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US-based micro venture capital funds collect $3.4bn across 128 funds in H1, 2019

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

US-based micro venture capital funds (those sized at $100mn or less) have gained traction throughout the past decade, peaking at $7.7bn raised across 296 vehicles in 2018, said Preqin.

Coming off a record year for micro venture capital, 2019 is off to a solid start and seems poised for another good year, although it is slightly behind the torrid pace of 2018, revealed Preqin and the First Republic Update.

With $3.4bn collected across 128 funds in H1, 2019 has already surpassed the aggregate capital raised and the number of funds closed yearly from 2009 to 2012.

Private equity fund of funds managers constitute the largest proportion of active investors in micro venture capital funds and represent two of the top 10 firms investing in micro venture capital funds.

Retirement Plans of Duke University, a private-sector pension fund, leads the group with 13 known commitments to funds of vintages 2009-2019.

Gender parity in the micro venture capital universe

Data for the venture capital industry as a whole indicates that women receive significantly less funding than men, said the report on US venture capital.

For the micro venture capital industry, the outlook is slightly better for women-owned firms, though still far from gender parity.

In the past 10 years, women-owned micro venture capital funds have secured $2.3bn, which is just under 6% of the total micro venture capital raised.

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