Tier-II cities: New hotspots for investors
Over the years, India has seen an emergence of startups from Tier-II cities that are looking to solve local issues. Be it challenges across lower internet bandwidth, lack of resources, or lack of vernacular platforms, Tier-II startups today are building interesting business models and are also successfully attracting investor attention.
According to YourStory Research, the total funding raised by startups in Tier-II cities across India between January 2015 and August 2021 stood at $1.14 billion.
Expanding their reach from metros and Tier-I cities, investors today are funding companies from around 70 Tier-II cities. In fact, 10 new Tier-II cities were added to the list in 2021 alone.
Over the years, small-ticket investments have poured into leading Tier-II cities such as Jaipur, Indore, Chandigarh, Kochi, Goa, Vadodara, Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Patna, and Surat — even amid the pandemic.
One of the reasons behind the trend is the growing digital adoption. According to a February 2021 report by UBS Securities Asia, the COVID-19 pandemic has largely accelerated internet adoption in Tier-II cities.
"With the pandemic and lockdown, remote working helped to access customers and talent from these cities, and create many more innovative startups — building from Tier-II cities, for the Tier-II city problems/needs," Padmaja Ruparel, Co-founder of Indian Angel Network and Founding Partner, IAN Fund said.
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Anurag Ramadasan, Partner, 3one4 Capital
“The fact that most VCs are now very comfortable making investments over Zoom, leads us to believe that the startup ecosystem in Tier-II cities in India is set to grow highly exponentially in the next few years.”