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Startup funding: India slips to 4th spot in global ranking after dismal 2023

India, once a powerhouse in the global startup ecosystem, has experienced a significant downturn in its funding trajectory, slipping to the fourth position in the global ranking among the highest-funded geographies in 2023. This decline comes after securing the third spot in both 2021 and 2022.

Global Ranking Shift

  • After consecutively holding the third position, India finds itself behind the US, the UK, and China in 2023, receiving a meager $7 billion in total funding by December 5, according to data from Tracxn.

Quarterly Fluctuations

  • In the third quarter of 2023, India further slipped to the fifth position among the highest-funded countries, lagging behind the US, the UK, China, and France.
  • Q3 witnessed a substantial 30% drop from Q2 2023 and a staggering 54% drop compared to Q3 2022.

Funding Decline Details

  • Q3 2023 raised a total of $1.5 billion, marking a 30% drop from Q2 2023 and a 54% drop from Q3 2022.
  • The last quarter (Q4) recorded the lowest funding of $957 million, making it the least-funded quarter since Q3 2016.

Impact of Funding Winter

  • India is grappling with the effects of a funding winter, witnessing a continuous decline in funding.
  • The Q3 2023 drop marks the third consecutive decline, making it the least funded quarter in 2023 and the lowest in the last five years.

Maintaining Global Presence

  • Despite the declining funding inflow, India manages to maintain its position in the top five geographies globally in terms of total funding for the year.

Stage-wise Funding Decline

For 2023, funding declined across all stages:

  • Late-stage funding dropped over 73%.
  • Early-stage funding saw a 70% decline.
  • Seed-stage funding experienced a 60% drop.

Major Contributor to Decline

  • The most significant blow came from the late-stage funding, plummeting by over 73% to $4.2 billion in 2023 from $15.6 billion in 2022.

Impact on Large Funding Rounds

  • The number of $100 million+ funding rounds recorded a sharp decline of 69% compared to the previous year, with only 17 such rounds in 2023.

Important Questions Related to Exams

Q: What is the global ranking of India’s startup funding in 2023?

A: India slipped to the fourth position globally, behind the US, the UK, and China, experiencing a significant decline from its third-place standing in 2022.

Q: How did India fare in Q3 2023 compared to previous quarters?

A: In Q3 2023, India dropped to the fifth position among the highest-funded countries, with a 30% drop from Q2 2023 and a substantial 54% drop from Q3 2022.

Q: What contributed to India’s decline in startup funding in 2023?

A: The decline was primarily driven by a staggering 73% drop in late-stage funding, falling from $15.6 billion in 2022 to $4.2 billion in 2023, marking the lowest funding quarter in the last five years.

Q: How has India’s startup ecosystem coped with the funding winter?

A: India is grappling with the effects of a funding winter, experiencing a third consecutive drop in funding in Q3 2023, making it the least funded quarter in 2023 and the lowest in the last five years.

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