Funding for Indian start-ups dropped by 33 per cent to $24 billion in 2022 as compared to the previous year though it was nearly double the amount recorded in 2019 or 2020, said a PwC India report on Wednesday.
Global investors were still positive about the Indian start-up ecosystem despite the global slowdown, as per the report titled 'Start-Up Tracker-CY 22'.
"Funding for Indian start-ups in CY22 was nearly $24 billion, a drop of 33 per cent in comparison to CY21 but was still more than twice the funds raised in CY20 and CY19 each", it said.
The start-ups received a total funding of $13.2 billion in 2019, $10.9 billion in 2020 and $35.2 billion in 2021.
Despite the funding slowdown, Amit Nawka, Partner - Deals and India Start-ups Leader, PwC India, said, "some areas like SaaS (Software as a service) 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 normalise after 2-3 quarters."
Meanwhile, he added, many start-ups were using the current situation to tighten operating models and optimise cash runway by deferring discretionary spending and investments.
The report said the early-stage deals accounted for 60–62 per cent of the total funding in 2021 and 2022 in volume terms and the average ticket size per deal was $4 million per deal.
In value terms, it added, early-stage deals contributed to approximately 12 per cent of the total funding in 2022 compared to nearly 7 per cent in 2021. Growth and late-stage funding deals accounted for 88 per cent of the funding activity in 2022 in value terms, representing 38 per cent of the total count of deals.
According to the report, the average ticket size in growth-stage deals was $43 million and the late-stage deals were $94 million in 2022.
As regards the city-wise startup funding, the report said, Bengaluru, NCR and Mumbai accounted for nearly 82 per cent of total Indian startups as of December 2022. As many as 28 per cent of startups 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, the report said.