Chinese Investments In Indian Unicorns: 2014 – 2019

wdt_IDYearFunding MonthInvestorName of UnicornFunding Amount (in $)Further Participating Investors
12,014June 01, 2014Tencent, Didi ChuxingOlaUndisclosed.
22,015Feb 05, 2015Alibaba GroupPaytm$213 MnSAIF Partners
32,015Aug 02, 2015Alibaba GroupSnapdeal$500 MnFoxconn Electronics, SoftBank Group, Temasek, BlackRock, Myriad Group, Premji Invest
42,015Sept 29, 2015Alibaba GroupPaytm$472 Mn.
52,015Nov 18, 2015Didi ChuxingOla$500 MnTiger Global Management, DST Global, Baillie Gifford, Steadview Capital, ABG Capital, JSCapital, Falcon Edge Capital, GIC, SoftBank Group, Daniel E Neary
62,016Aug 16, 2016TencentHike$175 Mn. Foxconn Electronics
72,017Mar 03, 2017Alibaba GroupPaytm Mall$200 Mn. SAIF Partners
82,017May 22, 2017FosunDelhivery$30 Mn.
92,017Jul 25, 2017TencentByju’s$40 MnCZI, Lightspeed Venture Partners, IFC, Sofina, Brand Capital
102,017Sept 07, 2017China Lodging GroupOYO Rooms$260 MnHero 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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