7 factors behind the funding bonanza in 2021

The 2021 Indian startup funding bonanza continues. This year, startups have, so far, raised almost $20 billion in funding, saw 20 new unicorns, and witnessed two IPOs — Zomato and Nazara. And it’s only August.
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The 2021 Indian startup funding bonanza continues. This year, startups have, so far, raised almost $20 billion in funding, saw 20 new unicorns, and witnessed two IPOs — Zomato and Nazara. And it’s only August.

In July alone, the Indian startup ecosystem raised almost $10 billion (including a mega-round of $3.6 billion raised by Flipkart), and added three new unicorns to its cap — almost equal to the total funding raised in the first six months of 2021, and more than the entire amount raised in 2020.

This increase in capital inflow is largely due to growing investor confidence in a more mature Indian startup ecosystem with more seasoned returning entrepreneurs, amidst a rise in more global innovations and solutions being built.

With more and more startups leveraging the ‘pandemic induced opportunity’, investors are not shying away to take risks and invest large sums of money in Indian startups. 

This year has seen an increase in interest from global investors like Tiger Global and SoftBank.

Sanjay Mehta, Partner at 100X.VC, says, “This H1 funding has marked a historic high point for Indian investors.”

Read more to see the key factors boosting investor and founder confidence in 2021.

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Before you go, stay inspired with… 

“We are also starting to see a lot of the startups do well, and witnessing an IPO boom. So, money will continue to circulate in the Indian startup ecosystem as founders/CXOs plough back money. All of this is only good news for the startup founder going forward.”

Sajith Pai, Director, Blume Ventures


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