Indian fintech funding plummets by 63% in 2023: Report.

The Indian fintech sector has experienced a significant decline in funding in 2023, with a 63% drop compared to the previous year, according to a report by Tracxn FinTech. The sector raised $2 billion in funding in 2023, compared to $5.4 billion in 2022 and $8.4 billion in 2021. Both early-stage and late-stage funding rounds saw a decline in 2023, with a 73% drop in early-stage funding and a 56% drop in late-stage funding. Despite the decline, India remains one of the top-funded countries in the fintech sector globally, ranking third in terms of fintech start-up funding in 2023.

The report also highlights some positive aspects of the fintech sector in India, including the emergence of Bengaluru as a leader in fintech funding, followed by Mumbai and Jaipur. The report attributes this to the implementation of regulatory measures and the government’s commitment to digitalization. Additionally, the report anticipates long-term growth in the sector due to factors such as a young and tech-savvy population, a large consumer base, and the government’s push towards digitization.

Despite the challenges faced by the sector, including increasing borrowing costs and macroeconomic conditions, India has excelled in digital payments, surpassing the top four leading countries combined. The report predicts that the payments landscape in India will continue to grow, with experts projecting transaction numbers to reach $100 trillion by 2030.

The top investors in the Indian fintech space in 2023 were Peak XV Partners, Y Combinator, and LetsVenture. Although overall funding declined, there were still notable funding rounds, with five exceeding $100 million. Two companies, Zaggle and Veefin, announced IPOs in 2023, compared to five companies in the previous year.

The report concludes by stating that despite the funding challenges faced in 2023, the Indian fintech sector remains resilient and an innovative hub. The government’s commitment to digitalization and the implementation of regulatory measures have created a promising future for the sector.