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Early-stage funding rounds accounted for 70.8% of global VC funding deal volume in Q4 2020

Friday, February 05, 2021

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Early-stage funding rounds (comprising Seed and Series A funding rounds) continued to dominate the global VC funding landscape in terms of deal volume during the quarter, as venture capital (VC) investors continued to show confidence in promising start-ups in Q4, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to GlobalData, in total, 1,050 Seed and 939 Series A funding rounds were announced during Q4 2020, which collectively accounted for 70.8% of the total deal volume.

In contrast, other funding rounds such as growth/expansion/late-stage funding rounds (comprising Series B, Series C, Series D, Series E, Series F, Series G, Series H, and Series J funding rounds) collectively accounted for less than one-third of the total deal volume, the report said.

The total number of deals with disclosed funding rounds announced during the last quarter of 2020 stood at 2,809 while the growth in a deal volume kept fluctuating during the three months of the quarter.

Deals count decreased by 12.8% from 1,017 in October to 887 in November before increasing by 2% to 905 in December. Despite the fluctuating trend, the share of early-stage funding rounds remained around 70% during all three months in Q4 2020.

Aurojyoti Bose, the Lead Analyst at GlobalData, said: "Despite volatile market conditions, promising start-ups have been able to attract early-stage funding rounds. This is also a positive indicator for start-up ecosystem as investors are still seeing......................

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