Indian startups are estimated to have raised $ 38.3 billion in funding in 2018, behind only the US and China, a report by Yostartups said Thursday.
Flipkart's $ 16 billion deal with American retailer Walmart accounted for the biggest piece of the pie, followed by Swiggy raising about $ 1.3 billion over three deals, and OYO picking up $ 1 billion in 2018, the report said.
Around 1,000 deals were signed by Indian startups in 2018 with areas like e-commerce, fintech, sustainability and renewable energy, transportation and logistics, health and wellness, and travel and tourism attracting the highest investments, it added.
"There has been a meteoric rise of startup funding for Indian startups. Asia has emerged as a key contender for startups globally, beating the Americas and Europe. In 2018, startups in Asia raised $ 172 billion, compared to $ 162.9 billion in Americas and $ 46.2 billion in Europe," Yostartups CEO Jappreet Sethi said.
Globally, about 14,300 funding deals were struck by startups in 2018, raising over $ 400 billion, an increase of more than 23 per cent from the previous year, the report said.
It added that over 3,700 seed funding deals (totalling $ 6.9 billion) were struck, while 7,357 venture funding deals ranging from series A to Series I were signed in 2018 to raise $ 217.9 billion.