Private equity investors took big bets on Indian firms in 2015 with investments hitting an all-time high of $21 billion, reports fe Bureau in Mumbai. Interestingly, foreign portfolio investors were a lot more circumspect, investing just under $4 billion.
The year was good for several PE funds that were able to exit their investments: New Silk Route, Jacob Ballas, Saif Partners, Blackstone, KKR, Silver Leaf Oak and Norwest Venture Partners were among the players that were able to make either a partial or a total exit through the IPO route.
Among the sectors that attracted money were healthcare and e-commerce.
Start-ups saw a flood of money coming their way with total investments rising 125% over 2014, according to Nasscom. The total funding in India-based start-ups is estimated at $5 billion. India is the youngest start-up nation in the world with three-fourths of the founders less than 35 years old.