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‘The start-up ecosystem has matured after a boom in 2015’

Swathi Moorthy New Delhi | Updated on July 27, 2018 Published on July 27, 2018

After the start-up boom in 2015 that saw maximum start-ups being founded in the last decade, the eco-system has matured with more focus on deep-tech and enterprises, say investors.

“According to me, what we saw in 2015 was an outlier,” said S Gopalakrishnan, co-founder of Infosys and Founder, Axilor Ventures. According to a Tracxn report, a market-research platform that tracks start-ups, the period between 2007 and 2017 saw close to 40,000 start-ups.

Close to 12,187 start-ups were founded in 2015. It dropped by 50 per cent to 7,699 in 2016 and a further 68 per cent to 2,460 in 2017. Between 2011 and 2014 the number of start-ups founded were 1741, 2853, 3737 and 6398, respectively. According to Gopalakrishnan all the promotions leading up to 2015 had resulted in the high. .

Total funding in 2015 was $5 billion, a 125 per cent increase over 2014, says a 2015 Nasscom report.In that year, the number of Private Equity and Venture Capital firms grew 100 per cent. Many HNIs considered start-up investment a viable option. Angel investors grew to 292 in 2015 from 115 in 2014. Global companies such as the Alibaba Group and SoftBank were beginning to invest in huge numbers. The year also saw significant mergers and acquisitions. For instance, Ola acquired TaxiForSure for $200 million. All these instilled confidence in the investor community, the Nasscom report stated.

Published on July 27, 2018
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