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1. Funding in Indian startups shrinks by more than half
We are getting a more realistic update on the startup funding landscape in India, and as is true elsewhere, all the figures are in red in the South Asian market.
Indian startups raised $3 billion in the quarter that ended in September, down 57% from the previous quarter and 80% year-over-year, market intelligence platform Tracxn said in a report Tuesday. The figures are remarkable for many reasons, the most obvious being that startups are finding it difficult to raise capital at a time when most top tier funds in India — Sequoia India and Southeast Asia, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Accel, Elevation Capital, Matrix Partners India — have raised record large funds this year.
Second, the funding crunch appears to be more acute in India. Globally, funding was down 53% year-on-year and 33% quarter-on-quarter, according to data compiled by Crunchbase.
2. Late-stage startups tap alternative funding route amid softening valuations
Business-to-business ecommerce platform Udaan is in advanced talks to close a fresh round of debt financing of $150–200 million through convertible notes, people in the know told ET.
This will mark the second such capital infusion for the B2B startup this year at a time when late-stage equity funding is becoming scarce in one of the world’s fastest-growing startup ecosystems.
These notes, which will convert into equity at a later date, require no valuation to be ascribed to the startup currently. With desired valuations not coming their way, startups are resorting to these debt instruments to tide over the economic whiplash where cautious investors are demanding better unit economics and a path to profitability.
Online pharmacy marketplace PharmEasy, which has scrapped its plans to go public, is also looking to raise about $100 million through convertible notes, ET reported earlier, signalling the growing difficulties for late-stage startups looking to pick up equity capital in the current environment.
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