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.
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 impressive 11 places coming in at No. 26, with Mumbai at No. 36.
Hemin Bharucha, Director of India for London and Partners, said: “It’s fantastic to see startup growth across the whole of India as this creates lots of opportunities for collaboration with London.
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“With our shared strengths in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology, we can expect to see UK and Indian tech companies doing business across both regions. London is already one of the top destinations for Indian tech companies looking to expand outside of their home market and we continue to see a strong pipeline of Indian tech companies that are looking to grow their business internationally by moving to London.”
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 city aptly named as the “Silicon Valley of India” is now attracting more investment than other global hubs like Singapore, Paris and Berlin and is trailing closer 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 ($5bn) and Berlin ($2.4bn).
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 only to Dubai for the number of foreign direct investment projects from India in the past five years (2017-2021).
"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,” added Bharucha.
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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.
In addition, the Startup Genome report also highlighted London’s strengths in high growth sectors such as Fintech, EdTech and ClimateTech. The city has produced more unicorns startups and billion dollar exits than any other European hub.
*Info: Startup Genome