COVID-19 Startup Impact Report — Threats & Opportunities For The Indian Economy

Even as the number of COVID-19 cases in India and around the world touch new heights everyday, the countries remain under lockdown waiting for a vaccine for the deadly virus. The global economy is bracing for an impact far more severe than any recent epidemic such as SARS and MERS or even the global economic recession of 2008-10, with the United States, Italy, France and Iran being the worst-hit countries.

Stock markets have continued to crash globally, and businesses are running on limited resources and supplies amid widespread fear and panic. Almost every sector is dealing with the burden of the crisis, with tech giants cancelling major plans and suspending operations in many geographies.

The special DataLabs report will help to provide the business world at large a perspective on the impact of the pandemic on different industries, the new opportunities which will be created and much more.

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COVID-19 Startup Impact Report 2020 report enables anyone connected with the world of technology and business to dig in deeper into the impact of pandemic on the Indian startup ecosystem. Get a unique perspective on all the impacted sectors and see which trends and opportunities are emerging for technology companies in the post-Covid-19 world.

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51% Surge in total business generated between FY'18 and FY'19

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$1.25 Bn spent by top 50 startups on employee benefits in FY’19

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$ 4.1 Bn Funding secured by Indian startups across 208 deals

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80% decrease in mobility for retail spaces such as restaurants, cafes etc

COVID-19 Startup Impact Report — Threats & Opportunities For The Indian Economy

Table of Content


  • Global Economic Impact Of The Pandemic
    • Impact On Production
    • Impact On Supply Chain
    • Impact On Consumer Demand & Purchasing Power
  • Impact On Employment In India
  • Investor Uncertainty Indicators
  • Government-Sponsored Economic Stimulus: India vs The World
  • Significance Of Startups In The Indian Economy
    • GMV Of Indian Startups
    • Generating Employment
    • Aggregate Expenditure Of Indian Startups
  • Indian Startup Funding Activity: Q1, 2020
    • Funding Trends
    • Sector Wise Analysis
    • Stage Wise Analysis
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Top Investors
    • Future Perspective
  • The U Turn: Creative Destruction And The Advent Of New Age Economy
  • Sectors Witnessing A Boost
    • Media And Entertainment: OTT & Gaming Lead The Way
    • Digital Media: The New Mainstream
    • Video Conferencing: Businesses Run On Zoom
    • Enterprise Tech And SaaS: The Big Boom
    • Supply Chain & Logistics: Clearing The Hurdles
    • Personal Hygiene: A Need Like Never Before
    • Edtech: Online Learning Comes To The Rescue
    • Hyperlocal And Ecommerce: Essentials In Focus
    • Logistics And Supply Chain
    • Healthtech
  • Customer Perception Analysis: India
    • Hyperlocal Delivery Application
    • Video Conferencing Applications
    • Remote Workplace Applications
  • Emerging Trends In The India Startup Ecosystem 
    • Increased Utility Of Apps: Bridging The Digital Divide
    • 3D-Printing And The Rise Of Rapid Manufacturing
    • Business Sustainability Over Valuation
    • Attention Economy Set For The Golden Age
    • Rise Of Virtual Events And Webinars
    • Adoption Of Mandatory Sick Leave Policy
  • The Worst Impacted Segments



Executive Summary

$320 Bn The total impact of the 40-day lockdown on India’s GDP

17 G20 countries have witnessed a contraction in their manufacturing purchasing manager index 

8.64% The decrease in total passenger vehicle production of India in February 2020 compared to January

80% Decrease in mobility for retail spaces such as restaurants, cafes, shopping centres etc.

31% VC-funded Indian startups that have undertaken layoffs 

6-12 Months Runway of cash reserves for the majority of Indian startups

$4.1 Bn Secured by Indian startups across 208 deals in Q1 2020

$13.7 Bn The expense incurred by top 50 Indian startups in FY'19

60% Growth in BYJU’S downloads after it announced free courses and learning modules 

38% The growth in mobile game downloads globally

73% The surge in the total session time per user for Netflix in India

14.2x The difference between the revenue loss inflicted by the 40-day lockdown and the government’s stimulus package

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