These unprecedented times demonstrated how collaborating with the ecosystem can help companies evolve from positions of scarcity to positions of strength, driving both effective and quick business outcomes. As a result, 2020 saw a 12-15% increase in open innovation programs run by Corporates.

On the other hand, key developments from 2020 made the Indian Start-up ecosystem look even more promising. For example –

  • 12 unicorns being added in 2020; more than China, and behind only USA.
  • 28-30% of Indian start-ups building products for global markets.
  • 14% of investments being into deep-tech start-ups; 3% greater share than in 2019.

In this environment, it is imperative for every corporate leader to understand the dynamics of the Indian start-up ecosystem and factor a collaborative approach into their FY21-22 strategy and budget planning.

Key Discussion Areas

  • What has the impact of COVID-19 been on the Indian start-up ecosystem? What are the investment and M&A trends?
  • Has the ecosystem recovered from COVID-19? What does the future hold for Indian start-ups?
  • How has corporate participation been with the ecosystem in 2020? How should corporates set themselves up for 2021?
  • Key trends observed in the Indian Start-up Ecosystem in 2020
  • Areas where Corporates and Indian Start-ups are collaborating the most


Atit Danak

Atit Danak

Principal, and Head of CoNXT Practice




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