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Nykaa, PolicyBazaar, Paytm — the Indian startup IPO lineup

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After the successful IPO of food delivery aggregator Zomato, the Indian startup ecosystem seems to have a flurry of upcoming IPOs — cosmetic marketplace Nykaa, insurance-tech platform PolicyBazaar, and fintech major Paytm.

Earlier this week, Nykaa filed papers with SEBI to raise funds via an initial public offering (IPO). It will comprise a fresh issue of shares of up to Rs 525 crore and an offer for sale of up to 4.3 crore shares by existing shareholders. Interestingly, Nykaa is the first profitable startup to file its documents. 

PolicyBazaar, founded by Yashish Dahiya and Alok Bansal in 2008, filed its Draft Red Herring Prospectus (DRHP) with SEBI. Operating under PB Fintech Pvt Ltd, PolicyBazaar is currently one of the largest insurance selling portals. It seeks to raise over $800 million from the proposed initial public offering (IPO).

Moreover, online auto classified platform Cartrade has fixed a price band of Rs 1,585-1,618 per share for its nearly Rs 2,999-crore initial public offer that opens for subscription next week. The IPO will open for subscription on August 9 and conclude on August 11. 

Last month, Paytm said it will raise Rs 8,300 crore from a primary fundraise, and the remaining Rs 8,300 crore from a secondary sale of shares by its existing investors in its DRHP filed with SEBI.

India is currently witnessing an IPO rush, with at least 28 companies already concluding their IPOs and raising more than Rs 42,000 crore over the last seven months. 

New-age tech-based companies, including PhonePe, MobiKwik, Grofers, Flipkart Internet, and Delhivery are also expected to go public this year. 

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Manav Garg, Founder of Eka Software and Together Fund, and Noshir Kaka, Senior Partner at McKinsey, deep-dive into how Indian SaaS providers can scale to their full potential, generating annual revenues of $50-$70 billion by 2030 and winning 4-6 percent of the global SaaS market.

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Before you go, stay inspired with… 

Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog

“IPOs will drive our startup revolution. Indian startups will raise money in Indian markets from the Indian public. This is truly Aatmanirbhar Bharat. Digitisation has provided an impetus to the startup ecosystem in India.” 

Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog  

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