail and frost, to invest in R&D for weather forecasting and crop area/yield forecasting, and to expand the market for its services in India and abroad. Skymet will also relauch its website on August 20th, going beyond India to target consumers across Asia and Africa. The new website will provide weather forecasts in seven languages, including Hindi and Marathi.
According to Jatin Singh, Founder & CEO of Skymet, “Skymet helps companies, governments, farmers, and consumers to manage risk from weather and agriculture. We’re very excited to have the support of DMGT as we scale up and bring our solutions to a wider audience.”
Stephen Stout, CEO of dmg::information Asia Pacific said, “We are thrilled to partner with Skymet and lead this venture funding round. Climate variability is a growing threat worldwide and we believe that India will benefit hugely from the expansion of Skymet’s weather monitoring network and development of accurate agricultural statistics. We look forward to working with Jatin Singh and his impressive team.”
Mark Kahn, Founding Partner of Omnivore Partners, said, “It’s been great watching Skymet grow expotentially over the past three years, now culminating with investment from DMGT. We see Skymet delivering tremendous value to India’s agricultural sector in the coming years.”
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