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The ever-growing empire of Sequoia India

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Last year, the Indian startup ecosystem raked in $32+ billion in total funding, with Sequoia Capital India making a significant contribution — over 74 deals amounting to $4.35 billion, reveals data by YourStory Research

Over the last seven years — between 2015 and January 27, 2022 — the fund has invested in a total of over 318 deals in the Indian startup ecosystem amounting to $11.40 billion, across sizes. More than a third of the total funding was infused last year. 

“As a fund, we have been investing in India since 2006, and we have always bet on Indian startups and the Indian market, and will continue to do so. The market in India is significantly different that there is no comparison,” GV Ravishankar, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital tells YourStory.

The year gone by also saw the VC fund making stellar exits. Data indicates that the fund sold shares worth over $1 billion through secondaries, mergers and acquisitions (M&As), and initial public offerings (IPOs). 

Though the fund focused on sectors like ecommerce and edtech, 2022 will see Sequoia Capital India chasing sunrise sectors such as software-as-a-service (SaaS), fintech, insurtech, agritech, and Web 3.0 — areas where technology can make a difference. 

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