Startup Funding in India Hits Seven-Year Low, 65% Decline in 2023

In 2023, Indian startup funding hit a seven-year low, dropping by a significant 65%.

By Sunil Sonkar
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Startup Funding in India Hits Seven-Year Low, 65% Decline in 2023

In a challenging year for the Indian startup ecosystem, funding plummeted to a seven-year low, experiencing a steep 65% decline in 2023, as reported by Traxcn.

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According to the data, the total funding reached approximately $8 billion and it was a significant drop from the previous year’s $25 billion. The extended period of reduced funding, termed as funding winter, saw consecutive quarterly declines, with Q3 2023 being the worst in five years. A sharp decrease in late-stage funding played an important role, causing India to slide from the 4th to the 5th position among the world’s highest-funded geographies.

Despite this overall downturn, certain sectors such as AI, deeptech, environment, climate and Spacetech bucked the trend. Notably, space-tech achieved a record year, securing over $120 million in 2023, propelled by the government’s emphasis on privatization.

Interestingly, this funding slump coincided with a flurry of fundraising activities by investors, with an estimated $20 billion waiting to be deployed as of the close of 2023. Key investors, including Peak XV, WestBridge Capital, Elevation Capital and Accel, secured dedicated capital ranging from $2 billion to half a million dollars.

Additionally, domestic investors strengthened their positions during the 2022-2023 period through successful fundraising or fund size increases. Early-stage investor Chiratae Ventures closed its ‘Growth Fund I’ at Rs 1,001 crore. Epiq Capital secured $235 million for its second India-dedicated fund, 3one4 Capital raised $200 million and Arkam Ventures launched a $180 million fund.

In an exclusive interview, Padmaja Ruparel, Co-founder of IAN, shared insights and strategic goals for 2024. IAN’s Alpha Fund witnessed an impressive first close at Rs 355 crore.

While fundraising is expected to rebound, it may not reach the dizzy heights of 2021. Technology is expected to remain the mainstay, driving innovation in sectors like manufacturing. A significant boost is anticipated in hardware and semiconductors.

With these insights, the Indian startup landscape is poised for a recalibration in 2024, emphasizing sustainable and value-driven growth.

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