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Funding for Indian start-ups dips 37% in second quarter

July 05, 2022

Funding for Indian start-ups dips 37% in second quarter
Venture capital (VC) funding into Indian startups dipped 37% in the second quarter of this year to $6.9 billion, data sourced from research firm Venture Intelligence showed.

In the first quarter, overall investments into startups were $11 billion.

For the first half of the year, the overall investments stood at $17.9 billion, a 36% increase from the same period last year.

ET reported on May 30 that VC firms had started tightening the funding tap of Indian startups, as adverse macroeconomic situations, especially interest rate increases by the US Federal Reserve and a rout in publicly traded technology stocks worldwide, continued to depress sentiment.

“There are so many external factors that are driving this (funding) freeze it is reasonable to expect this is going to last for another 12 months,” said Sanjay Swami, managing partner, Prime Venture Partners.

Over the last few months, several top-tier global venture capital firms including Sequoia Capital, Y Combinator and Beenext have issued cautionary notes to portfolio companies to survive the ‘funding winter’.

Unicorn rounds, which valued startups at roughly $1 billion or more, have also halted in the second quarter, with only four new unicorns being minted in the second quarter compared to 12 for the same period last year, as per industry tracker Tracxn.

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