Microsoft invests in Indian budget hotel chain Oyo at $9.6 billion valuation

Abhishek Baxi


According to Entrackr, the deal between Microsoft and Oyo, first reported by Techcrunch last month, has been finalized. Microsoft has invested $5million in the SoftBank-backed hospitality firm.

Founded in 2013, Oyo is an Indian multinational hospitality chain of leased and franchised hotels, homes and living spaces. It is one of India’s most valuable startups but lost a significant portion of its business to the pandemic.

According to reported estimates, Oyo has raised the fresh capital at a post-money valuation of $9.6 billion. The company’s valuation had dropped to $8 billion in August 2020 from $10 billion in November 2019 amidst a sharp decline in the hospitality sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, at just 0.52% of the valuation, the sale is quite small and Microsoft’s focus might be moving Oyo to Microsoft cloud services.

In recent times, Microsoft has backed a slew of startups in Infia, including the ecommerce giant Fliplart, now owned by Walmart. Last year, Microsoft backed news aggregator Dailyhunt and logistics startup FarEye. Microsoft also brought its venture fund M12 to India last year with a focus on investing in growth and late-stage B2B companies.