The Annual Indian Tech Startup Funding Report 2019

Funding is the lifeblood of startups. With tech valuations in a flux, the funding landscape in the Indian startup ecosystem has changed significantly over the past year. In this edition of DataLabs by Inc42’s flagship report — “Indian Tech Startup Funding Report 2019”, we follow the money that keeps the Indian startup ecosystem afloat.

The year saw a significant switch from big-ticket investments to smaller and more sustainable inflows and the shift in sentiment around this key indicator will dictate the direction of the ecosystem in the coming year.

The report will provide readers with an in-depth analysis of the funding landscape of India in 2019 and what can be expected for 2020 and 2021.


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$12.7 Bn funding raised by Indian startups across 766 deals

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9% startups funded in 2019 had women founders

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34 deals over $100 Mn in Indian startups

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7 startups entered the unicorn club

The Annual Indian Tech Startup Funding Report 2019

Table of Content

  • Scope Of The Report - 01
  • Executive Summary - 02
  • Introduction To The Report -04
  • Indian Startup Funding Landscape - 05 - 107
    Stage Analysis
    Business Model Breakdown
    Sectorwise Analysis
    Demography: Top Startup Hubs Of India
    Investor Participation Analysis & The Top 10 VCs
    Mergers And Acquisitions
  • India As A Startup Hub: A Comparison - 108 - 116
    Market Parameters
    Economic Parameters
    Economic Indexes
    Transactional Volume
    Trade Inflow Outflow & FDI Trends
  • Impact Of Indian Startup Economy: An Analysis - 117 - 131
    Impact On Jobs
    Emerging Technologies
    The Government Intervention & Policies
    Growth In Per-Capita Income & Diaspora
    Gender Analysis
  • Funds Launched in 2019 - 132
  • Roadblocks For Indian Startup Ecosystem - 135
  • Indian Startup Funding Predictions 2020 & 2021 - 139
  • Methodology - 145
  • Glossary - 146
  • Bibliography - 147

Executive Summary

From 29K startups in 2014, the numbers grew exponentially from 2015 to 2018 and touched 49K. In less than half a decade (2014-2019) startups and the enabling ecosystem have flourished with the support of the government’s ambitious Startup India, Make in India and Digital India programs.

The last five years held a series of historic milestones for the Indian startup economy. From a funding standpoint, the ecosystem has grown immensely with over 5,011 deals by 2,984 startups. With $12.7 Bn funding in 2019 and 766 deals, the Indian startup ecosystem saw the entry of seven startups into the unicorn club.

Thanks to this favorable environment, Indian startups have created a combined value of about $130 Bn with overall funding skyrocketing to touch $58 Bn from 2015-2019.

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