Chinese Investments In Indian Unicorns: 2014 – 2019

wdt_ID Year Funding Month Investor Name of Unicorn Funding Amount (in $) Further Participating Investors
1 2,014 June 01, 2014 Tencent, Didi Chuxing Ola Undisclosed .
2 2,015 Feb 05, 2015 Alibaba Group Paytm $213 Mn SAIF Partners
3 2,015 Aug 02, 2015 Alibaba Group Snapdeal $500 Mn Foxconn Electronics, SoftBank Group, Temasek, BlackRock, Myriad Group, Premji Invest
4 2,015 Sept 29, 2015 Alibaba Group Paytm $472 Mn .
5 2,015 Nov 18, 2015 Didi Chuxing Ola $500 Mn Tiger Global Management, DST Global, Baillie Gifford, Steadview Capital, ABG Capital, JSCapital, Falcon Edge Capital, GIC, SoftBank Group, Daniel E Neary
6 2,016 Aug 16, 2016 Tencent Hike $175 Mn . Foxconn Electronics
7 2,017 Mar 03, 2017 Alibaba Group Paytm Mall $200 Mn . SAIF Partners
8 2,017 May 22, 2017 Fosun Delhivery $30 Mn .
9 2,017 Jul 25, 2017 Tencent Byju’s $40 Mn CZI, Lightspeed Venture Partners, IFC, Sofina, Brand Capital
10 2,017 Sept 07, 2017 China Lodging Group OYO Rooms $260 Mn Hero MotoCorp, SoftBank Vision Fund, Sequoia Capital, Greenoaks, Lightspeed Venture Partners
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The above table represents the chronology of Chinese Investments in Indian Unicorns, starting from 2014 to 2019 (till September). According to data from Tracxn, China’s VC investments into the Indian startup ecosystem have increased five-fold to $5.6 billion in 2018 from just $668 million in 2016.

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Among all the top investors from China, Alibaba Group and Tencent have been the most active investors during the last 5 years. In 2015, Alibaba Group invested more than $1 billion in Paytm ($685 Mn) and Snapdeal ($500 Mn). Further in 2017, about $200 million raised by Paytm Mall, $5 million by the grocery delivery startup BigBasket.

On the other hand, Alibaba’s native rival Tencent has invested in six Indian unicorns so far: Hike, Ola, Byju’s, Swiggy, Dream11, PolicyBazaar.

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