The Indian startup ecosystem is going places and how. With more than 50,000 startups \u2014 technology startups alone make up one-fourth of this list \u2014 India is perched on the third rung of the global ladder of startup ecosystems. Understandably, it has become the cynosure of the investor eye the world over.\r\n\r\nPoint in case: The landmark $16 Bn Walmart-Flipkart deal \u2014 the largest deal in the history of ecommerce in the world \u2014 which was finalised in May this year. The super high-value exit that this deal accorded to investors further boosted the already-soaring investor confidence in Indian startups.\r\n\r\nInvestors both big and small in Indian as well as international, are making a beeline for India, reinforcing their confidence in the ecosystem. In H1 2018, more than $3 Bn was invested across 372 deals in Indian startups, with the participation of 551 Investors. In 2017 alone, Indian startups raked in a total funding of $13.5 Bn, with just four big-ticket deals pulling in more than $1 Bn. Five new unicorns \u2014 Paytm Ecommerce, Policybazaar, Byju\u2019s, Swiggy, OYO \u2014 have been added to the Indian startup ecosystem so far this year.\r\n\r\nH1 2018 Deals: The Big Four\r\n\r\n \tDigital payments giant Paytm secures $445 Mn for Paytm Mall\r\n \tFood delivery startup Swiggy raises $310 Mn in two rounds\r\n \tMusic streaming service Gaana.com raises $115 Mn\r\n \tFintech startup PineLabs rakes in $125 Mn\r\n\r\nEnter: The New VC\r\nMost of you have heard the big names in international circles \u2014 SoftBank, Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners IDG Ventures India, Qualcomm Ventures, Naspers, SAIF Partners, Softbank Capital , Eight Roads Ventures, Tiger Global, \u2014 some of which have Indian arms scouting for promising startups. Then there are the big Indian names such as Blume Ventures, Kalaari Capital, Inventus Capital, DSG Consumer Partners and Nexus Venture Partners who are betting big on Indian startups.\r\n\r\nWhat you haven\u2019t heard of is the unsung network of investors, who are working tirelessly in the background, supporting Indian startups by investing in them.\r\n\r\nWhile you may not have heard of them, we have. At Inc42, we track not only the news and the newsmakers. We also create newsmakers, by digging out stories hidden deep in the Indian startup ecosystem \u2014 The Ecosystem Summit coming on November 16 is an effort in this direction.\r\n\r\nBut naturally, we are privy to the commendable work being done by these lesser-known investors to pivot the Indian startup ecosystem to greater heights.\r\nIn a bid to celebrate these unsung heroes, Inc42, in association with Amazon Internet Services Private Limited (AISPL), the local seller for AWS Cloud in India, is launching 'Over The Horizon', a five-part series on Inc42 that puts the spotlight on investors who are lesser known. The series will do this by way of deep-dive and insightful interviews.\r\nIf you are one such investor body and feel you have a story to share with us \u2014 a story of how you\u2019ve been working in the backdrop, bringing Indian startups a little closer to living their dream \u2014 here\u2019s a chance to get featured in \u2018Over The Horizon\u2019.