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Indian Tech Startup Funding Report 2021

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Indian Tech Startup Funding Report 2021

After an unprecedented pandemic in 2020, this funding boom has come on the back of higher global capital liquidity and inflationary growth across investment assets. It has been complemented by massive growth in the addressable base for consumer and B2B tech startups.

The calendar year 2021 recorded the highest venture capital inflow to date with $42 Bn raised across 1,583 deals. With MamaEarth’s entry into the unicorn club, the Indian market saw 42 new unicorns this year. Overall, startups with valuation of over $1 Bn raised $75 Bn. Notable unicorns which raised funding this year included Dream11 ($1.2 Bn), BYJU’S ($2.4 Bn) and Swiggy ($1.25 Bn). However we expect a 24% correction in the capital inflow by the end of calendar year 2022.

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Key Highlights

$42 Bn

Funding Raised By Indian Startups In 2021


Startups Launched In 2021


Sector With Maximum Funding Deals In 2021


Unique Investors Participated In Startup Funding In 2021

Table Of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • The Rise Of India’s Digital Economy
  • Indian Startup Economy: A Snapshot
  • New Startup Launches
  • Indian Startup Funding In 2021
  • Top Funded Sectors Of 2021
  • Fastest Growing Sectors In India
  • The Top Funded Startups Hubs In 2021
  • The State Of M&As In 2021
  • Investor Participation Trends
  • The State Of Unicorns & Soonicorns In India
  • Indian Startups In Public Markets
  • Upcoming Startup IPOs
  • Prediction | Indian Startup Funding In 2022


In a record-breaking calendar year for Indian tech, startups raised more than $42 Bn across 1,583 deals in 2021, as per data recorded by Inc42. The funding secured by Indian startups in 2021 is comfortably higher than the total funding raised in the last three years combined ($42 Bn vs $37 Bn) and given that this is just till December 27, 2021. Ecommerce backed by roll-up startups was the top sector for M&As in 2021. In total 206 mergers and acquisitions deals were recorded this year which was 2.5x higher compared to the previous year.

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