Startup/SME Survey: How Startups and SMEs are getting impacted by Demonetization


  • • 28% see account receivables worsening, 14% see improvement in receivables
  • • 34% see reduced transaction flow, 13% see an increase
  • • 31% see fund raise and expansion slowing down, 21% see it ramping up
  • • 86% see Demonetization having positive impact in long term, 44% see it both short and long term

November 22, 2016, New Delhi, India: A higher percent of Startups and SME businesses are experiencing a slow down in receivables and transaction flow as compared to those seeing improvements. Also, a higher percent of startups and SMEs now expect a slowdown in funding and expansion plans than those who expect an uptick. These were some of the findings of the LocalCircles, Start Up India Community. The Start Up India online community on LocalCircles brings together over 30,000 startups and entrepreneurs from across India and a 4 point survey was conducted amongst them. Over 4000 start ups or SME entrepreneurs voted in the survey.

Though some of the members reported that their customers were paying the bills in the old currency notes, overall, more startups and businesses are experiencing their receivables slowing. 28% suggested they had gotten worse, 33% experienced no impact, 14% saw receivables getting better i.e. payments improving and 25% did not have account receivables.

The second question in the poll focused on understanding of transaction flow had increased for startups and SMEs as many of them use electronic payment transactions as compared to cash transactions. 34% of them reported a reduciton in customer transaction flow post Demonetization, 21% had no impact, 13% saw an increase in the customer transaction flow while 33% did not have customer transactions in their business.

The third question in the poll focused on fund raise and business expansion and the impact of Demonetization. 31% of the startups or SMEs see a slow down in fund raising and their expansion. 28% do not see any impact while 21% see them ramping up. 20% said this was not applicable to them as they do not have plans for fund raise or expansion. The ramp up may be observed in the financial technology and related startups as millions of Indians will soon be looking for alternate ways of transacting other than cash.

The fourth question in the poll focused on how do startups and SMEs see Demonetization impacting in the short and long term. On this poll 44% said it was a positive both in the short and long term while 42% saw it to be a negative in short terms and a positive in the long term. Approximately 13% saw it to be a negative in both short and long term while only 1% said it was a positive in short term but negative in the long term. That suggests that 86% of India’s startups and SMEs see Demonetization to have positive impact in the long term.

Below are the detailed poll graphics.





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