Private equity funding has declined by 25% year-on-year from $2.5 billion in 2015 to $1.9 billion in 2016, said a recent report by a global research firm, Goldman Sachs. While the number of deals has picked up by 52% year-on-year in 2016, the average deal size has declined by 51% to $4.3 million. In 2015, India witnessed over $8.4 billion of private equity funding into startups, a dip from $6 billion in 2014.
Further, the slowdown in private equity capital has seriously impacted Series B and Series C rounds, pushing startups to restructure operations for profitability and lower cash burn rates and focus on profitability.
According to report e-commerce market globally are to grow by 20 percent, with major growth coming from China and India in the next three years. Indian e-commerce market is estimated to touch the $100 billion mark, owing to factors such as customer willingness, occasions to spend and penetration of mobile internet.