[RESEARCH] Indian Women Startup H1 2019 Funding Report: An in-depth, data-driven view of emerging trends and investments
Women constitute only 14 percent of the total number of entrepreneurs in the country, according to the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. Despite this, it’s heartening to note that the number of women entrepreneurs in the country has seen a gradual increase on the back of growing investor confidence in women-led startups.
Indeed, women across the country are fueling their entrepreneurial dreams and forging ahead with bold and innovative ideas. At the half-year mark, HerStory and YourStory Research, the research arm of YourStory Media, look at how women entrepreneurs have fared in the first six months of 2019.
H1 2019 Indian Women Startup Funding Report: An in-depth view of the state of funding activity and emerging trends in Indian women-led/co-founded startups
H1 2019 Indian women funding: a snapshot
- In H1 2019, women-led and co-founded companies raised a total of $487 million from 68 deals, compared to H1 2018, when the deal size was $274 million spread across 61 deals.
- The total number of funding deals involving women-led startups rose 11 percent to 68 deals in H1 2019, compared to 61 deals in the year-ago period.
- The number of women-led startups raising funding as a percentage of the total number of startups that have raised funds, has been on the rise.
- Omidyar Network India was the top investor by deal volume, followed by Indian Angel Network and 3One4 Capital.
- By city, Bengaluru took the pole position both in terms of deal value (at $193 million) and volume (24), which made up about 35 percent of the number of deals raised by women-led and co-founded startups.
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Trends, analysis, and challenges
The report goes into detail on the diversity of sectors in which women led/co-founded startups operate. It also includes prominent voices from the industry and their views on this section of the ecosystem.
Apart from an analysis of stage-wise funding and the challenges faced by the certain sectors, it also talks about startups and investors who have consistently lent their support to the ecosystem. The report also highlights the trends with respect to women entrepreneurs in cities that are on their way to become prominent startup hubs.
YourStory Research, the research arm of YourStory Media, has also launched the H1 2019 Indian Startup Ecosystem: Funding Report. The report provides an in-depth overview of the top trends, investments, sectors, and investors in the overall Indian startup ecosystem.