If 2013 & 2014 were the years when the Internet industry in India was finally stretching its legs and warming up, then 2015 has been the year when it got up and started running. Several companies which were just fledgling startups a couple of years back, scaled up and captured the market, while others shut down. Someone touted it as the year of drama, where the industry saw highs and lows in every form. With a little help from folks at Index.co, we were able to compile data to see what really went by this year.
Over $7.3 billion was invested across sectors in 2015. Among all the firms, Ola received the highest amount of investment with a total $1.12 billion coming in Series E & F rounds this year. eCommerce retail companies also dominated the fundraising game, with Flipkart’s $700 million raise in July and Snapdeal’s $500 million raise in August this year, being the single two largest rounds in the sector. Paytm too was in the news of soon raising $680 million from Alibaba, but no closure announcement hasn’t been made yet.
The third quarter of calendar year 2015 saw maximum amount of funds coming in. The above mentioned top 3 fundraises happened in this quarter. Some of the other significant investments in Q3 include Series B rounds raised by OYO Rooms, InShorts, Roposo, Portea Medical, Peppertap and YepMe; Practo’s $90 million, BankBazaar’s $60 million, Zivame’s $40 million, and Big Basket’s $50 million in Series C; Pepperfry’s $100 million Series D round and Zomato’s $60 million raise in Series G.
Even though many late stage fundings were seen in the third quarter, overall more investments happened in angel and seed round, making up roughly 50% of total investments that happened in 2015.
Bengaluru based companies collectively raised the maximum investment this year as against those in other cities. However a higher number of startups in Delhi NCR region got funded.
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Above is a representation of the 5 companies who raised highest funding this year. Evidently both Ola and Grofers raised most of their total funding this year itself. According to some earlier reports Flipkart is planning to go for an IPO in 2016, so it’s likely that this is the last time we are seeing Flipkart on these charts.
Now that even the Government has started allocating funds to support VCs in India and state governments are creating policies to support startups in the state, 2016 would be a more prosperous year for ventures in India.
Note: The data is only for non IT Indian technology firms which operate in India, and may or may not have their registered office within the country. Firms coming under retail and F&B segment who have an online presence, are also included. All the funding figures and facts are based on publicly available data curated first hand and from other news publications.