Indian Tech Startup Funding Rebounds in H1 2024, Ends Two-Year Decline

Bengaluru leads the space in terms of total funds raised in this space in H1 2024, followed by Mumbai and Hyderabad.

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Indian Tech Startup Funding

The Indian tech startup ecosystem has shown signs of resilience and recovery in the first half of 2024, according to Tracxn's Semi-Annual Funding Report. The report highlights a 4% increase in funding from $3.96 billion in H2 2023 to $4.1 billion in H1 2024, signaling a potential end to the two-year decline in startup investments. This increase, though modest, underscores the sector's potential for stabilization and growth.


Neha Singh, Co-Founder, Tracxn, said, “Despite four consecutive half-year periods of declining funding since H1 2022, we are now showing signs of stabilization, going upward. India’s robust performance as the fourth-highest funded country in the tech startup ecosystem is encouraging. From emerging developments in Retail and Enterprise Applications to pioneering advancements in fintech, Indian startups are transforming industries and driving economic growth.”

Funding Trends and Global Position

India remains a formidable player on the global stage, ranking as the fourth-highest funded country in the tech startup ecosystem for H1 2024. Despite a year-on-year decrease from $4.8 billion in H1 2023, the country's performance is significant given the global economic challenges and market corrections affecting startup valuations and funding rounds. The United States, United Kingdom, and China continue to lead in overall funding volumes, with India maintaining a competitive edge.


Sectoral Performances

The retail sector emerged as the top performer, with a remarkable 32% increase in funding, totaling $1.63 billion in H1 2024 compared to $1.23 billion in H1 2023. This surge reflects the sector's rapid digital transformation and consumer adoption of e-commerce. In contrast, the enterprise application sector saw a slight dip, raising $933 million, a 10% decrease from H1 2023. The fintech sector faced the most significant decline, with funding dropping by 50% to $726 million. This drop could be attributed to regulatory changes and market saturation impacting investor confidence.

Notable Developments and Emerging Trends


H1 2024 saw the emergence of three new unicorns, a significant improvement from the previous year, and the addition of 33 startups to the Soonicorn club. The increase in IPOs, from 6 in H1 2023 to 17 in H1 2024, indicates a growing confidence in the public markets and the maturity of Indian startups. Key IPOs included companies like TBO, TGIF Agribusiness, Radiowalla, and Trust Systems & S/w, highlighting diverse industry participation.

Despite an overall decline in acquisitions, with only 43 compared to 75 in H1 2023, significant deals such as SentinelOne's acquisition of PingSafe for $100 million and Happiest Minds' acquisition of PureSoftware for $94.5 million indicate continued interest in strategic buyouts.

Regional Insights and Leading Investors


Bengaluru continues to lead the funding landscape, followed by Mumbai and Hyderabad, reinforcing its position as India's tech capital. The report identifies Accel, Blume Ventures, and Peak XV Partners as the top investors, reflecting their strategic focus on high-growth potential startups across various stages. Early-stage investments remained steady at $1.3 billion, while seed-stage funding saw a slight increase to $455 million, indicating sustained interest in nurturing nascent ideas.


The H1 2024 funding uptick marks a hopeful turn for the Indian tech startup ecosystem. While challenges remain, particularly in sectors like fintech, the overall trend suggests a stabilization and potential growth phase. The increase in unicorns, IPOs, and steady investor interest highlights the ecosystem's resilience and adaptability. As India continues to innovate and attract global attention, its tech startups are well-positioned to drive economic growth and technological advancements.