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She told me that you are not just somebody’s daughter, mother, wife, etc. You are yourself,” she says, "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"highlighting how her mother always emphasised on never developing a victim syndrome ever. Arundhati stresses that it is important to look within and learn from failures and challenges.\n\n“My mother also ingrained in me the importance of speaking up when you are faced with an unpleasant or uncomfortable situation,” she adds.\n\nThrough her work and the position she has gained over the years, Arundhati wants to be a voice for thousands of people, especially women. She feels that women often have “divided loyalties” and worry that they aren’t fully ready for a job. “The only way to get past these moments of self doubt is to go ahead with the notion of ‘I can do it’ and ‘I will do it’,” she quips.\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"A working woman’s notes\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Boasting an illustrious career spanning across 40+ years, six companies, and generations, Arundhati highlights important lessons that have helped her and should be followed by professionals and organisations at large for sustainable growth.\n\nExplaining that diversity is broader than gender, she mentions that people should become conscious about unconscious bias and avoid stereotyping people without knowing or working with them.\n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\u003cb>“We need to increase the empathy quotient and it’s important to align personal and organisational aspirations,” adds Arundhati, highlighting that organisations need to be well-versed with the aspects of diversity and inclusion.\u003c/b>"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Expanding the importance of understanding empathy, she speaks about moving beyond oneself and thinking about humanity and global interests. “It bothers me that people have narrow interests and are very focused on just their immediate environment,” she says.\n\nIn her quest of inspiring more and more people to think beyond just their needs and goals, Arundhati also talks about people and moments that have inspired her in her journey so far. “Getting the Chairman’s position at SBI and becoming the first woman to do so is genuinely unforgettable. 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I was told it was too difficult for me to win them and I took it up in my stride. My team and I ended up winning that award for three consecutive years.”\n\nHema had also taken the Short Service Commission for the Indian Navy as an engineering student. She got selected after several rounds of tests but faced a challenge in the final stage because of being overweight. “I was told that I have a temporary rejection, because I was overweight by 22.5 kgs. 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One of her first allies was her father who encouraged her to pursue meaningful goals. “He always told me it’s okay to fail. What matters is how someone bounces back from failure, and keeps running with their confidence intact,” she says, adding that her husband has also been a constant source of motivation.\n\nAt work too, Hema has had the opportunity to work with male leaders who have created an ecosystem that fosters leadership. In her role at Infosys, she has been provided with a platform to interact with people from all over the world, without any barriers of nationality, ethnicity, hierarchy, etc.\n\nIn her 17-year-old career at Infosys, Hema considers her workplace as her family from where she has imbibed key life lessons. Recalling her stint in London with Infosys Labs, one of her early projects, Hema shares how she went up to her superior and asked him if they could create an IP commercialisation role in the EMEA region, based out of London. She says that she could do so because the leader himself taught her to overcome the fear of people answering in the negative.\n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"“I am very grateful for all my experiences, as they have enabled my personal growth. \u003cb>Don’t be too hard on yourself; you can always ask for help. You can be a superwoman, but it is not a sustainable model at times. So, just choose your priorities\u003c/b>,” she adds."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"Leadership and success mantra \n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"“As a leader, when my team and I take up an assignment, we look at the outcome and the journey to the outcome using the same lens. 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NVIDIA Inception is a free program for startups, to help them evolve faster with access to cutting-edge technology and NVIDIA experts, connections with venture capitalists, and co-marketing support to heighten their visibility. \n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"We support a global network of over 9,000 technology startups and work closely with them to provide the best technology solutions and resources."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"One of our significant collaborations has been with NVIDIA Inception member - Deepset. 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Ltd. (DSPIM). She also heads Sales and Marketing, and serves as a member of the Executive Committee.\n\nShe leads financial wellness initiatives at DSPIM and was instrumental in launching Winvestor, a special initiative aimed at empowering women with confidence and financial knowledge to plan for their economic and long-term security.\n\nWith a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, Aditi started her professional journey in 1998 with Merrill Lynch’s investment banking group in New York, where she primarily worked on M&A activities in the Financial Institutions Group. \n\nSubsequently, she worked in DSP Merrill Lynch as part of the fixed income sales team and later joined DSP Merrill Lynch Fund Managers in 2002 (now DSPIM), where she worked on various projects, including establishing an offshore fund for foreign investors.\n\nApart from being an Independent Director at Godrej Agrovet, she serves on the Board of DASRA, a leading strategic philanthropy foundation in India. \n\nA wildlife enthusiast since the age of 10, Aditi is also a trustee at the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT), a non-profit-organisation that focuses on saving India’s forests and wildlife. 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My father has always been in the financial services business and so was my family. I am the fifth generation.\n\nI was always interested in business because I saw my father doing it, but I just didn’t understand what he did.\n\nWhile in school, my friends would say that their father was an engineer, a doctor, or a lawyer, but I didn’t really know what my father did because he was a merchant banker. And people didn’t know what that was, and so, I was determined to understand that. \n\nI was lucky to get into Wharton for my under-graduation, where I majored in finance. I also enjoyed management and was more interested in business. \n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"And now, I am with a mutual fund, which is like a combination of B2B, B2C, business and finance. 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I liked fixed income and took classes on fixed income, accounting, risk, and corporate law. \n\nIt was interesting and something I would encourage everyone to do if they can and they want to. \n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"College gave me a lot of confidence. It gave me the confidence to be independent, and so, it had a huge influence on me. I also give my parents a lot of credit because they always encouraged me to be independent from the very beginning. "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"HS: Tell us the different positions you held and what were your learnings from each of these places?\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":"ADK:"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"data":" My first job was as an intern at Merrill Lynch in New York at the age of 20. I was on the debt capital market side. I think I just really learnt about the commitment that is needed for something like this. \n\nThe first lesson I learnt was to just show up. Everyone was so busy and no one was going to sit and help me. So it just made me feel resourceful and independent. \n\nOnce, I had to make some charts and I asked how do I do it? It was 1996, and internet was very new then to search and figure out. They gave me a book on Excel and said figure it out. And that is exactly the kind of training we all need. \n\nDon’t expect someone to help you in your job. Neither is it their responsibility to help you, nor should you feel entitled to get help. You must be responsible and resourceful and take initiative. \n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Later, I worked in equity capital markets, and then I did investment banking for two years. It was tough because sometimes I didn’t go home for two days. 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Indian startups raised a total of $3.01 billion across 161 deals in this month alone.\n\nMeanwhile, July saw the second highest number of deals at 159 but clocked in the highest sum of funding of $6.39 billion. August saw the third highest number of deals at 141 raising a total of $3.42 billion in the entire month.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/b094ec506da611eab285b7ee8106293d/Q3-graph-3-1634373121732.png","caption":"\u003cp>\u003cem>Image Credit: YS Design\u003c/em>\u003c/p>"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"Highest number of outlier deals \n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Outlier deals - funding deals of more than $100 million - saw a sharp increase in Q3 2021, with the highest number of such deals in India since 2015.\n\nIn Q3 2021, India saw a total of 23 outlier deals, totalling in excess of $7.9 billion. 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With the pandemic and lockdown, remote working helped to access customers and talent from these cities, and create many more innovative startups - building from Tier II cities, for the Tier II city problems/needs,” she adds.\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":"Gopal Jain, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Gaja Capital, echoes these views."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"“\u003cu>De-agglomeration\u003c/u> could well be one of the legacy trends from COVID-19. And this trend is mainly driven by the digital economy where fresh growth is coming from Tier II cities.”"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"Tier II’s preferred headquarters\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"According to YourStory Research, Jaipur is turning out to be the most preferred headquarters among Tier II cities for startup founders as well as investors. More than 40 funded startups have their headquarters in Jaipur currently. Other popular hubs where startups are headquartered are Chandigarh (14), Goa (12), Indore (20), Kochi (18), and Vadodara (11).\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870d62911eaa8e9879653a67226/Tier2citystartupsKeytier-IIcitieswithmoststartupheadquarters1-1628872234336.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"Tier II Y-o-Y funding activity\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"According to YourStory Research, between Jan 2015 - July 2021, Tier-II city startups in India raised approximately $1.12 billion in funding, across 305 deals. The graph below elucidates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the amount raised fell over 48.4 percent in 2020 as compared to the previous year. \n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870d62911eaa8e9879653a67226/Tier2citystartupsYearwisetier2fundingactivity-1628872360980.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Strikingly though, the total number of deals is almost the same. This indicates that investors have been continuously betting and exploring the Tier II potential in the country. Furthermore, "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":"in the first seven months of 2021, Tier II startups have already raised $80 million across 39 deals. 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That's perhaps because, small businesses need local solutions to survive, and startups originating from Tier II cities may be better equipped to offer these solutions in these geographies. \n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"So, while national-level players address bigger issues, Tier II cities’ startups stand out for their concentrated efforts in building local solutions. And some of these solutions go on to work globally. "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"This pattern has increasingly encouraged the ecosystem to survive, scale and even build some of the most notable startups from some really small towns and cities in India.\n\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":"A classic example here is Jaipur-based CarDekho."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":" Founded in 2008, CarDekho operates in India and South East Asia. It has at least five auto portals and more than 70 CarDekho Gaadi stores, for buying and selling cars. It has raised approximately $327.5 million in funding with backing from investors such as Ratan Tata, Times Internet, Sequoia India, and Trifecta Capital, among others.  \n\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":"Here are some key Tier II startups that have raised a high amount of capital in the recent past."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870d62911eaa8e9879653a67226/Tier2citystartupsTopTierIIstartupsJan2015-July2021-byamountraisedinmillion--1628872482760.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"Top 10 Tier II cities and booming startup hubs\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Interestingly, when it comes to funding, the dynamics differ. 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These startups raised a total of $113 million with only 3 deals between the period of 2016 and 2018. Post that, there has been no funding activity in this city.\n\nOn the contrary, we saw small ticket investments pouring into Jaipur, Indore, Chandigarh, Kochi, Goa, Vadodara, Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Patna and Surat through the years and even during the pandemic times. \n\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":"As seen in the graph below, although the number of deals are low, they are spread across the years, which positions these cities as attractive investment hubs rather than one-off large ticket size activity zones. "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870d62911eaa8e9879653a67226/Tier2citystartupsChart-1628872959103.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"Top Tier II investors\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Mumbai Angels is one the most active investors. 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Most importantly, there has been a shift in mindset about big-city living. \n\nAccording to "}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":"Karthik Prabhakar, Executive Director at Chiratae Ventures"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"data":", through the past 15+ months of working from remote locations, many founders and their teams have worked from Tier II cities. The mental fears of infrastructural challenges have all but vanished – robust internet and infrastructural connectivity has paved the way to consider other factors beyond proximity. \n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"“Of course, there will be some course correction as companies scale but headquarters address may not matter in the medium to long term in a global world with remote operations,” he adds."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"data":"Further, given the decentralised nature of work post lockdown, there’s been a huge talent redistribution from a geographical standpoint. 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But as they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way. As the Indian startup ecosystem battled the pandemic, what shone through was its desire to survive. Resilience and empathy were undoubtedly the two tenets of 2020.\n\nFrom achieving greater maturity and better business models, Indian startups also streamlined revenues and innovations. Even as they deal with challenges, Indian startups are playing the role of a catalyst in reviving the country’s economy.\n\nIndia’s growth story and its potential remain a strong bet, with a thriving innovation-led entrepreneurial ecosystem poised to contribute significantly to the move to an ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, or self-reliant India. This was also reflected in the world of startups that still saw investments flowing in amid a cautious business environment.\n\nIn the Union Budget 2021 presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1, the government’s thrust on boosting small and medium-scale startups, as well as encouraging the investor ecosystem, was clear. Initiatives such as revising the definition of small-scale startups, allocating more than Rs 15,700 crore for the uplift of MSMEs, as well as the introduction of an investor charter indicate the role this sector can play in achieving India’s mission to achieve $5 trillion in GDP by 2025.\n\nThe 2020 Annual Funding Report by YOURSTORY RESEARCH aims to highlight the growth of the Indian startup ecosystem through three phases: evolution (2015-2017), innovation (2018-2019), and democratisation (2020). The report offers an in-depth view of the state of funding activity and key trends in the Indian startup ecosystem in January-December 2020, comparison 2015-2020, and outlook 2021.\n\nMoving towards 2021, there is a stronger focus on underlying business economics, both from founders and investors; and a thrust on monetisation, which earlier got pushed to the latter years of a startup's life. Companies that have purpose-built into their bottom line are most likely to remain viable.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502716796.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"Key takeaways\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"Pivot rather than shutdown was the sentiment for 2020\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"The years 2015 and 2016 are seen as the era of market correction in the history of the Indian startup ecosystem. These years together saw more than 360 startups shutting down. However, in 2020, we saw more startups adopting the pivot and rebranding route than shutdown. Exact data is not available for the number of pivots and rebrands. The analysis is made on the basis of public disclosures by startups on different media platforms.\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"Unique startup count for funding stays stable \n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"It is observed that the count for unique startups receiving funding in 2019 (743) and 2020 (746) remained similar. Also, except 2016, when the unique startup count for funding grew by 17.5 percent, the subsequent years have shown a steady fall and rise in the number of unique startups that were funded.\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"Fall in funding but overall positive sentiment\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"In 2017, the Indian startup ecosystem received the maximum funding of $13.5 billion across 829 deals. Since then, there has been a continuous funding decline of 5.7 percent (2018), 6.37 percent (2019) and 17.07 percent (2020). Even from the deals perspective, 2018 (+4.22 percent), 2019 (+3.47 percent), 2020 (-1.45 percent) did not offer any extraordinary trend, thus indicating an overall positive momentum across the ecosystem.\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"Investors focus on exploring new territories\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"It is observed that over the years, the number of deals with more than $100 million funding amount has reduced in the ecosystem. This only indicates how cautious the investor ecosystem has become, aiming for a diversified pool of investments as well as increased willingness to test the waters in uncharted territories. In 2020, investors maintained a diversified approach while testing waters in unchartered territories and even kept the sentiment high with seed-stage and follow-on funding rounds.\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"Expansion of sectoral landscape\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"The rise in technology adoption led to investor hopes riding high on sectors integrating new-age technologies such as deep tech, adtech, insurtech, media and entertainment tech, space tech, defence tech, and drone tech. Investors were also observed to show interest in a few offbeat areas such as celebrity commerce, gig services, sports tech, and security solutions providers.\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"Inclination towards Tier-II/III startups\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"During the period 2015-2020, investments in Tier-I and Tier-III startups increased at an average of 5 percent. After 2018, and even during the pandemic, a steady growth of near 6 percent in investments has been observed in Tier-II and Tier-III startups.\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"Inclination towards IPO route of exit\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"More internet and technology companies went public in 2020. There was a time when companies took 20 years to file for an IPO; that has now narrowed to just three-five years. Also, a number of tech IPOs are lined up for 2021. This is a significant shift from the earlier M&A route adopted by Indian tech companies.\n\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502716845.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870d62911eaa8e9879653a67226/Infographic3a-02-1614522692260.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"11 startup trends that defined 2020\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"The upswing in telemedicine\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Last year brought about the biggest health crisis known to humanity. The pace and scale of the COVID-19 outbreak led to a breakdown of traditional healthcare systems and brought about unstinted growth in telemedicine or online delivery of health services. Patients switched to video and audio doctor consultations, and began using fitness and wellness applications to track their health and pre-screen themselves. Online pharmacies also gained ground as the lockdown compelled people to stay indoors. This segment, in fact, saw some consolidation with the entry of large players like Reliance.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502717949.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"Penetration of tech and AI in healthcare\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"A sharper focus on the overall healthcare ecosystem helped expose its glaring inadequacies. In India, the heavily skewed patient-caregiver ratio is giving rise to the use of AI, ML, and other automation technologies in healthcare so as to reduce the need for human intervention. COVID-19 also led to a growth in ‘digital therapeutics’ or the use of smart healthcare devices, including mobile-based glucometers, oximeters, heart-rate trackers, and so on. The digitisation of personal medical records also got expedited.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502718034.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"Rise and rise of online learning\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"With offline education facing a crisis of continuity following the pandemic- induced lockdowns, edtech startups and e-learning platforms stepped in to help schools, coaching centres, private tutors, and higher educational institutions go online. They launched free live classes and ramped up their offerings to absorb the massive overnight demand for online learning post the lockdown.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502718104.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"The live coding boom\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"The Indian government’s National Education Policy 2020 mandated schools to initiate coding classes for students from Class VI onwards to help build analytical skills from a young age. The rollout of the new reforms in August and the event of BYJU’S acquiring WhiteHat Jr spawned an all-new wave of live coding startups. Coding became one of the buzzwords of the year and this segment of edtech is expected to be among the most sought-after by VCs in 2021.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502718175.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"SaaS and the remote-work routine\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"In 2020, SaaS platforms assumed critical importance in the ‘new normal’ of remote work. An increasing chunk of SaaS workers globally are now keen on continuing with remote work or ‘work-from-anywhere’ and staying close to their hometowns. As a result, the adoption of enterprise software is only going to grow in the future. The year also saw the increased penetration of vertical SaaS companies across sectors such as healthcare, B2B retail, ecommerce, and videoconferencing. SaaS startups that build plug-and-play API solutions for global customers also grew rapidly.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502718283.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"Grocery ecommerce gaining ground\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Until 2020, the biggest verticals of India’s ecommerce sector were electronics and apparel. But the pandemic-induced urgency shifted the focus to essential categories like food and grocery. While incumbents in the segment ramped up their presence in the aftermath of the lockdown, the year also saw the entry of new, deep-pocketed grocery commerce platforms. The festive quarter was the cherry on the cake, with other categories also showing swift recovery and surpassing 2019 in terms of gross merchandise volumes.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502718347.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"Growth of B2B farmer marketplaces and e-mandis\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"With the pandemic causing disruptions across the agri-supply chain, leading to shutdown of physical markets, restricting travel from farm to mandis, and halting other on-ground operations, farmers were left with unsold produce and staring at huge losses. B2B agritech startups, which operate e-mandis and aggregator marketplaces to enable direct transactions between farmers, traders, and buyers, stepped in to fix this. Additionally, the procurement needs of food retailers and agribusinesses led to a sharp rise in demand for B2B farmer-focused agritech platforms.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502718485.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"Increased adoption of farm-to-consumer (F2C) brands\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"The pandemic-induced health uncertainty led to a rise in the demand for safe, hygienic, and farm-fresh food. From fresh fruits and vegetables to meat and dairy, online direct-to-consumer (D2C) platforms gained a significant edge over traditional food and grocery retail. The shift in business models and distribution channels and contactless doorstep deliveries of products also adhered to stringent social distancing norms. F2C startups recorded a 10X reduction in their customer acquisition costs and 3X growth in volumes during COVID-19, as per investor estimates.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502718585.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"Sensational growth of online brokerages\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"With more hours at their disposal and increasing uncertainty about long- term wealth prospects, millennial first-time retail investors (also known as Robinhood traders) flocked to online brokerages by the hordes. Besides existing discount trading apps, a bunch of generalist fintech players launched stock trading options on their platforms to leverage the trend. A SEBI report noted that 4.9 million new demat accounts were opened in 2020 — highest in at least a decade — with more participation from small towns.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502718656.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"UPI continued to be fintech’s crown jewel\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Until 2020, small-ticket cash transactions that drive most of the cash in circulation, were the main deterrents to UPI’s growth in India. But with 2020, the urgent need for cashless/contactless payments turned out to be a watershed moment for UPI-led platforms. UPI transactions reached new highs every month, even surpassing card transactions at one point, with the adoption of digital payments cutting across demographic segments. As per NPCI, 2.23 billion UPI transactions worth Rs 4.16 lakh crore were recorded in December 2020, registering a 70 percent growth over 2019.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502718757.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":3},"data":"Online gaming’s meteoric rise\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"With all avenues of outdoor entertainment and recreation coming to a grinding halt, online gaming became the go-to option for an anxious population. Gaming startups witnessed good uptick in new users and hit record app engagements during the lockdown. Gaming gained not only because it became a safe ‘stay-at-home’ option across age groups, but also because it enabled human interaction and bonding in times of social distancing. From being a historically under-financed sector, gaming startups became the darling of local and global investors in 2020.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502718845.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502719118.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502719267.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870d62911eaa8e9879653a67226/Infographic4-01-1614837436635.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502719483.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870d62911eaa8e9879653a67226/Infographic4-03-1614838069005.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870d62911eaa8e9879653a67226/Infographic7-013-1614837748685.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502719910.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502719998.png"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502720065.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"Inside the ecosystem (2015-2020)\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"In the wake of COVID-19, India’s current population, demographics, and economic situation might have put the country in a disadvantageous position compared to other Southeast Asian countries. However, due to the resilience and agility of Indian entrepreneurs, the investor ecosystem has not shied away from them in these tough times.\n\nFor instance, edtech led to a completely irreversible mindset shift for the Indian consumer, who had earlier never considered online education more than a value addition to the traditional institutional education system. In the last one year, not only has online learning become a mainstream sector, but also at the operational level, the digitisation has improved.\n\nNext is ecommerce, where investors are now willing to test waters in different niches like reselling, social commerce, celebrity commerce, live video shopping, ecommerce SaaS, and more. Technology is reshaping Indian retail at an altogether different level, with local kiranas getting modernised layer by layer.\n\nThese are just a few examples from many other transformations that different sectors are undergoing. This democratisation has kept the overall investor sentiment positive, in theory willing to pour in enough funds to keep the mast of India’s startup ecosystem steady in these tough times.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502722359.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"According to YOURSTORY RESEARCH, the ecosystem raked in a total of $9.9 billion funding across 881 deals. In comparison to the previous year, the funding amount reduced by almost 17 percent, while the number of deals received a setback of around two percent.\n\nThis indicates that although investors adopted a cautious approach, they continue to diversify their portfolio and support the existing portfolio companies with small ticket-size funding and follow-on rounds.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502722401.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502722445.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502722495.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502722539.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"italic":true},"data":"(Other includes crowdfunding, bridge round, grants, post IPO equity, etc.)"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"11 key insights from data analysis\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502722581.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"list":"bullet"},"data":"The Indian startup ecosystem came full circle in 2020, with the funding raised and number of deals reaching a similar state as in 2015, a year considered the tipping point for initiating the growth of startups in India."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"list":"bullet"},"data":"If we compare the data across the period 2015- 2020, it was only in 2017 that the total funding raised by the top three startups exceeded 50 percent. For the other years, the total funding raised by the top three startups has been 23.26 percent of the total funding on an average."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"list":"bullet"},"data":"After the top three Tier-I startup hubs — Bengaluru, Delhi-NCR, and Mumbai — Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Chennai are now on the investor radar. In 2021, these three cities are expected to gain much higher investor attention for startups spanning SaaS, deep tech, space tech, retail/consumer brands, fintech, and enterprise tech."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"list":"bullet"},"data":"In the Tier-II landscape, while in 2020, Indore even surpassed Jaipur in terms of number of funding deals, Jaipur still gets the highest ticket size among all Tier-II cities in India. Other promising destinations in the near future are Goa, Chandigarh, Kochi, Bhopal, and Vadodara."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"list":"bullet"},"data":"The B2C business model has again built up trust among investors. Although the number of deals in 2020 fell by 5.4 percent, the amount of funding increased by 3.19 percent as compared to 2019."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"list":"bullet"},"data":"With only 28 deals, foodtech took its position among the top three startup sectors with the highest funding, in comparison to fintech’s 136 deals and edtech’s 99 deals. This indicates that the sector was able to attract more late-stage and high ticket-size funding in 2020."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"list":"bullet"},"data":"In 2020, edtech startup BYJU’S secured the highest funding of $1.2 billion. This is the first time in the period 2015-2020 that any edtech startup has raised the highest funding, leaving behind other hot sectors such as logistics, ecommerce, and foodtech."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"list":"bullet"},"data":"B2B startups faced a 37 percent fall in funding amount as compared to 2019, while the number of deals increased by 7.28 percent. On a positive note, this may be taken as an indication of an increase in the level of maturity attained by B2B startups of the country. It is believed that these startups are finally being able to focus on strengthening their revenue streams and are not willing to burn investor money only for scale."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"list":"bullet"},"data":"Despite getting the third highest number of deals, the amount of funding raised by the healthtech sector was $316 million. This is less than several other sectors, which secured much higher funding with fewer deals, such as foodtech (28), travel and tourism (8), and cleantech (10)."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"list":"bullet"},"data":"For the first time in 2020, edtech made its way to the top three sectors in the period 2015-2020. As expected, a key role was played by the massive adoption of online education due to the lockdown, which boosted investors’ interest in the sector by several folds."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"list":"bullet"},"data":"After making it to the top three from 2015 to 2019, the funding secured by the ecommerce sector fell drastically in 2020 and it was not able to make it to even the top 10 sectors for the year."}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502723514.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502723622.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"Startup landscape\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"Top 3 startups\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"In 2020, edtech startup BYJU’S secured the highest funding of $1.2 billion, followed by OYO Rooms ($807 million) and Zomato ($660 million). This is the first time any edtech startup has raised the highest funding leaving behind other hot sectors such as logistics, ecommerce, and foodtech.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870d62911eaa8e9879653a67226/report-7-1614837804643.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"Drop observed in total funding raised by top 3 startups\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502723730.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"Tier-I landscape\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"In the Tier-I geography, Bengaluru continued to top the charts in 2020, with $4.4 billion in funding across 307 deals. It was followed by Delhi-NCR ($3.5 billion across 247 deals) and Mumbai ($1.2 billion across 170 deals). The other Tier-1 cities, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, and Hyderabad, however, saw a significant fall in funding amount as compared to previous years.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502723785.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Surprisingly, Ahmedabad saw a rise in funding amount in 2020 despite the pandemic. Although the percentage of growth was quite less, this will surely make the city worth keeping an eye on in the near future.\n\nIn the period 2015-2020, Bengaluru has continued to top the charts in terms of the number of deals since 2018. The number of funding deals in Bengaluru increased by 4.4 percent as compared to 2019 and 18 percent as compared to 2018 despite the pandemic impact. Among the other Tier-I cities, Chennai, Pune, and Hyderabad are growing fast in comparison to previous years, while Kolkata still has a long way to go. However, in 2020, Kolkata, Chennai, and Ahmedabad did show signs of a promising future with an increase in the number of deals even as corresponding figures dipped in top cities.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502723898.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"Tier-II landscape\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Comparing the funding distribution for the top three cities by funding amount and number of deals, it is observed that investors are returning to old markets while adding some new territories to test waters.\n\nFor instance, if we look at data for top five Tier-II cities each year, then it is observed that after a slow start in 2015, the three cities, Coimbatore, Indore, and Bhubaneswar were again on investors’ radar in 2020. While in 2020, Indore even surpassed Jaipur in terms of the number of funding deals, Jaipur still gets the highest ticket size amid all Tier-II cities in India. Other promising Tier-II areas in the near future are Goa, Chandigarh, Kochi, Bhopal, and Vadodara.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502725607.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502725685.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502725728.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"Business model-wise distribution\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"The B2C business model has again built up its trust among investors. Although the number of deals in 2020 fell by 5.4 percent, the amount of funding increased by 3.19 percent as compared to 2019. This is more significant when compared to the previous years, wherein the funding amount in this segment suffered quite a setback, with 2017 being the year of exception: 2016 (-62 percent), 2017 (+321 percent), 2018 (-23 percent), 2019 (-19 percent)\n\nB2B startups, however, faced a 37 percent fall in funding amount as compared to 2019, while the number of deals increased by 7.28 percent. On a positive note, this may be taken as an indication of an increase in the level of maturity attained by the B2B startups of the country. It is believed that these startups are finally able to focus on strengthening their revenue streams and are not willing to burn investor money only for scale.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502725810.png"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502725855.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502725971.png"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502726054.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"italic":true},"data":"Not included Flipkart (acquired)"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502726202.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"Sectoral landscape\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"As observed with respect to distribution of funding deals, in 2020, fintech scored the top position with 136 deals, followed by edtech (99) and healthtech (91). However, with respect to funding amount, edtech took the flag with $2 billion funding, followed by fintech ($1.6 billion) and foodtech ($888 million).\n\nInterestingly, with only 28 deals, foodtech took its position among top three startup sectors gaining maximum funding, in comparison to fintech’s 136 deals and edtech’s 99 deals. This indicates that the sector was able to attract more late-stage and high ticket-size funding in 2020.\n\nFurther, despite receiving the third highest number of deals, the amount of funding raised by the healthtech sector was $316 million. This is very less in comparison to many sectors, which secured much higher funding with fewer deals, such as foodtech (28), travel and tourism (8), and cleantech (10).\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502726370.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502726440.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502726551.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502726623.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502726685.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"Edtech: The sector which ruled investors’ hearts in 2020\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"This is the first time edtech has made its way to the top three sectors in the period 2015-2020. As expected, a key role here is played by the massive adoption of online education due to lockdown, which boosted investors’ interest in the sector by several folds.\n\nThe sector even saw BYJU’S becoming the third most valued unicorn in 2020, reaching a valuation of $8 billion. The company raised $1.2 billion, which is 60 percent of the total $2 billion funding raised by edtech startups in 2020. The company’s acquisition of code learning startup WhiteHat Jr. and Aakash Educational Services has raised the bar much higher for peers in the segment such as Vedantu and Toppr.\n\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"bold":true},"data":"Edtech startup ecosystem: Top players"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502726768.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502726905.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"Ecommerce: Are investors sceptical about it now?\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"After making it to the top three from 2015 to 2019, the funding secured by the ecommerce sector fell drastically in 2020, and it was not able to make it to even the top 10 sectors for the year. Although the number of deals remained high, overall, a continuous decline can be observed comparing the period between 2015 and 2020. This clearly indicates the fall in ticket size from the investors’ end. Despite being a mainstream sector gaining attention from global investors, the startups, particularly in the B2C segment, are still struggling with creating continuous revenue streams, which suggests the investors’ sceptical nature at the moment.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502727020.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502727082.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"Other key sectors on investors’ radar\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Apart from the traditional sectors such as ecommerce, fintech, tourism, transport, and logistics, there were several other sectors that gained investors’ attention in 2020. In the last few years, most investors were only testing the waters in many of these sectors. However, in 2020, these sectors emerged as future-looking for many.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502727228.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"2020 - A year of unicorns and valuation correction\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"The year 2020 saw 11 new entries to the unicorn club without any billion-dollar ticket size investment unlike the trend observed when companies like Flipkart, Paytm entered the unicorn club.\n\nFor instance, compared to Bigbasket that raised a hefty $656 million to become a unicorn in 2019, startups that joined the club in 2020 did so by raising much lower amounts. They include Nykaa ($104 million), Postman ($208 million), and Razorpay ($212 million).\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502727266.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502727357.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Overvalued companies, particularly unicorns and decacorns, incurring huge losses drew a lot of criticism for years. This led to a key development over the last decade: founders diluting their shareholding that put them at risk of losing control of their startups.\n\nAmid the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, metrics such as unit economics, profitability, expansion, scaling, and sustainability became the benchmarks for potential investments.\n\nThe year 2020 observed more than 24 funding deals with ticket size equal to or more than $100 million even amid the pandemic. This indicates the maturity the Indian startup ecosystem has achieved.\n\nHowever, overall, the number of such deals has been on the decline in the period 2015-2020.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502727462.jpeg"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"India is expected to have 100 unicorns by 2025, despite the huge impact of COVID-19. Indian startups are gradually looking for investment models other than equity funding. This includes crowdfunding, revenue- based financing, venture debt, and bank loans. With bootstrapped startups Zerodha and Freshworks turning unicorns, the new generation of startups is expected to focus on building revenues from the inception stage itself and not depend on venture capital for survival.\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502728119.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"Outlook 2021\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"More funding deals but smaller ticket size\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Startups can expect to see higher funding this year, with investors’ risk appetite improving significantly since 2020. More early-stage companies are expected to attract investments in small to medium-sized deals than large ones because even though investors are ready to take risks, the overarching sentiment is that they’d rather put lesser money at risk in more companies, than more money in fewer companies.\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"More IPOs\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Several startups are expected to go for a capital market listing via an initial public offering this year, including Zomato, Delhivery, Freshworks, PolicyBazaar, Nykaa, Flipkart, and Ola. With benchmark indexes hitting record highs in India of late, and a spate of oversubscriptions last year, startups are hopeful of a strong debut.\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"More unicorns despite strong M&A/IPO pipeline\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"Industry experts have predicted that India will have 100 unicorns by 2025. And given the rate at which new unicorns are being added, the Indian startup ecosystem seems to be well on track to achieve that. Some startups waiting in the wings to hit the coveted $1-billion mark are CRED, Vedantu, Practo, BlackBuck, Urban Company, among others. Additionally, even as the M&A and IPO pipeline accelerates, India is on track to count more than 50 companies in the unicorn club in 2021, according to a Nasscom-Zinnov report.\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"Deep tech, B2B, SaaS startups will grow\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"With remote work becoming part of the future of work, and businesses looking for better ways to increase their efficiency, startups that provide innovative software-as-a-service solutions are expected to see strong growth. According to our estimates, investments in deep tech startups will likely return to 2019 levels, if not exceed them. Deep tech has helped transform key pandemic-related industries such as healthcare and transportation. In 2021, expect to see more innovation and collaboration between deep tech companies and startups looking to leverage tech.\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":2},"data":"Focus on Aatmanirbhar Bharat will birth more regional startups\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"With the government taking its goal to empower and bring more regional startups to the forefront more seriously than ever in an attempt to boost the economy, ventures from beyond metros will gain more traction in 2021. Regional startups are likely to appeal to investors’ sensibilities because they tend to understand their demographic better and have a better understanding of issues they can help solve. Startups in metros and urban cities have also started building more inclusively, offering services in vernacular and Indic languages. The next wave of online users is\n\nexpected to come from smaller cities and towns — and companies are actively looking to capitalise on and cater to those users.\n\n"}},{"contentType":"image","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870-d629-11ea-a8e9-879653a67226/1614502728417.png"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"header":1},"data":"Acknowledgements\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"YourStory Research, the research arm of YourStory Media, is the definitive source for data-led insights and analysis of trends impacting the Indian entrepreneurial and tech ecosystem.\n\nYourStory Research focuses on market research, market intelligence, startup discovery, and consulting in the startup ecosystem in India.\n\nYourStory Media Private Limited is India’s leading digital platform for positive, inspirational stories of change makers and entrepreneurs across India.\n\n©YourStory Media Private Ltd. 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While the funding amount reduced by almost 17 percent in comparison to 2019, the number of deals received a setback of around two percent.\n"}},{"contentType":"blockquote","value":{"formats":{},"data":"This indicates that although investors adopted a cautious approach, they continue to diversify their portfolio and support existing portfolio companies with small ticket-size funding and follow-on rounds. "}},{"contentType":"imageLink","value":{"src":"https://images.yourstory.com/cs/2/77e43870d62911eaa8e9879653a67226/Infographic3-01-1614351733773.png","link":"https://yourstory.com/2021/02/2020-annual-funding-report-indian-startup-ecosystem"}},{"contentType":"linkButton","value":{"name":"Download YourStory Research's report on 2020 funding trends in the Indian startup ecosystem","url":"https://yourstory.sendx.io/lp/2020-startup-funding-report.html"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{},"data":"\n"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"formats":{"link":"https://yourstory.com/2021/02/2020-annual-funding-report-indian-startup-ecosystem"},"data":"The report"}},{"contentType":"text","value":{"data":" shares more interesting insights. For instance, despite getting the third-highest number of deals, the amount of funding raised by the healthtech sector was $316 million. This is less than several other sectors, which secured much higher funding with fewer deals, such as foodtech (28), travel and tourism (8), and cleantech (10).\n\nAlso, for the first time in 2020, edtech made its way to the top three sectors in the period 2015-2020. 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