Startup funding scenarios are changing for better

By Team YS|21st Feb 2021
In fact, founders from sectors like enterprise/SaaS, logistics, ecommerce, and fintech were most optimistic about the funding environment in 2021.
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Will there be a shift and change in the Indian startup funding trends this year?


According to the India Startup Outlook Report 2021 by InnoVen Capital, startup funding scenarios are changing for the better. Despite the pandemic, over two-thirds of founders who tried to raise capital had a favourable experience in 2020, driven by a strong October to December quarter. 

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In fact, founders from sectors like enterprise/SaaS, logistics, ecommerce, and fintech were most optimistic about the funding environment in 2021.  

Commenting on the report, Ashish Sharma, CEO, InnoVen Capital India, said, “The year 2020 was an eventful year for the venture ecosystem... However, the resilience of entrepreneurs meant that startups navigated this crisis rather well, and many companies have come out stronger.”
InnoVen Capital

Data: InnoVen Capital

According to the report, in 2020, 54 percent of founders had a positive fundraising experience, while 24 percent claimed otherwise. Meanwhile, an overwhelming 71 percent of founders believe that the fundraising environment will improve in 2021.



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