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Indian Startups Raised Over $329 Million in First Week of May 2024

ISN Team
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Indian Startups Funding May First Week

Last month, the Indian startup ecosystem experienced significant volatility, with funding totals fluctuating weekly: $165 million in the first week, $106 million in the second, $343 million in the third, and $194 million in the fourth.

On a positive note, the ecosystem kicked off May with substantial momentum, raising $329 million in funding across the final days of April and the first week of May 2024.

This robust start represents a continued trend of significant investment despite a noticeable decline from April's total funding figures, where Indian startups raised $808 million, a 31.53% reduction from the $1.18 billion raised in March.

Between April 29 and May 04, 2024, as many as 27 startups from diverse sectors secured funding. These sectors include Pharmacy, SaaS, MSME, Fintech, Fashion, Marketing, Robotics, Healthcare, EV, and AI.


Unlike merger and acquisition deals, which typically do not disclose financials, these funding rounds provide insight into the sectors attracting growing investor interest.

High-value deals

A diverse range of sectors attracted investments during the week, with the Pharmacy and NBFC sectors leading the pack. Leading these two sectors were Pharmeasy and NBFC firm Kinara Capital, which raised $216 million and $24.4 million, respectively.

The list was followed by healthcare startup Portea Medical, EV charging network Charge Zone, robotics startup Niqo Robotics, and NBFC Infinity Fincorp, which raised $20 million, $19 million, $9 million, and $8 million, respectively.

PharmEasy raised the most funding in the last week but at a significantly reduced valuation. The startup's valuation has been drastically cut to $710 million, down from its previous valuation of $5.6 billion in 2021, reflecting a 90% decrease.

Emerging startups

Several startups have emerged as noteworthy for their traction with the funding community. In the B2C sector, CHEQ raised $4.5 million, fintech startup BriskPe raised $5 million, Li-on battery startup PointO raised $740,000, and SaaS startup Plotline raised $2.6 million, all in seed funding rounds.

Neuro42, although opting to keep the figures under wraps, also closed a seed funding round, indicating an influx of early-stage confidence. Deeptech robotics and AI startup Perceptyne also raised an undisclosed amount in a pre-seed round led by Venture Catalysts and individual investors.

Influencer marketing platform vhub.ai, logistics startup ShipEase, D2C homeware brand Ellementry, Accelerate India, and Culture Circle are some of the startups that didn't disclose their funding amounts.

On the other hand, Jaipur Watch Company, Reelo, fixed-income platform Dexif, Fresh For Farm, TalkEsport, Assert AI, DaMENSCH, Kyari, and Shark Tank India-featured Go DESi collectively raised $20.4 million in funding.

Merger and acquisition highlights

The period also featured strategic mergers and acquisitions. Notably, Zuora, a California-based monetization suite for modern business, announced its planned acquisition of Chennai-based metering and rating solution Togai.

Non-banking company Ugro Capital is also acquiring financial services platform MyShubhLife in a cash and equity deal with an enterprise value of Rs 45 crore.

Additionally, PolicyBazaar's parent company, PB Fintech, is acquiring a 100% stake in UAE-based insurance broker Gensis Group. Growth marketing firm Pravis, founded by former co-founders of Momspresso, also acquired a significant stake in the adtech gaming platform StreamO.


Despite the noticeable decline in April's total funding figures compared to March, the Indian startup ecosystem demonstrated resilience by kicking off May with significant momentum.

With $329 million raised across the final days of April and the first week of May 2024, startups from various sectors, including Pharmacy, Fintech, and Healthcare, attracted strong investor interest.

The high-value deals and strategic mergers and acquisitions show that the ecosystem remains vibrant and adaptable to challenges, pointing to continued growth and investment in the coming months.