Indian UHNIs Expected To Invest US$ 30 Billion In Indian Tech Startups By 2025 - GADGET-INNOVATIONS

Indian UHNIs Expected To Invest US$ 30 Billion In Indian Tech Startups By 2025

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·       India to have 150 Unicorns by 2025, growing 3 times by 2025


·       Venture Capital & Private Equity constitute 20% of Indian Family investments


·       VC/PE investments contribute to 30% of overall returns in Indian Family investments

According to a newly launched report titled, “Turning Ideas to Gold,” jointly prepared by 256 Network and Praxis Global Alliance, India expects to add 95 new tech unicorns to its 56-strong unicorn pool by 2025. The report forecasts that Indian UHNIs will have invested up to US $ 30 billion in tech startups in India by 2025, reiterating the growing investment opportunity for home- grown tech ventures. This report offers Indian Family Offices a detailed perspective on how VC/PE  investments  can  help  unlock  high  returns, especially  in  the  emerging  context  of  increasing  digitization  and  the  growing need for tech interventions across sectors.

The “Turning Ideas to Gold” Report also says India is expected to have  approximately  10K UHNIs, which will include business leaders, celebrities, NRIs, and digital entrepreneurs with a cumulative wealth of US$ 700 billion by 2024. Family offices are being set up as full-service private wealth management services to cater to one, or a small clutch of these ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Currently, India has about 140+ family offices catering to Indian UHNIs and heavily investing in the Indian startup space. They  have  been pro-actively involved in 50+ such deals every year since 2015.

Some of the key findings of the “Turning Ideas to Gold” report are:

  • Approximately 190 Soonicorns are expected to become Unicorns by 2025. Currently India has 56 Unicorns, of which 14 were added in the year 2021 already.
  • ‘Digital first’ solution providers are establishing India as a deep-tech hub. India currently has over 950 AI startups, more than 480 IOT startups, more than 80 AR/VR startups and 30+ Robotics startups
  • Indian Tech enabled businesses have beaten traditional businesses in Covid times. The biggest gainers during the pandemic have been EdTech, online gaming, e-groceries and Health-Tech  companies
  • Tech solution providers are digitally upskilling millions of employees  and  bringing  them  within  the paradigm of a connected ecosystem
a.Delivery fleet Zomato and Swiggy employ over 300K-500K delivery executives  between  them
b.OlaCabs is generating livelihoods for 1.5M drivers across 250 cities

c.Meesho has enabled 10 million entrepreneurs, mostly women, to create their own professional identity and grow their businesses
  • More than 55K Indian start-ups raised over US$ 70 Bn in funding between 2014-20
  • VC/PE Funds raised during periods of  economic  crisis  tend  to  have  better  returns  when  compared to those raised in non-crisis period.
  • Total market capitalization of public tech companies is 12.6% of India’s GDP, while the valuation of private tech companies is 10.2% of India’s GDP
  • 250+ private Indian tech companies have valuations above $100M and a potential to go public in India
  • India’s tech story can mirror the US with the right capital infusion to support tech disruption
  • Typical 7-Year Portfolio Performance: 20% portfolio allocation towards Alternatives (incl. VC) yields 30% of total portfolio returns
  • Globally, private market investments have generated 500 bps higher returns relative to public markets
  • Top Quartile Cat 1 AIF (INR Funds) have an IRR of 18.19 % Against BSE IT  returns  of  13.7%  and BSE tech returns of 10.10%



India’s Tech Opportunity For Investors


The opportunity to leverage India’s technology sector growth remains firmly in the private market. 250+ private Indian tech companies with valuations above $100M have the potential to go public in medium term. The size of the private tech market and the public tech market is closing in and the private tech market is expected to outperform the public tech market soon. The total market cap  of  public  tech  companies  as  a percentage of India’s GDP is 12.6% while the  valuation  of  private tech companies is 10.2%. India’s tech story can mirror the US  with  the  right capital infusion to support tech  disruption.

For the new Indian UHNIs, venture capital holds huge promise as an asset-class, generating superior financial returns even during crisis times.  Family offices have just started realizing this potential as VC/PE as asset class make around 20% of their portfolio allocation but contribute to 30% of their portfolio returns. 

Hence, Indian family businesses have the potential to  make  India’s  startup  landscape  blossom  and  build  a strong community together.



Mumbai, June 18, 2021