Indian Start-Ups Raised 33 pc Less YoY in CY22 at Nearly $24 bn, Early-Stage Funding Grew by 12 pc
Indian Start-Ups Raised 33 pc Less YoY in CY22 at Nearly $24 bn, Early-Stage Funding Grew by 12 pc

Funding for Indian startups in CY22 was nearly $24 billion, a drop of 33 percent in comparison to CY21 but was still more than twice the funds raised in CY20 and CY19 each. 

As per the PwC India report titled, ‘Startup Deals Tracker - CY22’, early-stage funding grew by 12 percent as compared to CY21, showing that despite the global slowdown, investors are still positive about the Indian start-up ecosystem. Additionally, the SaaS segment witnessed an increase of 20 percent in funding values during CY22 compared to CY21 and accounted for nearly 25 percent of all funding activity in CY22. 

Amit Nawka, Partner - Deals & India Startups Leader, PwC India, said, “Despite the funding slowdown, some areas like SaaS and early-stage funding have remained upbeat. With significant dry powder waiting to be invested, it seems likely that the funding scenario will begin to normalize after 2-3 quarters. Until then, however, many start-ups are using this time to tighten operating models and optimize their cash runway by deferring discretionary spends and investments.”

Startup Perspectives for CY22:

  • Stages of funding: Early-stage deals accounted for 60–62 percent of the total funding in CY21 and CY22 (in volume terms). The average ticket size per deal was $4 million per deal. In value terms, early-stage deals contributed to approximately 12 percent of the total funding in CY22 compared to nearly 7 percent in CY21. Growth- and late-stage funding deals accounted for 88 percent of the funding activity in CY22 (in value terms). These represented 38 percent of the total count of deals. The average ticket size in growth-stage deals was $43 million and late-stage deals were $94 million during CY22.
  • M&A transactions: A 17 percent decline was witnessed in M&A deals during CY22 compared to CY21 in terms of deal volume, with 60 percent of the transactions being contributed by the top three sectors – SaaS, e-commerce+D2C, and EdTech. E-commerce and D2C (61) and SaaS (60) witnessed the highest number of M&A transactions during CY22.
  • City-wise start-up funding: Bengaluru, NCR, and Mumbai account for nearly 82% of total Indian start-ups as of December 2022. 28 percent of the start-ups in the top three cities have raised in excess of $20 million. Bengaluru witnessed the highest number of unicorns, followed by NCR and Mumbai. Similar trends have been noted for other companies that have raised more than $50–100 million.
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