The new hottest land of FoodTech – #DFInsights

India on the rise


A few weeks ago we talked about FoodTech hubs worldwide. In 2017, US startups received 45% of global funding, followed by China (20%), Europe (16%) and India with 5%. Then, when we released the first report on FoodTech unicorns (you can download it for free), we found that India has the 4th largest number of FoodTech unicorns. Key startups such as Zomato or Swiggy (created in 2014!) were developing fast with huge deals. This was enough to tickle our interest.

We have therefore worked on it in the last few months to release the first up to date Indian FoodTech report. You can download it here (for free, aren’t we nice?).

It can be summed up by Narendra Modi’s quote: “the sleeping elephant has now started to run”. Going from almost nothing (at least in terms of investments), now the Indian FoodTech ecosystem has received $10.8B in funding between 2011 and 2018. A good comparison can be made with French FoodTech startups (France has a GDP really close to India) which have received less than $0.8B in funding in the same period!

Indian FoodTech

As you can see on the graph above, investments in India’s FoodTech startups have been quite erratic in the last years. Nonetheless, we can see a clear trend toward more investments. If the amounts are huge, they are not evenly distributed:

  • 97% of the investments go to Delivery startups
  • Flipkart alone (acquired by Walmart) raised more than $7B and Swiggy raised $1.5B in 4 years to develop its restaurant delivery platform
  • 2 cities act as FoodTech hubs in India: Bangalore (home of the two giants) and New Delhi

Indian FoodTech

In this report you will also find information about:

  • exists
  • top startups outside delivery (as seen in our mapping)
  • the origin of the investments: it’s a key point for India, money is pouring in its FoodTech startups from all over the world. Indeed, investors from Africa, the US, China and Japan are betting their money in India. It appears that only Europe’s VCs are missing this opportunity.
  • startup creations

In a word, if you don’t know about Indian FoodTech ecosystem, this report is a must read! Download it and share it here.

Have a great week!


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