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Despite a dip in volume and value, North America dominated venture capital funding activity in Q4 2019

Friday, January 24, 2020

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

North America continued to attract the highest number of venture capital (VC) investments and funding during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019 though the region experienced a dip in investments.

According to a report by GlobalData, North America experienced a decline in VC investments from 2,700 deals worth US$29.9bn in Q4 2018 to 2,237 deals worth $29.13bn in Q4 2019.

Aurojyoti Bose, a Lead Analyst at GlobalData, says: "The reasons for the slowdown are growing investor cautiousness in the US on the backdrop of volatile trade relations with other countries and political uncertainty due to the impeachment trial of the US president and the upcoming presidential election."

Despite the weak funding activity, North America has seen some notable deals during Q4 2019 including $650m secured by Quibi Holdings, $635m secured by Bright Health, and $566.5m secured by Citizen Energy.

In contrast, the Asia-Pacific region saw an increase in VC volume and value from 1,133 deals worth $20.9bn in Q4 2018 to 1,635 deals worth of $24.7bn in Q4 2019.

Top deals announced in this region during Q4 2019 included $3.7bn secured by Tenglong Holdings Group, $3bn secured by Beijing Kuaishou Technology, Ltd. and $1.5bn secured by Oravel Stays Private Limited.

China saw an increase from 664 deals worth $15.4bn in Q4 2018 to 945 deals worth of $15.4bn in Q4 2019. India saw an increase from 180 deals worth $2bn in Q4 2018 to 258 deals worth $5.8bn in Q4 2019. ......................

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