OfBusiness becomes 18th startup to enter unicorn club in 2021
Seven months into 2021, India has had 18 startups enter the unicorn club.
The latest is Gurugram-based B2B startup OfBusiness, which raised a $160 million round led by SoftBank's Vision Fund 2. Existing investors Falcon Edge Capital and Matrix Partners also participated in the round.
The funding almost doubled the startup's valuation from $800 million to $1.5 billion, making it the 18th unicorn to enter the coveted $1 billion valuation club this year.
This year, the Indian startup ecosystem has raised record funding. In the first six months, total funding raised by Indian startups touched $10.15 billion, already exceeding the $9.94 billion raised in the whole of 2020. This was raised across 543 deals from around 1,020 active investors in the ecosystem.
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