Fintech Unicorns in India | Full List 2021

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Try to Google Unicorn companies and you will notice how India dominates the scene. Globally, India has the highest fintech adoption rate. It has over 2,100 FinTechs of which 67 per cent have been set up over the last 5 years alone. India has the second-highest number of unicorns in Asia-Pacific and the third-highest concentration worldwide behind the US and China (Statista). Indeed, Fintech Unicorns in India are increasingly multiplying in size and number.

1. Paytm

Paytm is India’s leading financial services company that specializes in digital payment system, e-commerce and finance. It won the Outstanding Startup of the Year Award at Forbes Leadership Awards in 2016.

2. Razorpay

Razorpay is a platform that enables businesses to accept, process, and disburse payments with its product suite. It gives access to all payment modes including credit card, debit card, net banking, UPI and popular wallets.

3. Pine Labs

Pine Labs is an Indian merchant platform company that provides financing and last-mile retail transaction technology. Founded in 1998, it now has more than 70,000 retailers across India, including major retail outlets such as Mark’s and Spencer’s Retail, Pantaloons, Shoppers Stop and Westside.

4. Groww

Groww is an online investment platform that allows investors to invest in mutual funds and stocks. It provides objective evaluation of mutual funds.

5. BharatPe

BharatPe is a fintech company that caters to the small merchants and kirana store owners of India. The company offers a range of fintech products including interoperable QR code for UPI payments, Bharat Swipe (POS machine) for card acceptance, and small business financing. Moreover, It recently announced that it aims to facilitate a loan book of $300 Million via postpe in the first 12 months for its lending partners.

6. Policybazaar

Policybazaar is India’s largest insurance aggregator. It provides a digital platform – website and app – where users compare financial services from major insurance companies. It provides several types of insurance plans like life insurance, health insurance, motor insurance, travel insurance as well as group plans.

7. CRED

CRED is a reward-based credit card bill payment platform; its main feature is allowing users to make credit card payments through its app for which they get rewarded. In addition, CRED allows users to make house rent payments offers short-term credit lines. CRED has become the youngest Indian startup to be valued at $2 billion or higher.

8. Digit Insurance

Digit Insurance is an Indian start-up insurtech which focuses on selling insurance online.

9. CoinSwitch

CoinSwitch is an Indian cryptocurrency exchange platform where users can put and call cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple etc. with best rate.

10. Zeta

Zeta is a banking tech company which provides an Omni Stack comprising modern credit and debit processing, BNPL, core banking and mobile experiences. It caters to banks and fintechs globally.

11. ChargeBee Technologies

Chargebee is a SaaS product company. It is a recurring billing and subscription management tool that helps SaaS and SaaS-like businesses streamline Revenue Operations.

12. CoinDCX

Coin DCX specializes in crypto-enabled financial services. It aims to provide a user-friendly experience where users can access a wide range of financial products and services backed by industry-leading security processes and insurance protection.

13. Acko

Acko offers an online insurance policy provider through its digital platform. The company has various products and opportunities in main pillars in insurance such as personalized insurance products based on user consumption behaviors.

14. Vendantu

Vedantu is India-based e-learning platform featured with real-time personalized learning. With this platform, students and lecturers can connect online on time.

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What have the Investments in Fintech been like in India

The ban of high-value banknotes in late 2016 by the Government of India along with the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic amplified a digital payment drive and accelerated the rise of fintech.

While the digital payment market is ever-growing in India, the country is still fighting to achieve better financial inclusion. This is an issue that comes hand in hand with the alarmingly high illetricity rate in India (over 70%).

On a more positive note, Indian FinTechs have attracted close to $10 billion in equity capital funding over the past decade reports Credit Suisse. According to KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech, India is close to matching its total fintech investments of 2020 with $2 billion in investment in the first half of 2021 alone. Notably, Digital banking was the object of most investments thanks to India’s unique model which allows digital banks to mainly act as software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers with regulatory responsibility as bank partners.

How many Fintech Unicorns does India have?

In just eight months this year, 24 startups have already acquired the unicorn status in India. Indeed, India hasn’t been burdened with the physical banking infrastructure of those in the west, and so was able to adopt new solutions quicker than Western counterparts. Nonetheless, the rise of fintech unicorns cannot be narrowed down to India, this trend has been apparent in many countries globally. For instance, eight of the nine unicorns produced so far this year in the UK belong to the fintech space.

Which Fintech Sectors have the most Fintech Unicorns in India?

The finance and insurance industry has had the most number of companies reaching unicorn status. The Indian fintech ecosystem is made up of various sub-segments: payments, lending, wealth technology or WealthTech, insurance technology or InsureTech, regulation technology or RegTech. Credit Suisse in a report on India’s start-ups and FinTechs revealed that 70% of Fintech Unicorns were into Payments and Digital lending. According to Razorpay, digital payment transactions have grown up to 76% for the past 12 months with several first-time digital payment users. India’s supportive policy framework and regulations along with it UPI have made the country a haven for digital payments.

Indeed, most recent startups have focused on innovative technologies to help reduce the asymmetry of information between financial institutions and investors and thus tackle market inefficiencies.

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