🦄 75% of Indian FinTech Unicorns are loss-making

🦄 75% of Indian FinTech Unicorns are loss-making

Good morning!

This weekend I came across these interesting stats from India that show that 75% of Indian FinTech Unicorns are loss-making.

Currently, India has 22 FinTech unicorns with a combined valuation of $68 Bn+ – but 3 out of 4 of them are loss-making.

As per Inc42 Media data, 655+ Indian FinTech startups have raised a whopping $27 Bn across 1.3K+ deals since 2014.

I if you are as interested in the Indian FinTech like me you should definitely download the complete “State Of The Indian Fintech Report Q2 2023” for more great stats and figures here

Here are some Key Takeaways from the report 𝙞𝙣 𝙣𝙪𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧𝙨:

$2 Bn ‣ Total funding raised by fintech startups in Q2 2023.

$65 Bn ‣ Cross-border payment market opportunity by 2030.

$100 Bn ‣ Total inward remittance sent to India in FY22.

And finally, for the ones that might have missed it over the weekend. I highly recommend reading my deep dive article “The Inside Story of The Apple-Goldman Drama” and let me know if you would like to see me publish more articles like this in the future!

Now on to other FinTech industry updates from all parts of the globe, enjoy:


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Check out 95+ Startups Automating Banking👇

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