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US venture capital investment sees $136.5bn in 10,777 deals last year

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

US venture capital investment totaled $136.5 billion at the end of 2019 in 10,777 deals, exceeding $130 billion for the second year in a row, according to a report released by PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).

However, the figure is down from $140.2 billion in 2018, it noted.

"2019 showed that industry trends from the historic 2018 are the new normal for the venture industry, with mega-rounds and mega-funds becoming increasingly common trends in the startup ecosystem," said Bobby Franklin, president, and CEO of NVCA.

During the fourth quarter of 2019, a total of $34.2 billion was invested in 2,215 deals.

While exit activity may have slightly cooled off during the last half of 2019, the year that just ended set a huge record for venture capital exit value, according to a report.

"2019 recorded the annual record for US VC exit value at $256.4 billion across 882 liquidity events," the report said.

This unprecedented flow of capital back to general partners (GPs) and limited partners (LPs) should drive impressive return metrics, encourage more fundraising and increase allocation to VC.

Similarly, dealmaking activity should see sustained support from the newly raised funds, as well as nontraditional VC investors attracted by the substantial cash flows.

Nontraditional investors, such as sovereign wealth funds and family offices, are more involved in the venture industry than ever before, pa......................

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