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The Annual Indian Tech Startup Funding Report 2020

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The Annual Indian Tech Startup Funding Report 2020

The Indian startup ecosystem has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade. From a nascent ecosystem with a handful of tech-focussed ventures to 29K startups in 2014, the number has grown exponentially and will touch 55K startups by the end of 2020.

The Inc42 Plus ‘The State Of Indian Startup Ecosystem Report 2020’ maps this journey and encapsulates the growth of the Indian startup ecosystem from the early days to its ongoing transition into maturity and beyond. The report analyses the performance of the ecosystem based on a number of indicators such as the capital invested in startups, the prominent investors, tech sectors and the geographic landscape, as well as a look at the financial performance of Indian unicorns and much more.

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Key Highlights

The Indian startups recorded a total funding of $11.5 Bn, which is 10% lower than 2019, but across 924 deals , which 14% higher than the previous year.


Active Startups In India


New Startups Were Launched In 2020

$11.5 Bn

In Total Funding Raised Across 924 Deals


Most Promising Emerging Startup Hub In India


New Unicorns Added In 2020


The Top Startup Sector In 2020

Table Of Contents

  • Landscape Of Indian Startups Based On Sectors
  • Startup Launches In India
  • Active Startups In India: Subsector Split
  • Startup Funding Trends In India 2014 - 2020
  • Funding Amount And Deal Count
  • Funding Stage Analysis
  • Sector Wise Analysis
  • Demographic Analysis: Tier 1 Vs Mid Tier Cities
  • Startups That Entered Unicorn Club
  • M&A 2014-2020 Trends
  • Deal Trends
  • Sector Trends
  • Biggest Acquirers of 2020
  • Investor Participation Trends
  • YoY Unique Investor Participation Trends
  • Investor Type Participation - VC, Angel, Corp, Family Funds, Angel Network/Platform
  • Top Investors VCs In 2020
  • Top Early Stage VCs In 2020
  • Funding Predictions 2021


With the unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, numerous industries and markets around the world were forced to hit the reset button. The gap between early adopters of technology and the laggers shrank and the significance of the internet reached a historical high, pushing it into the essential category.
The Indian startups recorded a total funding of $11.5 Bn, which is 10% lower than 2019, but across 924 deals , which 14% higher than the previous year. In terms of the number of funding deals and startups funded, fintech, enterprise tech and edtech were the top three sectors in the Indian startup ecosystem in 2020. While the first two are predictable given that they finished on top in 2019 too, the sudden surge in adoption of online learning products and services helped edtech usurp ecommerce from the third spot. In that sense, 2020 was most definitely the year of edtech. Let’s take a deeper look.

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