Indian Startup Funding

Indian Startup Funding Activity : 2019

India has witnessed a massive growth in startup entities especially since the launch of the Startup India program by the Government of India. Gone are the days where playing safe was preferred. Today is the time of taking risks and trying out new things. Perhaps, this is the reason why the Indian youth is coming up with new ideas and initiatives which has boosted the Indian Startup funding. This has further resulted in India becoming the third largest startup ecosystem in the world.

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For a nation to grow and sustain its growth, it is important that it is able to generate employment and develop advancement, be it in terms of technology or economy. Startups are considered as one the biggest source of employment generation. The startups are solving one of the most crucial problems of the present scenario – unemployment. In 2019, startups added more than 60,000 jobs.

Moreover, it also brings up a required and healthy competition in the economy. In 2019, the tech industry saw a massive rise of over 1300 startups, which in total means India now has more than 8900 startups. As inspiring as the growth may seem, we can’t miss out on the heart of startups without which, the startup eventually dies out. Yes, I’m talking about funding. Thanks to the massive success that India has had in recent times with its startups, investors from all over the market are interested in the mutually beneficial business.

Let’s have a look at the startup funding activity of this year –

As mentioned earlier, with more than 1300 startups added this year taking the total number of startups to more than 8,900. This year has also seen the addition of 8 unicorns (companies with valuation over $1 Billion) taking the total number of Unicorns to 24, which stands to be the third-highest in the world.

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Below are the new members of the Indian Unicorn team –

Name Founding Year Industry
Dream11 2012 Fantasy Sports
Big Basket 2011 Grocery Retailer
Delhivery 2011 Logistics
Ola Electric 2017 Electric Vehicle
Druva 2008 Cloud Data Services
ICERTIS  2009 SaaS/Contract Management,
Rivigo  2014 Logistics
Citus Tech 2005 Healthcare

Soon to be Unicorns or Soonicorns of the Indian Startup ecosystem –


Company Name

Founding Year


Livspace 2012 Online Home Design 2010 Eye Retailer
Bookmyshow 1999 Online Booking/Ticketing
FirstCry 2010 Babycare Retailer
GreyOrange 2011 Robotics
BlackBuck 2015 Logistics
Sharechat 2015 Social Networking
Droom 2014 Automobile Marketplace
Urban Ladder 2012 Online Furniture
CureFit 2016 Health & Fitness
Car Dekho 2007 Automobile Classified
Practo 2008 Healthtech
RazorPay 2014 Fintech
DailyHunt 2009 News Aggregator
ClearTax 2011 Fintech


Facts and Figures of 2019 Startup Funding Activity

This year saw a rise of 8.7% in the first half (H1) of 2019 which means the startups have raised $4.88 billion. The average deal sizes increased as the number of deals saw a fall of 3% which is a representation of the confidence and interest of the investor in the Indian startups.

A total of $7.67 Billion has been raised from January 2019 to September 2019 by 536 companies across 603 deals. Delhivery, being the top company by the deal size and volume among others.

In terms of the cities, Bengaluru has emerged as the top Indian city attracting startup funding, again despite Delhi-NCR being home to 10 unicorns and having more startups than any other cities. Bengaluru witnessed a total of 204 deals which calculated $3.46 billion in the same period of 2019. The second one on the list is Delhi-NCR with 175 deals which totals $2.43 billion. The third spot is taken by the Industry hub, Mumbai with 121 deals which totals $726 million.

Here is the list of the top companies according to the size of their deals (January 2019 – September 2019)

Company Name Founders Location Number of Deals Amount raised in USD (Millions)
Delhivery Sahil Barua Delhi-NCR 2 528
Ola Bhavish Aggarwal Bengaluru 6 514
Ola Electric Bhavish Aggarwal Bengaluru 3 306
Udaan Sujeet Kumar, Amod Malviya, and Vaibhav Gupta Delhi-NCR 1 300
DMI Group Shivashish Chatterjee Delhi-NCR 1 230
Grofers Saurabh Kumar, Albinder Dhindsa Delhi-NCR 3 210
Byju’s Byju Raveendran, Divya Gokulnath Bengaluru 3 193
FirstCry Supam Maheshwari Pune 1 150
BigBasket Hari Menon, VS Sudhakar, Vipul Parekh Bengaluru 2 150
BlackBuck Rajesh Yabaji Bengaluru 2 150
Zomato Deepinder Goyal, Pankaj Chaddah Delhi-NCR 2 145
Avaada Energy Vineet Mittal Mumbai 1 144
Northern Arc Dr. Kshama Fernandes Delhi-NCR 1 130
Car Dekho Amit Jain Delhi-NCR 2 130
Rebel Food Jaydeep Barman Delhi-NCR 1 125
Meesho Vidit Aatrey Bengaluru 2 125
CRED Kunal Shah Bengaluru 2 124
CureFit Mukesh Bansal Bengaluru 2 120

In 2019, twenty-one companies have managed to secure more than $100 million in the 9 months. Out of this, 41 deals have secured $4.07 billion which is more than half of the total fundings.

Even though Ola has managed to raise more than $500 million in a spread of 6 deals for Series J and other rounds, whereas Delhivery secured $528 in 2 deals. There was no single mega-deal involved in 2019 which raised more than $500 in this span of nine months but a few huge fundings are expected in the fourth quarter of the year.

Active-Investors in the Indian Startup

The top 3 active investors spot is taken by the famous trio Sequoia Capital, Blume Ventures and Accel Partners. Apart from them, there are many other familiar names in the list but Tiger Global, Lightspeed, and IAN have recently made their entry in the list of 2019. Furthermore, the total investment made is also higher than that of last year due to the fact that the bright fire of the Indian startup ecosystem continues to attract new investors. Moreover, the recent results have gave them the confidence to back up their companies even when the GDP is down.

It is indeed astonishing to see that the startup economy of India is holding up strong even after the election and lower GDP, this is the proof of how confident the investors are and how determined the companies are.

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This is the reason why it is predicted that by 2025, India will have a minimum of 100 Unicorns which will create over 1 million direct jobs. The future of the Indian Startup Economy, is indeed, very bright.