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Once a month, we take you on a deep dive into the people, companies and events defining the Indian startup economy.
Farming 3.0: India’s Mission Agritech
Once least favoured, agritech is today betted as one of the most resilient sectors. The pandemic has further pushed farmers to leverage technology offered by the startups in the space, thereby making the sector a hotspot of investments. Is India’s agritech on the brink of a permanent transformation or the newly-found success a passing cloud? This playbook explores!
India's Digital Lending Reset
India’s digital lending sector is currently in a reset mode as the contracting GDP, moratorium, & Covid-19 has forced companies to adopt digital, review credit models & more. This playbook takes a deep dive into the challenges and new pathways adopted by digital lending startups for survival and scale!
Dissecting India’s Healthtech
India's healthtech startups were growing rapidly even before the pandemic, but Covid-19 has ushered in a new age. This series dives into the trends, startups business models emerging in the wake of Covid-19.
What You'll Learn?
- A nuanced analysis of new trends and the startups spearheading healthtech revolution in India
- An extensive review of the changes brought in by technology within India's healthcare system
- How technology is making India's healthcare future-ready
India's Digital Entertainment Hype
“With the rise of the internet, “attention” became the new currency! Covid19, however, has created a paradigm shift in the way we consume content and the way people socialize online. In this playbook, we delve into the new attention economy – new models, emerging players and trends in the world of social media, news apps, audio and video streaming, online games and more.”
What You'll Learn?
- How tech is solving the decades old problems of efficiency.
- Behind the new age technologies building the India's farms of the future.
- s building tech enough? Have a ringside view on what would really drive adoption.
India's Electric Future
India is electrifying its vehicles, but is it enough to reach 30% penetration by 2030? Deep dive into what really needs to be done to help India become a 'true' EV nation.
What You'll Learn?
- The current and future market size of the electric vehicle sector and the opportunities being created to cater this burgeoning market.
- The impact on climate as a result of electrification of automobiles and the other challenges behind India's ambitious EV mission.
- What India can learn from the US & China on EV adoption.
India's Edtech Moment
Technology is upending the traditional ways of teaching and learning. What does the future of education hold?
What You'll Learn?
- How tech is redefining 21st century education as the threats of automation and the gig economy loom large.
- A deep dive into the future of teaching and learning and how edtech is redefining it.
- Indepth analysis of some of the biggest trends and companies changing the education landscape in India.
DataLabs helps today’s leading entrepreneurs, investors and innovators make data-backed decisions using our insightful charts and incisive research reports on India's rapidly evolving startup economy.
Indian Tech Startup Funding Report H1 2021
We estimate the total capital inflow in Indian startups to be in the range of $19 Bn to $23 Bn range, estimated under usual and optimistic scenarios respectively. Similarly we estimate the deal count to be in the range of 1,152 to 1,212.
Fintech, enterprise tech and edtech startups are spearheading the 2021 bull run in Indian startup funding. The three sectors combined made 48% or 15 out of the total 31 mega funding deals ($100 Mn and above funding rounds) recorded in H1 2021. In addition to these three sectors, media & entertainment (fueled by gaming and social media), ecommerce (fueled by D2C consumer brands) and healthtech (fueled by the growing adoption of telemedicine and e pharmacy) are also gaining significant investor traction.
D2C Coffee Buyers In India: Customer Perception Report, 2021
Although traditional players such as Nestlé, Hindustan Unilever, Tata Coffee and others offer instant coffee and currently dominate the Indian market, new-age D2C players like SLAY Coffee, Rage Coffee and Blue Tokai have also entered this space, aiming to enhance consumer experience through new flavours, blends and aromas and new modes of cultivation and processing. According to the Mordor intelligence report, the Indian coffee market is currently valued at $1.46 Bn and poised to touch $2.03 Bn by 2025.
It is essential to understand customers’ perception of leading coffee brands and identify the critical stimuli behind purchasing decisions, as these will catalyse growth in the D2C coffee segment. And that is exactly what we have done in our latest release — D2C Coffee Buyers In India: Customer Perception Report 2021.
Decoding India’s $100 Bn+ D2C Opportunity: Market Landscape And Trends Report, 2021
More than 800 new-age brands from India bade farewell to middlemen in the past few years and took the direct-to-consumer (D2C) route. The D2C model has witnessed a massive uptick across the country as it enables brands to bypass the intermediaries to reach consumers faster and cater to them more efficiently.
The recent outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic hit the traditional retail sector hard, making brands realise the importance of shifting towards a digital-first D2C model. The pandemic accelerated the growth of many major D2C brands, and those with their dedicated websites recorded an 88% rise in consumer demand in 2020 compared to the previous year.
Online Mattress Shoppers In India: Customer Perception Report 2021
The evolution and growth of hitherto unimpressive segments also add value to the D2C space, while new-age startups gain traction from product-savvy, quality-conscious consumers. The mattress market in India, primarily dominated by unbranded players with traditional offerings, has undergone a similar change over the past few years, witnessing a growth surge across the D2C brands developed by disruptors. As a result, major online mattress companies such as Wakefit (+7.2x), SleepyCat (+7.5x) and Sleepyhead (+53x) have seen a significant rise in their operational revenues over the last three financial years (FY18-FY20).
Like any other market, it is essential to understand customer perception towards current brands and identify the key stimuli behind purchase decisions to catalyse growth in the D2C mattress segment. And that is what we have done in our latest release — Online Mattress Shoppers In India: Customer Perception Report 2021.
Inside India’s $14 Bn+ Online Trading Sector – Trends & Landscape Report, 2021
The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 disrupted several sectors, forcing companies to shift towards digitisation to stay operational and competitive. And the same holds for investment platforms. Investment tech platforms got a much-needed boost during Covid-19 due to the rise in digitisation and the stay-at-home mandate followed by the people.
Millennials preferred investing in capital markets at a steady clip as pay losses, economic woes and increased time at home forced them to look for new income streams during the pandemic. In fact, close to 6.3 Mn demat accounts were opened during April-September 2020, taking the total count to 44.5 Mn, according to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). This triggered significant growth in the investment tech sector and captured the VC community’s interest.
Kerala: Driving India’s Hardware Startup Revolution Report 2021
Kerala has been India’s hardware innovation hub for a long time. The journey that took off in 1973 with Keltron — a manufacturer of various electronic products — has now culminated in a slew of new-age, innovative startups such as Sastra Robotics, VST Mobility, ASIMoV Robotics and more. Most importantly, a majority of these startups have come forward to the state’s rescue in times of crisis, be it a turbulent tale of floods, the 2018 Nipah virus outbreak or the current Covid-19 pandemic.
In this report, we give you a glimpse of Kerala’s 80+ hardware startups and the journeys and roles of enablers such as the Maker Village, Fablabs and more, in helping the state metamorphose into the largest hardware hub of India.
Learn through our comprehensive guides, how to validate your startup idea, acquire your first customer, secure funding, and more.
Founders’ Guide To Building ESOPs
ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) buybacks have gained immense popularity in India in recent years. But in spite of ESOPs gaining momentum in Indian private markets, several startups are still unsure about the concept of wealth sharing. Some do not understand how the ESOP ecosystem works while others fail to identify the right way of implementing an ESOP policy.
In this guide, we aim to take startup founders through every aspect of ESOPs, right from various clauses in the ESOP policy and ESOP scheme document to the ESOP process flow, success stories and much more.
The guide will act as the ultimate resource for formulating your ESOP policy and updating it at different stages.
What You'll Learn?
- How to draft an ESOP policy
- How to grant ESOPs at your startup
- How to evolve ESOP pool across stages
- How ESOP vesting works
- How taxation works
- ESOP templates and more
Decoding Term Sheets For Early Stage Startups
Investment term sheets always end up becoming a complex topic for early stage startups.
This guide will help founders get familiarised with the first document they receive from an investor as an offer to invest in the company which typically contains everything material in relation to the valuation, investment details, rights of the investor, restrictive covenants and exit commitments. The guide also talks about a new form of CCPS — “iSAFE”.
Reading this will help startups raising seed or Pre Series A funding prepare for what is coming inevitably and help navigate through the most commonly used terms, the process involved and typical investor asks!
What You'll Learn?
- Understanding how to structure terms to meet the interests of both startups and investors
- The crucial terms included in the early stage term sheets and their impact
- The process involved and typical investor asks
- Importance of various types of shares, capitalisation table & other key terms
- How “iSAFE” works
- Along with, term sheet templates & more
Building And Scaling Up A Digital Retail Brand
With the lockdown rules bringing down the shutters on many offline stores, retail brands have been forced to open or scale online stores to reach consumers. With footfall and retail visits expected to remain low for months, a permanent shift in consumer behaviour towards online buying is inevitable. Thus, it is time for retail brands to also embrace the D2C way of life and use online tools to go directly to the consumer!
This guide aims to help brands and offline retailers to build and scale up their digital or D2C brand seamlessly.
The guide will help you understand the various opportunities, options for brands, managing the supply chain, automation across business processes, optimising marketing to maximise reach and more.
What You'll Learn?
- Building your retail D2C online brand
- Using digital tools & analytics to accelerate your digital strategy
- How to go about digital payments
- Introduction to managing your logistics for digital customers
- Customer acquisition & marketing strategies to scale up
- Legal & compliance knowledge
Decoding Indian Startup Funding Landscape, Emerging Trends And More
For the Indian startup ecosystem, the first quarter of FY2021 — April to June 2020 — was the most difficult. During that time, startups sacked 22% of their staff on average, and the funding fell by 74% compared to FY2020.
However, a year later, in June 2021, the funding possibilities for startups could not be more different.
While H1 (January to June) 2020 closed at $5.2 Bn across 390 deals, the total funding raised by Indian startups in H1 2021, hit a peak of $10.8 Bn over 614 funding deals. The total startup funding in the same duration is already 95% of the total funding amount raised in all of 2020.
Adding to that, 2021 has already seen the entry of 15 startups in the unicorn club — as compared to 11 in 2020 — clearly depicting the rising investor appetite for Indian startups.
All these developments can majorly be attributed to the pandemic-induced change in the consumption pattern of the Indian consumers, which has opened up many opportunities for startups and businesses to tap into.
To decode this landscape, understand the current investment trends, the emerging sectors, what innovations are VCs seeing in the Indian market, Inc42 in association with Dell Technologies hosted a VC roundtable with leading names from the investor ecosystem.
Dell has been working with Indian SMBs and startups by not only helping them adapt to the changing market dynamics through its solutions but also optimising resources as well as securing their data and devices.
Inc42 & Dell’s VC Roundtable: Decoding The Startup Funding Landscape & Trends
Moderated by Sanjay Mehta, founder & partner, 100X.VC, the discussion saw participation of:
- Karan Mohla, partner, Chiratae Ventures
- Vikram Gupta, founder & managing partner, IvyCap Ventures
- Anup Jain, managing partner, Orios Venture Partners
- Siddharth Talwar, partner, Lightbox Ventures
- Gaurav Ranjan, VP, Investments, Prime Venture Partners
- Venkat Sitaram, General Manager & Geo Head, Dell Technologies
The Roundtable Covered Themes Such As:
- Indian startups’ race to IPO and how it will impact the overall funding climate in the country
- The rise of debt funding
- The impact of covid’s second wave on early to late-stage funding
- How are investors evaluating deals in the current market scenario
- The role of tech giants such as Dell in aiding the tech and digital adoption for startups; the challenges, hurdles, solutions and trends of this rise in digitisation and big tech adoption
- How investors are working with the portfolio startups to overcome challenges and the market conditions
- What kind of trends investors (amongst their portfolio) and Dell (amongst its startup clients) are seeing in the adoption of products/services offerings solutions for:
- Remote working
- Flexible IT
- What innovations investors and Dell are seeing in startups in their utilisation of Data
- In what has been a transformative year for many sectors within the technology industry, what indicators will VCs look for when making investment decisions going ahead
- 2020 Playbook and the relevance in the current markets
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