Crystal gazing into India’s startup landscape in 2016: looking through the investor lens

  So far the Indian economy has witnessed phenomenal growth in the Indian technology startup ecosystem, driven by factors such as enormously brewed capital, acquisitions and consolidations, increasing internet and smartphone penetration, and an ever growing domestic market. 2016, as the experts are predicting will be the year of corrections. A lot of capital has … Continue reading Crystal gazing into India’s startup landscape in 2016: looking through the investor lens

2016: a year of cautious optimism in India’s startup landscape?

2015 turned out to be a phenomenal year for startup landscape in India. In October 2015, NASSCOM published a report ranking India third globally with the startup count crossing 4200. Over 760 funding rounds were made in 2015 compared 383 in 2014! As the  front-runner in entrepreneurship and innovation, we at CIIE spoke to select … Continue reading 2016: a year of cautious optimism in India’s startup landscape?

Exploring debt as a funding option for Indian startups

Indian startups, which conventionally raise funds in equity, are increasingly warming up to debt funding. Typical private debt funders provide loans in the range of Rs.5-25 crore per transaction at an interest rate of 15-17%, while govt. and govt. supported institutions provide as low as Rs 1 crore per transaction with interest rates starting from 9% … Continue reading Exploring debt as a funding option for Indian startups

Vendors and Startups: Flipkart’s Experience

Vendors – the basics (for the uninitiated) A “vendor” or a “supplier” is any individual, organization or company that sells goods and services to another individual, organization or company, which in turn uses these good/services for the creation, sale and/or delivery of a product or service offered by the latter. Vendors form a critical part … Continue reading Vendors and Startups: Flipkart’s Experience

Vendor Management Matters: What Our Start-ups Have to Say

Across industries and sectors, vendors are of prime importance in the value chain of an organization, and the start-up economy is no exception. Vendors constitute the backbone of the backward linkages that go into delivering an innovation, and demand substantial time and resource from start-ups. In this issue, the founders of three of our start-ups … Continue reading Vendor Management Matters: What Our Start-ups Have to Say