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68.4% of APAC VC investments volume in 2021 goes to early-stage funding rounds

Monday, February 21, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Early-stage funding rounds accounted for 68.4% of the total venture capital (VC) deals (with disclosed funding rounds) announced in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region during 2021, said a study.

"Startups seeking early-stage funding (Seed and Series A) got a much bigger slice of the APAC VC investment pie during 2021," explained the study by GlobalData.

A total of 6,627 VC deals with disclosed funding rounds (Seed to Series J) were announced during 2021, which is an improvement of 47.4% against the 4,496 VC deals announced in 2020, the analysis said.

In total 1,640 Seed and 2,895 Series A funding rounds were announced during 2021, which accounted for 24.7% and 43.7% of the total deal volume, respectively. These early-stage funding rounds also witnessed volume growth of around 50% in 2021 compared to 2020.

Other funding rounds including growth/expansion/late-stage funding rounds (comprising Series B, Series C, Series D, Series E, Series F, Series G, Series I, and Series J) collectively accounted for 31.6% of the total VC deal volume in 2021.

The number of Series B, Series C, Series D, Series E, Series F, and Series G funding rounds increased by 43.7%, 36.8%, 46%, 52.9%, 63.2%, and 16.7%, respectively, in 2021 compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, the volume of Series H, Series I, and Series J funding rounds remained flat.

Aurojyoti Bose, the Lead Analyst at GlobalData, said: "The assessment of startups' area of operations and t......................

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