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The Next-Generation Indian Investor

The Next-Generation Indian Investor

The Indian investment market is examined from the perspectives of the investors and entrepreneurs in this study.

The market is studied in terms of its growth over the last few years and the fundamental challenges that face the start-up industry.

The conclusion to this study includes opinions and recommendations to CEOs and founders of start-ups and small companies looking to attract investments for a share of equity.

This research is supported by in-depth interviews with the top-level management of venture capital and angel investment companies that invest in India.

Additionally, vast secondary research on market trends has been performed to support the analysis.

About this report

This research service examines the Indian investment market from the perspectives of investors and entrepreneurs. It studies the market in terms of its growth over the last few years, the fundamental challenges it faces, investment themes of investors and the market trends. The study includes opinions of the investor community and recommendations to CEOs and founders of start-ups and small companies looking to attract investments for a share of equity.


  • Executive Summary
    • Overview of the Investor Top 10
  • Research Scope and Definitions
    • Scope and Definitions
    • Context
    • Research Methodology
  • Introduction
    • Key Objectives
    • Key Terms
    • Introduction to Investments in India
    • Industry Challenges
    • Indian Investor Market Drivers Summary
    • Key Market Restraints Summary
    • Industry Structure
  • Investment Trends and Developments
    • Mega Trend Impact
    • Changing Trends in the Banking Industry, and Investor Focus
    • Global VC and Angel Investment Trends
      • Table The Next-Generation Investor: Investment Metrics, India, 2010–2013
    • Investment Sectors
    • Recent Developments
  • Investment Philosophy of the Next-Generation Early Investor
    • Overview of the Investor Top 10
    • Investment Themes Explained—Increasingly Ambitious
    • Investment Themes Explained—Focus on Outcomes, Not Inputs
    • Investment Themes Explained—Focus on Large Markets
    • Investment Themes Explained—Support for Special Individuals
    • Investment Themes Explained—Growing Appetite for Technology
    • Investment Themes Explained—Focus on Creativity
    • Investment Themes Explained—Willingness to Fail
    • Investment Themes Explained—Commitment of Founding Team
    • Investment Themes Explained—Investing through the Life Cycle
    • Investment Themes Explained—Willingness to Negotiate
  • Financial Valuation
    • Financial Valuation—Introduction
    • Financial Valuation—Assumptions
    • Financial Valuation—Details
    • Key Investor Criteria—For Entrepreneurs (without VC Funding)
      • Table The Next-Generation Investor: Key Investor Criteria for Entrepreneurs Without VC Funding, India, 2015
    • Financial Valuation Implications—Without Investor Funding
    • Key Investor Criteria—For Entrepreneurs and Investors (With VC funding)
      • Table The Next-Generation Indian Investor: Key Investor Criteria for Entrepreneurs With VC Funding, Global, 2015
    • Financial Valuation Implications—With Investor Funding
    • Benefits of Organizational Investment
  • Conclusion
    • Snapshot of the Next-Generation Indian Investment Market
    • Investment Themes That Can Affect PE/VC Investment in the Next 12–24 Months
    • Sector Attractiveness in the Next 12–24 Months

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