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Indian Tech Startup Funding Report: Q1 2019

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Indian Tech Startup Funding Report: Q1 2019

The start of the first quarter of 2019 was quite positive in terms of the total funding, provided the total investment in the first quarter was $3.4 Bn, which is above the “Average Q” (average quarterly funding amount from 2014- 2018) i.e. $2.25 Bn.

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Key Highlights

In the context of number of deals — fintech (32), ecommerce (23) and enterprise tech (22) were the top grossers for the first quarter of 2019. Combined, they made up 44.2% of the total 174 funding deals this quarter

$3.4 Bn

was raised across 174 deals in Q1 2019


business model turns out to be the most preferred business model for investors


mergers & acquisition were observed, a surge of 10% compared to Q4 2018

Sequoia Capital

emerged as the most active venture capitalist with a total deal count of 12

Table Of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Indian Tech Startup Funding Overview
  • Indian Tech Startup Funding By Stage
  • Indian Tech Startup Funding By Business Model
  • Indian Tech Startup Funding By Sectors
  • Indian Tech Startup Funding By Hubs
  • Indian Tech Startup M&A Landscape
  • Indian Tech Startup Investor Overview
  • Projections For 2019
  • Glossary
  • Methodology


Overall the first quarter of 2019 can be considered a promising start to the year. On the other hand, tech-intensive sectors such as artificial intelligence, robotics, Internet of Things, collectively called ‘deeptech’, continue to struggle.

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