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Twenty Women-Led Start-Ups In Pipeline To Become Unicorn: Study

The start-ups that are in the pipeline to become unicorns include WinZO, Doubtnut, Infinity Learn, Locus, Pratilipi, Portea, SirionLabs and others

Twenty Women-Led Start-Ups In Pipeline To Become Unicorn: Study

Press Trust Of India

POSTED ON March 22, 2023 12:46 PM

Around 18 per cent of India's unicorn start-ups are founded or co-founded by women and 20 other firms are in pipeline to become unicorn, a joint study said on Tuesday. 

The study conducted by TiE Delhi NCR, research firm Zinnov, Google, NetApp and venture capital firm Indian Angel Network found that despite comparable metrics, success, and high entrepreneurial intent, socio-cultural barriers hinder women founders' growth.

"Approximately 18 per cent of India's total unicorns are founded by women, with 20 Potential unicorns in the pipeline," the study said. 

The start-ups that are in the pipeline to become unicorns include WinZO, Doubtnut, Infinity Learn, Locus, Pratilipi, Portea, SirionLabs and others. 

Women founded or co-founded start-ups that have already become unicorns include Acko, BYJU's Pristyn Care, MyGlamm, MobiKwik, Open and others. 

The total valuation of unicorns built by women founders stands at over $30 billion and total equity investments raised by them are over $12 billion.

The study, however, found a huge gender disparity in the Indian start-up ecosystem. 

"Disparity in ticket size caused women founders to face an investment loss of about $3.7 billion over the past 3 years," the study said. 

According to the study, from an investor's perspective, women founders come across as more cautious compared to their male counterparts, which lowers deal size offers to them.

"Women founders face more scrutiny on their commitment compared to their male counterparts which make negotiations more challenging from their point of view," the study said.

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