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12 Startups To Watch In India

CB Insights

June 28, 2016


We used CB Insights data to highlight 12 companies focused on fintech tech, digital health, food delivery, and more. Sequoia and Accel are among their backers.

India is among the key tech markets globally. It ranks third among the top countries in the number of tech exits in 2015 and has sprouted dozens of prominent startups and attracted global investors, as seen in our recent Periodic Table of Tech In India.

We used CB Insights data to highlight 12 early-stage Indian tech companies to keep an eye on. These are companies that have all raised funding in June 2015 or later, but have not yet raised a Series B round. To select them we used our Mosaic algorithm, which tracks the health of private companies. Mosaic has three components, which gauge a company’s health in terms of financing, industry category, and overall momentum (the latter includes jobs data, social and media mentions, web traffic, and more).

Among the startups on our list is Shuttl, a commuter bus-booking startup that has raised roughly $23M to date, making it the most well-funded company on our list.

Two of our companies — Razorpay Software and Juspay — are payments startups that have both raised in the last 12 months. Other startups on the list include Mumbai-based Aasaanjobs, which has built a human resources platform. Check out the 12 Indian startups below.

Top 12 Indian Startups To Watch


Total Funding ($M)


Select Investors


$ 23.0

Bus operator and aggregator

Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital India and Times Internet


$ 15.4

Fintech tax software

SAIF Partners, FF Angel and Sequoia Capital India

Razorpay Software

$ 11.6

Payments software

Matrix Partners India, Tiger Global Management and Y Combinator


$ 8.3

Logistics software

Accel Partners, Delhivery and Sands Capital


$ 6.6

HR Software

Aspada Advisors, IDG Ventures India and Inventus Capital Partners


$ 6.3

Digital Health

Micromax Informatics, Blume Ventures, IDG Ventures India and Inventus Capital Partners


$ 5.8

Payments software

Accel Partners, Ashish Hemrajani, Parikshit Dar and Rajesh Balpande


$ 5.7

On-demand home services

IvyCap Ventures, Mayfield Fund and Orios Venture Partners


$ 5.0

HR Software

Blume Ventures, Kunal Bahl, Matrix Partners India, Phanindra Sama, Raju Reddy and Rohit Bansal


$ 4.0

Food Delivery

Mayfield Fund


$ 4.0

Zero commission trading platform

GVK Bio and Kalaari Capital

Cue Learn

$ 4.0

Ed Tech

Sequoia Capital India and Unitus Seed Fund