2014 has been an action packed year. This year, one could argue, we’ve seen it all – billion dollar fundings, multi-billion dollar valuations, Flipkart raising tons of rounds to become the second most valuable private company in the world to multiple startup acquisitions and exits.

The year saw a whooping $5.2 Billion in funding pumped into the tech startup ecosystem with over 300+ deals.

Below we bring to you a detailed report on the Indian Startup fundings this year with some key trends and insights on the ecosystem.

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Interesting Patterns:

  • 60 eCommerce ventures raised funding and 2 were acquired with most of investments happening in the month of November

  • The eCommerce sector accounted for 23% of deals and 66% ($3.54 Bn) of the total funding. Flipkart accounted for $2.3 Bn and Snapdeal took $860 Mn from the $3.54 Bn

  • The Real Estate sector saw a rising interest, with seven companies successfully raising investments. Housing.com raised three rounds amounting to $137 Mn and pushing the total for the sector to nearly $240 Mn

  • Mobile startups witnessed a newfound interest and accounted for almost 11% of all deals and got nearly $88 Mn in funding

  • Gaming & Media are the new entrants this year which saw significant growth, largely driven by the big ticket fundings of NewsHunt, ScoopWhoop & News in Shorts

  • Blume Ventures was again the most active VC firm with 18 deals this year, closely followed by Accel & Tiger Global
  • Angel investments grew 160% from a mere 56 deals in 2013 to over 145 deals in 2014, accounting for nearly 56% of all deals and bagged $210 Mn this year

  • November was by far the most active month and saw the most number of deals

  • In terms of geography, Bangalore topped the list again with 33% of all deals and nearly $2.5 Bn in investments

  • Delhi came in close behind, accounting for 28% of all deals and nearly $1.6 Bn in investments

  • Pune, Ahmedabad and Kochi are the new entrants with a share 4%, 2% & 2% of all deals respectively

That was a big year indeed. Let’s see what’s ahead for us in 2015.

Which sector do you think will be the focus next year? Share your thoughts below!

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infocus-badgeThis is part of our special series, In Focus: 2014 In Review, in which we showcase the highlights of 2014 and what’s to come next year in the Indian Tech Ecosystem. Stay tuned for more.


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