Bengaluru held on to its record trend of attracting technology investments and other Indian cities such as Mumbai and Delhi and hubs such as Telangana and Kerala are also making a mark on the global startup ecosystems charts, according to new research released at London Tech Week 2022 earlier this week. Research from Dealroom.Co for London & Partners London's business growth agency, showed that Bengaluru is the leading Asian city and fifth-ranked hub in the world for tech venture capital (VC) investment in 2022.
A separate 'Global Startup Ecosystem' report from Startup Genome found that the Asian scenario in the sector once dominated by Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Korea is now being considerably disrupted by the likes of Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Delhi. While Bengaluru ranked 22nd in the global startup ecosystem index due to major improvements in its market reach and access to funding, Delhi moved up an 11 places coming in at No. 26, with Mumbai at No. 36. â€śIt's fantastic to see startup growth across the whole of India as this creates lots of opportunities for collaboration with London,â€ť said Hemin Bharucha, Director of India for London and Partners.
The investment research revealed that in the first five months of this year (January to May) Bengaluru's tech firms have raised $7.5 billion in VC funding, considerably higher than the previous record of $5.2 billion during the first six months of 2021. The Silicon Valley of India is now attracting more investment than other global hubs like Singapore, Paris, and Berlin and is trailing closely behind Greater Boston and New York.
The UK capital is also by far the most attractive tech hub in Europe for international VC investment, with London firms raising $11.3 billion so far in 2022, significantly more than the likes of Paris ($5 billion) and Berlin (USD2.4 billion).
According to London and Partners, the UK capital is the number one European city for Indian companies looking to expand outside of their home market and second after Dubai for the number of foreign direct investment projects from India in the past five years. "This research demonstrates that London and Bengaluru are not just the leading startup hubs in Europe and Asia but they are also competitive on the global stage, Bharucha added.
The 'Global Startup Ecosystem' report highlighted Bengaluru's formidable status as the tech capital of India, with an ecosystem value of $105 billion higher than Singapore ($89 billion) and Tokyo ($62 billion).
Bengaluru's massive growth in 2022 is largely attributed to greater access to funding with major funding rounds in 2022 for scale-up tech companies, including a $55.7 million Series D for Ather Energy and Swiggy's $700 million round in January.
Additional findings from the report show that the global tech sector has weathered the pandemic better than other industries. It reveals that since the pandemic, tech companies grew 2.3 times more than their non-tech counterparts.
According to the research, a record 540 companies achieved unicorn status in 2021, up from 150 in 2020, with 113 ecosystems producing at least one $1 billion+ behemoth. Since 2012, global average Series A rounds have tripled to more than $18 million.
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