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The Indian Tech Startup Funding Report – H1 2018

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The Indian Tech Startup Funding Report – H1 2018

The Indian startup ecosystem also added some feathers to its cap in the form of four unicorns in H1 2018 — Paytm Mall, Policybazaar, Swiggy, and Byju’s — with many more queued up for glory. It is also the day of Indian consumer startups. B2C startups are following in the steps of Big
Brother B2B and gazing at international markets

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However, amid this investment dry run, mature startups are scoring some big ticket fundings: Paytm secured $445 Mn for Paytm Mall and Swiggy secured $310 Mn in two rounds; and PineLabs individually raised $115 Mn and $125 Mn this year so far. Out of the total of $3 Bn funding that Indian startups secured in H1 2018, these four took away close to $1 Bn.


Total Number of Funded Startups


Total Number of Deals

$3.0 Bn

Total Amount of Funding Raised


Top Sector in Funding

Table Of Contents

  • Editor's Note
  • Stage-Wise Breakdown
  • Sector Split
  • Business Model Breakdown
  • Demographic Breakdown
  • Investor Split
  • M&A Overview
  • Funding Projections
  • Conclusion


Historical data shows that the contribution in terms of total funding as well as deal count has been higher in the second half of the year compared to the first. According to DataLabs data, between 2014 and 2018, the average percentage share of total funding amount was 42.71% and 57.29% in the first and second halves respectively. During this period, the number of funding deals in H1 and H2 made for an average 49.7% and 50.3% respectively.

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