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Tracxn’s Q1 2024 Geo Quarterly India Tech Report: India Ranks 4th Globally Amid Funding Slowdown

Tracxn, a leading market intelligence platform, has launched its Geo Quarterly India Tech Report – Q1 (Until 15th March) 2024. The report provides valuable insights into India’s technology ecosystem, highlighting key trends and developments in the first quarter of 2024. Despite challenges, the startup ecosystem remains robust and poised for recovery, bolstered by government initiatives and favorable market conditions.

According to the report, India experienced a slowdown in Q1 2024 (until 15th March), with $1.6 billion raised in funding after continuous growth in the previous three quarters of 2023. While these figures are lower compared to the same period in 2021 and 2022, India secured the fourth-highest position globally in terms of funding raised during this period, reflecting the resilience of its entrepreneurial landscape.

Speaking at the launch of their report, Neha Singh, Co-Founder of Tracxn, said, “Despite the funding slowdown and economic fluctuations, India’s tech startup ecosystem is still one of the top-performing tech ecosystems globally. Even with the slowdown seen in this quarter, we anticipate the bounce back quickly, propelled by government initiatives and a large consumer base comprising the world’s largest young population. India’s strong tech ecosystem and demographic advantages promise a bright future and solidify its position as a global tech leader.”

The quarter witnessed funding dynamics within the tech ecosystem, exhibiting varying trends across different stages. While late-stage funding experienced a significant drop of over 46%, early-stage funding witnessed a notable increase of 28%. Out of $1.6 billion in funding, Shadowfax and Credit Saison received the highest funding of over $100 million, with Capillary, Rentomojo, and Captain Fresh also being among the top funded companies. The quarter saw the emergence of two new unicorns—Perfios and Ola Krutrim—underscoring the resilience and potential of India’s tech landscape. Additionally, IPO numbers surged, with eight tech companies going public, including MediaAssist, WTI, Exicom, and LawSikho, reflecting investor confidence in the sector.

The report highlights that Retail, FinTech, and Enterprise Applications were the top-performing sectors in Q1 (Until 15th March) 2024. The retail sector received funding of $494 million, which was a decline of 34% compared to the previous quarter; Enterprise Applications garnered $448 million, showing a growth of 48% as compared to $302 million received in the previous quarter; and Fintech received $429 million in funding, marking a 48% growth from the last quarter’s $289 million. The investment growth in the FinTech sector is propelled by the rapid growth seen in smartphone penetration driving the cashless economy, and other favorable regulatory policies have helped the sector receive consistent investor interest.

Overall, there were 20 acquisitions during the quarter, a 33% decrease from last quarter and a 55% drop compared to 45 acquisitions in Q1 2023. Notable acquisitions included Pingsafe, a cloud security platform, which was acquired by SentinelOne, and Difenz, a fraud risk management platform, being acquired by Signzy. Eight companies went public in Q1 (Until 15th March) 2024, as compared to 2 in Q1 2023, showcasing the growing maturity of the Indian tech ecosystem.

Bengaluru emerged as the leader in total funds raised during Q1 (Until 15th March) 2024, followed closely by Mumbai and Noida, reaffirming the significance of these tech hubs in India’s startup landscape.

Venture Catalysts, We Founder Circle, and Titan Capital led the seed investments in Q1 2024, while Peak XV Partners, Saama Capital, and RTP Global were prominent in early-stage investments. Elev8, Epiq Capital Advisors, and UC-RNT Fund took the lead in the late-stage category this quarter.

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