List of 107 Unicorn Startups in India


India is becoming the world’s fastest-growing startup ecosystem with 107 Unicorn Startups, as of 2022. In today’s world, unicorn startupsare not as uncommon as before; however, building a unicorn startup is not easy. It takes a lot of hard work, commitment, and perseverance throughout the startup’s journey to climb the ladder of unicorns, and the ones that have bagged the title of unicorns are discussed in this article.

Unicorn Startup consists of two words, “Unicorn” and “Startup”. Unicorn is a business term used to define a startup with a valuation of over $1 Billion. The term was coined by a venture capitalist and a seed investor, Aileen Lee. On the other hand, Startups are privately owned companies typically at the early stages of their development. On this note, know in detail – What Makes A Unicorn Startup & How To Build One?

The country has been declared as the 3rd top country hosting unicorn companies for the year 2021. India displaced the UK from the 3rd position in 2021 when the subcontinent witnessed 33 startups turn unicorn while the latter managed to witness only 15 unicorns then. The leading countries – the US added 254 unicorns whereas China saw 74 unicorns when it was last reported in 2021.

Being hopeful and supportive of the unicorn culture of India, the Union Minister of State for Entrepreneurship, Skill Development, Electronics & Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that India will see a 10X increase in its unicorn count, in the next 2-3 years, which will reach more than 1,000. The Indian government also mentioned that it expects the next wave of startup founders to come from the Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities of India.

Startups that entered the Indian unicorn club in 2021 were Flipkart Moglix, BharatPe, CoinDCX, upGrad, Groww, BlackBuck, Droom, OfBusiness, Meesho, Chargebee, CRED, Digit, Gupshup, Infra.Market, MindTickle, Five Star Business Finance,Innovaccer, Pharmeasy, Sharechat, Urban Company, Zeta, Eruditus, Zetwerk and BrowserStack, Apna, Vedantu, Licious, CoinSwitch Kuber, Rebel Foods, CarDekho, MobiKwik, Acko, The Good Glamm Group, CureFit, Mensa, NoBroker, Spinny, Upstox, Slice, Pristyn Care, GlobalBees, Mamaearth and more. The country has seen a total of 44 companies turn unicorns in 2021.

The Indian startups have reportedly raised around $42+ Bn in funding across 1,584 deals in 2021. The startup ecosystem of India where 60,000+ new startups have been established since 2016, across 56+ different sectors in the country, has also managed to create over 6+ lakh job opportunities in the country. This has even got a special mention from President Ram Nath Kovind in his Presidential address on 31 January 2022, where he emphasized the new opportunities that the startups of India are ushering in.

With the start of 2022, India has been starting to see unicorns already with Mamaearth being the first of the unicorns of 2022, followed by Fractal Analytics, LEAD School, Darwinbox, DealShare, ElasticRun, Livspace, Xpressbees, Uniphore, Hasura, CredAvenue, Amagi, CommerceIQ, Oxyzo, Games 24×7, Open, PhysicsWallah, Purplle, LeadSquared, OneCard, and 5ire.

A Celebration for 100 Indian Unicorns

With neobank Open achieving unicorn status, India has been a country of 100+ unicorns. The first unicorn was seen in India in 2011, and now, after a decade, India has crossed the mark of 100 unicorns, with Flipkart and BYJU’S being two of the highest-valued unicorn startups that are privately held. The combined valuation of India’s unicorns is $333+ bn, as of May 2022. The boasting of 100 unicorns is not a regular affair, and this is why the startup ecosystem is tossing in joy and swelling with pride for quite some days now. In the meanwhile, many distinguished founders also voiced their thrill and joy for such an achievement.

“Crossing the 100th unicorn milestone is a proud moment for the country and the entire startup ecosystem. This is just the beginning of a long journey,” said Sujeet Kumar, the cofounder of B2B marketplace unicorn Udaan.

Vamsi Krishna of Vedantu also relished the mood that the startup ecosystem is in, and said, “The rise of India as a global superpower is inevitable and entrepreneurs will be the ones driving it. 100 unicorns are just a start. We will soon become the startup capital of the world.”

Divya Gokunath, the cofounder of Byju’s and the wife of Byju Raveendran also said, “We became India’s 16th unicorn, just seven years after we started operations. The valuation did not matter to us, but the milestone did because it was one of the few at that time which put India on the map. Today, for the first 100 Indian companies which made it, it’s a mark that we are on a mission to create something of value and something from India for the world.”

The faster growth of companies and the sprouting of more unicorns is what India wishes for now. This means that the companies should definitely have to be more serious, and resourceful, and work with an integrated team of specialists to reach the unicorn milestone and beyond. It also means that the Indian startups should forget racial, gender and caste divides, and work with all of their strength, and resources. Here, what is striking among the present unicorns is the apparent gender divide. Yes, only 15% of the present unicorns of India have at least one female founder, while the remaining companies have no female as their founders. This certainly needs to improve to give the upcoming companies a fresh gear of growth. Though the situation is improving, for around 79% of the Indian unicorns with female founders were incorporated after 2011, it still needs to be given considerable thought and a whole lot of action.

Here we have listed 105 Indian Unicorn Companies, which is the total number of unicorns in India at present in 2022! Don’t miss out on the regular updates in this list by bookmarking the article.

The following table is sorted by the year startups are turned into a unicorn (Latest to oldest).

Startup Name Industry Founding Year Unicorn Entry Year Profit in 2021 Current Valuation Acquisitions IPO Status
PhysicsWallah Edtech 2016 2022 -$0.877 Million $1.1 Billion 0 Unlisted
LeadSquared SaaS- CRM 2011 2022 -$1 Million $1 BIllion 0 Unlisted
ElasticRun E-commerce Logistics 2015 2022 -$12 Million $1.5 Billion 0 Unlisted
LEAD School Edtech 2012 2022 -$15 Million $1.1 Billion 1 Unlisted
Purplle E-commerce Personal Care 2012 2022 -$6 Million $1.1 Billion 1 Unlisted
DealShare E-commerce 2018 2022 -$8 Million $1.7 Billion 0 Unlisted
Xpressbees E-commerce Logistics 2015 2022 -$8 Million $1.2 Billion 0 Unlisted
Open Fintech 2017 2022 -$8 Million $1 BIllion 2 Unlisted
Games24x7 Gaming 2006 2022 $13 Million $2.5 Billion 0 Unlisted
Amagi Media, Advertising 2008 2022 $2 Million $1 BIllion 0 Unlisted
Fractal Analytics SaaS- Analytics 2000 2022 NA $1 BIllion 7 Unlisted
Darwinbox SaaS- HR 2015 2022 NA $1.07 BIllion 0 Unlisted
Livspace E-commerce Interior Design 2014 2022 NA $1.2 Billion 4 Unlisted
Uniphore SaaS- Conversational Automation 2008 2022 NA $2.5 Billion 3 Unlisted
Hasura SaaS- Programming Tools 2017 2022 NA $1 BIllion 0 Unlisted
Yubi (CredAvenue) Fintech 2017 2022 NA $1.3 Billion 2 Unlisted
CommerceIQ E-commerce Management Platform 2012 2022 NA $1 BIllion 0 Unlisted
Oxyzo Fintech 2016 2022 NA $1 BIllion 0 Unlisted
OneCard Fintech 2018 2022 NA $1.4 Billion 0 Unlisted
Moglix B2B E-commerce 2015 2021 -$10 Million $2.6 Billion 1 Unlisted
NoBroker PropTech 2014 2021 -$12 Million $1 BIllion 1 Unlisted
MobiKwik Fintech 2009 2021 -$13 Million $1 BIllion 1 Registered
Spinny Automotive 2015 2021 -$13 Million $1.75 Billion 3 Unlisted
MPL ESports 2018 2021 -$16 Million $2.3 Billion 3 Unlisted
Acko Insurtech 2016 2021 -$16 Million $1.1 Billion 1 Unlisted
ShareChat Social Media 2015 2021 -$183 Million $5 Billion 6 Unlisted
Eruditus Edtech 2010 2021 -$242 Million $3.2 Billion 1 Unlisted
upGrad Edtech 2015 2021 -$26 Million $2.25 Billion 11 Unlisted
Apna Marketplace- Employment 2019 2021 -$3 Million $1.1 Billion 0 Unlisted
Urban Company Home Services 2014 2021 -$31 Million $2.1 Billion 3 Unlisted
BharatPe Fintech Payments 2018 2021 -$34 Million $2.85 Billion 1 Unlisted
CarDekho E-commerce Automotives 2007 2021 -$42 Million $1.2 Billion 3 Unlisted
Licious E-commerce Meat Products 2015 2021 -$46 Million $1.3 Billion 0 Unlisted
Zetwerk Marketplace- Consumer goods 2018 2021 -$5 Million $2.5 Billion 3 Unlisted
Meesho E-commerce 2015 2021 -$62 Million $4.9 Billion 0 Unlisted
Blinkit (ex-Grofers) E-commerce- Groceries 2013 2021 -$69 Million $0.568 Billion 2 Unlisted
Pristyn Care Healthtech 2018 2021 -$7 Million $1.4 Billion 1 Unlisted
Vedantu Edtech 2011 2021 -$75 Million $1 BIllion 2 Unlisted
Upstox Fintech 2010 2021 -$8 Million $3.4 Billion 0 Unlisted
Slice Fintech 2016 2021 -$8.9 Million $1.4 Billion 1 Unlisted
CRED Financial Technology 2018 2021 -$80 Million $6.4 Billion 2 Unlisted
CureFit Healthcare 2016 2021 -$83 Million $1.5 Billion 14 Unlisted
Mamaearth E-commerce Personal Care 2016 2021 $24 Million $1.07 Billion 4 Unlisted
Infra.Market B2B E-commerce 2016 2021 $3 Million $2.5 Billion 2 Unlisted
Five Star Business Finance Financial Services 1984 2021 $44 Million $1.4 Billion 0 Registered
OfBusiness Building Materials 2015 2021 $6 Million $5 Billion 1 Unlisted
CoinSwitch Kuber Cryptocurrencies 2017 2021 $8 Million $1.9 Billion 0 Unlisted
CoinDCX Cryptocurrency Exchange 2018 2021 NA $2.15 Billion 0 Unlisted
BlackBuck Logistics 2015 2021 NA $1.02 Billion 0 Unlisted
Droom Marketplace- Automotives 2014 2021 NA $1.2 Billion 1 Registered
PharmEasy Online Pharmacy 2015 2021 NA $5.6 Billion 3 Registered
MyGlamm Personal Care Marketplace 2015 2021 NA $1.2 Billion 5 Unlisted
Digit Insurance Insurance 2016 2021 NA $4 Billion 1 Unlisted
Innovaccer Healthcare 2014 2021 NA $3.2 Billion 0 Unlisted
Groww Fintech 2017 2021 NA $3 Billion 1 Unlisted
Gupshup Software 2004 2021 NA $1.4 Billion 5 Unlisted
Chargebee Financial Services 2011 2021 NA $3.5 Billion 3 Unlisted
Zeta Fintech 2015 2021 NA $1.5 Billion 0 Unlisted
BrowserStack Cloud Infrastructure and Software 2011 2021 NA $4 Billion 3 Unlisted
Mohalla Tech (Moj) Software 2015 2021 NA $5 Billion 6 Unlisted
Matic Network / Polygon Blockchain 2018 2021 NA $10 Billion 2 Unlisted
MindTickle Saas- Enterprise Software 2011 2021 NA $1.2 Billion 0 Unlisted
Rebel Foods E-commerce Food Delivery 2011 2021 NA $1.4 Billion 1 Unlisted
Mensa Financial Services 2021 2021 NA $1.2 Billion 16 Unlisted
GlobalBees E-commerce Retail 2021 2021 NA $1.1 Billion 11 Unlisted
Dailyhunt Social News 2007 2020 -$101 Million $5 Billion 4 Unlisted
Unacademy Edtech 2015 2020 -$192 Million $3.4 Billion 12 Unlisted
Cars24 B2C E-commerce 2015 2020 -$28 Million $3.3 Billion 0 Unlisted
Glance, Inmobi Mobile Technology 2019 2020 -$9 Million $1.8 Billion 4 Unlisted
RazorPay Fintech 2014 2020 $0.875 Million $7.5 Billion 5 Unlisted
Zerodha Stockbroker 2010 2020 $140 Million $2 Billion 0 Unlisted
PhonePe Fintech Payments 2015 2020 $217 Million $5.5 Billion 5 Unlisted
FirstCry E-commerce 2010 2020 $26 Million $2 Billion 2 Unlisted
Nykaa E-commerce 2012 2020 $7 Million $8.3 Billion 5 Listed
Pine Labs Fintech 1998 2020 NA $5 Billion 5 Unlisted
Highradius Fintech 2006 2020 NA $3.1 Billion 0 Unlisted
Verse Innovation Content Technology 2007 2020 NA $5 Billion 3 Unlisted
Zenoti Saas- Spa and Salon Services 2010 2020 NA $1.5 Billion 1 Unlisted
Postman Saas- API Development and Testing 2014 2020 NA $5.6 Billion 0 Unlisted
Delhivery E-commerce Logistics Services 2011 2019 -$14 Million $4 Billion 3 Listed
Icertis Saas- Contract Management 2009 2019 -$2 Million $5 Billion 0 Unlisted
Ola Electric Automotive 2017 2019 -$24 Million $5 Billion 1 Unlisted
Druva Saas- Data Management 2008 2019 -$4 Million $2 Billion 3 Unlisted
BigBasket E-commerce- Groceries 2011 2019 -$51 Million $2.7 Billion 6 Unlisted
Rivigo Logistics 2014 2019 -$67 Million $1.09 Billion 0 Unlisted
Lenskart E-commerce- Eyewear 2010 2019 $3 Million $4.3 Billion 2 Unlisted
Dream11 Fantasy Sports 2008 2019 $41 Million $8 Billion 2 Unlisted
CitiusTech Healthcare Technology 2005 2019 NA $2.4 Billion 2 Unlisted
Freshworks SaaS – CRM 2010 2018 -$188 Million $3.5 Billion 13 Listed
Udaan E-commerce 2016 2018 -$310 Million $3.1 Billion 0 Unlisted
OYO Rooms Hospitality 2013 2018 -$495 Million $9 Billion 8 Registered
Paytm Mall E-commerce 2017 2018 -$62 Million $0.013 Billion 0 Unlisted
Swiggy Foodtech 2014 2018 $203 Million $10.7 Billion 5 Unlisted
BYJU’S Edtech 2011 2018 $6 Million $22 Billion 19 Unlisted
Policybazaar Insurance company 2008 2018 NA $2.4 Billion 0 Listed
Billdesk Fintech 2000 2018 NA $4.7 Billion 0 Unlisted
ReNew Power Renewable Energy 2011 2017 NA $8 Billion 5 Listed
OLA Transportation 2010 2015 -$105 Million $7.3 Billion 8 Unlisted
Zomato Foodtech 2008 2015 -$153 Million $5.4 Billion 15 Listed
Paytm E-commerce Finance 2010 2015 -$214 Million $16 Billion 12 Listed
Mu Sigma SaaS- Analytics 2004 2013 NA $1.5 Billion 1 Unlisted
Flipkart E-commerce 2007 2012 -$307 Million $37.6 Billion 18 Unlisted
InMobi Adtech 2007 2011 -$9 Million $1 Billion 10 Unlisted
MakeMyTrip Online Travel 2000 2010 -$56 Million $2.52 Billion 9 Listed

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Top Unicorn Startups in India as of 2022

  1. InMobi
  2. Flipkart
  3. BharatPe
  4. Dream11
  5. PhonePe
  6. BYJU’S
  7. OLA
  8. OYO Rooms
  9. Swiggy
  10. Zomato
  11. Freshworks
  12. Moglix
  13. upGrad
  14. MakeMyTrip
  15. Nykaa
  16. Policybazaar
  17. CoinDCX
  18. Pine Labs
  19. Highradius
  20. Zetwerk
  21. BlackBuck
  22. Droom
  23. OfBusiness
  24. ShareChat
  25. Verse Innovation
  26. PharmEasy
  27. MyGlamm
  28. CRED
  29. Meesho
  30. Urban Company
  31. Infra.Market
  32. Digit Insurance
  33. Innovaccer
  34. Five Star Business Finance
  35. Groww
  36. Gupshup
  37. Eruditus
  38. Chargebee
  39. Zeta
  40. BrowserStack
  41. Paytm
  42. Paytm Mall
  43. Zerodha
  44. ReNew Power
  45. BigBasket
  46. Udaan
  47. Ola Electric
  48. Mohalla Tech (Moj)
  49. FirstCry
  50. Lenskart
  51. Blinkit (ex-Grofers)
  52. Glance, Inmobi
  53. Dailyhunt
  54. Zenoti
  55. Cars24
  56. RazorPay
  57. Unacademy
  58. Postman
  59. CitiusTech
  60. Icertis
  61. Druva
  62. Rivigo
  63. Matic Network / Polygon
  64. MindTickle
  65. Delhivery
  66. Billdesk
  67. Mu Sigma
  68. MPL
  69. Apna
  70. Vedantu
  71. Licious
  72. CoinSwitch Kuber
  73. Rebel Foods
  74. CarDekho
  75. MobiKwik
  76. Acko
  77. CureFit
  78. Mensa
  79. NoBroker
  80. Spinny
  81. Upstox
  82. Slice
  83. Pristyn Care
  84. GlobalBees
  85. Mamaearth
  86. Fractal Analytics
  87. LEAD School
  88. Darwinbox
  89. DealShare
  90. ElasticRun
  91. Livspace
  92. Xpressbees
  93. Uniphore
  94. Hasura
  95. CredAvenue
  96. Amagi
  97. CommerceIQ
  98. Oxyzo
  99. Games 24×7
  100. Open
  101. PhysicsWallah
  102. Purplle
  103. LeadSquared
  104. OneCard
  105. 5ire
  106. Shiprocket
  107. Tata 1mg

Former Indian Unicorn Companies

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Startup Name InMobi
Headquarters Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Industry Advertising, Digital Media
Founders Abhay Singhal, Amit Gupta, Mohit Saxena, Naveen Tewari, Piyush Shah
Founded 2007
Investors Lightbox Ventures, Softbank Group, Kleiner Perkins
Products and Services InMobi Pulse, Mobile Marketing
Valuation $12 billion (April 2021)

InMobi is a Bengaluru-based mobile advertising platform that helps in optimizing the ranks of the advertisements offered on mobile phones. InMobi was founded in January 2007 and has been the first unicorn startup of India and thus, a torchbearer of the unicorn league of Indian startups that followed. Glance, a subsidiary company of InMobi, has also turned a unicorn in 2020.

Startup Name Flipkart
Headquarters Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Industry Ecommerce, Marketplace
Founders Binny Bansal, Sachin Bansal
Founded 2007
Investors Walmart, Tencent, Softbank and more
Products and Services Ecommerce marketplace that offers over 150 million products
Valuation $37.6 billion (July 2021)

Being the most favored eCommerce marketplace in India, Flipkart needs no introduction simple because the Big Billion Days are one of the most sought-after online events that millions of Indians look up to. Flipkart was among the first Indian unicorns that achieved the unicorn valuation during the 2011-2012 era after inMobi, which was the first Indian unicorn. With over 350 million users, and 150+ million products, which are distributed across 80+ categories Flipkart is a household for the Indian masses. This ecommerce giant was acquired by Walmart in 2018 for a whopping $16 bn, which helped it scale fast and easily. The Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal founded company currently boasts of a valuation of over $37.6 billion and is the highest valued Indian company, as of 2022.

Startup Name Bharatpe
Headquarters New Delhi, India
Industry Payments platform, Fintech, Financial Services
Founders Ashneer Grover, Bhavik Koladiya, Shashvat Nakrani
Founded 2018
Investors Steadfast Capital, Coatue, Dragoneer, Sequoia
Products and Services Payments App
Valuation $2.85 billion (February 2022)

BharatPe is an Indian digital payments app, merchant aggregator, and payments platform that encourages digital payments via QR and POS. It is not a government company but a private limited company that goes by the name, Resilient Innovations Private Limited. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company tripled its valuation to $2.85 billion and joined the unicorn club on August 4, 2021.

BharatPe Co-founder Ashneer Grover was recently engaged in a telephone controversy where he allegedly abused a Kotak employee. Grover was also infamously featured on various social media and news platforms several times due to his rash behaviour and his blunt remarks where he also said “naukri dhoond” to one of his fellow pitchers. Furthermore, he is also associated lately with a financial fraud concerning BharatPe along with his wife Madhuri and five others, the investigation of which is continuing, as per reports dated January 29, 2022. Ashneer is currently observing a mandatory leave of absence, as mentioned last by the company and its Board. Grover might not see his place back and is likely to get fired, mentioned sources close to the matter.

Startup Name Dream11
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Industry Fantasy Sports, IT
Founders Bhavit Sheth, Harsh Jain
Founded 2008
Investors Steadview Capital, Tencent, Tiger Global Management, Falcon Edge
Products and Services Dream11 sports platform
Valuation $8 billion (November 2021)

Dream11 is an Indian fantasy sports platform, which brings a host of sports including but not limited to cricket, football, hockey, volleyball, handball, futsal, and rugby, for the Indian sports fanatics to delve into their favourite games. A homegrown sports platform, Dream 11, aims to help Indian sports enthusiasts to expand and showcase the sports knowledge they boast of!

Earlier in April 2019, Dream11 raised funding worth $60 million from Steadview Capital and others and joined the unicorn league of Indian startups. The last valuation of Dream11 was recorded at $8 billion, after the company completed an investment of $840 million in November 2021.

Startup Name PhonePe
Headquarters Andheri, Maharashtra, India
Industry Fintech, Mobile Payments
Founders Burzin Engineer, Rahul Chari, Sameer Nigam
Founded 2015
Investors Flipkart, Walmart
Products and Services Phonepe payments app
Valuation $5.5 billion (December 2020)

PhonePe is a digital payment and merchant aggregator platform that has already had a huge contribution to making digital payments smooth, fast, and easy for Indian customers and merchants. Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Andheri, Maharashtra, India, the company boasts of having the largest market share among the UPI apps. The company showed a huge potential for growth and has already achieved unicorn status before 2020. The company was acquired by Flipkart in April 2016 and has witnessed a considerable amount of growth since then. The PhonePe Business Model and “how PhonePe earns money?” is pretty interesting too.

Startup Name BYJUS
Headquarters Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Industry Edtech, Distance education, M-learning
Founder Byju Raveendran & Divya Gokulnath
Founded 2011
Investors Aarin Capital, BOND
Products and Services BYJU’S – The Learning App
Valuation $16.5 Billion (July 2021)

Byju’s is a Bangalore-based edtech platform. It is an online tutoring and coaching firm that started in 2011 and runs on a freemium model. Launched by Byju Raveendran, Byju’s is used by more than 15 million students all over the world and has over 900,000 paid subscribers. Byju’s Current valuation has reached 16.5 Billion USD. Know in detail about BYJU’s business and revenue model.

Startup Name Ola
Headquarters Bangalore, India
Industry Transportation
Founder Bhavish Aggarwal & Ankit Bhati
Founded 3 December 2010
Investors SoftBank Group, Tiger Global, Tencent, Matrix Partners, and DST Global
Products and Services Mobile app, website, Vehicle for hire, Goods and food delivery, Mobile payment and digital wallet
Valuation $6.5 billion (FY20)

Ola is an Indian ride-sharing company that was launched on 3rd December 2010. As of 2019, Ola has expanded to over 1.5 million drivers across 250 cities. Ola has also expanded its network into its first overseas market, Australia, and New Zealand in September 2018. Ola began its operations in the UK introducing auto rickshaws.

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Startup Name OYO Rooms
Headquarters Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Industry Hospitality
Founder Ritesh Agarwal
Founded 2013
Investors SoftBank Group, Didi Chuxing, Greenoaks Capital, Sequoia India, Lightspeed India, Hero Enterprise, Airbnb, and China Lodging Group.
Products and Services OYO Rooms, OYO Hotels & Homes
Valuation $9 billion (July 2021)

OYO is among the top travel startups in India. Founded by 21-year-old Ritesh Agarwal in 2013, India’s largest hospitality startup comprises budget hotels. The startup works in liaison with existing hotels and offers travellers vacant rooms at a cheaper price. OYO rooms start at a nominal price of Rs 999. Besides bulk renting hotels, they have also invested in their own properties as well.

Startup Name Swiggy
Headquarters Bangalore, India
Industry Retail
Founder Nandan Reddy, Sriharsha Majety, and Rahul Jaimini
Founded 2014
Investors Norwest Venture Partners, Naspers, Accel, SAIF Partners, Meituan-Dianping
Products and Services Food delivery
Valuation $5.5 billion (July 2021)

Swiggy is one of the most valuable online food ordering and delivery platforms. Swiggy was founded by Nandan Reddy, Sriharsha Majety, and Rahul Jaimini in 2014. In early 2019, Swiggy expanded into general product deliveries, under the brand name Swiggy Stores. Swiggy today has more than 5,000,000 mobile application installations.

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Startup Name Zomato
Headquarters Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Industry Online food ordering and Retail
Founder Deepinder Goyal, Pankaj Chaddah
Founded 2008
Investors Info Edge, Sequoia Capital, Vy Capital, Ant Financial, Baillie Gifford
Products and Services Restaurant Search & Discovery, Online Ordering, Table Reservations & Management, POS Systems, Subscription Services
Valuation $8 billion (July 2021)

Zomato is an Indian food delivery startup restaurant aggregator. Zomato was founded by Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah in 2008. Zomato primarily provides concrete information, menus, and user reviews of the restaurants. Along with this, Zomato also has food delivery options from partnered restaurants in the selected cities. The pandemic was dangerous indeed for everyone, and it is almost as dangerous to the food tech companies as it is for every other individual and business, if not more. The food delivery unicorn, Zomato also fought the pandemic hard and thrived.

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Startup Name Freshworks
Headquarters San Mateo, California, United States
Industry IT, CRM, Saas
Founders Girish Mathrubootham, Shan Krishnasamy, Vijay Shankar
Founded 2010
Investors Accel, Steadview Capital, Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global Management
Products and Services CRM software, Software suite
Valuation $3.5 billion (August 2021)

Freshworks offers innovative customer engagement software for a diverse range of businesses of varying sizes and kinds. Founded in 2010 in Chennai, the company now has its headquarters in San Mateo, USA, the products which help provide a 360-degree view of the customers. The Saas products brought in by FreshWorks are designed to be used instantly. Besides, they are easy to use, and also offer quick returns on investments.

Freshworks attained the prestigious unicorn club of the Indian companies in July 2018, thereby becoming the first unicorn startup belonging to the Saas market that the country has seen. Now, increasing the customer engagement and the retention rate for Saas companies is not as difficult as it was earlier

Startup Name Moglix
Headquarter India
Industry Internet
Founder Rahul Garg
Founded 2015
Investors Tiger Global Management, Composite Capital Management, Sequoia Capital India and Harvard Management Company
Products and Services B2B Trade Platform, e-commerce, Mobile, Supply Chain Network
Valuation $2.6 Billion (January 2022)

Moglix is an Asia-based B2B E-commerce company that was founded by Rahul Garg in 2017. The company has its headquarters in Singapore and head offices in India. The startup ambitions to digitally change the chain of manufacturing areas in India. Moglix wants to digitize and seriously change every component of the delivery chain, and B2B commerce which is unorganized and increases options to seriously change the grant chain via technology.

Moglix, presently serves the manufacturing sector,  institutional clients (B2B), and private clients (B2C). The automotive sector, metals and mining, and FMCDs are the best three sectors they cater to. The platform provides Industrial products and services such industrial products and services such as Safety equipment, Electrical and Lighting products, Cleaning and Laundry products, Office Supplies, and Industrial Tools, among others. Moglix is one of the most trusted eCommerce sites for industries as it is known to deliver world-class services worldwide. So far the company has 150,000 industry essential products from 30 different categories and 25,000 SME clients.

Startup Name upGrad
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Industry Edtech, E-learning
Founder Mayank Kumar, Phalgun Kompalli, Ravijot Chugh, Ronnie Screwvala
Founded 2015
Investors IIFL, Temasek Holdings
Products and Services Learning courses and materials
Valuation $1.2 bn (August 2021)

upGrad is an online coaching program for all students opting for higher education. Partnering with some of the top universities of the world, upGrad brings a wide range of industry-ready courses including Bachelor’s degrees, MBA, Data Science, Machine Learning courses, and more. The company has grown to attain unicorn status on August 6, 2021, with the help of a $185 million fundraising.

Startup Name MakeMyTrip
Industry Online travel
Founder Deep Kalra
Founded 2000
Investors Prosus & Nasper, Sierra Ventures, Helion Venture Partners, Helion Venture Partners, Tiger Fund
Products and Services Booking tickets for shows, movies, flights, hotels, holidays, buses, trains, etc.

MakeMyTrip is one of the top online travel companies in India that was founded by Deep Kalra in 2000. The company has its headquarters based in Gurgaon and is known for its services such as booking holiday packages, hotel reservations, movies or even booking tickets for everyday travelling through fights, buses, trains, cars, etc. MakeMyTrip is currently operating in 14+ cities around the world with over 30 franchise stores, and in 28 cities in India alone. The MakeMyTrip route planner feature allows its user to access basic information on over one million routes across India.

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Startup Name Nykaa
Industry E-commerce
Founder Falguni Nayar
Founded 2012
Investors Steadview Capital, Fidelity, TPG Growth, Hero Corporate Service Private Limited
Products and Services Cosmetics, skin & wellness products, etc.
Valuation $2.3 billion (June 2021)

Nykaa is a leading cosmetic-based eCommerce platform that was founded in 2012 by Falguni Nayar. Nykaa has its headquarters based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, and is known for its app and website that sells a wide range of cosmetics, skin, and wellness products. The company also has over 26 offline stores across India and became a Unicorn startup in 2020. The platform has a huge range of 200,000 products from 2000 national and international brands, as of 2020. Many Bollywood actresses like Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif have been the brand ambassadors of Nykaa.

Startup Name Policy Bazaar
Industry Insurance Company
Founder Yashish Dahiya, Alok Bansal and Avaneesh Nirjar
Founded 2008
Investors Intel Capital, Wellington Management Group, Inventus Capital Partners, Softbank Group True North and IDG Venture Partners
Products and Services Life, Health, Motor, travel insurance, etc
Valuation $2.4 billion (July 2021)

Policybazaar is one of the most well-known and trusted insurance companies in India. The company was started in 2008 by Yashish Dahiya, Alok Bansal, and Avaneesh Nirjar. The company initially started out as an insurance comparison website, but later on started providing different types of insurance plans like Life insurance, Health, Motor, and even Travel. Policybazaar.com is currently the largest insurance company in the country and is also popular in UAE. Policybazaar has both a website and an app, which allows its users to compare financial services from the top insurance options. Here’s knowing how Policy Bazaar witnessed an overwhelming growth via its marketing strategies.

CoinDCX is an Indian cryptocurrency exchange aggregator based in Mumbai. The company specializes in crypto-enabled financial services. CoinDCX aims to develop financial services without any borders to enable a simpler and seamless flow of capital powered by impregnable security. CoinDCX raised $90 mn in Series C funding to emerge as a unicorn. Thus, the company became India’s first cryptocurrency unicorn.

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Startup Name Pine Labs
Headquarters Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Industry Fintech, Financial Services, Payments
Founders Rajul Garg, Tarun Upaday
Founded 1998
Investors Mastercard, Lone Pine Capital, Flipkart, Temasek, Sequoia
Products and Services POS devices and software solutions
Valuation $5+ billion (Marh 2022)

Pine Labs is an Indian merchant platform, equipped with financing and last-mile retail transaction technology, which helps merchants and institutions receive their payments via easy and secure POS apps and devices. Pine Labs collaborated with the New-York based financial services giant, Mastercard in January 2020, and shortly after it attained unicorn status. It was the first company to have turned unicorn in 2020.

Highradius

Startup Name Highradius
Industry Fintech, AI, Saas, Software
Founder Sashi Narahari
Founded 2006
Investors Tiger Global, D1 Capital Partners, ICONIQ and more
Products and Services AI-based order-to-cash and treasury management software
Valuation $3.1+ billion (March 2021)

Highradius is an AI-powered, data-driven fintech enterprise software as a service (Saas) platform that extends autonomous software for smooth and easy management of order to cash (O2C), treasury, and record to report (R2R). Headquartered in Houston, Texas, US, Highradius claims to be the world’s number 1 data-driven AI software platform that helps “lower DSO, optimize working capital, fast-track financial close, and improve productivity.”

Raising $125 mn right at the start of 2020, Highradius turned into India’s first unicorn company in 2020 in a Series B funding round led by ICONIQ Capital, along with some of its existing investors like Susquehanna Growth Equity and Citi Ventures.

Zetwerk

Startup Name Zetwerk
Headquarters Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Industry B2B, Marketplace, Consumer goods
Founders Amrit Acharya, Rahul Sharma, Srinath Ramakkrushnan, Vishal Chaudhary
Founded 2018
Investors IIFL, Accel, Sequoia Capital
Products and Services Manufacturing and supply chain systems
Valuation $1.33+ bn (December 2021)

Zetwerk emerges as a B2B marketplace for manufacturing items. The online marketplace based out of Bengaluru connects large manufacturing companies with vendors and suppliers, who help them get various components of industrial tools and machinery that they require from time to time. The company joined the unicorn club on August 20, 2021, and became India’s youngest billion-dollar company.

Startup Name BlackBuck
Headquarters Bangalore, India
Industry Logistics, Transportation
Founders Chanakya Hridaya, Rajesh Yabaji, Ramasubramaniam B
Founded 2015
Investors Trifecta Capital Advisors, Sequoia, Accel, InnoVen Capital
Products and Services Trucks, logistics and transportation services for shippers and fleet operators
Valuation $1.02 billion (August 2021)

BlackBuck is a truck aggregator and one of the largest truck aggregators operating in India that aims to solve the transportation and logistics problems of countless Indians. Today, BlackBuck boasts of being the largest trucking network in India that is equipped with freight and fleet management technology platforms. Blackbuck entered the unicorn club on July 23, 2021, after it raised $67 mn as part of its Series E funding round at a valuation of $1.02 bn.

The company currently has a collection of 12,00,000+ trucks and extends its services to over 2000 locations with 15,000+ happy clients.

Startup Name Droom
Headquarters Haryana, India
Industry Automotives, B2B, Marketplace
Founder Sandeep Aggarwal
Founded 2014
Investors Lightbox, Toyota Tsusho, SevenTrain Ventures, Integrated Capital
Products and Services Marketplace for used cars, bikes, scooters and other merchandise
Valuation $1.2 billion(August 2021)

Droom is a marketplace for used cars, bikes, scooters, and other automotive, along with other products and merchandise. Powered by cutting-edge data science technology, the company helps its customers to buy and sell automobiles and other products seamlessly.

Droom has around 600K automobiles and dominates with a massive 80% market share of the automobile transactions online, Droom is India’s largest automobile platform online and is counted among the biggest E-Commerce companies in the country.

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OfBusiness

Startup Name OfBusiness
Headquarters Haryana, India
Industry Building Materials, FinTech
Founders Asish Mohapatra, Bhuvan Gupta, Chandranshu Sinha, Nitin Jain, Ruchi Kalra, Srinath Ramakkrushnan, Vasant Sridhar
Founded 2015
Investors Falcon Edge Capital, Softbank, Matrix Partners
Products and Services Raw materials for SMEs
Valuation $5+ billion (December 2021)

OfBusiness or OFB Tech, as it is often referred to, is a raw material procurement and credit platform for SMEs. The company focuses primarily on the manufacturing and construction industries. OfBusiness leverages state-of-the-art technology to integrate the same into the buying behaviors of the SMEs. This way it makes better products available at better prices and in the right timelines.

Startup Name ShareChat
Headquarter Bangalore, India
Industry Internet, Mobile Apps, Social Media, Social Network
Founder Ankush Sachdeva, Bhanu Pratap Singh, and Faris Ahsan
Founded 2015
Investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Tiger Global Management, Twitter Ventures, SAIF Partners, Shunwei Capital, and Xiaomi
Products and Services Social Networking and Regional Contents
Valuation $3.7 Billion (December 2021)

ShareChat is an Indian video-sharing social networking service, developed via Mohalla Tech Private Limited in the year 2015, established by Ankush Sachdeva, Bhanu Pratap Singh, and Farid Ahsan. The company is headquartered in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

ShareChat App acts as a content consumption and sharing platform solely in Indian vernacular languages, which caters to over 1.17 billion wifi customers of India. The company offers features such as messaging, sharing different kinds of media, tagging, etc. ShareChat enabled user-generated content creation on its platform, permitting customers to share their very own posters and innovative content. The company also has 400 plus employees and more than 50 million creator communities. The company went on to raise $500 mn from investors, which increased its valuation to $3 billion.

Verse Innovation

Startup Name VerSe Innovation
Industry Content, Technology, Social Media, Internet
Founders Umang Bedi, Virendra Gupta
Founded 2007
Investors Google, Sequoia Capital, Microsoft, ByteDance, B Capital and more
Products and Services Powers Josh, Dailyhunt with technological support and expertise
Valuation $5 billion (April 2021)

VerSe Innovation is the parent company of the leading vernacular news aggregating platform, Dailyhunt. Headquartered in Bengaluru, Verse Innovation is a local language technology platform that is currently powering two of the leading names among the Indian applications – Josh and Dailyhunt and boasts of an amazing reach of over 300 million users.

VerSe Innovation has raised funds close to $100 mn in December 2020 from a clutch of investors including Google, Microsoft, Falcon Edge’s Alpha Wave Incubation, Sequoia Capital India, Sofina Group, and others to enter the coveted club of unicorn companies in India. With this, Verse became the 10th Indian startup to attain the unicorn valuation in 2020.

Startup Name PharmEasy
Industry Healthcare and Online Pharmacy
Founder Mikhil Innani, Dharmil Sheth and Dhaval Shah
Founded 2015
Investors B Capital, Prosus, Temasek, Think Investments, Tiger Global, A Velumani, etc.
Products and Services Online pharmacy services, medicines, healthcare products, diagnostic test, etc.
Valuation $5.6 billion (JuOctoberne 2021)

PharmEasy is an online healthcare delivery platform that was founded by Mikhil Innani, Dharmil Sheth, and Dhaval Shah in 2015. The company has its headquarters in Mumbai Maharashtra and is currently the leading online healthcare aggregator in India. Besides selling medicines online, the platform also helps connect patients with the closest local pharmacy and diagnostic center based on their medical needs. It delivers medicines in over 1000 plus cities and across 22,000 pin codes. PharmEasy claims to have delivered more than 1.5 crore orders and has over one lakh medicines available on its website.

MyGlamm (The Good Glamm Group)

Startup Name MyGlamm
Industry Cosmetics, Beauty, Marketplace
Founder Darpan Sanghvi, Priyanka Gill
Founded 2015
Investors Prosus, Warburg, Trifecta, Amazon and more
Products and Services Beauty and cosmetics products marketplace
Valuation $1.2+ billion (November 2021)

MyGlamm is a direct-to-consumer (D2C) beauty and cosmetics startup that extends an e-commerce marketplace with a wide range of products for stylists, beauticians, and others. The Mumbai-based D2C brand combines technology with content and social media in order to help the customers to shop for their preferred products along with gaining rich, personalized content and tutorial from the experts.

MyGlamm has turned into a unicorn company when it raised $150 mn in funding from Prosus Ventures and others on November 9, 2021. MyGlamm was the 34th Indian startup to turn a unicorn in the year 2021 and the 76th Indian company overall to enter the coveted club of unicorn companies of India.

Startup Name CRED
Industry Financial Technology
Founder Kunal Shah
Founded 2018
Investors Falcon Edge Capital, Coatue Mnagement LLP, Insight Partners, Tiger Global, RTP Global, DST Global, Greenoaks Capital, etc.
Products and Services Rentpay, CRED Stash, Store, Credit Card Payments and Cred Pay
Valuation $2.2 billion (April 2021)

CRED is an upcoming Fintech startup that was started by Kunal Shah in 2018. The company has its headquarters in Bengaluru, Karnataka, and is known for its app that allows users to make credit card payments and even get rewarded. Besides rewards, CRED also gives its customers access to a wide range of additional services such as credit and a premium catalog of products from top brands. So far the platform has over 5.9 million users and has processed about 20% of all credit card bill payments in the country. CRED services are divided into five major products which are CRED RentPay, CRED Cash, CRED Pay, CRED Store, and CRED Travel Store. The Cred Business and Revenue Model depends on the app, its customers, and the business partnerships it sees.

Startup Name Meesho
Industry E-commerce
Founder Vidit Aatrey and Sanjeev Barnwal
Founded 2015
Investors Softbank, Facebook, Prosus Ventures, Shunwei Capital, venture highway and Knollwood Investment
Products and Services Clothes, cosmetics, household items, etc
Valuation $4.9 billion (September 2021)

Meesho is a popular Indian social ecommerce company that was founded in 2015 by batchmates, Vidit Aatrey and Sanjeev Barnwal. The company has its headquarters in Bengaluru Karnataka.  Meesho helps small and medium businesses or even individuals to start their online stores through social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp. Meesho also has an online reselling website and app that allows people to sell their products without investments. So far it is known to have 2.6 million resellers across the country.

Meesho became a unicorn on April 6, 2021, after raising $300 mn in funds in a funding round that was led by Japan’s Softbank Corp. Group. Know more about Meesho Business Model & Revenue Model.

Urban Company

Startup Name Urban Company
Industry Home Services
Founder Abhiraj Bhal, Varun Khaitan and Raghav Chandra
Founded 2014
Investors Prosus Ventures, Dragoneer, Wellington Management, Vy Capital, Tiger Global, and Steadview
Products and Services professionals for cleaning, beauticians, masseurs, carpenters, etc
Valuation $2.8 billion (June 2021)

Urban Company is said to be Asia’s largest home services company as it is an all-in-one platform that helps users find professionals for different home services. The platform has its headquarters in Gurgaon and offers professional home cleaning services to beauticians, masseurs, and even carpenters. Urban Company was founded in 2014 by Abhiraj Bhal, Varun Khaitan, and Raghav Chandra, while the platform currently has served over 5 million customers across India, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sydney, and Singapore. As of 2021, it is also known to be the UAE’s largest home services company. Here’s knowing all about Urban Company’s business model, and the marketing strategies that Urban Company uses.

Infra.Market

Startup Name Infra.Market
Industry Building material
Founder Souvik Sengupta
Founded 2016
Investors Nexus Venture Partners, Foundamental, Tiger Global, Accel Partner
Products and Services Construction Materials, Infrastructure, and Heavy Equipment Rental
Valuation $2.5 billion (August 2021)

Infra.Market is one of the best construction solutions companies and an online procurement marketplace that uses technology to provide an enhanced procurement experience. The company provides its services to the real estate and construction materials industry. The company was started by Souvik Sengupta in 2016 and has its headquarters in Thane, Maharashtra. Infra.Market specializes in manufacturing construction materials, infrastructure, and heavy equipment rental for all the sectors of a construction ecosystem. It caters to both institutional customers and the construction materials sector to build their projects. Infra.Market turned unicorn with a $100 mn funding on February 25, 2021

Startup Name Digit Insurance
Industry Insurance
Founder Kamesh Goyal
Founded 2017
Investors Sequoia Capital, IIFL Alternate Asset Managers, Fearing Capital, TVS Capital, etc
Products and Services Insurance for Car, Health, employee, 2 Wheeler, 3 Wheeler, etc.
Valuation $4 billion (May 2022)

Digit Insurance is one of the top general insurance companies offering health, car, bike, and travel insurance. The company was founded in 2016 by Kamesh Goyal, and has its headquarters in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The company is popular for Go Digit Mobile Insurance, a tailor-made mobile insurance that covers damages related to different mobiles or Smartphones such as accidental damage, etc. Digit Insurance was the first Indian Unicorn of 2021 and has been successful in achieving the feat in less than 4 years. Besides, Digit Insurance is one of the companies that are endorsed by Virat Kohli, who is the brand ambassador of Digit.

Innovaccer

Startup Name Innovaccer
Industry Healthcare
Founder Sandeep Gupta
Founded 2014
Investors Steadview Capital, Dragoneer, B Capital Group, Mubadala Capital Microsoft Venture Funds.
Products and Services Clinical Integration, Health Management, Big data analytics, Quality Reporting, Healthcare data platform
Valuation $1.3 billion (February 2021)

Innovaccer is one of the top healthcare companies that is known for its top-notch healthcare services and products that are done through pioneering analytics and accurate data. Innovaccer was founded in 2014 by Sandeep Gupta and has its headquarters in San Francisco. It has head offices in India and America. Innovaccer products are available in over 500 locations and it also has more than 10,000 providers. The company has helped thousands of institutions, governmental organizations, hospitals, clinics, and healthcare organizations such as Mercy ACO, StratiFi Health, Catalyst Health Network, and Osler Health Network.

Innovaccer has turned into a unicorn after it received $105 mn of funding from Tiger Global Management on February 24, 2021. With this, Innovaccer also became the first health tech unicorn in India to turn unicorn.

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Five Star Business Finance

Startup Name Five Star Business Finance
Industry Financial Services
Founder V.K Ranganathan
Founded 1984
Investors Sequoia Capital India, Norwest Venture Partners, KKR, TVS Capital, Matrix Partners
Products and Services Small Business Loans, Mortgage Loans, Home Loans, Property Loans
Valuation $1.4 billion (March 2021)

Five Star Business Finance (FSBF) is one of the oldest Indian investment firms that was started by V.K Ranganathan in 1984. The company provides different kinds of loans like Small Business Loans, Mortgage Loans, Home Loans, Property Loans, among others. The company has been making strides in the financial industry over the last three decades. Five Star Housing Finance Private Limited which is the company’s subsidiary is designed to help its clients with small housing loans.

Startup Name Groww
Industry Financial Technology
Founder Lalit Keshre, Harsh Jain, Ishan Bansal, and Neeraj Singh
Founded 2017
Investors Sequoia Capital, Ribbit Capital, YC Continuity, Kauffman Fellows, Insignia Venture Partners and Propel Venture Partners
Products and Services Stock broking services, direct mutual funds, IPO, ETF, digital gold
Valuation $1 billion (May 2021)

Groww is one of the most popular online investment platforms in India. The company was started in 2017 by Lalit Keshre, Harsh Jain, Ishan Bansal, and Neeraj Singh. The company has its headquarters in Bengaluru, Karnataka, and has so far raised over $14 million as of April 2021. This mutual fund investments platform started out by offering wealth management and currently offers direct investments in mutual funds, stocks, digital gold, and exchange-traded funds, among others. The parent company of Groww is Nextbillion Technology.

Startup Name Gupshup
Industry Software
Founder Beerud Sheth
Founded 2004
Investors Tiger Global Management Llc, Think Investments, Malabar Investments, Harbor Spring Capital, White Oak , Fidelity Management
Products and Services Chatbots
Valuation $1.4 billion (July 2021)

Gupshup is an upcoming Software company that provides services such as SMS, email, voice, and IP messaging. Gupshup company operates in India, America and UK and is known for its chatbox development services to retail and eCommerce companies. The company developed a smart messaging app called Teamchat and handles over 6 million messages every month. Gupshup is one of the first companies to launch the chatbot building platforms known as gupshup.io which currently offers its services to over 30,000 developers. The platform also has 30,000 chatbots across 22 different social media channels.

Startup Name Eruditus
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Industry Edtech, Education
Founder Ashwin Damera, Chaitanya Kalipatnapu
Founded 2010
Investors Accel, Softbank Vision Fund, Prosus Ventures
Products and Services Education, E-learning
Valuation $2.5 billion

Eruditus is an Edtech platform headquartered in Mumbai. Founded in 2010, the company collaborates with the leading universities from across the globe in order to make executive education accessible globally. Eruditus Executive Education boasts of partnering with over 30 universities with a collection of more than 100 courses that extends to the students of around 80 countries. The company has recently turned into a unicorn with a $650 million fundraise as part of its series E funding round!

Chargebee

Startup Name Chargebee
Industry Financial services
Founder Krish Subramanian
Founded 2011
Investors Sapphire Ventures, Tiger Global, Insight Venture Partners
Products and Services invoicing, taxes, SaaS metrics, accounting and customer management.
Valuation $1.4 billion (April 2021)

Chargebee is a SaaS Company with its headquarters in San Francisco, California. The company specializes in providing subscription and recurring billing based SaaS and E-commerce services like invoicing, taxes, SaaS metrics, accounting and customer management. The company also supports over 100 currencies and numerous well-known payment gateways such as Stripe, Braintree, WorldPay and PayPal. The SaaS startup has gathered 3,000 customers most of whom are from America, Europe, and India.

Startup Name Zeta
Industry Financial Technology
Founder Bhavin Turakhia and Ramki Gaddipati
Founded 2015
Investors SoftBank, Avendus Capital, Sodexo, Directi .
Products and Services cloud-native, API-first neo-banking and other Fintech services.
Valuation $1.45 billion (May 2021)

Zeta is a financial technology company that provides a full-stack, cloud and API first neo banking services. The fintech company was founded in 2015 by Bhavin Turakhia and Ramki Gaddipati with its headquarters based in Los Angeles, California, and has head offices in India. It is known for its Omni stack that includes modern credit and debit processing, BNPL, banking, and mobile experiences. The company products are used by banks like RBL Bank, IDFC First Bank, and Kotak Mahindra Bank, along with 14000 corporates. So far Zeta has over 2 million users with over one million transactions per day.

Zeta is a budgeting app for couples. It integrates personal and shared accounts, which include bank accounts, loans, and credit cards. Connect your account immediately for automated updates or manually add an account to manage it yourself.

You can see your joint incomes, expenses, and financial savings in one place. It lets you create more than one budget for private and shared expenses. Plus, you can set precise monetary goals for you and your partner, such as saving for a holiday or placing up an emergency fund.

Startup Name BrowserStack
Headquarters Mumbai, India
Industry Cloud Infrastructure and Software
Founder Ritesh Arora & Nakul Aggarwal
Founded 2011
Investors Insight Partners, Accel and Bond
Products and Services Cloud Web and Software Testing
Valuation $4 Billion (June 2021)

BrowserStack is a cloud net and mobile testing platform, which is used by two million developers in around a hundred thirty-five countries. The product’s price proposition is to assist groups to fasten up launch cycles and develop websites and mobile app that work seamlessly on any user interface. The aim is to limit the time, price, and protection overhead related to testing.

More than 25,000 world corporations use BrowserStack, which includes Microsoft, ING, MasterCard, Dow Jones, Garmin, National Geographic, Volvo, NRK, HubSpot, Walt Disney, and AngularJS. BrowserStack has offices work in San Francisco, Mumbai, Dublin, and is privately held and backed by Accel.

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Startup Name Paytm
Headquarters Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Industry E-commerce Finance
Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Founded August 2010
Investors Alibaba, Ant Group, AGH Holdings, SAIF Partners, T Rowe Price, Discovery Capital, and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway
Products and Services Paytm Mall, Paytm Payments Bank, Paytm Money, Gamepind, Paytm Smart Retail, Payment system, Mobile payments, Online shopping
Valuation $16 billion (June 2021)

Paytm is one of the biggest unicorn startups in India. It is among the largest digital payment service providers in India with a market share of 11.63% and is currently in the third position in the list of top UPI apps in India, as recorded in June 2021. The fintech startup is famous for its payment gateway service, which helps consumers to make seamless payments to the seller from their bank accounts. Paytm entered the unicorn club in 2015. Paytm’s valuation was over $7 billion, and it has now increased to $16 billion in 2020.

Startup Name Paytm Mall
Headquarters Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Industry E-commerce Finance
Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Founded 2017
Investors Alibaba, Elevation Capital, SoftBank, eBay
Products and Services Online Shopping
Valuation $3 billion (July 2019)

Paytm Mall is a B2C model inspired by China’s largest B2C retail platform TMall. Paytm Mall was launched by Paytm in 2017. Launched in 2016, as a hyperlocal offline-to-online (O2O) business, Paytm Mall turned unicorn in 2018 on raising half a billion from Softbank and others.

Startup Name Zerodha
Headquarters Bangalore, India
Industry Stockbroker
Founder Nithin Kamath and Nikhil Kamath
Founded 2010
Investors Bootstrapped
Products and Services Kite, Coin, Console, Varsity, Equity Trading, Currencies and Commodities Trading, Mutual Funds and Bonds
Valuation $2 billion (June 2021)

Zerodha is an Indian fintech startup that offers retail and institutional broking, currencies and commodities trading, mutual funds, and bonds. The Company was founded in the year 2010 in order to achieve the goal of breaking all the barriers traders and investors face in India. Zerodha is headquartered in Bangalore and has a physical presence in several major Indian cities.

In Dec 2020, Zerodha was the largest retail stockbroker in India by active client base and contributes upwards of 15% of daily retail volumes across Indian Stock Exchanges. Zerodha entered the unicorn club in July 2020 with a self-assessed valuation of about $1 billion. This valuation was based on the ESOP buyback exercise the company undertook valuing each share at more than four times the book value of ₹700 per share. Know why is Zerodha not raising funds for its operation?

Disruptive pricing models and in-house technology have made Zerodha the biggest stockbroker in India in terms of active retail clients. Over 5+ million clients place millions of orders every day through our powerful ecosystem of investment platforms, contributing over 15% of all Indian retail trading volumes.

ReNew Power

Startup Name ReNew Power
Headquarters Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Industry Renewable energy
Founder Sumant Sinha
Founded 2011
Investors Sylebra Capital and Goldman Sachs
Products and Services Wind Power, Solar Power, Solar Rooftop Power
Valuation $8 billion (March 2021)

ReNew Power Limited is an Indian renewable energy company. It is an independent power producer which was founded by Sumant Sinha in 2011. ReNew Power has a pipeline of close to 1400 MW solar and wind projects. It has a current valuation of $8 billion, which makes it one of the most valuable startups in India in 2021.

Startup Name BigBasket
Headquarters Bangalore, India
Industry Retail
Founder Hari Menon, V.S. Sudhakar, Vipul Parekh, Abhinay Choudhari and V.S. Ramesh
Founded 2011
Investors Alibaba, CDC Group, Ant Financial, Intel Capital, and Berkshire Hathaway
Products and Services Grocery Delivery
Valuation $1.85 billion (March 2021)

BigBasket is India’s largest online grocery store which was founded by Hari Menon, V.S. Sudhakar, Vipul Parekh, Abhinay Choudhari, and V.S. Ramesh in 2011. BigBasket founder Hari Menon is one of the most revered entrepreneurs, who deserves a place among the top entrepreneurs of India. It has gained popularity among the Indians and receives over 100,000 orders per day. BigBasket has also launched 3 new businesses BB Daily, BB Instant, and BB Beauty. Here’s something that might interest you – JioMart VS BigBasket: Top Contenders Of Online Grocery Market

Startup Name Udaan
Headquarters India
Industry E-commerce, Supply chain management, B2B
Founder Sujeet Kumar, Amod Malviya, and Vaibhav Gupta
Founded 2016
Investors Tencent Holdings, Altimeter Capital, Octahedron Capital, GGV Capital, Moonstone Capital, DST Global, and Lightspeed Venture Partners
Products and Services B2B trade platform
Valuation $3.1 billion (Jan 2021)

Udaan is a B2B e-commerce platform that provides a wholesale product solution to different vendors in all categories. It was founded by Sujeet Kumar, Amod Malviya, and Vaibhav Gupta in 2016. Udaan is a B2B (Business to Business) marketplace for trade that is working for connecting retailers, wholesalers, traders, and manufacturers using technology as the main tool. Udaan turned a startup unicorn in 2018, which is just after 2 years and 2 months since it was launched in 2016. It is thus, the first startup to be called the fastest unicorn.

Startup Name Ola Electric
Industry Automotive
Founder Ankit Jain and Anand Shah
Founded 2017
Investors SoftBank, Tiger Global, Ratan Tata, Hyundai Motors, Matrix Partners, Tiger Global and The Munjal Family.
Products and Services Electric two and tree wheeler vehicles
Valuation $5+ billion (January 2022)

Ola Electric is a brainchild of Ola which is currently one of the largest ride-hailing companies. Ola Electric is a tech mobility startup that provides transit services. Besides that, the company also offers a platform to work with driver-partners, vehicle manufacturers, and battery companies and also advance into making future technology for daily mobility. The company was founded in 2017 by Ankit Jain and Anand Shah and had its headquarters in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Ola Electric is also known to be the fastest unicorn after Udaan.

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Mohalla Tech (Moj)

Startup Name Mohalla Tech
Industry Software
Founder Ankush Sachdeva, Farid Ahsan and Bhanu Singh
Founded 2015
Investors Lightspeed Ventures, Tiger Global, Twitter, India Quotient,
Products and Services MOJ and Sharechat
Valuation $3.7 billion (December 2021)

Mohalla Tech is a software company that was founded by Ankush Sachdeva, Farid Ahsan and Bhanu Singh in 2015. The company has its headquarters in Bengaluru, Karnataka, and is known for its platforms – MOJ and Sharechat. Mohalla Tech designs and develops social media platforms for sharing various quotes, videos, images, and news content. Currently, Moj and Sharechat are known to have a combined user of 340 million. According to some reports, an average user will spend over 34 minutes on the MOJ platform every day, which also gets 4.5 million views every day.

Startup Name FirstCry
Industry E-commerce
Founder Supam Maheshwari, Amitava Saha, Prashant Jadhav, Sanket Hattimattur
Founded 2010
Investors TPG, Chrys Capital, Premji Invest, Elevation Capital, MegaDelta and Vertex
Products and Services Baby and Kids Products
Valuation $2 billion (March 2021)

FirstCry is one of the top E-commerce companies for Baby and Child products. The company was founded by Supam Maheshwari, Amitava Saha, Prashant Jadhav, and Sanket Hattimattu in 2010, with its headquarters based in Pune, Maharashtra. Currently, the company has 380 plus stores across the country and also has a hospital contact program that helps in reaching out to more than 70,000 new parents every month. Firstcry has over 100,000 plus baby, kids, and new mom products from more than 1000 international and national brands.

Startup Name Lenskart
Industry Eyewear
Founder Peyush Bansal, Amit Chaudhary, Sumeet Kapahi
Founded 2010
Investors Temasek, Falcon Edge Capital, KKR, Bay Capital, and Chiratae
Products and Services Eyewear, opticians
Valuation $4.32 billion (April 2022)

Lenskart is a leading eyewear company that was started by Peyush Bansal, Amit Chaudhary, Sumeet Kapahi in 2010. The company has its headquarters in Faridabad and has manufacturing facilities in Delhi, Zhengzhou (China). The company is known to manufacture over 300,000 eyewear every month, as it has more than 500 stores in over 70 cities across India. Besides having a huge range of eyewear it also offers its users branded contact lenses and sunglasses.

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Startup Name Blinkit (ex-Grofers)
Headquarters Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Industry Ecommerce, Grocery, Delivery
Founders Albinder Dhindsa, Saurabh Kumar
Founded 2013
Investors Tiger Global Management, Softbank Vision Fund
Products and Services Grocery, body care and essentials delivery
Valuation $1 billion(June 30, 2021)

Grofers is an Indian online supermarket that helps in the home delivery of food, grocery products, and essentials. Founded in 2013, Grofers started with groceries and gradually expanded to a whole list of categories that includes beauty products, household care, baby care, and more. The company is now a unicorn with a $120 million fundraising round from the food aggregator, Zomato. Grofers was rebranded to Blinkit after a rebranding attempt on December 13, 2021.

Startup Name Glance
Headquarters Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Industry Mobile, Technology
Founder Naveen Tewari
Founded 2019
Investors Lightbox, Softbank Group, Kleiner Perkins
Products and Services Mobile lock screen content
Valuation $1 billion (December 2020)

A subsidiary company of inMobi, Glance is an artificial intelligence platform that offers customized lock screen content to the owners of the smartphones of the present. The company was founded in 2019 as a subsidiary of inMobi, a Bengaluru-based mobile ad network, and turned unicorn on December 22, 2020. Its parent company had already become a unicorn company back in 2011.

Startup Name Dailyhunt
Headquarters Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Industry Social News, IT, Language learning
Founders Umang Bedi, Umesh Kulkarni, Virendra Gupta
Founded 2007
Investors Google, Alphawave, Microsoft, Sequoia Capital, Falcon Capital
Products and Services Dailyhunt app
Valuation $1 billion (March 2021)

Dailyhunt is an Indian content and news aggregator services platform that helps its users access updates on trending topics along with online news, books, and magazines. The company is popular for offering content in 14 different local languages for a wide variety of Indian readers. The company raised around $100 million from Google and Microsoft and Falcon Edge’s Alpha Wave to become India’s first tech unicorn focused on vernacular content on December 22, 2020.

Zenoti

Startup Name Zenoti
Headquarters Bellevue, Washington, United States
Industry CRM, Enterprise software
Founders Dheeraj Koneru, Saritha Katikaneni, Sudheer Koneru
Founded 2010
Investors Accel, Norwest Venture Partners, Steadview Capital, Tiger Global Management
Products and Services Salon software, spa software, med spa software
Valuation $1.5+ billion

A cloud-based software platform for spa and salon services of the country, Zenoti was founded in 2010 with its headquarters in Bellevue, Washington, United States, and Hyderabad. Zenoti has been since the day it was founded and is now used by over 10,000 customers and has already established its presence in 50+ countries. With a fundraise that amounted to $160 million, the company entered the unicorn club on December 15, 2020.

Startup Name Cars24
Headquarters Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Industry B2C, Ecommerce, AI
Founders Gajendra Jangid, Mehul Agrawal, Ruchit Agarwal, Vikram Chopra
Founded 2015
Investors DST Global, KCK Global, Sequoia Capital
Products and Services Cars24 website/app, cars buying and selling service
Valuation $1.6 billion (July 2021)

Cars24 is an online marketplace that encourages the buyers and sellers of used cars and helps them to buy and sell automobiles online without any hassles. Via an AI-enabled pricing algorithm, Cars24 displays the appraisal price along with the market price of the vehicles. Furthermore, it also arranges appointments for vehicle inspection, thereby making the selling process as transparent as possible.

The Gurgaon-based company, Cars24 was founded in 2015 and has already become a unicorn on November 24, 2020, with the $200 million Series E funding round led by Yuri Milner’s DST Global fund, Exor Seeds, Moore Strategic Ventures, and more. The company was valued at over $1 billion when assessed in November 2020.

Startup Name RazorPay
Headquarters Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Industry Fintech, Financial Services
Founder Harshil Mathur, Shashank Kumar
Founded 2014
Investors GIC, Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global Management
Products and Services Payment gateway services
Valuation $3 billion (April 2021)

RazorPay is a digital payment gateway that enables businesses and individuals to process, receive and disburse payments smoothly and securely. Razorpay accepts a wide range of the latest payment devices and platforms to improve the customer’s payment journeys online.

RazorPay is among the last year unicorn companies in India, which joined the unicorn club of Indian startups on October 11, 2020, when the company raised around $100 million. The company was valued at around $3 billion in April 2021.

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Startup Name Unacademy
Headquarters Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Industry Edtech, E-learning
Founders Gaurav Munjal, Hemesh Singh, Roman Saini, Sachin Gupta
Founded 2015
Investors Temasek Holdings, Dragoneer Investment Group, Softbank, Facebook, Sequoia Capital
Products and Services Courses and classes
Valuation $3.44 billion (August 2021)

Unacademy is an Indian unicorn Edtech company based in Bangalore, which climbed to unicorn status on September 2, 2020, thereby becoming the second e-learning startup to achieve the status.

Founded in 2015, Unacademy offers educational content for competitive examinations and other video lectures, some of which are also freely accessible for students. With the latest fundraise where the company received $440 million, Unacademy is now valued at $3.44 billion, as of August 2021. Here’s a List of Startups Acquired by EdTech Giant Unacademy

Startup Name Postman
Headquarters San Francisco, California, United States
Industry Software, Developer Tools, Developer APIs,
Founders Abhijit Kane, Abhinav Asthana, Ankit Sobti
Founded 2014
Investors Insight Partners, CRV, Nexus Venture
Products and Services Postman app, Postman Workspace, Built-in tools
Valuation $5.6 billion (August 2021)

Postman raised $150 million in June 2020 to turn into a unicorn. The API development environment is used by around 6 million developers worldwide across 200,000 companies located globally. Postman serves as a platform that makes it easy for developers and enterprises to build, test, and debug their APIs.

With a valuation of $5.6 billion, as per the reports in August 2021, after the company received funding of around $225 million, Postman is presently acknowledged as the most valued Saas startup in India.

CitiusTech

Startup Name CitiusTech
Headquarters Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Industry Healthcare Technology
Founders Jagdish Moorjani, Rizwan Koita
Founded 2005
Investors Baring Pvt. Equity Asia, Bain Capital
Products and Services Consulting, Digital & Product Engineering, Data & Analytics
Valuation $2.4 billion (May 2022)

CitiusTech is a major technology service and solution provider for the healthcare industry. CitiusTech boasts of having over 4000 professionals worldwide. With its workforce, the company aims to empower the healthcare and life sciences companies with reassuring consultation and digital technology services and drive clinical value chain excellence across integration and interoperability, data management, data science, performance management, and more.

CitiusTech was acquired by Baring Private Equity Asia, after the Hong Kong-based company signed a definitive agreement on July 12, 2019. This deal has valued the company at a little over a billion dollars, thereby granting its entry into the unicorn club of Indian companies.

As per the news dated May 5, 2022, Bain Capital has bought 40% of the stakes of CitiusTech from Baring Private Equity Asia, as the latter sold half of its tech to the American private investment firm. Apax Partners and Fujitsu of Japan were the other contenders for the stake. The 40% stakes of CitiusTech were valued between $960 mn to $1 bn, which has successfully catapulted the valuation of CitiusTech to around $2.4 bn, as of May 2022. The other 40% stakes of the firm are with Baring, while the remaining stakes are held by the company’s founders.

Startup Name Icertis
Headquarters Bellevue, Washington, United States
Industry AI, Cloud Data Services, CRM, Saas
Founders Monish Darda, Samir Bodas
Founded 2009
Investors B Capital Group, Ignition Partners, Eight Roads Ventures
Products and Services Contract Management Software
Valuation $2.8 billion (March 2021)

Icertis is designed as a powerful AI-enabled contract management platform that promises ultimate compliance and aims to reduce the risks involved in it. Being an enterprise contract management platform, Icertis extends easy solutions to hard contract management issues.

When the company raised $80 million in March 2021, at a valuation of $2.8 billion, Icertis was declared as the second most-valued startup unicorn of India. The company turned into a unicorn even before that in 2020.

Druva

Startup Name Druva
Headquarters Sunnyvale, California, United States
Industry Software, Cloud Data Services, Cloud Security, Saas
Founders Jaspreet Singh, Milind Borate, Ramani Kothandaraman
Founded 2008
Investors Sequoia Capital India, Viking Global, Indian Angel Network
Products and Services Data protection solutions
Valuation $2 billion (April 2021)

Druva is an Indian enterprise software platform that is designed to protect and manage enterprise data across endpoints, data centers, and cloud workloads. Built on AWS, Druva offers a Saas platform that extends superior data resiliency options, which is infinitely scalable, for the companies operating across the globe.

The India-based Saas company headquartered in the US is one of the earliest companies of India that turned into a unicorn. Druva attained unicorn status in 2019.

Startup Name Rivigo
Headquarters Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Industry Automotive, Logistics
Founders Deepak Garg, Gazal Kalra
Founded 2014
Investors Elevation capital, Trifecta Capital
Products and Services Cargo and freight services
Valuation $1.09 billion (January 2021)

Rivigo is a logistics platform empowered by the latest technologies that extend effective transport services for a wide range of industries including clothing, eCommerce, automotive, automobiles, and more. The company was founded in 2014 in Gurgaon, Haryana, and was valued at $1.05 billion when it turned unicorn in September 2019.

Matic Network / Polygon

Startup Name Polygon Technology
Headquarters Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Industry Blockchain
Founders Anurag Arjun, Jaynti Kanani, Mihailo Bjelic, Sandeep Nailwal
Founded 2018
Investors Sequoia Capital, Mark Cuban, Coinbase Ventures
Products and Services Ethereum scaling platform
Valuation $10 billion (February 2022)

Polygon or Matic Network, as it was named previously, is a Bengaluru-based blockchain startup that was founded as a result of the infamous RBI ban of cryptocurrencies that came in April 2018. Founded by Jaynti Kanani, Sandeep Nailwal, and Anurag Arjun, Matic Network focussed on solving the “scalability and usability issues, without compromising on decentralization”. It was on February 9, 2021, that Matic was renamed into Polygon.

Polygon is already a unicorn when last reported in May 2021 and is currently valued at over $10 bn, as of February 2022. The market capitalization of its native MATIC token has crossed the $20 billion mark once in December 2021.

MindTickle

Startup Name MindTickle
Headquarters San Francisco, California, U.S
Industry Saas, Enterprise software
Founders Deepak Diwakar, Krishna Depura, Mohit Garg, Nishant Mungali
Founded 2011
Investors Softbank Vision Fund, Qualcomm Ventures
Products and Services Enterprise software
Valuation $1.2 billion (August 2021)

MindTickle is a sales readiness platform founded in 2011, which helps in onboarding, product training, coaching, and ongoing readiness. The company offers a vital sales solution to the fast-growing startups to prepare their sales team in a scalable and effective way. MindTickle was founded in 2011 and turned a unicorn on August 6, 2021, with the influx of $100 mn in Series E funding led by Softbank Vision Fund II.

Startup Name Delhivery
Headquarters Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Industry E-commerce, Freight services
Founders Bhavesh Manglani, Kapil Bharati, Mohit Tandon, Sahil Barua, Suraj Saharan
Founded 2011
Investors FedEx, Fidelity, Steadview Capital, Tiger Global management
Products and Services Cargo and freight services
Valuation $4 billion (June 2021)

Delhivery was founded in 2011 in Gurgaon, Haryana, as a logistics and supply chain startup that aims to provide seamless transportation, warehousing, freight, and order fulfillment services. Delhivery Pvt. Ltd. turned unicorn back in 2019 where it raised around $413 million and was valued at $1.5 billion.

Startup Name Billdesk
Headquarters Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Industry Fintech, Finance, Payments
Founders Ajay Kaushal
Founded 2000
Investors Visa, TA Associates, SBI, General Atlantic
Products and Services Payment services
Valuation Over $1 billion (December 2020)

Billdesk is a company conceived in 2000 as IndiaIdeas.com Ltd., which helps Indian customers pay their bills safely and easily. Powered by the latest advancements in the electronic medium, BillDesk offers its customers better ways to organize and manage their payments online. Billdesk has already achieved unicorn status in 2018 when it mopped up nearly $300 million in a fundraising round led by Visa.

The company is currently acquired by PayU, a Prosus-owned company headquartered in the Netherlands via a deal worth $4.7 billion, one of the biggest deals in the Fintech range of India.

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Mu Sigma

Startup Name Mu Sigma
Headquarters Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Industry Analytics, IT, Software
Founders DHIRAJ C RAJARAM
Founded 2004
Investors Mastercard, General Atlantic, Sequoia Capital
Products and Services Saas, Big Data Analytics software
Valuation $1.5 billion (2013)

Mu Sigma was founded in 2014 as a data analytics services platform that offers data analytics services along with developing decision support system tools and software for the Fortune 500 companies. Mu Sigma offers a range of services including market measurement, product/customer segmentation and profiling, prospecting, RFM analytics, and more. It was in 2016 when Fortune declared Mu Sigma a unicorn company.

Startup Name MPL
Headquarters Bengaluru
Industry Gaming, ESports
Founders Sai Srinivas Kiran G, Shubh Malhotra, Shubham Malhotra
Founded 2018
Investors Sequoia, Moore Strategic Ventures, Legatum Capital
Products and Services EGaming platform
Valuation $2.3 Billion (September 2021)

Mobile Premier League, now if the name rings a bell, then you’re right! MPL is another fantasy gaming and esports platform from India after Dream11 that has turned unicorn. The Sequoia Capital and Moore Strategic Ventures-backed startup was founded in September 2018, just 3 years ago by Sai Srinivas Kiran G and Shubh Malhotra, which emerged as the second gaming unicorn from the subcontinent.

Startup Name Apna
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra
Industry Employment, Recruiting, Human Resources
Founders Nirmit Parikh
Founded 2019
Investors Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global Management, Lightspeed
Products and Services Professional networking platform and job portal
Valuation $1.1 Billion (September 2021)

Apna is a leading professional networking platform that helps the rising workforce of India to be updated in terms of professional requirements and recruitments and grab them anytime and anywhere. Apna is currently available across 28 cities in India for students and blue and gray-color working professionals to get the best communities and land jobs.

The latest Series C round was on September 15, 2021, where Apna raised around $100 million from investors like Tiger Global, Sequoia and others and turned into a unicorn within just 21 months of its foundation. This makes Apna the fastest unicorn in India.

Startup Name Vedantu
Headquarters Bangalore
Industry Edtech
Founders Vamsi Krishna, Pulkit Jain, Saurabh Saxena, and Anand Prakash
Founded 2011
Investors Coatue, Tiger Global Management, WestBridge Capital, Accel Partners
Products and Services Online tutoring, courses and classes
Valuation $1 Billion+ (September 2021)

Vedantu is an Edtech platform that offers online e-learning courses and classes to empower real-time personalized learning experiences. Vedantu believes in bridging the gaps between a student and his/her tutor to enjoy the benefits of real-time one-to-one teaching. Vedantu can help students pursue online tuitions for Maths, Physics, Chemistry, English, French, Hindi, Social Studies, German, Computer Science, and more.

Vedantu raised $100 mn via its Series E round led by ABC World Asia, Coatue, Tiger Global, WestBridge, and others on September 29, 2021, and became the 27th Indian unicorn of 2021 and the 69th unicorn startup in the country.

Startup Name Licious
Headquarters Bangalore
Industry Ecommerce, Food delivery, Meat packaging
Founders Abhay Hanjura, Vivek Gupta
Founded 2015
Investors Bertelsmann, Mayfield Fund, Vertex Growth Fund, 3one4 Capital
Products and Services Meat, fish, eggs packaging and delivery services
Valuation $1 Billion+ (October 2021)

Licious was founded in 2015 and headquartered in Bengaluru as a Direct-to-consumer brand that offers fresh meat, eggs, fish, and seafood, which the customers can order online to receive the same at their doorsteps. The meat industry in India is largely unorganized and Licious is born out of the sole aim of organizing this sector and delivering fresh, trustworthy, delicious meat and fish to the house of the Indians.

The company raised $52 million in its latest funding round led by IIFL AMC’s Late Stage Tech Fund, emerging as the 29th Indian unicorn company of 2021 so far, and the first unicorn from the D2C segment, as of October 5, 2021.

Startup Name CoinSwitch Kuber
Headquarters Bengaluru, India
Industry Cryptocurrencies, Financial Services
Founders Ashish Singhal, Govind Soni, Vimal Sagar Tiwari
Founded 2017
Investors Paradigm, Ribbit Capital, Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global Management
Products and Services Cryptocurrency exchange platform
Valuation $1.9 Billion (October 2021)

CoinSwitch Kuber is hailed as a cryptocurrency exchange platform that encourages users to buy and sell cryptocurrencies via their platform, ensuring secure and convenient transactions. The company supports a wide list of over 100 cryptocurrencies from which the customers can buy cryptos at the best rates, through a range of payment options.

CoinSwitch Kuber turns into India’s 30th unicorn startup in 2021 so far. The company raised a Series C funding round worth $260 million on October 6, 2021, led by a16z (Andreesen Horowitz) and Coinbase Ventures to join the coveted club of the unicorn companies. CoinSwitch Kuber boasts of being the second crypto unicorn of India, which crossed the 1 billion dollar mark in less than 2 months after CoinDCX was hailed as the first crypto unicorn of the country in August 2021. CoinSwitch Kuber is reportedly valued at $1.9 billion on October 2021, which is higher than what CoinDCX announced in August, which was $1.1 billion.

Startup Name Rebel Foods
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Industry Ecommerce, Food Delivery
Founders Jaydeep Barman, Kallol Banerjee
Founded 2011
Investors Coatue, Alteria Capital, Irving Investors
Products and Services Food Delivery platform
Valuation $1.4 billion (October 2021)

Rebel Foods, also termed Faasos Food Services Pvt. Ltd., is a food delivery platform of India that takes care of the food delivery requirements across the country, delivering food products at the doorsteps of the customers. Besides, the company also boasts of a huge network (over 450) of dark kitchens that operates in over 10 countries. Rebel Foods currently serves over 10,000 Indian customers, the numbers of which are jumping rapidly.

The Indian cloud kitchen and food delivery startup becomes the 31st unicorn of India in 2021. Rebel Foods has raised $175 million via its Series F funding round led by the investors like Qatar Investment Authority, Coatue and Evolvence, and more, to be valued at $1.4 bn, as of October 7, 2021.

Startup Name CarDekho
Headquarters Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Industry Automotive, Ecommerce
Founders Amit Jain, Anurag Jain
Founded 2007
Investors Sequoia Capital India, HDFC Bank, LeapFrog Investments
Products and Services Cars, Used cars retailing services
Valuation $1.2 billion (October 2021)

CarDekho is a leading name in the used car retailing space. Headquartered in Gurugram, Haryana, CarDekho helps users browse through a wide selection of cars and select one that fits them in all aspects. The platform of CarDekho is equipped with the relevant details about the car, along with other detailed specs, experts’ reviews, comparisons, and more. All of these further ease the selection process of the car models and are some of the reasons that have contributed to the rising popularity of the company.

CarDekho has turned into a unicorn following its recent Series E and Debt financing rounds dated October 13, 2021, and led by LeapFrog Investments. The company has successfully raised around $200 mn and $50 mn respectively, with the last funding rounds that it saw. With the recent funding, CarDekho becomes the 33rd unicorn and the 3rd unicorn startup in the used car retailing space in India so far in 2021.

Startup Name MobiKwik
Headquarters Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Industry Fintech, Payments, Mobile Payments
Founders Bipin Singh, Upasana Taku, Chandan Joshi
Founded 2009
Investors Sequoia Capital India, Hindustan Media Venture, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
Products and Services Digital payments platform
Valuation $1 billion (October 2021)

MobiKwik is a Fintech company founded in 2009 as digital payments platform that offers phone-based payment options along with the facility of a digital wallet for its users. Headquartered in Gurgaon, MobiKwik is one of the trusted names in the digital payments space that also provides payment gateway and other financial services.

MobiKwik turned unicorn on October 12, 2021, after the conclusion of its secondary ESOP sale round led by Mathew Cyriac, former Head of Blackstone India.

Startup Name Acko
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Industry Insurtech, Insurance, Health insurance, Auto insurance
Founders Ruchi Deepak, Varun Dua
Founded 2016
Investors Munich Re Ventures, Amazon, General Atlantic, Multiples Alternate Asset Management Private Limited
Products and Services Car, bike and health insurance products
Valuation $1.1 billion (October 2021)

Acko is a digital insurance provider of India, dubbed as the first insurance startup that efficiently processes car, bike, and health insurance without any paperwork. Furthermore, Acko also possesses the license, which allows the company to underwrite and distribute bite-sized insurance products.

Acko raised around $255 million in its Series D round led by General Atlantic and Multiples Private Equity and turned a unicorn on October 27, 2021. The unicorn insurance provider is the 34th Indian company to join the unicorn club in 2021 and is currently valued at $1.1 bn.

CureFit

Startup Name CureFit
Headquarters Bengaluru, India
Industry Healthcare, wellness
Founders Ankit Nagori, Mukesh Bansal
Founded 2016
Investors Temasek Holdings, Accel, Tata Digital, Zomato, Axis Bank
Products and Services Nutrition products, Consultation services for mental and well-being
Valuation $1.5 billion (November 2021)

CureFit is a health and fitness company that extends online and offline experiences to bring in adequate nutrition, foster physical fitness, and mental well-being via improved yoga and meditation, medical and lifestyle care consultation.

The Bangalore-based fitness brand turned unicorn on November 10, 2021, in a deal where the foodtech giant Zomato sold its fitness facility arm Fitso for $50 mn and infused another $50 mn in CureFit. This helped Zomato own 6.4% shares in CureFit, worth $100 mn. As a result of the cross-selling, CureFit joined the unicorn club of Indian startups as the 36th company to turn unicorn in 2021 and the 77th company overall among the Indian startups.

Mensa

Startup Name Mensa
Headquarters Bengaluru, India
Industry Financial services, Venture capital
Founders Ananth Narayanan, Pawan Kumar Dasaraju
Founded 2021
Investors Alpha Wave Incubation, Norwest Venture Partners, Accel, Falcon Edge Capital
Products and Services finance, working capital
Valuation $1 billion+ (November 2021)

Brands’ aggregator and roll-up firm, Mensa has been founded by former Myntra CEO and Medlife cofounder, Ananth Narayanan and Pawan Kumar Dasaraju. Mensa Brands stands as an investment firm that strives to partner with entrepreneurs to build digital brands and scale them. The company embraces a Thrasio-based model via which it invests working capital and picks up equity in other D2C startups, thereby scaling the presence of the brands online. The platform that Mensa offers helps in driving growth, product, merchandising, technology, supply chain, product, and access to global markets, which eventually lets the founders get lucrative financial exits along with transforming their business through a stable and successful partnership.

Mensa raised $135 mn in a new Series B funding round led by Alpha Wave Ventures (Falcon Edge Capital) on November 16, 2021, and has joined the coveted club of unicorn companies in India. The company turned unicorn within just 6 months since it started its operations, thereby emerging as the fastest Indian startup to turn unicorn.

Startup Name NoBroker
Headquarters Bengaluru, India
Industry PropTech, Real State, Property Management
Founders Akhil Gupta, Amit Kumar Agarwal, Saurabh Garg
Founded 2014
Investors Tiger Global Management, General Atlantic, Trifecta Capital, BEENEXT
Products and Services Peer-to-peer property listings platform
Valuation $1 billion+ (November 2021)

NoBroker, as the name states, is designed on the concept of building a brokerage-free real estate platform, which will take care of the entire journey of a customer from choosing a house, listing it, securing a home loan, contacting the packers and movers, opting for painting and other services and more. Founded by Akhil Gupta, Amit Kumar Agarwal, Saurabh Garg in 2014, NoBroker is based in Bengaluru and is currently hailed as a unicorn.

NoBroker is, in fact, India’s first proptech (property tech) startup that has achieved a unicorn status on November 23, 2021. The company is the 38th Indian startup to emerge as a unicorn in 2021. The unicorn valuation of the company was disclosed after it raised around $210 Mn in its Series E funding round on the same date.

Startup Name Spinny
Headquarters Gurgaon, India
Industry Automotives, Used car marketplace
Founders Mohit Gupta, Niraj Singh, Ramanshu Mahaur
Founded 2015
Investors Tiger Global Management, General Atlantic, Trifecta Capital, BEENEXT
Products and Services Used car listing and selling platform
Valuation $1.7 billion+ (November 2021)

Spinny is a used-car buying platform that is powered by new-age technologies and enables reliable and hassle-free transactions in used cars. Founded in 2015 in Gurgaon, Haryana, India, Spinny is built on a full-stack business model with the aim of making the process of buying used cars simple and transparent and ultimately helping the customers to buy cars that match their aspirations.

Spinny has turned unicorn after it received its Series E funding round of $248 million (Rs 1,849 crore), as of November 24, 2021. The company received an investment of Rs 739.7 crore each from Tiger Global and Abu Dhabi Growth Fund, while the remaining funds poured in from Somerville SPV and Aveni Spinny. Spinny is now officially the fourth Indian startup from the used car space to join the unicorn club, where Droom, CarDekho, and Cars24 have already joined earlier.

Startup Name Upstox
Headquarters Mumbai, India
Industry Fintech, Financial services, Trading platform
Founders Raghu Kumar, Ravi Kumar, Shrinivas Viswanath
Founded 2010
Investors Tiger Global Management, GVK Davix Technologies
Products and Services Trading platform
Valuation $1 billion+ (November 2021)

Upstox is a fintech company that offers innovative investment solutions for users, including securities brokerage and stock trading services. Based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, the company extends equity trading opportunities for retail investors via the platform, promising their clients to be benefited from their cutting-edge trading platform that brings in the best-in-class services.

Upstox turned unicorn with the recent fundraising round led by Tiger Global Management, as of November 25, 2021. The company agreed to allot around 18761 Series C preference shares at an issue price of Rs 98,608 in order to raise the sum of $25 million (Rs 185 crore) from Tiger Global. Upstox has raised the recent funds at a post-money valuation of an estimated $3.4 bn, which pushes it past its rival Groww, which was recently valued at $3 bn in October 2021. Upstox thus became the 40th unicorn startup in India in 2021.

Startup Name Slice
Headquarters Bengaluru, India
Industry Fintech, Financial services, Banking
Founders Deepak Malhotra, Rajan Bajaj
Founded 2016
Investors Insight Partners, Tiger Global Management
Products and Services Credit cards, Payment cards
Valuation $1 billion+ (November 2021)

Slice is a financial startup based out of Bengaluru, India that focuses on payment cards/credit cards, and extends them to their target audiences, mostly comprising Gen Z and millennials.

Slice has mopped around $220 mn in the recent funding round dated November 29, 2021, led by Tiger Global and Insight Partners to achieve a unicorn valuation. The series B round that Slice witnessed included participation from Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal and Checkout co-founder and CEO, Guillaume Pousaz, along with a list of existing investors that includes Sunley House Capital, Moore Strategic Ventures, Anfa, Gunosy, Blume Ventures, and more. Slice is currently the 41st Indian startup unicorn of 2021.

Pristyn Care

Startup Name Pristyn Care
Headquarters Haryana, India
Industry Healthtech, Health care
Founders Harsimarbir (Harsh) Singh, Dr. Garima Sawhney and Vaibhav Kapoor
Founded 2018
Investors Tiger Global Management, Hummingbird Ventures
Products and Services Healthcare services
Valuation $1.2 billion (December 2021)

Pristyn Care is a healthcare startup founded in September 2018, which is designed to disrupt elective surgery procedures. Headquartered in Gurgaon, Haryana, India, Pristyn Care believes in leveraging cutting-edge technology and advanced procedures to simplify medical care and surgery experiences.

The startup successfully raised $84 Million on December 7, 2021, via new funding round, Series E, led by Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global, Hummingbird Ventures, Epiq Capital, QED, and others to enter the unicorn club of Indian startups. With its unicorn valuation, the health tech startup from Gurgaon has turned to be the fourth startup to achieve the feat in its space in India after Innovaccer, PharmEasy, and CureFit.

Startup Name GlobalBees
Headquarters New Delhi, India
Industry Investment
Founders Nitin Agarwal, Supam Maheshwari
Founded 2021
Investors FirstCry
Products and Services Working capital, Resources
Valuation $1.1 billion+ (December 2021)

Founded in 2021, GlobalBees is a Thrasio-style startup focused on acquiring other companies, especially startups, and scaling them with adequate funds and resources to extend joyful product experiences. GlobalBees can also be considered as the venture arm of FirstCry.

GlobalBees has already been in talks ever since it raised $150 mn in India’s largest Series A funding round. Furthermore, the company has become a unicorn when it again raised around $111.5 mn in a mix of equity and debt round of Series B led by a clutch of investors including FirstCry, SoftBank, Premji Invest, Chiratae Ventures, Trifecta Capital, and others.

Startup Name Mamaearth
Headquarters Gurgaon, India
Industry Ecommerce, Health and Wellness
Founders Varun and Ghazal Alagh
Founded 2016
Investors Sofina, Sequoia Capital
Products and Services Beauty, baby care, skin care, body care products and more
Valuation $1.1 billion+ (December 2021)

Founded in 2016, Mamaearth is a personal care brand that was established as an organic alternative to the baby, hair, face and skincare products in the market. Headquartered in Gurgaon, Haryana, Mamaearth extends the best organic products for babies and their mothers.

Mamaearth turned unicorn after the latest funding round that it raised on December 28, 2021, worth $80 million led by Sequoia Capital. Gurugram-based organic skincare, haircare, and body care brand, Honasa or Mamaearth became the first unicorn in India in 2022.

Fractal Analytics

Startup Name Fractal
Headquarters New York, United States
Industry Analytics, Artificial Intelligence
Founders Ramakrishna Reddy, Pranay Agrawal, Srikanth Velamakanni
Founded 2000
Investors Apax Partners, Khazanah Nasional, Aimia
Products and Services Consultancy services
Valuation $1 billion+ (January 2022)

Fractal Intelligence is a Mumbai-based analytics startup founded in 2000 by Ramakrishna Reddy, Pranay Agrawal, Srikanth Velamakanni, Nirmal Palaparthi, and Pradeep Suryanarayan and is currently headquartered in New York, US. Primarily established as a strategic analytics partner to the most sought-after Fortune 500 companies globally, Fractal empowers every human decision by bringing analytics, AI, and other cutting-edge technology to the decision-making process.

Fractal Analytics currently has its presence across 15 countries including the United States, UK, Ukraine, and India. The company has recently turned unicorn by raising $360 million from a fundraising round led by TPG Capital, and Apax Partners, as per the reports dated January 5, 2022. Fractal is one of the leading players in the AI space with Qure.ai, Crux Intelligence, Theremin.ai, Eugenie.ai and Samya.ai as its flagship products. It is also important to note that Fractal is the second Indian unicorn of 2022.

Startup Name LEAD School
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Industry Edtech, E-learning, Education
Founders Smita Deorah, Sumeet Mehta
Founded 2012
Investors GSV Ventures, Westbridge Capital, Elevar Equity
Products and Services Educational services
Valuation $1.1 billion (January 2022)

LEAD School is a Mumbai-based edtech company that helps bring in improved marketing and academic solutions for educational institutions to transform their school education in India. Founded in 2012 by Smita Deorah and Sumeet Mehta, LEAD School helps digitize and transform private schools to help them serve students from varying economic backgrounds better.

LEAD School turned unicorn on January 13, 2022, thereby becoming the first Indian edtech startup to achieve a unicorn valuation in 2022. LEAD raised a funding round worth $100 mn today, led by GSV Ventures and WestBridge Capital to attain unicorn status. The Deorah and Mehta-led startup has thus become the third unicorn startup in India in 2022.

Darwinbox

Startup Name Darwinbox
Headquarters Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Industry Saas, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning
Founders Chaitanya Peddi, Jayant Paleti, Rohit Chennamaneni
Founded 2015
Investors TCV, Salesforce Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Partners
Products and Services Enterprise HR software
Valuation $1 billion+ (January 2022)

Darwinbox has been founded by Chaitanya Peddi, Jayant Paleti and Rohit Chennamaneni as a cloud-based Hr technology product, which serves as an end-to-end HR software that helps enterprises automate the entire employee lifecycle. The HR software that the company provides the organizations, helps them manage all of their HR requirements including recruitment, payroll, employee engagement, talent management, and people analytics across the employee life cycle under one platform.

Darwinbox has already served 1.5 million employees across 650+ organizations from over 90 different industries. The company claims to be the third-largest HRTech platform after SAP and Oracle. The growing HR Tech platform has raised $72 million in its Series D funding round from TCV on January 25, 2022, to attain the unicorn club of Indian companies. The unicorn valuation obtained by Darwinbox has made it the first Indian Saas unicorn of 2022 and the fourth unicorn overall that the country has seen this year.

DealShare

Startup Name DealShare
Headquarters Bengaluru, Andhra Pradesh, India
Industry Ecommerce, Grocery
Founders Rajat Shikhar, Sankar Bora, Sourjyendu Medda, and Vineet Rao
Founded 2018
Investors Tiger Global, Alteria Capital, Alpha Wave Global, Innoven Capital and other
Products and Services Grocery and other consumer products via its ecommerce business
Valuation $1.62 billion+ (January 2022)

DealShare is a social eCommerce startup based in Bengaluru. Founded in 2018 by Rajat Shikhar, Sankar Bora, Sourjyendu Medda, and Vineet Rao, DealShare boasts of having multi-category consumer goods that are available at affordable prices.

DealShare has turned into a unicorn, as per the reports dated January 27, 2022. The Bangalore-based grocery and essentials delivery eCommerce platform have raised $130 million via a Series E funding round led by Tiger Global, Alpha Wave, Kora Investment, and others for this recent round in funding.

ElasticRun

Startup Name ElasticRun
Headquarters Pune, Maharashtra, India
Industry Ecommerce, Logistics, Transportation
Founders Sandeep Deshmukh, Saurabh Nigam, Shitiz Bansal
Founded 2015
Investors Softbank, Kalaari, Prosus, Innoven, Norwest Venture Partners and more
Products and Services Online system, logistics and transportation support
Valuation $1 billion+ (February 2022)

ElasticRun is an eCommerce logistics and transportation-based startup headquartered in Pune, Maharashtra, which is designed to serve as an online system that will empower the eCommerce and distribution industry of India by improving the reception of orders from customers and the dispatch of delivery drivers.

In a recent round of funding dated February 8, 2022, ElasticRun has raised over $300 million from SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Goldman Sachs with some of its existing investors including Prosus Ventures. At the conclusion of the fresh funding round, the company posted a post-money valuation of $1.44 bn. ElasticRun was just valued at $400 mn during the last round that it saw in April 2021, thereby implying that the valuation of the company saw a 3X rise. With this round, the Kirana commerce platform becomes the 6th unicorn startup in India in 2022.

Startup Name Livspace
Headquarters Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Industry Ecommerce, Furniture, Interior design
Founders Anuj Srivastava, Ramakant Sharma, Shagufta Anurag
Founded 2014
Investors Trifecta, Saint Gobain, Bessemer Venture, Helion Venture, Kharis Capital, and more
Products and Services Interior Design solutions
Valuation $1.44 billion+ (February 2022)

Built with an aim to connect individuals with designers, services, and products, Livspace is an interior designing startup that works as an omnichannel home interior and renovation platform. Headquartered in Bengaluru, Livspace helps homeowners to find pre-created looks for rooms, kitchens, and storage areas on the platform. Furthermore, Livspace also extends the opportunities to its customers to choose and buy the designs they want, along with further options for customization.

The Anuj Srivastava and Ramakant Sharma-led startup raised $180 Mn in a Series F funding round led by American investment giant KKR & Co. and other existing investors of Livspace including Jungle Ventures, Venturi Partners, Ingka Group (Ikea), and Peugeot Investments. This has lifted the valuation of Livspace to $1.44 bn. With the unicorn valuation that Livspace attained with the funding round dated February 8, 2022, the company witnessed a 2X jump in its valuation since December 2019, when it was valued at $500 million. The company became the 7th Indian unicorn in 2022 and is the 50th unicorn since January 2021.

Startup Name Xpressbees
Headquarters Pune, Maharashtra, India
Industry Ecommerce, Logistics, Supply Chain Management
Founders Amitava Saha, Supam Maheshwari
Founded 2015
Investors Blackstone Capital, TPG Growth, Gaja Capital, Alibaba Group, InnoVen Capital and more
Products and Services Express delivery services, ecommerce logistics services
Valuation $1 billion+ (February 2022)

Founded by Supam Maheshwari and Amitava Saha, Xpressbees is an eCommerce logistics platform that extends reliable delivery solutions to its partners along with customized delivery solutions. Headquartered in Pune, India, the company offers a wide range of delivery and logistics-oriented services including comprehensive last-mile delivery, reverse logistics, payment collection, drop shipping, vendor management, cross-border services, fulfilment services, and more. Furthermore, Xpressbees also boasts of bringing in tailored software solutions to clients.

Xpressbees is the 8th unicorn company in India, which raised $300 million worth of funds in its latest Series F funding round led by Blackstone Growth, TPG Growth, and ChrysCapital on February 9, 2022. The funding round via which it raised the funds that will support the next phase of business growth of Xpressbees also saw participation from its existing investors including Investcorp and Norwest Venture Partners.

Uniphore

Startup Name Uniphore
Headquarters Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India and Palo Alto, California, USA
Industry AI, Saas, Software
Founders Ravi Saraogi, Umesh Sachdev
Founded 2008
Investors IIFL, Sorenson, March Capital, Chiratae Ventures and more
Products and Services auMina and akeira and other software products
Valuation $2.5 billion+ (February 2022)

Uniphore is a Conversational Automation platform founded by Ravi Saraogi and Umesh Sachdev in 2008. The customer service platform developed by Uniphore is powered by AI and automation technologies the vision of which is to bridge the gap between people and machines through voice. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Uniphore extends first-rate customer service to global businesses and helps them benefit from the integrated suite of software products for conversational analytics, assistance, and security that Uniphore provides. auMina and akeira, two proprietary AI solutions are already developed by Uniphore in the speech analytics and virtual assistant verticals.

Uniphore raised $400 million in a Series E round led by NEA, March Capital, and others to become the eighth unicorn of India in 2022, as per the reports dated February 16, 2022, at the end of which the company was valued at $2.5 billion.

Hasura

Startup Name Hasura
Headquarters Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Industry Software
Founders Rajoshi Ghosh and Tanmay Gopal
Founded 2017
Investors Greenoaks, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Vertex Ventures and more
Products and Services GraphQL development platform
Valuation $1 billion+ (February 2022)

Hasura is a Bengaluru-based GraphQL development platform that has built its platform with an aim to boost web application development. The Rajoshi Ghosh and Tanmay Gopal-led startup plan to do this by reducing the roadblocks, thereby making data access easy for the frontend and full-stack developers. The platform turned into an open-source platform in July 2018 and since then developers from around the world have used Hasura to help themselves build the data layer for modern applications.

This developer-focused tooling products platform turned into a unicorn on February 22, 2022, thereby becoming the 10th Indian startup to enter the coveted unicorn club in 2022. It raised a funding of $100 million to obtain unicorn status in its Series C funding round.

CredAvenue

Startup Name CredAvenue
Headquarters Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Industry Fintech, Finance, PaaS
Founders Gaurav Kumar and Vineet Sukumar
Founded 2017
Investors Dragoneer, B Capital Group, Insight Partners, Sequoia Capital and more
Products and Services CredLoan, CredCo-Lend, Plutus
Valuation $1.3 billion+ (March 2022)

Termed as a complete corporate debt solution, CredAvenue is founded by Gaurav Kumar in 2017 and is designed as a fully integrated, unified digital platform, which helps investors discover, trade, execute and fulfil debt solutions for investors. Vineet Sukumar, who joined the startup in October 2020 also stands as the Founder and Director of CredAvenue.

CredAvenue turned into a unicorn on March 6, 2022, by raising $137 million worth of funds in a series-B round led by Insight Partners, B Capital Group, and Dragoneer. The company is currently valued at over $1.3 billion, which is more than double the valuation of CredAvenue that was measured in September 2021. The Chennai-based debt marketplace startup becomes the 11th Indian startup to attain unicorn status in 2022.

Startup Name Amagi
Headquarters New York, US
Industry Media, Advertising, Entertainment
Founders Baskar Subramanian, Srinivasan KA, Srividhya Srinivasan
Founded 2008
Investors Accel, Mayfield, Premjiinvest, Emerald Media and more
Products and Services Cloud solutions for broadcasting
Valuation $1 billion+ (March 2022)

Founded in 2009, by Baskar Subramanian, Srinivasan KA, Srividhya Srinivasan, and originally headquartered in Bengaluru, Amagi is a media-tech and broadcasting startup that helps target TV advertisements geographically. As a Cloud Saas technology provider, Amagi offers a mix of media and innovation to bring services that are powerful, cost-effective, and result-oriented, thereby making a way for a new TV-media advertising platform.

Amagi raised $95 million in funding on March 16, 2022, led by Accel and a clutch of existing investors like Norwest Venture Partners and Avataar Ventures, which helped it attain a unicorn valuation. With this funding round, Amagi becomes the 12th Indian startup to enter the unicorn club in 2022. It is also presently hailed as one of the highest valued media tech companies in the world.

Startup Name CommerceIQ
Headquarters Palo Alto, California, USA
Industry Machine Learning, AI, Ecommerce
Founders Guru Hariharan
Founded 2012
Investors Softbank, Insight, Shasta Ventures and more
Products and Services Tools and technology for bettering ecommerce
Valuation $1 billion+ (March 2022)

Started as Boomerang Commerce, founded by Guru Hariharan, CommerceIQ is an omnichannel management platform that is currently headquartered in Palo Alto, California, US. Founded in 2012, CommerceIQ uses cutting-edge technologies including Machine Learning and Automation to multiply e-commerce sales.

CommerceIQ raised $115 million in its Series D funding round dated March 21, 2022, led by Softbank to turn a unicorn. This funding round made CommerceIQ the 13th unicorn that India has seen so far in 2022 and the second Indian company to turn unicorn by a funding round led by SoftBank after ElasticRun.

Oxyzo

Startup Name Oxyzo
Headquarters Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Industry Fintech, Financial Services, Lending
Founders Asish Mohapatra, Bhuvan Gupta, Nitin Jain, Ruchi Kalra, Vasant Shridhar
Founded 2016
Investors Alpha Wave, LLC, Matrix, Capital Management, Tiger Global, Norwest and more
Products and Services Financial Services
Valuation $1 billion+ (March 2022)

Oxyzo is a credit solutions provider, working as the lending arm of the unicorn industrial goods and services procurement platform, OfBusiness. Founded by Asish Mohapatra, Ruchi Kalra, with a deep understanding of the SMEs’ business trends, Oxyzo aims to transform small and medium-scale enterprises into something bigger in terms of operations, revenue, and profit margins.

In the latest Series A funding round that Oxyzo witnessed on March 23, 2022, where it received $200 million from a clutch of investors including Alpha Wave Global, Tiger Global, Matrix Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, and more, the company turned unicorn. This was the first external round of investment that Oxyzo received that has made it attain unicorn status. Owned by OfBusiness, Oxyzo is the second unicorn of the group. Raising such a large amount in the Series A round, Oxyzo has also been recorded as the first Indian startup to do so to date.

Games 24×7

Startup Name Games 24×7
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Industry Gaming, Fantasy Sports
Founders Bhavin Pandya, Trivikraman Thampy
Founded 2006
Investors Malabar Investment and more
Products and Services Gaming platform
Valuation $1 billion+ (April 2022)

Games 24×7 is India’s leading scientific gaming company. Founded by Bhavin Pandya and Trivikraman Thampy, on June 1, 2006, headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Games 24×7 offers real money skill gaming, daily sports fantasy games, and casual gaming for its users.

The leading games platform recently turned unicorn on March 30, 2022, by raising $75 mn of funds led by Malabar India Fund and is currently valued at $2.5 billion. Tiger Global was an existing investor who also took part in the same funding round. Games 24×7 is currently hailed as India’s 99th unicorn company, as per the reports dated 30th March 2022.

Open

Startup Name Open
Headquarters Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Industry Fintech, Financial Services, Banking
Founders Ajeesh Achuthan, Anish Achuthan, Deena Jacon, Mabel Chacko
Founded 2017
Investors Temasek, IIFL, Trifecta and more
Products and Services Neobanking services
Valuation $1 billion+ (May 2022)

Open is a neobanking startup that was founded in 2017 and is headquartered currently in Bangalore. Ajeesh Achuthan, Anish Achuthan, Deena Jacon, and Mabel Chacko were the minds behind the foundation of Open.

The neobanking culture is rapidly influencing the Indian banking and financial system and Open has been one of the major players in this growing culture. Open is currently powering 2.3+ million SMEs and processing over $30 billion in annualized transactions, which is certainly huge. This neobanking startup has put another feather in its cap by raising $50 mn in its Series D round on May 2, 2022, and turning into a unicorn, led by IIFL, Temasek, 3one4 Capital, and Tiger Global. With this, Open has seized the title of being the 1st Indian unicorn from the neobanking space and the 16th unicorn that India has seen so far in 2022.

It is also important to note here that Open has resumed India’s unicorn streak, which showed an unprecedented pause towards the end of March 2022, after Games 24×7 achieved the unicorn status.

Startup Name PhysicsWallah
Headquarters Noida, UP, India
Industry Edtech, Elearning
Founders Alakh Pandey
Founded 2016
Investors Westbridge, and GSV Ventures
Products and Services Tutoring, Study materials for Classes 6-12, and Live Courses for them and for the other entrance examinations like JEE, NEET and more
Valuation $1.1 billion+ (June 2022)

PhysicsWallah is an edtech company founded by Alakh Pandey in 2016, where Prateek Maheshwari. It offers online and offline courses and study materials for engineering and medical entrance examinations like JEE and NEET along with various entrance and state board exams. Video lectures, live classes, test series, and dynamic exercises are some of the main services that PhysicsWallah offers.

PhysicsWallah had last seen the Series A funding round, which was the maiden fundraising round that poured $100 mn into the startup. This round was led by Westbridge and GSV Ventures and helped the bootstrapped startup turn into an Indian unicorn company on June 7, 2022, thereby making PhysicsWallah the 101st Indian unicorn. PhysicsWallah, which was valued at $1.1 bn post the infusion, is currently hailed as the second bootstrapped Indian company that turned a unicorn. PhysicsWallah belongs to the edtech space that is seeing a huge upheaval after the unwinding of the country post-pandemic. Losses rage the edtech sector now, and layoffs are the new normal for the Edtech space in India.

Startup Name Purplle
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Industry Beauty, Cosmetics, Ecommerce
Founders Manish Taneja, Rahul Dash
Founded 2012
Investors Blume Ventures, Kedaara Capital, PremjiInvest, Goldman Sachs and more
Products and Services Ecommerce platform for cosmetics and beauty products including haircare, skincare products and more
Valuation $1.1 billion+ (June 2022)

Purplle is an Indian multi-brand beauty retailing online marketplace that was founded in 2011. Founded by Rahul Dash and Manish Taneja, Purplle is an online store that offers a wide range of products spanning numerous categories like fragrances, cosmetics, hair and skincare, and more.

The Mumbai-headquartered D2C cosmetic ecommerce brand turned unicorn on June 7, 2022, by raising $33 mn of funding from South Korea-based Paramark Ventures and its existing investors including Kedaara Capital, Blume Ventures, and PremjiInvest.

LeadSquared

Startup Name LeadSquared
Headquarters Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Industry Saas, Technology
Founders Nilesh Patel, Prashant Singh, and Sudhakar Gorti
Founded 2011
Investors WestBridge Capital, International Finance Corporation, Gaja Capital and more
Products and Services Marketing Automation, Field Force Automation, Self-serve Portal, Sales Execution CRM, Sales Performance Suite
Valuation $1 billion+ (June 2022)

Raising $153 mn in its Series C funding round from WestBridge Capital and others, LeadSquared turned unicorn, thereby becoming the 103rd Indian unicorn, as of June 21, 2022. With this latest funding in its arsenal, LeadSquared is planning to invest more in its business in India and North America. It is also looking to foray into the APAC and EMEA regions ahead, and would also fund some acquisitions. Besides, it is also looking to increase its workforce, and might even double its headcounts in the next 18 months.

LeadSquared was founded by Nilesh Patel, Prashant Singh, and Sudhakar Gorti in 2011, and is currently headquartered in Bengaluru. New Jersey, Philippines, South Africa, Australia, and Indonesia are some other territories where the company has seen its expansion to date. As a company, LeadSquared offers solutions for end-to-end sales, marketing, and onboarding automation, making these processes easy for its customers. LeadSquared already has 2,000+ customers, which belong to a variety of industries, including education, BFSI, healthcare, real estate, automotive, hospitality,and more. Some of its customers include biggies like Byju’s, Godrej Housing Finance, Olx, Dunzo, Practo, Kotak Securities, Amazon Pay, NIIT, Uni,and more.

OneCard

Startup Name OneCard
Headquarters Pune, Maharashtra, India
Industry Financial Services, Credit card challenger
Founder Vaibhav Hathi, Rupesh Kumar, Anurag Sinha
Founded 2018
Investors Sequoia Capital, Ocean View Investment, QED Holdings, Matrix Partners, Hummingbird and more
Products and Services Metal credit cards, Visa credit cards, OneScore
Valuation $1.3 billion (FY22)

OneCard was founded in 2018 by Vaibhav Hathi, Rupesh Kumar, and Anurag Sinha, and is a subsidiary of FPL Technologies. Being an Indian startup from the credit card challenger space, OneCard competes with companies like Slice, Karbon Card, Uni Card, and more. OneCard rolled out its first mobile metal credit card in 2020, which it offers as a service along with Visa credit cards in partnership with numerous banks, and OneScore, a digital credit score checking platform that helps users check their credit scores without paying anything and without even any spams. OneCard currently extends its services in 12+ states across India.

OneCard turned unicorn after it raised $100 mn in funds via its Series D funding round led by Temasek, Sequoia Capital, QED Holdings, Matrix Partners, Hummingbird, and others, on June 13, 2022. With this fundraising round, OneCard is now valued at around $1.3 bn, thereby turning into the 104th Indian unicorn in 2022. Its total funding now crossed $225 mn, as of July 14th, 2022. After Slice, OneCard is now the second unicorn Indian startup in the credit card challenger space now.

5ire

Startup Name 5ire
Headquarters London, England, UK
Industry Blockchain Network
Founder Pratik Gauri, Prateek Dwivedi, and Vilma Mattila
Founded August 2021
Investors SRAM & MRAM, GEM Global Yield LLC SCS (GGY), Launchpool, Sanctum Global Ventures
Products and Services 5th generation Layer-1 (L1) blockchain network, 5irechain testnet, mainnet
Valuation $1.5 billion (July 2022)

5ire is a London-based 5th generation Layer-1 (L1) blockchain network founded by Pratik Gauri and Prateek Dwivedi, who are of Indian origin, and with the help of web3 financier Vilma Mattila, in August 2021. 5ire aims to build a space in the web3 revolution, just like Google did in the case of web1 revolution and Facebook revolutionised the web2 space, mentioned the company CEO Pratik Gauri. The name “5ire” came from the idea of the 5th industrial revolution.

5ire raised $100 mn in Series A funding from UK-based conglomerate SRAM & MRAM at a valuation of $1.5 Bn to be listed as the 105th unicorn of India.

Shiprocket

Startup Name Shiprocket
Headquarters New Delhi, India
Industry Ecommerce, Logistics, Supply Chain Management
Founders Gautam Kapoor, Saahil Goel, Vishesh Khurana and Akshay Ghulati
Founded 2017
Investors Tamesek Holdings, Lightrock, Bertelsmann, Moore Strategic Ventures
Products and Services Ecommerce Logistics and Shipping Software, Courier Delivery App
Valuation $1.2 billion (August 2022)

Shiprocket was founded in 2017 by Gautam Kapoor, Saahil Goel, Vishesh Khurana and Akshay Ghulati. The startup is a developer of an eCommerce shipping and enablement application and is headquartered in New Delhi. The platform makes use of a machine learning-based data engine to recommend the best courier service for a business and select a courier company. Apart from this, it offers benefits like packaging, warehousing, printing shipping labels, and tracking orders from a single panel. This helps the merchants and sellers to manage the deliveries smoothly.

The Zomato-backed logistics startup has become the 106thunicorn startup in India after raising $33.5 million from Temasek Holdings and Lightrock raising its valuation to $1.2 billion. This makes it the 21st Indian startup to turn unicorn in 2022.

Tata 1mg

Startup Name Tata 1mg
Headquarters Gurugram, Haryana, India
Industry HealthTech
Founders Prashant Tandon, Gaurav Agarwal, Vikas Chauhan
Founded 2015
Investors Tata Digital, KWE Beteiligungen AG, HBM Healthcare Investments, MAF Mauritius, MPOF Mauritius
Products and Services Medicines, Lab Tests, Doctor consultation
Valuation $1.25 (September 2022)

Tata 1mg (formerly 1mg) was founded in the year 2015 by Prashant Tandon, Gaurav Agarwal, and Vikas Chauhan. The startup is headquartered in Gurugram, Haryana. It is an online drug delivery platform that intends to make healthcare more accessible and affordable. The platform is known to offer medicines and other healthcare products, lab tests, and online consultations from healthcare professionals. All this makes it a one-stop solution for all of the customers’ healthcare needs.

The Tata-owned health tech platform has become the 107th unicorn startup in India after raising $40 million in an internal round of funding led by Tata Digital, raising its valuation to $1.25 billion.

Former Indian Unicorn Companies

India has seen many unicorn companies to date and the above list containing is a testament to that. However, if you wonder about the total unicorns in India, then the numbers would be even more than what reflects in the list above because many of the unicorn companies in the country have either gone defunct or devalued thus, lost their unicorn status. Here’s remembering the prominent ones among them:

Quikr

Quikr is a Bengaluru-based Indian online marketplace and classified advertising company that was founded in 2008 by Pranay Chulet. Quikr boasts of having its listings in over 1000 cities in India across a wide range of product categories including cars, mobile phones, household products, education, jobs, services and more.

The online classified ads major has been valued at over $1.5 billion on October 8, 2015. However, the company lost its unicorn status in February 2020.

Hike Messenger

Started as a social media instant messaging app, Hike Messenger was beyond a craze when it first launched. It was the time when Whatsapp was launched recently in India and was far from gaining the popularity that it is currently known for. Kavin Bharti Mitta, who was the founder and CEO of Hike, founded the company in December 2012.

Hike raised $175 million in a Series D funding round, which valued the startup at $1.4 bn in just under 3.7 years in August 2016, thereby becoming the youngest startup in India then to achieve the feat!

However, the company saw a massive drop in its revenue as Whatsapp rapidly rose to fame and dominated the market. The company tried some strategies to lift its brand value. It even tried a sticker-centric experience by rebranding itself as Hike Sticker Chat in April 2019. The company finally announced its shutdown on January 15, 2021.

Shopclues

ShopClues was founded by Sanjay Sethi, Radhika Aggarwal, and Sandeep Aggarwal in 2011 and has claimed to be India’s first and largest managed marketplace. It was once a promising company with over 2.5 cr listed products and 6,00,000+ merchants. Shopclues also turned into a unicorn back in 2016 and was hailed as the fourth unicorn startup in India. However, ShopClues has slowly steadily collapsed from being a promising unicorn to an also-ran by the company and was finally sold to Singapore-based Qoo10 Pte Ltd at a valuation of just $70-100 mn in an all-stock deal.

FAQs

What is the meaning of a Unicorn startup?

Startups with a valuation of over $1 Billion are known as Unicorns.

How many unicorns are there in India?

There are 104 unicorns currently in India. The country has seen 44 startups turn unicorns in 2021 and in 2022, India has already got 19 new unicorn companies in the first 6 months.

Which are the top Indian unicorns?

Some of the top unicorns that India boasts of today are:

  • Zomato
  • Nykaa
  • PolicyBazaar
  • Oyo
  • Ola
  • Paytm
  • Swiggy
  • Byju’s
  • FirstCry
  • Lenskart
  • Freshworks
  • Moglix
  • Nykaa
  • Swiggy
  • Pine Labs
  • BlackBuck

Which is India’s first unicorn startup?

InMobi, Bangalore based multinational mobile advertising technology company, founded in 2007 is the first to enter the unicorn club. InMobi became the first unicorn in 2011.

Is Nykaa a unicorn?

Nykaa entered the unicorn club in 2020.

Which country has the most unicorns?

The United States is at the top of the list with 472 unicorns, as of November 2021.

What is the obsession with unicorn startups?

Unicorn startups boast of their valuation, which has crossed the $1 billion mark, and are always at the edge of their gameplay. The companies grouped in as unicorns are forever in competition with each other, and always stand as inspirational figures for the rest of the startups and other budding companies.

How many companies turn unicorns?

Though startups are everywhere now around us, as per the recently conducted surveys, 9 out of every 10 startups fail. Therefore, being a successful startup and turning it into a unicorn is always difficult for startups. AngelList says that a venture-backed seed-stage startup has a 1 in 40 shot, which is equivalent to a 2.5% chance of achieving a unicorn status today.

Is Zerodha a unicorn?

Yes, Zerodha entered the unicorn club in 2020 with a valuation of about $1 billion.

Which Indian startups became unicorns in 2020?

  • Pine Labs
  • FirstCry
  • Nykaa
  • Unacademy
  • Zerodha
  • Razorpay
  • Postman
  • Cars24
  • Dailyhunt
  • Glance, InMobi and more.

Which Indian startups became unicorns in 2021?

  • BrowserStack
  • Moglix
  • PharmEasy
  • CRED
  • Meesho
  • Urban Company
  • Digit Insurance
  • Groww
  • Gupshup
  • Chargebee
  • Zeta
  • Infra.Market
  • Innovaccer
  • Five Star Business Finance
  • Licious
  • Vedantu and more.

How many Indian companies turned unicorn in 2022?

There are 21 Indian companies that turned unicorn in 2022, as of July 15, 2022.

What are the Indian companies that turned unicorns in 2022?

The Indian companies that turned unicorns in 2022 are:

  • Mamaearth
  • Fractal Analytics
  • LEAD School
  • Darwinbox
  • DealShare
  • ElasticRun
  • Livspace
  • Xpressbees
  • Uniphore
  • Hasura
  • CredAvenue
  • Amagi
  • CommerceIQ
  • Oxyzo
  • Games 24×7
  • Open
  • PhysicsWallah
  • Purplle
  • LeadSquared
  • OneCard
  • 5ire

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