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Start-up Street: In spite of risks, venture capital stakes high in cryptocurrency in India

An avalanche of money from private equity and venture capital firms has made its way into the cryptocurrency sector in India this year. The government must tread lightly while regulating the sector

December 22, 2021 / 01:11 PM IST
Start-up Street: In spite of risks, venture capital stakes high in cryptocurrency in India

Indian cryptocurrency start-ups saw a spike in private equity and venture capital (PE-VC) investments in 2021, taking the total investments in the sector to a historical high of $485 million – compared to just US$24.4 million in 2020. The bulk of the investments (over 88%) happened during the second half of the year. Start-ups focused on other aspects of blockchain technology (i.e., not directly involved with cryptocurrencies), have attracted just $17 million across five VC investments in 2021. India has...

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