The year of Indian unicorns

Against a cumulative number of 33 unicorns, from 2011 to 2020, the current year has seen the emergence of 41 startup unicorns, and we have a full month to go for 2021 to end.
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The Indian startup ecosystem is on a roll, registering 41 unicorns in the first 11 months of 2021 — which is over 124 percent more than the number of startups that achieved the coveted billion-dollar valuation status between 2011 and 2020.

The latest to join the elite club is fintech startup Slice, which saw a five-fold jump in its valuation after raising $220 million in its Series B round led by New York-based investment firms Tiger Global and Insight Partners.

B2C unicorns, numbering 27, are nearly double the number of B2B unicorns, suggesting an evolution among the business models of newer unicorns.

The fintech sector saw the highest number of startups turning unicorns (9), followed by 4 enterprisetech, 3 edtech, and 2 cryptocurrency unicorns.

While Five Star Business Finance, which was incorporated in 1984, is the oldest startup to join the coveted club, Mensa Brands crossed the $1 billion valuation mark within six months.


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