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Who’ll bag the next billion?

India is churning out more unicorns than ever before, thanks to the digital transformation. We give you the start-ups next in line to hit the coveted valuation


Every other person assumes that the mythical unicorn is of Western origin. Maybe it is because Naturalis Historia by the Roman naturalist Pliny is one of the better-known recordings of its ‘sighting’. Or maybe it is because we have been taken in by popular movies, which show them gambolling about with blue-eyed royals. But really, unicorn may have been Indian. What may have fascinated the ancient adventurous heroes could have been our humble and reclusive rhino. We gave the world the first unicorn (most likely) and now we are unleashing a glory of them.