Latest startup funding report of 2019; Ola's ride to profitability
This year, there were a lot of hurdles for the Indian startup ecosystem. From the uncertainty of the General Elections to regulatory roadblocks and an economic slowdown, we went through a lot. But, the good news is that these factors did not lead to a drying up in funding.
According to YourStory Research, the research arm of YourStory Media, homegrown Indian startups raised $7.67 billion in the nine months ended September 30, 2019, down slightly by around four percent from $8 billion in the same period in 2018. When it came to the number of deals, funding deals between January and September 2019 were just three deals short from the same period last year.
You can download the YourStory Research's report on nine-month 2019 funding trends in the Indian startup ecosystem here.
Every Ola trip in India today is profitable as its India business operationally broke even in July 2018. While the overall business isn’t profitable yet, Ola’s RoC filings are optimistic – revenues have been doubling and losses have halved.
Flipkart founders: Sachin Bansal (left) and Binny Bansal
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ShareChat Founders (L to R): Farid Ahsan, Bhanu Singh and Ankush Sachdeva
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