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The State Of The Indian Startup Ecosystem 2018 Report – Volume 3

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The State Of The Indian Startup Ecosystem 2018 Report – Volume 3

The Indian startup ecosystem is currently at an inflection point. Driven by factors such as massive funding, consolidations, government policies, and corporate initiatives, among others, India is emerging as the world’s fastest-growing startup ecosystem. It is also gradually attaining the maturity that stakeholders worldwide have longed for since the country opened its gates to globalisation in 1991.

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Key Highlights

The Inc42 State Of The Ecosystem 2018 report contains insights from over 49,000 startups, 1500+ investors, 36 states and Union territories across the length and breadth of India, catering to its 1.3 Bn population.


Total number of startups launched in India till date


Coworking spaces in India


Incubators & accelerators supporting India startups


Startups that have been acquired between January 2015—September 2018

Table Of Contents

  • Indian Startup Ecosystem: An Overview
  • History Of Indian Startup Ecosystem
  • Funds, Funders And Funding: An Overview
  • The Unicorns & The Soonicorns
  • 42Infuentials: Indian Startup Ecosystem Influencers
  • 42Next: India's Most Innovative Startups
  • The Roadblocks
  • 2020: The Road Ahead
  • Indian Startup Hubs: A Deep Dive Into The Top 14 Hubs
  • India And The World: Startup Corridors
  • Sectoral Overview: A Deepdive Into The Top 13 Sectors
  • Ecosystem Entities: Understanding The 8 Entities
  • Ecosystem Sentiment: The Survey


From ~7,000 startups in 2008, the Indian technology startup ecosystem grew to reach ~38,000 startups in 2015 — a 5.5X growth. Since then, it has grown exponentially with over 49,000 startups having been launched over the years till date.

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