H1 2021 funding: $10.1 billion, 543 deals, 15 unicorns

The H1 2021 startup funding amount of $10.1 billion was raised across 543 deals from around 990 active investors — a 28 percent increase in the number of deals from the comparable period last year.
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The funding momentum in the Indian startup ecosystem remains bullish as investments into Indian startups in the first six months of the year (H1 2021) touched $10.1 billion, already exceeding the $9.94 billion raised in the whole of last year.

The H1 2021 startup funding amount of $10.1 billion was raised across 543 deals from around 990 active investors — a 28 percent increase in the number of deals from the comparable period last year.

While June saw the highest number of deals — 121 deals — April stood out as the month that saw the largest funding amount raised at $3.5 billion across 94 deals. 

This comes on the heels of growing investor confidence, an increase in the number of seasoned second-time entrepreneurs, and a surge in new unicorn additions — with the number of unicorns for the year already touching 15, including fintech startup CRED. Meanwhile, edtech major BYJU’S saw its valuation increase to over $16.5 billion to become the most valued startup in the ecosystem.

"These founders are already experienced and know how to scale-up and this is exactly the reason why the ticket-size for early-stage funding is getting larger,” says Anuj Golecha, Co-Founder, Venture Catalysts.

By the end of this year, startups likely to raise anywhere between $12 billion and $17 billion in funding, according to YourStory Research.


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