Startup Companies in India: Their valuation & investors

In this technological world the ideation of start-up takes the generation into the next level. Though among many start-ups some are hitting the golden buzzer and some are not. But the start-ups definitely create an impact on the economy of the country followed by the development of country by their unique ideas. In our country there are numbers of startup companies initiate their business on daily basis and may close also. But among them there are several startups which emerges as successful startup companies in India and worldwide also.

Among the start-ups they also set some parameters to recognise the wealth and performance of them. Basically unicorn is the first word used to differentiate the start-ups on the basis of their valuation meanwhile some start-ups are also recognised by minicorns, some are decacorns and giant ones are hectacorn.

unicorn club


Start-ups those are included in the Unicorn club they must have a valuation of $1 billion or above.

The word Unicorn was first initiated in 2013 by Aileen Lee, founder of Cowboy Ventures.During that time a very limited number (39) of companies enter the unicorn club. But with the latest ideas many startup are included in the unicorn club. According to Hurun Research Institute in the Hurun Global Unicorn List 2020, 586 companies are now the member of Unicorn club and the number should go ahead soon.


When a start-up is having the valuation of over $1 million then they are meant to be as Minicorns and they are eagerly heading for unicorns.

Decacorn companies
decacorn club


The companies who are evolving in there sector vastly they heading towards the Decacorn club. It includes the company whose valuation has $10 billion and above.

Recently Byju joins Flipkart and Paytm in the decacorn club. There are many companies like Airbnb, SpaceX, Xiaomi and many more are doing their business in decocorns club.

hectocorn club


Hectocorn includes the giant companies who are leading in their sector and having the valuation of $100 billion and above.

Basically they are meant to be the market leaders of there own field or sectors. Companies like Microsoft, Google, Oracle, Facebook are the major members of Hectocorn club.

In today’s world there are almost 586 companies crossed the Unicorn club mile in which maximum companies are from USA, having a count of 233. Then 227 Chinese companies strongly going in the race and attains the unicorn club. So, they together account for the 78% of world’s unicorns.

But from India there are several number of companies competing within the race of Unicorn club and 61 companies are already in the list among which 21 are within India and rest 41 are outside the India.

So, here is the list of some trending Startup companies in India who are doing the remarkable performance in their sectors along with the angel investors who are just investing within their companies.


No.CompanySectorValuation ($B)EntryLocationSelected Investors
1FlipkartE-Commerce24.92012BangaloreAccel, Tiger Global, Naspers, SoftBank, Tencent
2PaytmPayments162015NoidaSaama Capital, SAIF, Alibaba, Berkshire Hathway
3Byju’sEdtech10.52018BangaloreAarin Capital, Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Ventures, Tencent, General Atlantic, Tiger Global
4Oyo RoomsBudget Hotels82018GurgaonLightspeed Ventures, Sequoia Capital, SoftBank
5OlaRide Hailing6.42015BangaloreTiger Global, Matrix Partners, Steadview, SoftBank, Tencent
6SwiggyFoodtech3.62018BangaloreAccel, SAIF, Norwest, Naspers, Tencent
7FreshworksSaaS – CRM3.52018Chennai/San MateoAccel, Tiger Global, Google, Sequoia Capital
8ZomatoFoodtech3.252015GurgaonInfo Edge, Sequoia Capital, Vy Capital, Alibaba
9ReNew PowerNew Energy32017GurgaonAbu Dhabi Investment Authority,Goldman Sachs,Canada Pension Plan Investment Board,Global Environment Fund,JERA
10Paytm MallE-Commerce2.92018NoidaSAIF, Alibaba, SoftBank, eBay
11UdaanE-Commerce (B2B)2.82018BangaloreLightspeed Ventures, DST Global, Tencent
12BigBasketGroceries2.52019BangaloreAscent Capital, Helion Ventures, Bessemer, IFC, Alibaba
13PostmanSaaS – API Development & Testing22020Bangalore/San FranciscoNexus Ventures, Charles River Ventures, Insight Venture Partners
14Dream11Gaming22019MumbaiKalaari Capital, Tencent, Multiples PE, Steadview
15DelhiveryLogistics Services1.62019GurgaonNexus Ventures, Multiples PE, Tiger Global, Carlyle, SoftBank Corp, Fosun Group
16Mu SigmaAnalytics1.52013BangaloreAccel, Sequoia Capital, General Atlantic
17BillDeskPayments (B2B)1.52018MumbaiSIDBI VC, TA Associates, General Atlantic
18Pine LabsPayments1.52020NoidaSequoia Capital India, New Atlantic Ventures, Altimeter Capital, Temasek, Mastercard
19LenskartEyewear1.52019BangaloreSoftBank Corp, Kedaara Capital, TPG, Chiratae Ventures, TR Capital
20UnacademyEdtech1.52020BangaloreBlume Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital India, SAIF, General Atlantic, SoftBank
21PolicyBazaarInsurance Tech1.52018GurgaonInfo Edge, Intel, Inventus Capital, Tiger Global, SoftBank, Tencent
22HikeMessaging1.42016DelhiTiger Global, Tencent, Foxconn
23NykaaE-Commerce1.22020MumbaiTechpro Ventures, TVS Capital, Sharrp Ventures, TPG Growth
24Ola ElectricMobility1.12019BangaloreSoftBank Corp, Tiger Global, Matrix Partners
25InMobiMobile Ads12011BangaloreKPCB, Sherpalo Ventures, SoftBank
26Citius TechIT – Healthcare12019Mumbai/PrincetonGeneral Atlantic, Baring Asia
27IcertisContract Management12019Pune/BellevueEight Roads, B Capital, PremjiInvest
28Druva SoftwareData Management12019Pune/SunnyvaleWestBridge, Nexus Ventures, Sequoia Capital
29RivigoTrucking Services12019GurgaonSAIF, Warburg Pincus
30SnapdealE-Commerce12014DelhiKalaari Capital, Nexus Ventures, Bessemer, SoftBank, Alibaba

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