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Banner year for U.S. venture capital investments as deals soar past $300bn in 2021

Monday, January 17, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Despite the ongoing pandemic and growing adversities such as economy-wide supply chain woes and labor shortages, venture capital dealmaking, exit, and fundraising values all broke records in 2021 by stunning amounts.

According to the PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor report, the U.S. VC industry saw $329.9 billion invested across an estimated 17,054 deals, a record for the deal count and roughly double 2020's previous deal value high.

Investors raised an unprecedented $128.3 billion, passing the $100 billion mark for the first time. In addition, $774.1.4 billion in annual exit value was created by VC-backed companies going public or being acquired.

Mega-deal activity rose sharply in 2021, with $190.8 billion raised. Growth outpaced the broader market and nearly equaled the roughly $200 billion of capital invested in mega-deals over the previous three years.

Meanwhile, VC deal activity reached $88.2 billion invested across 4,591 deals in the fourth quarter, bringing year-to-date totals to $329.9 billion across 17,054 deals and nearly doubling the previous annual record set in 2020.

About $681 billion of that was realized through public listings, confirming the favorable conditions presented by strong public markets and valuations as well as the availability of SPACS as an alternative to IPOs. Overall, the venture ecosystem observed a sharp uptick in valuations across all stages of the investment cycle.

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