$10B+ funding, 14 unicorns: Q1 2022 sets the tone

With 1,633 deals, $38.3 disclosed funding inflow and 54 startups entering the coveted unicorn club, FY 2022 was a record fiscal year for the Indian startup ecosystem.
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With 1,633 deals, $38.3 disclosed funding inflow and 54 startups entering the coveted unicorn club, FY 2022 was a record fiscal year for the Indian startup ecosystem.

The funding momentum of FY 2022 is bound to spill over to the current fiscal as well, since 14 of the 54 startups that crossed the billion-dollar valuation mark, during FY 2022, upscaled in the January-March 2022 quarter

According to YourStory Research, this period saw 482 funding deals — nearly double that of the comparable quarter last year. With a disclosed funding inflow of over $10 billion, the quarter saw a significant jump in activity, as compared to the same period last year, which recorded $3.71 billion raised.

While the fintech and financial services sector saw an 80 percent increase in deal count (81) as compared to Q1: 2021, edtech and education services more than doubled the funding amount raised — $1.14 billion across 34 deals.

The early-stage funding saw a big jump with 361 deals worth $1.51 billion, and growth-stage startups raked in over $3 billion in funding value — 404.9 percent higher than Q1: 2021.


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