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Future of angel investments in India

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In the year gone by, the Indian startup ecosystem saw a record investment inflow, with the total investment expected to be north of $30 billion.

A large chunk of this came from angel investors, who are often the ones making early bets into startups that may or may not have a very promising future ahead. 

“We saw a 20-22 percent overall increase in angel funding for 2021,” Padmaja Ruparel, Co-founder of Indian Angel Network and Founding partner of IAN Fund, tells YourStory.

Many prominent entrepreneurs like Kunal Shah (Founder of CRED), Ramakant Sharma (Founder of Livspace), and Anupam Mittal (Founder of stepped forward to give back to the ecosystem and emerged as leading angels in 2021.

The year also saw the pool of angel investments getting bigger, with the funding range increasing from between Rs 50 lakh and Rs 2 crore, to now Rs 3 crore, according to industry estimates.

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