NVCA: U.S venture capital deals soar past $300B in 2021

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According to a report by PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor, Venture Capital Dealmaking, Exit and Fundraising Value broke records in 2021 by a staggering amount.

The U.S. VC industry saw an investment of $ 329.9 billion in an estimated 17,054 deals, a record for the calculation of deals and nearly doubled the value of previous deals by 2020, the National Venture Capital Association said.

“By all standards, 2021 was the banner year for the US VC ecosystem,” Pitchbook CEO John Gabbert said in a statement. “A fair share of new investment records can be attributed to the record level of capital laundering by the system. VC Dry Powder is at an all-time high and a rapidly growing number of crossover investors are participating in or even leading the VC deal. As VC returns outperform every other private capital asset class, we expect LP to continue allocating capital for ventures at an unprecedented rate next year. ”

Investors raised an unprecedented $ 128.3 billion, and crossed the $ 100 billion mark for the first time. In addition, $ 774.1.4 billion in annual exit value was declared or acquired by VC-backed companies.

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Of this, about $ 681 billion was received through public listings, confirming the favorable conditions presented by strong public markets and valuations, as well as the availability of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) as an alternative to initial public offerings (IPOs). Overall, the venture ecosystem has seen a sharp increase in valuations at all stages of the investment cycle.

“The best news about these record achievements is that we’re building more American-made entrepreneurs than ever before,” NVCA CEO Bobby Franklin said in a statement. “Entrepreneurs are the job creators of our nation who are sowing the seeds for tomorrow’s new high-growth companies. To ensure their future success, we policy makers need to think long and hard when it comes to the startup ecosystem. These numbers show how much impact our industry can have on our country’s economic success. “

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VC Deal Activity reached રોકાણ 88.2 billion in 4,591 deals in the fourth quarter, bringing the total year-to-date total to 9 329.9 billion in an estimated 17,054 deals and nearly doubling the previous annual record in 2020.

Unconventional investors participated in 6,483 deals worth more than $ 253 billion, showing a 64% year-over-year growth in the partnership.

Mega-deal activity surged in 2021, raising $ 190.8 billion. Growth surpassed the broader market and nearly equaled the nearly $ 200 billion capital invested in mega deals over the past three years.

A record number of startups received first lending in 2021, collectively raised $ 23.8 billion and exceeded 4,000 investments for the first time.

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The total 2021 exit value was over $ 774.1 billion, showing a surprising 168.0% year-over-year growth. Q4 alone returned હી 152.6 billion in liquid value to investors in more than 500 exits.

The IPO accounts for 88% of the total VC exit value of $ 681.5 billion. Rivian, Aurora and GitLab lead the way in Q4 in terms of the most valued public listings, but the story is also about the breadth of exit activity with 296 VC-backed public listings showing 114.5% year-on-year growth.

Fundraising activity

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VC fundraising activity for 2021 reached 100 billion for the first time, registering a year-to-date total of 30 128.3 billion in 730 funds and a 47.5% year-over-year increase compared to the 2020 record of $ 86.9 billion.

The average and average fundraising costs in 2021 also jumped significantly to $ 50 million and $ 188.1 million, respectively, significantly exceeding the 2020 average and average fundraising value of $ 42.1 million and $ 156.9 million.

“2021 has been a landmark year for the venture capital industry in almost every metric, and reflects the ongoing tremendous innovation in the private technology sector despite the huge global political and economic instability,” Byron Dieter, partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, said in a statement. .

Growth in women entrepreneurs

Above: There has been a significant increase in women founders in recent years.

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Growth in valued startups with at least one female founder has increased in recent years, as those women are part of 3,631 companies that received $ 54.8 billion in venture investment in 2021. Meanwhile, there were 931 deals with all-female founders that fetched 6.4 billion. In investment.

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