$751M, 78 deals: Q1 2022 & women-led startups

The Indian startup ecosystem witnessed 482 deals in the first quarter of 2022, of which only 78 – 16.1 percent – were raised by women-founded and co-founded startups.
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The funding momentum in the Indian startup ecosystem from last year has spilled over to this year as well. The January to March 2022 quarter saw 482 funding deals raising over $10 billion, and women entrepreneurs had a big role to play during this period. 

Q1: 2022 saw 14 startups crossing the billion-dollar valuation mark, and three of these unicorns — Amagi, Hasura, and Oxyzo — are women-led startups.

Out of the 482 deals, 78 of them were raised by women-founded and co-founded startups. The total value of these deals was more than $751 million, which is 7.5 percent of the total fundraise during the quarter.

Though women entrepreneurs have made significant strides when it comes to gaining investor interest, a lot more still needs to be done.

Only 16 deals in Q1: 2022 were raised by solo women founders, amounting to just $19.08 million — all of them for early-stage startups.

Read the complete analysis here.


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