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4 Unicorns, $4.6 Bn Funding In January: Indian Startups Kick Off 2022 With A Bang

4 Unicorns, $4.6 Bn Funding In January: Indian Startups Kick Off 2022 With A Bang

196 deals were recorded in the January of 2022, an 87% jump compared to January 2021

Enterprisetech segment bagged the maximum deals followed by fintech and ecommerce

In terms of capital inflow, the consumer services segment emerged as the winner, bagging $945 Mn

Even as the country continues to suffer the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian startups continued their bullish run in the first month of 2022. An Inc42 analysis found that home-grown startups raised over $4.6 Bn in funding between January 1, 2022 and January 29, 2022. This represents an increase of 5 times compared to January last year.

Indian Startup Funding 2022

As many as 196 deals were struck throughout the month. This translated into an 87% increase in the number of deals compared to January last year when it was just 105. 

The breakdown of the data by Inc42 reveals that in the first week of January (2022), 37 deals worth over $1.3 Bn were signed, followed by 42 deals worth $700 Mn in the second week and as many as 50 deals worth $519 Mn in the third week of the month. The last week of January, 2022 saw the biggest leap registering close to 67 deals pegged at $1.9 Bn, accounting for 46% of the total funding raised in January this year.

Enterprisetech led the pack in terms of maximum deals signed in the month of January, 2022. The segment saw 48 deals come to fruition and was followed by fintech with 30 deals. The ecommerce segment came third with 29 deals in its kitty.

In terms of capital inflow, the consumer services segment emerged as the winner, bagging $945 Mn. It was followed closely by ecommerce which saw $865 Mn pumped into the segment. Enterprisetech too saw hefty capital inflow which was pegged at over $710 Mn.

Food delivery platform, Swiggy, headlined this month’s funding news as it raised $700 Mn in Series-K funding round led by US asset manager Invesco, sending the decacorn’s valuation soaring to $10.7 Bn. Analytics startup, Fractal also raised $360 Mn in funding from TPG Capital, followed by B2B marketplace Udaan which raised $250 Mn from Octahedron, Moonstone, among other investors. Another B2B ecommerce startup, Moglix also raised $250 Mn in funding from major investors like Tiger Global. Mobility platform Dunzo also scored big, grabbing $240 Mn in funding from the Reliance Group and other investors. 

While 42 unicorns were minted in India in 2021, brisk funding helped continue the trend well into 2022. The startup ecosystem saw the emergence of 4 new unicorns in a spate of just 4 weeks this year. These include edtech startup Lead School, Analytics startup Fractal, HRtech startup Darwinbox and social commerce startup, Dealshare.

The Indian startup ecosystem continues to draw global VC firms with major investments coming its way. New York-based Tiger Global continues its aggressive run in the Indian market, adding a slew of startups to its portfolio. Last year, Tiger Global invested in 8 out of 13 Indian unicorns. This year too, the VC firm participated in the funding round of newly minted unicorn, Dealshare. It also led the $250 Mn funding round for Moglix along with Alpha Wave.

Unicorns 2022

Add to that, major VC players like LightBox and LightRock also jumped into the fray participating in 2 funding rounds this month itself. The two banded together in backing mobility startup Dunzo and Agritech startup, WayCool.

Majority of the funding deals, this month, went to early stage startups. Seed funding grabbed 96 deals – the highest, this was followed by growth stage startups, which snapped 49 deals. Lastly, Late Stage startups inked 30 deals and Bridge Stage startups won as many as 21 deals this January.

Of the total amount raised in January 2022, almost 65% (over $2.9 Bn) went to late stage startups. It was preceded by growth stage startups that picked up almost $1.3 Bn in funding during the course of the month.

Indian Startup Funding 2022

Despite COVID-19 battering the economy, the Indian startup ecosystem continues to perform exceptionally well. This shows that the investor sentiment is exceptionally high and the trust in the innovative spirit of the home-grown brands continues to grow.

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