Indian startup funding on track for a record 2021

According to YourStory Research, Indian startup funding is on track to hit record highs in H1 2021 and exceed 2020 levels. Startup investments in Jan-May 2021 were at $8.76 billion, up 80 percent from H1 2020 levels, and makes up nearly 81 percent of the total $9.94 billion raised in 2020.
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India may be faced with an uncertain economic environment after being ravaged by a deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that hasn’t deterred global and domestic investors from ramping up the pace and quantum of their investments into the Indian startup ecosystem. 

According to YourStory Research, Indian startup funding is on track to hit record highs in H1 2021 and exceed 2020 levels. Startup investments in Jan-May 2021 were at $8.76 billion, up 80 percent from H1 2020 levels, and makes up nearly 81 percent of the total $9.94 billion raised in 2020.

The number of startup deals was up slightly by 4 percent to 441 in Jan-May 2021 from 424 deals in H1 2020. By comparison, the total number of deals in the whole of last year was 881.

This increase was largely driven by a surge in late-stage deals and a flurry of new unicorn additions — a record 14 new startups valued at over $1 billion — in just the first five months of 2021.

Among sectors, fintech saw some notable milestones this year, particularly the addition of five new unicorns as investments into the sector was the highest among industries at $1.83 billion. 

Funding into foodtech majors Swiggy and Zomato also helped rack up a total of $1.05 billion in investments into the sector, making it a close second to fintech. 

While edtech startup investments accounted for $891.8 million, ecommerce recorded $756.5 million, and healthtech $680 million. Read more.

(Infographic by Tenzin Pema)

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Before you go, stay inspired with… 

Bhavin Turakhia, co-founder and CEO, Zeta

“Fundraise is an input, not an outcome. It is an enabler for us to truly do what we want to do, and though it acts as an endorsement, it also brings the responsibility of delivering 10X the returns to our investors and partners.” 

Bhavin Turakhia, Co-founder and CEO, Zeta


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