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North America: Epicenter of global VC funding activity during Q3 2019

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

North America continued to attract the major chunk of global venture capital (VC) funding during the third quarter (Q3) of 2019, says a study.

According to GlobalData, North America accounted for 48.5% of the global VC investment volume and 52.4% of the investment value in Q3 2019, followed by Asia-Pacific (APAC) with 29.7% and 28.7% of the global VC investment volume and value, respectively.

Despite none of the countries witnessing billion-dollar funding during Q3 2019 and the prevailing economic and geopolitical uncertainties in some of the countries, the global VC funding activity remained strong, said the data and analytics company in its report.

The growth was primarily driven by strong VC funding in North America and Europe. On the other hand, VC funding activity in APAC remained weak.

North America witnessed 61.4% growth in VC investment volume and 21.3% growth in value in Q3 2019 compared to Q3 2018, primarily driven by an increase in VC funding activity in the US.

The US witnessed the announcement of several US$100m+ deals during Q3 2019. Some of the notable deals include US$785m raised by JUUL Labs, US$400m raised by Knotel and US$370m raised by Urban Compass.

Europe registered 80.9% growth in VC investment value in Q3 2019 as compared to Q3 2018, which was the highest among all the regions. It also reported the second-highest growth in the number of VC investments.

Some of the notable VC deals announced in Europe ......................

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