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Kunal Shah: #1 angel investor

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FY2022 was a record year for the Indian startup ecosystem, which saw an investment inflow of $38.3 billion across 1,633 deals.

While late-stage startups got the most chunk of the funding, early-stage deals accounted for 74.1 percent (1,210 deals) of the total deal count. Their value of nearly $4.41 billion was a nearly 40 percent growth as compared to the previous fiscal.

The last fiscal saw a healthy mix of venture capital funds and angels participating actively in early-stage deals.

The most number of angel investments came from CRED Founder Kunal Shah, who made 58 deals of the total of 814 Pre-Series A deals – accounting for 7.14 percent of the overall number of Pre-Series A deals. 

Out of the total deals, Pre-Series A deals accounted for 49.85 percent of the number of deals, valuing over $1.1 billion (2.89 percent of the total value).

Read the complete analysis here.

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